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Beastie Boys Highlights


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


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


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


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.


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


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


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.


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.


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.


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


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


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


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.


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.


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


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


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


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


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.


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


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.


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


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


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.


The Solid Gold Hits compilation is released.


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


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


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


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