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Randy Rhoads
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32 Years Ago: Randy Rhoads Dies in a Plane Crash

One of rock's enduring mysteries unfolded on March 19, 1982, as 25-year-old Ozzy Osbourne guitarist Randy Rhoads -- despite having a reported fear of flying -- perished in a fiery crash at Leesburg, Florida, after a joy ride in a Beechcraft Bonanza.

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Harald Oimoen, Bazillion Points
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31 Years Ago: Cliff Burton’s First Show With Metallica

On March 5, 1983, a scruffy crew of acne-afflicted youths going by the conspicuous band name of Metallica took a major step towards becoming the kings of thrash metal, when they mounted a stage for the first time alongside new bassist, Cliff Burton.

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David Coverdale
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36 Years Ago: Whitesnake Play Their First Concert

On March 3, 1978, former Deep Purple singer David Coverdale and his new group Whitesnake performed their first concert at Lincoln Polytech.

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Aerosmith, 'Get Your Wings'
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40 Years Ago: Aerosmith Release ‘Get Your Wings’

It didn't exactly make them household names, but their 1973 debut album gave Aerosmith a solid foundation to build on, and when they reconvened in the studio to record the follow-up, they were faced with every young act's trickiest challenge: avoiding the sophomore jinx.

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Jim Morrison Mug Shot
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45 Years Ago: Jim Morrison of the Doors Allegedly Exposes Himself on Stage

Did he or didn't he? The late Doors frontman Jim Morrison was charged with exposing himself before a stunned audience in Florida on March 1, 1969, though he vehemently denied the allegation. Bandmate Robby Krieger still says that no photographic evidences exists to prove it.

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41 Years Ago: Kiss Perform Their First Concert

On Jan. 30, 1973, fewer than 10 people witnessed the first live performances by Kiss at the Popcorn Club (soon to be renamed the Coventry) in Queens, N.Y. According to bassist Gene Simmons, the group was paid $50 for performing two sets that evening.

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26 Years Ago: David Lee Roth’s ‘Skyscraper’ Released

The spring and summer of 1986 bore witness to one of the most hostile public airings of dirty laundry in rock and roll history, courtesy of Van Halen and their recently departed lead vocalist, David Lee Roth, whom they had of course recently replaced with successful solo artist, Sammy Ha

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Mercury
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31 Years Ago: Bon Jovi’s Uneven Debut Points to Bigger Things

Seeing how they've dominated airwaves and concert arenas over the past three decades, it’s easy to forget that Bon Jovi faced odds as steep as any lottery when they released their self-titled debut album in January 1984.

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WDEY-FM (1984)
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A Return to US1031 From Days Gone By

If you've lived in Lapeer for a long time and you were listening to 103.1FM in 1984, then you can probably understand why I feel like this is a return to the past for me. In 1984, I was doing the morning show on what was then known as WDEY-FM, and I also did a Saturday night oldies show called the "Goldrush".

Today, I return to 103.1FM in a new role.

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Def Leppard
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32 Years Ago: Def Leppard’s ‘Pyromania’ Album Released

Def Leppard's multi-platinum breakthrough album 'Pyromania' was released on Jan. 20, 1983.

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Beatles Threetles - Ringo Starr, Paul McCartney, George Harrison
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20 Years Ago: The Beatles Begin Work on New ‘Anthology’ Songs

History tells us that 1995's Grammy-winning 'Free As a Bird,' the first new Beatles single since 'The Long and Winding Road' in 1970, sold some 120,000 copies in the U.K. alone during its first week of release. It also marked the Beatles' 34th Top 10 single in America. There's more to the story, though.

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37 Years Ago: Warren Zevon Soars With All-Star ‘Excitable Boy’

With his third album 'Excitable Boy,' released in January 1978, Warren Zevon finally broke through the gates of the mainstream to become a bonafide success.

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