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 – November 15th

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1966, The Doors officially signed with Elektra Records in a deal for the band to produce seven albums. The band also reluctantly agreed to release “Break On Through” as their first single. The lyric “She gets high/she gets high/she gets high” was changed to “She gets/she gets/she gets” in order to secure radio play. 1967, […]

Today in Rock History – October 26th

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1963, Bob Dylan played a sell out concert at Carnegie Hall in New York City. 1965,  Queen Elizabeth II invested The Beatles with their MBE’s at Buckingham Palace, London. According to an account by John Lennon, the group smoked marijuana in one of the palace bathrooms to calm their nerves. Many former recipients gave their […]

Today in Rock History – October 4th

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1966, The Byrds played the first of a 13 night run at The Village Gate, New York City. 1967, A 10-date package tour of the UK kicked off at London’s Finsbury Park, featuring Traffic, The Young Rascals, Vanilla Fudge, Art and Keith West. 1968, On the first night of a UK club tour Led Zeppelin […]

Today in Rock History – August 30th

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1969, Two weeks after the Woodstock festival, the second Isle of Wight festival took place. Over 150,000 turned up over the two days to see Bob Dylan, The Band, Blodwyn Pig, Blonde On Blonde, Bonzo Dog Dooh Dah Band, Edgar Broughton Band, Joe Cocker, Aynsley Dunbar, Family, Fat Mattress, Julie Felix, Free, Gypsy, Richie Havens, […]

Today in Rock History – August 15th

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1965, The Beatles set a new world record for the largest attendance at a pop concert when they played in front of 55,600 fans at Shea Stadium in New York City. Also on the bill were Brenda Holloway, The King Curtis Band, The Young Rascals and Sounds Incorporated. The Beatles were paid $160,000 for the […]

Today in Rock History – August 8th

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1969, The photo session for the cover of The Beatles Abbey Road album took place on the crossing outside Abbey Road studios. Photographer Iain McMillan, balanced on a step-ladder in the middle of the road took six shots of John, Ringo, Paul, and George walking across the zebra crossing while a policeman held up the traffic. […]

Today in Rock History – August 3rd

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1966, The Rolling Stones record “Have You Seen Your Mother, Baby, Standing in the Shadows” in Los Angeles. 1967, The Jimi Hendrix Experience played the first of five nights at the Salvation Club in New York City. 1967, To promote Ravi Shankar’s Hollywood Bowl concert on August 4, George Harrison joins the sitar player at […]

Today in Rock History – July 31st

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1965, In England, the Yardbirds with Jeff Beck perform at the Cleethorpes Jazz Festival. 1966, Cream play their first gig in Windsor, England. 1966, The Who perform at Brittania Pier in Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, England. 1967, Mick Jagger was given a conditional discharge and Keith Richard’s conviction for permitting his house to be used for […]

Today in Rock History – July 16th

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1966, Jack Bruce, Ginger Baker and Eric Clapton formed Cream, the three piece group only lasted two years, leaving behind some classic recordings including “Sunshine of Your Love,” “‘Badge,” “Strange Brew,” and “White Room.” 1966, Tommy James and the Shondells started a two-week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with “Hanky Panky,” a […]

Today in Rock History – July 4th

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1969, Janis Joplin, Led Zeppelin, Johnny Winter, Delaney and Bonnie, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Canned Heat, Joe Cocker, Blood Sweat & Tears, Chuck Berry, Spirit, Chicago and Paul Butterfield all appeared at the two-day Atlanta Pop Festival, Byron, Georgia. 1969, The Doors appeared at the Willingdon Juvenile Detention Home For Girls in Vancouver, Canada. 1969. Grand […]

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, Pink Floyd appeared at The Swan, Yardley, Birmingham, England. 1967, The […]

Today in Rock History – June 27th

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1968, Elvis Presley appeared on an NBC TV show that was billed as his “comeback special”. The show featured the king performing on a small, square stage, surrounded by a mostly female audience. Presley was outfitted in black leather and performed many of his early hits. 1968, Working at Abbey Road studios in London The […]

Today in Rock History – June 16th

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1965, Bob Dylan recorded “Like A Rolling Stone” at Columbia Recording Studios in New York City, in the sessions for the forthcoming ‘Highway 61 Revisited’ album. Session musicians included Mike Bloomfield and Al Kooper, whose Hammond organ on ‘Like A Rolling Stone’ became one of rock’s most recognizable sounds. 1966, John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers (featuring guitarist […]

Today in Rock History – June 12th

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1964, The Beatles arrived in Adelaide, Australia and were greeted by an estimated 250,000 fans, who lined the ten mile route from the airport to the city centre. The group gave their first four shows in Australia at the Centennial Hall, Adelaide over two nights, playing: I Saw Her Standing There, I Want To Hold […]