Today in Rock History – March 11th

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1965, Tom Jones was at No.1 on the singles chart with “It’s Not Unusual.” 1966, This week’s ITV music show Ready Steady Go in the UK, was entirely devoted to the music of James Brown. 1966, Marianne Faithfull, Coltrane Union, The Swinging Blue Jeans, Rick & Us, plus Pink Floyd performed for the first of two […]

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 […]

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’, taping 25 takes at Abbey Road […]

Today in Rock History – July 28th

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1965, The Who make their first appearance on British TV’s “Ready Steady Go!” Their managers pack the audience with mods, ensuring a rapturous reception as the band rips through “I Can’t Explain.” 1965, Rolling Stone Charlie Watts buys a 16th century wooden mansion in Sussex, England. His father tells the press, “We can’t understand why […]

Today in Rock History – July 23rd

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1964, The Beatles were at No.1 on the singles chart with ‘A Hard Days Night’, the group’s fifth. 1964, The Beatles take part in the Night of a Hundred Stars at the London Palladium. 1965, The Kinks storm through “You Really Got Me” on the TV show, Where the Action Is. 1966, Frank Sinatra went […]

Today in Rock History – July 1st

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1966, Janis Joplin moves into Big Brother & the Holding Company’s house in California’s San Geronimo Valley. 1967, The Association scored their second and last No.1 single with ‘Windy’. 1967, The Mama’s & The Papa’s performed at Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto, Ontario 1967, The Beatles started a 15 week run at No.1 on the […]

Today in Rock History – June 17th

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1965, The Kinks and the Moody Blues made their US concert debut at the Academy of Music in New York City. 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 […]

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 Supremes […]

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 […]

Song Of The Day by Eric Berman – “Company In My Back” (Live Version from Kicking Television) by Wilco

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Live albums. They are the most maligned recordings by critics, yet the fans just love them. You don’t believe me? Ask Peter Frampton, The Allman Brothers, Led Zeppelin, Yes, Lynyrd Skynyrd, The Rolling Stones, David Bowie, Neil Young, Neil Diamond, Little Feat, The Who, Lou Reed, Cheap Trick and Kiss to name a few, who […]

Song Of The Day by Eric Berman – “Silly Savage” by The Golden Toadstools

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“Chuck Berry, strawberry, cranberry and dingleberry, baby!” And so begins one of the most funked-up romps I’ve ever heard, this side of the Godfather Of Soul himself! Next to nothing is known about The Golden Toadstools, who originally released this one-off record written by Merlin Jones and Wayne Branham back in 1966. After doing much […]