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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.

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

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.

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 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.

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 – 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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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

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.

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

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

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.

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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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 – The Cars released Panorama on this day in 1980.

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

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.

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

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.

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

SEPTEMBER

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

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.

14 – Mike Cooley of Drive-By Truckers was born on this day in 1967 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.

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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 – 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.

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.

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

DECEMBER

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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