On This Day

We take you back into classic rock’s history and legacy to note important events that happened on this date as well as celebrate the birthdays of major musical artists and mourn their passing.

July 11, 1922: Hollywood Bowl Opens

The legendary Los Angeles venue is known for its historic 1964 & ’65 Beatles shows that yielded a live album, plus significant Doors, Who & Genesis concerts.

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July 10, 1965: Rolling Stones’ ‘Satisfaction’ Hits #1

Is it the greatest rock single to ever top the charts? Our writer still gets as much “Satisfaction” from the Stones classic, maybe more

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July 9, 1983: The Police Score Their Only U.S. #1

It rode the top of the Hot 100 for eight weeks, won two Grammys, and went on to sell more than 10 million copies. Find out how long it took to write

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July 8, 1967: Jimi Hendrix Joins Monkees Tour

A real head-scratcher of a concert bill. But The Monkees wanted Jimi to open for them, and Hendrix’s manager thought it was a good idea. It didn’t last long

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July 7, 1941: Bassist Jim Rodford Born

A founding member of Argent, Rodford also played for 18 years with The Kinks and now is bassist with the reconvened Zombies

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July 6, 1957: John Lennon and Paul McCartney Meet

The Beatles began when Paul heard John’s skiffle band play at a church party and were introduced after the show by a mutual friend

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July 5, 1954: Elvis Presley Records First Single

Rock music began its rise with “That’s All Right,” a song Presley cut with producer Sam Phlllips. How much is legend and how much is fact?

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July 4, 1969: Atlanta International Pop Festival Rocks

Six weeks before Woodstock unfurled America’s freak flag to show the counterculture had truly taken hold, the Atlanta Pop Festival rocked the Deep South.

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July 3, 1969/1971: Brian Jones, Jim Morrison Die

The deaths of two iconic classic rock stars on the same day two years apart are both fraught with questions, rumor and speculation about the causes and circumstances

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July 2, 1991: Guns N’ Roses Concert Riot

After Rose got into a tussle at a GN’R show near St. Louis and ended the concert early, the angry crowd showed an appetite for destruction

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