Today in Rock History – August 26th

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1965, The Byrds appeared at the Hollywood Palladium, Hollywood, California. 1965, Sonny & Cher were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘I Got You Babe’, the duo’s only UK No.1. Sonny Bono was inspired to write the song to capitalize on the popularity of the term “babe,” as heard in Bob Dylan’s ‘It […]

Today in Rock History – August 19th

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1964, The High Numbers, (The Who) played at The Scene in Soho London, England. 1964, The Beatles kicked off a North American tour at the Cow Palace in San Francisco, California, to a crowd of 17,130. Playing 12 songs which made up their repertoire for the entire tour: Twist and Shout, You Can’t Do That, […]

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 7th

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1963, The Rolling Stones made their UK TV debut when they appeared on Thank Your Lucky Stars. Also appearing on the show was, Mickie Most, The Cadets, Helen Shapiro and Gordon Mills. The group made a total of 13 appearances on the show between 1963 and 1966 1966, The Kinks were at No.1 on the […]

Today in Rock History – June 26th

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1965, The Byrds went to No.1 on the singles chart with their version of Bob Dylan’s ‘Mr Tambourine Man’. Only Roger McGuinn from the band played on the song, the drummer Hal Blaine played on the track also played on ‘Bridge Over Troubled Water’. 1965, The Strangeloves – three Australian aborigines who were really three […]

Today in Rock History – June 1st

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1966, During a 12-hour session at Abbey Road studios, The Beatles added overdubs on ‘Yellow Submarine’, with John Lennon blowing bubbles in a bucket of water and shouting “Full speed ahead Mister Captain!” Roadie Mal Evans played on a bass drum strapped to his chest, marching around the studio with The Beatles following behind (conga-line […]

Today in Rock History – May 17th

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1969,Chicago release their double debut album, Chicago Transit Authority. The real C.T.A. sued. 1969, It was reported that for the first time ever album sales had overtaken single sales in the UK. 49,184,000 albums were produced during 1968 compared with 49,161,000 singles. 1969, Joni Mitchell was featured on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine, on […]

Today in Rock History – April 6th

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1968, Pink Floyd announced founder Syd Barrett had officially left the group. Barrett was suffering from psychiatric disorders compounded by drug use. 1968, Simon and Garfunkel went to No.1 on the album chart with The Graduate. 1968, The Troggs played at the Grande Ballroom in Detroit, Michigan. 1968, The Beatles Apple Corps Ltd. record company, management […]

Today in Rock History – September 22nd

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1965, San Francisco band The Great Society, featuring Grace Slick and her husband Darby, make their live debut at The Coffee Gallery, North Beach, California. 1967, The Doors appeared on the Murray the K show on WPIX-TV in New York City performing ‘People Are Strange’ and ‘Light My Fire.’ 1968  Madame Tussaud’s Wax Museum gives […]

Today in Rock History – September 8th

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1968, The Beatles performed ‘Hey Jude’ on the UK television show ‘Frost On Sunday’ in front of an invited audience. 1968, Led Zeppelin played three shows in Denmark on this day, first appearing at the Fjordvilla club in Roskilde with The Ladybirds, (who were a all girl topless go-go dancing outfit.) Next, the played at […]

Song Of The Day by Eric Berman – “Harry’s House/Centerpiece” by Joni Mitchell

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Joni Mitchell was coming off of Court And Spark, her most commercially successful studio recording to date, sporting several hit singles including “Free Man In Paris,” “Raised On Robbery” and “Help Me.” So by 1975 interest was very high as critics and fans alike awaited her next record which was believed to be the one […]

Song Of The Day by Eric Berman – “The Magdalene Laundries” by Joni Mitchell

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“Turbulent Indigo” was Joni Mitchell’s last great album. That’s not to say that all that followed wasn’t any good, it’s just that “Indigo” was her last consistently good album from beginning to end. Coming in on the heels of a trio of experimental records on the Geffen label – “Dog Eat Dog,” “Chalk Marks In […]

Song Of The Day by Eric Berman – “Free Man In Paris” by Joni Mitchell

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I watched the PBS “American Masters” documentary on David Geffen today for the second time. Geffen was the guy who signed one of my all-time favorite singer-songwriters, Laura Nyro, whom he championed and cut deals making sure that the likes of Three Dog Night, The Fifth Dimension and Blood Sweat and Tears recorded hit versions of her […]