Today in Rock History – January 24th

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1965, The film Ferry Cross the Mersey premieres at the Liverpool Odeon. It was the first to be shot on location in Liverpool after the city’s emergence into the music mainstream For authenticity, many scenes were shot in clubs near the home of Gerry and the Pacemakers’ frontman Gerry Marsden. Marsden wrote nine new songs […]

Today in Rock History – January 23nd

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1964, The Searchers were at number one on the singles chart with the Sonny Bono song “Needles And Pins.” 1965, The Who play the Corn Exchange at Chelmsford and then an all-night rave at the Club Noreik in Tottenham. Opening for The Who at the all-night rave is The Muleskinners featuring future Small Faces’ keyboardist, […]

Today in Rock History – January 21st

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1965, The Byrds record “Mr. Tambourine Man.”  The only actual member of the band who performs on the record is lead guitarist/singer Jim McGuinn. Musicians from the fabled “Wrecking Crew,” including Larry Knetchel on bass, replace the rest of the band. 1965, The US Immigration Department forces The Animals to cancel a performance at New […]

Today in Rock History – January 17th

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1964, The Rolling Stones released their first EP, which included, “You Better Move On,” “Poison Ivy,” “Bye Bye Johnny,” and “Money.” It peaked at number 15 on the UK chart. 1966, NBC-TV  bought The Monkees series, placing it on their 1966 autumn schedule. 1967, The Daily Mail ran the story about a local council survey […]

Today in Rock History – January 16th

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1964, The Dave Clark Five were at number one on the singles chart with “Glad All Over,” the group’s only chart topper. 1964, The Beatles played two shows at the Olympia Theatre, Paris, France, the first of an 18-night engagement. The first show was attended mostly by Paris’ top society members, all dressed in formal […]

Song of the Day by Eric Berman – “Saddle Up The Palomino” by Neil Young

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Song of the Day by Eric Berman – “Saddle Up The Palomino” by Neil Young American Stars And Bars was one of Neil Young’s most patchy albums, but that’s not because the material on the record is lacking. Quite the contrary, the songs are pretty much top notch throughout this “Whitman Sampler” of styles and […]

Today in Rock History – November 22nd

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1963, The Beatles released their second album With The Beatles, which spent 51 weeks on the UK charts. 1963, President John F. Kennedy is shot in Dallas, Texas as his motorcade passes through downtown. He is pronounced dead at Parkland Medical Center. 1964, The Who appeared at the Goldhawk Social Club in London. 1965, Bob […]

Today in Rock History – November 20th

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1967, Strawberry Alarm Clock were at number one on the singles chart with “Incense And Peppermints.” 1967,  The Beach Boys release their own album of throbbing tones, Smiley Smile. The follow-up to Pet Sounds fails to chart, despite boasting the singles “Heroes and Villains” and “Good Vibrations.” 1968, Mike Bloomfield and Nick Gravenites are approached […]

Today in Rock History – November 18th

1963, The Beatles received silver LP discs for Please Please Me and With the Beatles at a ceremony held at EMI House in London. They also received a silver EP for ‘Twist and Shout’ and a silver single for ‘She Loves You’. The band then attend a cocktail party and a formal lunch in the […]

Today in Rock History – November 15th

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1966, The Doors officially signed with Elektra Records in a deal for the band to produce seven albums. The band also reluctantly agreed to release “Break On Through” as their first single. The lyric “She gets high/she gets high/she gets high” was changed to “She gets/she gets/she gets” in order to secure radio play. 1967, […]

Today in Rock History – November 3rd

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1967, The filming for The Beatles Magical Mystery Tour was completed finishing with a sequence at Ringo’s country house in Weybridge, Surrey, BBC television bought the rights to broadcast the film twice, the first broadcast, in black-and-white was scheduled for December 26, 1967. The second showing, on the color channel BBC2, was not yet available […]

Today in Rock History – October 13th

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1965, The Who recorded “My Generation,” at Pye studios, London. When released as a single it reached number two on the UK chart, held off the top position by The Seekers “The Carnival Is Over.” Roger Daltrey would later say that he stuttered the lyrics to try to fit them to the music. The BBC […]

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 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 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 […]