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Deep Purple strikes gold with their anthemn "Smoke On The Water" on August 28, 1973. The song relates the true story of the December 1971 fire that destroyed the Montreux Casino in Switzerland during a Frank Zappa concert. Released on their "Machine Head" album, "Smoke On The Water" is ranked in Rolling Stone magazine's "500 Greatest Songs Of All Time" and has been recognized as one of the greatest guitar riffs by both Total Guitar and Q magazines. Deep Purple formed in 1968 and has sold over 100 million albums across the globe. The band unveiled their latest studio album "Now What?!" earier this summer.

Jackson Browne records "Running On Empty" amid a tour on August 27, 1977. The single hit the top of the charts while the album of the same title became his biggest commercial success. The album was nominated for a pair of grammy awards losing Album Of The Year to the "Saturday Night Fever" soundtrack and Pop Male Vocalist to Barry Manilow. The 64-year old was born Clyde Jackson Browne in Germany while his father was stationed there in the U.S. military. Browne was an early member of the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band joining in Greenwich Village in 1966. Still recording and touring, he has a few dates remaining on his current acoustic trek.

10cc performs their first concert at Palace Lido on the Isle of Man on August 26, 1973. The group was comprised of studio veterans Kevin Godley, Lol Creme, Eric Stewart and Graham Gouldman. Godley and Creme were childhood friends in Manchester and collaborated throughout the 60s. Stewart and Gouldman were bandmates in the chart-topping Mindbenders. 10cc notched their first U.S. hit with "I'm Not In Love" in 1975. However, Godley and Creme would depart before the band would score their second top 10 single "The Things We Do For Love" just two years later.