Today in Rock History – June 23rd

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1965, Motown releases Smokey Robinson & the Miracles’ ballad “The Tracks of My Tears,” simply one of the greatest songs ever written. 1966, The Beatles fly to Germany, where they will begin their last world tour. The Rolling Stones depart London the same day to begin a tour of America. Rock-crazy English fans will just […]

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 – 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 25th

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1964, The Rolling Stones appeared for the first time on The Ed Sullivan Show from New York, performing “Around And Around” and ‘Time Is On My Side.” A riot breaks out in the studio, prompting Sullivan’s infamous quote, “I promise you they’ll never be back on our show again.” The Rolling Stones went on to […]

Today in Rock History – October 15th

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1966, Pink Floyd (who were paid £15 for the gig), The Move, Denny Laine and Soft Machine all appeared at the launch for International Times at London’s Roundhouse. 1966, The Four Tops started a two week run at No.1 on the singles chart with ‘Reach Out And I’ll Be There’. 1967, Cream played at the […]

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 […]