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The Who’s singer, Roger Daltrey (on the right), is born. 1944
1940's  Mike D'Abo, lead vocalist for Manfred Mann, is born in Betchworth, Surrey. 1944
1950's  Already operating a recording studio, Memphis Recording Service, Sam Phillips starts Sun Records. The label launches the careers of Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Johnny Cash and Carl Perkins. 1952

Chuck Berry’s classic “School Days” is released. 1957

The Everly Brothers cut "Bye Bye Love" in Nashville. 1957

Buddy Holly & The Crickets launch their one and only U.K. tour in London. 1958
1960's  Gene Clark announces he’s left the Byrds. A fear of flying is given as the reason. An inability to handle touring and the accompanying lifestyle appear a more likely cause. 1966

In Ottawa, the Animals refuse to go on unless they are paid in advance. The concert is canceled. As a result, the audience riots resulting in several thousands of dollars worth of damage. 1967

The Doors’ infamous “Miami Concert.” Singer Jim Morrison is later arrested for profanity and lewd behavior. He is convicted but the case is on appeal when Morrison permanently eludes the law. 1969
1970's  Jerry Lee Lewis’ "The Session" comes out. The album features an all-star cast, including Peter Frampton and Alvin Lee, as they roll through the oldies. It is Jerry Lee’s highest charting album. 1973

And you thought Brian Wilson was off kilter. The New York's Joffrey Ballet performs “Deuce Coupe Ballet” consisting entirely of Beach Boys music. Good Vibrations? Not only are the Beach Boys passe at this point, the very thought of leaping around to “Be True To Your School” is truly embarrassing. But that didn’t stop others from setting Rock N' Roll music to dance. Unfortunately. 1973

The Eagles score a #1 hit with “Best Of My Love.” 1975

Stevie Wonder repeats his Grammy domination (he was the big winner the previous year as well). Among his awards, is the Album of the Year trophy for “Fullfillingness’ First Finale” (containing “Living For The City”). Oh, by the way, The Best New Artist honor goes to Marvin Hamlisch (“The Entertainer”) who beats out Bad Company. Apparently, no one under 80 was allowed to vote that year. 1975

Manfred Mann’s Earth Band gets a gold record for their cover of Bruce Springsteen’s “Blinded By The Light.” It topped the chart in February. 1977
1980's   
MTV launches its catchy “I Want My MTV” campaign. The effort builds public demand for cable systems to offer the channel. Pete Townshend, Mick Jagger and David Bowie verbalized the incessant demand. 1982

Jimmy Page releases his first solo album. It’s the soundtrack to Death Wish II. 1982

Pantera’s fourth album, “Power Metal,” is their first to feature Phil Anselmo on vocals. 1988

1990's   
The Doors, an Oliver Stone film, is released. 1991

Nirvana’s last show is in Munich, Germany. 1994

Soul Asylum’s “Runaway Train” wins Best Rock Song at the 36th annual Grammy Awards in New York. Ozzy Osbourne nails the Best Metal Performance Grammy for “I Don’t Want To Change The World.” Bruce Springsteen, Steve Winwood and Bonnie Raitt perform a tribute to Cutis Mayfield. 1994

Bruce Springsteen opens the 37th Grammy Awards show in L.A. with “The Streets Of Philadelphia” (which wins Song Of The Year). Sheryl Crow picks up Record of the Year for “All I Wanna Do.” Soundgarden earn a pair of statues for “Black Hole Sun” (Best Hard Rock Performance) and “Spoonman” (Best Metal Performance) Also, the trophy for Best Rock Performance-Female goes to Melissa Etheridge. "Come To My Window" is the song. 1995

Bill Berry, R.E.M.’s drummer, has to leave the stage during a concert in Switzerland after suffering a brain aneurysm. 1995
2000's   
Good Charlotte’s Benji and Joel Madden debut their MTV show “All Things Rock.” 2002

The question of who owns Jim Hendrix gets settled one more time. In Britain Purple Haze Records is prohibited from selling a bootleg of a '69 Jimi Hendrix Experience concert. Purple Haze claims they purchased the rights from another company, who apparently didn’t own the rights either – at least that’s what the court rules as it sides with the Hendrix family and estate. In other legal news, a British judge rules that Linkin Park cannot file lawsuits against people selling unauthorized posters of the band. The group had wanted to copyright its name to terminate the sale of bootleg merchandise. 2005

Slipknot percussionist Clown (Shawn Crahan or No. 6) skips the band's appearance NBC's Late Night With Conan O'Brien because his wife, who reportedly has Crohn's disease, is sick. Slipknot performs "Before I Forget" and dedicates the song to Crahan and his family. Nice. 2005

A limited-edition line of teas featuring original artwork from late Grateful Dead guitarist Jerry Garcia are sold by the Republic of Tea company. A portion of the proceeds from J. Garcia Artisan Teas benefit DrawBridge, a nonprofit arts organization for homeless youths. 2006

Steely Dan's Donald Fagen begins his first solo tour in New Brunswick, NJ. 2006

Carlos Santana and his wife Deborah, are honored for their work with the Milagro Foundation during a Beverly Hills, CA, charity gig. The organization raises money to benefit underprivileged children around the world. 2006

Staind frontman Aaron Lewis plays a series of acoustic solo performances at casinos beginning in Royal Oak, MI. "I'm not quite so reserved in the solo shows," the singer explains. "I tend to be a prankster and a jokester and a goofball." 2007

30 Seconds To Mars singer Jared Leto suffers a broken nose during the El Paso, TX, show on the Taste of Chaos tour. The incident occurs when Leto runs into the crowd and smacks into onrushing fans. He's able to complete the concert. 2007

A photography exhibition featuring images of Kurt Cobain, Slash, Billie Joe Armstrong and Jimi Hendrix, opens in London at Blink Gallery. Later, across town, it's heroes and villains at the NME Awards. Arctic Monkeys nab Best Album for "Whatever You Say I Am, That's What I'm Not" and their "Scummy Man" earns Best Music DVD. The Killers nail Best Video for "Bones." My Chemical Romance wins Best International Group and Kasabian is named Best Live Band during ceremonies at Hammersmith Palais. But most important, My Chemical Romance frontman Gerard Way is the Hero of the Year while George W. Bush gets tagged as Villain of the Year (beating out Tony Blair and even Pete Doherty!). 2007

Rock To The Top: What I Learned About Success From the World's Greatest Rock Stars is in bookstores. Written by Rock radio personality Dayna Steele, the book has her reminiscences of interactions with Bruce Springsteen, Aerosmith's Steven Tyler, David Bowie, Rolling StonesMick Jagger and Keith Richards, Sammy Hagar, U2's Bono and Ozzy Osbourne. The foreword is by KISS' Gene Simmons. 2008
2010's   
U2 tops the 2009 Billboard Money Makers list earning more than $108 million. Bruce Springsteen is second with a mere $57 million. 2010

Megadeth perform their classic album, “Rust In Peace,” in its entirety during a tour in celebration of the album’s 20th anniversary. The first show is in Spokane, WA. 2010

“That's it. With equal parts regret and relief, the Jane’s Addiction experiment is at an end.” With those words, bassist Eric Avery announces his departure from the band via Twitter. He rejoined the “Nothing’s Shocking” era lineup in ’08 after a 17-year hiatus. 2010

Beady Eye, who can either be viewed as a band with ex-Oasis members fronted by Liam Gallagher or as Oasis without Liam’s older brother, guitarist Noel, release their debut album “Different Gear, Still Speeding.” 2011

“Rope,” the lead single from the Foo Fighters' seventh album “Wasting Light,” is released. The song tops the Billboard Rock Songs chart a week later. 2011

Boston’s Dropkick Murphys release “Going Out In Style” with Bruce Springsteen’s vocals on "Peg O' My Heart," a tune that originally appeared in the Ziegfeld Follies. NOFX's Fat Mike and Chris Cheney of Living End are also heard on the album. 2011

The spacesuit worn by Ozzy Osbourne in the Best Buy Super Bowl commercial is sold to raise money for Sharon Osbourne’s Colon Cancer Program at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. That sad news is that Osborne’s suit goes for $2,550 while the very same suit worn by pop-star Justin Bieber, who also appeared in the commercial, sells for $5,800. 2011

Morrissey, a vegetarian (think The Smiths’ “Meat Is Murder”), tries to give a meat-free concert at L.A.'s Staples Center. McDonald's outlets are closed but only the backstage area is meat free (per Morrissey’s request). A portion of the proceeds from ticket sales goes to PETA. 2013

Train pulls out of a headlining gig at the Boy Scouts National Jamboree in protest of the organization's ban on gay scouts and gay scout leaders. "When we booked this show for the Boy Scouts of America we were not aware of any policy barring openly gay people from participation within the organization," says a statement from Train. "Train strongly opposes any kind of policy that questions the equality of any American citizen." 2013

Jo Wood, former wife of Rolling Stones guitarist Ronnie Wood, publishes her autobiography, Hey Jo. One precious moment talks about Ronnie bringing cocaine to the hospital following birth of their son Tyrone. That’s one way to shed the baby weight. 2013

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