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45 Years Ago: Fleetwood Mac’s Self-Titled Debut Released

There have been many Fleetwood Macs over the years: the late '60s blues-rock titans, the transitional folk-rock successors, and the unexpected crossover pop-rock mega-stars of the late '70s. But this complex game of musical chairs begins way back in February of 1968. That's when the band released their fascinating debut album, defining a new era of British blues.

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35 Years Ago: Whitesnake Play Their First Show

On Feb. 23, 1978, Whitesnake, led by former Deep Purple singer David Coverdale, performed their first concert at the Sky Bird Club in Nottingham, U.K. 

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Tom Petty
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10 Years Ago: Howie Epstein, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers Bassist, Dies

Howie Epstein (center, in the white shirt) could do it all -- until his addictions prevented him from doing anything. The former Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers bassist died of drug-related complications on February 23, 2003 at the age of 47.

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50 Years Ago: The Beatles Record (Most of) the ‘Please Please Me’ Album in 13 Hours

The notion of artists taking their time in the studio has become so ingrained in the recording process that it's hard to believe that musicians used to bang out killer albums in a hurry. There is perhaps no more famous example of that than the Beatles debut album, 'Please Please Me,' the bulk of which was recorded in less than 13 hours on Feb. 11, 1963.

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40 Years Ago: Blue Oyster Cult’s ‘Tyranny and Mutation’ Released

The second month of 1973 was a month of dire deeds and dark omens, ranging from the unanimous congressional vote establishing the Watergate Investigation Committee to the second musical tome crafted by the enigmatic Blue Oyster Cult, an album prophesying 'Tyranny and Mutation,' which was released on Feb. 11, 1973.

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20 Years Ago: Mick Jagger’s ‘Wandering Spirit’ Released

It took him three tries, but on Feb. 8, 1993 Mick Jagger finally released a solo album Rolling Stones fans could fully get behind: 'Wandering Spirit.'

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35 Years Ago: Judas Priest’s ‘Stained Class’ Released

When Judas Priest released its venerable fourth album, 'Stained Class,' 35 years ago, the British heavy metal standard-bearers could never have dreamed its musical merits would one day be co-opted and the album’s legacy almost destroyed by a hideous tragedy.

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Van Halen
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35 Years Ago: Van Halen’s Debut Album Released

Hard rock hadn’t really hatched a band like Van Halen before 1978. There were groups with guitar heroes. There were metal bands that covered ‘60s classics with new-style flash. And there were corny frontmen with overeager libidos. But they were never tossed together into one simmering pot made up of part dinosaur stomp, part lightning-fast guitar acrobatics and part Hollywood arrogance before Van Halen’s self-titled debut album was unleashed.

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Paul McCartney
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20 Years Ago – Paul McCartney Releases ‘Off the Ground’

He's undeniably one of the greatest singer-songwriters and multi-instrumentalists in rock and roll history, but Paul McCartney's solo albums can be hit-and-miss, to put it diplomatically. 'Off the Ground,' which was released in Feb. 1993, was a case in point, featuring many of the lyrical and melodic elements that are McCartney's strengths, but somehow not quite coming together. The result was an album that was quite simply not among McCartney's best.

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40 Years Ago: Iggy & the Stooges Release ‘Raw Power’

Has an album ever had a more perfect title than 'Raw Power?' What words could more accurately describe the contents of this classic - released on Feb. 7, 1973 in the U.S. - than “Raw” and “Power”?

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45 Years Ago: The Beatles Record ‘Across the Universe’

At the start of Feb. 1968, the Beatles found themselves, after a month-and-a-half break, back in Abbey Road studios to begin work on their next single, their first release for 1968. On Feb. 4, the day after work began on Paul McCartney's newest creation, 'Lady Madonna,' sessions took off on a new John Lennon song called 'Across The Universe.'

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This Day in History — Gary Coleman Found Guilty of Assault

It never seems to work out too well for child stars, and Coleman's life is no exception.

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