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46 Years Ago: Jimi Hendrix Records ‘All Along the Watchtower’

On Dec. 27, 1967, Bob Dylan released his first album in more than a year with the understated classic 'John Wesley Harding.' Among the great songs found on that LP was a tune called 'All Along the Watchtower.' Before the album's release, Jimi Hendrix obtained an acetate of the disc and fell in love with it. Less than two months after Dylan recorded it, Hendrix was in the studio recording his own take. On Jan. 21, 1968, Hendrix and the Experience settled in to record what would become the definitive reading of the song.

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Poster Artist Gary Grimshaw Dead at 67

Gary Grimshaw, the artist whose distinctive style was a key part of the mystique surrounding the MC5 and Detroit's Grande Ballroom during the '60s, has passed away at the age of 67.

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40 Years Ago: Faces Release Final Album, ‘Live – Coast to Coast Overture and Beginners’

For a band that thrived onstage, and whose live performances are legendary, it's a shame that the only official concert document of the Faces is the less-than-stellar 'Live - Coast to Coast Overture and Beginners.' Released on Jan. 10, 1974, as the group was about ready to call it quits, the album captures the Faces in typically ramshackle form during a pair of California shows from late 1973.

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Beatles Reunion? Paul and Ringo May Perform Together on ‘Letterman’

Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr may mark the 50th anniversary of Beatlemania hitting U.S. shores next month by performing together. Showbiz 411 reports that the two surviving Beatles could show up on David Letterman's late-night show during his network's week-long celebration of the Fab Four.

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41 Years Ago: Bruce Springsteen’s ‘Greetings from Asbury Park, N.J.’ Released

It would take a few years before anybody realized it, but 41 years ago yesterday a rock and roll revolution was launched from an unlikely place. Bruce Springsteen's debut album, 'Greetings From Asbury Park, N.J.,' was released upon an unsuspecting world on Jan. 5, 1973.

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46 Years Ago: Bob Dylan’s ‘John Wesley Harding’ Album Released

In mid-1966, following a whirlwind couple of years in which he became a legend and a reluctant star, Bob Dylan withdrew from the public eye. And he found a reason that was fitting of his testy image at the time: He claimed he was in a motorcycle accident, which fans still dispute to this day. Was it real? Or was it staged so that the increasingly agitated and reclusive singer-songwriter could get away from it all for a while and clear his head?

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Watch Kiss Sing ‘White Christmas’

Nothing says "Merry Christmas" quite like Jewish rock stars singing a Bing Crosby tune on stage to a deafening arena audience -- or so the members of Kiss apparently thought when they performed the holiday classic on Dec. 19, 1987 in New Haven, Conn.

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45 Years Ago: Led Zeppelin Play Their First U.S. Show

Led Zeppelin made their North American concert debut in Denver on Dec. 26, 1968 as the first band on a three band bill that also featured Vanilla Fudge and Spirit, but as concert promoter Barry Fey recalls, it’s a milestone that almost happened in a different city.

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26 Years Ago: Nikki Sixx Declared Dead

From a career standpoint, Motley Crue has had nine lives. However, we’d estimate that bassist/co-founder Nikki Sixx alone has eaten up at least half of those.

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40 Years Ago: CBGB Opens in New York City

It wasn’t supposed to be a punk club. You could tell that from the name of the place: CBGB &OMFUG, which stood for Country, Bluegrass, Blues and Other Music for Uplifting Gormandizers. 

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40 Years Ago: The Who Arrested in Montreal

Following an incendiary performance at The Forum in Montreal on Dec. 2, 1973, the Who attended an after-show party put on by executives from RCA. Would you be surprised if we told you that legal trouble and property damage ensued?

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37 Years Ago: The Band Stage Legendary Farewell Concert ‘The Last Waltz’

A wise man once said it's better to burn out than fade away, and on Thanksgiving Day of 1976, one of the best live acts of the rock era went out in a blaze of glory.

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