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.

Apr 19, 2016: Brian Johnson Addresses His AC/DC Departure

The lead singer described his “darkest day” when the band forced him out when his hearing loss caused issues during their tour

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April 19, 2012: Levon Helm of The Band Dies

The beloved drummer and singer of The Band had a most extraordinary life and kept on making music until he just no longer could.

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April 18, 2012: Dick Clark Dies at 82

He was still “America’s Oldest Teenager” when he died. The former host of ‘American Bandstand’ brought rock ‘n’ roll into many homes for the first time.

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April 17, 1983: Mountain’s Felix Pappalardi Killed by Wife

He produced albums for Cream and then became the bassist for one of rock’s first hard rock bands. But then his wife caught him with a younger woman.

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April 16, 1965: Soupy Sales, Hollies and…Hendrix?

If you were a kid in New York at Easter time in 1965, for a few bucks you could see a dozen rock ‘n’ roll acts and a top TV host. Now that’s a bargain!

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45 Years Ago: McCartney’s Band on the Run Hits #1

Despite encountering several hurdles, Wings–Paul, Linda and Denny Laine–turned out an absolute classic that produced some of Macca’s best-loved songs.

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April 11, 1970: Peter Green Quits Fleetwood Mac

They started out as a British blues band and were on the verge of success when their co-founder announced he was getting out.

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April 10, 1976: Frampton Comes Alive Hits #1

He was a journeyman rocker with a decade of experience behind him, but he still hadn’t broken through. Then he released a live album.

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April 7, 1962: Mick and Keith Meet Brian Jones

In a new London club devoted to American blues, two fans met a third on this date. Soon they started making their own blues. Soon they’d be world-famous.

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April 6, 2016: Merle Haggard Dies at 79

A genuine outlaw throughout his life and career, his songs were covered by rockers like the Byrds and the Grateful Dead.

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