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Ozzy Osbourne
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21 Years Ago: Ozzy Osbourne ’Retires’

Ozzy Osbourne’s lofty career achievements and shocking controversial episodes were known to almost anyone who loved and kept up on music throughout the '80s, so when the notorious singer announced he intended to retire from rock and roll on November 15, 1992, people listened!

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Cream Disreali Gears
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46 Years Ago: Cream Release ‘Disraeli Gears’

'Disraeli Gears' was the second album Cream released in their ever so short career, and 46 years later, it still shines as their crowning achievement. Issued in November of 1967, the landmark LP saw Cream flipping the switch toward full-on psychedelia while remaining true to the blues roots of their 1966 debut.

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Reprise Records
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45 Years Ago: Neil Young Releases His Debut Album

By 1968, Neil Young was well into his musical journey. After first steps in his native Canada with the Squires, the singer-songwriter headed for California, where he'd find kindred spirits in Buffalo Springfield. But the ever-restless Young would soon move on again.

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Berry Oakley
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41 Years Ago: Berry Oakley of the Allman Brothers Band Dies

Former Allman Brothers Band guitarist Dickey Betts is always quick to celebrate the importance of Berry Oakley's contributions to the legendary southern rock band. Before Oakley died on Nov. 11, 1972, he was responsible for some of the most iconic Allman riffs, including the opening of 'Whipping Post.' He's remembered for the way he died more often than the way he lived, and Betts works to fix that.

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48 Years Ago: The Beatles Finish ‘Rubber Soul’

On Nov. 11, 1965, the Beatles convened to finish recording their sixth album, 'Rubber Soul.' Entering the studio at around 6PM, they realized they were a couple songs short of the 14 tracks slotted for the new record. Believe it or not, John Lennon and Paul McCartney were having trouble writing enough material for the album. So they "tossed off" a few new songs and resurrected a cast-off from the 'Help!' sessions. 

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16 Years Ago: Led Zeppelin’s ‘BBC Sessions’ Released

For many diehards, Led Zeppelin were even more mind-blowing onstage than they were in the studio. With 1997's 'BBC Sessions,' that argument was strengthened considerably, as it showcased the most powerful quartet in rock music at their most playful and hard-hitting.

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Billy Joel, 'Piano Man'
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40 Years Ago: Billy Joel’s ‘Piano Man’ Released

Even the most distinguished career has to start somewhere. For Billy Joel's life as a chart-topping solo artist, that first step started in an L.A. piano bar.

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46 Years Ago: David Crosby Fired from the Byrds

The Laurel Canyon sound of the '60s and '70s was all about smooth harmonies and peaceful, easy feelings, but the bands making the music were notorious for their constantly shifting lineups and behind-the-scenes turmoil. Case in point: the Byrds, who announced founding member David Crosby's acrimonious firing 46 years ago.

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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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41 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.

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Aerosmith
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44 Years Ago: Aerosmith Play Their 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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