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Peter Frampton unveils the live version of "Baby I Love Your Way." A huge hit. 1976
1950's  Mick Jones, guitarist for The Clash, has a birthday. Later, he starts Big Audio Dynamite. 1955

It's singer Chris Isaak's birthday. 1956

Scandal's lead singer, Patti Smyth, is born in New York. 1957

Also born on this day, the last bassist in the Runaways, the late Laurie McAllister (aka Laurie Hoyt). After the Runaways, of which McAllister said was the "best job ever," she joined the Orchids. 1957

Egypt bans Rock N' Roll claiming the music is "against public morals" and is an "imperialist plot." 1957
1960's  Berlin vocalist Terri Nunn is born in L.A. Berlin is known for the song "No More Words" and the ballad, "Take My Breath Away," from the Top Gun soundtrack. 1961

Gary 'U.S.' Bonds scores his only #1 single, "Quarter To Three." 1961

The Beatles release "A Hard Day's Night," the soundtrack to their first film, in the U.S. 1964

The Byrds, featuring Roger McGuinn's 12-string Rickenbacher guitar, take Bob Dylan's "Mr. Tambourine Man" to #1. 1965

Colin Greenwood, bassist (and occasional keyboards) for Radiohead, enters the world. 1969
1970's   
The Bath (in England) Festival of Blues and Progressive Music has Led Zeppelin, Steppenwolf and Santana. 1970

Mick Jagger takes a blood test to prove his 'innocence' in a paternity suit. 1973

In Indianapolis, Elvis Presley performs his last concert. The show includes a rendition of "Bridge Over Troubled Water." 1977

1980's  Actor and one-time Phantom Planet drummer, Jason Francesco Schwartzman, has a birthday. 1980

Duran Duran's first major hit, "Hungry Like The Wolf," peaks at #5 on the U.K. pop chart. 1982
1990's  Elton John and Eric Clapton team up for three sold-out shows at London's Wembley Stadium. 1992

Oasis perform on the NME (New Musical Express) stage at the Glastonbury Festival before an audience of 30,000. It's their biggest show of the year. 1994

Sammy Hagar splits from Van Halen after the group (sans Hagar) offers a return engagement to former lead singer David Lee Roth. 1996

"Congratulations, I'm Sorry" is a certified platinum album (over one million sales). The Gin Blossoms' album features "Til I Hear It From You" and "Follow You Down." 1997

2000's  One of Eric Clapton's prize guitars, "Blackie," a black-and-white Fender Stratocaster, sells for $959,500 at an auction that raises more than $7.4 million for Crossroads Centre, a drug treatment facility. "Lenny," the guitar Stevie Ray Vaughan played from the 1970s until his death in 1990, sells for $623,500. The guitar was donated by Vaughan's estate. 2004

Paul McCartney performs the Glastonbury Music Festival. He opens the set with "Jet." The concert marks the end of McCartney's month long European tour but it is his first appearance at Glastonbury. 2004

Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr attend a Las Vegas event marking the one-year anniversary of the Cirque du Soleil troupe's Beatles-themed stage production, Love. 2007

A seven-CD box set chronicling three Pearl Jam concerts played at the breathtaking Gorge Amphitheatre (in George, WA) is released. "Live At The Gorge 05/06" runs over seven hours. 2007

Beastie Boys issue their instrumental album "The Mix-Up." "There are no vocals, no samples," says Mike D. "We played everything." 2007

It's Def Leppard Day in Hamburg, NY. The proclamation urges locals to enjoy the group's music "today and for years to come." The group is in town for a show with Cheap Trick and Poison. 2009
2010's  Eric Clapton's third Crossroads Guitar Festival takes place at Toyota Park just outside of Chicago. "I can go to one place and hear all of my favorite musicians in one day, says Clapton." Those musicians include B.B. King, Jeff Beck, Steve Winwood, John Mayer, Buddy Guy and Z.Z. Top. Proceeds benefit the Crossroads Centre. 2010

"Days Go By," Offspring's ninth studio album, drops; Linkin Park's fifth full-length album, "Living Things," is released; and Maroon 5 roll out their fourth full-length set, "Overexposed." Also, "Invisible Stars," Everclear's first album of original material in six years, arrives. "Everything about this record came very naturally and it feels completely genuine to me," says frontman Art Alexakis. 2012

Slash scores his first #1 hit on Rock Radio with "You're A Lie," the lead track from his second solo album "Apocalyptic Love." 2012

Red Hot Chili Peppers' "The Getaway" lands at #2 on the Billboard 200 Album Chart, It's kept out of the top spot by Drake's "Views" which is #1 for the eighth consecutive week. 2016