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Important dates in music!

JANUARY

3 – George Martin was born in London, England on this day in 1926.

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.

4 – The Doors released their self-titled debut on this day in 1967.

5 – Bruce Springsteen released his debut album Greetings from Asbury Park, N.J. on this day in 1973.

5 – Sex Pistols played the first show of their only U.S. tour at the Great Southeast Music Hall in Atlanta, Georgia on this day in 1978.

6 – Syd Barrett was born in Cambridge, England on this day in 1946.

8 – Elvis Presley was born in Tupelo, Mississippi on this day in 1935.

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.

10 – The Clash released London Calling on this day in 1980.

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

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

12 – Led Zeppelin released their debut album on this day in 1969.

12 – Vampire Weekend released their second LP Contra on this day in 2010.

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

13 – Wayne Coyne was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on this day in 1961.

14 – Dave Grohl (Nirvana, Foo Fighters) was born on this day in 1969 in Warren, Ohio.

15 – The Who released their first single in the UK, “I Can’t Explain,” on this day in 1965.

15 – They Might Be Giants released Flood on this day in 1990.

15 – Dolores O’Riordan of The Cranberries died on this day in 2018.

16 – The Cavern Club opened for business in Liverpool, England on this day in 1957.

17 – Steve Earle was born in Fort Monroe, Virginia on this day in 1955.

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

18 – Tom Bailey of Thompson Twins was born in Halifax, England on this day in 1956.

19 – Janis Joplin was born in Port Arthur, Texas on this day in 1943.

19 – Dolly Parton was born in Sevier County, Tennessee on this day in 1946.

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 – Sting released his third solo LP The Soul Cages on this day in 1991.

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.

23 – David Bowie released Station to Station on this day in 1976.

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

24 – Warren Zevon was born in Chicago, Illinois on this day in 1947.

24 – The Cure recorded their MTV Unplugged special in London, England on this day in 1991.

25 – Joy Division played their first gig at Pips Disco in Manchester on this day in 1978.

26 – Eddie Van Halen was born in Amsterdam on this day in 1955.

26 – Simon & Garfunkel released Bridge Over Troubled Water, their fifth and final studio album, on this day in 1970.

28 – General Public released their debut album All the Rage on this day in 1984.

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

30 – On this day in 1969, The Beatles performed on the rooftop of Apple Records in London. It was their last public appearance.

30 – Bloody Sunday (aka the Bogside Massacre) occurred in Derry, Ireland on this day in 1972. As Catholic civilians protested internment without trial, British soldiers shot 26, of which 14 died. U2 recorded the protest song “Sunday Bloody Sunday” for their 1983 album War as a commemoration of the events.

30 – New Order released Technique on this day in 1989.

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.

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

3 – Felix Mendelssohn was born on this day in Hamburg, Germany in 1809.

3 – Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and J.P. “The Big Bopper” Richardson were killed in a plane crash on this day in 1959. Don McLean released “American Pie” in 1971 to commemorate that day.

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

3 – David Bowie released Earthling on this day in 1997.

4 – Fleetwood Mac released Rumours on this day in 1977.

4 – Karen Carpenter died of anorexia on this day in 1983.

4 – Lux Interior of The Cramps died on this day in 2009.

5 – Sara Evans was born in Boonville, Missouri on this day in 1971.

6 – Bob Marley was born in Jamaica on this day in 1945.

8 – Television released their debut album Marquee Moon on this day in 1977.

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

10 – David Bowie introduced his Ziggy Stardust persona at London’s Toby Jug pub on this day in 1972.

10 – Van Halen released their self-titled debut on this day in 1978.

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

11 – Whitney Houston was found dead on this day in 2012.

12 – Ray Manzarek of The Doors was born in Chicago, Illinois on this day in 1939.

12 – Allman Brothers Band released Eat A Peach on this day in 1972.

12 – XTC released English Settlement on this day in 1982.

13 – Peter Tork was born in Washington, DC on this day in 1942.

13 – Peter Gabriel was born in Chobham, England on this day in 1950.

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

13 – Henry Rollins was born in Washington, DC on this day in 1961.

13 – Dolly Parton released her debut album, Hello, I’m Dolly, on this day in 1967.

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

14 – On this day in 1970, The Who appeared at Leeds University, England. That show was recorded for the band’s forthcoming Live At Leeds album.

14 – The B-52s performed their first live gig in their hometown of Athens, Georgia on this day in 1977.

14 – Pavement released Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain on this day in 1994.

15 – Rush released Fly By Night on this day in 1975.

15 – After firing bassist Glen Matlock, the Sex Pistols hired Sid Vicious on this day in 1977.

15 – Blues guitarist Gary Clark, Jr. was born in Austin, Texas on this day in 1984.

16 – Sonny Bono was born in Detroit, Michigan on this day in 1935.

17 – Billie Joe Armstrong was born in Oakland, California on this day in 1972.

17 – Taylor Hawkins was born in Fort Worth, Texas on this day in 1972.

17 – On this day in 1976, The Eagles released Their Greatest Hits (1971-1975).

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.

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.

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 – John Doe of X was born in Decatur, Illinois on this day in 1953.

25 – Mike Peters of The Alarm was born in Prestatyn, Wales on this day in 1959.

25 – Peter Gabriel released his self-titled solo album (aka Peter Gabriel 1: Car) on this day in 1977.

25 – Tears for Fears released Songs From The Big Chair on this day in 1985.

25 – Tori Amos released her debut album Little Earthquakes on this day in 1992.

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

26 – The first ever jazz single, “Livery Stable Blues,” was recorded by New Orleans’ Original Dixieland Jass Band in New York on this day in 1917. It sold a million copies and launched jazz as a national phenomenon.

26 – Johnny Cash was born in Kingsland, Arkansas on this day in 1932.

26 – John “Jon Jon” Foster of Bronski Beat was born in Basildon, Essex, England on this day in 1961.

27 – Dead Can Dance released their debut album on this day in 1984.

27 – XTC released Oranges & Lemons on this day in 1989.

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 – Cindy Wilson of B-52s was born in Athens, Georgia on this day in 1957.

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.

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.

3 – U2 released Pop on this day in 1997.

4 – Little Richard released his debut album Here’s Little Richard on this day in 1957.

5 – The first edition of rock mag Creem was published on this day in 1969.

5 – Joe Jackson released his debut album Look Sharp! on this day in 1979.

5 – John Belushi died on this day in 1982.

6 – David Gilmour was born in Cambridge, England on this day in 1946.

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

6 – The Go-Gos became the first all-female band with a #1 album, ‘Beauty and the Beat,’ on this day in 1982.

7 – Peter Wolf was born in Bronx, New York on this day in 1946.

7 – David Bowie released his ninth studio album Young Americans on this day in 1975.

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

7 – Tears for Fears released their debut album The Hurting on this day in 1983.

8 – Gary Numan was born in Hammersmith, London, England on this day in 1958.

8 – Nine Inch Nails released The Downward Spiral on this day in 1994.

8 – Soundgarden released Superunknown on this day in 1994.

8 – David Bowie released The Next Day on this day in 2013.

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

9 – Sting released his fourth solo album Ten Summoner’s Tales on this day in 1993.

9 – The Notorious B.I.G. was gunned down in L.A. on this day in 1997.

9 – R.E.M. released their final album Collapse Into Now on this day in 2011.

10 – The debut LP by the Buzzcocks, Another Music in a Different Kitchen, was released on this day in 1978.

11 – Big Country guitarist Bruce Watson was born in Timmins, Ontario, Canada on this day in 1961.

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

12 – The Jam released their final studio album The Gift on this day in 1982.

12 – R.E.M. released Out of Time on this day in 1991.

13 – Elvis Presley released his debut album on this day in 1956.

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.

14 – Quincy Jones was born in Chicago, Illinois on this day in 1933.

15 – Lightnin’ Hopkins was born in Centerville, Texas on this day in 1912.

15 – Talking Heads released their eighth and final album Naked on this day in 1988.

17 – Elvis Costello released This Year’s Model on this day in 1978.

17 – Depeche Mode released Black Celebration on this day in 1986.

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

18 – Seventeen days before Kurt Cobain died by suicide, Courtney Love called the police fearing that he was suicidal. Police confiscated four guns and 25 boxes of ammo from his home.

18 – Chuck Berry died on this day in 2017.

19 – Depeche Mode released Violator on this day in 1990.

20 – David Bowie released his compilation Changesbowie on this day in 1990.

21 – Supertramp’s Roger Hodgson was born in Portsmouth, Hampshire, England on this day in 1950.

21 – Pink Floyd’s last album with Roger Waters, The Final Cut, was released in the UK on this day in 1983.

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

22 – The Beatles released their debut album Please Please Me on this day in 1963.

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

23 – Blur’s Damon Albarn was born in Whitechapel, London, England on this day in 1968.

23 – A&M Records signed The Police on this day in 1978.

23 – Island Records signed U2 on this day in 1980.

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.

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

25 – Aretha Franklin was born in Memphis, Tennessee on this day in 1942.

25 – Elton John was born in Pinner, Middlesex, England on this day in 1947.

25 – On this day in 1967, The Who played their first live gig in America at the RKO 58th Street Theater in New York City.

25 – Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins died on this day in 2022.

26 – Ludwig van Beethoven died in Vienna, Austria on this day in 1827 at the age of 56.

26 – Diana Ross was born in Detroit, Michigan on this day in 1944.

26 – On this day in 1977, The Clash release their first single, the politically charged “White Riot.”

26 – Gorillaz released their debut album on this day in 2001.

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.

27 – Run-D.M.C. released their self-titled debut album on this day in 1984. It became the first rap album certified Gold by the RIAA.

27 – Sammy Hagar debuts as Van Halen’s new lead singer when they kick off their tour in Louisiana on this day in 1987.

27 – Pete Yorn released his debut musicforthemorningafter on this day in 2001.

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

29 – Perry Farrell was born in Queens, New York City on this day in 1959.

29 – Brian Johnson replaced the late Bon Scott in AC/DC on this day in 1980.

30 – Tracy Chapman was bon in Cleveland, Ohio on this day in 1964.

30 – Erasure released The Circus on this day in 1987.

30 – Prince released Sign O’ the Times on this day in 1987.

30 – On this day in 1987, The Smiths released the compilation Louder Than Bombs.

30 – PJ Harvey released her debut album Dry on this day in 1992.

30 – Spiritualized released their debut album Lazer Guided Melodies on this day in 1992.

30 – Pulp released This is Hardcore on this day in 1998.

31 – Johann Sebastian Bach was born in Eisenach, Germany on this day in 1685.

31 – Angus Young of AC/DC was born in Glasgow, Scotland on this day in 1955.

31 – Bruce Springsteen released Human Touch and Lucky Town on this day in 1992.

APRIL

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

2 – Marvin Gaye was born in Washington, DC on this day in 1939.

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

3 – Richard Thompson was born in Notting Hill, London on this day in 1949.

4 – Muddy Waters was born in Rolling Fork, Mississippi on this day in 1915.

4 – Squeeze released Cool for Cats on this day in 1979.

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

5 – R.E.M. played their first gig in Athens, GA on this day in 1980 at a friend’s birthday party inside the former St. Mary’s Episcopal Church.

5 – Kurt Cobain died on this day in 1994.

6 – Merle Haggard was born in Oildale, CA on this day in 1937 and died in Palo Cedro, CA on this day in 2016.

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

7 – John Prine died on this day in 2020.

8 – Julian Lennon was born in Liverpool, England on this day in 1963.

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

8 – Ezra Koenig was born in Glen Ridge, New Jersey on this day in 1984.

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

10 – Brian Setzer was born in Massapequa, New York on this day in 1959.

10 – Original Beatles bassist Stuart Sutcliffe died at age 21 of a brain aneurysm on this day in 1962.

10 – The Cult released Sonic Temple on this day in 1989.

10 – Public Enemy released Fear Of A Black Planet on this day in 1990.

10 – Sam Kinison died at age 38 when his car is hit by a teenage drunk driver on this day in 1992.

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

12 – Tiny Tim was born in New York City on this day in 1932.

12 – Herbie Hancock was born in Chicago, Illinois on this day in 1940.

12 – David Cassidy was born in New York City on this day in 1950.

12 – Amy Ray was born in Decatur, Georgia on this day in 1964.

12 – R.E.M. released their first LP Murmur on I.R.S. Records on this day in 1983.

13 – Al Green was born in Forrest City, Arkansas on this day in 1946.

13 – Drummer Max Weinberg was born in Newark, New Jersey on this day in 1951.

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

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

14 – The Cure released their third album Faith on this day in 1981.

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

14 – Public Enemy released their second album It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back on this day in 1988.

14 – Peter Murphy released Holy Smoke on this day in 1992.

14 – Crowded House played their last official show with drummer Paul Hester at the Roxy in Atlanta, Georgia on this day in 1994.

14 – Prince played his final concert at the Fox Theatre in Atlanta, Georgia on this day in 2016. His last song was “Purple Rain.”

15 – The Rolling Stones released Aftermath on this day in 1966.

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

15 – INXS released Elegantly Wasted, their last album with lead singer Michael Hutchence, who died six months later.

15 – Joey Ramone died on this day in 2001.

16 – Henry Mancini was born in Cleveland, Ohio on this day in 1924.

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

16 – The Rolling Stones released their self-titled debut album in the U.K. on this day in 1964.

17 – Pete Shelley of the Buzzcocks was born in Leigh, Lancashire, England on this day in 1955.

17 – Liz Phair was born in New Haven, Connecticut on this day in 1967.

17 – Paul McCartney released his first solo album McCartney on this day in 1970.

17 – Pixies released Doolittle on this day in 1989.

17 – Linda McCartney died on this day in 1998.

18 – Dick Clark died on this day in 2012.

19 – Greg Ham died on this day in 2012.

19 – Levon Helm died on this day in 2012.

20 – Thirteen-year-old Dolly Parton released her first single, “Puppy Love,” on this day in 1959.

20 – Pavement released their debut Slanted and Enchanted on this day in 1992.

21 – Iggy Pop was born in Muskegon, Michigan on this day in 1947.

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.

22 – The Cure released their second studio album Seventeen Seconds on this day in 1980.

23 – William Shakespeare died at 52-years-old in Stratford-upon-Avon, England on this day in 1616.

23 – Roy Orbison was born in Vernon, Texas on this day in 1936.

23 – The Rolling Stones released Sticky Fingers on this day in 1971.

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

23 – The Rolling Stones released Black and Blue 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 solo album, Blunderbuss, on this day in 2012.

24 – Barbra Streisand was born in Brooklyn, New York on this day in 1942.

24 – David Bowie released Diamond Dogs on this day in 1974.

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

24 – Tom Petty released Full Moon Fever on this day in 1989.

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

26 – New York City’s Studio 54 opened its doors on this day in 1977.

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 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 on this day in 1952.

28 – Kim Gordon was born in Rochester, New York on this day in 1953.

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.

30 – Col. Bruce Hampton was born in Knoxville, Tennessee on this day in 1947.

30 – MC5 guitarist Wayne Kramer was born in Detroit, Michigan on this day in 1948.

30 – Wings released their second album Red Rose Speedway on this day in 1973.

30 – Music critic Lester Bangs died on this day in 1982 at the age of 33.

30 – The Cure released The Top on this day in 1984.

MAY

1 – On this day in 1977, The Police recorded their first single “Fall Out,” with Brit Singer/bassist Gordon “Sting” Sumner, American drummer Stewart Copeland and Corsican guitarist Henri Padovani (pre-Andy Summers).

2 – New Order released their second studio album Power, Corruption & Lies on this day in 1983.

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

2 – The Stone Roses released their self-titled debut album on this day in 1989.

2 – Neil Young released one of his most political albums, Living With War, on this day in 2006.

3 – Pete Seeger was born in Manhattan, New York on this day in 1919.

3 – James Brown was born in Barnwell, South Carolina on this day in 1933.

3 – Modern English released After the Snow on this day in 1982.

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

3 – New Order released Republic on this day in 1993.

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

4 – The Cure released Pornography on this day in 1982.

4 – Echo & the Bunnymen released Ocean Rain on this day in 1984.

4 – Adam “MCA” Yauch of the Beastie Boys died on this day in 2012.

5 – Blues musician Blind Willie McTell was born in Thomson, Georgia on this day in 1898.

5 – Ian McCulloch was born in Liverpool, England on this day in 1959.

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

5 – Midnight Oil released the live album Scream in Blue on this day in 1992.

6 – John Flansburgh (TMBG) was born in Lincoln, Massachusetts on this day in 1960.

6 – The Cure released their first compilation Standing on a Beach: The Singles on this day in 1986.

7 – Business As Usual, the debut album from Men At Work, was released in the U.S. on this day in 1982.

7 – The Cure released Wild Mood Swings on this day in 1996.

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.

8 – The Beatles released their final studio album Let It Be on this day in 1970.

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.

8 – Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit released Reunions on this day in 2020.

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

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 – Ministry released their debut album With Sympathy on this day in 1983.

10 – Weezer released their debut album on this day in 1994.

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.

11 – Bob Marley died on this day in 1981.

12 – Burt Bacharach was born in Kansas City, Missouri on this day in 1929.

12 – Are You Experienced, the debut from the Jimi Hendrix Experience, was released on this day in 1967.

12 – The Rolling Stones released Exile On Main Street on this day in 1972.

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

13 – German musician Eberhard Schoener was born in Stuttgart, Germany on this day in 1938.

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

13 – The Fixx released their debut album Shuttered Room in the UK on this day in 1982.

15 – The Fixx released their second album Reach the Beach on this day in 1983.

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 – Robert Fripp was born in Wimborne Minster, United Kingdom on this day in 1946.

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

16 – Devo released Freedom of Choice on this day in 1980.

17 – Trent Reznor was born in New Castle, Pennsylvania on this day in 1965.

18 – Mark Mothersbaugh was born in Akron, Ohio on this day in 1950.

18 – Ian Curtis died in Macclesfield, England on this day in 1980.

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

19 – Grace Jones was born in Spanish Town, Jamaica on this day in 1948.

19 – Peter Gabriel released So on this day in 1986.

20 – Nick Heyward of Haircut 100 was born on this day in 1961 in Beckenham, Kent, England.

20 – Robin Gibb of The Bee Gees died on this day in 2012.

20 – Ray Manzarek of The Doors died on this day in 2013.

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

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

23 – Dr. Robert Moog, engineer and inventor of the Moog synthesizer, was born in New York City on this day in 1934.

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.

24 – Duke Ellington died on this day in 1971.

24 – Bob Dylan was born in Duluth, Minnesota on this day in 1941.

24 – David Bowie released Diamond Dogs on this day in 1974.

25 – Tom T. Hall was born in Olive Hill, Kentucky on this day in 1936.

25 – Paul Weller of The Jam and The Style Council was born on this day in 1958 in Woking, Surrey, England.

25 – Keith Moon played his last concert with The Who on this day in 1978.

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

25 – Sublime frontman Brad Nowell died of a heroin overdose at age 28 on this day in 1996.

26 – Miles Davis was born in Altan, Illinois on this day in 1926.

26 – Levon Helm was born in Elaine, Arkansas on this day in 1940.

26 – Mick Ronson was born in Kingston upon Hull, United Kingdom on this day in 1946.

26 – The Beatles released Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band on this day in 1967.

26 – Simple Minds released their first live album Live in the City of Light on this day in 1987.

27 – Siouxsie Sioux was born in Southwark, London, United Kingdom on this day in 1957.

27 – Neil Finn was born on this day in 1958 in Te Awamutu, New Zealand.

27 – Andre 3000 was born in Atlanta, Georgia on this day in 1975.

27 – Electronic released their debut album on this day in 1991.

27 – Gil Scott-Heron died on this day in 2011.

27 – Gregg Allman died in Richmond Hill, Georgia on this day in 2017.

28 – Roland Gift (Fine Young Cannibals) was born in Birmingham, Warwickshire, England on this day in 1961.

28 – Roxy Music released their final studio album Avalon on this day in 1982.

29 – Danny Elfman was born in Los Angeles, California on this day in 1953.

29 – Melissa Etheridge was born in Leavenworth, Kansas on this day in 1961.

29 – Crosby, Stills & Nash released their self-titled debut album on this day in 1969.

29 – The Police released Live! on this day in 1995.

29 – Jeff Buckley died on this day in 1997.

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

30 – Tom Morello was born in Harlem, New York on this day in 1964.

30 – George Harrison released his second post-Beatle album Living In The Material World on this day in 1973.

30 – The Police released their “six pack” of the first five singles on this day in 1980.

30 – Echo & The Bunnymen released Heaven Up Here on this day in 1981.

31 – Led Zeppelin drummer John Bonham was born on this day in 1948 in Redditch, Worcestershire, England.

JUNE

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

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 – The Beatles released Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band in the U.S. on this day in 1967.

1 – Talking Heads released Speaking in Tongues on this day in 1983.

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.

3 – Ian Hunter of Mott The Hoople was born in Shropshire, England on this day in 1939.

3 – Curtis Mayfield was born in Chicago, Illinois on this day in 1942.

3 – Suzi Quatro was born in Detroit, Michigan on this day in 1950.

3 – The Handcuffs released their fourth studio album Burn The Rails on this day in 2022.

4 – On this day in 1976, punk rock was born when the Sex Pistols’ appeared at the Lesser Free Trade Hall in Manchester, England.

4 – Bruce Springsteen released Born In The U.S.A. on this day in 1984.

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.

6 – Psychedelic Furs released their second studio album Talk Talk Talk on this day in 1981.

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

8 – Duran Duran’s Nick Rhodes was born in Birmingham, England on this day in 1962.

8 – Derek Trucks was born in Jacksonville, Florida on this day in 1979.

9 – The Rolling Stones released Some Girls on this day in 1978.

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

10 – Judy Garland was born in Grand Rapids, Minnesota on this day in 1922.

10 – Identical twins Kim and Kelley Deal were born in Dayton, Ohio on this day in 1961.

10 – Pixies guitarist Joey Santiago was born in Manila, Philippines on this day in 1965.

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

10 – Talking Heads released Little Creatures on this day in 1985.

10 – Ray Charles died on this day in 2004.

10 – Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit released their debut Sirens of the Ditch on this day in 2007.

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 in Boonville, Missouri on this day in 1988.

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

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

12 – John Linnell (TMBG) was born in New York City, New York on this day in 1959.

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

14 – Boy George O’Dowd was born in Barnehurst, Kent, England this day in 1961.

15 – Waylon Jennings was born in Littlefield, Texas on this day in 1937.

15 – Rolo McGinty of the Woodentops was born in London, England (?) on this day in ___________.

15 – Joy Division released their debut Unknown Pleasures on this day in 1979.

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.

15 – The Killers released their debut album Hot Fuss in the U.S. on this day in 2004.

15 – The White Stripes released their sixth and final studio album Icky Thump on this day in 2007.

15 – The English Beat released their fourth studio album Here We Go Love on this day in 2018.

16 – Tupac Shakur was born in East Harlem, New York on this day in 1971.

16 – David Bowie released The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars on this day in 1972.

16 – Roxy Music released their debut album on this day in 1972.

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.

16 – Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit released The Nashville Sound on this day in 2017.

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.

18 – Alison Moyet of Yazoo (Yaz in the U.S.) was born in Billericay, Essex, England on this day in 1961.

20 – The Beach Boys’ Brian Wilson was born in Inglewood, California on this day in 1942.

20 – The Rolling Stones released Emotional Rescue on this day in 1980.

21 – Ray Davies of The Kinks was born in Fortis Green, London, England on this day in 1944.

21 – ABC released their debut The Lexicon of Love on this day in 1982.

21 – On this day in 2011, Atlanta trio The Head released the second LP, Hang On.

22 – Jimmy Somerville (Bronski Beat, The Communards) was born in Greenock, Scotland on this day in 1961.

22 – Joni Mitchell released Blue on this day in 1971.

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.

23 – Tom Tom Club released their self-titled debut album on this day in 1981.

24 – Jeff Beck was born in Wallington, England on this day in 1944.

24 – Mick Fleetwood was born in Redruth, Cornwall, England on this day in 1947.

24 – Curt Smith was born in Bath, Somerset, England on this day in 1961.

24 – The Richard Carpenter Trio (with sister Karen on drums) wins a “Battle Of The Bands” at the Hollywood Bowl on this day in 1966.

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

25 – George Michael was born in East Finchley, London, England on this day in 1963.

25 – The Beatles premiered the song “All You Need Is Love” to a worldwide TV audience of 400 million people on this day in 1967.

25 – The Trash Can Sinatras released their debut Cake on this day in 1990.

25 – Michael Jackson died on this day in 2009.

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

26 – Chris Isaak was born in Stockton, California on this day in 1956.

26 – Berlin singer Terri Nunn was born in Los Angeles, California on this day in 1961.

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

27 – The B-52’s released Cosmic Thing on this day in 1989.

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

28 – David Bowie released “Fame” featuring John Lennon on backing vocals on this day in 1975. It later became Bowie’s first #1 hit in the U.S.

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

30 – The Singles soundtrack was released on this day in 1992. It was fundamental in launching the grunge movement.

JULY

1 – Blondie’s Debbie Harry was born in Miami, Florida, on this day in 1945.

1 – Fred Schneider of The B-52s was born in Newark, New Jersey on this day in 1951.

1 – The Band released their debut album Music from Big Pink on this day in 1968.

1 – Crowded House’s third studio album Woodface was released in the on this day in 1991.

3 – Singer/songwriter Carla Olson was born in Austin, Texas on this day in 1952.

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

3 – Jim Morrison of The Doors passed away in Paris on this day in 1971.

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

5 – The Lilith Fair Tour kicked off on this day in 1997.

6 – On this day in 1957, John Lennon and Paul McCartney met for the first time in the Liverpool suburb of Woolton, where Lennon’s group, the Quarrymen, were performing.

6 – The Allman Brothers Band released their first live album At Fillmore East on this day in 1971.

6 – B-52s released their self-titled debut on this day in 1979.

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.

8 – Go-Gos released their debut album Beauty and the Beat on this day in 1981.

9 – Bon Scott of AC/DC was born in Forfar, Angus, Scotland on this day in 1946.

9 – Jim Kerr of Simple Minds was born in Glasgow, Scotland on this day in 1959.

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

10 – Neil Tennant of Pet Shop Boys was born in North Shields, Tyneside, England on this day in 1954.

11 – Peter Murphy of Bauhaus was born in Northampton, Northamptonshire, England on this day in 1957.

11 – On this day in 1969, David Bowie’s “Space Oddity” single is rush-released to beat the moon landing, which happens nine days later.

12 – On this day in 1962, the Rolling Stones played their first gig at the Marquee Club in London.

13 – Director Cameron Crowe was born in Palm Springs, California on this day in 1957.

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

13 – Live Aid happened on this day in 1985.

14 – Woody Guthrie was born in Okemah, Oklahoma on this day in 1912.

14 – The Dead Weather released their debut album Horehound on this day in 2009.

15 – Joy Division’s Ian Curtis was born on this day in 1956 in Stretford, Lancashire, England.

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

15 – Peter Garrett released his only solo album A Version of Now on this day in 2016.

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

18 – Christa Päffgen aka Nico (of The Velvet Underground) dies at age 49 while vacationing in Ibiza, Spain on this day in 1988.

18 – The Lollapalooza Music Fest premiered on this day in 1991.

21 – Yusuf Islam (Cat Stevens) was born in Marylebone, London, England on this day in 1948.

22 – Emily Saliers of Indigo Girls was born in New Haven, Connecticut on this day in 1963.

22 – Elvis Costello released his debut My Aim is True on this day in 1977.

23 – Martin Gore of Depeche Mode is born in Essex, England on this day in 1961.

23 – Alison Krauss was born in Decatur, Illinois, U.S. on this day in 1971.

23 – Amy Winehouse died on this day in 2011.

25 – Five months after the death of Bon Scott, AC/DC released Back in Black with new singer Brian Johnson on this day in 1980.

25 – Beastie Boys released their second LP Paul’s Boutique on this day in 1989.

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.

27 – New York Dolls released their debut album on this day in 1973.

27 – Pete Yorn was born in Pequannock Township, New Jersey on this day in 1974.

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 – Kate Bush was born in Bexleyheath, Kent, England on this day in 1958.

30 – Sublime released their only album on this day in 1996.

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.

AUGUST

? – The Modern Lovers released their debut album on this day in 1976.

1 – MTV launched on this day in 1981.

1 – Crowded House released their self-titled debut album on this day in 1986.

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

5 – The Beatles released their seventh studio album ‘Revolver’ on this day in 1966.

5 – The Stooges released their debut album on this day in 1969.

6 – Artist Andy Warhol was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on this day in 1928.

6 – Bauhaus released their first single “Bela Lugosi’s Dead” on this day in 1979.

6 – The Ramones played their final concert in Hollywood, California on this day in 1996.

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

8 – N.W.A. released their debut Straight Outta Compton on this day in 1988.

11 – Joe Jackson was born in Burton upon Trent, Staffordshire, England on this day in 1954.

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

14 – The Who released their fifth studio album, Who’s Next, on this day in 1971.

14 – Nick Lowe released his debut single, “So It Goes,” on this day in 1976.

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.

20 – Ralf Hutter of Kraftwerk was born in Krefeld, Rhine Province, Germany on this day in 1946.

20 – Led Zeppelin’s Robert Plant was born in West Bromwich, Staffordshire, England on this day in 1948.

20 – Interpol released their debut Turn On the Bright Lights on this day in 2002.

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

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 – The Rolling Stones released Tattoo You on this day in 1981.

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

25 – Elvis Costello was born in Paddington, London, UK on this day in 1954.

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

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

25 – Elvis Costello was born Declan Patrick McManus in Paddington, London on this day in 1954.

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.

28 – Devo released their debut album Are We Not Men? We Are Devo! on this day in 1978.

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.

4 – Stars released The North on this day in 2012.

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

6 – Roger Waters of Pink Floyd was born in Great Bookham, on this day in 1943.

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, on this day in 1951.

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

7 – The The released their debut, Burning Blue Soul, on this day in 1981.

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

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

11 – Bruce Springsteen released his second album The Wild, the Innocent and The E Street Shuffle on this day in 1973.

12 – George Jones was born in Saratoga, Texas on this day in 1931.

12 – Neil Peart, drummer and lyricist for Rush, was born near Hamilton, Ontario, Canada on this day in 1952.

12 – Pink Floyd released Wish You Were Here on this day in 1975.

12 – Johnny Cash died in Nashville, Tennessee, U.S. on this day in 2003.

13 – Bluegrass pioneer Bill Monroe was born near Rosine, Kentucky, on this day in 1911.

13 – Drummer Zak Starkey was born in London, England on this day in 1965.

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.

15 – As the soundtrack for David Byrne’s film of the same name, Talking Heads release True Stories on this day in 1986.

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

16 – Talking Heads released their debut album 77 on this day in 1977.

16 – DJ Shadow released his debut album Endtroducing….. on this day in 1996.

17 – Hank Williams was born in Mount Olive, Alabama, on this day in 1923.

17 – Fee Waybill of The Tubes was born in Omaha, Nebraska on this day in 1950.

17 – Pink Floyd’s The Wall opened in theaters on this day in 1982.

17 – Pajama Club (Neil and Sharon Finn) released their debut album on this day in 2011.

18 – Dee Dee Ramone was born in Fort Lee, Virginia, on this day in 1952.

18 – Jimi Hendrix died on this day in 1970.

18 – Wilco released Yankee Hotel Foxtrot on this day in 2001.

19 – Beatles manager Brian Epstein was born in Liverpool, Lancashire, England on this day in 1934.

19 – Daniel Lanois was born in Hull, Quebec, Canada on this day in 1951.

20 – Jim Croce died in a plane crash in Natchitoches, Louisiana on this day in 1973.

21 – Leonard Cohen was born in Westmount, Quebec, Canada on this day in 1934.

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

21 – Nirvana released In Utero on this day in 1993.

21 – Green Day released American Idiot on this day in 2004.

21 – R.E.M. disbanded on this day in 2011.

22 – Nick Cave was born in Warracknabeal, Victoria, Australia on this day in 1957.

22 – Joan Jett was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on this day in 1958.

23 – Ray Charles was born in Macon, Georgia on this day in 1930.

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

23 – Steely Dan released Aja on this day in 1977.

23 – OutKast released Speakerboxxx/The Love Below on this day in 2003.

24 – David Bowie released Tonight on this day in 1984.

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

24 – Sting released Brand New Day on this day in 1999.

25 – Led Zeppelin drummer John Bonham died on this day in 1980.

25 – They Might Be Giants released Lincoln on this day in 1988.

25 – INXS released X on this day in 1990.

26 – George Gershwin was born in Brooklyn, New York, on this day in 1898.

26 – The Saturday Evening Post published the first stereo advertisement for an Edison phonograph on this day in 1908.

26 – Bryan Ferry was born in Washington, Tyne and Wear, England on this day in 1945.

26 – The Beatles released Abbey Road on this day in 1969.

26 – The Rocky Horror Picture Show opened on this day in 1975.

26 – U2 released their first single, Three, on this day in 1979.

26 – Robert Palmer died on this day in 2003.

27 – James released Laid on this day in 1993.

27 – R.E.M. released Monster on this day in 1994.

27 – Interpol released Antics on this day in 2004.

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

29 – Les Claypool was born in Richmond, California on this day in 1963.

30 – Marc Bolan was born in Stoke Newington, London, England on this day in 1947.

30 – Bruce Springsteen released Nebraska on this day in 1982.

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 – Richard Hell was born in Lexington, Kentucky on this day in 1949.

2 – Mike Rutherford was born in Chertsey, Surrey, England on this day in 1950.

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 – Brittany Howard was born in Athens, Alabama on this day in 1988.

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

2 – Tom Petty died on this day in 2017 in Santa Monica, California, U.S.

3 – Lindsey Buckingham was born in Palo Alto, California on this day in 1949.

3 – Stevie Ray Vaughan was born in Dallas, Texas on this day in 1954.

3 – Woody Guthrie died on this day in 1967.

3 – Electric Light Orchestra released Out of the Blue on this day in 1977.

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

3 – The Elvis Brothers released their final studio album, Now Dig This, on this day in 1992, when the trio played the CD release show at Beat Kitchen in Chicago.

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

4 – Janis Joplin was found dead on this day in 1970.

5 – Brain Johnson (AC/DC) was born in Dunston, County Durham, England on this day in 1947.

5 – Bob Geldof was born in Dún Laoghaire, County Dublin, Ireland on this day in 1951.

5 – R.E.M. released Automatic for the People on this day in 1992.

6 – Kevin Cronin (REO Speedwagon) was born in Evanston, Illinois on this day in 1951.

6 – Matthew Sweet was born in Lincoln, Nebraska on this day in 1964.

6 – Tommy Stinson was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota on this day in 1966.

6 – Ginger Baker died on this day in 2019.

6 – Eddie Van Halen died on this day in 2020.

7 – John Mellencamp was born in Seymour, Indiana on this day in 1951.

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

8 – Talking Heads released Remain in Light on this day in 1980.

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.

9 – Jackson Browne was born in Heidelberg, Germany on this day in 1948.

9 – PJ Harvey was born in Bridport, Dorset, England on this day in 1969.

9 – The Jesus and Mary Chain released Automatic on this day in 1989.

10 – Thelonious Monk was born in Rocky Mount, North Carolina on this day in 1917.

10 – John Prine was born in Maywood, Illinois on this day in 1946.

10 – David Lee Roth was born in Bloomington, Indiana on this day in 1954.

10 – Singer Kirsty MacColl was born in Croydon, Surrey, England on this day in 1959.

10 – The filmTrue Stories, in which David Byrne stars and directs, is released in theaters on this day in 1986.

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

10 – Sting released Songs From the Labyrinth on this day in 2006.

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 – Henry Padovani, original guitarist for The Police, was born in Bastia (Corsica), France in 1952.

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

13 – The four-handed drummer Brad Elvis (Screams, Big Hello, Elvis Brothers, The Handcuffs, The Romantics) was born on this day somewhere in the universe.

14 – Guitarist/vocalist Rob “Elvis” Newhouse (Elvis Brothers, Charming Axe ) was born on this day somewhere in the midwest.

14 – Thomas Dolby was born in London, England on this day in 1958.

14 – David Bowie released Heroes on this day in 1977.

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

15 – The Bronski Beat released The Age of Consent on this day in 1984.

16 – Rock singer/songwriter Nico was born Christa Päffgen in Cologne, Germany on this day in 1938.

16 – Bob Weir (Grateful Dead) was born in San Francisco, California on this day in 1947.

16 – Bassist Flea was born in Melbourne, Australia on this day in 1962.

16 – Bob Mould (Hüsker Dü) was born in Malone, New York on this day in 1962.

16 – The Jimi Hendrix Experience released Electric Ladyland on this day in 1968.

16 – Creedence Clearwater Revival called it quits on this day in 1972.

16 – Drummer Gene Krupa died on this day in 1973.

16 – The Human League released Dare on this day in 1981.

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

17 – Ziggy Marley was born in Kingston, Jamaica in this day in 1968.

17 – Bruce Springsteen released The River on this day in 1980.

17 – Billy Joel released Storm Front on this day in 1989.

18 – The British Broadcasting Corporation was founded in London on this day in 1922.

19 – Peter Tosh was born in Grange Hill, Jamaica on this day in 1944.

19 – Karl Wallinger (World Party) was born in Prestatyn, Wales on this day in 1957.

19 – On this day in 1973, David Bowie released Pin Ups.

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

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 – Prince released his second album Prince on this day in 1979.

19 – The Specials released their self-titled debut on this day in 1979.

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

19 – The Talking Heads’ concert movie Stop Making Sense opened on this day in 1984.

19 – On this day in 1987, INXS released Kick.

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.

20 – Nine Inch Nails released their debut album Pretty Hate Machine on this day in 1989.

21 – Meat Loaf released his debut Bat Out of Hell on this day in 1977.

21 – The The released Soul Mining on this day in 1983.

21 – On this day in 1985, Simple Minds released Once Upon a Time.

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

22 – Led Zeppelin II was released on this day in 1969.

22 – Matthew Sweet released Girlfriend on this day in 1991.

22 – The Rev. Howard Finster died on this day in 2001.

23 – “Weird Al” Yankovic was born in Downey, California on this day in 1959.

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.

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

1 – Nirvana released MTV Unplugged in New York on this day in 1994.

1 – Joe Guido Welsh released The House of Sound on this day in 2021.

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.

3 – Rage Against the Machine released their debut album on this day in 1992.

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 – Singer Corey Glover (Living Colour) was born in Brooklyn, New York on this day in 1964.

6 – The Monkees released Head on this day in 1968.

6 – The Sex Pistols played their first gig on this day in 1975, opening for the band Bazooka Joe at St. Martin’s School of Art in London. Bazooka Joe’s lead singer is Stuart Goddard, who is so inspired by the set that he drops out of art school and takes the name Adam Ant. (from https://calendar.songfacts.com/november/6/)

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

7 – Bones Hillman, bassist for Midnight Oil, succumbed to cancer on this day in 2020.

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 – Composer Ennio Morricone was born in Rome, Italy on this day in 1928.

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.

11 – Sex Pistols released their debut Never Mind the Bollocks, Here’s the Sex Pistols on this day in 1977.

12 – Abbey Road Studios opened for business in London, England on this day in 1931.

12 – Neil Young was born in Toronto, Canada on this day in 1945.

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

14 – Buckwheat Zydeco, accordionist and zydeco musician, was born in Lafayette, Louisiana on this day in 1947.

14 – David Bowie released his second album Space Oddity on this day in 1969.

15 – Beastie Boys released their debut Licensed to Ill on this day in 1986.

18 – The Jesus and Mary Chain released their debut album Psychocandy on this day in 1985.

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

19 – The Who released ‘Quadrophenia’ on this day in 1973.

20 – Duane Allman was born in Nashville, Tennessee on this day in 1946.

20 – The Cure released Mixed Up on this day in 1990.

21 – Björk was born on this day in 1965.

21 – The Head drummer Jack Shaw and vocalist/bassist Mike Shaw were born on this day in 1991.

22 – “Little” Steven Van Zandt was born in Winthrop, Massachusetts on this day in 1950.

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

22 – The Beatles released “The White Album” on this day in 1968.

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.

23 – Public Image Ltd. released Metal Box on this day in 1979.

23 – AC/DC released For Those About to Rock on this day in 1981.

23 – Snoop Doggy Dogg released his debut Doggystyle on this day in 1993.

24 – Original Beatles drummer Pete Best is born in Delhi, India on this day in 1941.

24 – Clem Burke was born in Bayonne, New Jersey on this day in 1954.

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

24 – Crowded House played their farewell concert in Sydney, Australia on this day in 1996.

25 – Nick Drake died on this day in 1974.

26 – Sex Pistols released their debut single “Anarchy in the U.K.” on this day in 1976.

27 – Jimi Hendrix was born in Seattle, Washington on this day in 1942.

27 – George Harrison released All Things Must Pass on this day in 1970.

27 – Soft Cell released their debut Non-Stop Erotic Cabaret on this day in 1981.

28 – Motown founder Berry Gordy, Jr. is born in Detroit, Michigan on this day in 1929.

28 – Paul Shaffer was born in Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada on this day in 1949.

29 – Chuck Mangione was born in Rochester, New York on this day in 1940.

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

30 – Billy Idol was born in Stanmore, Middlesex, England on this day in 1955.

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

30 – Pink Floyd released The Wall on this day in 1979.

30 – Michael Jackson released Thriller on this day in 1982.

DECEMBER

1 – Wire released their debut album Pink Flag on this day in 1977.

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 Beatles released Rubber Soul on this day in 1965.

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

4 – Frank Zappa died on this day in 1993.

5 – Little Richard (Richard Wayne Penniman) was born in Macon, Georgia on this day in 1932.

5 – Curved Air drummer Stewart Copeland met Last Exit bassist Gordon Sumner on this day in 1976.

5 – Black Flag released their debut Damaged on this day in 1981.

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

6 – Roy Orbison died on this day in 1988.

7 – Tom Waits was born in Pomona, California on this day in 1949.

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

8 – Jim Morrison was born in Melbourne, Florida on this day in 1943.

8 – Gregg Allman was born in Nashville, Tennessee on this day in 1947.

8 – Sinead O’Connor was born in Glenageary, County Dublin, Ireland on this day in 1966.

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

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

10 – CBGBs opened its doors on Manhattan’s Lower East Side on this day in 1973.

10 – Meg White was born in Grosse Pointe Farms, Michigan on this day in 1974.

10 – Wings released Wings Over America on this day in 1976.

11 – John Lennon released his debut solo album John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band on this day in 1970.

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

12 – The Smiths played their last gig at the Artists Against Apartheid benefit at Brixton Academy on this day in 1986.

14 – Mike Scott of The Waterboys was born in Edinburgh, Scotland on this day in 1958.

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

15 – Johnny Cash released Folsom Prison Blues on this day in 1955.

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

15 – Saturday Night Fever opened in theaters on this day in 1977.

15 – Dr. Dre released his debut album The Chronic on this day in 1992.

16 – Ludwig van Beethoven was born in Bonn, Germany on this day in 1770.

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.

17 – David Bowie released Hunky Dory on this day in 1971.

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.

19 – Peter Murphy released Deep on this day in 1989.

20 – Chris Robinson of The Black Crowes was born in Marietta, Georgia on this day in 1966.

20 – The live albumThe Concert for Bangladesh was released on this day in 1971.

21 – Frank Zappa was born in Baltimore, Maryland on this day in 1940.

21 – The Cure released their debut single “Killing An Arab,” based on the 1942 Albert Camus novel L’Étranger (The Stranger) on this day in 1978.

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

22 – M released New York – London – Paris – Munich in the U.S. on this day in 1979.

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

23 – Adrian Belew was born in Covington, Kentucky on this day in 1949.

23 – Eddie Vedder was born in Evanston, Illinois on this day in 1964.

24 – Motörhead lead singer Lemmy was born in Staffordshire, England on this day in 1945.

24 – New York Dolls made their live debut playing a Christmas Party at the Endicott Hotel in New York City on this day in 1971.

25 – Shane MacGowan of The Pogues is born in Pembury, Kent, England on this day in 1957.

25 – Singer-songwriter Vic Chesnutt died in Athens, Georgia on this day in 2009.

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

29 – Singer Jim Reid of The Jesus and Mary Chain was born in East Kilbride, Scotland on this day in 1961.

30 – Patti Smith was born in Chicago, Illinois on this day in 1946.

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.

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