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 […]

Today in Rock History – October 30th

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1967, The Who play City Hall in Newcastle. The quite different stereo mix of Also, The Who Sell Out is created at De Lane Lea Studios in London. That evening Nederland 2 airs Vjoew featuring an interview with Pete conducted by John Peel. Pete plays an acetate of “Armenia City In The Sky,” showing the […]

Today in Rock History – October 29th

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1965, The Rolling Stones kicked off their fourth 37-date North American tour at the Forum in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. 1965, The Who released the single “My Generation” in the UK. The song was named the 11th greatest song by Rolling Stone on their list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time and 13th on […]

Today in Rock History – October 27th

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1964, 31 year old Salvatore Philip Bono married 18 year old Cherilyn Sarkisian La Piere. For a time they performed together as Caesar and Cleo before changing the name of their act to Sonny and Cher. Their union lasted 12 years. 1966, The Four Tops were at number one on the UK singles chart with […]

Today in Rock History – October 25th

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1964, The Rolling Stones appeared for the first time on The Ed Sullivan Show from New York, performing “Around And Around” and ‘Time Is On My Side.” A riot breaks out in the studio, prompting Sullivan’s infamous quote, “I promise you they’ll never be back on our show again.” The Rolling Stones went on 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. 1967, The Who record an acoustic version of “Mary Anne With The Shaky Hands” at De Lane Lea Studios in London. 1969, Yes performed at Nottingham […]

Today in Rock History – October 23rd

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1966, The Jimi Hendrix Experience recorded their first single “Hey Joe,” at De Lane Lea studios in London. The earliest known commercial recording of the song is the late-1965 single by the Los Angeles garage band the The Leaves. The band then re-recorded the track and released it in 1966 as a follow-up single which […]

Today in Rock History – October 21st

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1965, Wanting to improve on a previous recording session The Beatles started from scratch on a new song called “Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown,”) finishing recordings in three takes. They also begin working on a new John Lennon song “Nowhere Man.” 1965, The Kingsmen sing their scandalous “Louie Louie” on Shindig!   Also guesting were […]

Today in Rock History – October 17th

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1964, Manfred Mann started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with “Do Wah Diddy Diddy,” possibly the first No.1 with a nonsense song title. Also a No.1 in the UK, the song was first released by the US group The Exciters. 1967, A 10-date package tour of the UK played […]

Today in Rock History – October 15th

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1966, Pink Floyd (who were paid £15 for the gig), The Move, Denny Laine, and Soft Machine all appeared at the launch for International Times at London’s Roundhouse. 1966, The Four Tops started a two week run at number one on the singles chart with “Reach Out And I’ll Be There.” 1967, Cream played at […]

Today in Rock History – October 14th

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1965, The Rolling Stones, The Spencer Davis Group, Unit 4 Plus 2, The Checkmates, The Habit, The End and Charlie Dickins all appeared at The Odeon, Birmingham during a UK tour. 1966, Pink Floyd played their first ever “underground” set when they appeared at All Saints Hall, Notting Hill, London. 1966, The Who performed at […]

Today in Rock History – October 13th

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1965, The Who recorded “My Generation,” at Pye studios, London. When released as a single it reached number two on the UK chart, held off the top position by The Seekers “The Carnival Is Over.” Roger Daltrey would later say that he stuttered the lyrics to try to fit them to the music. The BBC […]

Today in Rock History – October 12th

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1965, The Beatles recorded “Run For Your Life” in its entirety, in five takes for their upcoming album Rubber Soul at Abbey Road Studio’s London. John Lennon later admits to lifting two lines from Elvis Presley’s 1955 hit “Baby Let’s Play House.” The group also works on another new Lennon song “This Bird Has Flown,” […]

Today in Rock History – October 11th

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1962, The Beatles made their first appearance on the UK singles chart with “Love Me Do,” which peaked at number four. 1964, The Who performed at Wolsey Hall, Cheshunt, England. 1967, The Doors appeared at Danbury High School, Danbury, Connecticut. Before the group came on stage, an announcer told the audience not to leave their […]

Today in Rock History – October 9th

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1965, The Beatles started a four week run at No.1 on the singles chart with the Paul McCartney ballad “Yesterday,” giving the group their tenth No.1. It was never released as a single in the UK until 1976. 1967, Jimi Hendrix performed at The Olympia Theatre in Paris. 1969, Yes appeared at Grugahalle, Essen, Germany. […]