Today in Rock History – September 18th

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1968, Working at Abbey Road studios on new songs for their forthcoming White Album, The Beatles recorded 20 takes of “Birthday.” Roadie Mal Evans added handclaps, and Yoko Ono and Pattie Harrison contributed backing vocals on the track. 1968,  The Doors film a six-song set for Danish Radio Television  at TV-Byen in Gladsaxe, near Copenhagen, […]

Today in Rock History – September 17th

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1967, The Doors were banned from The Ed Sullivan Show after Jim Morrison broke his agreement with the show’s producers. Morrison said before the performance that he wouldn’t sing the words, “Girl, we couldn’t get much higher,” from “Light My Fire” but did anyway. The Doors also performed their new single “People Are Strange.” 1967, […]

Today in Rock History – September 16th

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1967, Jimi Hendrix’s debut LP, Are You Experienced? entered the Billboard Hot 200 album chart, where it stayed for 106 weeks, including 77 weeks in the Top 40. In 2003, Rolling Stone magazine ranked it No.15 on their 500 Greatest Albums of All Time and two years later it was selected for permanent preservation in […]

Today in Rock History – September 15th

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1965, The Ford Motor Company became the first automaker to offer an 8-track tape player as an option for their entire line of vehicles on sale in the US. Tapes were initially only available at auto parts stores. Home 8-track equipment was still a year away. 1966, The Who played at Gaumont Theatre in Stoke-on-Trent, […]

Today in Rock History – September 14th

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1967, The Jimi Hendrix Experience appeared on UK music show Top Of The Pops. 1967, Filming continued for The Beatles Magical Mystery Tour in South West England. The Beatles searched for a quiet, secluded field in which they could conduct filming, but once they’d disembarked from the bus and set up for shooting, scores of […]

Today in Rock History – September 12th

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1968, During their first ever tour Led Zeppelin appeared at the Stora Scenen in Stockholm, Sweden. 1969, King Crimson appeared at the Lyceum Ballroom, London 1970, Creedence Clearwater Revival scored their first No.1 album with Cosmo’s Factory. It enjoyed a nine-week run at No.1 and sold over three million copies. 1970, Pink Floyd performed at […]

Today in Rock History – September 11th

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1967, Filming began for The Beatles Magical Mystery Tour. There was no script, nor a very clear idea of exactly what was to be accomplished, not even a clear direction about where the bus was supposed to go. The ‘Magical Mystery Tour’ bus set off for the West Country in England stopping for the night […]

Today in Rock History – September 10th

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1964, The Kinks third single ‘You Really Got Me’, was at No.1 on the singles chart. Future Led Zeppelin founder and guitarist Jimmy Page played tambourine on the track. 1964, Rod Stewart recorded his first single, a version of Willie Dixon’s ‘Good Morning Little School Girl.’ Future Led Zeppelin bass player John Paul Jones played […]

Today in Rock History – September 9th

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1965, US newspaper The Hollywood Reporter ran the following advertisement; “Madness folk & roll musicians, singers wanted for acting roles in new TV show. Parts for 4 insane boys.” The Monkees were born. 1965, The Rolling Stones were at No.1  with (“I Can”t Get No) Satisfaction”. 1967, Pink Floyd opened a four-date Scandanavian tour at […]

Today in Rock History – September 8th

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1968, The Beatles performed “Hey Jude” on the UK television show ‘Frost On Sunday’ in front of an invited audience. 1968, Led Zeppelin played three shows in Denmark on this day, first appearing at the Fjordvilla club in Roskilde with The Ladybirds, who were an all girl topless go-go dancing outfit. Next, the played at […]

Today in Rock History – September 7th

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1968, The Doors played the first of two nights at The Roundhouse, London, playing twice nightly on their first UK visit. Granada TV filmed the sold out gigs, later shown as “The Doors Are Open,” which were attended by members of The Rolling Stones and Traffic. 1968, The Beach Boys played at at Patio Gardens […]

Today in Rock History – September 6th

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1968, Working at Abbey Road studio’s in London, The Beatles recoded overdubs onto the new George Harrison song “While My Guitar Gently Weeps.” Eric Clapton added the guitar solo and became the first outside musician to play on a Beatles recording and George recorded his lead vocal. 1969, James Brown announced he would retire from […]

Today in Rock History – September 5th

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1964, The Animals started a three week run at No.1 on the singles chart with “House Of The Rising Sun.” When first released the record company printed the time of the song on the record as three minutes feeling that the real time of four minutes was too long for radio airplay. 1965, Sonny & […]

Today in Rock History – September 4th

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1968, The Beatles recorded promotional videos for “Hey Jude” and “Revolution” at Twickenham Film Studios. The vocals are recorded live over the pre-recorded instrumental tracks to get round the current British Musicians Union ban on lip-sync performances. For “Hey Jude,” The Beatles were accompanied by a 36-piece orchestra and 300 fans and other assorted extras […]

Today in Rock History – September 2nd

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1965, The Doors recorded their first demo’s at World Pacific Jazz Studios in Los Angeles, California, where they cut six Jim Morrison songs. 1966, The Who played at Locarno Ballroom in Basildon, Essex, England. 1967, Pink Floyd, The Move, Soft Machine, Fairport Convention, The Nack, and Denny Lane performed at the UFO Festival held at […]