Today in Rock History – October 31st

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1964, Bob Dylan performs a Halloween concert at New York’s Philharmonic Hall. CBS is recording the show for a possible live album. Dylan shows off a new composition called “Advice to Geraldine on Her Miscellaneous Birthday.” 1964, Ray Charles was arrested by Logan Airport customs officials in Boston and charged with possession of heroin. This […]

Today in Rock History – October 28th

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1964, the first of two nights billed as the “Tami Show” took place at the Civic Auditorium, Santa Monica with; Smokey Robinson & The Miracles, The Beach Boys, Chuck Berry, Marvin Gaye, The Supremes and The Rolling Stones. 1967, The Who  make their last appearance on BBC radio’s Saturday Club. They follow it by beginning […]

Today in Rock History – October 27th

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1964, 31 year old Salvatore Philip Bono married 18 year old Cherilyn Sarkisian La Piere. For a time they performed together as Caesar and Cleo before changing the name of their act to Sonny and Cher. Their union lasted 12 years. 1966, The Four Tops were at number one on the UK singles chart with […]

Today in Rock History – October 26th

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1963, Bob Dylan played a sell out concert at Carnegie Hall in New York City. 1965,  Queen Elizabeth II invested The Beatles with their MBE’s at Buckingham Palace, London. According to an account by John Lennon, the group smoked marijuana in one of the palace bathrooms to calm their nerves. Many former recipients gave their […]

Today in Rock History – October 24th

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1964, The Rolling Stones kicked off an 11-date North American tour playing two shows at The New York Academy of Music. 1966, The Who performed at Folkparken, Halmstad, Sweden. 1967, The Who record an acoustic version of “Mary Anne With The Shaky Hands” at De Lane Lea Studios in London. 1969, Yes performed at Nottingham […]

Today in Rock History – October 22nd

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1964, EMI sends Kit Lambert a letter of rejection for The High Numbers. That was the original  band name for The Who. The rejection letter is later included with the Live At Leeds album. Since the reason the group is rejected is their lack of original material, Kit and Chris Stamp set up Pete with […]

Today in Rock History – October 18th

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1964, The Animals kicked off their first headlining UK tour at the ABC in Manchester with Carl Perkins, Gene Vincent and The Nashville Teens supporting. 1964, Taking a day off from their British tour The Beatles go into the studio and complete the recording of six album tracks and the A-side of their next single: […]

Today in Rock History – October 16th

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1966, Grace Slick performs as a member of Jefferson Airplane for the first time at San Francisco’s Fillmore West after Signe Anderson bows out of the group’s lineup. Slick introduces the band to two new songs, “White Rabbit” and “Somebody to Love.” 1967, Folk singer Joan Baez was arrested, along with 123 others, for blocking […]

Today in Rock History – October 14th

Spencer Davis Group

1965, The Rolling Stones, The Spencer Davis Group, Unit 4 Plus 2, The Checkmates, The Habit, The End and Charlie Dickins all appeared at The Odeon, Birmingham during a UK tour. 1966, Pink Floyd played their first ever “underground” set when they appeared at All Saints Hall, Notting Hill, London. 1966, The Who performed at […]

Today in Rock History – October 9th

Beatles-Yesterday

1965, The Beatles started a four week run at No.1 on the singles chart with the Paul McCartney ballad “Yesterday,” giving the group their tenth No.1. It was never released as a single in the UK until 1976. 1967, Jimi Hendrix performed at The Olympia Theatre in Paris. 1969, Yes appeared at Grugahalle, Essen, Germany. […]

Today in Rock History – October 6th

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1964, The Beatles spent the afternoon recording “Eight Days A Week” at Abbey Road studios in London. Late evening was spent at The Ad Lib Club, London, partying with The Ronettes and Mick Jagger. 1965, The Who play at the Palais de Danse in Cowdenbeath, Scotland. 1967, The Jimi Hendrix Experience recorded a session for […]

Today in Rock History – October 1st

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1965, Bob Dylan appeared at Carnegie Hall in New York City and introduced his new touring band made up of guitarist Robbie Robertson, organist Garth Hudson, bassist Rick Danko, pianist Richard Manual and drummer Levon Helm. They will become known simply as The Band. 1965, The Rolling Stones played at The ABC Regal in Chester, […]

Today in Rock History – September 29th

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1967, Working at Abbey Road in London, The Beatles mixed the new John Lennon song “I Am the Walrus” which included the sound of a radio being tuned through numerous stations, coming to rest on a BBC production of William Shakespeare’s “King Lear.”  Next, they completed “Your Mother Should Know,” with John playing organ, and […]

Today in Rock History – September 24th

1965, Bob Dylan played the first night on a 36 date North American tour at Austin Municipal Auditorium in Austin, Texas. 1966, Jimi Hendrix arrived in London with manager Chas chandler on a flight from New York City. With only the clothes he was wearing, Hendrix had sold his other belongings to pay a hotel […]

Today in Rock History – September 22nd

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1965, San Francisco band The Great Society, featuring Grace Slick and her husband Darby, make their live debut at The Coffee Gallery, North Beach, California. 1967, The Doors appeared on the Murray the K show on WPIX-TV in New York City performing “People Are Strange” and “Light My Fire.” 1968  Madame Tussaud’s Wax Museum gives […]