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John Mellencamp, 'Uh-Huh'
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30 Years Ago: John Cougar Mellencamp Releases ‘Uh-Huh’

The first five records of John Mellencamp's career were recorded under heavy meddling, but after hitting it big with 1982's 'American Fool,' he finally had enough clout to ignore his label and his management. The result was an album that cemented his rock-star status while flashing the fierce populist streak that would come to define his music.

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Yes, '90125'
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30 Years Ago: Yes Release ’90125′

It's often said that it's always darkest before the dawn. This has proven particularly true for Yes fans, who endured the band's ugly 1981 breakup only to watch the prog legends rise from the ashes with one of their most popular albums two years later.

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Gram Parsons
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40 Years Ago: Gram Parsons Body Theft Case Settled

Gram Parsons was one of the most influential musicians of his generation -- though the true extent of his influence would not be felt until after his death. The singer-songwriter, guitarist and pianist was a pioneer in country rock, and the unusual aftermath of his passing -- being burned in the desert by his friend and road manager -- cemented his legendary status. The court case from that incident was settled on Nov. 6, 1973, 40 years ago.

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Aerosmith
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43 Years Ago: Aerosmith Plays First Concert

The gymnasium at Miscoe Hill School in tiny Mendon, Mass. (pop: 5,839) may seem like an inauspicious place for rock legends to get their start, but it's where Aerosmith played their first-ever show on Nov. 6, 1970.

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Paul Simon, 'Hearts and Bones'
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30 Years Ago: Paul Simon Releases ‘Hearts and Bones’

For a good long while, everything Paul Simon touched turned to gold or platinum, first during his years as one-half of Simon & Garfunkel, and continuing through a string of successful solo albums. But by the early '80s, he'd hit a bit of a rough spot.

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Martyn Goddard, Getty Images
Martyn Goddard, Getty Images
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35 Years Ago: The Police Release Their Debut Album

When the Police's debut album came out on Nov. 2, 1978, it sounded like little else on the music landscape at the time. The band was lumped in with punk and burgeoning New Wave groups at the time, but it played a mix of reggae and rock-inspired pop with all the time-shifting complexities found in prog and jazz.

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Kiss Neil Bogart
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40 Years Ago: Kiss Sign Their First Record Contract

On Nov. 1, 1973, nine months after performing their first show together, Kiss fulfilled an important early career goal by singing their first recording contract.

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John Williams/Hulton Archive, Getty Images
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45 Years Ago: George Harrison Releases the First Beatles Solo Album

With the release of 'Wonderwall Music' in November 1968, George Harrison was the first Beatle to step into the spotlight on his own. Recording sessions actually began a year earlier -- when the Beatles were recording their annual Christmas message -- with 'India' and 'Swordfencing,' both working titles that would be changed before release.

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Kiss Meets the Phantom of the Park
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35 Years Ago: ‘Kiss Meets the Phantom of the Park’ Released

Looking for a great... well, good... OK, really cheesy science fiction rock and roll movie to watch on Halloween? Well, you can always travel back in time with 'Kiss Meets the Phantom of the Park,' which debuted 35 years ago this season as one of NBC's "Movies of the Week" and is now available on DVD. 

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Duane Allman
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42 Years Ago – Duane Allman Dies

In two short years, guitarist Duane Allman racked up an impressive catalog of songs, both with the Allman Brothers Band and as a studio musician. When he died on Oct. 29, 1971, he left behind an extensive collection of work that includes records with Rock and Roll Hall of Famers Aretha Franklin, Laura Nyro and Wilson Pickett.

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Paul Rodgers
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5 Years Ago: Queen Release ‘The Cosmos Rocks’ With Paul Rodgers

The 2005-06 tour featuring former Bad Company frontman Paul Rodgers fronting Queen had been, at best, a head-scratcher. At worst, it was an embarrassing mismatch, since Rodgers' street-wise R&B-laced style was miles away from Queen's super-sized pomp. 

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Bruce Springsteen
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38 Years Ago: Bruce Springsteen Appears on Covers of Both ‘Time’ and ‘Newsweek’

On Oct. 27, 1975, Bruce Springsteen made history by becoming the first rock star to land on the cover of Time and Newsweek in the same week. The articles were written in response to the breakthrough success of ‘Born to Run,’ which had been released two months earlier and had peaked at No. 3 in the weeks preceding the cover stories.

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