Today in Rock History – March 14th

1964, For the first time in British recording history, all Top Ten singles in the UK were by British acts. No.1 was ‘Anyone Who Had A Heart’ by Cilla Black, No.2 – ‘Bits and Pieces’ by The Dave Clark Five, No.3 – ‘Little Children’ by Billy J Kramer, No.4 – ‘Diane’ by The Bachelors, No.5 […]

Today in Rock History – March 1st

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1967, Working at Abbey Road studios, London, The Beatles started recording a new song John Lennon song “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds.” 1968, Elton John’s first single “I’ve Been Loving You Too Long” was released on the Phillips label.  It didn’t chart. 1968, The Hollies played at the Civic Center in Virginia Beach, Virginia. […]

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 clowns nose, while another a fake gorilla’s paw on his bow hand. Others were wearing funny […]

Today in Rock History – January 18th

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1964, The Beatles made their US chart debut when “I Want To Hold Your Hand” entered the chart at No.45 just ten days after its release, making it the fastest-breaking and the fastest selling single in Capitol Records history. It went on to spend seven weeks at the No.1 position. 1965, The Rolling Stones recorded […]

Today in Rock History – January 9th

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1965, The Beatles started a nine week run at number one on the album chart with Beatles 65, the group’s fourth chart topper. 1965, John Lennon makes a guest appearance on the British satirical TV show Not Only, opposite comedians Peter Cook and Dudley Moore. 1966, The Who played at the Cosmopolitan Club in Carlisle, […]

Today in Rock History – January 4th

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1967, The Jimi Hendrix Experience played the first of what would be over 240 gigs in this year (many were two per night) 1967, The Doors released their self-titled debut album The Doors. Unique packaging of the album included each band members bio. 1968, The University of California, Los Angeles announced that students taking music […]

Today in Rock History – December 29th

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1966, The Jimi Hendrix Experience made their debut on the UK TV show Top Of The Pops performing “Hey Joe.” 1966, Working at Abbey Road studios, London, Paul McCartney began work on his new song “Penny Lane,”recording six takes of keyboard tracks and various percussion effects. The song’s title is derived from the name of […]

Today in Rock History – December 22nd

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1966,  Pink Floyd played the first of of 11 gigs at The Marquee Club. They had appeared there earlier in the year, but only as a support act. 1967, The Jimi Hendrix Experience, Pink Floyd, The Who, Keith West and Tomorrow, Eric Burdon & The Animals, 1984 (featuring future Queen guitarist Brian May) and Soft […]

Today in Rock History – December 19th

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1964, The Beatles fourth album Beatles For Sale started a seven-week run at number one on the UK album charts. Recorded when Beatlemania was just at its peak Beatles for Sale‘ was The Beatles’ fourth album in just 21 months. 1964, The Supremes scored their third number one single of the year when “Come See About Me,’ went […]

Today in Rock History – November 30th

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1963, The Beatles second album With The Beatles became the first million selling album by a group in the UK. 1968, Glen Campbell started a five-week run at number one on the album chart with “Wichita Lineman.” 1969, Pink Floyd performed at the Lyceum Ballroom along the Strand in London. Supported by Audience and Cub’s […]

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 – November 23rd

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1964, The Rolling Stones are banned from the BBC for unprofessionalism after showing up late for appearances on the radio shows Top Gear and Saturday Club. 1965, Dave Clark Five perform at Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto. 1965, Marc Bolan appeared live on the UK TV show Five O’Clock Funfair, performing “The Wizard.” 1967, The […]

Today in Rock History – November 22nd

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1963, The Beatles released their second album With The Beatles, which spent 51 weeks on the UK charts. 1963, President John F. Kennedy is shot in Dallas, Texas as his motorcade passes through downtown. He is pronounced dead at Parkland Medical Center. 1964, The Who appeared at the Goldhawk Social Club in London. 1965, Bob […]

Today in Rock History – November 21st

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1965, The Rolling Stones perform at Will Rogers Auditorium in Fort Worth, Texas. 1967, The Who begin their first headlining tour of the U.S. at the Civic Auditorium in Fargo, North Dakota with supporting act the Unbelievable Uglies. The Mayor of Fargo accuses the Who of inciting the teen audience with their instrument-destroying behavior and […]

Song of the Day by Eric Berman – “Take Me to the Pilot” by Elton John

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Song of the Day by Eric Berman – “Take Me to the Pilot” by Elton John Happy 44th birthday to this performance! I play Elton John’s 11/17/70 album every year on this day as it certainly captures him at his near best…especially on “Take Me to the Pilot,” today’s Song of the Day by Eric […]