Today in Rock History – April 14th

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1969, The recording of ‘The Ballad Of John and Yoko’ took place, with just two Beatles, Paul McCartney and John Lennon. Paul played bass, drums and piano with John on guitars and lead vocals. The song was banned from many radio stations as being blasphemous. On some stations, the word ‘Christ’ was edited in backwards […]

Song Of The Day by Eric Berman – The Jukebox Series #74 – The Who: “I Can See For Miles” b/w “Mary-Anne With The Shaky Hands”– Decca 32206 (G8/H8)

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Song Of The Day by Eric Berman – The Jukebox Series #74 – The Who: “I Can See For Miles” b/w “Mary-Anne With The Shaky Hands”– Decca 32206 (G8/H8) “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 […]

Today in Rock History – December 9th

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1966, Supergroup Cream released their debut studio album ‘Fresh Cream’ in the UK. The three piece of Eric Clapton, Jack Bruce and Ginger Baker also released their second single ‘I Feel Free’ on the same day. 1967, The Doors appeared at the New Haven Arena, New Haven, Connecticut. Before the show a policeman found singer […]

Today in Rock History – June 20th

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1967, At San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park, the Grateful Dead, Big Brother & the Holding Company, and Quicksilver Messenger Service all perform for the summer solstice celebrations. 1969, David Bowie recorded ‘Space Oddity’ at Trident Studios London. The track went on to become a No.1 when re-released in 1975. 1969, The first of a three […]

Today in Rock History – May 19th

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1973, Stevie Wonder went to No.1 on the singles chart with ‘You Are The Sunshine Of My Life’. His third No.1, 1973, Paul Simon released the single ‘Kodachrome’ which became a hit in the US, but was banned from airplay in the UK because it contained a brand name. 1974, The Grateful Dead performed at […]

Today in Rock History – May 16th

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1966, The Beach Boys released the album ‘Pet Sounds.’ The album is now regarded as the masterpiece of composer-producer Brian Wilson, and is often hailed as one of the best and most influential albums in popular music. 1966, Dylan’s iconic Blonde On Blonde album was released, reaching No.9 in the US charts and No.3 in […]

Song Of The Day by Eric Berman – “I’m The Face” by The High Numbers

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The Who formed out of the ashes of two bands. Pete Townshend and John Entwistle had a Dixieland Jazz band called The Confederates while Roger Daltry had a blues band called The Detours. One day, Daltry saw Entwistle walking down the street with his bass and asked him to join The Detours. Entwistle joined and […]

Song Of The Day by Eric Berman – “I’ve Had Enough” by Pete Townshend

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One of the gems I picked up on Record Store Day last weekend was the second volume of “Quadrophenia” demos by Pete Townshend pressed on 10″ vinyl. (The first volume was released last November on Black Friday Record Store Day.) Last year, The Who released a deluxe “Quadrophenia” CD box set that featured the whole […]