Today in Rock History – January 30th

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1964, The Searchers were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with the Sonny Bono song ‘Needles And Pins’. The group’s second UK No.1 had originally been recorded by Jackie DeShannon 1967, In Kent, England, the Beatles shoot a promotional clip for “Strawberry Fields Forever,” while the Jimi Hendrix Experience are filmed at London’s Saville […]

Today in Rock History – January 23nd

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1964, The Searchers were at No.1 on the singles chart with the Sonny Bono song “Needles And Pins.” 1966, Big Brother & the Holding Company play their first gig on the second day of the Trips Festival at San Francisco’s Longshoreman’s Hall, this show did not include Janis Joplin, who would join the band in […]

Today in Rock History – January 20th

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1967, Jimi Hendrix performed at Haverstock Hill Country Club in London 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, Having been in seclusion since his 1966 motorcycle accident, Bob Dylan tries to build bridges with the folk […]

Today in Rock History – December 13th

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1966, Jimi Hendrix made his British TV debut on ITV’s ‘Ready Steady Go!’ (Marc Bolan was also on the show). The Jimi Hendrix Experience also recorded ‘Foxy Lady’ on this day. The United States version of Are You Experienced listed the song with a spelling mistake as ‘Foxey Lady’ and this is how it is […]

Today in Rock History – September 11th

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1967, Filming began for The Beatles ‘Magical Mystery Tour’. There was no script, nor a very clear idea of exactly what was to be accomplished, not even a clear direction about where the bus was supposed to go. The ‘Magical Mystery Tour’ bus set off for the West Country in England stopping for the night […]

Today in Rock History – August 19th

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1964, The High Numbers, (The Who) played at The Scene in Soho London, England.  1966, During a US tour The Beatles appeared at the Sam Houston Coliseum, playing two shows to over 25,000 fans. Tickets cost $5.00.  1967, The Beatles scored their 14th No.1 single with ‘All You Need Is Love’. Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, […]

Today in Rock History – July 28th

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1965, The Who make their first appearance on British TV’s “Ready Steady Go!” Their managers pack the audience with mods, ensuring a rapturous reception as the band rips through “I Can’t Explain.” 1965, Rolling Stone Charlie Watts buys a 16th century wooden mansion in Sussex, England. His father tells the press, “We can’t understand why […]

Today in Rock History – July 25th

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1965, Bob Dylan plugged in for his headlining set backed by the Butterfield Blues Band at The Newport Folk Festival in Newport, Rhode Island. Folk music ‘purists’ try to boo him off the stage, while the rest of the audience give him an enthusiastic response. 1966, The Rolling Stones play San Francisco. The concert is […]

Song Of The Day by Eric Berman – “Saturday In The Park” by Chicago – 4th Of July Playlist

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          Eric Berman’s ultimate 4th Of July playlist: “This Land Is Your Land” by Woody Guthrie “America The Beautiful” by Ray Charles “Freedom” by Richie Havens “Saturday In The Park” by Chicago “One Time One Night” by Los Lobos “Pink Houses” by John Mellencamp “Rockin’ In The Free World” by Neil […]

Song Of The Day by Eric Berman – “Aire” by Chicago

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By the time of the sessions for their sixth studio album (and seventh overall), Chicago had dozens of hits behind them and had grown restless and unhappy with the concise nature of their previous two records. Sure the albums established the group as a hit making machine, but the band began to feel that their […]

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 17th

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1969,Chicago release their double debut album, Chicago Transit Authority. The real C.T.A. sued. 1969, It was reported that for the first time ever album sales had overtaken single sales in the UK. 49,184,000 albums were produced during 1968 compared with 49,161,000 singles. 1969, Joni Mitchell was featured on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine, on […]

Song Of The Day by Eric Berman – “Poem 58” by Chicago Transit Authority

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The fact that Chicago Transit Authority was the horn band of the late 1960s has obscured the fact that Chicago was also one hell of a guitar band. Proof positive is this somewhat obscure track from their eponymously titled debut album from 1969. (Play the track and continue reading.) This song has it all! The […]

Song Of The Day by Eric Berman – “99 Revolutions” by Green Day – Chicago Concert Review

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Can an artist who has been charged with being a party animal for an arena full of people still be the life of the party after coming off a stint in rehab? That question was answered this evening when Green Day took the stage for their rescheduled 99 Revolutions Tour supporting three recent album releases […]

Song Of The Day by Eric Berman – “Susan” by The Buckinghams

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Transistor radios…beaches…the warmth of the sun…crashing waves…Chicago? Yup! The Bucking hams were the epitome of 1960s sunshine pop with their perfect blend of warm harmonies and sophisticated horn-drenched productions. Their sound was more akin to California than their native Chicago, and they were responsible for a string of perfect pop singles during the late sixties […]