Today in Rock History – June 23rd

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1965, Motown releases Smokey Robinson & the Miracles’ ballad “The Tracks of My Tears,” simply one of the greatest songs ever written. 1966, The Beatles fly to Germany, where they will begin their last world tour. The Rolling Stones depart London the same day to begin a tour of America. Rock-crazy English fans will just […]

Today in Rock History – June 5th

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1968, The Jimi Hendrix Experience appeared on the Dusty Springfield TV show filmed on ATV, in London, England. Hendrix performed “Stone Free” and “Voodoo Chile,” and then played a version of “Mockingbird” with Dusty Springfield. 1968, Senator and presidential candidate Robert Kennedy is shot and killed by Sirhan Sirhan in Los Angeles. The next day, […]

Today in Rock History – June 4th

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1967, Procol Harum, The Jimi Hendrix Experience and Denny Laine all appeared at The Saville Theatre London, England. 1967, The Monkees wins an Emmy for Outstanding Comedy Series, beating out Andy Griffith, Bewitched, Get Smart, and Hogan’s Heroes. 1968, Having been arrested the month before on charges of marijuana possession, Rolling Stone Brian Jones elects […]

Today in Rock History – May 23rd

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1964, Marvin Gaye appears on American Bandstand singing “You’re a Wonderful One.” 1967, Pink Floyd performed at Town Hall in High Wycombe, England. 1968, Pink Floyd played two late shows at the Paradiso in Amsterdam. 1970, Paul McCartney’s debut solo album, McCartney, started a three-week run at No.1 on the album chart. 1970, The Allman […]

Today in Rock History – May 2nd

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1965, Although he swore he would never allow the band to appear on his show again, Ed Sullivan plays host to the Rolling Stones for a second time. To prevent any disturbances among the group’s fans, the Stones are locked in the Ed Sullivan Show studios for the entire day. They perform “The Last Time,” […]

Today in Rock History- April 18th

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1968, During a European tour, Pink Floyd played two shows at the Piper Club, in Rome, Italy. 1969, Lulu married Bee Gee Maurice Gibb, Brother Barry was the best man. The couple split in 1973. 1969, Jimi Hendrix performed at Ellis Auditorium in Memphis, Tennessee. 1970, Santana, Taj Mahal and It”s A Beautiful Day all […]

Today in Rock History – April 11th

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1964, The Beatles set a new chart record when they had 14 songs on the Billboard Hot 100. The songs ranged from ‘Can’t Buy Me Love’ at No.1 to ‘Love Me Do’ at No. 81. 1965, Performing at the New Musical Express poll winners concert, at London’s Wembley Empire Pool, England, The Beatles, The Rolling […]

Today in Rock History – March 24th

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1966, Simon and Garfunkel made their singles chart debut with “Homeward Bound.” 1967, Pink Floyd played the first of two nights at the Ricky Tick Club in Hounslow, England. 1970, Genesis performed at Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club, London. 1971, The Allman Brothers Band appeared at Foster Auditorium, Tuscaloosa, Alabama. 1972, King Crimson played at Memorial […]

Today in Rock History – February 21st

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1964, Three classic British singles were released, The Rolling Stones “Not Fade Away (a UK No.3,) The Hollies “Just One Look” (a UK No.2), and Billy J Kramer’s ‘Little Children’, (a UK No.1) 1964, New York band The Echoes recruited a new young unknown piano player, named Billy Joel. 1967, Pink Floyd started their first […]

Today in Rock History – February 20th

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1963, The Beatles drove through the night from Liverpool to London to appear on the live lunchtime BBC radio program “Parade of the Pops.” Performing ‘Love Me Do’ and ‘Please Please Me’, the appearance lasted just over 4 minutes. They then drove another 180 mile trip back north for their performance that night at the […]

Today in Rock History – February 14th

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1967,  Aretha Franklin records a cover of Otis Redding’s “Respect”at Atlantic Studios in New York. It would become a number one US single in June. 1967,  The Doors play the Whisky A Go-Go in Los Angeles. 1967, Jimi Hendrix appeared at Gray’s Club in Tilbury, Essex, England. 1968, Manfred Mann were at No.1 on the […]

Today in Rock History – December 27th

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1967, The Doors appeared on the Jonathon Winters Show CBS TV show from Los Angeles. 1967,  Bob Dylan releases his long-awaited follow-up to the Blonde on Blonde album,  John Wesley Harding. Rolling Stone declares, “Without a doubt this is another major musical step for Bob Dylan. The predominance of country blues, white and black, from […]

Today in Rock History – December 19th

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1964, The Beatles fourth album ‘Beatles For Sale’ started a seven-week run at No.1 on the UK album charts. Recorded when Beatlemania was just at its peak ‘Beatles for Sale’ was The Beatles’ fourth album in just 21 months. 1964, The Supremes scored their third No.1 single of the year when ‘Come See About Me,’ […]

Today in Rock History – December 7th

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1964, Beach Boy Brian Wilson married Marilyn Rovell in L.A. 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, On his first tour of the […]

Today in Rock History – November 10th

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1963, The Yardbirds, (with Eric Clapton on guitar) appeared at The Crawdaddy Club, Richmond, Surrey, England. 1967, The Beatles filmed three promotional films for their new single ‘Hello Goodbye’ at the Saville Theatre in London. Each of the three film clips featured different costumes and Beatle antics. In the first film they wear their “Sgt. […]