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, that gave Rod Stewart his first major exposure. 1967, The […]

Today in Rock History – October 17th

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1964, Manfred Mann started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with “Do Wah Diddy Diddy,” possibly the first No.1 with a nonsense song title. Also a No.1 in the UK, the song was first released by the US group The Exciters. 1967, A 10-date package tour of the UK played […]

Today in Rock History – October 10th

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1964, During a UK tour The Beatles appeared at De Montfort Hall in Leicester. Ringo Starr drove himself to the venue after taking delivery of a brand new Facel Vega, apparently reaching speeds of 140 MPH on the M6 motorway. 1966, The Who played at Bath Pavilion in Bath, Somerset, England. 1967, Jimi Hendrix performed at […]

Today in Rock History – October 8th

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1964, Working at Abbey Road studios in London, The Beatles recorded their next single “She’s a Woman” in seven takes, plus overdubs, recording the song from start to finish in five hours. 1964, Roy Orbison was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with “Oh Pretty Woman,” his third UK No.1. The title was inspired […]

Today in Rock History – October 7th

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1966, The Rolling Stones made their last appearance on UK TV Pop show Ready Steady Go! 1966, Johnny Kidd was killed in a car crash while on UK tour in Radcliffe, Manchester. He was 27. Kidd had the 1960 UK No.1 single “Shakin’ All Over.”  The Guess Who covered it in 1965, and the following […]

Today in Rock History – October 4th

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1966, The Byrds played the first of a 13 night run at The Village Gate, New York City. 1967, A 10-date package tour of the UK kicked off at London’s Finsbury Park, featuring Traffic, The Young Rascals, Vanilla Fudge, Art and Keith West. 1968, On the first night of a UK club tour Led Zeppelin […]

Today in Rock History – October 2nd

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1965, The McCoys were at No. 1 on the US singles chart with “Hang On Sloopy.” It was No.5 in the UK when released on Andrew Oldham’s new Immediate label. The song was first released by The Vibrations and called “My Girl Sloopy.” 1967, All six members of The Grateful Dead were busted by California […]

Today in Rock History – September 28th

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1968, The Beatles started a nine week run at No.1 on the singles chart with “Hey Jude.” The Paul McCartney penned tune was about Lennon’s son Julian, and gave the Fab Four their sixteenth No.1 and the biggest selling single of 1968. 1968, The Rascals went to No.1 on the album chart with Time Peace […]

Today in Rock History – September 27th

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1964, The Beach Boys made their TV debut on The Ed Sullivan Show on US TV where they performed “I Get Around” and “Wendy.” 1967,  The Beatles recorded various parts for the new John Lennon song “I Am The Walrus” and the new Paul McCartney song “Fool On The Hill.” 1968, The Velvet Underground performed […]

Today in Rock History – September 25th

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1965, The Beatles cartoon series premiered on ABC TV in the US. The first story was titled I Want To Hold Your Hand and had the group exploring the ocean floor in a diving bell where they met a lovesick octopus. 1967, The Beatles began recording the new Paul McCartney song “The Fool on the […]

Today in Rock History – September 23rd

1966, The Rolling Stones 66 12-date UK tour kicked off at the Royal Albert Hall London. Supported by The Yardbirds, Ike and Tina Turner, and Peter Jay and the New Jaywalkers. Both Keith Moon and John Entwistle from The Who were in the audience. 1967,  The Mothers Of Invention appeared at the Royal Albert Hall […]

Today in Rock History – September 21st

1968, Deep Purple made No.4 on the US singles chart with their debut single “Hush.”‘ 1968, Jeannie C Riley went to No.1 on the singles chart with “Harper Valley PTA.” Jeannie won a Grammy for the best female country singer of 1968. 1968, Madame Tussaud’s Waxworks in London gave The Beatles their fifth image change […]

Today in Rock History – September 17th

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1967, The Doors were banned from The Ed Sullivan Show after Jim Morrison broke his agreement with the show’s producers. Morrison said before the performance that he wouldn’t sing the words, “Girl, we couldn’t get much higher,” from “Light My Fire” but did anyway. The Doors also performed their new single “People Are Strange.” 1967, […]

Today in Rock History – September 16th

1967, Jimi Hendrix’s debut LP, Are You Experienced? entered the Billboard Hot 200 album chart, where it stayed for 106 weeks, including 77 weeks in the Top 40. In 2003, Rolling Stone magazine ranked it No.15 on their 500 Greatest Albums of All Time and two years later it was selected for permanent preservation in […]

Today in Rock History – September 15th

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1965, The Ford Motor Company became the first automaker to offer an 8-track tape player as an option for their entire line of vehicles on sale in the US. Tapes were initially only available at auto parts stores. Home 8-track equipment was still a year away. 1966, The Who played at Gaumont Theatre in Stoke-on-Trent, […]