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Legendary guitarist, Jeff Beck (front and center), is born. Beck joins the Yardbirds and starts The Jeff Beck Group before embarking on a successful solo career. 1944
1940's  Mick Fleetwood is born to eventually lend his name and drum talents to Fleetwood Mac. 1942

I am the God of Hell fire! Arthur Brown (Crazy World Of...) has a birthday. He's simply one of the coolest one-hit wonders that ever existed. "Fire" was the song." 1942

The late Christopher Gordon Blandford 'Chris' Wood, a founding member of Traffic, is born in Harborne, Birmingham, England. He was self-taught on flute and sax. 1944

The Zombies' Colin Blunstone (great name) is born. 1945

Dire Straits founding member, bassist John Illsley, starts life in Leicester, England. 1949
1950's  Nashville native and Black Crowes guitarist, Jeff Cease has a birthday. 1957
1960's  John Lennon's second book (his first was In His Own Write) is published. The tome is entitled A Spaniard In The Works. 1965

"A Whiter Shade Of Pale" from Procol Harum hits the U.S. charts. It climbs to #5. 1967

1970's  Mario Calire, drummer for the Wallflowers, is born. 1973

Turn it up. Lynyrd Skynyrd's "Sweet Home Alabama" is released as a single. The song peaks at #8 on the pop chart. 1974

"The Last Waltz," The Band's triple box-set farewell, peaks at #16 on the U.S. album chart. 1978
1980's  Def Leppard launch their Hysteria Tour. What's interesting is where it starts - at the Nooderligt in Tilburg, Holland. 1987

INXS sells out Wembley Stadium. 1988

1990's   
Singer Eddie Vedder, suffering from stomach flu, has to bail on a San Francisco Pearl Jam concert after only seven songs. Neil Young steps in to finish the show. 1995

The Batman Forever soundtrack rolls out containing Offspring's version of The Damned's "Smash It Up." 1995

Eric Clapton auctions off 100 guitars including Brownie, the guitar used to record "Layla," to raise $5 mil for the Crossroads Center, a drug rehab clinic. 1999

2000's  Brownsville Station leader, singer and guitarist Cub Koda dies from complications due to kidney failure. Coda co-wrote, along with bassist Michael Lutz, the great "Smokin' In The Boy's Room." 2000

Cardboard Vampyres, featuring ex-Alice in Chains guitarist Jerry Cantrell and former members of the Cult and Motley Crue, begin their debut tour in New York. 2004

Frampton goes Classical. Peter Frampton performs his songs with the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra at the city's Riverbend Music Center. "It's every musician's dream to stand up there in front of an orchestra one day," says the guitarist. Yeah, sure it is. 2006

Shinedown release their third album, "The Sound Of Madness." "When I am dead and gone, I want people to say that this was a record that the world needed," says singer Brent Smith. 2008

Motley Crue roll out their "Saints Of Los Angeles" album. "We were firing on all cylinders," proclaims bassist Nikki Sixx. The Crue also appear on CBS' Late Show With David Letterman. 2008

Ex-KoRn guitarist Brian 'Head' Welch publishes his second book, Washed By Blood: Lessons From My Time With KoRn And My Journey To Christ. "One day I just felt like the Lord said, 'Leave everything, follow me'," says the born-again musician." 2008

Classical Rock. The audience attending a New York Philharmonic concert in Central Park are asked to vote by cell phone to select the encore. "Purple Haze," by Jimi Hendrix beats "Flight Of The Bumblebee," by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov. 2008

Transformers: Revenge Of The Fallen hits theaters. Linkin Park ("New Divide") is on the soundtrack. 2009

The Doors documentary When You're Strange is screened at the Los Angeles Film Festival. The film is narrated by actor Johnny Depp. 2009
2010's   
A double self-portrait caricature of John Lennon and Yoko Ono, drawn by Lennon in '69 during the couple's Bed-In for Peace in Montreal, sells for nearly $56,000 at Christie's Auction House in London. 2010

Original Kinks bassist, Pete Quaife, dies at age 66 (he'd been on kidney dialysis for over a decade). "I wouldn't be here today if it wasn't for him," says Kinks frontman Ray Davies. Exhausted by the infighting, Quaife quit the band in '69 but last played with the group at their '90 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction. 2010

Former Lynyrd Skynyrd backup singer, Jo Jo Billingsley (aka Deborah Jo White) dies at her Cullman, AL, home after a bout with cancer. Billingsley toured with Lynyrd Skynyrd for three and one-half years. Invited to return, she had a dream about the band's plane crashing and tried to warn the group, but to no avail. Billingsley was not on the fatal 10/20/77 flight that took the life of lead singer Ronnie Van Zant and others. Later, she became a minister and Christian singer. She was 58. 2010

Bassist Jared MacEachern makes his live debut with Machine Head in Spokane, WA. He replaces Adam Duce who was fired four months earlier. 2013

Mastodon unfurl "Once More 'Round The Sun." "We're all over the world as far as themes go," explains singer/bassist Troy Sanders said. "But there are a few sprinkles of epic goodness." 2014

"Fuego" by Phish drops. The group's first studio effort since '09's "Joy," was produced by the legendary Bob Ezrin (Alice Cooper/Pink Floyd/KISS). 2014

Bob Dylan's handwritten lyric sheet for "Like A Rolling Stone" goes on the auction block at Sotheby's in New York. It sells for over $2 million. Also, Elvis Presley's sweat stained 'peacock' jumpsuit nets nearly a quarter of a million dollars. 2014

Slade's Noddy Holder becomes an honorary freeman of the borough in his home town of Walsal (England). During the ceremony Holder is presented with a silver casket containing a record of his admission. 2014

Motley Crue's Vince Neil stars in an episode of ABC's Celebrity Wife Swap, trading partners with Gunner Nelson (of Nelson). 2015

Queen announce the launch of Queen Bohemian Lager to celebrate the group's 40th anniversary. The label's crest was originally designed by late frontman Freddie Mercury. 2015

Whitechapel release their sixth full-length set, "Mark Of The Blade." "(It) remains true to the band's roots while venturing into previously unexplored territory, both sonically and lyrically," says the band. 2016

"Science Agrees" is the title of the debut album from D.A.R.K., a collaboration between Smiths' bassist Andy Rourke, Cranberries singer Dolores O'Riordan and songwriter, producer, DJ Ole Koretsky. 2016

Denner/Shermann, with Mercyful Fate guitarists Michael Denner and Hank Shermann, roll out their full-length debut album, "Masters Of Evil." 2016


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