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.

Aug 6, 1965: Small Faces Release Debut UK Single

The precursor to Faces were born in 1965. The East London quartet, specializing in high-energy R&B covers + a handful of originals, soon found a devoted audience

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August 6, 1970: Festival For Peace at Shea Stadium

Very little has been documented about this event which featured some of the biggest classic rock acts: Janis Joplin, CCR, Steppenwolf, Paul Simon and more

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Happy Birthday, Rick Derringer!

He hit #1 in 1965 with “Hang On Sloopy” with his band The McCoys, worked with Johnny & Edgar Winter, wrote “Rock and Roll, Hoochie Koo” and more

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Aug 4, ’15: Billy Joel Closes Venue With Paul Simon

The Long Island native has had many memorable concerts at the venue. The “Piano Man” closed it–and reopened it 18 months later

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August 4, 1958: Billboard Hot 100 Chart Debuts

When they say a song is #1, the chart they are talking about is the Billboard magazine Hot 100. See what the very first chart topper was and some eye-opening totals

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August 3, 1973: Stevie Wonder Releases ‘Innervisions’

On his 16th album in a decade Wonder needed a strong album. He nailed it. Like its predecessor, this one earned a wide audience and generated 3 hit singles

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August 3, 2006: Love’s Arthur Lee Dies

The frontman and leader of the 1960s Los Angeles band Love is one of classic rock’s stars that should have been and was admired by artists then and now.

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August 2, 1987: Billy Joel Makes History in Leningrad

The first major American rocker to bring a large-scale rock concert to the country when he accepted an invitation from the Kremlin to play several concerts on Russian soil

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August 2, 1992: Don Henley Surprises Nemesis Mojo Nixon

Gotta hand it to the guy: Jumping onstage to sing along on a song that calls for your death is a pretty cool move. The crowd went wild

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August 1, 1981: MTV Debut Was a Game Changer

The notion of a 24-hour cable TV channel airing music videos was hardly an assured success when MTV launched. It proved to be a media game changer

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