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45 Years Ago: Bruce Springsteen’s Earth Play First Show

Before he was signed as a solo act, Bruce Springsteen gained a reputation as the "Fastest Guitar in Asbury Park" in a series of bands on the Jersey Shore. One of them, Earth, gave its first performance on Aug. 16, 1968, at the Off Broad Street Coffee House in Red Bank, N.J.

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51 Years Ago: The Beatles Fire Pete Best

Arguably the most ignominious firing in rock history happened on Aug. 16, 1962. Shortly before recording their debut single, the Beatles dismissed drummer Pete Best.

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27 Years Ago: Def Leppard’s Rick Allen Makes His First Post-Accident Concert Appearance

The only thing more awe inspiring than Rick Allen's physical recovery from a car accident that left him with one arm is the way that the Def Leppard drummer overcame immeasurable mental anguish in order to return to the stage on Aug. 16, 1986. Allen never allowed himself the time to roll around in the stink of self-pity. Today, he is trying to teach others -- including wounded war veterans -- how to overcome the obstacles along their path to recovery.

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30 Years Ago: Stray Cats Release ‘Rant N’ Rave With the Stray Cats’

It’s been 30 years since rockabilly revivalists Stray Cats strutted onto record-store shelves with ‘Rant N’ Rave With the Stray Cats,’ the first album in the trio’s career that was released at the same time in the U.S. and the U.K. 

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36 Years Ago: The Police Fire Their Original Guitarist

Every loyal rock fan knows that the Police found multiplatinum success in the '80s with a lineup consisting of Sting on bass and vocals, Stewart Copeland on drums and Andy Summers on guitar. But what a lot of people don't know is that Summers wasn't the band's original guitarist.

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45 Years Ago: Led Zeppelin Play Together for the First Time

On Aug. 12, 1968, in a small space on Gerrard Street in the west end of London, Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, John Paul Jones and John Bonham played together for the very first time. The first song the band -- which would later be named Led Zeppelin -- tore into was 'The Train Kept A-Rollin',' which was a fixture in Page's previous band, the Yardbirds.

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20 Years Ago: Billy Joel’s Final Album Released

By the time Billy Joel entered the studio for his 12th album, 'River of Dreams,' he had sold millions of records, toured the world, won Grammy Awards and had a wife and family. By all appearances, he seemed happy, fulfilled and poised for another two decades of success. Behind the scenes, however, he was struggling.

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40 Years Ago: The Allman Brothers Band Release ‘Brothers and Sisters’

To say the Allman Brothers Band were up against a wall in the fall of 1972 would be something of an understatement. Just a year before, they had lost guitarist and co-founder Duane Allman in a motorcycle accident. In November 1972, during the recording of their fifth album, ‘Brothers and Sisters,’ their bass player, Berry Oakley, met a similar fate on his bike just three blocks from where Allman was tragically struck and killed.

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45 Years Ago: Paul McCartney Records ‘Mother Nature’s Son’

On Aug. 9, 1968, the Beatles were in the middle of the recording sessions that would yield 'The Beatles,' the double LP better known as 'The White Album.' One song that got finished that day was Paul McCartney's 'Mother Nature's Son.'

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50 Years Ago: The Kingsmen Release ‘Louie Louie’

'Louie Louie' drafted garage rock's blueprint for generations to come. It's also one of the most needlessly controversial songs in rock history. And on Aug. 8, 1963, the Kingsmen released their classic record.

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30 Years Ago: Billy Joel Releases ‘An Innocent Man’

Finding a new lover sure can put a spring in your step, huh? Rarely has this phenomenon been more clearly demonstrated in rock history than with Billy Joel's ninth album, 1983's 'An Innocent Man,' which turns 30 years old today.

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30 Years Ago: Black Sabbath’s ‘Born Again’ Album Released

It's been 30 years since heavy-metal godfathers Black Sabbath released 'Born Again,' their 11th album and the only one to feature former Deep Purple singer Ian Gillan.

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