Today in Rock History – February 6th

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1958, George Harrison joined Liverpool group The Quarrymen. The group who were named after Lennon”s school featured John Lennon, Paul McCartney, Len Garry, Eric Griffiths and John Lowe. 1965, The Righteous Brothers started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with the Phil Spector produced “You”ve Lost That Lovin” Feelin.” The […]

Today in Rock History – December 3rd

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1964, The Rolling Stones had their second UK No.1 single with their version of “Little Red Rooster”. The Stones had recorded the song at Chess Studios in Chicago, the same studios where Howlin” Wolf, Muddy Waters and Little Walter had recorded their blues classics. 1965, Rolling Stone Keith Richards was knocked unconscious by an electric […]

Today in Rock History – November 4th

THE BEATLES

1963, The Beatles topped the bill at The Royal Variety Show at The Prince Of Wales Theatre, London. With the Queen Mother and Princess Margaret in the audience, this was the night when John Lennon made his famous remark “In the cheaper seats you clap your hands. The rest of you, just rattle your jewelery”. […]

Today in Rock History – October 25th

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1964, The Rolling Stones appeared for the first time on The Ed Sullivan Show from New York, performing “Around And Around” and ‘Time Is On My Side.” A riot breaks out in the studio, prompting Sullivan’s infamous quote, “I promise you they’ll never be back on our show again.” The Rolling Stones went on to […]

Today in Rock History – October 19th

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1966, The Yardbirds arrived in New York for their first US tour with Jeff Beck and Jimmy Page on lead guitars. After two dates of the tour, Beck developed acute tonsillitis and quit the group. He would go on to form The Jeff Beck Group, that gave Rod Stewart his first major exposure. 1967, The […]

Today in Rock History – September 23rd

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1966, The ‘Rolling Stones 66′ 12 date UK tour kicked off at the Royal Albert Hall London. Supported by The Yardbirds, Ike and Tina Turner and Peter Jay and the New Jaywalkers. Both Keith Moon and John Entwistle from The Who were in the audience. 1967, Making their UK live debut, The Mothers Of Invention […]

Today in Rock History – September 21st

Deep-Purple

1968, Deep Purple made No.4 on the US singles chart with their debut single ‘Hush’ 1968, Jeannie C Riley went to No.1 on the singles chart with ‘Harper Valley PTA’. Jeannie won a Grammy for the best female country singer of 68. 1968, Madame Tussaud’s Waxworks in London gave The Beatles their fifth image change […]

Today in Rock History – July 18th

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1968, Working at Abbey Road studios The Beatles recorded ‘Cry Baby Cry’ and ‘Helter Skelter.’ One take of ‘Helter Skelter’ lasted 27′ 11”, the longest Beatle recording ever. 1968, The Grateful Dead release Anthem of the Sun. Their second album fails to chart. 1969, During sessions at Abbey Road studios, London, Ringo Starr recorded his […]

Today in Rock History – July 17th

John-Coltrane

1967, American jazz saxophonist and composer John Coltrane died from liver cancer at Huntington Hospital in Long Island, New York, aged 40. Worked with Miles Davis, Dizzy Gillespie. Released the 1964 album ‘A Love Supreme’. 1967, The Who performed at the Agrodome, Vancouver, Canada. 1967, The Beatles single ‘All You Need Is Love’ / ‘Baby […]

Today in Rock History – July 10th

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1965, The Rolling Stones started a four week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction’, the group’s first chart-topper there. In the UK, the song was initially played only on pirate radio stations because its lyrics were considered too sexually suggestive. 1968, Eric Clapton announced that Cream would […]

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 7th

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1968, Fleetwood Mac, Grateful Dead and Jefferson Airplane all appeared for the first of a three night run at the Carousel Ballroom, San Francisco, California. 1969, Supergroup Blind Faith, featuring Eric Clapton, Ginger Baker and Steve Winwood made their live debut at a free concert in London’s Hyde Park. 1969, Keith Richards and his partner […]

Today in Rock History – June 1st

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1966, During a 12-hour session at Abbey Road studios, The Beatles added overdubs on ‘Yellow Submarine’, with John Lennon blowing bubbles in a bucket of water and shouting “Full speed ahead Mister Captain!” Roadie Mal Evans played on a bass drum strapped to his chest, marching around the studio with The Beatles following behind (conga-line […]

Today in Rock History – May 19th

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1973, Stevie Wonder went to No.1 on the singles chart with ‘You Are The Sunshine Of My Life’. His third No.1, 1973, Paul Simon released the single ‘Kodachrome’ which became a hit in the US, but was banned from airplay in the UK because it contained a brand name. 1974, The Grateful Dead performed at […]

Today in Rock History – May 18th

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1967, The Beatles were selected to represent the UK for the first-ever global-wide satellite broadcast. The group agreed to be shown in the studio recording a song written especially for the occasion, scheduled for June 25. John Lennon wrote ’All You Need is Love’ which was thought to sum up the 1967 ‘summer of love’ […]