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 23nd

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1964, The Searchers were at number one on the singles chart with the Sonny Bono song “Needles And Pins.” 1965, The Who play the Corn Exchange at Chelmsford and then an all-night rave at the Club Noreik in Tottenham. Opening for The Who at the all-night rave is The Muleskinners featuring future Small Faces’ keyboardist, […]

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 20th

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1967, Jimi Hendrix performed at Haverstock Hill Country Club in London. 1967, The Monkees TV show was shown for the first time in the UK. 1968, Fleetwood Mac, The Move, The Crazy World Of Arthur Brown and Fairport Convention (pictured, right) all appeared at the Roundhouse Chalk Farm in London. 1968, The Who play at […]

Today in Rock History – January 17th

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1964, The Rolling Stones released their first EP, which included, “You Better Move On,” “Poison Ivy,” “Bye Bye Johnny,” and “Money.” It peaked at number 15 on the UK chart. 1966, NBC-TV  bought The Monkees series, placing it on their 1966 autumn schedule. 1967, The Daily Mail ran the story about a local council survey […]

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 10th

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1964, The first US Beatles album, Introducing The Beatles, was released on Vee-Jay records. The album cover showed John, Paul and George with their now famous “mop top” haircuts, but Ringo had yet to convert. Vee-Jay would be forced to stop selling the disc by the end of the year because of legal complications, but […]

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 3rd

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1969, Appearing live on The Lulu Show on UK TV, Jimi Hendrix was booked to perform two songs, Voodoo Child, which is performed in its entirety. Then, he stopped midway through the performance his new single “Hey Joe,”  announcing, “We’d like to stop playing this rubbish and dedicate this song to The Cream.” The Experience […]

Today in Rock History – December 31st

1966, The Monkees started a 7-week run at No.1 on the singles charts with the Neil Diamond song ‘I’m A Believer’. 1966, Ray Charles appeared at the City Center Arena in Seattle Washington, tickets cost $4.50 on the door. 1966, The Move, Pink Floyd, and The Who appeared at the New Year’s Eve All Night […]

Today in Rock History – December 27th

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1967, The Doors appeared on The Jonathon Winters Show on CBS TV 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 […]

Song of the Day by Eric Berman – Top Albums 2014 from “The Alta Cocher Rocker”

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Song of the Day by Eric Berman – Top Albums 2014 from “The Alta Cocher Rocker” So this is my 34th Top Albums of the Year list and occasionally I go back to the older lists that I still have and see if I am still as enamored about my picks now as I was […]

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 […]