Today in Rock History – December 11th

Sam Cooke

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 – November 28th

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1963, “She Loves You” by The Beatles returned to number one for the second time on the UK singles chart. 1964, The Shangri-Las went to number one on the singles chart with the teen death song “Leader Of The Pack.” 1967, The Beatles recorded their last fan club record as a group, “Christmas Time Is […]

Today in Rock History – October 20th

1967, Davy Jones of The Monkees opened his own boutique in Greenwich Village named Zilch. 1968, Cream and Deep Purple appeared at the San Diego Sports Arena, San Diego, California. 1969, The Who begin a six-night stand at the Fillmore East in New York accompanied by the Joshua Light Show. After the show Bill Graham throws […]

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 21st

1968, Deep Purple made No.4 on the US singles chart with their debut single “Hush.”‘ 1968, Jeannie C Riley went to No.1 on the singles chart with “Harper Valley PTA.” Jeannie won a Grammy for the best female country singer of 1968. 1968, Madame Tussaud’s Waxworks in London gave The Beatles their fifth image change […]

Today in Rock History – August 25th

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1967, Brian Wilson returned to performing live with The Beach Boys in Honolulu after a two year hiatus. The group had just released “Heroes and Villains.” 1967, Bobbie Gentry started a four week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with “Ode To Billy Joe,” a No.13 hit in the UK. The song generated […]

Today in Rock History – August 20th

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1965, The Rolling Stones’ manager Andrew Loog Oldham and his partner Tony Calder launched Immediate records. Their first release was The McCoy’s “Hang On Sloopy.” Mick Jagger, Eric Clapton and Nico  all attended the launch party. The label became the home of The Small Faces, The Nice, Amen Corner and Chris Farlowe and a young […]

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 10th

Deep-Purple

1968, Deep Purple, Tyrannosaurus Rex, Ten Years After, The Nice, Ginger Baker and Arthur Brown all appeared at the National Jazz & Blues Festival, Kempton Park Racecourse, Sunbury On Thames, England. 1968, Jimi Hendrix played at the Auditorium Theatre in Chicago. 1968, Tom Jones went to No.1 on the album chart with Delilah. 1969, During a […]

Today in Rock History – July 19th

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1967, Elvis Presley was working on his latest movie Speedway, co-starring Nancy Sinatra at the MGM Soundstage, Hollywood, California. It was Presley’s twenty-seventh film. 1967, The Who played at Patio Gardens in Farmington, Utah. 1967, The Beatles were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with “All You Need Is Love” the group’s 12th UK […]

Today in Rock History – July 18th

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1968, Working at Abbey Road studios The Beatles recorded ‘Cry Baby Cry’ and ‘Helter Skelter.’ One take of ‘Helter Skelter’ lasted 27′ 11”, the longest Beatle recording ever. 1968, The Grateful Dead release Anthem of the Sun. Their second album fails to chart. 1969, During sessions at Abbey Road studios, London, Ringo Starr recorded his […]

Today in Rock History – June 29th

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1968, A free concert was held in London’s Hyde Park with Pink Floyd, Jethro Tull, Tyrannosaurus Rex and Roy Harper. This afternoon concert was the first free festival to be held in Hyde Park. The concert was held to coincide with the release of Pink Floyd’s second album, A Saucerful of Secrets. 1968, The Jeff […]

Today in Rock History – June 11th

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1966, The Rolling Stones started a two week run at No.1 on the singles chart with “Paint It Black,” the group’s third No.1 single. 1966, European radio stations mistakenly report that The Who’s lead singer Roger Daltrey is dead. Actually, it was guitarist Pete Townshend who had been injured in a car accident a few […]

Today in Rock History – June 8th

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1967, The Beatles Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band went to No.1. Costing $42,500 to produce, the album was recorded over 700 hours of studio time. It was also the first album to print the lyrics on the sleeve. The album spent 27 weeks at No.1 on the chart. 1967, Procol Harum went at No.1 on […]

Today in Rock History – June 3rd

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1967, The Doors “Light My Fire” was released in the US, it went on to be No.1 on the singles chart two months later. 1967, Aretha Franklin went to No.1 on the US singles chart with her version of the Otis Redding hit “Respect.” A No.10 hit on the UK chart. 1967, Jefferson Airplane appear […]