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Beastie Boys Highlights

1964

Adam Yauch aka MCA of the Beastie Boys in born Brooklyn.

1966

Adam Horowitz aka Ad-Rock of the Beastie Boys is born in New York, NY.

1966

Michael Diamond aka Mike D of the Beastie Boys is born in New York, NY.

1981

The Beastie Boys- in their earliest incarnation of Adam Yauch, Mike Diamond, John Berry and Kate Schellenbach- perform for the first time at Yauch's 17th birthday party.

1982

The Beastie Boys' first record, en eight-track, seven-inch EP called Polly Wog Stew, is released on the independent Rat Cage label.

1983

The Beastie Boys record their first 12-inch single, "Cooky Puss"/Beastie Revolution."

1984

The Beastie Boys' "Rock Hard" becomes one of the first releases on Russell Simmons' and Rick Rubin's Def Jam Recordings- and the first by the permanent trio of MCA, Mike D and Ad-Rock.

1985

Madonna's 27-city The Virgin Tour commences, with the Beastie Boys as opening act. Their obscenity and insult-laced act was booed by Madonna's uncomprehending fans.

1985

The soundtrack to the hip-hop film Krush Groove is released. It includes the Beastie Boys' third single, "She's On It," along with songs by rising rap stars LL Cool J and the Force MD's.

1986

The Beastie Boys release their forth 12-inch single, "Hold It Now Hit It."

1986

Licensed to Ill, the Beastie Boys' first full-length album, is released.

1986

"(You Gotta) Fight for Your Right (to Party!)" enters the Billboard singles chart, where it will peak at #7.

1987

With Licensed to Ill having sold 4 million copies in a little over a year since its release, the Beastie Boys are declared the year's "Top New Artist" in the pop category by Billboard magazine.

1989

Paul's Boutique, the group's second album, is released. It will reach #14. Produced by the Dust Brothers, it is a landmark hip-hop recording.

1992

Check Your Head, the Beastie Boys' third album, is released. it will reach #10.

1994

Some Old Bullshit, a compilation of the Beastie Boys' early hardcaord-style work, is released.

1994

Ill Communication, the group's fourth album, is released. It will reach #1.

1996

The In Sound from Way Out!, a collection of instrumental tracks is released.

1996

The beastie Boys, with the group member MCA as prime instigator, host their first annual Tibetan Freedom concert, a multi-band affair that will benefit the Milarepa Fund.

1998

Hello Nasty, the Beastie Boys' fifth album, enters the album chart at #1, where it will remain for three weeks.

1999

The Beastie Boys win two Grammys- for Best Alternative Music Performance (Hello Nasty) and Best Rap Performance by Duo or Group ("Intergalactic")- at the 41st Grammy Awards in Los Angeles.

1999

The double-disc Beastie Boys Anthology: The Sounds of Science is released.

2001

Licensed To Ill is certified nine times platinum, signifying nine million copies sold.

2004

The Beastie Boys' sixth album, To the 5 Boroughs is released. It will become their fourth #1 album and be certified platinum (1 million sold) a month later.

2005

The Solid Gold Hits compilation is released.

2007

The Mix-Up, an album of groove-oriented instrumentals is released. it will win a Grammy for Best Instrumental Pop Album.

2011

The Beastie Boys release their eighth album, Hot Sauce Committee Part Two. It is their first album with vocals in seven years.

2012

The Beastie Boys are inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame at the 27th annual induction ceremony. Chuck D. is their presenter.

2012

Adam Yauch – a.k.a. MCA of the Beastie Boys – dies of cancer in New York City. He is 47 years old.