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Music concertMusic Concert

1957-07-06 John Lennon (16) & Paul McCartney (15) meet for 1st time as Lennon's rock group Quarrymen perform at a church dinner

Musician and Beatle John Lennon
Musician and Beatle
John Lennon
Musician and Beatle Paul McCartney
Musician and Beatle
Paul McCartney

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1963-09-01 Cliff Richard and the Shadows 1st British rock group to perform in Israel

  • 1965-01-15 Rock group Who releases first album "I Can't Explain"
  • 1965-06-17 British rock band The Kinks arrive in NYC beginning their 1st US tour
  • 1965-07-06 Rock group "Jefferson Airplane" forms
  • 1965-07-24 Rock group "The Animals" 1st time in British charts
  • 1965-09-04 Rock group Who's van is vandalized with $10,000 in equipment stolen

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1966-03-03 Canadian-American rock band "Buffalo Springfield" forms (Stephen Stills, Neil Young, et al)

Singer-songwriter Neil Young
Singer-songwriter
Neil Young
  • 1967-12-20 Ian Anderson & Glenn Cornick form rock group Jethro Tull

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1968-02-18 David Gilmour joins rock group Pink Floyd

Rock Bassist and Vocalist Roger Waters
Rock Bassist and Vocalist
Roger Waters
Singer-songwriter and Producer David Gilmour
Singer-songwriter and Producer
David Gilmour
  • 1968-02-22 Rock group Genesis release their 1st record "Silent Sun"
  • 1968-07-07 Rock group "Yardbirds" disband
  • 1969-02-07 British rock band The Who record their song "Pinball Wizard" at Morgan Studio's, London
  • 1969-07-02 American guitarist Leslie West and producer, bassist Felix Pappalardi form rock group Mountain
  • 1969-10-10 British progressive rock band King Crimson releases their debut album "In The Court Of The Crimson King"
  • 1971-05-23 American rock group Iron Butterfly ("In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida") disbands

  • 1972-05-18 American pop rock band Looking Glass release their single "Brandy"
  • 1972-10-16 Rock band Creedence Clearwater Revival break up
  • 1973-01-30 Rock band Kiss plays their 1st show at the Coventry Club in Queens, NY
  • 1974-03-28 Rock group Raspberries breakup
  • 1974-06-08 Keyboardist Rick Wakeman quits rock group "Yes" (for the first time)
  • 1974-08-05 Joan Jett forms her rock group Runaways

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1974-11-18 "The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway" by English progressive rock band Genesis is released, their last to feature original frontman Peter Gabriel

Rock Vocalist Peter Gabriel
Rock Vocalist
Peter Gabriel

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1976-09-25 Bono, David Evans, his brother Dik and Adam Clayton respond to an advertisement on a bulletin board at Mount Temple posted by fellow student Larry Mullen Jr. to form a rock band, which would eventually become U2

Rocker Bono
Rocker
Bono
Musician and Rock Bassist Adam Clayton
Musician and Rock Bassist
Adam Clayton

Music ConcertSex Pistols' Break Up

1977-01-06 EMI records drop punk rock group Sex Pistols

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Sex Pistols bassist Sid Vicious on stage during the band's last show at Winterland in San Francisco, January 14, 1978
Sex Pistols bassist Sid Vicious on stage during the band's last show at Winterland in San Francisco, January 14, 1978
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  • 1977-02-18 American rock band KISS play their first concert in their hometown venue of Madison Square Garden in New York City

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1977-06-30 Marvel Comics publish "Kiss book" tributing rock group Kiss

Comic-Book Artist and Marvel Creative Leader Stan Lee
Comic-Book Artist and Marvel Creative Leader
Stan Lee
  • 1977-10-14 Rock band Kiss release their 2nd live album "Alive II"
  • 1977-10-20 Plane chartered by rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd runs out of fuel and crashes in a wooded area near Gillsburg, Mississippi. Six people are killed, including band members Ronnie Van Zant, Steve Gains, and Cassie Gaines, and road manager Dean Kilpatrick
  • 1978-06-28 UNICEF chooses rock group Kansas as ambassadors of goodwill

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1978-07-25 John Lydon forms rock group Public Ltd Image

Musician John Lydon
Musician
John Lydon
  • 1979-06-14 Rock group "Little Feat" disbands
  • 1979-12-30 Rock group, Emerson, Lake & Palmer break up

  • 1980-05-16 Brian May of rock group Queen collapses on stage with hepatitis
  • 1980-05-20 Drummer Peter Criss quits rock band Kiss

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1981-04-27 Paul McCartney's solo rock band Wings disbands

Musician and Beatle Paul McCartney
Musician and Beatle
Paul McCartney

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1981-06-21 Donald Fagen and Walter Becker disband their rock group Steely Dan

Musician and Record Producer Walter Becker
Musician and Record Producer
Walter Becker
Singer Donald Fagen
Singer
Donald Fagen
  • 1982-03-31 American rock group The Doobie Brothers split up

Music releaseAlbum Release

1984-01-09 Rock band Van Halen release their most successful album "1984"

Rock Guitarist Eddie Van Halen
Rock Guitarist
Eddie Van Halen
  • 1988-06-21 American rock band The Rascals begin their 1st tour in 20 years
  • 1988-09-16 Fish leaves rock group Marillion

Music releaseMusic Single

1991-09-10 Rock band Nirvana release their single "Smells like Teen Spirit", often dubbed the anthem of Generation X

Singer-Songwriter and Musician Dave Grohl
Singer-Songwriter and Musician
Dave Grohl
Rocker Kurt Cobain
Rocker
Kurt Cobain

Music releaseAlbum Release

1991-09-24 Rock band Nirvana release their 2nd studio album "Nevermind"

Rocker Kurt Cobain
Rocker
Kurt Cobain
Singer-Songwriter and Musician Dave Grohl
Singer-Songwriter and Musician
Dave Grohl

Music releaseAlbum Release

1992-11-03 Rock band Rage Against the Machine release their debut album "Rage Against the Machine" featuring single "Killing in the Name"

Guitarist Tom Morello
Guitarist
Tom Morello
  • 1995-12-07 American rock band The Grateful Dead break up

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1996-08-06 Punk rock band the Ramones perform for the last time at the Palace in Hollywood

Guitarist Johnny Ramone
Guitarist
Johnny Ramone

Music releaseAlbum Release

2000-02-29 American rock band Steely Dan releases "Two Against Nature", their eighth studio album, and first in 20 years; it wins four Grammy Awards.

Singer Donald Fagen
Singer
Donald Fagen
  • 2000-10-18 Zack de la Rocha announces he is leaving rock band Rage Against the Machine
  • 2010-11-13 Australian rock band Powderfinger, perform their last concert at the Brisbane River Stage
  • 2013-03-22 American rock band My Chemical Romance announce their break-up
  • 2015-10-04 American rock band Van Halen's final public performance takes place at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles, California.

Birthdays in Music

  • 1932-04-10 Adrian Henri, British poet and founder of poetry-rock group (Liverpool Scene), born in Birkenhead, Cheshire, England (d. 2000)
  • 1935-04-05 Peter Grant, English rock band manager (Yardbirds, Led Zeppelin), born in South Norwood, England (d. 1995)
  • 1940-08-24 Tony Secunda, English rock band manager (The Moody Blues), born in Epsom, Surrey, England (d. 1995)
  • 1944-03-01 Roger Daltrey, English singer and founder of the rock band "The Who", born in East Acton, London, England
  • 1947-09-23 Neal Smith, American musician and drummer for rock group "Alice Cooper", born in Akron, Ohio
  • 1947-11-03 Joseph "Joe" Lala, American musician, actor and singer notable for co-founding the rock band "Blues Image", born in Ybor City, Florida (d. 2014)
  • 1950-02-03 John Schlitt, American Christian rock singer (Petra), born in Lincoln, Illinois
  • 1951-05-19 Joey Ramone [Jeffrey Hyman], American punk rock singer and musician (The Ramones - "I Wanna Be Sedated"; Blitzkrieg Bop"; solo -"What a Wonderful World") (d. 2001)
  • 1981-06-22 Chris Urbanowicz, guitarist of British rock band Editors
  • 1986-05-07 Matt Helders, English musician and drummer (Arctic Monkeys), born in Sheffield, England

Weddings in Music

  • 1967-06-23 British bassist John Entwistle (22) of rock group Who weds Alison Wise
  • 1982-07-29 Andy Taylor of rock group Duran Duran weds Tracie Wilson
  • 1989-04-29 Rock band Bon Jovi lead singer Jon Bon Jovi (27) weds Dorothea Hurley (26) at Graceland Chapel in Las Vegas

LoveWedding of Interest

2003-03-25 Actress-model Liv Tyler (25) weds rock band vocalist Royston Langdon (30) at a private villa in St James, Barbados

Actress Liv Tyler
Actress
Liv Tyler
  • 2008-05-17 Singer-songwriter and actress Ashlee Simpson (23) weds rock band Fall Out Boy bassist Pete Wentz (28) in Encino, California
  • 2009-09-12 Platinum-selling rock band "3 Doors Down" lead singer Brad Arnold weds horseback rider Jennifer Sanderford in Escatawpa, Mississippi
  • 2011-08-27 Oscar winner Sofia Coppola (41) weds vocalist of French indie rock band "Phoenix" Thomas Mars at the family villa, Palazzo Margherita in Bernalda, Italy

Divorces in Music

  • 2011-11-22 Singer-songwriter and actress Ashlee Simpson (27) divorces rock band Fall Out Boy bassist Pete Wentz (32) due to irreconcilable differences after two and a half year of marriage

Deaths in Music

  • 1985-12-23 James Vance (20) and Raymond Belknap (18) attempt suicide (Belknap dies). Their families later sue rock group Judas Priest for subliminal messages in song "Better By You, Better Than Me".
  • 1995-02-12 Tony Secunda, English rock band manager (The Moody Blues), dies at 54
  • 1995-11-21 Peter Grant, English rock band manager (Yardbirds, Led Zeppelin), dies of a heart attack at 60
  • 2000-12-20 Adrian Henri, British poet and founder of poetry-rock group (Liverpool Scene), dies at 68

Person of interestJohnny Ramone

2004-09-15 Johnny Ramone, American lead guitarist of the punk rock band The Ramones, dies of prostate cancer at 55

Guitarist Johnny Ramone
Guitarist
Johnny Ramone
  • 2007-09-18 Pepsi Tate Bassist from the glam-rock band, tigertailz (b. 1965)
  • 2010-06-28 Bill Aucoin, American rock band manager (b. 1943)
  • 2010-09-20 Leonard Skinner, American high school gym teacher; namesake of rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd (b. 1933)
  • 2014-03-18 Joseph "Joe" Lala, American musician, actor and singer notable for co-founding the rock band "Blues Image", dies from complications of lung cancer at 66