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The Who’s, brilliant, epic and classic, “Who’s Next,” goes gold. 1971
  B.B. (“Blues Boy”) King is born in Itta Bena, Mississippi. 1925

1940's  The Hollies bassist, Bernard (Bernie) Calvert, is born. 1943

The Who’s replacement drummer Kenney Jones is born. He joins following Keith Moon’s untimely demise. 1948

Ron Blair is born in San Diego. The bassist is in Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers from ‘76 to ‘81. In ‘02, he returns to the group after a 21-year hiatus, taking over from his own replacement, the late Howie Epstein. 1948
1960's  Swan Records release “She Loves You” in the U.S. It stiffs. Despite success in Europe, The Beatles find the early going tough in the States until they are picked up by Capitol Records. 1963

The ABC TV music show Shindig debuts featuring U.S. and U.K. music acts. 1964

The Rolling Stones kick off Shindig’s second season with “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction.” The Byrds, Kinks and Everly Brothers also appear. Not a bad line-up. 1965

Bassist Pete Quaife quits the Kinks and is replaced by John Dalton. 1966

The classic “Are You Experienced?” from the Jimi Hendrix Experience enters the LP charts. 1967

1970's  A change has come. A Melody Maker poll claims Led Zeppelin is more popular than The Beatles in the U.K. The Beatles had won the poll for eight straight years. Also, Jimi Hendrix jams with Eric Burdon and War in London. It is his last public appearance. 1970

Originally recorded by Sammy Davis Jr. in the late ‘50s, Three Dog Night take the “racial harmony” song, “Black And White,” to #1. 1972

Peter Frampton (formerly of Humble Pie) makes his solo debut in New York, opening for the J. Geils Band. 1972

The Talking Heads release their debut album, “Talking Heads: 77.” 1977

An auto accident claims the life of T-Rex mainman Marc Bolan. Also, The Rolling Stones release “Love You Live.” 1977

1980's  "Mother’s Milk" makes its debut on the U.S. album chart (#52). The Red Hot Chili Peppers’ album contains a cover of Stevie Wonder’s "Higher Ground." 1989
1990's   
The Spin Doctors and Gin Blossoms launch a fall tour in Austin, TX. 1994

R.E.M.’s “New Adventures In Hi-Fi” enters the LP chart at the lofty #2 slot. 1996
2000's   
Ima Robot’s self-titled debut is out. 2003

Mötley Crüe singer Vince Neil tears a calf muscle during an Atlanta concert forcing the group to end the show early. Neil is back on stage, against doctor's orders, two nights later. 2005 9/22

Nine Inch Nails cut short their tour opener in San Diego when drummer Jerome Dillon experiences chest pains midway through the band's set. Dillon is treated for an irregular heartbeat but his aliment is later attributed to "fatigue and exhaustion." After a two day break Dillon rejoins the group. 2005

A bad day for Love. A Los Angeles judge orders Courtney Love to spend 180 days in a live-in drug-rehab facility for violating the terms of her probation set after she pleaded no contest to various assault and drug charges earlier in the year. As that is happening, a separate civil lawsuit is filed against the former Hole frontwoman by musician Kristen King, who is seeking unspecified financial restitutions from Love for assault, battery and other allegations. 2005

First comes the baby, then comes marriage... Queens Of The Stone Age frontman Josh Homme and Distillers singer Brody Dalle annouce (through a rep) they are expecting their first child in January. They also confirm that they've became engaged. "Joshua truly is a family man," claims Jesse Hughes, frontman of Homme's Eagles Of Death Metal side project. 2005

The Black Crowes hit the road for a six week run. The first stop is Colorado's Telluride Blues & Brews Festival. 2005

Eric Clapton’s North America tour starts in Minneapolis. 2006

Allman Brothers Band singer-keyboardist, Gregg Allman, and R.E.M. are inducted into the Georgia Music Hall of Fame in Atlanta. 2006

Staind play a free acoustic gig in New York. The show is recorded for a DVD that’s included in a greatest-hits package that’s released later in the year. 2006

Live's "Radiant Sea: A Collection Of Bootleg Rarities And Two New Songs" is available on the band's tour stops and their website (to members). The disc features "Beautiful Invisible" and "Radiant Sea" (the two new songs referenced in the title). 2007

Bob Dylan headlines the third and final day of the Austin City Limits Music Festival. 2007

Buckcherry issues their fourth album, "Black Butterfly." The follow-up to their platinum-certified ‘06 set, "15," is named after a song that didn’t make it on to the album. "In the big picture of the record that piece just didn't seem to fit," explains guitarist Keith Nelson. "We loved it and certainly it will see the light of day at some point." Also, Buckcherry launch their U.S. tour in Moline, IL. Shinedown and Saving Abel are along for the jaunt. 2008

Pearl Jam bassist Jeff Ament unfurls his debut solo album "Tone" through the group's Ten Club and at select U.S. record stores. Ament says the 10-track effort is the result of him being "left to his own devices." 2008

Fleetwood Mac singer-guitarist Lindsey Buckingham releases his fifth solo album, "Gift Of Screws." "As an artist I'm still, for better or worse, clinging to my idealism and to my sense that there is still much to be said," says Buckingham. "This album is a culmination of that." Fleetwood Mac drummer Mick Fleetwood and bassist John McVie contributed to several tracks. 2008

Avenged Sevenfold issue "Live In The LBC & Diamonds In The Rough" DVD/CD set. The collection contains an ’08 concert in Long Beach, CA, while the CD features B-sides and cover tunes. 2008

David Gilmour's CD/DVD "Live In Gdansk" documenting an August ‘06 concert in the Polish city, is released. 2008

Joe Cocker’s concert DVD Cry Me A River is out. The disc contains “You Are So Beautiful," "Feelin' Alright," "With a Little Help From My Friends" and "The Letter" along with footage dating back to ’80. 2008

Legendary Motown Records songwriter and producer Norman Whitfield dies in L.A. at age 67. He composed such classics as "Ain't Too Proud To Beg," "I Heard It Through the Grapevine," and "I Know I'm Losing You" which were subsequently covered by the Rolling Stones, Creedence Clearwater Revival and Rod Stewart, respectively (the songs were originally hits for the Temptations and Marvin Gaye). A Grammy winner, Whitfield had been battling diabetes and other health issues. 2008

The Beatles remastered catalog is a hit. Nielsen SoundScan numbers show The Beatles sold a combined 626,000 units in the U.S. during the catalog’s first week out. "Abbey Road" is the biggest seller. That takes The Beatles to 1.2 million album sales for the year. 2009

The Berkeley Repertory Theatre's production of American Idiot, the musical based on Green Day's ‘04 album, begins an eight-week run in Berkeley, CA. Originally planned as a five-week show, ticket demand following a preview a week-and-a-half earlier, results in extending the musical another three weeks. 2009
2010's   
"Mister Sixties: Philip Townsend's Portraits of a Decade” a Manchester, U.K. exhibit features previously unavailable photos of the Rolling Stones and The Beatles. "The Stones tried their best to be mean and nasty, but they never really were,” says photographer Townsend. “The Beatles were the real bad boys." 2010

"Timeless: The Photography of Julian Lennon" opens at New York’s Morrison Hotel Gallery. Lennon’s mother Cynthia and his father John's second wife, Yoko Ono, attend. "My dad wasn’t really a photographer, so it just allows me to breathe a little more," Lennon tells Rolling Stone. “This is my own thing." 2010

Radical Christian group, the Westboro Baptist Church, pickets the Foo Fighters performance in Kansas City, MO. "The entertainment industry is a microcosm of the people in this doomed nation: hard-hearted, hell-bound, and hedonistic," writes Church leader Fred Phelps on the church's website. "These people have a platform and should be using it to encourage obedience to God." The band mocks the protesters by arriving at the concert on the back of a truck dressed as the characters from their homoerotic ‘Hot Buns’ video. 2011

An exhibit of John Lennon’s artwork opens in Princeton. "It was great that he had this talent of doing artwork because when we were in a conference with all the lawyers, and maybe 20 lawyers together, it's so boring,” says Lennon’s widow Yoko Ono. “And he would just start to do drawing." Proceeds from the show benefit the Mercer St. Friends Food Bank. 2011

Sunflower Jam 2012 is held at London's Royal Albert Hall. The annual event raises funds for Sunflower, a UK cancer charity. Performers include Led Zeppelin's John Paul Jones, Brian May of Queen, Iron Maiden vocalist Bruce Dickinson, Alice Cooper and Deep Purple’s Ian Paice, whose wife Jacky founded the charity. 2012

Violent Crime Part I: Cauterize. Tim Lambesis, frontman for As I Lay Dying, is ordered to stand trial on charges that he solicited an undercover police officer to kill his estranged wife. Testimony comes from multiple sources including Lambesis’ personal trainer who was approached by the singer to carry out the dirty deed. In court, the trainer explains that he reached out to police because "he didn't want to see an innocent person get murdered." 2013

Violent Crime Part II: Take it easy! Tired of listening to her roommate play The Eagles endlessly, Vernett Bader of North Charleston, SC grabs a serrated knife from the kitchen and stabs her male 65-year-old roommate repeatedly. Prior to the incident she requested he stop playing the group’s music. Her roommate responded by telling her to shut up. The gent suffers wounds on his arm, hand and elbow. And here’s the shocker, according to police, both parties appeared intoxicated. 2013

Slash featuring Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators unfurl "World On Fire." 2014


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