Today in Rock History – August 17th

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1968, The Doors started a four-week run at No.1 on the album chart with Waiting For The Sun. 1968, The Who perform at Phoenix Municipal Stadium in Phoenix, Arizona. 1968, The Rascals (formally the Young Rascals), started a five week run at No.1 on the singles chart with “People Got To Be Free.” The group had […]

Today in Rock History – August 16th

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1938, American blues musician Robert Johnson died, likely poisoned by a jealous husband, at the age of 27 at a country crossroads near Greenwood, Mississippi. His recordings from 1936 -1937 have influenced generations of musicians including Muddy Waters, Bob Dylan, Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin, The Rolling Stones, Johnny Winter, Jeff Beck and Eric Clapton. 1962, […]

Today in Rock History – August 11th

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1966, At a press conference held at The Astor Towers Hotel in Chicago, John Lennon apologized for his remarks that The Beatles were “more popular than Jesus.” Lennon told reporters “Look, I wasn’t saying The Beatles are better than God or Jesus, I said “Beatles”because it’s easy for me to talk about The Beatles. I […]

Today in Rock History – August 4th

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1967, Pink Floyd released their debut album The Piper At the Gates of Dawn in the UK, on which most songs were penned by Syd Barrett. In subsequent years, the record has been recognised as one of the seminal psychedelic rock albums of the 1960s. When reviewed, by the two main UK music papers in the […]

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 […]

Today in Rock History – July 23rd

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1964, The Beatles were at No.1 on the singles chart with “A Hard Days Night,” the group’s fifth. 1964, The Beatles take part in the Night of a Hundred Stars at the London Palladium. 1965, The Kinks perform “You Really Got Me” on the TV show, Where the Action Is. 1965,  The Dave Clark Five […]

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 […]

Today in Rock History – July 3rd

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1967, A private party was held at the Speakeasy Club in London, England for the Monkees. Guests included: John Lennon, George Harrison, Paul McCartney, Dusty Springfield, Eric Clapton, Lulu and all the members from Manfred Mann, The Who and Procol Harum. 1967, Jimi Hendrix performed at The Scene in New York City. 1967, Pink Floyd […]

Today in Rock History – June 6th

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1965, Herman’s Hermits play The Ed Sullivan Show. 1966, The Who played at St. Joseph’s Hall in London. 1966, Roy Orbison’s first wife, Claudette, was killed when a truck pulled out of a side road and collided with the motorbike that she and her husband were riding on in Gallatin, Texas, she was 25. 1968, […]

Today in Rock History – June 3rd

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1967, The Doors “Light My Fire” was released in the US, it went on to be No.1 on the singles chart two months later. 1967, Aretha Franklin went to No.1 on the US singles chart with her version of the Otis Redding hit “Respect.” A No.10 hit on the UK chart. 1967, Jefferson Airplane appear […]

Today in Rock History – June 2nd

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1964, The Rolling Stones play their first American show at a Lynn, Massachusetts high school football stadium. They also make their American TV debut on The Les Crane Show. An Associated Press reporter notes, “They are dirtier and streakier and more disheveled than the Beatles and in some places, they are more popular than the […]

Today in Rock History – May 19th

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1967, The Beatles held a press party at manager’s Brian Epstein’s house in London for the launch of the ‘Sgt Pepper’s’ album. Linda Eastman was hired as the press photographer. 1967, Pink Floyd played at Club A’ Go Go in Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear, England. 1969, The Who appeared at The Rock Pile […]

Today in Rock History – February 27th

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1964, The Rolling Stones made their second appearance on BBC TV show Top Of The Pops performing “Not Fade Away.” 1965, This marked the first date of a 21 twice- nightly UK package tour with Del Shannon, Wayne Fontana & the Mindbenders, and Herman’s Hermits, stopping at Sheffield’s City Hall, England. 1967, Pink Floyd continued […]

Today in Rock History – February 24th

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1963, The Rolling Stones started a Sunday night residency at The Station Hotel, Richmond, Surrey. The Stones were paid $41 for the gig and played on the first night to a total of 66 people. 1965, The first full day of filming took place for The Beatles movie ‘Help!’ with the group riding bicycles on […]

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 […]