Today in Rock History – January 27th

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1962, The Beatles appeared at Aintree Institute in Aintree, Liverpool. The group had played here many times before but this was their last performance at the venue. Brian Epstein became infuriated when the promoter paid The Beatles’ fee of £15 ($24) with handfuls of loose change. Epstein took this as an insult to the group, […]

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 22nd

1964, The Yardbirds, featuring Eric Clapton appeared at The Cavern Club, Liverpool, England. 1965, The Rolling Stones began a 16-date tour of Australia and New Zealand at the Agricultural Hall at Manufacturers Auditorium in Sydney with Roy Orbison, The Newbeats and Ray Columbus and the Invaders. 1965, The Who pre-tape their first appearance on Radio […]

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 9th

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1965, The Beatles started a nine week run at number one on the album chart with Beatles 65, the group’s fourth chart topper. 1965, John Lennon makes a guest appearance on the British satirical TV show Not Only, opposite comedians Peter Cook and Dudley Moore. 1966, The Who played at the Cosmopolitan Club in Carlisle, […]

Song Of The Day by Eric Berman – “Win” by David Bowie

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Song Of The Day by Eric Berman – “Win” by David Bowie Plastic soul…on a plastic record. Shifting gears was nothing new for David Bowie who seemingly shedded skin during the 1970s like others took out the trash. So when Bowie booked time in Philadelphia’s Sigma Sound Studios during a two-week break during the Diamond […]

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 28th

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1968, The three day Miami Pop Festival took place, the first major rock festival held on the East Coast of the US, with Chuck Berry, The McCoys, Joni Mitchell, Fleetwood Mac, Marvin Gaye, The Turtles, The Box Tops, Steppenwolf, Three Dog Night, Pacific Gas and Electric, Procol Harum, Canned Heat, Iron Butterfly and The Grateful […]

Today in Rock History – December 25th

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1964, The Supremes, Marvin Gaye, The Temptations, The Miracles, Stevie Wonder and The Marvelettes all appeared at The Fox Theatre, Brooklyn, New York. 1964, The Beatles, recorded six songs for the BBC radio program Saturday Club in London, “Rock and Roll Music,” “I’m a Loser,” “Everybody’s Trying to Be My Baby,” “I Feel Fine,” “Kansas […]

Today in Rock History – December 24th

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1965, The Beatles had the number one album in the US for the third Christmas in a row. Rubber Soul sat atop the LP chart in 1965, following Beatles For Sale in 1964 and With The Beatles in 1963. The Fab Four would repeat this feat again in 1968 with The Beatles (The White Album) […]

Today in Rock History – December 17th

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1963, James Carroll at WWDC in Washington, DC, became the first disc jockey to broadcast a Beatles record on American radio. Carroll played “I Want To Hold Your Hand,” which he had obtained from his stewardess girlfriend, who brought the single back from the UK. Due to listener demand, the song was played daily, every […]

Today in Rock History – December 12th

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1966, Pink Floyd make their first ever appearance at the Royal Albert Hall. Their would play the RAH three more times, with the last performance there in 1970. 1966, Jimi Hendrix performs at the RamJam Club in London. 1967, Rolling Stone Brian Jones was given 3 years probation and a £1,000 ($1,600) fine for drug […]

Today in Rock History – December 11th

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1964, Soul singer Sam Cooke was shot dead at the Hacienda Motel in Los Angeles, California. Bertha Franklin, manager of the motel, told police that she shot and killed Cooke in self-defense because he had attacked her. Police found Cooke’s body in Franklin’s apartment-office, clad only in a sports jacket and shoes, but no shirt, […]

Today in Rock History – December 2nd

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1967, The Monkees album, Pisces, Aquarius, Capricorn and Jones Ltd went to number one on the album chart. It was their fourth album to sell over a million copies, following The Monkees, More Of The Monkees and Headquarters. 1967, Pink Floyd play at The Dome in Brighton, England 1969, George Harrison joins Delaney & Bonnie […]