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.

Mar 30, 2020: Bill Withers, Acclaimed Singer-Songwriter of ‘Lean On Me’ Fame, Dies

The Rock Hall member is best known for a series of popular singles in the 1970s that also included “Ain’t No Sunshine,” “Just the Two of Us,” and “Use Me”

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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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Mar. 29, 2021: Jerry Burgan, Co-Founder of We Five (‘You Were on My Mind’), Dies

The San Francisco-based folk-rock group scored their big hit in 1965 paralleling the rise of the electric sound from what had been traditional acoustic folk

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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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Mar. 29, 2020: Alan Merrill, ‘I Love Rock ‘N Roll’ Writer, Dies

He recorded the song with his UK-based band, the Arrows, in 1975. Joan Jett first saw them perform it on TV while visiting England with the Runaways

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