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.

April 5, 1998: Drummer Cozy Powell Dies in Car Crash

The drummer who played with Jeff Beck, Rainbow, Black Sabbath, Emerson and Lake, and so many others died on this day. RIP to a master musician.

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April 4, 1964: The Beatles Hold Top 5 Chart Spots

No other artist had done it before and none has since. Not only did the Beatles own the top 5, but they had 7 other singles in the Hot 100!

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April 2, 1977: Fleetwood Mac’s Rumours Hits #1

After years as a highly respected English blues band, they made some changes and went pop. Soon, they owned the top of the chart.

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April 1, 1984: Marvin Gaye Killed By His Father

Few stories in popular music history are more shocking. On This Day, after numerous arguments, the soul legend’s father shot his own son dead

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March 31, 1958: Chuck Berry ‘Johnny B. Goode’ Out

He “could play a guitar just like a-ringin’ a bell” but he was no country boy. How one of the great rock ‘n’ roll anthems came to be.

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March 30, 1967: ‘Sgt. Pepper’ Photo Shoot

Paul McCartney had an idea for the Beatles’ next album cover. He explained it to the artist and photographer and they went to work.

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March 29, 2016: Beloved Actress Patty Duke Dies

An icon of America’s baby boomer teenage years as star of The Patty Duke Show passed away after a rich, full life of acting, awards and activism

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March 29, 2016: Andy ‘Thunderclap’ Newman Dies

The pianist in the group that bore his name and recorded the indelible 1960s anthem “Something in the Air” was a protege of Pete Townshend

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March 27, 1979: Eric Clapton Marries Pattie Boyd

“I’d rather she was with him than some dope.” That was George Harrison’s response when asked how he felt about his ex-wife marrying his friend

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