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 15th

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1965, The Ford Motor Company became the first automaker to offer an 8-track tape player as an option for their entire line of vehicles on sale in the US. Tapes were initially only available at auto parts stores. Home 8-track equipment was still a year away. 1966, The Who played at Gaumont Theatre in Stoke-on-Trent, […]

Today in Rock History – September 13th

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1965, The Paul McCartney song “Yesterday” was released as a Beatles single. 1967, The Beatles formed an electronics company called Fiftyshapes, Ltd. appointing John Alexis Mardas (Magic Alex) to be the company’s director. Alex claimed he could build a 72-track tape machine, instead of the 4-track at Abbey Road (this never materialized). One of his […]

Today in Rock History – September 12th

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1968, During their first ever tour Led Zeppelin appeared at the Stora Scenen in Stockholm, Sweden. 1969, King Crimson appeared at the Lyceum Ballroom, London 1970, Creedence Clearwater Revival scored their first No.1 album with Cosmo’s Factory. It enjoyed a nine-week run at No.1 and sold over three million copies. 1970, Pink Floyd performed at […]

Today in Rock History – September 11th

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1967, Filming began for The Beatles Magical Mystery Tour. There was no script, nor a very clear idea of exactly what was to be accomplished, not even a clear direction about where the bus was supposed to go. The ‘Magical Mystery Tour’ bus set off for the West Country in England stopping for the night […]

Today in Rock History – September 9th

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1965, US newspaper The Hollywood Reporter ran the following advertisement; “Madness folk & roll musicians, singers wanted for acting roles in new TV show. Parts for 4 insane boys.” The Monkees were born. 1965, The Rolling Stones were at No.1  with (“I Can”t Get No) Satisfaction”. 1967, Pink Floyd opened a four-date Scandanavian tour at […]

Today in Rock History – September 8th

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1968, The Beatles performed “Hey Jude” on the UK television show ‘Frost On Sunday’ in front of an invited audience. 1968, Led Zeppelin played three shows in Denmark on this day, first appearing at the Fjordvilla club in Roskilde with The Ladybirds, who were an all girl topless go-go dancing outfit. Next, the played at […]

Today in Rock History – September 1st

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1966, The Byrds played the first of an 11-night run at the Whisky A Go-GO  in Hollywood, California. 1967, David Bowie released the single ‘Love You Till Tuesday’ which failed to reach the charts. 1967, The four Beatles held a meeting at Paul McCartney’s house in London to decide upon their next course of action […]

Today in Rock History – August 16th

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1938, American blues musician Robert Johnson died, likely poisoned by a jealous husband, at the age of 27 at a country crossroads near Greenwood, Mississippi. His recordings from 1936 -1937 have influenced generations of musicians including Muddy Waters, Bob Dylan, Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin, The Rolling Stones, Johnny Winter, Jeff Beck and Eric Clapton. 1962, […]

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. Also on the bill were Brenda Holloway, The King Curtis Band, The Young Rascals and Sounds Incorporated. The Beatles were paid $160,000 for the […]

Today in Rock History – August 14th

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1965, The Beatles taped an appearance for CBS-TV’s The Ed Sullivan Show at Studio 50, New York City. They performed “I Feel Fine,” “I’m Down,” “Act Naturally,” “Ticket to Ride,” “Yesterday,” and “Help!” Also, The Beatles fifth album Help! started a nine-week run at No.1 on the charts. 1965, Sonny & Cher started a three week run […]

Today in Rock History – August 13th

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1965, Jefferson Airplane made their live debut at San Francisco’s Matrix Club. 1965, Mike Smith, lead singer of The Dave Clark Five, suffered two broken ribs when he was pulled off the stage by fans. The group were in Chicago at the beginning of a US tour. 1965, The Beatles arrived at Kennedy International Airport […]

Today in Rock History – August 12th

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1966, The Beatles performed two shows at the International Amphitheatre in Chicago, Illinois. This was the first stop on what would turn out to be The Beatles’ final US tour. Support acts were the Remains, Bobby Hebb, Cyrkle, and the Ronettes. 1967, The Jimi Hendrix Experience appeared at The Ambassador Theatre, Washington D.C. 1967, The […]

Today in Rock History – August 11th

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1966, At a press conference held at The Astor Towers Hotel in Chicago, John Lennon apologized for his remarks that The Beatles were “more popular than Jesus.” Lennon told reporters “Look, I wasn’t saying The Beatles are better than God or Jesus, I said “Beatles”because it’s easy for me to talk about The Beatles. I […]

Today in Rock History – August 9th

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1967, The Small Faces entered the singles chart with “Itchycoo Park,” the single peaked at No.3. 1968, Janis Joplin performs at Kiel Auditorium in St. Louis, Missouri. 1968, After the other Beatles had gone home for the evening (2.00 am), Paul McCartney stayed behind and recorded “‘Mother Nature’s Son,” in 25 takes at Abbey Road […]