Today in Rock History – February 25th

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1964, The Beatles finished recording their next single “Can’t Buy Me Love,” at Abbey Road studios, London, (they had first recorded the song on 29 January 1964 at Pathe Marconi Studios in Paris). They also recorded the B-side, “You Can’t Do That”and another new song “I Should Have Known Better.” 1965, The Rolling Stones perform […]

Today in Rock History – February 23rd

1965, Filming began on The Beatles follow up to A Hard Days Night on location in the Bahamas with the working title of Eight Arms To Hold You. 1966, During an 11-date tour of Australia and New Zealand The Rolling Stones played the first of four nights at the Palais Theatre, St Kida, Melbourne. 1967, […]

Today in Rock History – February 22nd

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1967, The Beatles record the piano chord used on “A Day in the Life.” David Crosby pops by Abbey Road studios for a visit. 1968, The Who appeared at the Fillmore West in San Francisco. 1968, Genesis releases its first single, “The Silent Sun.” Peter Gabriel and Tony Banks later say they wrote the song […]

Today in Rock History – February 21st

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1964, Three classic British singles were released, The Rolling Stones “Not Fade Away (a UK No.3,) The Hollies “Just One Look” (a UK No.2), and Billy J Kramer’s ‘Little Children’, (a UK No.1) 1964, New York band The Echoes recruited a new young unknown piano player, named Billy Joel. 1967, Pink Floyd started their first […]

Today in Rock History – February 18th

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1965, The Kinks were at No.1 on the singles chart with “Tired Of Waiting For You,” the group’s second No.1. 1965, Working at Abbey Road studios in London, The Beatles recorded two new songs: John Lennon’s “You’ve Got to Hide Your Love Away” and a new Paul McCartney song “Tell Me What You See.” 1966, […]

Today in Rock History – February 17th

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1966, Nancy Sinatra was at No.1 on the singles chart with “These Boots Are Made For Walking,” Frank’s eldest daughters first No.1. 1967, The Beatles started recording a new John Lennon song “Being For the Benefit of Mr. Kite” at Abbey Road studio’s, London. John’s lyrics for the song came almost entirely from an antique […]

Today in Rock History – February 16th

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1964, The Beatles made their second live appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show, exactly one week after the first. Before an audience of 3,500 at the Deauville Hotel in Miami Beach, Florida. 1967, Pink Floyd played at Guildhall in Southampton, Hampshire, England. 1967, Petula Clark was at No.1 on the singles chart with the Charlie […]

Today in Rock History – February 14th

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1967,  Aretha Franklin records a cover of Otis Redding’s “Respect”at Atlantic Studios in New York. It would become a number one US single in June. 1967,  The Doors play the Whisky A Go-Go in Los Angeles. 1967, Jimi Hendrix appeared at Gray’s Club in Tilbury, Essex, England. 1968, Manfred Mann were at No.1 on the […]

Today in Rock History – February 13th

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1965, The Rolling Stones played the last night on a 16-date tour of Australia and New Zealand at the Capital Theatre in Perth. Also appearing on the tour was Roy Orbison, The Newbeats and Ray Columbus and the Invaders. 1967, The Monkees announced that from now on they would be playing on their own recordings […]

Today in Rock History – February 11th

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1963, In less than ten hours, The Beatles record ten new songs for their first album plus four other tracks which would be the next two singles. John Lennon’s vocal on The Isley Brothers “Twist & Shout” was recorded in one take to complete the album. 1964, The Beatles made their live concert debut in […]

Today in Rock History – February 10th

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1967, The Beatles recorded the orchestral build-up for the middle and end of ‘A Day in the Life’. At the Beatles” request, the orchestra members arrived in full evening dress along with novelty items. One violinist wore a red clown”s nose, while another a fake gorilla”s paw on his bow hand. Others were wearing funny […]

Today in Rock History – February 9th

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1964, The Beatles made their US live debut on CBS-TV’s The Ed Sullivan Show. They performed five songs including their current No.1 “I Want To Hold Your Hand,” watched by an estimated 73 million people. The show had received over 50,000 applications for the 728 seats in the TV studio. 1967, Cat Stevens played at […]

Today in Rock History – February 5th

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1967, The Beatles filmed part of the promo clip for ‘Penny Lane’ around the Royal Theatre, Stratford, London and walking up and down Angel Lane. 1967, The News Of The World reported that Mick Jagger had taken LSD at the Moody Blues’ home in the UK. Jagger sued the paper for libel in an on-going […]

Today in Rock History – February 4th

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1966, Bob Dylan and The Band played at the Convention Center in Louisville, Kentucky. This was the first date on a world tour which would become noted as Dylan’s first that used electric instruments, after he had ‘gone electric’ at the 1965 Newport Folk Festival. 1967,  The Rolling Stones’ Between the Buttons enters the U.K. […]

Today in Rock History – February 3rd

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1959, 22 year old Buddy Holly, The Big Bopper and Ritchie Valens, aged 17, died in a crash shortly after take-off from Clear Lake, Iowa, the pilot of the single-engined Beechcraft Bonanza plane was also killed. Holly hired the plane after heating problems developed on his tourbus. All three were traveling to Fargo, North Dakota, for […]