Today in Rock History – September 18th

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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 13th

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1965, The Paul McCartney song “Yesterday” was released as a Beatles single. 1967, The Beatles formed an electronics company called Fiftyshapes, Ltd. appointing John Alexis Mardas (Magic Alex) to be the company’s director. Alex claimed he could build a 72-track tape machine, instead of the 4-track at Abbey Road (this never materialized). One of his […]

Today in Rock History – September 7th

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1968, The Doors played the first of two nights at The Roundhouse, London, playing twice nightly on their first UK visit. Granada TV filmed the sold out gigs, later shown as “The Doors Are Open,” which were attended by members of The Rolling Stones and Traffic. 1968, The Beach Boys played at at Patio Gardens […]

Today in Rock History – September 3rd

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1966, Donovan went to No.1 on the US singles chart with “Sunshine Superman,” a No.2 hit in the UK. The track featured then Yardbird and future Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page. 1967, During a 10-date tour of Sweden, The Jimi Hendrix Experience appeared at the Liseburg in Gothenburg, Sweden. 1968, After a two week absence, […]

Today in Rock History – August 20th

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1965, The Rolling Stones’ manager Andrew Loog Oldham and his partner Tony Calder launched Immediate records. Their first release was The McCoy’s “Hang On Sloopy.” Mick Jagger, Eric Clapton and Nico  all attended the launch party. The label became the home of The Small Faces, The Nice, Amen Corner and Chris Farlowe and a young […]

Today in Rock History – August 18th

1964, Over 9,000 frenzied fans met The Beatles as they arrived in San Francisco, to begin an American tour. The Beatles were driven into a protective fence enclosure so that photographers could take pictures. As the 9,000 fans pressed against the fencing, it gave way, with The Beatles managing to get out split-seconds before it […]

Song Of The Day by Eric Berman – “Electricity (Drugs)” by Talking Heads

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Song Of The Day by Eric Berman – “Electricity (Drugs)” by Talking Heads One of the musical highlights of our 16 hour car trip from The Outer Banks of North Carolina back home to Chicago was listening Talking Heads’ live double album entitled The Name Of This Band Is Talking Heads. The second half of […]

Today in Rock History – August 9th

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1967, The Small Faces entered the singles chart with “Itchycoo Park,” the single peaked at No.3. 1968, Janis Joplin performs at Kiel Auditorium in St. Louis, Missouri. 1968, After the other Beatles had gone home for the evening (2.00 am), Paul McCartney stayed behind and recorded “‘Mother Nature’s Son,” in 25 takes at Abbey Road […]

Today in Rock History – August 1st

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1964, The Beatles scored their fifth US No.1 single in seven months when “A Hard Day’s Night” went to the top of the charts. The group had now spent seventeen weeks at the No.1 position in this year. 1964, Billboard Magazine reported that the harmonica was making a comeback in a big way thanks to […]

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 12th

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1962, The Rolling Stones made their live debut at the Marquee Jazz Club, London, with Dick Taylor on bass (later of The Pretty Things) and Mick Avory on drums, (later of The Kinks). They were a last minute fill-in for Alexis Korner’s Blues Incorporated, who had been plucked to appear on BBC radio’s Jazz Club […]

Today in Rock History – July 10th

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1965, The Rolling Stones started a four week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction,” the group’s first chart-topper there. In the UK, the song was initially played only on pirate radio stations because its lyrics were considered too sexually suggestive. 1966, Johnny Tilotson, The Jive Five, The […]

Today in Rock History – July 5th

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1964, The Irish band Them, featuring Van Morrison, record “Gloria.” 1965, The Four Tops record their No. 5 hit “It’s the Same Old Song.” Ironically, it sounds just like their No. 1 “I Can’t Help Myself.” 1965, Marty Balin and Paul Kantner formed a Folk-Rock group that would evolve into the Jefferson Airplane, the premier […]

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 – 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 […]