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Ode Records
Ode Records

45 Years Ago: Carole King Releases Her Blockbuster Masterpiece, ‘Tapestry’

Carole King was pretty famous before she released 'Tapestry' in February 1971. But after her second solo album, her career skyrocketed.

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Columbia Records
Columbia Records

The History of Judas Priest’s Dark Fourth Album, ‘Stained Class’

When Judas Priest released their fourth album, Stained Class, in February 1978, theys could never have dreamed that the album’s legacy was almost destroyed by a hideous tragedy.

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Karl Walter, Getty Images
Karl Walter, Getty Images

How Iron Maiden Welcomed Back Bruce Dickinson and Adrian Smith

Iron Maiden welcomed fan-favored vocalist Bruce Dickinson back into the fold after a six-year absence.

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Chris Walter, Getty Images
Chris Walter, Getty Images

The Story of Van Halen’s Debut Album

Hard rock hadn’t really hatched a band like Van Halen before 1978.

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Reddit
Reddit

The Day ZZ Top’s Classic Lineup Played Its First Show

It was a rather inauspicious beginning, this Feb. 10, 1970 concert at a Knights of Columbus Hall outside of Houston.

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Bizarre / Reprise
Bizarre / Reprise

The Story of Frank Zappa’s ‘Burnt Weeny Sandwich’

After guiding the Mothers of Invention to significant critical respect and even modest commercial success over the second half of the ‘60s, Frank Zappa welcomed 1970 as a newly minted solo artist.

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The Beatles
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The Beatles’ First ‘Ed Sullivan’ Appearance: 10 Rock Stars Remember

More than 73 million Americans watched the Beatles’ debut performance on ‘The Ed Sullivan Show’ on Feb. 9, 1964.

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Atlantic Records
Atlantic Records

35 Years Ago: Phil Collins Releases His First Solo Album, ‘Face Value,’ About His Crumbling Marriage

After years of writing and singing songs about mythical forest creatures and other prog-approved subjects, Genesis' Phil Collins turned to more personal things.

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Atlantic Records
Atlantic Records

The Story of Roger Daltrey’s First Post-Who Solo Album, ‘Parting Should Be Painless’

By the time the Who called it quits in 1983, singer Roger Daltrey had already been a part-time solo artist for a decade.

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Express Newspapers, Hulton Archive, Getty Images
Express Newspapers, Hulton Archive, Getty Images

The Day the Beatles Changed the World

On Feb. 9, 1964, the world of rock music -- and American culture in general -- was turned upside down by the Beatles' debut performance on The Ed Sullivan Show.

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