Today in Rock History – March 29th

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1967, During a European tour The Rolling Stones appeared at the Bremen-Stadthalle in Germany. Also on the tour, The Easybeats and The Creation. 1967, Working at Abbey Road studios The Beatles finished recording “Good Morning Good Morning.” They then started work on a new song “With a Little Help From My Friends,” (originally titled “Bad […]

Today in Rock History – March 18th

1967, The UK music magazine New Musical Express announced that former Spencer Davis Group member Steve Winwood was planning to form a new group with Jim Capaldi, Chris Wood and Dave Mason. The ensemble would choose the name Traffic. 1967, Pink Floyd played at Enfield College of Technology, Enfield, England. 1967, The Beatles scored their […]

Today in Rock History – March 11th

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1965, Tom Jones was at No.1 on the singles chart with “It’s Not Unusual.” 1966, This week’s ITV music show Ready Steady Go in the UK, was entirely devoted to the music of James Brown. 1966, Marianne Faithfull, Coltrane Union, The Swinging Blue Jeans, Rick & Us, plus Pink Floyd performed for the first of two […]

Today in Rock History – March 3rd

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1966, Neil Young, Stephen Stills and Richie Furay formed Buffalo Springfield in Los Angeles. 1966, The Who played at the Victoria Ballroom in Chesterfield, Derbyshire, England. 1967, The Doors appear at the Avalon Ballroom, San Francisco. 1967, In London, guitarist Jeff Beck debuts his new group featuring bassist Ron Wood, drummer Aynsley Dunbar, and a […]

Today in Rock History – February 19th

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1965, Working at Abbey Road studios in London, The Beatles recorded a new John Lennon song “You’re Going To Lose That Girl” in two takes. The track was released on the Help! album. 1966, Lou Christie went to No.1 on the singles chart with “Lightnin Strikes.” 1966, Bob Dylan appeared at Ottawa Auditorium in Ottawa, […]

Today in Rock History – February 18th

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1965, The Kinks were at No.1 on the singles chart with “Tired Of Waiting For You,” the group’s second No.1. 1965, Working at Abbey Road studios in London, The Beatles recorded two new songs: John Lennon’s “You’ve Got to Hide Your Love Away” and a new Paul McCartney song “Tell Me What You See.” 1966, […]

Today in Rock History – February 10th

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1967, The Beatles recorded the orchestral build-up for the middle and end of ‘A Day in the Life’. At the Beatles” request, the orchestra members arrived in full evening dress along with novelty items. One violinist wore a red clown”s nose, while another a fake gorilla”s paw on his bow hand. Others were wearing funny […]

Today in Rock History – February 7th

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1963, The first Beatles single “Please Please Me” was released in the US on the Vee Jay label. 1964, Pan Am flight 101 was greeted by over 5,000 Beatles fans as it arrived at New York’s JFK airport, bringing The Beatles to the US for the first time and causing riotous scenes as they touched […]

Today in Rock History – January 24th

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1965, The film Ferry Cross the Mersey premieres at the Liverpool Odeon. Imagine A Hard Day’s Night, only starring Gerry & the Pacemakers. 1967, Jimi Hendrix performed at the Marquee Club in London. 1969, At the Apple Studios in London, the Beatles work on recording “On Our Way Home,” “Teddy Boy,” “Maggie Mae,” “Dig It,” […]

Today in Rock History – January 23nd

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1964, The Searchers were at No.1 on the singles chart with the Sonny Bono song “Needles And Pins.” 1966, Big Brother & the Holding Company play their first gig on the second day of the Trips Festival at San Francisco’s Longshoreman’s Hall, this show did not include Janis Joplin, who would join the band in […]

Today in Rock History – January 21st

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1965, The Byrds record “Mr. Tambourine Man.” Well, not really. The only actual Byrd 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 U.S. 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 No.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 finding […]

Today in Rock History – January 16th

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1964, The Dave Clark Five were at No.1 on the singles chart with ‘Glad All Over’, the group’s only No.1. 1964, The Beatles played two shows at the Olympia Theatre, Paris, France, the first of an 18-night engagement. This first show was attended mostly by Paris’ ‘top society’ members (all dressed in formal evening attire). […]

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 No.1 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 by […]