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45 Years Ago: Paul Simon Declares His Independence on His First Real Solo Album

Paul Simon's self-titled 1972 album wasn't really his solo debut. But it might as well have been.

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Harry Benson, Hulton Archive, Getty Images
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55 Years Ago: The Beatles Sign Their First Contract With Brian Epstein

By late 1961, the Beatles were one of the most popular bands in Liverpool, but were desperate to find a representative who would secure them a recording contract.

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40 Years Ago: Roger Waters Moves to the Fore With Pink Floyd’s Muscular ‘Animals’

Pink Floyd reached a career crossroads with 'Animals,' this hard-eyed rebuke of greed and the power structure driven by Roger Waters' quickly awakening muse.

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45 Years Ago: Chuck Berry Kicks Keith Richards Off His Stage

Chuck Berry booted Keith Richards off his stage during a 1972 show in which the Rolling Stones guitarist was serving as a member of his backing band.

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45 Years Ago: Pink Floyd Flub Live Debut of ‘The Dark Side of the Moon’

Pink Floyd were about to play the entirety of The Dark Side of the Moon before an audience for the first time.

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Sotheby’s / Northern Songs / Daily Mail /Guinness / Hulton Archive, Getty Images (2)
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50 Years Ago: Tragic News Inspires the Beatles’ ‘A Day in the Life’

Decades before Law & Order was “ripped from the headlines,” the Beatles did the same thing for “A Day in the Life.”

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Frank Micelotta, Getty Images
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25 Years Ago: Eric Clapton Releases ‘Tears in Heaven’

Eric Clapton turned to the healing power of music at one of his darkest personal moments.

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50 Years Ago: The Monkees Storm the Charts With Their Second Album, ‘More of the Monkees’

At first, the music for the Monkees' TV show was meant to be background for the story, and the records were designed as no more than quick cash-ins to the program.

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45 Years Ago: Rolling Stones Members Release ‘Jamming With Edward!’

If you're the Rolling Stones in 1969, you use your downtime to cut a handful of impromptu jams that end up making the Top 40.

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45 Years Ago: Bob Dylan Joins the Band for New Year’s Eve Show

Before the Band closed out 1971 with a New Year's Eve Show in New York, Bob Dylan appeared for the encore. The old friends improvised a four-song set.

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