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40 Years Ago: Paul Simon Launches First Solo Tour

On May 6, 1973  in Boston, Paul Simon kicked off his first tour as a solo artist. He and longtime partner in musical splendor Art Garfunkel parted ways in 1970 following a highly successful run as pop's premier duo. The Simon & Garfunkel musical relationship dated back to 1957 as Tom & Jerry, but it wasn't until the 1965 single of 'The Sounds Of Silence' that the gates swung open. Their final album, 'Bridge Over Troubled Water,' was released in early 1970, and despite its huge success, time had frayed the duo and they split.

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45 Years Ago: Buffalo Springfield Perform Final Concert

Buffalo Springfield were always a house of cards caught in a hurricane. Neil Young was -- and still is -- famous for going wherever his muse takes him, others be damned. From the band's earliest days Young had issues to deal with, including the onset of epilepsy, constant drug use, and apprehension about the band management and the music business in general. On May 5, 1968, Buffalo Springfield gave their final performance as a group. 

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Paul Simon, 'There Goes Rhymin' Simon'
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40 Years Ago: Paul Simon’s ‘There Goes Rhymin’ Simon’ Released

After spending several years dabbling in global rhythms and songforms -- and kicking off his solo career in the wake of Simon & Garfunkel's dissolution -- Paul Simon returned to his American roots for his second solo album, 1973's 'There Goes Rhymin' Simon,' resulting in one of the biggest hits of his career.

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Bob Seger Stranger In Town
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35 Years Ago: Bob Seger’s ‘Stranger in Town’ Album Released

After eight albums and almost as many years kicking around just outside of mainstream success, Bob Seger finally had a hit record with 1976’s ‘Night Moves,’ a moving, soulful and rocking look back on the people and places that shaped him. After so much hard work and sweat put into his music over the past decade, the Michigan native was starting to see it all pay off. So why turn back now? Why change what works? Why, for that matter, would Seger want to test any new ground on ‘Night Moves’’ follow-up? He wouldn’t.

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Living Colour, 'Vivid'
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25 Years Ago: Living Colour’s ‘Vivid’ Album Released

With its thunderous opening riff, followed by a crushing onslaught of drums and bass behind Corey Glover's volcanic vocals, Living Colour's 'Cult of Personality' kicked in the airwaves during the summer of 1988 with a fresh, aggressive sound. Even if the band was brand new to listeners, their success arrived after years of hard, patient work.

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John Fogerty Blue Ridge Rangers
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40 Years Ago: John Fogerty Releases ‘The Blue Ridge Rangers’ Album

Freed from the confines of Creedence Clearwater Revival, which had become a stifling presence in the final years, John Fogerty took the opportunity of his debut solo album to revisit, pay tribute to and replicate the country music he occasionally played with his old band. But instead of going about it the traditional country-music way – with a bunch of musicians sitting together in a room and performing the music live as the tapes roll – Fogerty played every single instrument on ‘The Blue Ridge Rangers’ himself.

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Aerosmith
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20 Years Ago: Aerosmith Release ‘Get A Grip’

By the time 1993 rolled around, the members of Aerosmith were rock kingpins once more, buoyed by the multi-platinum success of 1987's 'Permanent Vacation' and 1989's 'Pump.' The band's seemingly unstoppable momentum continued unabated with 'Get A Grip,' which was released on April 20, 1993.

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Robert Plant Brian May
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21 Years Ago: Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert Dazzles London

The death of Queen singer Freddie Mercury due to AIDS-related complications on Nov. 24, 1991, left his legions of fans and fellow members of rock's ruling aristocracy thoroughly shell-shocked.

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32 Years Ago: Ex-Yes and Zeppelin Members Form Supergroup XYZ

By 1981, two of the most successful and influential British rock groups of the '70s -- Led Zeppelin and Yes -- had come to an end, and the members of each band were all looking for new opportunities. In April 1981, former Yes drummer Alan White and bassist Chris Squire got together with Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page for a proposed supergroup called XYZ -- which could have also included Robert Plant, but never quite got off the ground.

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Eagles Desperado
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40 Years Ago: The Eagles’ ‘Desperado’ Album Released

For a band that was never particularly narrative, linear or even all that ambitious with their songwriting, the Eagles’ decision to make their second album a concept record always seemed a bit odd. Their self-titled 1972 debut was filled with peaceful, easy and likable L.A.-style country-rock that rarely grabbed at more than it could handle. At this stage in their career, there was nothing cynical or pretentious about the Eagles.

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25 Years Ago: The Scorpions’ ‘Savage Amusement’ Released

It was 25 years ago today -- April 16 -- that Germany’s favorite hard rock sons, the Scorpions, lost their venom with the release of 1988's disappointing 'Savage Amusement' album.

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40 Years Ago: ‘James Paul McCartney’ TV Special Airs

By 1973, Paul McCartney was enjoying a good run of post-Beatles triumphs, having secured a string of solo hits under his belt. Next stop, television! On April 16, 'James Paul McCartney' hit the US airwaves as a prime time variety special on ABC.

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