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The Byrds
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40 Years Ago: The Byrds’ ‘Byrds’ Album Released

By 1972 the Byrds had pretty much become a vehicle for Roger McGuinn’s solo recordings. The original quintet began falling apart in 1966, after Gene Clark, who penned most of the group’s original early songs, left.

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30 Years Ago: Thin Lizzy Release Final Studio Album, ‘Thunder And Lightning’

On March 4, 1983, Thin Lizzy released what would end up being their final studio LP, 'Thunder And Lightning.' Two years earlier, band leader Phil Lynott brought in guitarist John Sykes to replace Snowy White and join the core band of Lynott, guitarist Scott Gorham and the ever-loyal Brian Downey on drums.

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Richard Manuel
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27 Years Ago: The Band’s Richard Manuel Found Dead

Early in the morning of March 4, 1986, Richard Manuel, one of the most recognizable and emotive voices in rock and roll, was silenced by his own hands. After a concert at the 'Cheek to Cheek' lounge in Winter Park, Fla., by the Band, who had re-formed without guitarist Robbie Robertson, a depressed and drug-abused Manuel returned to his hotel room and ended his life by hanging himself.

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Mothers of Invention
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45 Years Ago: The Mothers of Invention’s ‘We’re Only in It for the Money’ Album Released

From the mocking cover art to the orchestral notes that grace the music to the loose thematic ties that link the songs, the Mothers of Invention’s ‘We’re Only in It for the Money’ turns ‘Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band’ on its head. But it’s not so much the Beatles’ masterpiece -- which was released nine months before the Mothers album -- that Frank Zappa and his band of musical pranksters ruthlessly skewer; it’s the culture that fed and supported it.

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40 Years Ago: Alice Cooper’s ‘Billion Dollar Babies’ Released

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times...

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Fleetwood Mac
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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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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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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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Judas Priest
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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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This Day in History
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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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The Beatles
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44 Years Ago: The Beatles Perform Live for the Last Time, On a London Rooftop

"I'd like to say 'Thank you' on behalf of the group and ourselves and I hope we passed the audition"

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Fleetwood Mac
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35 Years Ago: Fleetwood Mac’s ‘Rumours’ Tops the Charts

It’s hard to not hear the heartbreak in Fleetwood Mac's ‘Rumours.’ It’s hard to not hear the anger too. After kicking around as a cult blues-rock band for almost a decade, the British band hit the jackpot in 1975 after hiring a pair of California singer-songwriters, Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks. Everyone was happy: longtime members John and Christine McVie, who were married, Buckingham and Nicks, who were a couple … But then fame hit.

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