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 5, 1968: Buffalo Springfield Plays Final Concert

For a band that was together for less than three years, they had an outsized impact on rock. They played their last gig on this date in 1968.

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May 4, 1970: Kent St. Deaths Inspire CSNY’s ‘Ohio’

The massacre of four university students by the National Guard inspired one of the most iconic protest songs in rock history

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Dr. John’s ‘Musical Mojo’ Celebrated by Stars

Stars and admirers including Fogerty, Springsteen and Toussaint gathered in New Orleans to join the Louisiana legend and 6x Grammy winner

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May 3, 1980: Bob Seger Scores 1st #1 Album

Talk about hard work paying off. Nearly two decades after he started out in Detroit, this mainstream American rocker finally went to the top.

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May 1, 1969: Dylan Sings on Johnny Cash TV Show

Two superstars had a mutual admiration society going when they finally performed together. One song became a classic; the others were often bootlegged.

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April 29, 1993: Guitarist Mick Ronson Dies at 46

He was David Bowie’s perfect foil in the Spiders from Mars but also a solo artist and in-demand sideman, producer and more. Remembering a great musician.

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April 28, 1968: Hair Opens on Broadway

The idea of a Broadway musical based on rock and countercultural themes was unthinkable. Until it wasn’t. One show changed everything.

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April 27, 1971: Beach Boys Jam with Grateful Dead

“Another famous California group,” said Jerry Garcia at Fillmore East, and out strolled a band no one ever expected to see sharing the Dead’s stage.

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Apr. 26, 1969: Led Zeppelin Debuts Whole Lotta Love

They were still a new band when they came to San Francisco and broke out a chugging, psychedelic jam that would become a rock classic.

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April 25, 1994: Eagles Begin ‘Hell Freezes Over’

When the California megastars broke up in 1980, Don Henley said they’d reunite “when Hell freezes over.” In 1994, they knew what to call their new album.

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