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 […]

Today in Rock History – August 8th

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1969, The photo session for the cover of The Beatles Abbey Road album took place on the crossing outside Abbey Road studios. Photographer Iain McMillan, balanced on a step-ladder in the middle of the road took six shots of John, Ringo, Paul, and George walking across the zebra crossing while a policeman held up the traffic. […]

Today in Rock History – August 6th

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1965, The Beatles released their fifth album and soundtrack to their second film Help! which included the title track, plus “The Night Before,” “You’ve Got to Hide Your Love Away,” “You’re Going to Lose That Girl,” “Ticket to Ride,” and “Yesterday.” 1965, Decca records released The Small Faces debut single “Whatcha Gonna Do About It.” It […]

Today in Rock History – August 4th

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1967, Pink Floyd released their debut album The Piper At the Gates of Dawn in the UK, on which most songs were penned by Syd Barrett. In subsequent years, the record has been recognised as one of the seminal psychedelic rock albums of the 1960s. When reviewed, by the two main UK music papers in the […]

Today in Rock History – August 2nd

1969, Bob Dylan learns you can’t go home again when he attends his high school reunion in Hibbing, Minn. He and his wife, Sara, leave after a drunk tries to pick a fight. The same day his track “Lay Lady Lay” enters the top 40. 1971, Creedence Clearwater Revival kicked off a 10 date US […]

Today in Rock History – July 31st

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1965, In England, the Yardbirds with Jeff Beck perform at the Cleethorpes Jazz Festival. 1966, Cream play their first gig in Windsor, England. 1966, The Who perform at Brittania Pier in Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, England. 1967, Mick Jagger was given a conditional discharge and Keith Richard’s conviction for permitting his house to be used for […]

Today in Rock History – July 28th

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1965, The Who make their first appearance on British TV’s “Ready Steady Go!” Their managers pack the audience with mods, ensuring a rapturous reception as the band rips through “I Can’t Explain.” 1965, Rolling Stone Charlie Watts buys a 16th century wooden mansion in Sussex, England. His father tells the press, “We can’t understand why […]

Today in Rock History – July 26th

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1968, The Jackson Five signed a one-year contract with Motown Records. 1968, Decca pulls the Rolling Stones’ Beggars Banquet from its release schedule, citing problems with the sleeve. The design features a graffiti-covered toilet. It’s one of the first disagreements between the band and the label, with Mick Jagger angrily pointing out that Decca released […]