Today in Rock History – May 19th

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1967, The Beatles held a press party at manager’s Brian Epstein’s house in London for the launch of the ‘Sgt Pepper’s’ album. Linda Eastman was hired as the press photographer. 1967, Pink Floyd played at Club A’ Go Go in Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear, England. 1969, The Who appeared at The Rock Pile […]

Today in Rock History – May 6th

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1965, In their Clearwater, Florida hotel room, Mick Jagger and Keith Richards worked out the opening guitar riff of “Satisfaction,” following Richard’s purchase of a Gibson fuzz-box earlier that day. 1966, The Who appeared at the Top Hat Ballroom in Lisburn, Northern Ireland. 1966, Working at Abbey Road studios in London, The Beatles recorded overdubs […]

Today in Rock History – May 3rd

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1968, The Jimi Hendrix Experience recorded ‘Voodoo Chile.’ It was featured on the ‘Electric Ladyland’ double album and became an UK No.1 single on 21st November 1970 two months after the guitarist’s death. 1969, Canadian police bust Jimi Hendrix for narcotics possession at Toronto International Airport. He’s later released after posting $10,000 bail. 1971, Grand […]

Song Of The Day by Eric Berman – “Waters Of March” by Art Garfunkel

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Song Of The Day by Eric Berman – “Waters Of March” by Art Garfunkel Art Garfunkel certainly missed his calling during his post Simon & Garfunkel solo career. If ever an artist was better suited to cut a Bossa Nova album, it was Art Garfunkel who possesses a gentle, smooth voice and impressive octave range […]

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 […]

Song Of The Day by Eric Berman – The Jukebox Series #80 – Simon & Garfunkel: “Cecilia” b/w “The Only Living Boy In New York”– Columbia 4-45133 (U8/V8)

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Song Of The Day by Eric Berman – The Jukebox Series #80 – Simon & Garfunkel: “Cecilia” b/w “The Only Living Boy In New York”– Columbia 4-45133 (U8/V8) “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 call it “the […]

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 – February 5th

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1967, The Beatles filmed part of the promo clip for ‘Penny Lane’ around the Royal Theatre, Stratford, London and walking up and down Angel Lane. 1967, The News Of The World reported that Mick Jagger had taken LSD at the Moody Blues’ home in the UK. Jagger sued the paper for libel in an on-going […]

Today in Rock History – January 31st

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1964, Sales figures show that the Beatles’ “She Loves You” has sold 1.3 million copies in England, while “I Want to Hold Your Hand” has sold 1.5 million. 1967, The Beatles spent a second day at Knole Park, Sevenoaks, Kent, England to complete filming for the ‘Strawberry Fields Forever’ promotional video. The film was shot […]

Today in Rock History – December 6th

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1962, During sessions for the ‘Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan’ album, Dylan recorded ‘A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall’ and versions of ‘Hero Blues’, ‘Whatcha Gonna Do’, ‘Oxford Town’, and ‘I Shall Be Free’, at Studio A, Columbia Recording Studios in New York City. 1964, The film ‘Ferry Cross The Mersey’ premiered in London. Featuring Gerry And The […]

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 […]

Today in Rock History – November 19th

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1964, The Supremes became the first all girl group to have a UK No.1 single when ‘Baby Love’ went to the top of the charts. 1965, David Bowie and the Lower 3rd appeared at The Marquee Club, London. 1965, The Kinks, The Who, Georgie Fame & The Blue Fames, The Hollies, Wilson Pickett and The […]

Today in Rock History – August 15th

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1965, The Beatles set a new world record for the largest attendance at a pop concert when they played in front of 55,600 fans at Shea Stadium in New York City. Sharing the bill with The Beatles; Brenda Holloway, The King Curtis Band, The Young Rascals and Sounds Incorporated. The Beatles were paid $160,000 for […]

Song Of The Day by Eric Berman – “Thelma” by Paul Simon

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It boggles the mind how a song this good could have been left in the can, but that was indeed the fate of the Paul Simon outtake “Thelma,” which was originally intended for his 1990 album The Rhythm Of The Saints. (The song would surface three years later on the Paul Simon 1964 – 1993 […]

Song Of The Day by Eric Berman – “Dancin’ Wild” by Tom & Jerry

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          Before “The Boy In The Bubble” and “Graceland”…before “50 Ways To Leave Your Lover” and “Me And Julio Down By The Schoolyard”…and before “Bridge Over Troubled Water” and “Sound Of Silence,” there was “Hey Schoolgirl” and a multitude of early recordings by the likes of Tom & Jerry, Jerry Landis, […]