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John Lennon
Harry Benson, Hulton Archive
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50 Years Ago: John Lennon Apologizes for ‘More Popular Than Jesus’ Comment

On the precipice of a 1966 U.S. tour, the Beatles had a problem.

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Hulton Archive, Getty Images
Hulton Archive, Getty Images
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45 Years Ago: Grand Funk Railroad Sell Out Shea Stadium Faster Than the Beatles

Grand Funk Railroad played to 55,000 people in New York on July 9, 1971.

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Capricorn Records
Capricorn Records
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45 Years Ago: Legendary Concert Venue the Fillmore East Closes

Bill Graham's famous New York club closed after a marathon show on June, 27, 1971.

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Alice Cooper
Warner Bros.
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40 Years Ago: Alice Cooper ‘Goes to Hell’

Alice Cooper released his second solo album, 'Alice Cooper Goes to Hell,' on June 25, 1976.

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Beatles
Capitol Records
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50 Years Ago: The Beatles Cause Controversy With ‘Yesterday … and Today’

The Beatles delivered one of the most controversial album covers of all time with the 'Butcher' version of 'Yesterday... and Today,' released on June 20, 1966.

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Grateful Dead Records
Grateful Dead Records
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20 Years Ago: Jerry Garcia’s Last, Long Strange Trip

Wearing a garland of marigolds, bandmate Bob Weir waded out into the waters of India's sacred Ganges River twenty years ago and released some of the ashes of Jerry Garcia. He and Garcia's widow, Deborah Koons, traveled to India with the ashes, drawing objections from some of his family members.

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Fleetwood Mac
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Peter Green’s ‘Black Magic Woman’ [VIDEOS]

On March 29, 1968, Fleetwood Mac released 'Black Magic Woman' two years before it became a big hit for Santana. The song was actually written and sung by original Fleetwood Mac guitarist Peter Green.

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Keystone/Getty Images
Keystone/Getty Images
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Early Days at The Cavern Club [VIDEO]

On March 21, 1961, The Beatles played the Cavern Club at night for the first time. “We used to play lunchtime dates” George Harrison recalled. “We’d get up and go down to the Cavern and play from noon till about two. It was very casual.

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BobDylanVEVO, YouTube
BobDylanVEVO, YouTube
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Look Out Kid [VIDEO]

On March 8, 1965, Bob Dylan released the single, "Subterranean Homesick Blues." It was a beat poetry-inspired glimpse into the counterculture of the sixties. The song was featured in a film documentary about his 1965 tour of England and the clip, shot in an alley behind the Savoy Hotel in London, became one of the first music videos.

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Reprise Records
Reprise Records
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‘Goin’ Up To The Spirit In The Sky’ [VIDEO]

Check out this rare footage of 'Spirit In The Sky' which entered the charts this week in 1970. Norman Greenbaum was inspired to write the tune after watching Porter Wagoner singing a gospel song on TV saying later "I thought, 'Yeah, I could do that,' knowing nothing about gospel music, so I sat down and wrote my own gospel song...

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ATCO Records
ATCO Records
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Cream Says ‘GoodBye’ [VIDEO]

This week in 1969, Eric Clapton, Jack Bruce and Ginger Baker bid the world goodbye with an album by the same name, closing the book on rock’s very first supergroup. Like Wheels of Fire, Goodbye blended live recordings with studio recordings. The album's most celebrated contribution to the Cream legacy was a tune simply named “Badge.”

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Atlantic Records
Atlantic Records
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Stephen Stills And His First On His Own Project

Stephen Stills releases his tune "Love The One You're With" this week in 1970. The song would climb up the music chart and hit #14. This was the first single to come out of his debut solo album.

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