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Billy Joel
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31 Years Ago: Billy Joel Releases ‘The Nylon Curtain’

It tends to get lost in the shuffle in a discussion of his most popular work, but 'The Nylon Curtain,' Billy Joel's underrated masterpiece, was released 31 years ago.

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Kiss Lick it Up
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30 Years Ago: Kiss Complete a Hail Mary Named ‘Lick It Up’

On Sept. 18, 1978, Kiss were on top of the world. On that day, all four members of the famously face-painted group released solo albums in one of the most extravagant displays of marketing power in rock history.

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Mott the Hoople
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Mott the Hoople’s Mick Ralphs Remembers How David Bowie ‘Saved Our Bacon’

Scoring a big hit is a life-changing event for any artist, but for Mott the Hoople, their career-defining cover of David Bowie's 'All the Young Dudes' came at a particularly crucial moment.

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David Bowie, 'Reality'
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10 Years Ago: David Bowie Releases ‘Reality’

It took David Bowie a mere 15 months to write and record his 23rd album, 2003's 'Reality.' While no one could have guessed it at the time, it'd take him another 10 years to finish his 24th.

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35 Years Ago: Frank Zappa Releases ‘Studio Tan’

If Frank Zappa was still alive, you can bet he'd be the last person who'd want to celebrate the anniversary of 'Studio Tan,' an album he didn't sanction, sequence, or even approve cover art for. He was caught in a legal battle with Warner Bros. Records and former manager Herb Cohen at the time. On top of that, none of the songs included on 'Studio Tan' were even recorded in 1978; most of the tracks allegedly date from sessions between 1974 and 1976, with a couple of cuts even going as far back as 1969.

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Mark Knopfler
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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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Art Garfunkel, 'Angel Clare'
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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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