Today in rock history; Bad Company debuts, Elvis leaves the building for the last time, and “American Pie” hits the radio

Mick Jones was born, too.

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Today in rock history, on this date in 1974. Hard rock band Bad Company released its debut, self-titled album. The band was made up of ex-members of famed British bands Free and Mott The Hoople, and together they formed one of the best-selling rock bands of the 1970s. The band's first album went all the way to the top of the Billboard album charts and featured two huge hit singles that both cracked the top 20 on singles charts, "Can't Get Enough" and "Movin' On." This release also holds the distinction of being the very first release on Led Zeppelin's own record label, Swan Song Records.

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Today in rock history, on this date in 1977. Elvis Presley made his last live appearance ever. His final show took place at the Market Square Arena in Indianapolis, Indiana on this date 40 years ago. Presley would pass away less than two months after this, his final live performance.

Born on this date in 1955 in London, England. Michael Geoffrey "Mick" Jones, songwriter and guitarist for legendary British punk band, The Clash. It was Mick Jones who founded the band that would make arguably the greatest impact of all the first-wave UK punk bands and lead them (along with singer and co-writer Joe Strummer) through one of the greatest and most influential spans in music history with The Clash. After parting ways with the band, Jones founded the groundbreaking, college rock favorite, Big Audio Dynamite.

Today in rock history, on this date in 1971, Don McLean's eight-minute epic "American Pie" received its first ever radio airing when it debuted on New York City radio station, WNEW. The song would become a huge success, reaching the no. 1 spot on US singles charts as well as in 15 countries around the world while remaining a fan favorite in the decades to come.

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About The Author

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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