Today in Rock History – October 17th

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1964, Manfred Mann started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with “Do Wah Diddy Diddy,” possibly the first No.1 with a nonsense song title. Also a No.1 in the UK, the song was first released by the US group The Exciters. 1967, A 10-date package tour of the UK played […]

Today in Rock History – October 15th

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1966, Pink Floyd (who were paid £15 for the gig), The Move, Denny Laine, and Soft Machine all appeared at the launch for International Times at London’s Roundhouse. 1966, The Four Tops started a two week run at number one on the singles chart with “Reach Out And I’ll Be There.” 1967, Cream played at […]

Today in Rock History – October 13th

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1965, The Who recorded “My Generation,” at Pye studios, London. When released as a single it reached number two on the UK chart, held off the top position by The Seekers “The Carnival Is Over.” Roger Daltrey would later say that he stuttered the lyrics to try to fit them to the music. The BBC […]

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

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Song Of The Day by Eric Berman – “Five Years” by David Bowie I never get tired of this guy and he’s been a favorite of mine since the early 1970s…and look how friggin’ young he is in this clip! Today’s Song of the Day by Eric Berman features a clip of David Bowie from […]

Today in Rock History – October 11th

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1962, The Beatles made their first appearance on the UK singles chart with “Love Me Do,” which peaked at number four. 1964, The Who performed at Wolsey Hall, Cheshunt, England. 1967, The Doors appeared at Danbury High School, Danbury, Connecticut. Before the group came on stage, an announcer told the audience not to leave their […]

Today in Rock History – October 9th

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1965, The Beatles started a four week run at No.1 on the singles chart with the Paul McCartney ballad “Yesterday,” giving the group their tenth No.1. It was never released as a single in the UK until 1976. 1967, Jimi Hendrix performed at The Olympia Theatre in Paris. 1969, Yes appeared at Grugahalle, Essen, Germany. […]

Today in Rock History – October 8th

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1964, Working at Abbey Road studios in London, The Beatles recorded their next single “She’s a Woman” in seven takes, plus overdubs, recording the song from start to finish in five hours. 1964, Roy Orbison was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with “Oh Pretty Woman,” his third UK No.1. The title was inspired […]

Today in Rock History – September 27th

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1964, The Beach Boys made their TV debut on The Ed Sullivan Show on US TV where they performed “I Get Around” and “Wendy.” 1967,  The Beatles recorded various parts for the new John Lennon song “I Am The Walrus” and the new Paul McCartney song “Fool On The Hill.” 1968, The Velvet Underground performed […]

Today in Rock History – September 25th

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1965, The Beatles cartoon series premiered on ABC TV in the US. The first story was titled I Want To Hold Your Hand and had the group exploring the ocean floor in a diving bell where they met a lovesick octopus. 1967, The Beatles began recording the new Paul McCartney song “The Fool on the […]

Today in Rock History – September 24th

1965, Bob Dylan played the first night on a 36 date North American tour at Austin Municipal Auditorium in Austin, Texas. 1966, Jimi Hendrix arrived in London with manager Chas chandler on a flight from New York City. With only the clothes he was wearing, Hendrix had sold his other belongings to pay a hotel […]

Today in Rock History – September 22nd

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1965, San Francisco band The Great Society, featuring Grace Slick and her husband Darby, make their live debut at The Coffee Gallery, North Beach, California. 1967, The Doors appeared on the Murray the K show on WPIX-TV in New York City performing “People Are Strange” and “Light My Fire.” 1968  Madame Tussaud’s Wax Museum gives […]

Today in Rock History – September 20th

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1968, Led Zeppelin (working under the name of The Yardbirds) started recording their debut album at Olympic Studios, Barnes, London, England. The album took only about 36 hours of studio time to complete at a cost of around £1,782, with most of the tracks being recorded “live” in the studio with very few overdubs. 1969, […]

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 […]

Song Of The Day by Eric Berman – “Sucker” by Mott The Hoople

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Song Of The Day by Eric Berman – “Sucker” by Mott The Hoople Mott The Hoople was a British pub rock group consisting of Ian Hunter on vocals, guitar and piano, Mick Ralphs on guitar and vocals, Verden Allen on organ and vocals, Pete Overend Watts on bass and Dale “Buffin” Griffin on drums. By […]

Today in Rock History – September 13th

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1965, The Paul McCartney song “Yesterday” was released as a Beatles single. 1967, The Beatles formed an electronics company called Fiftyshapes, Ltd. appointing John Alexis Mardas (Magic Alex) to be the company’s director. Alex claimed he could build a 72-track tape machine, instead of the 4-track at Abbey Road (this never materialized). One of his […]