Today in Rock History – June 24th

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1966, The Mothers of Invention support comedian Lenny Bruce at San Francisco’s Fillmore Auditorium. 1966, At the Cow Palace, the Beach Boys’ Summer Spectacular features performances by the Jefferson Airplane, the Lovin’ Spoonful, Percy Sledge, the Byrds, and the Sir Douglas Quintet. 1967, The Monkees went to No.1 on the album charts with ‘Headquarters’ the […]

Song Of The Day by Eric Berman – “Outside Now” by Frank Zappa

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Song Of The Day by Eric Berman – “Outside Now” by Frank Zappa I’ve always had a love-hate relationship with Frank Zappa’s Joe’s Garage record. As usual, Zappa’s heart was in the right place when it came to issues like government control, censorship and organized religion, and he certainly could play guitar. But I never […]

Today in Rock History – June 6th

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1965, Herman’s Hermits play The Ed Sullivan Show. 1966, The Who played at St. Joseph’s Hall in London. 1966, Roy Orbison’s first wife, Claudette, was killed when a truck pulled out of a side road and collided with the motorbike that she and her husband were riding on in Gallatin, Texas, she was 25. 1968, […]

Today in Rock History – May 28th

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1966, Herb Alpert And The Tijuana Brass went to No.1 on the album chart with What Now My Love, setting a new American record with four albums in the Top Ten. The other three were; South of the Border, Going Places and Whipped Cream and Other Delights. 1966, The Who appear at South Pier in Blackpool, Lancashire, […]

Today in Rock History – May 23rd

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1964, Marvin Gaye appears on American Bandstand singing “You’re a Wonderful One.” 1967, Pink Floyd performed at Town Hall in High Wycombe, England. 1968, Pink Floyd played two late shows at the Paradiso in Amsterdam. 1970, Paul McCartney’s debut solo album, McCartney, started a three-week run at No.1 on the album chart. 1970, The Allman […]

Today in Rock History – May 15th

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1967, Paul McCartney met American photographer Linda Eastman for the first time, during a Georgie Fame concert at the Bag O’Nails nightclub in London, England. They married on March 12, 1969. 1968, George Harrison and Ringo Starr attended the premiere of ‘Wonderwall’ at the Cannes Film Festival. 1968, At a press conference, Paul McCartney and […]

Today in Rock History – April 12th

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1968, Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention play the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences dinner in New York. Zappa tells the audience, “All year long you people have manufactured this crap, now for one night you’re gonna have to listen to it!” 1969, The 5th Dimension started a six week run at […]

Today in Rock History – March 6th

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1965, The Rolling Stones Number 2 album went back to No.1 on the UK charts for six weeks. 1965, The Temptations went to No.1 on the singles chart with the Smokey Robinson penned song “My Girl,” making the group the first male act to have a No.1 for Motown. 1966, The Rolling Stones started recording sessions […]

Today in Rock History – February 19th

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1965, Working at Abbey Road studios in London, The Beatles recorded a new John Lennon song “You’re Going To Lose That Girl” in two takes. The track was released on the Help! album. 1966, Lou Christie went to No.1 on the singles chart with “Lightnin Strikes.” 1966, Bob Dylan appeared at Ottawa Auditorium in Ottawa, […]

Today in Rock History – February 15th

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1964, The Beatles scored their first No.1 album with Meet The Beatles! The album stayed at No.1 for eleven weeks. 1964, The Dave Clark Five appeared on the UK TV show Thank Your Lucky Stars. 1965, American singer and pianist Nat King Cole died of lung cancer. His first hit was the 1943 “Straighten Up and Fly […]

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 12th

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1965, Pye Records announced that they’d signed ‘the British Bob Dylan’, when they added Donovan to the label. The Scottish singer-songwriter produced a series of hit albums and singles between 1965 and 1970 and became a friend of leading pop musicians including Joan Baez, Brian Jones, and The Beatles. He influenced John Lennon when he […]

Today in Rock History – February 2nd

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1963, The Beatles played at the Gaumont Cinema, Bradford on the opening night of the nationwide Helen Shapiro UK tour. The Beatles were at the bottom of the six-act bill playing just four songs, “Please Please Me,” “Chains,” “Keep Your Hands Off My Baby,” and “A Taste of Honey.” 1966, The Rolling Stones released “19th […]

Today in Rock History – December 16th

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1965, Released as a double A side The Beatles ‘Day Tripper / We Can Work It Out’, became their ninth UK No.1 and their third Christmas chart topper in a row. The single was a US No.1 in January 1966. 1966, Pink Floyd appeared at a prohibition themed dance, the AA Students Christmas Carnival, held […]

Today in Rock History – December 10th

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1965, A San Francisco band formerly known as The Warlocks performed for the first time under their new name, The Grateful Dead.   1966, The Beach Boys went to No.1 on the singles chart with ‘Good Vibrations’, the group’s third No.1. As a child, Brian Wilson’s mother told him that dogs could pick up “vibrations” […]