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42 Years Ago: The Doors Break Up

On Aug. 30, 1973, the Doors broke up, two years after singer Jim Morrison died.

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20 Years Ago: Bruce Dickinson Leaves Iron Maiden

On August 28, 1993, Bruce Dickinson gave his last performance with Iron Maiden until he rejoined the band in 1999. The 1993 show was filmed by the BBC at Pinewood Studios in London and broadcast on MTV and pay-per-view in the U.K. Later, it was released as 'Raising Hell' on home video.

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47 Years Ago: The Beatles Release ‘Revolution’

One of the Beatles' greatest songs was released as a B-side on Aug. 26, 1968.

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45 Years Ago: Fleetwood Mac Release ‘Mr. Wonderful’

As the U.K. blues-rock boom of the late '60s escalated, Fleetwood Mac were in the thick of it with their second album, 'Mr. Wonderful,' which was released in August 1968. Having just put out their debut at the start of the year, the Mac were rolling full steam ahead.

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45 Years Ago: Ringo Starr Temporarily Quits the Beatles

Although they wouldn't officially disband until April 1970, the first signs that the four-headed beast known as the Beatles was starting to come apart at the seams took place on Aug. 22, 1968. A little more than six years to the day that he performed his first show with the group, drummer Ringo Starr walked out during the recording sessions for 'The Beatles.'

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35 Years Ago: The Who Release ‘Who Are You’

The final album by the Who's original lineup was a product of its time. Released three years after its predecessor, 'The Who by Numbers' (which indeed sounded like the band on autopilot at times), 1978's 'Who Are You' had a lot to contend with, like punk rock, electronics insurgence and perhaps most importantly, a songwriter who seemed to be growing out of his band.

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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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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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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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