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

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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 […]

Today in Rock History – May 25th

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1965, Blues harmonica player, singer and songwriter, Sonny Boy Williamson died in his sleep. Van Morrison, Aerosmith, The Who, The Animals, Yardbirds and Moody Blues all covered his songs. According to the Led Zeppelin biography Hammer of the Gods, touring the UK in the 60′s, Sonny Boy set his hotel room on fire while trying […]

Today in Rock History – April 22nd

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1965, The Beatles were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Ticket To Ride.’ Taken from the film Help! it was the group’s seventh UK No.1. 1966, “Wild Thing” by The Troggs (who were originally called The Troglodytes) was released in the U.S. on both the Atco and Fontana labels. The song went on […]

Today in Rock History – April 7th

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1966, Working at Abbey Road studios in London, The Beatles recorded overdubs on the new John Lennon song “Tomorrow Never Knows” and the new Paul McCartney song “Got to Get You Into My Life” for the forthcoming Revolver album. 1967, Pink Floyd played at the Floral Hall in Belfast, Northern Ireland. 1967, Jimi Hendrix performed […]

Today in Rock History – April 6th

Syd Barrett

1968, Pink Floyd announced founder Syd Barrett had officially left the group. Barrett was suffering from psychiatric disorders compounded by drug use. 1968, Simon and Garfunkel went to No.1 on the album chart with The Graduate. 1968, The Troggs played at the Grande Ballroom in Detroit, Michigan. 1968, The Beatles Apple Corps Ltd. record company, management […]

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 […]