Today in Rock History – August 1st

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1964, The Beatles scored their fifth US No.1 single in seven months when “A Hard Day’s Night” went to the top of the charts. The group had now spent seventeen weeks at the No.1 position in this year. 1964, Billboard Magazine reported that the harmonica was making a comeback in a big way thanks to […]

Today in Rock History – July 31st

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1965, In England, the Yardbirds with Jeff Beck perform at the Cleethorpes Jazz Festival. 1966, Cream play their first gig in Windsor, England. 1966, The Who perform at Brittania Pier in Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, England. 1967, Mick Jagger was given a conditional discharge and Keith Richard’s conviction for permitting his house to be used for […]

Today in Rock History – July 30th

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1966, The Beatles started a five week run at No.1 on the album chart with ‘Yesterday…And Today’, the group’s 8th No.1 album. 1966, The Troggs started a two week run at No.1 on the singles chart with ‘Wild Thing’. 1967, The Who appeared at the Miami Beach Convention Hall, Miami, Florida. 1968, The Beatles closed […]

Today in Rock History – July 29th

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1966, Eric Clapton, Jack Bruce and Ginger Baker made their live debut as Cream at The Twisted Wheel, Manchester, England. 1966, Bob Dylan suffered a broken neck vertebra when he crashed his Triumph 55 motorbike near his home in Woodstock, New York. 1966, Datebook published Maureen Cleave’s interview with John Lennon in which he said […]

Today in Rock History – July 28th

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1965, The Who make their first appearance on British TV’s “Ready Steady Go!” Their managers pack the audience with mods, ensuring a rapturous reception as the band rips through “I Can’t Explain.” 1965, Rolling Stone Charlie Watts buys a 16th century wooden mansion in Sussex, England. His father tells the press, “We can’t understand why […]

Today in Rock History – July 27th

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1968, Bee Gee Robin Gibb collapsed, as the group were about to set out on their first US tour. The singer was suffering from nervous exhaustion. 1968, The Steve Miller Band appeared at the Grande Ballroom in Detroit, Michigan. 1968, Cass Elliot released her first solo single following the break up of The Mamas and […]

Today in Rock History – July 26th

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1968, The Jackson Five signed a one-year contract with Motown Records. 1968, Decca pulls the Rolling Stones’ Beggars Banquet from its release schedule, citing problems with the sleeve. The design features a graffiti-covered toilet. It’s one of the first disagreements between the band and the label, with Mick Jagger angrily pointing out that Decca released […]

Today in Rock History – July 25th

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1964, The Beatles third album ‘\A Hard Day’s Night started a twenty-one week run at the top of the UK charts. This was the first Beatles album to be recorded entirely on four-track tape, allowing for good stereo mixes. 1965, Bob Dylan plugged in for his headlining set backed by the Butterfield Blues Band at […]

Today in Rock History – July 24th

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1965, The Byrds were at No.1 on the singles chart with their version of the Bob Dylan song “Mr Tambourine Man.” It was the first Bob Dylan song to reach No.1. 1966, The Who played at Brittania Pier in Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, England. 1967, All four Beatles and their manager Brian Epstein signed a petition […]

Today in Rock History – July 23rd

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1964, The Beatles were at No.1 on the singles chart with “A Hard Days Night,” the group’s fifth. 1964, The Beatles take part in the Night of a Hundred Stars at the London Palladium. 1965, The Kinks perform “You Really Got Me” on the TV show, Where the Action Is. 1965,  The Dave Clark Five […]

Today in Rock History – July 22nd

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1963, The Beatles’ first US album, Introducing The Beatles was pressed by Vee-Jay Records, who thought they had obtained the legal rights from EMI affiliate, Trans-Global Records. When it was finally released in January, 1964, Capitol Records would hit Vee Jay with an injunction against manufacturing, distributing, advertising, or otherwise disposing of records by the […]

Today in Rock History – July 21st

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1967, The Jimi Hendrix Experience played the first of three nights at the Cafe-a-Go-Go in New York City. 1968, The Who appeared at Virginia Beach Dome in Virginia Beach, Virginia. 1969,  The Beatles started work on the John Lennon song “Come Together” at Abbey Road studios in London. The track became the opening song on […]

Today in Rock History – July 20th

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1965, Bob Dylan releases “Like a Rolling Stone.” The single becomes his first major hit, reaching No. 2. It was recorded on June 15–16, 1965, Columbia Studio A, 799 Seventh Avenue, New York City. Then session musician Al Kooper improvised the organ riff for which the track is known. 1967, Jerry Lee Lewis kicks off […]

Today in Rock History – July 19th

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1967, Elvis Presley was working on his latest movie Speedway, co-starring Nancy Sinatra at the MGM Soundstage, Hollywood, California. It was Presley’s twenty-seventh film. 1967, The Who played at Patio Gardens in Farmington, Utah. 1967, The Beatles were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with “All You Need Is Love” the group’s 12th UK […]

Today in Rock History – July 18th

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1968, Working at Abbey Road studios The Beatles recorded ‘Cry Baby Cry’ and ‘Helter Skelter.’ One take of ‘Helter Skelter’ lasted 27′ 11”, the longest Beatle recording ever. 1968, The Grateful Dead release Anthem of the Sun. Their second album fails to chart. 1969, During sessions at Abbey Road studios, London, Ringo Starr recorded his […]