Today in Rock History – November 13th

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1964, Decca Records released The Rolling Stones’ “Little Red Rooster.” Written by Willie Dixon, as The Red Rooster, and previously recorded by Howlin’ Wolf and Sam Cooke, the single was recorded at Chess Studios in Chicago. It was a number one hit in the UK and remains the only time a blues song has ever […]

Today in Rock History – November 11th

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1965, The final recording session for The Beatles Rubber Soul album took place, at Abbey Road, London. They needed three new songs to finish the album so an old song “Wait” is pulled off the shelf and the group recorded two new songs from start to finish. Paul’s “You Won’t See Me” and John’s “Girl,” […]

Today in Rock History – November 5th

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1965, The Who released the single “My Generation” in the UK. 1965, The Doors appeared at the Pioneer Club Boat Ride, Los Angeles, California. 1966, The Monkees were top of the Billboard singles chart with “Last Train To Clarksville,” the group’s first number one. It was later revealed that due to filming commitments on their […]

Song of the Day by Eric Berman – “Soldier of Love (Lay Down Your Arms)” by Arthur Alexander

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Song of the Day by Eric Berman – “Soldier of Love (Lay Down Your Arms)” by Arthur Alexander He’s the only artist to be covered by the holy quartet of Elvis Presley, The Beatles, The Rolling Stones and Bob Dylan. Others who rushed to his deep well of first-rate copyrights included The Hollies, Ry Cooder, […]

Today in Rock History – October 9th

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1965, The Beatles started a four week run at No.1 on the singles chart with the Paul McCartney ballad “Yesterday,” giving the group their tenth No.1. It was never released as a single in the UK until 1976. 1967, Jimi Hendrix performed at The Olympia Theatre in Paris. 1969, Yes appeared at Grugahalle, Essen, Germany. […]

Today in Rock History – October 2nd

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1965, The McCoys were at No. 1 on the US singles chart with “Hang On Sloopy.” It was No.5 in the UK when released on Andrew Oldham’s new Immediate label. The song was first released by The Vibrations and called “My Girl Sloopy.” 1967, All six members of The Grateful Dead were busted by California […]

Today in Rock History – September 10th

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1964, The Kinks third single “You Really Got Me,” was at No.1 on the singles chart. Future Led Zeppelin founder and guitarist Jimmy Page played tambourine on the track. 1964, Rod Stewart recorded his first single, a version of Willie Dixon’s “Good Morning Little School Girl.” Future Led Zeppelin bass player John Paul Jones played […]

Today in Rock History – September 9th

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1965, US newspaper The Hollywood Reporter ran the following advertisement; “Madness folk & roll musicians, singers wanted for acting roles in new TV show. Parts for 4 insane boys.” The Monkees were born. 1965, The Rolling Stones were at No.1  with (“I Can”t Get No) Satisfaction”. 1967, Pink Floyd opened a four-date Scandanavian tour at […]

Today in Rock History – September 3rd

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1966, Donovan went to No.1 on the US singles chart with “Sunshine Superman,” a No.2 hit in the UK. The track featured then Yardbird and future Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page. 1967, During a 10-date tour of Sweden, The Jimi Hendrix Experience appeared at the Liseburg in Gothenburg, Sweden. 1968, After a two week absence, […]

Today in Rock History – August 29th

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1966, The Beatles played their last concert before a paying audience, at Candlestick Park in San Francisco, California to a sold-out crowd of 25,000. John and Paul, knowing what the fans do not (that this will be the last concert ever) bring cameras on stage and take pictures between songs. During this tour, The Beatles […]

Today in Rock History – August 28th

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1965, The Rolling Stones announced that Allen Klein, who they had met three days earlier, would co-manage the group along with Andrew Long Oldham. At the same time, The Stones signed a five-year recording deal with Decca Records. 1965, The Beach Boys ‘California Girls’ was at No.3 on the singles chart,the single peaked at No.26 […]

Today in Rock History – August 16th

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1938, American blues musician Robert Johnson died, likely poisoned by a jealous husband, at the age of 27 at a country crossroads near Greenwood, Mississippi. His recordings from 1936 -1937 have influenced generations of musicians including Muddy Waters, Bob Dylan, Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin, The Rolling Stones, Johnny Winter, Jeff Beck and Eric Clapton. 1962, […]

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 31st

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1965, In England, the Yardbirds with Jeff Beck perform at the Cleethorpes Jazz Festival. 1966, Cream play their first gig in Windsor, England. 1966, The Who perform at Brittania Pier in Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, England. 1967, Mick Jagger was given a conditional discharge and Keith Richard’s conviction for permitting his house to be used for […]

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 […]