The Classic Rock Legacy

15 Rockers’ Early Days: Before They Were Stars

The Eagles, Simon & Garfunkel, Hendrix, Stephen Stills and other rockers made records before anyone knew who they were. You’ve got to hear these!

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Mike Bloomfield & the Electric Flag: Long Time Comin’

He was an American guitar hero before there was such a thing. In 1967 he put together a new but short-lived band that combined blues, soul and rock.

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Bon Jovi’s Game-Changing ‘Livin’ on a Prayer’

Guess who didn’t much care for the song that made the band a major force of rock for decades to come? And who’s just fine with it now…

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Genesis’ Path to Success: The Inside Story

Before he became Atlantic Records’ President, Jerry Greenberg said: “I never heard one note of their music. But just from what I read in the English papers about them, I thought: ‘I’ve gotta have this group.’”

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When Queen and Rami Malek Reigned at the Oscars

The actor had swept all the awards shows earlier, so why not the Acadeny Awards? Earlier, Queen + Adam Lambert opened the show with a rocking performance

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10 Rocking ‘Ed Sullivan Show’ Performances

He may have been a square but he knew what “the kiddies” wanted to hear. Check out these great clips from the all-time biggest variety show in America.

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Shocking Blue’s ‘Venus’: An Out-of-This-World Hit

When the Dutch rock band replaced its male lead vocalist with a striking 21-year-old female, they scored with a shock heard ’round the world

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When the J. Geils Band Finally Broke Through

The only #1 hit for this dynamic Boston band was about a schoolboy crush later being crushed for real. We look back at an early MTV favorite.

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Before They Were Stars: More Rockers’ Early Days

In another installment of our series on pre-fame recordings by rock stars, we listen to early sides by Tom Petty, Creedence, Buckingham-Nicks, and more

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Singing Rock Drummers: From the Skins to the Mike

From Ringo Starr and Levon Helm to Don Henley and Queen’s Roger Taylor, these drummers not only mastered the sticks but belted out the tunes

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