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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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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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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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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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40 Years Ago: Ian Gillan Quits Deep Purple

By mid-1973, the bloom was off the rose for Deep Purple. Internal issues had risen to the top and long-standing lead singer Ian Gillan opted to leave the band. At the same time, bassist Roger Glover was told his services were no longer needed, by direct order of guitarist Ritchie Blackmore. The Deep Purple lineup known as Mark II, was no more.

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40 Years Ago: George Harrison Knocks Paul McCartney Off the Top of the Charts

Three years after breaking up, the Beatles were still quite capable of reaching the top of the best-selling singles charts. Only problem was, sometimes they had to climb over each other to get there.

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35 Years Ago: Peter Frampton Almost Killed in Car Wreck

You know that old adage about bad things always happen in threes? Well you could say it victimized rocker Peter Frampton 35 years ago today, when the platinum-selling '70s superstar was nearly killed in a car crash while in the Bahamas.

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45 Years Ago: Pink Floyd’s ‘A Saucerful of Secrets’ Album Released

Even though it was only Pink Floyd's second album,  'A Saucerful of Seconds' is the literal sound of a band in transition, clinging to its past even as it plunges forward into the unknown. The album -- released 45 years ago -- is often overlooked by casual fans. It isn't a front-to-back masterpiece like 'The Dark Side of the Moon' or 'Wish You Were Here,' and it lacks a distinctive radio classic. But it's a crucial album in the band's sonic evolution.

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50 Years Ago: The Beatles Write ‘She Loves You’

It went on to become the Beatles' biggest-selling U.K. single and arguably their defining song, but in the summer of 1963, 'She Loves You' was just the latest bid for worldwide success from a band whose music had yet to take over the world.

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