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.

June 21, 2016: Wayne Jackson of Memphis Horns Dies

The trumpeter, whose talents graced many legendary rock, soul and pop recordings for over 50 years, was a recipient of a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award

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June 21, 2018: Paul McCartney’s ‘Carpool Karaoke’ Airs

In a brilliant 23-minute sketch, McCartney sang and talked to Late Late Show host James Corden about his hometown of Liverpool

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June 21, 1981: Steely Dan Disband

Steely Dan were a star act during the 1970s who enjoyed hit songs, strong FM airplay and million selling albums. They broke up in ’81 and reunited in ’93.

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June 20, 1977: Steve Winwood Solo Debut Released

The singer and keyboard player was a star with Spencer Davis Group, Traffic and Blind Faith. But his first album on his own didn’t connect with listeners

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June 19, 1973: Edgar Winter’s ‘Frankenstein’ Goes Gold

The #1 instrumental hit almost never was. Its title derives from how the final song was spliced together. Check out the great video…

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June 18, 1942: Bassist Carl Radle Born

Tulsa, OK-born Radle played with Eric Clapton, George Harrison, Delaney and Bonnie, Leon Russell, Duane Allman, and Derek and the Dominos but died young

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June 18, 1948: 12-Inch Vinyl LP Unveiled

The introduction of the 12-inch vinyl record drove a sales and artistic boom in recorded music. The CD was thought to have killed the now resurgent format

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June 17, 1972: Pigpen Plays Final Dead Show

Ron “Pigpen” McKernan was a singer/keyboard & harmonica player with the Grateful Dead who last played with them on this day in 1972, and died the next year

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June 16, 2016: Meat Loaf Collapses on Stage

The ‘Bat Out of Hell’ singer fell while performing at a Canadian concert. The New York Post reported that he had died, in some of its editions

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June 16, 1967: Monterey Pop Festival Begins

Considered the first major rock festival, the three day event featured some of the top acts in contemporary music. Check out the amazing performances

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