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 […]

Pitchfork Music Festival 2014 – Day 3 Review by Eric Berman

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Pitchfork Music Festival 2014 – Day 3 Review by Eric Berman The final day at Pitchfork Music Festival provided the usual array of adventurous music including indie rock, experimental sounds, electronic dance music and much more hip-hop than has been featured in previous years. Highlights included the return of Grimes (aka Clair Boucher) whose brand […]

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 […]

Pitchfork Music Festival 2014 – Day 2 Review by Eric Berman

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Pitchfork Music Festival – Day 2 Review by Eric Berman The second day of Chicago’s Pitchfork Music Festival was all about the ladies with stunning performances by St. Vincent (aka Annie Clark) whose theatrical set leaned heavily on her latest self-titled album that came out late last year and is better than any other record […]

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 […]

Pitchfork Music Festival – Day 1 Review

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Pitchfork Music Festival 2014 – Day 1 by Eric Berman It was an exceptional first day at Pitchfork Music Festival in Chicago. Every year I go to this festival and come away with all kinds of new bands I would never otherwise have heard that become new favorites. Day one was no different with a […]

Today in Rock History – July 16th

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1966, Jack Bruce, Ginger Baker and Eric Clapton formed Cream, the three piece group only lasted two years, leaving behind some classic recordings including “Sunshine of Your Love,” “‘Badge,” “Strange Brew,” and “White Room.” 1966, Tommy James and the Shondells started a two-week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with “Hanky Panky,” a […]

Song Of The Day by Eric Berman – “Bad Time” by Grand Funk Railroad

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Song Of The Day by Eric Berman – “Bad Time” by Grand Funk Railroad This is not exactly the “Footstompin’ Music” that Grand Funk Railroad were known for in the late ’60s and early ’70s. But once they lost the Railroad in their name and came under the aegis of Todd Rundgren and Jimmy Ienner, […]

Today in Rock History – July 15th

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1967, The Doors and The Jefferson Airplane both played an afternoon and evening show to over 8,000 fans at Anaheim Convention Center, Anaheim, California. 1967, Pink Floyd performed at the Stowmarket Carnival, held at The Cricket Meadow, in Stowmarket, England.  Feel for Soul, The Ketas, and other bands were also on the bill. 1967, This […]

Today in Rock History – July 14th

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1964, The Rolling Stones were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with “It’s All Over Now,” the group’s first of 8 UK No.1′s. The song was originally written by Bobby Womack and Shirley Womack, and was first released by The Valentinos featuring Bobby Womack in the same year. 1964, The Beach Boys performed at […]

Today in Rock History – July 12th

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1962, The Rolling Stones made their live debut at the Marquee Jazz Club, London, with Dick Taylor on bass (later of The Pretty Things) and Mick Avory on drums, (later of The Kinks). They were a last minute fill-in for Alexis Korner’s Blues Incorporated, who had been plucked to appear on BBC radio’s Jazz Club […]

Today in Rock History – July 11th

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1964, The Beatles appeared live on the ABC Television program Lucky Stars (Summer Spin,) performing “A Hard Day’s Night,” “Long Tall Sally,” “Things We Said Today,” and “You Can’t Do That.” To avoid the crowd of fans waiting for them, The Beatles arrived at the Teddington Studio Centre by boat, traveling down the River Thames. 1965, […]

Today in Rock History – July 10th

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1965, The Rolling Stones started a four week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction,” the group’s first chart-topper there. In the UK, the song was initially played only on pirate radio stations because its lyrics were considered too sexually suggestive. 1966, Johnny Tilotson, The Jive Five, The […]

Song Of The Day by Eric Berman – “Empty Lives” by Graham Parker

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Song Of The Day by Eric Berman – “Empty Lives” by Graham Parker He was never a punk rocker and was already around too long to be part of the “New Wave,” but marketing is marketing and that’s how much of the world came to discover Graham Parker. By the time of Squeezing Out Sparks, […]