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Important dates in music!

JANUARY

4 – Bernard Sumner (Joy Division, New Order) was born on this day in 1956 in Broughton, Lancashire, England.

4 – Michael Stipe of R.E.M. born on this day in 1960 in Decatur, Georgia, U.S.

8 – David Bowie was born on this day in 1947 in London, England.

8 – Drummer Paul Hester of Crowded House was born on this day in 1959 in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.

8 – David Bowie released his twenty-fifth and final studio album, Blackstar, on this day in 2016.

9 – Tommy Talton (Cowboy, We the People, solo) was born on this day in 1949 in Orlando, Florida, U.S.

10 – David Bowie died on this day in 2016 in New York City, New York, U.S.

11 – Pretenders released their third studio album, Learning to Crawl, on this day in 1984.

13 – Australian musician Paul Kelly was born on this day in 1955 in Adelaide, South Australia, Australia.

14 – Drummer Dave Grohl of Nirvana was born on this day in 1969 in Warren, Ohio, U.S.

17 – Bassist Andy Rourke of The Smiths was born on this day in 1964 in Manchester, Lancashire, England.

20 – XTC released their debut album, White Music, on this day in 1978.

21 – The Soft Effects EP was released by Spoon on this day in 1997.

22 – Michael Hutchence of INXS was born on this day in 1960 in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.

22 – Shearwater released Jet Plane & Oxbow on this day in 2016.

23 – Robin Zander, lead vocalist for Cheap Trick, was born on this day in 1953 in Beloit, Wisconsin, U.S.

23 – Arctic Monkeys released their debut album, Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not, on this day in 2006.

29 – Vampire Weekend released their self-titled debut album on this day in 2008.

31 – John Lydon (aka Johnny Rotten) of The Sex Pistols and Public Image Ltd. was born on this day in 1956 in Holloway, London, England.

FEBRUARY

1 – Jason Isbell was born on this day in 1979 in Green Hill, Alabama, U.S.

2 – Simon John Ritchie (aka Sid Vicious) of The Sex Pistols died on this day in 1979 in New York City, New York, U.S.

3 – Cheap Trick released their self-titled debut on this day in 1977.

9 – Blue Sky Mining, the seventh album by Midnight Oil, was released on this day in 1990.

11 – Meat is Murder was released by The Smiths on this day in 1985.

13 – Peter Hook (Joy Division, New Order) was born on this day in 1956 in Broughton, Salford, England.

13 – Matt Berninger of The National was born on this day in 1971 in Cincinnati, Ohio, U.S.

18 – Radiohead released The King of Limbs on this day in 2011.

19 – Dave Wakeling (The English Beat, General Public) was born on this day in 1956 in Birmingham, England.

20 – Kurt Cobain of Nirvana was born on this day in 1967 in Aberdeen, Washington, U.S.

20 – The Smiths released their self-titled debut on this day in 1984.

21 – Jerry Harrison, guitarist for Talking Heads, was born on this day in 1949 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, U.S.

21 – Ranking Roger (Charlery) of The English Beat was born on this day in 1963 in Birmingham, England.

22 – Radiohead released their debut album, Pablo Honey, on this day in 1993.

24 – Nick Lowe released his debut solo album, Jesus of Cool, on this day in 1978.

25 – George Harrison of the Beatles was born on this day in 1943 in Liverpool, Lancashire, England.

25 – Johnny Marr released The Messenger on this day in 2013.

27 – On this day in 2001, U2 released No Line on the Horizon.

28 – The Rolling Stones’ Brian Jones was born on this day in 1942 in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, England.

28 – U2’s breakthrough album War was released on this day in 1983.

MARCH

1 – The Who’s Roger Daltrey was born on this day in 1944 in East Acton, London, England.

1 – Jonathan Meiburg, singer/songwriter for Shearwater, was born on this day in 1976 in Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.

1 – Squeeze released their self-titled debut album on this day in 1978.

2 – Lou Reed of the Velvet Underground was born on this day in 1942 in New York City, New York, U.S.

3 – U2 released Pop on this day in 1997.

6 – Guy Garvey of Elbow was born on this day in 1974 in Bury, Lancashire, England.

7 – The Psychedelic Furs released their self-titled debut album on this day in 1980.

9 – U2 released The Joshua Tree on this day in 1987.

12 – The Velvet Underground & Nico released their self-titled debut on this day in 1967.

13 – Adam Clayton, bassist for U2, was born on this day in 1961 in Chinnor, Oxfordshire, England.

13 – The Cars released Heartbeat City on this day in 1984.

13 – Radiohead released their second studio album, The Bends, on this day in 1995.

17 – Elbow released their fourth studio album, The Seldom Seen Kid, on this day in 2008.

21 – Pixies released their debut album, Surfer Rosa, on this day in 1988.

23 – Ric Ocasek of The Cars was born on this day in 1944 in Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.

23 – The Handcuffs released their debut album, Model for a Revolution, on this day in 2006.

24 – Nick Lowe was born on this day in 1949 in Walton-on-Thames, Surrey, England.

24 – Patterson Hood of Drive-By Truckers was born on this day in 1964 in Muscle Shoals, Alabama, U.S.

24 – Drive-By Truckers released their debut album, Gangstabilly, on this day in 1998.

26 – Paul Hester of Crowded House died on this day in 2005 in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.

26 – Ranking Roger (Charlery) of The English Beat died on this day in 2019 in Birmingham, England.

28 – Wilco released their debut album, A.M., on this day in 1995.

APRIL

1 – INXS released The Swing on this day in 1984.

2 – David Robinson, drummer for The Cars, was born on this day in 1949 in Fulton, Maryland, U.S.

4 – R.E.M. plays first gig in Athens, GA on this day in 1980 at a friend’s birthday party inside the former St. Mary’s Episcopal Church. Read More: The Story of R.E.M.’s First Concert | https://diffuser.fm/r-e-m-first-concert/?utm_source=tsmclip&utm_medium=referral

5 – Pixies singer Frank Black born on this day in 1965

7 – Prince released his debut studio album, For You, on this day in 1978.

8 – The Clash released their self-titled debut on this day in 1977.

9 – R.E.M. releases Reckoning on this day in 1984 on I.R.S. Records.

11 – Stuart Adamson of Big Country was born in Manchester, England on this day in 1958.

12 – R.E.M. releases their first LP Murmur on I.R.S. Records.

13 – Violent Femmes released their self-titled debut album on this day in 1983.

14 – Britt Daniel of Spoon was born in Galveston, Texas, U.S. on this day in 1971.

14 – Pete Farndon, bassist for Pretenders, died in London, England on this day in 1983.

15 – Ed O’Brien (Radiohead, EOB) was born on this day in 1968 in Oxford, England.

16 – Peter Garrett of Midnight Oil was born on this day in 1953 in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.

21 – Robert Smith, founder and lead singer of The Cure, was born on this day in 1959 in Blackpool, England.

21 – Prince Rogers Nelson died on this day in 2016 in Chanhassen, Minnesota, U.S.

23 – Ramones released their debut album on this day in 1976.

23 – Men at Work released their final studio album Two Hearts on this day in 1985.

23 – Spoon released their debut album, Telephono, on this day in 1996.

23 – Jack White released his debut album, Blunderbuss, on this day in 2012.

24 – Steve, Bob, & Rich (who would become The Rainmakers two years later) released Balls on this day in 1984.

25 – The Sugarcubes released their debut album, Life’s Too Good, on this day in 1988.

26 – X released their debut, Los Angeles, on this day in 1980.

27 – Kate Pierson of the B-52s was born in Weehawken, New Jersey, U.S. on this day in 1948.

27 – Dead Letter Office, a collection of B-sides, outtakes, and covers, was released by R.E.M. on this day in 1987.

27 – The Replacements released their fifth studio album, Pleased to Meet Me, on this day in 1987.

28 – Keyboardist Chuck Leavell, musical director for The Rolling Stones, was born in Birmingham, Alabama, U.S. on this day in 1952.

29 – Tom Smith of Editors was born on this day in 1981 in Northampton, England.

29 – Men at Work released their sophomore effort Cargo on this day in 1983.

MAY

2 – Disintegration was released by The Cure on this day in 1989.

3 – Living Colour released their debut, Vivid, on this day in 1988.

3 – Spoon released their first recording, The Nefarious EP, on this day in 1994.

5 – The Cure released Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me on this day in 1987.

7 – Elbow released their debut album, Asleep in the Back, on this day in 2001.

8 – Chris Frantz, drummer for Talking Heads, was born on this day in 1951 in Fort Campbell, Kentucky, U.S.

8 – Three Imaginary Boys, the debut album by The Cure, was released on this day in 1979.

8 – The English Beat released their second album Wha’ppen? on this day in 1981.

8 – Radiohead released A Moon Shaped Pool on this day in 2016.

9 – Tom Petersson, bassist for Cheap Trick, was born on this day in 1950 in Rockford, Illinois, U.S.

10 – Simon John Ritchie (aka Sid Vicious) of The Sex Pistols was born on this day in 1957 in London, England.

10 – Bono (Paul David Hewson) of U2 was born on this day in 1960 in Dublin, Ireland.

10 – Gimme Fiction, the fifth studio album from Spoon, was released on this day in 2005.

10 – The Cars released their final studio album, Move Like This, on this day in 2011.

12 – X released their second studio album, Wild Gift, on this day in 1981.

13 – Stevie Wonder was born in Saginaw, Michigan, U.S. on this day in 1950.

14 – David Byrne of Talking Heads was born on this day in 1952 in Dumbarton, Dunbartonshire, Scotland.

14 – The Clash released Combat Rock on this day in 1982.

16 – Bassist Krist Novoselic of Nirvana was born on this day in 1965 in Compton, California, U.S.

19 – The Who’s Pete Townshend was born on this day in 1945 in Chiswick, Middlesex, England.

21 – Radiohead released their third studio album, OK Computer, on this day in 1997.

22 – Steven Patrick Morrissey of The Smiths was born on this day in 1959 in Davyhulme, England.

23 – Philip Selway, drummer for Radiohead, was born on this day in 1967 in Abingdon, Berkshire, England.

23 – The Who released Tommy on this day in 1969.

23 – The English Beat released their debut album I Just Can’t Stop It on this day in 1980.

27 – Neil Finn (Crowded House, Split Enz) was born on this day in 1958 in Te Awamutu, New Zealand.

30 – Topper Headon, drummer for The Clash, was born on this day in 1955 in Bromley, Kent, England.

JUNE

1 – Bob Walkenhorst of The Rainmakers was born on this day in 1953 in Norborne, Missouri, U.S.

1 – Simon Gallup, bassist for The Cure, was born on this day in 1960 in Duxhurst, Surrey, England.

1 – Mike Joyce, drummer for The Smiths, was born on this day in 1964 in Fallowfield, Manchester, England.

1 – Sting released his debut solo album, The Dream of the Blue Turtles on this day in 1985.

2 – Charlie Watts, drummer of The Rolling Stones was born on this day in 1941 in Bloomsbury, London, England.

2 – The Cars released their second studio album, Candy-O, on this day in 1979.

2 – The Elvis Brothers released their final studio album, Now Dig This, on this day in 1992.

5 – Amnesiac, the fifth studio album by Radiohead, was released on this day in 2001.

6 – The Cars released their self-titled debut on this day in 1978.

7 – Prince Rogers Nelson was born on this day in 1958 in Minneapolis, Minnesota, U.S.

9 – Radiohead released Hail to the Thief on this day in 2003.

10 – On this day in 1985, R.E.M. released Fables of the Reconstruction.

11 – Chloe F. Orwell (Big Hello, The Handcuffs) was born on this day somewhere in the stars.

11 – Lucas Oswald (Minus Story, The Appleseed Cast, Shearwater) was born on this day in 1988 in Boonville, Missouri, U.S.

12 – Bun E. Carlos, drummer for Cheap Trick, was born on this day in 1950 in Rockford, Illinois, U.S.

12 – Pete Farndon, bassist for Pretenders, was born on this day in 1952 in Hereford, England.

15 – Nirvana released their debut album, Bleach, on this day in 1989.

15 – The White Stripes released their self-titled debut album on this day in 1999.

16 – James Honeyman-Scott, guitarist for Pretenders, died on this day in 1982 in London, England.

16 – The Smiths released their third studio album, The Queen is Dead, on this day in 1986.

17 – The Police released Synchronicity on this day in 1983.

18 – Paul McCartney of The Beatles was born on this day in 1942 in Liverpool, Lancashire, England.

23 – Milkwood, which included Ric Ocasek, Benjamin Orr, and Greg Hawkes (future Cars members), released their sole studio album, How’s the Weather, on this day in 1973.

25 – Tim Finn (Split Enz, Crowded House) was born on this day in 1952 in Te Awamutu, New Zealand.

26 – Mick Jones of The Clash was born on this day in 1955 in Wandsworth, London, England.

26 – Colin Greenwood, bassist for Radiohead, was born on this day in 1969 in Oxford, England.

27 – Bassist John Entwistle of The Who died on this day in 2002 in Paradise, Nevada, U.S.

29 – Colin Hay of Men at Work was born on this day in 1953 in Saltcoats, Scotland.

JULY

3 – Brian Jones of The Rolling Stones died on this day in 1969 in Hartfield, East Sussex, England.

5 – On this day in 1993, U2 released Zooropa.

7 – Ringo Starr (Richard Starkey) of The Beatles was born on this day in 1940 in Liverpool, Lancashire, England.

8 – Beck (born Bek David Campbell) was born on this day in 1970 in Los Angeles, California, U.S.

9 – Jack White of the White Stripes was born on this day in 1975 in Detroit, Michigan, U.S.

13 – Queen released their debut studio album on this day in 1973.

15 – Big Country released their debut, The Crossing, on this day in 1983.

16 – Drummer Stewart Copeland (The Police, Klark Kent) was born on this day in 1952 in Alexandria, Virginia, U.S.

25 – Editors released their debut album, The Back Room, on this day in 2005.

26 – Mick Jagger of The Rolling Stones was born on this day in 1943 in Dartford, Kent, England.

28 – James released their debut album Stutter on this day in 1986.

28 – R.E.M. released Lifes Rich Pageant on this day in 1986.

30 – The Strokes released their debut album, Is This It, on this day in 2001.

31 – Bill Berry of R.E.M. born on this day in 1958 in Duluth, Minnesota, U.S.

AUGUST

8 – The Edge (David Howard Evans) of U2 was born on this day in 1961 in Dublin, Ireland.

11 – The Rainmakers released their self-titled debut on this day in 1986.

15 – Matt Johnson of The The was born on this day in 1961 in London, England.

15 – The Cars released Panorama on this day in 1980.

15 – Pretenders released their second studio album, Pretenders II, on this day in 1981.

18 – Death Cab for Cutie released their debut album, Something About Airplanes, on this day in 1998.

21 – Joe Strummer of The Clash was born on this day in 1952 in Ankara, Turkey.

21 – The Replacements released their first LP, Sorry Ma, Forgot to Take Out the Trash, on this day in 1981.

21 – Diesel and Dust, the sixth album by Midnight Oil, was released on this day in 1987.

23 – The Who’s Keith Moon was born on this day in 1946 in Wembley, Middlesex, England.

23 – Jane’s Addiction released their debut album, Nothing’s Shocking, on this day in 1988.

24 – R.E.M. released the debut EP Chronic Town on this day in 1982.

25 – Jeff Tweedy of Wilco was born on this day in 1967 in Belleville, Illinois, U.S.

25 – The Replacements released their debut album, Sorry Ma, Forgot to Take Out the Trash, on this day in 1981.

25 – The Cars released Door to Door on this day in 1987.

26 – The Cure released their sixth studio album, The Head on the Door, on this day in 1985.

27 – Pearl Jam released their debut album, Ten, on this day in 1991.

27 – Supergroup Divine Fits released their debut album, A Thing Called Divine Fits, on this day in 2012.

31 – On this day in 1987, R.E.M. released Document.

SEPTEMBER

4 – Drummer Martin Chambers of Pretenders was born on this day in 1951 in Hereford, Herefordshire, England.

5 – Freddie Mercury of Queen was born on this day in 1946 in Stone Town, Sultanate of Zanzibar.

6 – The Handcuffs released their third studio album, Waiting for the Robot, on this day in 2011.

7 – Chrissie Hynde of Pretenders was born in Akron, Ohio, U.S. on this day in 1951.

7 – On this day in 1978, The Who’s Keith Moon died in Mayfair, London, England.

8 – Benjamin Orr, singer and bassist for The Cars, was born on this day in 1947 in Lakewood, Ohio, U.S.

9 – On this day in 2014, U2 released Songs of Innocence.

13 – Nirvana released their third and final studio album, In Utero, on this day in 1993.

14 – Mike Cooley of Drive-By Truckers was born on this day in 1966 in Tuscumbia, Alabama, U.S.

15 – Ric Ocasek of The Cars died on this day in 2019 in New York City, New York, U.S.

21 – Cheap Trick released their fourth studio album, Dream Police, on this day in 1979.

23 – Bruce Springsteen was born on this day in 1949 in Long Branch, New Jersey, U.S.

24 – Nirvana released their second studio album, Nevermind, on this day in 1991.

28 – The Smiths released their final studio album, Strangeways, Here We Come on this day in 1987.

OCTOBER

1 – The English Beat released their third album Special Beat Service on this day in 1982.

1 – The Unforgettable Fire was released by U2 on this day in 1984.

2 – Sting (Gordon Matthew Thomas Sumner), lead singer of The Police, was born on this day in 1951 in Wallsend, Northumberland, England.

2 – The Police released their sophomore effort Reggatta de Blanc on this day in 1979.

2 – Ghost in the Machine was released by The Police on this day in 1981.

2 – Kid A, the fourth studio album by Radiohead, was released on this day in 1997.

2 – Tom Petty died on this day in 2016 in Santa Monica, California, U.S.

3 – On this day in 1980, The Police released Zenyattà Mondatta.

3 – Benjamin Orr of The Cars died on this day in 2000 in Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.

7 – Thom Yorke, lead singer/songwriter for Radiohead, was born on this day in 1968 in Wellingborough, Northamptonshire, England

9 – John Lennon of The Beatles was born on this day in 1940 in Liverpool, Lancashire, England.

9 – John Entwistle of The Who was born on this day in 1944 in Chiswick, London, England.

10 – Rattle and Hum, the live/studio hybrid album, was released by U2 after The Joshua Tree tour on this day in 1988.

10 – Radiohead released In Rainbows on this day in 2007.

11 – Adam Ant released his debut album, Friend or Foe, on this day in 1982.

12 – U2 released their sophomore effort October on this day in 1981.

13 – INXS released their self-titled debut album on this day in 1980.

14 – INXS released Listen Like Thieves on this day in 1985.

14 – Brad Elvis (Screams, Big Hello, Elvis Brothers, The Handcuffs, The Romantics was born on this day somewhere in Illinois, U.S.

16 – Shabooh Shoobah was released by INXS on this day in 1982.

19 – Madness released their debut album One Step Beyond… on this day in 1979.

19 – Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers released Damn the Torpedoes on this day in 1979.

19 – Underneath the Colours, the second album by INXS, was released on this day in 1981.

20 – Tom Petty was born in Gainesville, Florida, U.S. on this day in 1950.

20 – On this day in 1980, U2 released their debut album Boy.

21 – The The released their debut album, Soul Mining, on this day in 1983.

22 – Greg Hawkes, keyboardist for The Cars, was born on this day in 1952 in Fulton, Maryland, U.S.

24 – The Rolling Stones bassist Bill Wyman was born on this day in 1936 in Lewisham, London, England.

26 – The Who released Quadrophenia on this day in 1973.

27 – Lou Reed of the Velvet Underground died on this day in 2013 in East Hampton, New York, U.S.

28 – The Sex Pistols released the lone studio album Never Mind the Bollocks, Here’s the Sex Pistols on this day in 1977.

30 – U2 released their comeback, of sorts, All That You Can’t Leave Behind on this day in 2000.

30 – The National released their debut album on this day in 2001.

31 – Larry Mullen Jr., drummer for U2, was born on this day in 1961 in Dublin, Ireland.

31 – Guitarist Johnny Marr of The Smiths was born on this day in 1963 in Ardwick, Manchester, England.

NOVEMBER

2 – On this day in 1978, The Police released their debut Outlandos d’Amour.

3 – Adam Ant was born on this day in 1954 in Marylebone, London, England.

4 – James Honeyman-Scott, guitarist for Pretenders, was born on this day in 1956 in Hereford, Herefordshire, England.

4 – Cut the Crap, the sixth and final studio album from The Clash, was released on this day in 1985.

4 – They Might Be Giants released their debut album on this day in 1986.

5 – Jonny Greenwood, lead guitarist and keyboardist for Radiohead, was born on this day in 1971 in Oxford, England.

6 – The Cars released Shake It Up on this day in 1981.

9 – Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers released their self-titled debut album on this day in 1976.

9 – Men at Work released their debut album, Business as Usual, on this day in 1981.

10 – The Clash released Give ‘Em Enough Rope on this day in 1978.

11 – XTC lead singer Andy Partridge was born on this day in 1953 in Mtarfa, Malta.

13 – New Order released their debut, Movement, on this day in 1981.

18 – U2 released Achtung Baby on this day in 1991.

22 – Tina Weymouth, bassist for Talking Heads, was born on this day in 1950 in Coronado, California, U.S.

22 – Michael Hutchence of INXS died on this day in 1997 in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.

22 – How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb was released by U2 on this day in 2004.

24 – Freddie Mercury of Queen died on this day in London, England in 1991.

29 – George Harrison of The Beatles died on this day in 2001 in Los Angeles, California, U.S.

30 – Adam and the Ants released their debut album, Dirk Wears White Socks, on this day in 1979.

DECEMBER

1 – On this day in 2017, U2 released Songs of Experience.

2 – The Handcuffs released their second studio album, Electroluv, on this day in 2008.

3 – The Who released their debut album, My Generation, on this day in 1965.

6 – Peter Buck of R.E.M. was born on this day in 1956 in Berkeley, California, U.S.

7 – Wings released their debut album, Wild Life, on this day in 1971.

8 – John Lennon of The Beatles died on this day in 1980 in New York City, New York, U.S.

9 – Nick Seymour of Crowded House was born on this day in 1958 in Benalla, Victoria, Australia.

12 – Sandinista! was released by The Clash on this day in 1980.

14 – The Clash released their third studio album, London Calling, on this day in 1979.

15 – Paul Simonon of The Clash was born on this day in 1955 in Thornton Heath, Croydon, England.

16 – Stuart Adamson of Big Country died on this day in 2001.

17 – Mike Mills of R.E.M. was born on this day in 1958 in Orange County, California, U.S.

18 – Keith Richards of The Rolling Stones was born on this day in 1943 in Dartford, Kent, England.

18 – Elliot Easton, guitarist for The Cars, was born on this day in 1953 in Brooklyn, New York, U.S.

22 – Rick Nielsen, lead guitarist and songwriter for Cheap Trick, was born on this day in 1948 in Elmhurst, Illinois, U.S.

22 – Joe Strummer of The Clash died on this day in 2002 in Broomfield, Somerset, England.

27 – The Pretenders released their debut album, Pretenders, on this day in 1979.

30 – Jeff Lynne of Electric Light Orchestra was born on this day in 1947 in Shard End, Birmingham, England.

31 – Andy Summers (The Police) was born on this day in 1942 in Poulton-le-Fylde, Lancashire, England.

31 – Paul Westerberg of The Replacements was born on this day in 1959 in Minneapolis, Minnesota, U.S.

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