As the Beatles gathered for what would be their final live set on Jan. 30, 1969, they hadn't performed in public since Aug. 29, 1966 -- a three-year period in which the group would reach new artistic heights, even as it began to fall apart.
While Bob Geldof's philanthropic efforts remain his greatest contribution to humanity, it should also be remembered that he was also the frontman for the Boomtown Rats, who had a string of hits in their native Ireland and throughout the U.K. from the mid '70s to the early '80s. Their biggest, 'I Don't Like Mondays,' was inspired by a school shooting that took place on Jan. 29, 1979.
The ranks of legendary southern rockers Lynyrd Skynyrd were deprived of yet another member on Jan. 28, 2009, when the band's longtime keyboard player, Billy Powell, passed away suddenly at his home in Orange Park, Fla.
When John Lennon was killed on Dec. 8, 1980, he was in the midst of recording the follow-up to the recently released 'Double Fantasy.' Those songs, combined with some outtakes from the 'Double Fantasy' sessions, were compiled by his widow, Yoko Ono on their album 'Milk and Honey,' which came out on Jan. 27, 1984.
When Stevie Wonder scored a No. 1 hit with 'Superstition' on Jan. 27, 1973, it announced a new sound for the brilliantly talented full-service singer, songwriter and musician who'd go on to record a string of the decade's greatest LPs. But for Jeff Beck, the song's success was a missed opportunity.
After a decade that saw him reunite the E Street Band, release two strong albums of new material, an acclaimed folk music project and seemingly endless touring, Bruce Springsteen took a step backward with his next project. ‘Working on a Dream’ hit stores on Jan. 27, 2009.
The spring and summer of 1986 bore witness to one of the most hostile public airings of dirty laundry in rock and roll history, courtesy of Van Halen and their recently departed lead vocalist, David Lee Roth, whom they had of course recently replaced with successful solo artist, Sammy Ha
By 1994, Alice in Chains were not only one of grunge’s biggest names, but already counted among the world’s most popular rock bands. So popular that what started as a casual attempt to blow off some creative steam – the brief collection of acoustic songs named ‘Jar of Flies’ released on Jan. 25, 1994 – became the first EP in music history to enter the Billboard charts at No. 1.
Lots of people love Led Zeppelin's 'Stairway to Heaven' -- it isn't a beloved staple of classic rock radio for nothing -- but on Jan. 23, 1991, KLSK-FM in Albuquerque, N.M. took that love to absurd new heights.
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