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This Day in Music History: August 31st

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1968: Cream peaked at number five on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with “Sunshine of Your Love” which was their first top ten single in the U.S.

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This Day in Music History: August 28th

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1976: Peter Frampton peaked at number twelve on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with “Baby, I Love Your Way” Frampton’s second top forty single in the U.S.

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This Day in Music History: August 27th

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1967: The Beatles’ manager Brian Epstein died of a sleeping pill overdose. The Beatles found this out while they were on a retreat with Maharishi Mahesh Yogi.

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This Day in Music History: August 26th

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1979: At the Reading Festival in England, Phil Collins joined his former Genesis bandmate Peter Gabriel onstage for a rendition of “The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway”.

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This Day in Music History: August 25th

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1973: The Faces performed what they said would be their last British concert due to the Musicians Union refusing to give bassist Tetsu Yamauchi a work permit.

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This Day in Music History: August 24th

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1967: During his 21st birthday party, The Who’s drummer Keith Moon drove a Lincoln Continental into a pool at the Holiday Inn in Flint, MI which earned The Who a lifetime ban from the chain.

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This Day in Music History: August 21st

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1982: Crosby, Stills and Nash peaked at number nine on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with “Wasted on the Way” which was their second and final top ten single in the U.S.

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This Day in Music History: August 20th

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1983: Stevie Nicks peaked at number five on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with “Stand Back” which was her third top ten single as a solo artist.

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This Day in Music History: August 19th

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1980: Alice Cooper cancelled a scheduled concert at the CNE Grandstand in Toronto due to suffering an asthma attack, which led 1,400 fans to riot over Cooper’s no-show.

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This Day in Music History: August 18th

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1984: The fifth annual Monsters of Rock took place at Castle Donington in the U.K. AC/DC headlined a bill that included Van Halen, Ozzy Osbourne, & Motley Crue.

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This Day in Music History: August 17th

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1974: Eric Clapton reached number one on the Billboard 200 Album Chart for the first time with his second solo album 461 Ocean Boulevard which spent four weeks on top of the chart.

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This Day in Music History: August 14th

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1974: Neil Peart made his live debut as Rush’s drummer at a concert at the Civic Arena in Pittsburgh opening for Uriah Heep & Manfred Mann’s Earth Band.

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This Day in Music History: August 13th

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1969: The Guess Who recorded “American Woman” at RCA Mid-America Recording Center Studio B in Chicago which went on to become their first number one single in the U.S.

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This Day in Music History: August 12th

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1967: Fleetwood Mac made their live debut at London’s National Jazz & Blues Festival. The festival’s headliners were Donavan and Pink Floyd. 

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This Day in Music History: August 11th

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1973: After seeing Kiss perform at the Hotel Diplomat in New York, Bill Aucoin offered his managerial services and promised them a record deal, which they shortly received with Casablanca Records.

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This Day in Music History: August 10th

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1976: Elton John began the first of seven sold out concerts at Madison Square Garden in New York City, where he set a then-record gate of $1.25 million for the seven concerts.

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This Day in Music History: August 7th

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1971: Frank Zappa & the Mothers performed at the Pauley Pavilion on the campus of UCLA. This concert was later released the following March as a live album titled Just Another Band from L.A.

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This Day in Music History: August 6th

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1970: The Festival for Peace was held at Shea Stadium. Some of the artists who performed at the festival include Creedence Clearwater Revival, Steppenwolf, The James Gang, Paul Simon & Janis Joplin.

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This Day in Music History: August 5th

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1972: Derek and the Dominos peaked at number ten on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with “Layla” nearly two years after its initial release.

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This Day in Music History: August 4th

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1979: Dire Straits’ sophomore album Communique reached its peak at number 11 on the Billboard 200 Album Chart. The album had already been certified Gold.

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This Day in Music History: August 3rd

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1968: The Doors reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart for the second and final time with “Hello, I Love You” which spent two weeks on top of the chart.

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This Day in Music History: July 31st

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1981: Journey released their seventh studio album Escape. It went on to become their first and only number one album in the U.S. & sell nine million copies in the U.S.

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This Day in Music History: July 30th

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1983: Journey headlined the Day on the Green festival for the third and final time at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum in Oakland on a bill that also included Triumph, Eddie Money & Bryan Adams.

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This Day in Music History: July 29th

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1967: The Doors went to number one on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart for the first time with “Light My Fire” which spent three weeks on top of the chart.

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This Day in Music History: July 28th

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1973: Deep Purple peaked at number four on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with “Smoke on the Water” which was their second and final top ten single in the U.S.

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