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.

May 23, 2017: James Bond Actor Roger Moore Dies

He appeared as the iconic British secret agent in seven films including ‘Live and Let Die’ and ‘The Spy Who Loved Me,’ and also starred in TV’s ‘The Saint.’

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May 22, 2017: Musicians React to Manchester Attack

Classic rock stars and other entertainers expressed their grief for the victims of the terrorist bombing, and held a benefit concert two weeks later

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May 22, 1971: Rolling Stones’ ‘Sticky Fingers’ Hits #1

Powered by the #1 single “Brown Sugar” and featuring a cover designed by Andy Warhol, the 11th U.S. album by The Rolling Stones tops the LP chart.

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May 21, 1983: David Bowie Hits #1 with ‘Let’s Dance’

The former glam rocker made his mark on the early ’80s new wave dance music scene with the Nile Rodgers-produced track.

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May 21, ’71: Marvin Gaye ‘What’s Going On’ LP Out

It’s been more than 45 years since this monumental album was released. It brought topical songs to Motown and revived the singer’s career

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May 20, 1967: The Young Rascals’ ‘Groovin’ Hits #1

The blue-eyed soul of New Jersey’s The Young Rascals met the spirit of The Summer of Love in “Groovin'” – the second #1 single by the band.

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May 19, 1945: Pete Townshend Born

He was the son of musicians, grew up to forge one of the most distinguished careers in classic rock, and thankfully did not die before he got old

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May 18, 2017: Rock Stars Mourn Chris Cornell

The music world was shaken with news that Cornell, best known as the frontman of longtime Seattle band, Soundgarden, had died while on tour

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May 18, 1980: Joy Division’s Ian Curtis Commits Suicide

Those close to the singer cite a number of factors that may have fed into his decision to take his own life at just 23. Do you know which band the remaining members formed?

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May 17, 1966: Dylan Called ‘Judas’ in Manchester

Less than a year after Dylan had “gone electric” at the Newport Folk Festival, a heckler called him Judas at a concert. See how Dylan responded. The concert is now part of his official Bootleg series

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