Today in Rock History – April 13th

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1966, At Abbey Road, the Beatles record “Paperback Writer.” 1966, During a four month world tour, Bob Dylan appeared at Sydney Stadium in Sydney Australia, the first of seven shows in Australia. 1967, Nancy and Frank Sinatra were at No.1 on the singles chart with ‘Somethin’ Stupid’, making them the only father and daughter to […]

Today in Rock History – April 12th

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1968, Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention play the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences dinner in New York. Zappa tells the audience, “All year long you people have manufactured this crap, now for one night you’re gonna have to listen to it!” 1969, The 5th Dimension started a six week run at […]

Today in Rock History – April 8th

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1964, The Supremes record “Where Did Our Love Go” at Motown Studios in Detroit. The song would become the first of their five number one singles. 1965, Unit Four Plus Two were at No.1 on the singles chart with “Concrete And Clay,” the English group’s only No.1 hit. 1966, The Who played at Queens Hall […]

Today in Rock History – April 4th

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1964, The Beatles held the top five places on the US singles chart, at No. 5 “Please Please Me,” No.4 “I Want To Hold Your Hand,” No.3, “Roll Over Beethoven,” No.2 “Love Me Do,” and at No.1 “Can’t Buy Me Love.” They also had another nine singles on the chart, bringing their total to fourteen […]

Today in Rock History – March 8th

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1965, Bob Dylan’s single “Subterranean Homesick Blues” was released in the US. The lead track from his Bringing It All Back Home album, gave Dylan his first top 40 hit. Subterranean Homesick Blues is also noted for its innovative film clip, in what became one of the first modern promotional film clips. The clip was […]

Today in Rock History – March 2nd

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1967, The ninth annual Grammy Awards are held. Frank Sinatra’s Sinatra, A Man and His Music wins Album of the Year, while “Strangers in the Night” is named Record of the Year. John Lennon and Paul McCartney win the Song of the Year Grammy for “Michelle.” 1967, Engelbert Humperdinck was at number one on the […]

Today in Rock History – February 3rd

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1959, 22 year old Buddy Holly, The Big Bopper and Ritchie Valens, aged 17, died in a crash shortly after take-off from Clear Lake, Iowa, the pilot of the single-engined Beechcraft Bonanza plane was also killed. Holly hired the plane after heating problems developed on his tourbus. All three were traveling to Fargo, North Dakota, for […]

Today in Rock History – January 30th

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1964, The Searchers were at number one on the UK singles chart with the Sonny Bono song “Needles And Pins.” The group’s second UK chart topper had originally been recorded by Jackie DeShannon 1967, In Kent, England, the Beatles shoot a promotional clip for “Strawberry Fields Forever,” while the Jimi Hendrix Experience are filmed at […]

Janis Joplin, Rock History – January 25th

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1963, Janis Joplin performs in San Francisco for the first time, singing at the North Beach coffeehouse. In lieu of money, Janis passes the hat for beers. She often sings a cappella at the Coffee Confusion and the Coffee Gallery, occasionally accompanied by Jorma Kaukonen (future guitarist with Jefferson Airplane). Joplin sings Bessie Smith and […]

Today in Rock History – January 14th

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1965, Bob Dylan starts recording Bringing It All Back Home. 1966, The Who play Municipal Hall in Pontypridd, Wales, United Kingdom. 1966, David Bowie release his first single, “Can’t Help Thinking About Me,” on Parlophone Records. 1967, Pink Floyd played at the Coming-Up Hop, held at The Great Hall, University of Reading, Whiteknights, Reading England. […]

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 23rd

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1964, During a US tour Beach Boy Brian Wilson had a nervous breakdown during a flight from Los Angeles to Houston. Wilson left the band to concentrate on writing and producing. Glen Campbell replaced Wilson for the bands live shows. 1964, Radio London, one of England’s first offshore “pirate” radio stations, begins broadcasting. Ella Fitzgerald’s […]

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. 1965, Marc Bolan appeared live on the UK TV show Five O’Clock Funfair, performing “The Wizard.” 1967, The […]

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 […]