Today in Rock History – October 27th

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1964, 31 year old Salvatore Philip Bono married 18 year old Cherilyn Sarkisian La Piere. For a time they performed together as Caesar and Cleo before changing the name of their act to Sonny and Cher. Their union lasted 12 years. 1966, The Four Tops were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Reach […]

Today in Rock History – October 26th

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1963, Bob Dylan played a sell out concert at Carnegie Hall in New York City. 1965,  Queen Elizabeth II invested The Beatles with their MBE’s at Buckingham Palace, London. According to an account by John Lennon, the group smoked marijuana in one of the palace bathrooms to calm their nerves. Many former recipients gave their […]

On the Air – 10/23/13

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Another regular airshift at WMXM 88.9 FM – Lake Forest College, which included a feature on David Bowie, with deep tracks from his early albums, The Who, Spirit, The Great Society, Derek & the Dominos (live,) Genesis, Iron Butterfly, and more, including several tracks from vinyl as noted below.)   Check it out: alt. link […]

Today in Rock History – October 23rd

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1966, The Jimi Hendrix Experience recorded their first single ‘Hey Joe’, at De Lane Lea studios in London. The earliest known commercial recording of the song is the late-1965 single by the Los Angeles garage band the The Leaves; the band then re-recorded the track and released it in 1966 as a follow-up single which […]

Today in Rock History – October 22nd

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1964, The Who, then known as The High Numbers, receive a letter from EMI Records, asking them for original material after their recent audition for the company. 1966, The Supremes had their first No.1 album with ‘The Supremes a Go Go’, knocking The Beatles ‘Revolver’, from the top of the charts. 1966, The Beach Boys […]

Today in Rock History – October 21st

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1965, Wanting to improve on a previous recording session The Beatles started from scratch on a new song called ‘Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown)’, finishing recordings in three takes. They also begin working on a new John Lennon song ‘Nowhere Man.’ 1965, On Shindig! tonight you can watch the Kingsmen sing their scandalous “Louie […]

Today in Rock History – October 18th

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1964, The Animals kicked off their first headlining UK tour at the ABC in Manchester with Carl Perkins, Gene Vincent and The Nashville Teens supporting. 1964, Taking a day off from their British tour The Beatles go into the studio and complete the recording of six album tracks and the A-side of their next single: […]

Today in Rock History – October 9th

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1965, The Beatles started a four week run at No.1 on the singles chart with the Paul McCartney ballad ‘Yesterday’, giving the group their tenth No.1. Never released as a single in the UK until 1976. 1967, Jimi Hendrix performed at The Olympia Theatre, Paris. 1969, For the first time in the history of the […]

On The Air – October 2nd

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InternetFM.com’s Steve Leventhal now has a regular gig on WMXM 88.9 FM, Lake Forest College on Wednesdays from 10 – noon CT. Here is today’s broadcast. The show featured bands Pink Floyd, Echo & the Bunnymen, The Clash, David Bowie, Talking Heads, Jefferson Airplane, The Smiths and more. Alternate link

Today in Rock History – October 1st

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1965, Bob Dylan appeared at Carnegie Hall in New York City and introduced his new touring band made up of guitarist Robbie Robertson, organist Garth Hudson, bassist Rick Danko, pianist Richard Manual and drummer Levon Helm. They will become known simply as The Band. 1966, Jimi Hendrix appeared live for the first time in the […]

Today in Rock History – September 29th

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1967, Working at Abbey Road in London, The Beatles mixed the new John Lennon song ‘I Am the Walrus’ which included the sound of a radio being tuned through numerous stations, coming to rest on a BBC production of William Shakespeare’s “King Lear”. John (playing organ) and Paul (playing bass), then completed ‘Your Mother Should […]

The Pitts-burger and the Doubleheader

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Last weekend I traveled to the Steel City for the first time in nearly thirty years. A few weeks ago, at the invitation of a good friend, I was offered an opportunity to attend the Steelers- Bears game that took place this past Sunday night. Having never been to the new Heinz Field, I vowed […]

Today in Rock History – September 13th

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1965, The Paul McCartney song ‘Yesterday’ was released as a Beatles single. 1967, The Beatles formed an electronics company called Fiftyshapes, Ltd. appointing John Alexis Mardas (Magic Alex) to be the company’s director. Alex claimed he could build a 72-track tape machine, instead of the 4-track at Abbey Road (this never materialized). One of his […]

Today in Rock History – September 3rd

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1966, Donovan went to No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Sunshine Superman’, a No.2 hit in the UK. The track featured then Yardbird and future Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page. 1967, During a 10-date tour of Sweden, The Jimi Hendrix Experience appeared at the Liseburg in Gothenburg. 1968, After a two week absence, Ringo […]

Today in Rock History – August 20th

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1965, The Rolling Stones’ manager Andrew Loog Oldham and his partner Tony Calder launched Immediate records. Their first release was The McCoy’s ‘Hang On Sloopy’, Mick Jagger, Eric Clapton and Nico (later to join Velvet Underground), all attended the launch party. The label became the home of The Small Faces, Nice, Amen Corner and Chris […]