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.

March 20, 1971: Janis Joplin’s ‘Bobby McGee’ Hits #1

When Janis heard Kris Kristofferson’s song she had to record it. A few days later she was dead, but it went on to become her only #1 single

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March 19, 1982: Guitarist Randy Rhoads Dies

He was only 25, and one of the most promising guitarists in rock. One night in Florida he boarded a small plane and it didn’t end well. RIP.

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March 18, 1978: California Jam 2 Rocks LA

The original festival was a success so the promoters decided to go for a sequel: a day of music featuring Aerosmith, Heart, Foreigner, Santana and more.

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March 16, 2017: Kinks’ Ray Davies Gets Knighted

He’s a well-respected man! The co-founder of the British Invasion band received his honours in a ceremony presided by the Prince of Wales

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March 15, 1999: Springsteen’s Rock Hall Induction

There was no doubt whatsoever that The Boss would be a first-ballot inductee when he became eligible for entry into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

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March 14, 1983: The Band Bon Jovi is Formed

With his song “Runaway” getting some airplay and a record deal inked, Jon Bon Jovi puts together a group that will make music under his name.

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March 13, 1967: The Beatles’ ‘Penny Lane’ Hits #1

How much of the song is about real places in the Beatles’ hometown of Liverpool? Click and learn some stories behind the single

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Mar. 12, 1974: John Lennon Kicked Out of Nightclub

During his infamous “lost weekend” away from Yoko Ono, the former Beatle was not on his best behavior. Especially this night with Harry Nilsson

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March 11, 1970: CSNY Release ‘Deja Vu’

The story behind the iconic LP includes laborious sessions + flashes of inspiration. But how much of it was CSNY all together?

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March 10, 1977: Sex Pistols Short-Lived Label Deal

The band had been dropped by EMI Records. The A&M label signed the Pistols with a PR stunt, and then…. Find out what happened and who profited.

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