Today in Rock History – April 12th

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1968, Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention play the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences dinner in New York. Zappa tells the audience, “All year long you people have manufactured this crap, now for one night you’re gonna have to listen to it!” 1969, The 5th Dimension started a six week run at […]

Today in Rock History – November 13th

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1964, Decca Records released The Rolling Stones’ Little Red Rooster. Written by Willie Dixon (as The Red Rooster), and previously recorded by Howlin’ Wolf and Sam Cooke, the single was recorded at Chess Studios in Chicago. The single was a No.1 hit in the UK and remains the only time a blues song has ever […]

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 – September 14th

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1967, The Jimi Hendrix Experience appeared on UK music show Top Of The Pops. 1967, Filming continued for The Beatles ‘Magical Mystery Tour’ in South West England. The Beatles searched for a quiet, secluded field in which they could conduct filming but once they’d disembarked from the bus and set up for shooting, scores of […]

Today in Rock History – August 26th

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1965, The Byrds appeared at the Hollywood Palladium, Hollywood, California. 1965, Sonny & Cher were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘I Got You Babe’, the duo’s only UK No.1. Sonny Bono was inspired to write the song to capitalize on the popularity of the term “babe,” as heard in Bob Dylan’s ‘It […]

Today in Rock History – August 21st

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1965, The Rolling Stones started a three week run at No.1 on the album chart with ‘Out Of Our Heads’ the group’s first No.1 album. 1965, During a 17 date UK tour, The Who played at the Palais in Bournemouth. 1966, On their last ever US tour The Beatles performed in two cities due to […]

Today in Rock History – August 16th

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1965, David Jones” official stage name became David Bowie. 1966, During a US tour The Beatles appeared at the John F. Kennedy Stadium, Philadelphia playing their set during a huge electric storm. 1966, The Byrds played the fist of two nights at the Fillmore Auditorium, San Francisco, California. 1968, The Jackson Five made their formal […]

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. Sharing the bill with The Beatles; Brenda Holloway, The King Curtis Band, The Young Rascals and Sounds Incorporated. The Beatles were paid $160,000 for […]

Today in Rock History – August 8th

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1969, The photo session for the cover of The Beatles ‘Abbey Road’ album took place on the crossing outside Abbey Road studios. Photographer Iain McMillan, balanced on a step-ladder in the middle of the road took six shots of John, Ringo, Paul, and George walking across the zebra crossing while a policeman held up the […]

Today in Rock History – July 9th

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1967, On a tour supporting The Monkees, The Jimi Hendrix Experience appear at the Convention Hall, Miami, Florida. After it becomes plainly apparent that the group is not suited to teenybopper audiences, the tour’s promoter Dick Clark and Hendrix’s manager Chas Chandler concoct a story saying that the conservative Daughters of the American Revolution group […]

Today in Rock History – May 21st

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1967, Jimi Hendrix signed with Reprise Records on the US Warner Brothers label. They released the guitarist’s albums ‘Are You Experienced?’, ‘Axis: Bold as Love’ and ‘Electric Ladyland’. 1968, The Monkees appeared at The Olympia Stadium, Salt Lake City. 1968, Rolling Stone Brian Jones appeared at Great Marlborough Street Magistrates court, London on a charge […]

Today in Rock History – May 16th

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1966, The Beach Boys released the album ‘Pet Sounds.’ The album is now regarded as the masterpiece of composer-producer Brian Wilson, and is often hailed as one of the best and most influential albums in popular music. 1966, Dylan’s iconic Blonde On Blonde album was released, reaching No.9 in the US charts and No.3 in […]

Today in Rock History – May 15th

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1967, Paul McCartney met American photographer Linda Eastman for the first time, during a Georgie Fame concert at the Bag O’Nails nightclub in London, England. They married on March 12, 1969. 1968, George Harrison and Ringo Starr attended the premiere of ‘Wonderwall’ at the Cannes Film Festival. 1968, At a press conference, Paul McCartney and […]

Today in Rock History – May 4th

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1968, Steppenwolf make their first appearance on American Bandstand. 1968, Mary Hopkin won her heat on the ITV talent show ‘Opportunity Knocks’. She later signed with The Beatles owned Apple Records, Paul McCartney produced her UK No.1 single ‘Those Were The Days’, which also made No. 2 in the US. Hopkin later married record producer […]