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45 Years Ago: The Beatles Release ‘Yellow Submarine’

The Beatles’ animated film ‘Yellow Submarine’ is widely heralded as a classic for its mixture of whimsy, subversive humor and psychedelic design. However, the same fate was not bestowed upon its soundtrack, which was released on Jan. 13, 1969, in the U.S. and four days later in the U.K.

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41 Years Ago: Eric Clapton’s Rainbow Concert Takes Place

Most stints in rehab take place secretly, or at the very least privately. Then there was Eric Clapton’s famed Rainbow Concert, which served as an all-too-public, one-night cold turkey of sorts proclaiming the legendary guitarist's resurgence from the dire depths of heroin addiction – goosed along by some well-intentioned celebrity friends.

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45 Years Ago: Led Zeppelin Release Their First Album

This may seem obvious, but Led Zeppelin’s eponymous debut, which arrived in U.K. record shops 45 years ago today, is an album full of firsts, beyond the ‘I’ frequently tacked onto its title nowadays.

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40 Years Ago: Foghat Releases ‘Energized’

What’s in a name? Well, nothing and everything, if the subject is legendary blues-rockers Foghat, since their curious moniker meant absolutely nothing. Still, their prophetically named third studio album truly ‘Energized’ their career, when it was released in January 1974.

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51 Years Ago: The Beatles Release ‘Please Please Me’

"Congratulations, gentlemen. You've just made your first No. 1."

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45 Years Ago: George Harrison Quits the Beatles

In early 1969, while their fans were still swooning over the recently released White Album, the Beatles were holed up in London's Twickenham Studios, trying to figure out their next move. These famously fractious sessions eventually produced the band's final studio release, 'Let It Be' -- but not before bringing long-simmering tensions between the group's members to a raging boil.

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40 Years Ago: Faces Release Final Album, ‘Live – Coast to Coast Overture and Beginners’

For a band that thrived onstage, and whose live performances are legendary, it's a shame that the only official concert document of the Faces is the less-than-stellar 'Live - Coast to Coast Overture and Beginners.' Released on Jan. 10, 1974, as the group was about ready to call it quits, the album captures the Faces in typically ramshackle form during a pair of California shows from late 1973.

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The 30th Anniversary of Van Halen’s 1984 Album

This Thursday marks the 30th anniversary of the classic Van Halen album 1984.  Has it really been 3 decades since Diamond Dave reached down between his legs and eased the seat back?  These days, when we "Jump", we might hurt ourselves

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Black Sabbath’s ‘Paranoid’ Birthday

It's hard to believe that it's been 43 years since Black Sabbath unleashed the classic 'Paranoid' album on a largely unsuspecting public.

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45 Years Ago: Creedence Clearwater Revival Release ‘Bayou Country’

January 1969 announced the big-time arrival of Creedence Clearwater Revival, the unassuming, denim-and-flannel-clad quartet comprised of brothers John and Tom Fogerty and pals Stu Cook and Doug Clifford.

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39 Years Ago: Led Zeppelin Fans Trash the Boston Garden

Early 1975 was an exciting time for Led Zeppelin fans, with an upcoming tour and the impending release of the band's sixth LP, 'Physical Graffiti.' Unfortunately, a particularly passionate contingent of Zep-heads in Boston got a little out of hand on Jan. 6, 1975, unwittingly botching the group's chances of ever performing in the city again.

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41 Years Ago: Carly Simon (and Mick Jagger) Top the Charts with ‘You’re So Vain’

Carly Simon cemented her pop-star status with her third album, 'No Secrets,' released in Nov. 1972. Ironically, Simon wrapped the record's biggest hit, 'You're So Vain,' around what ended up becoming one of rock's most enduring mysteries.

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