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45 Years Ago: Chas Chandler Leaves Jimi Hendrix

After leaving the Animals in mid 1966, bassist Chas Chandler turned toward a new role as producer and manager. And he struck gold on his very first try. Once Chandler heard Jimi Hendrix, he knew there was something magical there. So he brought the guitarist to England later that year, hooked him up with an aspiring pair of musicians and unleashed the trio on an unsuspecting public.

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33 Years Ago: Led Zeppelin Break Up

On Dec. 4, 1980, approximately two months after the tragic death of drummer John Bonham, Led Zeppelin made the difficult decision to break up.

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36 Years Ago – Aerosmith Release ‘Draw the Line’

Aerosmith were coming off the peak of their success when they went into the studio for 'Draw the Line.' In the wake of back-to-back classics 'Toys in the Attic' and 'Rocks,' the group were positioned to deliver an album that would have cemented their legacy alongside '70s stalwarts like Led Zeppelin. Instead, they turned in an oddly dispirited album that heralded a dramatic reversal of fortunes in their career.

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45 Years Ago: Janis Joplin Leaves Big Brother & The Holding Company

Though they may have been far from technically sound, Big Brother and the Holding Company were, in fact, the perfect band for a young Janis Joplin to have on her side. Nevertheless, her departure from the group in December of 1968 seemed inevitable right from the start.

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46 Years Ago: Traffic’s ‘Mr. Fantasy’ Released

Traffic are rightly remembered today as titans of jazz-rock and soul -- but on their 1967 debut album, 'Mr. Fantasy,' released 46 years ago this month, Steve Winwood and company were busy riding the psychedelic coattails of 'Sgt. Pepper.'

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41 Years Ago: The BBC Bans ‘Hi Hi Hi’ by Paul McCartney and Wings

While controversy seemed to follow John Lennon on a daily basis in the early-70s, it was not a foreign concept to his former Beatles band mate Paul McCartney either. In early 1972, McCartney and his band Wings, released the defiantly political single, 'Give Ireland Back To The Irish.' Dipping into controversial waters out of character for McCartney, and though the single was strong and hard-rocking, the BBC thought it was too much, and promptly banned it.

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40 Years Ago: Black Sabbath’s ‘Sabbath Bloody Sabbath’ Released

On Dec. 1, 1973, Black Sabbath unleashed their fifth (and final) universally adored masterpiece, ‘Sabbath Bloody Sabbath.’ Universally adored by loyal fans, that is, since know-it-all rock critics universally hated it as a matter of course - just as they had every Sabbath product before it.

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46 Years Ago: The Jimi Hendrix Experience’s ‘Axis: Bold As Love’ Album Released

With ‘Axis: Bold As Love,’ which celebrates the 46th anniversary of its U.K. release today (Dec. 1), Jimi Hendrix and the Experience further explored the outer limits of psychedelic music.

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25 Years Ago: Guns N’ Roses Release ‘G N’ R Lies’

Get ready to feel really, really old because it's hard to believe how much time has elapsed since Guns n’ Roses unleashed their second piece of vinyl product, ‘GN’R Lies’ on Nov. 30, 1988. It was released some fifteen months after their eventual record-setting debut album, ‘Appetite for Destruction,’ but a mere 90 days (give or take) after the same LP finally topped the Billboard 200 Albums chart.

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40 Years Ago: Montrose Release Their Debut Album

In November of 1973, Montrose released their self-titled debut album, which overcame a slow sales start to become one of the more influential and beloved albums in hard rock history.

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31 Years Ago: Eddie Van Halen Joins Michael Jackson on ‘Beat It’

Eddie Van Halen didn't even get a mention on Michael Jackson's mega-smash album 'Thriller,' which celebrates it's 31 year anniversary today (Nov. 30), despite having a heavy hand in the success of the third radio single. The guitarist says he did the solo on 'Beat It' for free -- and even wound up re-arranging the song while Jackson was out of the room.

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5 Busted Myths About the Pilgrims — They Ate Venison Not Turkey, and More

Thanksgiving is on record as being America’s second-favorite holiday (Christmas wins first prize, of course), so it makes sense that Thanksgiving lore is a part of our shared cultural history and something we start learning early in our lives. But it turns out a lot of what we think we know about Turkey Day is wrong.

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