Today in Rock History – June 20th

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1966, The Beatles release their album Yesterday & Today, featuring the band wearing butcher’s aprons on the front cover surrounded by decapitated baby dolls. At the time, some of the Beatles defended the use of the Butcher photograph. John Lennon said that it was “as relevant as Vietnam” and McCartney said that their critics were […]

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 – May 5th

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1966, The Who performed at Town Hall in Kidderminster, West Midlands, England. 1968, Buffalo Springfield split up. Richie Fury formed Poco and Stephen Stills teamed up with David Crosby (The Byrds) and Graham Nash (The Hollies) to create Crosby Stills & Nash. They played a show at the Long Beach (California) Arena. 1968, Pink Floyd […]

Today in Rock History – April 14th

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1969, The recording of ‘The Ballad Of John and Yoko’ took place, with just two Beatles, Paul McCartney and John Lennon. Paul played bass, drums and piano with John on guitars and lead vocals. The song was banned from many radio stations as being blasphemous. On some stations, the word ‘Christ’ was edited in backwards […]

Stellar Rock Sequential Trilogies

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On my WMXM show Wednesday, I went with Stellar Rock & Roll Sequential Trilogies as the theme of the day. The inspiration came from my good friend Otis Jones who sent out an email to our group of music-loving friends from North Carolina (and now VA, OR, AZ, and me up in Illinois.) He implored […]

Today in Rock History – January 16th

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1964, The Dave Clark Five were at number one on the singles chart with “Glad All Over,” the group’s only chart topper. 1964, The Beatles played two shows at the Olympia Theatre, Paris, France, the first of an 18-night engagement. The first show was attended mostly by Paris’ top society members, all dressed in formal […]

Today in Rock History – December 16th

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1965, Released as a double A-side The Beatles “Day Tripper / We Can Work It Out,” became their ninth UK number one, and their third Christmas chart topper in a row. The single was a US number one in January 1966. 1966, Pink Floyd appeared at a prohibition themed dance, the AA Students Christmas Carnival, […]

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 4th

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1966, The Byrds played the first of a 13 night run at The Village Gate, New York City. 1967, A 10-date package tour of the UK kicked off at London’s Finsbury Park, featuring Traffic, The Young Rascals, Vanilla Fudge, Art and Keith West. 1968, On the first night of a UK club tour Led Zeppelin […]

Today in Rock History – October 3rd

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1967, American singer, songwriter Woody Guthrie died after suffering from Huntington’s Chorea disease. Guthrie was a major influence on Bob Dylan and American folk music. The 70’s film ‘Bound For Glory’ is based on his life. His best-known song is ‘This Land Is Your Land’, which is regularly sung in American schools. 1967, James Brown […]

Today in Rock History – September 19th

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1969, Creedence Clearwater Revival scored their only No.1 single with “Bad Moon Rising” Also on this day the group started a four-week run at No.1 on the album chart with Green River. 1969, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young performed at the Fillmore East in New York. 1969, Child, featuring Bruce Springsteen played the first of […]

Today in Rock History – August 22nd

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1964, The Supremes started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with “Where Did Our Love Go” the girl group’s first No.1. Holland–Dozier–Holland had originally composed the song for The Marvelettes to record it who rejected the song, thinking it childish. 1965, The Beatles, on tour in North America, performed two […]

Today in Rock History – August 15th

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1965, The Beatles set a new world record for the largest attendance at a pop concert when they played in front of 55,600 fans at Shea Stadium in New York City. Also on the bill were Brenda Holloway, The King Curtis Band, The Young Rascals and Sounds Incorporated. The Beatles were paid $160,000 for the […]

Today in Rock History – August 2nd

1969, Bob Dylan learns you can’t go home again when he attends his high school reunion in Hibbing, Minn. He and his wife, Sara, leave after a drunk tries to pick a fight. The same day his track “Lay Lady Lay” enters the top 40. 1971, Creedence Clearwater Revival kicked off a 10 date US […]

Today in Rock History – July 21st

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1967, The Jimi Hendrix Experience played the first of three nights at the Cafe-a-Go-Go in New York City. 1968, The Who appeared at Virginia Beach Dome in Virginia Beach, Virginia. 1969,  The Beatles started work on the John Lennon song “Come Together” at Abbey Road studios in London. The track became the opening song on […]