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 […]

Today in Rock History – January 29th

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1964, The Beatles spent the day at Pathe Marconi Studios in Paris, France, The Beatles’ only studio recording session for EMI held outside the UK. They recorded new vocals for “She Loves You,” “I Want to Hold Your Hand,” and “Can’t Buy Me Love,” after EMI’s West German branch persuaded Brian Epstein that they would […]

Today in Rock History – January 28th

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1965, The Moody Blues were at No.1 on the singles chart with “Go Now!” 1965, The Who made their first appearance on UK TV show Ready Steady Go! To project the desired image, the hand-picked audience consisted only of teens dressed in the current Mod fashion. 1966, The Cavern Club in Liverpool closes, having run […]

Today in Rock History – January 12th

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1964, The Beatles appeared on the ATV show Sunday Night At The London Palladium performing “I Wanna Hold Your Hand,” “This Boy,” “All My Loving,” “Money,” and “Twist And Shout.” The compare for the evening was Bruce Forsyth. When The Beatles appeared on this show on October 13, 1963, their fee had been £250, now, […]

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, […]