George Harrison died on this day in 2001

The youngest Beatle was just 58 years old.

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Today in rock history: On this date in 2001, after a battle with cancer, Beatle, songwriter, singer, guitarist, producer and actor George Harrison passed away. The youngest member of the Fab Four, and the first to achieve success as a solo artist, Harrison was 58 years old at the time of his death. His post-Beatles career featured highlight singles like “My Sweet Lord” and “Got My Mind Set On You” as well work with supergroup, The Traveling Wilburys. Known for his charitable and humanitarian work, the spiritual artist was loved and revered by fans worldwide, and he left behind an enormous musical legacy that will be remembered and respected for years to come.

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Today in rock history: On this date in 1988, Guns N’ Roses released its second album, G N' R Lies. On one side was the band’s debut, four-song EP, Live ?!*@ Like a Suicide, which featured the band’s covers of Aerosmith’s “Mama Kin” and Rose Tattoo’s “Nice Boys.” The second side of the record featured the song “Patience,” which went on to become a Top 10 single for the band. Selling nearly 10 million copies worldwide, the album was the follow-up to the band’s 1987 multi-platinum debut, Appetite for Destruction, but it was also riddled with controversy and drew accusations that the band was misogynistic, racist and homophobic based on some of the lyrical content included on the record.

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Today in rock history: On this date in 1994, queen of hip-hop soul Mary J. Blige released her intensely personal breakthrough sophomore album, My Life. Dealing with subject matter that ranged from substance abuse to depression to failed relationships, the album garnered accolades from both music critics and fans. Singles from the triple platinum-selling album included “I’m Goin’ Down,” “Mary Jane (All Night Long)” as well as the title track. My Life reached the No. 1 spot on Billboard’s R&B albums chart and held on to that spot for eight weeks. Crossing over to pop charts, the album also cracked the Top 10 on pop albums charts and is still regarded as Blige’s deepest and most personal work to date.

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Today in rock history: On this date in 1933, British blues-rock pioneer John Mayall was born in Macclesfield, England. A purveyor and integral part of the English blues revival that occurred in in the 1960s, Mayall formed The Bluesbreakers, an influential outfit that, at one time or another, featured members who’d go on to successful careers of their own — most notably Eric Clapton, Mick Fleetwood and Peter Green. The singer, songwriter, guitarist and keyboardist has released dozens of albums throughout his long career is still musically active to this date. Mayall — who turns 58 years old today — is regarded as one of the most important and influential musicians to emerge in the 1960s, and his pioneering work inspired the formation of bands like Cream, Fleetwood Mac and Canned Heat.  

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Gabe Echazabal

I was born on a Sunday Morning.I soon received The Gift of loving music.Through music, I Found A Reason for living.It was when I discovered rock and roll that I Was Beginning To See The Light.Because through music, I'm Set Free.It's always helped me keep my Head Held High.When I started dancing to that fine, fine...
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