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, The Kingsmen sing their scandalous “Louie Louie” on Shindig!   Also guesting were […]

Today in Rock History – October 20th

1967, Davy Jones of The Monkees opened his own boutique in Greenwich Village named Zilch. 1968, Cream and Deep Purple appeared at the San Diego Sports Arena, San Diego, California. 1969, The Who begin a six-night stand at the Fillmore East in New York accompanied by the Joshua Light Show. After the show Bill Graham throws […]

Today in Rock History – October 19th

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1966, The Yardbirds arrived in New York for their first US tour with Jeff Beck and Jimmy Page on lead guitars. After two dates of the tour, Beck developed acute tonsillitis and quit the group. He would go on to form The Jeff Beck Group, giving Rod Stewart his first major exposure. 1967, The soundtrack […]

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 17th

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1964, Manfred Mann started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with “Do Wah Diddy Diddy,” possibly the first No.1 with a nonsense song title. Also a No.1 in the UK, the song was first released by the US group The Exciters. 1967, A 10-date package tour of the UK played […]

Today in Rock History – October 16th

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1966, Grace Slick performs as a member of Jefferson Airplane for the first time at San Francisco’s Fillmore West after Signe Anderson bows out of the group’s lineup. Slick introduces the band to two new songs, “White Rabbit” and “Somebody to Love.” 1967, Folk singer Joan Baez was arrested, along with 123 others, for blocking […]

Today in Rock History – October 15th

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1966, Pink Floyd (who were paid £15 for the gig), The Move, Denny Laine, and Soft Machine all appeared at the launch for International Times at London’s Roundhouse. 1966, The Four Tops started a two week run at number one on the singles chart with “Reach Out And I’ll Be There.” 1967, Cream played at […]

Today in Rock History – October 14th

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1965, The Rolling Stones, The Spencer Davis Group, Unit 4 Plus 2, The Checkmates, The Habit, The End and Charlie Dickins all appeared at The Odeon, Birmingham during a UK tour. 1966, Pink Floyd played their first ever “underground” set when they appeared at All Saints Hall, Notting Hill, London. 1966, The Who performed at […]

Today in Rock History – October 13th

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1965, The Who recorded “My Generation,” at Pye studios, London. When released as a single it reached number two on the UK chart, held off the top position by The Seekers “The Carnival Is Over.” Roger Daltrey would later say that he stuttered the lyrics to try to fit them to the music. The BBC […]

Today in Rock History – October 12th

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1965, The Beatles recorded “Run For Your Life” in its entirety, in five takes for their upcoming album Rubber Soul at Abbey Road Studio’s London. John Lennon later admits to lifting two lines from Elvis Presley’s 1955 hit “Baby Let’s Play House.” The group also works on another new Lennon song “This Bird Has Flown,” […]

Today in Rock History – October 11th

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1962, The Beatles made their first appearance on the UK singles chart with “Love Me Do,” which peaked at number four. 1964, The Who performed at Wolsey Hall, Cheshunt, England. 1967, The Doors appeared at Danbury High School, Danbury, Connecticut. Before the group came on stage, an announcer told the audience not to leave their […]

Today in Rock History – October 10th

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1964, During a UK tour The Beatles appeared at De Montfort Hall in Leicester. Ringo Starr drove himself to the venue after taking delivery of a brand new Facel Vega, apparently reaching speeds of 140 MPH on the M6 motorway. 1966, The Who played at Bath Pavilion in Bath, Somerset, England. 1967, Jimi Hendrix performed at […]

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. It was never released as a single in the UK until 1976. 1967, Jimi Hendrix performed at The Olympia Theatre in Paris. 1969, Yes appeared at Grugahalle, Essen, Germany. […]

Today in Rock History – October 8th

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1964, Working at Abbey Road studios in London, The Beatles recorded their next single “She’s a Woman” in seven takes, plus overdubs, recording the song from start to finish in five hours. 1964, Roy Orbison was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with “Oh Pretty Woman,” his third UK No.1. The title was inspired […]

Today in Rock History – October 7th

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1966, The Rolling Stones made their last appearance on UK TV Pop show Ready Steady Go! 1966, Johnny Kidd was killed in a car crash while on UK tour in Radcliffe, Manchester. He was 27. Kidd had the 1960 UK No.1 single “Shakin’ All Over.”  The Guess Who covered it in 1965, and the following […]