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"The Boss" Bruce Springsteen is born in the U.S.A. Freehold, New Jersey, to be exact. 1949
1950's  "That’ll Be The Day" is #1. The Buddy Holly & The Crickets hit was written by Holly, Jerry Allison (one of the Crickets - their drummer) and Norman Petty. 1957

Lita Ford (born Carmelita Rosanna Ford) has a birthday. Following a stint in the Runaways (with Joan Jett) she embarks on a solo career highlighted by the hit "Kiss Me Deadly" (#12) and a Top 10 duet with Ozzy Osbourne, "Close My Eyes Forever." 1958
1960's  The Rolling Stones begin a U.K. tour with Ike & Tina Turner and the Yardbirds in tow. The first show is at the Royal Albert Hall. 1966

The Doors release "People Are Strange." No kidding. 1967

The Illinois University newspaper The Northern Star publishes "Clues Hint At Beatle Death." This launches the ridiculous "Paul is dead" rumors. A few weeks later Paul McCartney speaks to the press to let them know he's fine. 1969

1970's  Mott The Hoople releases "All The Young Dudes," a song written by David Bowie. 1972

Foreigner`s "Double Vision" is released. 1978

1980's  Tom Petty’s brilliant "Runnin' Down A Dream" fails to crack the U.S. Top 20. It peaks at #23. 1989
1990's  Oasis begin their first U.S. tour in Seattle, at a place in the city's Capital Hill district called Moe's. 1994

Sheryl Crow's third album, "The Globe Sessions," is out. The album was recorded at and named for the sessions recorded at Globe Recording Studio in New York. 1998
2000's  Following the 9/11 terrorist attacks nearly two-weeks earlier in New York and Washington, D.C a full-page ad in the New York Times reads: "Imagine the people living in peace." Placed by Yoko Ono, the message is from her late husband's (John Lennon) song "Imagine." 2001


Alter Bridge embark on a North American tour. The group has three former members of Creed including guitarist Mark Tremonti. 2004

Alice In Chains members Jerry Cantrell and Sean Kinney and an acoustic Queensr˙che perform at the No Vote Left Behind festival. Proceeds from the four day Seattle event benefit political campaigns for progressive candidates and the Democratic National Committee. 2004

Elton John runs afoul of the Taiwan media calling them "rude vile pigs." When John arrives at Taipei's Chiang Kai-shek International Airport he is angry that police didn't hold the media back and protect him "from the ensuing chaos." 2004

Is foie gras bad? It is if you’re Paul McCartney. In a formal letter, he asks California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger to ban the French delicacy. The former Beatle urges the governor to make California the first state to outlaw the pate made from geese and duck livers. Foie Gras is produced by force-feeding the birds to expand their livers, a practice McCartney calls "inhumane." 2004

Red Hot Chili Peppers and The Who co-headline the first-ever U.S. edition of the Virgin Festival. Wolfmother and the Raconteurs also perform at Baltimore's Pimlico Race Course. The event is sponsored by Richard Branson's Virgin Group. 2006

The CBS crime drama Cold Case uses Nirvana songs exclusively. "Nirvana's music not only evokes the era when this case's killings took place but brings a starkness and poetry to the story that deeply enhances it," says Cold Case executive producer Veena Sud. 2007

The Kings Of Leon roll out "Only By The Night." The album runs hot and cold with the hit "Sex On Fire" and another song titled "Cold Desert." 2008

Cold War Kids release "Loyalty To Loyalty." 2008

"Do What You Do," the first single from Mudvayne's "The New Game" goes to radio nearly a month before the album hits. 2008

"The Essential Now That's What I Call Christmas! " is released containing Elton John's "Step Into Christmas," Paul McCartney's "Wonderful Christmastime" and John Lennon and Yoko Ono's "Happy Xmas (War Is Over)." 2008

The mayor of Columbus, IN, gives John Mellencamp the key to the city prior to the singer-songwriter's concert at the Crump Theatre. Mellencamp performs a career-spanning set for the special, Back Where We Started, shown on the Biography Channel. 2008
2010's  Linkin Park's fourth album "A Thousand Suns" debuts at #1 on the Billboard 200 chart selling 241,000 copies in its first week. 2010

Yeah Yeah Yeahs perform at the Brooklyn venue Secret Project Robot to celebrate their 10th anniversary. 2010

Almost Famous director Cameron Crowe and Heart singer/guitarist Nancy Wilson file for divorce in Los Angeles County Superior Court, citing irreconcilable differences. In the document Wilson lists their official separation as 6/15/08. Married 22 years the couple has twin sons. 2010

PJ Harvey's "Let England Shake" is certified gold in the U.K. 2011

VH1 celebrates the 20th anniversary of Nirvana's "Nevermind" by premiering the concert movie Nirvana: Live At The Paramount (filmed at Seattle's Paramount Theater on Halloween in '91). 2011

Universal Studios theme park in L.A. unveils an Alice Cooper Welcome To My Nightmare attraction. It's a "spooky" maze containing snakes, spiders, guillotines and electric chairs. "As a life-long Alice Cooper fan who's been motivated and inspired by his craft, I am absolutely thrilled by this incredible opportunity," says Universal Studios creative director John Murdy. The attraction runs through Halloween (October 31st). 2011

Ray Charles is honored by the United States Postal Service with a commemorative stamp as part of their Music Icons series. 2013

Journey guitarist Neal Schon is inducted into the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame. Schon was born at Tinker Air force Base outside of Oklahoma City. He later relocated to San Francisco where he joined Santana and later was a founding member of Journey. 2013

Lenny Kravitz issues "Strut," his tenth studio album. "This record brought me back to what I love so much about music, back to the feelings I had when I was in high school," Kravitz explains. 2014

Pearl Jam, Phish and Dave Matthews support National Voter Registration Day to 'get the millennial vote out' for the mid-term elections. 2014

It's David Bowie Day in Chicago. The decree from Mayor Rahm Emanuel coincides with David Bowie Is, a retrospective exhibit at the city's Museum of Contemporary Art. 2014

Nirvana's "Smells Like Teen Spirit" is declared the most iconic song of all time by researchers from Goldsmiths, University of London. Songs were evaluated using analytical software to compare their key, beats per minute, chord variety, lyrical content, and sonic variance. John Lennon's "Imagine” is second. 2015

Arcade Fire’s documentary, The Reflektor Tapes, is in U.S. theaters. The film documents the creation of the "Reflektor" album. 2015

Gone Country – and then some. Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler is a guest on the season four premiere of ABC's Nashville. He appears as himself. 2015

Blasted from the past. Drummer Bobby Blotzer confirms that he’s taken over the Ratt name following a five-year trademark battle with former singer Stephen Pearcy, who quit in '14. However, Ratt guitarist Warren DeMartini says that he is "totally against" Blotzer's decision to use the Ratt name for the drummer's "tribute band" and takes steps "to prevent any further misuse." 2015