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 – December 15th

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1967, The Who Sell Out LP is released in Britain. The album was to have been released a month earlier but was delayed while permission was sought from all the companies mentioned in the commercials. While getting the rights for the commercials, someone forgets to secure the rights for the Radio London jingles and a […]

Today in Rock History – December 9th

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1966, Supergroup Cream released their debut studio album Fresh Cream in the UK. The power trio of Eric Clapton, Jack Bruce and Ginger Baker also released their second single “I Feel Free” on the same day. 1967, The Doors appeared at the New Haven Arena, New Haven, Connecticut. Before the show a policeman found singer […]

Today in Rock History – December 8th

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1966, Working at Abbey Road in London, Paul McCartney overdubbed his lead vocal for “When I’m Sixty-Four.” Then The Beatles set about remaking a new John Lennon song ‘Strawberry Fields Forever.’ 1967, Pink Floyd appeared at the Royal College of Art in London. 1968, Singer and guitarist Graham Nash left The Hollies and started work […]

Today in Rock History – November 29th

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1965, This week’s UK Top 5 albums, number five, Out Of Our Heads, The Rolling Stones, number four, Highway 61 Revisited, Bob Dylan, number three, Help!, The Beatles, number two, Mary Poppins Soundtrack, and at number one, Sound Of Music Soundtrack. 1965, Colorado Governor John A. Love declared a Rolling Stones day throughout the State […]

Today in Rock History – November 28th

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1963, “She Loves You” by The Beatles returned to number one for the second time on the UK singles chart. 1964, The Shangri-Las went to number one on the singles chart with the teen death song “Leader Of The Pack.” 1967, The Beatles recorded their last fan club record as a group, “Christmas Time Is […]

Today in Rock History – November 25th

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1966, Jimi Hendrix is introduced to the British press when the Experience play London’s Bag O’Nails club. 1967, The Who play the first of two nights at The Village Theatre in New York City. The Vagrants, with guitarist Leslie West, and The Rich Kids open for them. 1967, Spirit, Country Joe & the Fish, and […]

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 16th

1968, The Jimi Hendrix Experience went to number one on the album chart with Electric Ladyland. The double album included “Crosstown Traffic,” “Voodoo Chile,” and “All Along the Watchtower.” It featured guest appearances by Dave Mason, Steve Winwood and Al Kooper. 1968, The Steve Miller Band performed at the Grande Ballroom, Detroit, Michigan. 1968, Led […]

Today in Rock History – November 13th

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1964, Decca Records released The Rolling Stones’ “Little Red Rooster.” Written by Willie Dixon, as The Red Rooster, and previously recorded by Howlin’ Wolf and Sam Cooke, the single was recorded at Chess Studios in Chicago. It was a number one hit in the UK and remains the only time a blues song has ever […]

Today in Rock History – November 9th

Wilson Pickett

1965, Wilson Pickett made his UK live debut at the Scotch of St. James Club in London. 1966, John Lennon met Yoko Ono for the first time when he visited her art exhibition “Unfinished Paintings and Objects” at the Indica Gallery in London. 1967, the first issue of Rolling Stone Magazine was published in San […]

Today in Rock History – November 8th

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1965, The Beatles worked on a new George Harrison song “Think For Yourself” at Abbey Road for their forthcoming Rubber Soul album. After rehearsing the song, they recorded the basic instrumental track in one take. 1967, The Jimi Hendrix Experience appears at Manchester University in Manchester, England. 1968, Cynthia Lennon is granted a divorce from […]

Today in Rock History – October 30th

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1967, The Who play City Hall in Newcastle. The quite different stereo mix of Also, The Who Sell Out is created at De Lane Lea Studios in London. That evening Nederland 2 airs Vjoew featuring an interview with Pete conducted by John Peel. Pete plays an acetate of “Armenia City In The Sky,” showing the […]

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 […]