May 7th, 1974 - Led Zeppelin has a launch party for their new label 'Swan Song'. The party is held at the Four Seasons in New York City. Besides being a new vehicle to promote their own music, the newly formed label would go on to sign other acts such as Bad Company.
April 16th 1972 – ELO (Electric Light Orchestra) make their debut at The Fox and Greyhound in London. Former Move members Roy Wood and Jeff Lynne formed the new band to create modern rock and pop songs with classical overtones. Roy would leave the band following their debut record...
February 13th, 1976 – Phil Collins takes the role of lead vocalist in Genesis since the departure of Peter Gabriel. A Trick of the Tail is released today it’s their first album with this new arrangement.
December 12th, 1970 – Smokey Robinson and the Miracles start a two week run at No.1 on the singles chart with ‘Tears Of A Clown’. It was the group’s 26th Top 40 hit and first No.1.
September 5th, 1981 - Stevie Nicks goes to No.1 on the album charts with Bella Donna. The album features Tom Petty on ‘Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around’, and Don Henley on ‘Leather and Lace’.
September 6th, 1980 - U2 kicks off the first leg of their UK 'Boy tour' at the General Woolfe in Coventry, England...
July 4th, 1974 – The Steely Dan break-up is finalized as they play their last show in Santa Monica, California. They would not tour again for the next 18 years as a full band. All this despite the fact that they have the current No. 4 song ‘Rikki Don’t Lose That Number’ and a Platinum album with ‘Pretzel Logic’.
February 7th, 1969 - The Who record one of their biggest hits, 'Pinball Wizard' at Morgan Studio's, London, England. The track would be featured on their rock opera album, Tommy, and was released as a single in 1969 but only reached No. 19 in the US.