Today in Rock History – March 16th

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1964, The Beatles set a new record for advance sales in the U.S. with 2,100,000 copies of their latest single ‘Can’t Buy Me Love.’ 1964, DJ Alan Freed is charged with tax evasion, the latest plague on the payola-plagued pioneer’s career 1965, The Rolling Stones were at No.1 on the singles chart with ‘The Last […]

Today in Rock History – March 6th

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1965, The Rolling Stones Number 2 album went back to number one on the UK charts for six weeks. 1965, The Temptations went to number one on the singles chart with the Smokey Robinson penned song “My Girl,” making the group the first male act to have a chart topper for Motown. 1966, The Rolling Stones […]

Today in Rock History – February 28th

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1964, The Yardbirds played at the Rhythm and Blues Festival at The Town Hall, Birmingham, England. 1966, Liverpool’s Cavern Club, made famous by the Beatles’ residency there, closes and is later turned into a subway station. 1966, The Who appeared at Eltham Bath in London. 1968, Frankie Lymon was found dead at his mother’s house […]

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 21st

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1964, Three classic British singles were released, The Rolling Stones “Not Fade Away,” a UK number 3, The Hollies “Just One Look,”a UK number 2, and Billy J Kramer’s “Little Children,” a UK number one. 1964, New York band The Echoes recruited a new, young unknown piano player, named Billy Joel. 1967, Pink Floyd started […]

Today in Rock History – February 11th

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1963, In less than ten hours, The Beatles record ten new songs for their first album plus four other tracks which would be the next two singles. John Lennon’s vocal on The Isley Brothers “Twist & Shout” was recorded in one take to complete the album. 1964, The Beatles made their live concert debut in […]

Today in Rock History – January 30th

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1964, The Searchers were at number one on the UK singles chart with the Sonny Bono song “Needles And Pins.” The group’s second UK chart topper had originally been recorded by Jackie DeShannon 1967, In Kent, England, the Beatles shoot a promotional clip for “Strawberry Fields Forever,” while the Jimi Hendrix Experience are filmed at […]

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 […]

Petula Clark, Syd Barrett in Rock History – January 26th

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1965, “Downtown” by Petula Clark was at number one on the US singles chart. A young Jimmy Page had played as a session guitarist on the track, giving him his first US number one hit, as well as a number two hit in the UK. 1965, during a Rolling Stones tour of Australia and New […]

Today in Rock History – January 20th

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1967, Jimi Hendrix performed at Haverstock Hill Country Club in London. 1967, The Monkees TV show was shown for the first time in the UK. 1968, Fleetwood Mac, The Move, The Crazy World Of Arthur Brown and Fairport Convention (pictured, right) all appeared at the Roundhouse Chalk Farm in London. 1968, The Who play at […]

Today in Rock History – January 16th

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1964, The Dave Clark Five were at number one on the singles chart with “Glad All Over,” the group’s only chart topper. 1964, The Beatles played two shows at the Olympia Theatre, Paris, France, the first of an 18-night engagement. The first show was attended mostly by Paris’ top society members, all dressed in formal […]

Today in Rock History – December 27th

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1967, The Doors appeared on The Jonathon Winters Show on CBS TV from Los Angeles. 1967,  Bob Dylan releases his long-awaited follow-up to the Blonde on Blonde album,  John Wesley Harding. Rolling Stone declares, “Without a doubt this is another major musical step for Bob Dylan. The predominance of country blues, white and black, from […]

Today in Rock History – November 25th

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1966, Jimi Hendrix is introduced to the British press when the Experience play London’s Bag O’Nails club. 1967, The Who play the first of two nights at The Village Theatre in New York City. The Vagrants, with guitarist Leslie West, and The Rich Kids open for them. 1967, Spirit, Country Joe & the Fish, and […]

Today in Rock History – November 10th

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1963, The Yardbirds, with Eric Clapton on guitar, appeared at The Crawdaddy Club, Richmond, Surrey, England. 1966, The Who go into CBS Studios in London and record their next single “Happy Jack” in at least two versions. Sometime during this session Roger and Pete go off to a pub and John and Keith stay behind […]

Today in Rock History – October 10th

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1964, During a UK tour The Beatles appeared at De Montfort Hall in Leicester. Ringo Starr drove himself to the venue after taking delivery of a brand new Facel Vega, apparently reaching speeds of 140 MPH on the M6 motorway. 1966, The Who played at Bath Pavilion in Bath, Somerset, England. 1967, Jimi Hendrix performed at […]