Today in Rock History – December 18th

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1965, U.S. Army Staff Sergeant Barry Sadler records “Ballad of the Green Berets.” 1965, The Beatles are number one in the British singles chart with “Day Tripper.” 1966, Tara Browne was killed when driving at high speed in his Lotus Elan after it collided with a parked truck in South Kensington, London. A close friend […]

Today in Rock History – December 17th

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1963, James Carroll at WWDC in Washington, DC, became the first disc jockey to broadcast a Beatles record on American radio. Carroll played “I Want To Hold Your Hand,” which he had obtained from his stewardess girlfriend, who brought the single back from the UK. Due to listener demand, the song was played daily, every […]

Today in Rock History – December 15th

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1967, The Who Sell Out LP is released in Britain. The album was to have been released a month earlier but was delayed while permission was sought from all the companies mentioned in the commercials. While getting the rights for the commercials, someone forgets to secure the rights for the Radio London jingles and a […]

Today in Rock History – December 12th

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1966, Pink Floyd make their first ever appearance at the Royal Albert Hall. Their would play the RAH three more times, with the last performance there in 1970. 1966, Jimi Hendrix performs at the RamJam Club in London. 1967, Rolling Stone Brian Jones was given 3 years probation and a £1,000 ($1,600) fine for drug […]

Today in Rock History – December 8th

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1966, Working at Abbey Road in London, Paul McCartney overdubbed his lead vocal for “When I’m Sixty-Four.” Then The Beatles set about remaking a new John Lennon song ‘Strawberry Fields Forever.’ 1967, Pink Floyd appeared at the Royal College of Art in London. 1968, Singer and guitarist Graham Nash left The Hollies and started work […]

Today in Rock History – December 4th

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1964, The Beatles released their fourth album Beatles For Sale. The album featured, “No Reply,” “I’m a Loser,” “Baby’s in Black,” “Rock and Roll Music,” “Eight Days a Week,” and “Everybody’s Trying to Be My Baby.” 1965, The Byrds started a three week run at number one on the singles chart with “Turn! Turn! Turn!” […]

Today in Rock History – December 1st

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1964, The Who played the first of 22 consecutive Tuesday night gigs at The Marquee Club in London, the band were paid £50 ($80) for each gig. 1965, during a North America tour The Rolling Stones appeared at the Vancouver Auditorium, Vancouver, British Columbia. 1966, Tom Jones was atop on the singles chart with his […]

Today in Rock History – November 27th

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1964, The Beatles release their single “I Feel Fine” in the U.K. and are seen performing on tonight’s edition of the British TV show Ready Steady Go! Beatles manager Brian Epstein denies U.S. reports that he will sell his contract with the band “at any price.” 1964, Mick Jagger is fined approximately $18 for reckless […]

Today in Rock History – November 24th

1966, The Beatles got together for the first time since their return from the summer tour of the United States, ready to record a new album. The first song selected for recording was John’s “Strawberry Fields Forever,” which would end up, not on the album, but on The Beatles’ next single. This day’s session was […]

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 8th

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1965, The Beatles worked on a new George Harrison song “Think For Yourself” at Abbey Road for their forthcoming Rubber Soul album. After rehearsing the song, they recorded the basic instrumental track in one take. 1967, The Jimi Hendrix Experience appears at Manchester University in Manchester, England. 1968, Cynthia Lennon is granted a divorce from […]

Today in Rock History – October 23rd

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1966, The Jimi Hendrix Experience recorded their first single “Hey Joe,” at De Lane Lea studios in London. The earliest known commercial recording of the song is the late-1965 single by the Los Angeles garage band the The Leaves. The band then re-recorded the track and released it in 1966 as a follow-up single which […]

Today in Rock History – October 13th

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1965, The Who recorded “My Generation,” at Pye studios, London. When released as a single it reached number two on the UK chart, held off the top position by The Seekers “The Carnival Is Over.” Roger Daltrey would later say that he stuttered the lyrics to try to fit them to the music. The BBC […]

Today in Rock History – October 11th

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1962, The Beatles made their first appearance on the UK singles chart with “Love Me Do,” which peaked at number four. 1964, The Who performed at Wolsey Hall, Cheshunt, England. 1967, The Doors appeared at Danbury High School, Danbury, Connecticut. Before the group came on stage, an announcer told the audience not to leave their […]

Today in Rock History – October 6th

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1964, The Beatles spent the afternoon recording “Eight Days A Week” at Abbey Road studios in London. Late evening was spent at The Ad Lib Club, London, partying with The Ronettes and Mick Jagger. 1965, The Who play at the Palais de Danse in Cowdenbeath, Scotland. 1967, The Jimi Hendrix Experience recorded a session for […]