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40 Years Ago: Ray Davies Temporarily Quit the Kinks

The early '70s took their toll on quite a number of rock's biggest acts. The combination of artistic ambition, family life, the demands of stardom, increasing drug use and aging in a medium originally designed to celebrate youth resulted in many artists rethinking their career choice. For Ray Davies, all of these issues came to a head in July 1973, when he announced onstage that he was quitting the Kinks.

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40 Years Ago: Grand Funk Railroad’s ‘We’re an American Band’ Album Released

Grand Funk Railroad were huge during the first half of the '70s. Every album they released between 1969 and 1975 went either gold or platinum, and in 1971 they even beat the Beatles' box-office record at Shea Stadium, selling out the venue in less than 72 hours.

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Pink Floyd
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25 Years Ago: ‘The Dark Side of the Moon’ Ends Record Chart Run

In July 1988, 736 weeks after it debuted on Billboard's album chart, Pink Floyd's 1973 classic 'The Dark Side of the Moon' finally left the weekly Top 200 listing. Twenty-five years after that chart record was set, it still hasn't been broken.

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Queen
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40 Years Ago: Queen’s Debut Album Released

As their self-titled debut album demonstrates, the Queen we all know and love today, the group with the multi-layered vocals and ringing guitar notes, didn't start out that way.

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Cream
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45 Years Ago: Cream Break Up

The working relationship among the three members of Cream was never an easy or uncomplicated one. The egos involved in keeping one of the world's first supergroups powered was astronomical. One guy was a cantankerous madman, another continuously tried to wrestle control of the group and another was called "God" by his fans. Did anyone really expect the band to last more than a couple of years?

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Cream Wheels of Fire
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45 Years Ago: Cream’s ‘Wheels of Fire’ Album Released

When Cream got set to record their third album in mid 1967, they probably had no idea the course 'Wheels of Fire' would take before its release in July 1968. Sessions were divided into two parts -- first in London and then in New York. But because the trio was on the road so much promoting 'Disraeli Gears,' they didn't feel that the material they had was sufficient for an LP.

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46 Years Ago: Jimi Hendrix Joins Monkees Tour

What do you get when you cross a psychedelic guitar genius with one of the world's bestselling pop bands? A frustrated guitarist, a disappointed band and a bewildered and confused audience.

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Rod Stewart Recalls Mick Jagger’s Group Sex Invite

The sex life of Rod Stewart is truly the stuff of legend that could make a grown man cry, even if, by his own admission, it was "sad." But recently he's been disclosing that, back in the day, he turned down some high-profile offers. In May, he said that he ran from the notorious Plaster Casters, and, in a new interview, he shot down Mick Jagger's request for group sex.

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22 Years Ago: Guns N’ Roses’ Riverport Riot Rocks St. Louis

Guns N' Roses have a history of making a mess of things onstage. A long history. But one of their earliest and infamous run-ins occurred 22 years ago today (July 2, 1991), when the volatile band played the Riverport Amphitheater in St. Louis.

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Virgin Records
Virgin Records
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40 Years Ago: Brian Eno Leaves Roxy Music

On July 2, 1973, the enigmatic Brian Eno waved goodbye to his bandmates in Roxy Music. "It's very hard to know just how honest I should be about the reasons for my demise from Roxy," Eno told Melody Maker at the time. "The problem is that when it gets printed, it all seems to look much more meaningful and serious when unqualified by that chuckle at the back of the throat. I started off by wanting to call a press conference so that I could state my case, but that's all so pointless. Another reason for my reticence is because I don't want to damage Roxy for the sake of the other people in it. I mean, I really like the other members, and I really like Bryan , in a funny way."

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40 Years Ago: Slade Play Two Sold-Out Shows at London’s Earls Court

Slade were just about at the peak of their powers in the summer of 1973, riding high with seven consecutive Top 10 singles in the U.K. The latest, 'Skweeze Me, Pleeze Me,' shot straight to No. 1. When the band hit the road, with openers the Sensational Alex Harvey Band, demand for tickets was so high, they scheduled two nights at the legendary Earls Court in London.

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35 Years Ago: Aerosmith and Ted Nugent Highlight Texxas Jam ’78

It’s been 35 years since the inaugural Texxas Jam rocked the Cotton Bowl in Dallas and brought the summer mega-festival back to the Lone Star State, after years of staunch refusal by local government agencies to grant longhaired rockers and their marauding fans permission to invade their hallowed stadiums.

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