Today in Rock History – February 7th

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1963, The first Beatles single “Please Please Me” was released in the US on the Vee Jay label. 1964, Pan Am flight 101 was greeted by over 5,000 Beatles fans as it arrived at New York’s JFK airport, bringing The Beatles to the US for the first time and causing riotous scenes as they touched […]

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 – January 24th

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1965, The film Ferry Cross the Mersey premieres at the Liverpool Odeon. It was the first to be shot on location in Liverpool after the city’s emergence into the music mainstream For authenticity, many scenes were shot in clubs near the home of Gerry and the Pacemakers’ frontman Gerry Marsden. Marsden wrote nine new songs […]

Today in Rock History – January 11th

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1967: The Jimi Hendrix Experience recorded “Purple Haze.” Jimi also signed to the new record label Track Records on this day. 1968: Jimi Hendrix moves into a London townhouse formerly owned by the Messiah’s composer George Frederick Handel. The guitarist tells the Daily Mirror that he will “not let the tradition down.” 1969:  The Rolling […]

Today in Rock History – December 20th

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1967, Singer Ian Anderson forms Jethro Tull with his former John Evans Blues Band mate, bassist Glenn Cornick, in Blackpool, England. The name comes from an 18th century farming tool inventor. John Evans later joins the group as a keyboardist. 1967, The Hollies release their hit single “He Ain’t Heavy (He’s My Brother.)” 1967, Folk […]

Today in Rock History – November 21st

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1965, The Rolling Stones perform at Will Rogers Auditorium in Fort Worth, Texas. 1967, The Who begin their first headlining tour of the U.S. at the Civic Auditorium in Fargo, North Dakota with supporting act the Unbelievable Uglies. The Mayor of Fargo accuses the Who of inciting the teen audience with their instrument-destroying behavior and […]

Today in Rock History – November 17th

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1966, The Beach Boys were at number one on the  singles chart with “Good Vibrations.” The single was taken from the album Pet Sounds. 1967, A 16-date UK package tour with Jimi Hendrix, Pink Floyd, The Move, The Nice and Amen Corner played at the City Hall, Sheffield. A review in the Sheffield Star noted, […]

Today in Rock History – November 1st

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1964, On The Ed Sullivan Show,  the Dave Clark Five perform “Glad All Over.” Comparing them to the Rolling Stones, Sullivan declares the Five “nice, neat boys.” They would perform more times on his show than any other rock act. 1965, The Rolling Stones played at the War Memorial Auditorium, New York during the bands […]

Today in Rock History – October 31st

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1964, Bob Dylan performs a Halloween concert at New York’s Philharmonic Hall. CBS is recording the show for a possible live album. Dylan shows off a new composition called “Advice to Geraldine on Her Miscellaneous Birthday.” 1964, Ray Charles was arrested by Logan Airport customs officials in Boston and charged with possession of heroin. This […]

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 19th

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1966, The Yardbirds arrived in New York for their first US tour with Jeff Beck and Jimmy Page on lead guitars. After two dates of the tour, Beck developed acute tonsillitis and quit the group. He would go on to form The Jeff Beck Group, giving Rod Stewart his first major exposure. 1967, The soundtrack […]

Today in Rock History – October 5th

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1966, Jimi Hendrix, Mitch Mitchell and Noel Redding played together for the first time, The Jimi Hendrix Experience were formed. 1967, The Doors played the final night of a five night run at Steve Paul’s Scene in New York City. 1969, Donovan appeared at Ellis Auditorium North Hall in Memphis, Tennessee. 1970, The Rolling Stones […]

Today in Rock History – September 18th

1968, Working at Abbey Road studios on new songs for their forthcoming White Album, The Beatles recorded 20 takes of “Birthday.” Roadie Mal Evans added handclaps, and Yoko Ono and Pattie Harrison contributed backing vocals on the track. 1968,  The Doors film a six-song set for Danish Radio Television  at TV-Byen in Gladsaxe, near Copenhagen, […]

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 7th

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1965, Herman’s Hermits went to No.1 on the singles chart with “I’m Henry VIII I Am.” The single was only released in the US. Singer Peter Noone once interviewed Elvis Presley for UK music paper New Musical Express. 1965, Mike Smith of the Dave Clark Five suffered two broken ribs when he was pulled off […]