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25 Years Ago: Dire Straits Break Up

Classic rock history is littered with unexpected tragedies and surprising reversals of fate, but other events can be seen coming from a mile away – case in point, the official break up of Dire Straits, which was announced b

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Bon Jovi
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25 Years Ago: Bon Jovi Release ‘New Jersey’

On Sept. 13, 1988, Bon Jovi released their fourth album, named after their home state, 'New Jersey.'

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Apples
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10 Years Ago: The Beatles Sue Apple

An apple a day keeps the doctor away. Too many Apples in the music marketplace, however, can cause one heck of a messy lawsuit.

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Fleetwood Mac
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23 Years Ago: Stevie Nicks and Christine McVie Leave Fleetwood Mac

After more than a decade of relative stability and huge commercial success, Fleetwood Mac entered a period of constant flux during the late '80s. Guitarist Lindsey Buckingham left the band in 1987, and while he was quickly replaced by Rick Vito and Billy Burnette, his departure was only the first of several to take place over the next few years.

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40 Years Ago: Art Garfunkel’s ‘Angel Clare’ Album Released

He took his time striking out on his own after the conclusion of Simon & Garfunkel's years as a working partnership, but with 'Angel Clare,' Art Garfunkel got his solo career off to a promising start.

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Bruce Springsteen
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40 Years Ago: Bruce Springsteen Releases ‘The Wild, the Innocent and the E Street Shuffle’

It didn't sell particularly well when it first came out, but it has since become a favorite among his fans. On Sept. 11, 1973, Bruce Springsteen released his second album, 'The Wild, the Innocent and the E Street Shuffle.'

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Mick Jagger
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40 Years Ago: The Rolling Stones’ ‘Star Star’ Gets Banned by the BBC

On Sept. 10, 1973, the Rolling Stones broke a 10-year history of clean, upstanding living when the BBC announced that 'Star Star,' a song off their then-new album 'Goats Head Soup,' was banned on account of its obscene lyrics.

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50 Years Ago: The Beatles Write a Song for the Rolling Stones

In the early days of the Beatles, John Lennon and Paul McCartney often gave songs to their friends. They wrote one of them, 'I Wanna Be Your Man,' for the Rolling Stones at London's De Lane Lea Studio on Sept. 10, 1963.

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45 Years Ago: The Beatles Record ‘Helter Skelter’

On Sept. 9, 1968, recording engineer Chris Thomas received a note from producer George Martin. "Chris, hope you had a nice holiday," it read. "I'm off on mine now. Make yourself available to the Beatles."

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35 Years Ago: David Bowie Releases ‘Stage’

When an artist releases a live album, it often closes one chapter in their career, and opens another. Such was the case with the 1978 release of 'Stage' by David Bowie.

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25 Years Ago: Elton John Auctions Off $8.2 Million Worth of Memorabilia

Elton John has earned a ton of money -- and he's bought a ton of things with it. In fact, back in September of 1988, he had so many possessions crowding his four-story English mansion that he decided to sell off 2,000 of them in a massive four-day auction at Sotheby's in London.

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Musical Performers at Super Bowl XXXV
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15 Years Ago: Aerosmith Get Their First No. 1 Single

It may have taken them 25 years to do it, but it finally happened. On Sept. 5, 1998, Aerosmith's 'I Don't Want to Miss a Thing' debuted at the top of the Billboard Hot 100. It remains the group's only No. 1 single.

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