Today in Rock History – June 21th

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1967, Jimi Hendrix and the Jefferson Airplane perform at San Francisco’s Fillmore. 1968, The Who appeared at Durham University, Durham, England. 1969, Young David Bowie signs with Mercury Records. The label has to wait three years for him to produce a successful follow-up to “Space Oddity.” 1969, Jimi Hendrix plays the Newport Jazz Festival for […]

Today in Rock History – June 15th

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1967, Guitarist Peter Green quit the John Mayall Band. He went on to be a founding member of Fleetwood Mac. 1968, The Soft Machine appeared at the Grande Ballroom in Detroit, Michigan. 1968, Today John and Yoko plant their acorns outside Coventry Cathedral in England to help promote peace. 1968, Pink Floyd performed two shows […]

Today in Rock History – June 13th

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1967, The Bee Gees appeared live on the UK TV show As You Like It. The group were promoting their debut single “New York Mining Disaster 1941.” 1968, Quicksilver Messenger Service and The Hallucinations performed at Boston Tea Party in Boston, Massachusetts. 1969, The Rolling Stones held a photo call in Hyde Park to introduce new […]

Today in Rock History – June 12th

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1964, The Beatles arrived in Adelaide, Australia and were greeted by an estimated 250,000 fans, who lined the ten mile route from the airport to the city centre. The group gave their first four shows in Australia at the Centennial Hall, Adelaide over two nights, playing: I Saw Her Standing There, I Want To Hold […]

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 5th

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1968, The Jimi Hendrix Experience appeared on the Dusty Springfield TV show filmed on ATV, in London, England. Hendrix performed “Stone Free” and “Voodoo Chile,” and then played a version of “Mockingbird” with Dusty Springfield. 1968, Senator and presidential candidate Robert Kennedy is shot and killed by Sirhan Sirhan in Los Angeles. The next day, […]

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 – May 6th

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1965, In their Clearwater, Florida hotel room, Mick Jagger and Keith Richards worked out the opening guitar riff of “Satisfaction,” following Richard’s purchase of a Gibson fuzz-box earlier that day. 1966, The Who appeared at the Top Hat Ballroom in Lisburn, Northern Ireland. 1966, Working at Abbey Road studios in London, The Beatles recorded overdubs […]

Today in Rock History – March 29th

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1967, During a European tour The Rolling Stones appeared at the Bremen-Stadthalle in Germany. Also on the tour, The Easybeats and The Creation. 1967, Working at Abbey Road studios The Beatles finished recording “Good Morning Good Morning.” They then started work on a new song “With a Little Help From My Friends,” (originally titled “Bad […]

Today in Rock History – March 21st

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1965, The Who appeared at the Trade Union Hall, Watford, England. 1965, After “I Want To Hold Your Hand” had held the No.1 position on the US singles chart for seven weeks, The Beatles started a two-week run at No.1 with “She Loves You.” 1967, Jimi Hendrix performed at Speakeasy in London. 1969, John Lennon […]

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 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 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 […]

Today in Rock History – November 16th

1968, The Jimi Hendrix Experience went to No.1 on the album chart with ‘Electric Ladyland’. The double album included ‘Crosstown Traffic,’ ‘Voodoo Chile’ and ‘All Along the Watchtower’ and featured guest appearances by Dave Mason, Steve Winwood and Al Kooper. 1968, Led Zeppelin played their first ever show in the north of England when they […]

Today in Rock History – October 25th

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1964, The Rolling Stones appeared for the first time on The Ed Sullivan Show from New York, performing “Around And Around” and ‘Time Is On My Side.” A riot breaks out in the studio, prompting Sullivan’s infamous quote, “I promise you they’ll never be back on our show again.” The Rolling Stones went on to […]