This Day in Rock History: August 30
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On this day in rock history, the Doors finally called it quits, two years and two albums after the sudden death of Jim Morrison. Ray Manzarek and Robby Krieger had handled vocals on post-Morrison projects called Other Voices and Full Circle. The initial release broke the U.S. Top 40, but the follow up stalled at No. 68.
Bob Dylan made official his shift to electric sounds with the release of Highway 61 Revisited, highlighted by the No. 2 smash “Like a Rolling Stone” and his striking 11-minute epic “Desolation Row.” Meanwhile, the Byrds – who for years had been Dylan’s steadfast acolytes – went in the opposite direction. Sweetheart of the Rodeo found them crafting a country-rock masterpiece, aided by the addition of the late, great Gram Parsons.
Eric Clapton‘s Back Home was also issued on this date. The album, his first with original music since 2001’s Reptile, featured guest turns by former Blind Faith bandmate Steve Winwood, as well as Billy Preston and others. Clapton also covered “Love Comes to Everyone,” a song by his late friend George Harrison.
Watch an exciting recap of many of the day’s biggest rock anniversaries above, narrated by our radio host Zach Martin. And learn more about these important events by clicking the links below.
The Doors break up (1973)
Bob Dylan, Highway 61 Revisited (1965)
The Byrds, Sweetheart of the Rodeo (1968)
Eric Clapton, Back Home (2005)
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