Today in Rock History – May 22nd

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1964, The Beatles arrived back from their first US trip at Heathrow Airport and were greeted by thousands of fans. Also on this day The Beatles scored their second chart topping album with The Beatles Second Album. It displaced Meet The Beatles! from the top of the charts. 1965,  The Beatles’ “Ticket to Ride ” surpassed Herman’s […]

Today in Rock History – May 14th

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1964, Jan & Dean start recording “Little Old Lady (From Pasadena).” 1965, The Who appeared at Civic Hall in Dunstable, Bedfordshire, England. 1965, San Francisco radio station KYA hosts the Rolling Stones, the Byrds, Beau Brummels, Paul Revere & the Raiders, and the Vejtables at the Civic Auditorium. 1966, The Who played at Palais in […]

Today in Rock History – May 12th

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1965, The Rolling Stones recorded “(I Can’t Get No), Satisfaction” at RCA Hollywood studios. Keith Richards had come up with the guitar riff in the middle of the night a week earlier. It gave the band their first number one single in the US. 1967, Pink Floyd play London’s Queen Elizabeth Hall, one of their […]

Today in Rock History – May 11th

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1967, Pink Floyd begin two days of recording with producer Joe Boyd, working on the tracks “Interstellar Overdrive,” “Arnold Layne,” “Let’s Roll Another One” and “Nick’s Boogie.” 1967, The Bee Gees made their Top Of The Pops debut performing “New York Mining Disaster” on the UK TV show. 1968, Jimi Hendrix moves into a London […]

Today in Rock History – May 10th

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1966, A year after returning to her home state of Texas from San Francisco, Janis Joplin heads west again. She was summoned by Chet Helms, a friend who is now managing Big Brother & the Holding Company. He dispatches Travis Rivers, an old acquaintance of Janis’ from her Port Arthur, Texas days to convince the […]

Today in Rock History – May 4th

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1967, Pink Floyd performed at the Locarno Ballroom in Coventry, West Midlands, England. 1968, Steppenwolf make their first appearance on American Bandstand. 1968, The Yardbirds played at the Grande Ballroom in Detroit, Michigan. 1968, Mary Hopkin won her heat on the ITV talent show Opportunity Knocks. She later signed with The Beatles owned Apple Records, Paul […]

Today in Rock History – May 3rd

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1965, The Who play the Majestic Ballroom in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Tyne and Wear, England. 1967, Pink Floyd performed at Moulin Rouge in Ainsdale, Lancashire, England. 1968, The Jimi Hendrix Experience recorded “Voodoo Chile.” It was featured on the Electric Ladyland double album and became an UK chart topping single on 21st November 1970 two months after […]

Today in Rock History – May 1st

1965, Herman’s Hermits started a three week run at No.1 in the singles chart with “Mrs Brown You’ve Got A Lovely Daughter.” 1966, The Beatles played a 15-minute live set on stage for the last time in the UK when they appeared at the NME Poll Winners concert at Wembley Empire Pool. The Beatles set […]

Today in Rock History – April 30th

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1966, The Rolling Stones fourth album Aftermath went to No.1 on the chart, the group’s third No.1 album. 1966, The Young Rascals went to No.1 on the singles chart with “Good Lovin.” The song had been a hit for The Olympics the year before. 1967, Pink Floyd appeared at the Plaza Teen Club in Huddersfield, West […]

Today in Rock History – April 26th

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1965, Bob Dylan arrives in England for a tour promoting his new album, Bringing It All Back Home. D.A. Pennebaker films his performances and acerbic exchanges with the press for the documentary Don’t Look Back. 1965, The Who perform at Town Hall in Bridgwater, Summerset, England.  They are paid £200 ($320). 1966, Dusty Springfield was […]

Today in Rock History – April 24th

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1966, The Who performed at Birmingham Hippodrome in Birmingham, West Midlands, England. 1967, Pink Floyd appeared at Blue Opera Club, held at at The Feathers public house in London, England. A patron threw a penny a Roger Waters resulting in gash to his forehead. 1968,  Keith Moon, drummer with The Who, drove his Lincoln car […]

Today in Rock History – April 20th

Deep-Purple

1968, Deep Purple made their live debut at a gig in Tastrup, Denmark. Formally known as Roundabout, guitarist Ritchie Blackmore suggested a new name: Deep Purple, named after his grandmother’s favourite song (which had been a hit for Peter De Rose), after his grandmother had repeatedly asked if they would be performing the song. 1968, […]

Today in Rock History – April 19th

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1965, The film T.A.M.I. (Teen-Age Music International) Show featuring The Rolling Stones, Supremes Four Tops, James Brown, The Beach Boys and Smokey Robinson & The Miracles opened in London, England under the title Teenage Command Performance. 1965, The Beatles single “Ticket to Ride” was released on Capitol records in the US. The single’s label stated […]

Today in Rock History- April 18th

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1968, During a European tour, Pink Floyd played two shows at the Piper Club, in Rome, Italy. 1969, Lulu married Bee Gee Maurice Gibb, Brother Barry was the best man. The couple split in 1973. 1969, Jimi Hendrix performed at Ellis Auditorium in Memphis, Tennessee. 1970, Santana, Taj Mahal and It”s A Beautiful Day all […]

Today in Rock History – April 14th

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1969, The recording of ‘The Ballad Of John and Yoko’ took place, with just two Beatles, Paul McCartney and John Lennon. Paul played bass, drums and piano with John on guitars and lead vocals. The song was banned from many radio stations as being blasphemous. On some stations, the word ‘Christ’ was edited in backwards […]