Today in Rock History – December 18th

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1965, U.S. Army Staff Sergeant Barry Sadler records “Ballad of the Green Berets.” 1965, The Beatles are number one in the British singles chart with “Day Tripper.” 1966, Tara Browne was killed when driving at high speed in his Lotus Elan after it collided with a parked truck in South Kensington, London. A close friend […]

Today in Rock History – December 17th

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1963, James Carroll at WWDC in Washington, DC, became the first disc jockey to broadcast a Beatles record on American radio. Carroll played “I Want To Hold Your Hand,” which he had obtained from his stewardess girlfriend, who brought the single back from the UK. Due to listener demand, the song was played daily, every […]

Today in Rock History – December 16th

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1965, Released as a double A-side The Beatles “Day Tripper / We Can Work It Out,” became their ninth UK number one, and their third Christmas chart topper in a row. The single was a US number one in January 1966. 1966, Pink Floyd appeared at a prohibition themed dance, the AA Students Christmas Carnival, […]

Today in Rock History – December 15th

John Lennon and the Plastic Ono Band

1967, The Who Sell Out LP is released in Britain. The album was to have been released a month earlier but was delayed while permission was sought from all the companies mentioned in the commercials. While getting the rights for the commercials, someone forgets to secure the rights for the Radio London jingles and a […]

Today in Rock History – December 14th

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1967, Rolling Stones guitarist Brian Jones was rushed to St Georges hospital in London after collapsing. A doctor reported Jones was tired and suffering from over strain and was also recovering from having some teeth out. 1968, Deep Purple played at the Grande Ballroom in Detroit, Michigan. 1968, Marvin Gaye scored his first number one […]

Today in Rock History – December 13th

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1966, Jimi Hendrix made his British TV debut on ITV’s ‘Ready Steady Go!’ (Marc Bolan was also on the show). The Jimi Hendrix Experience also recorded ‘Foxy Lady’ on this day. The United States version of Are You Experienced listed the song with a spelling mistake as ‘Foxey Lady’ and this is how it is […]

Today in Rock History – December 11th

Sam Cooke

1964, Soul singer Sam Cooke was shot dead at the Hacienda Motel in Los Angeles, California. Bertha Franklin, manager of the motel, told police that she shot and killed Cooke in self-defense because he had attacked her. Police found Cooke’s body in Franklin’s apartment-office, clad only in a sports jacket and shoes, but no shirt, […]

Today in Rock History – December 9th

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1966, Supergroup Cream released their debut studio album Fresh Cream in the UK. The power trio of Eric Clapton, Jack Bruce and Ginger Baker also released their second single “I Feel Free” on the same day. 1967, The Doors appeared at the New Haven Arena, New Haven, Connecticut. Before the show a policeman found singer […]

Today in Rock History – December 8th

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1966, Working at Abbey Road in London, Paul McCartney overdubbed his lead vocal for “When I’m Sixty-Four.” Then The Beatles set about remaking a new John Lennon song ‘Strawberry Fields Forever.’ 1967, Pink Floyd appeared at the Royal College of Art in London. 1968, Singer and guitarist Graham Nash left The Hollies and started work […]

Today in Rock History – December 7th

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1964, Beach Boy Brian Wilson married Marilyn Rovell in Los Angeles. The couple divorced in 1979. Marilyn and her sister and cousin were in a group, The Honeys, who were produced by Brian Wilson. Marilyn and Brian had two daughters, Carnie and Wendy, who became members of Wilson Phillips. 1964, Jerry Lee Lewis, on his […]

Today in Rock History – December 6th

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1962, During sessions for the Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan album, Dylan recorded “A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall,” and versions of “Hero Blues,” “Whatcha Gonna Do,” “Oxford Town,” and “I Shall Be Free,” at Studio A, Columbia Recording Studios in New York City. 1964, The film Ferry Cross The Mersey premiered in London. Featuring Gerry And The […]

Today in Rock History – December 5th

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1965, The Beatles played their last ever show in their hometown of Liverpool when they appeared at The Liverpool Empire during the group’s final UK tour. Only 5,100 tickets were available, but there were 40,000 applications for tickets. 1965, The Rolling Stones played two shows at the Convention Hall, San Diego, California on the last […]

Today in Rock History – December 4th

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1964, The Beatles released their fourth album Beatles For Sale. The album featured, “No Reply,” “I’m a Loser,” “Baby’s in Black,” “Rock and Roll Music,” “Eight Days a Week,” and “Everybody’s Trying to Be My Baby.” 1965, The Byrds started a three week run at number one on the singles chart with “Turn! Turn! Turn!” […]

Today in Rock History – December 3rd

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1964, The Rolling Stones had their second UK number one single with their version of “Little Red Rooster.” The Stones had recorded the song at Chess Studios in Chicago, the same studios where Howlin’ Wolf, Muddy Waters and Little Walter had recorded their blues classics. 1965, Rolling Stone Keith Richards was knocked unconscious by an […]

Today in Rock History – December 2nd

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1967, The Monkees album, Pisces, Aquarius, Capricorn and Jones Ltd went to number one on the album chart. It was their fourth album to sell over a million copies, following The Monkees, More Of The Monkees and Headquarters. 1967, Pink Floyd play at The Dome in Brighton, England 1969, George Harrison joins Delaney & Bonnie […]