Today in Rock History – February 23rd

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1965, Filming began on The Beatles follow up to A Hard Days Night on location in the Bahamas with the working title of Eight Arms To Hold You. 1966, During an 11-date tour of Australia and New Zealand The Rolling Stones played the first of four nights at the Palais Theatre, St Kida, Melbourne. 1967, […]

Today in Rock History – February 19th

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1965, Working at Abbey Road studios in London, The Beatles recorded a new John Lennon song “You’re Going To Lose That Girl” in two takes. The track was released on the Help! album. 1966, Lou Christie went to No.1 on the singles chart with “Lightnin’ Strikes.” 1966, Bob Dylan appeared at Ottawa Auditorium in Ottawa, […]

Today in Rock History – February 13th

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1965, The Rolling Stones played the last night on a 16-date tour of Australia and New Zealand at the Capital Theatre in Perth. Also appearing on the tour was Roy Orbison, The Newbeats and Ray Columbus and the Invaders. 1965, The Who make their U.S. record debut with the release of “I Can’t Explain,” backed […]

Today in Rock History – February 9th

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1964, The Beatles made their US live debut on CBS-TV’s The Ed Sullivan Show. They performed five songs including their current number one “I Want To Hold Your Hand,” watched by an estimated 73 million people. The show had received over 50,000 applications for the 728 seats in the TV studio. 1965, The Who play […]

Black Sabbath – Rock History – February 5th

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1967, The Beatles filmed part of the promo clip for “Penny Lane” around the Royal Theatre, Stratford, London and walking up and down Angel Lane. 1967, The News Of The World reported that Mick Jagger, Pete Townshend, and Ginger Baker had taken LSD at The Moody Blues’ home in the UK. Jagger sued the paper […]

Today in Rock History – February 3rd

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1959, 22 year old Buddy Holly, The Big Bopper and Ritchie Valens, aged 17, died in a crash shortly after take-off from Clear Lake, Iowa, the pilot of the single-engined Beechcraft Bonanza plane was also killed. Holly hired the plane after heating problems developed on his tourbus. All three were traveling to Fargo, North Dakota, for […]

Today in Rock History – February 1st

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1964, The Beatles started a seven week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with “I Want To Hold Your Hand,” the first US No.1 by a UK act since The Tornadoes “Telstar” in 1962 and the first of three consecutive No.1’s from the group. 1964, Peter, Paul & Mary performed at the Civic […]

Janis Joplin, Rock History – January 25th

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1963, Janis Joplin performs in San Francisco for the first time, singing at the North Beach coffeehouse. In lieu of money, Janis passes the hat for beers. She often sings a cappella at the Coffee Confusion and the Coffee Gallery, occasionally accompanied by Jorma Kaukonen (future guitarist with Jefferson Airplane). Joplin sings Bessie Smith and […]

Today in Rock History – January 24th

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1965, The film Ferry Cross the Mersey premieres at the Liverpool Odeon. It was the first to be shot on location in Liverpool after the city’s emergence into the music mainstream For authenticity, many scenes were shot in clubs near the home of Gerry and the Pacemakers’ frontman Gerry Marsden. Marsden wrote nine new songs […]

Today in Rock History – January 21st

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1965, The Byrds record “Mr. Tambourine Man.”  The only actual member of the band who performs on the record is lead guitarist/singer Jim McGuinn. Musicians from the fabled “Wrecking Crew,” including Larry Knetchel on bass, replace the rest of the band. 1965, The US Immigration Department forces The Animals to cancel a performance at New […]

Today in Rock History – January 14th

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1965, Bob Dylan starts recording Bringing It All Back Home. 1966, The Who play Municipal Hall in Pontypridd, Wales, United Kingdom. 1966, David Bowie release his first single, “Can’t Help Thinking About Me,” on Parlophone Records. 1967, Pink Floyd played at the Coming-Up Hop, held at The Great Hall, University of Reading, Whiteknights, Reading England. […]

Today in Rock History – January 13th

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1965, The first day of recording sessions for Bob Dylan’s Bringing It All Back Home album were held at Studio A, Columbia Recording Studios in New York City. Dylan recorded “Subterranean Homesick Blues,” and “It’s All Over Now, Baby Blue.” 1966, George Harrison and his girlfriend Patti Boyd met up with Mick Jagger and Chrissie […]

Today in Rock History – January 8th

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1966, The Beatles started a six week run at number one on the album chart with Rubber Soul, the group’s seventh chart topper, which went on to spend 56 weeks on the chart. The group also started a three week run at number one on the singles chart with “We Can Work It Out” the […]

Today in Rock History – January 7th

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1964, The Beatles recorded a seven-song appearance for the BBC Radio program Saturday Club. They played All My Loving, Money, The Hippy Hippy Shake, I Want to Hold Your Hand, Roll Over Beethoven Johnny B. Goode, and I Wanna Be Your Man. The show was broadcast on February 15, while the Beatles were in the […]

Today in Rock History – January 1st

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1966, Simon and Garfunkel started a two week run at number one on the singles chart with “The Sounds Of Silence.” 1967, The Doors made their first live television appearance lip-synching their first single “Break on Through” on Shebang, on KTLA-TV Channel 5 in Los Angeles. The single peaked number 126 on the chart mainly […]