Today in Rock History – July 28th

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1965,  The Who pre-tape an appearance on Radio Luxembourg’s Ready Steady Radio! at The Marquee followed by a gig at the Pontiac Club in southwest London’s Putney, where the band’s PA blows up after the first set. The Who’s first live performance of “My Generation” may have taken place at this explosive set. 1965, Rolling […]

Today in Rock History – July 23rd

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1964, The Beatles were atop the UK singles chart with “A Hard Days Night,” the group’s fifth.  They would be number one on the US Billboard Hot 100 in August. 1964, The Beatles take part in the Night of a Hundred Stars at the London Palladium. 1965, The Kinks perform “You Really Got Me” on […]

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 – May 13th

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1967, The Monkees second album More Of The Monkees, went to No.1 on the charts. In 1967 only four albums reached No.1; The Sound Of Music which spent 17 weeks at No.1, The Beatles Sgt Pepper”s, 25 weeks at No.1 and The Monkees” first and second albums spent 9 weeks at No.1. 1967, The Who played at the […]

Today in Rock History – April 19th

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1965, The film T.A.M.I. (Teen-Age Music International) Show featuring The Rolling Stones, Supremes Four Tops, James Brown, The Beach Boys and Smokey Robinson & The Miracles opened in London, England under the title Teenage Command Performance. 1965, The Beatles single “Ticket to Ride” was released on Capitol records in the US. The single’s label stated […]

Today in Rock History – March 11th

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1965, Tom Jones was at number one on the singles chart with “It’s Not Unusual.” 1965, The Who go into IBC Studios, London to record their first album. Songs known to be recorded on this date are Pete Townshend’s “You’re Gonna Know Me” (later retitled “Out In The Street”), plus covers of James Brown’s “Please […]

Today in Rock History – February 1st

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1964, The Beatles started a seven week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with “I Want To Hold Your Hand,” the first US No.1 by a UK act since The Tornadoes “Telstar” in 1962 and the first of three consecutive No.1’s from the group. 1964, Peter, Paul & Mary performed at the Civic […]

Today in Rock History – December 25th

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1964, The Supremes, Marvin Gaye, The Temptations, The Miracles, Stevie Wonder and The Marvelettes all appeared at The Fox Theatre, Brooklyn, New York. 1964, The Beatles, recorded six songs for the BBC radio program Saturday Club in London, “Rock and Roll Music,” “I’m a Loser,” “Everybody’s Trying to Be My Baby,” “I Feel Fine,” “Kansas […]

Today in Rock History – December 11th

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1964, Soul singer Sam Cooke was shot dead at the Hacienda Motel in Los Angeles, California. Bertha Franklin, manager of the motel, told police that she shot and killed Cooke in self-defense because he had attacked her. Police found Cooke’s body in Franklin’s apartment-office, clad only in a sports jacket and shoes, but no shirt, […]

Today in Rock History – October 3rd

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1967, American singer, songwriter Woody Guthrie died after suffering from Huntington’s Chorea disease. Guthrie was a major influence on Bob Dylan and American folk music. The 70’s film ‘Bound For Glory’ is based on his life. His best-known song is ‘This Land Is Your Land’, which is regularly sung in American schools. 1967, James Brown […]

Today in Rock History – September 6th

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1968, Working at Abbey Road studio’s in London, The Beatles recoded overdubs onto the new George Harrison song “While My Guitar Gently Weeps.” Eric Clapton added the guitar solo and became the first outside musician to play on a Beatles recording and George recorded his lead vocal. 1969, James Brown announced he would retire from […]

Song Of The Day by Eric Berman – “Electricity (Drugs)” by Talking Heads

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Song Of The Day by Eric Berman – “Electricity (Drugs)” by Talking Heads One of the musical highlights of our 16 hour car trip from The Outer Banks of North Carolina back home to Chicago was listening Talking Heads’ live double album entitled The Name Of This Band Is Talking Heads. The second half of […]

Today in Rock History – August 9th

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1967, The Small Faces entered the singles chart with “Itchycoo Park,” the single peaked at No.3. 1968, Janis Joplin performs at Kiel Auditorium in St. Louis, Missouri. 1968, After the other Beatles had gone home for the evening (2.00 am), Paul McCartney stayed behind and recorded “‘Mother Nature’s Son,” in 25 takes at Abbey Road […]

Today in Rock History – July 1st

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1966, Janis Joplin Moves to a house in Lagunitas in the San Geronimo Valley, Marin County, California with members of Big Brother, their wives and girlfriends. 1967, The Association scored their second and last number one single with “Windy.” 1967, The Mama’s & The Papa’s performed at Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto, Ontario 1967, Pink […]

Song Of The Day by Eric Berman – “Think” by The 5 Royales

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Song Of The Day by Eric Berman – “Think” by The 5 Royales If ever a group deserved to be in the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall Of Fame, it should be The 5 Royales. Not only were they a pioneering R’n’B and Doo Wop vocal group, but they had one of the greatest songwriters of […]