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44 Years Ago: Jim Morrison Arrested in Arizona

There's no denying that Doors singer Jim Morrison was one of the most charismatic front men of his generation. Unfortunately he was one of the most troubled, too. The singer had a terrible alcohol problem that played a big role in his repeated arrests, including one on Nov. 11, 1969 in Arizona that resulted from Morrison and a friend drunkenly heckling a flight crew on a commercial airliner.

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John Mellencamp, 'Uh-Huh'
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30 Years Ago: John Cougar Mellencamp Releases ‘Uh-Huh’

The first five records of John Mellencamp's career were recorded under heavy meddling, but after hitting it big with 1982's 'American Fool,' he finally had enough clout to ignore his label and his management. The result was an album that cemented his rock-star status while flashing the fierce populist streak that would come to define his music.

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The Who, 'Quadrophenia'
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40 Years Ago: The Who Release ‘Quadrophenia’

The rock world got a pretty good taste of Pete Townshend's songwriting ambitions in 1969 with the Who's 'Tommy,' one of the more fully realized concept albums of the era. But as it turned out, Townshend was just getting warmed up.

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The Police
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35 Years Ago: The Police Play Their First U.S. Show

On Oct. 20, 1978, the Police played their first-ever concert in the United States of America, with two late night sets at New York City's famous (and now closed) CBGB's.

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35 Years Ago: Toto Release Their Debut Album

On their own, drummer Jeff Porcaro, keyboard player David Paich, bassist David Hungate, guitarist Steve Lukather and vocalist Bobby Kimball were some of the most in-demand session players of the '70s and '80s. Together, they formed Toto's original lineup -- and starting with the October 1978 release of their debut album, they kicked off a recording career that would soon see them topping the charts and selling millions of records on their own.

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50 Years Ago: ‘Beatlemania’ Is Born

When the Beatles took the stage fifty years ago yesterday (Oct. 13 -- ignore the date on this video) to appear on the variety show 'Sunday Night at the London Palladium,' they were four lads armed with the simple tools of their early classics--a bass, two guitars, drum kit.

The psychedelia, the massive studio productions, the brilliance and adoration, suspicion and disintegration -- those were years away. In this moment, cited widely as the birth of Beatlemania, it was simply John, Paul, George and Ringo, setting their homeland on fire.

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35 Years Ago: Aerosmith Bail Out Fans After Concert Pot Bust

When a crowd of cops invaded Aerosmith's Oct. 3, 1978, concert in Fort Wayne, Ind., they found dozens of kids possessing pot. All of them were dragged out of the show, which was part of the band's tour in support of its recently released 'Live Bootleg!' album.

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Bruce Springsteen
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31 Years Ago: Bruce Springsteen’s ‘Nebraska’ Album Released

When Bruce Springsteen started recording a batch of new songs to a four-track tape machine in his New Jersey bedroom in January 1982, he wasn’t planning to release an album. The acoustic demos were to be used as guidelines for the E Street Band, who would bring their epic heft to the two dozen or so songs Springsteen had recently written. But something happened along the way to Springsteen’s sixth album: The more he listened to the bare, stark songs on the cassette he carried around, the more he thought this was how they were supposed to sound.

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Steely Dan
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36 Years Ago: Steely Dan Release ‘Aja’

'Aja,' Steely Dan's sixth studio album, which was the artistic pinnacle of the '70s jazz-rock movement, turns 36 years old this week.

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Bon Jovi
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25 Years Ago: Bon Jovi Release ‘New Jersey’

On Sept. 13, 1988, Bon Jovi released their fourth album, named after their home state, 'New Jersey.'

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40 Years Ago: Bruce Springsteen Releases ‘The Wild, the Innocent and the E Street Shuffle’

It didn't sell particularly well when it first came out, but it has since become a favorite among his fans. On Sept. 11, 1973, Bruce Springsteen released his second album, 'The Wild, the Innocent and the E Street Shuffle.'

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Little Richard
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Little Richard Announces Retirement: ‘I Am Done’

One of rock's most distinctive and influential performers is calling it quits.

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