Today in Rock History – December 25th

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1964, The Supremes, Marvin Gaye, The Temptations, The Miracles, Stevie Wonder and The Marvelettes all appeared at The Fox Theatre, Brooklyn, New York. 1964, The Beatles, recorded six songs for the BBC radio program Saturday Club in London: ‘Rock and Roll Music’, ‘I’m a Loser’, ‘Everybody’s Trying to Be My Baby’, ‘I Feel Fine’, ‘Kansas […]

Today in Rock History – December 22nd

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1966,  Pink Floyd played the first of of 11 gigs at The Marquee Club. They had appeared there earlier in the year, but only as a support act. 1967, The Jimi Hendrix Experience, Pink Floyd, The Who, Keith West and Tomorrow, Eric Burdon & The Animals, 1984 (featuring future Queen guitarist Brian May) and Soft […]

Today in Rock History – November 23rd

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1964, The Rolling Stones are banned from the BBC for unprofessionalism after showing up late for appearances on the radio shows ‘Top Gear’ and ‘Saturday Club.’ 1965, Dave Clark Five perform at Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto. 1967, The Who appeared at The New Barn, Lions Delaware County Fairgrounds, Muncie, Indiana. 1968, Led Zeppelin plays […]

Today in Rock History – October 31st

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1964, Bob Dylan performs a Halloween concert at New York’s Philharmonic Hall. CBS is recording the show for a possible live album. Dylan shows off a new composition called “Advice to Geraldine on Her Miscellaneous Birthday.” 1964, Ray Charles was arrested by Logan Airport customs officials in Boston and charged with possession of heroin. This […]

Song Of The Day by Eric Berman – The Jukebox Series #16 – The Beatles: “Paperback Writer” b/w “Rain” – Capitol 45 RPM Single 5651 (K2/L2)

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          Song Of The Day by Eric Berman – The Jukebox Series #16 – The Beatles: “Paperback Writer” b/w “Rain” – Capitol 45 RPM Single 5651 (K2/L2) “The Jukebox Series” focuses on the 80 records that inhabit my 1963 Seeburg LPC1 jukebox. I’ve had my jukebox (or as I like to […]

Today in Rock History – October 24th

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1964, The Rolling Stones kicked off an 11 date North American tour playing two shows at The New York Academy of Music. 1966, The Who performed at Folkparken, Halmstad, Sweden. 1969, Humble Pie appeared at the Empire, Sunderland, England supported by David Bowie. 1970, Santana scored their first No.1 album with ‘Abraxas’. 1970, Pink Floyd […]

Song Of The Day by Eric Berman – “We Can Work It Out” by Stevie Wonder

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He was no longer little…but he was not yet big either… By 1970, Stevie Wonder had grown restless with the constraints that Motown Records put upon his creativity. Rather than continue to create commercial fodder that was sure to climb the charts, Wonder wanted to dig deeper by addressing social concerns with his music, and […]

Today in Rock History – September 20th

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1968, Led Zeppelin (recording under the name of The Yardbirds) started recording their debut album at Olympic Studios, Barnes, London, England. The album took only about 36 hours of studio time to complete at a cost of around £1,782, with most of the tracks being recorded “live” in the studio with very few overdubs. 1969, […]

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 4th

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1968, The Beatles recorded promotional videos for ‘Hey Jude’ and ‘Revolution’ at Twickenham Film Studios. The vocals are recorded live over the pre-recorded instrumental tracks to get round the current British Musicians Union ban on lip-sync performances. For ‘Hey Jude’, The Beatles were accompanied by a 36-piece orchestra and 300 fans and other assorted extras […]

Today in Rock History – August 10th

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1968, Deep Purple, Tyrannosaurus Rex, Ten Years After, The Nice, Ginger Baker and Arthur Brown all appeared at the National Jazz & Blues Festival, Kempton Park Racecourse, Sunbury On Thames, England. 1968, Tom Jones went to No.1 on the album chart with ‘Delilah’. 1969, During a North American tour, Led Zeppelin appeared at the San […]

Today in Rock History – August 3rd

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1966, The Rolling Stones record “Have You Seen Your Mother, Baby, Standing in the Shadow” in Los Angeles. 1967, The Jimi Hendrix Experience played the first of five nights at the Salvation Club in New York City. 1967, To promote Ravi Shankar’s Hollywood Bowl concert on August 4, George Harrison joins the sitar player at […]

Today in Rock History – July 22nd

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1967, Quicksilver Messenger Service and Big Brother & the Holding Co. appeared at the Convention Hall, San Diego, California. 1967, The Who play their first American live gig at New York’s Paramount Theater. 1969, Aretha Franklin was arrested for causing a disturbance in a Detroit parking lot. 1969, The Doors perform at the Aquarius Theater […]

Today in Rock History – July 20th

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1965, Bob Dylan releases “Like a Rolling Stone.” The single becomes his first major hit, reaching No. 2. 1965, The Lovin’ Spoonful release “Do You Believe in Magic.” The debut single goes to No. 9. 1967, Jerry Lee Lewis kicks off his first English tour since he was hounded out of the country for being […]

Today in Rock History – July 9th

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1967, On a tour supporting The Monkees, The Jimi Hendrix Experience appear at the Convention Hall, Miami, Florida. After it becomes plainly apparent that the group is not suited to teenybopper audiences, the tour’s promoter Dick Clark and Hendrix’s manager Chas Chandler concoct a story saying that the conservative Daughters of the American Revolution group […]