Today in Rock History – August 17th

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1968, The Doors started a four-week run at No.1 on the album chart with Waiting For The Sun. 1968, The Who perform at Phoenix Municipal Stadium in Phoenix, Arizona. 1968, The Rascals (formally the Young Rascals), started a five week run at No.1 on the singles chart with “People Got To Be Free.” The group had […]

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 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 14th

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1965, The Beatles taped an appearance for CBS-TV’s The Ed Sullivan Show at Studio 50, New York City. They performed “I Feel Fine,” “I’m Down,” “Act Naturally,” “Ticket to Ride,” “Yesterday,” and “Help!” Also, The Beatles fifth album Help! started a nine-week run at No.1 on the charts. 1965, Sonny & Cher started a three week run […]

Today in Rock History – August 12th

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1966, The Beatles performed two shows at the International Amphitheatre in Chicago, Illinois. This was the first stop on what would turn out to be The Beatles’ final US tour. Support acts were the Remains, Bobby Hebb, Cyrkle, and the Ronettes. 1967, The Jimi Hendrix Experience appeared at The Ambassador Theatre, Washington D.C. 1967, 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 29th

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1966, Eric Clapton, Jack Bruce and Ginger Baker made their live debut as Cream at The Twisted Wheel, Manchester, England. 1966, Bob Dylan suffered a broken neck vertebra when he crashed his Triumph 55 motorbike near his home in Woodstock, New York. 1966, Datebook published Maureen Cleave’s interview with John Lennon in which he said […]

Today in Rock History – July 14th

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1964, The Rolling Stones were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with “It’s All Over Now,” the group’s first of 8 UK No.1′s. The song was originally written by Bobby Womack and Shirley Womack, and was first released by The Valentinos featuring Bobby Womack in the same year. 1964, The Beach Boys performed at […]

Today in Rock History – July 13th

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1964, The Animals went to No.1 on the singles chart with “The House Of The Rising Sun.” Recorded in one take, this was the first No.1 to have a playing time of more than four minutes. 1964, The Supremes record “Come See About Me,” which later goes to No. 1. 1965, Paul McCartney was presented […]

Today in Rock History – July 5th

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1964, The Irish band Them, featuring Van Morrison, record “Gloria.” 1965, The Four Tops record their No. 5 hit “It’s the Same Old Song.” Ironically, it sounds just like their No. 1 “I Can’t Help Myself.” 1965, Marty Balin and Paul Kantner formed a Folk-Rock group that would evolve into the Jefferson Airplane, the premier […]

Today in Rock History – July 4th

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1969, Janis Joplin, Led Zeppelin, Johnny Winter, Delaney and Bonnie, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Canned Heat, Joe Cocker, Blood Sweat & Tears, Chuck Berry, Spirit, Chicago and Paul Butterfield all appeared at the two-day Atlanta Pop Festival, Byron, Georgia. 1969, The Doors appeared at the Willingdon Juvenile Detention Home For Girls in Vancouver, Canada. 1969. Grand […]

Song Of The Day by Eric Berman – “Cat’s Squirrel” by Cream

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Song Of The Day by Eric Berman – “Cat’s Squirrel” by Cream “All right, all right, all right, all right, all right, all right…all right, all right, all right, all right.” That pretty much sums up the lyrical content of this scorcher from Cream’s 1966 debut album, Fresh Cream. And for my money, the band’s […]

Today in Rock History – June 22nd

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1968, Herb Alpert started a four week run at No.1 on the singles chart with ‘This Guys In Love With You’. His first No.1 plus first No.1 for the A&M label and the writer’s Bacharach and David’s first chart topper. 1968, Over in England, the Rolling Stones go to No. 1 with their back-to-basics single […]

Today in Rock History – June 17th

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1965, Working at Abbey Road studios in London The Beatles completed work on the new Paul McCartney song “Yesterday” with the overdubbing of an additional vocal track by McCartney and a string quartet. They also recorded “Act Naturally” for Ringo’s vocal contribution on the Help! album and the song “Wait” in four takes. “Wait” will […]

Today in Rock History – June 16th

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1965, Bob Dylan recorded “Like A Rolling Stone” at Columbia Recording Studios in New York City, in the sessions for the forthcoming ‘Highway 61 Revisited’ album. Session musicians included Mike Bloomfield and Al Kooper, whose Hammond organ on ‘Like A Rolling Stone’ became one of rock’s most recognizable sounds. 1966, John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers (featuring guitarist […]