Today in Rock History – April 6th

Syd Barrett

1968, Pink Floyd announced founder Syd Barrett had officially left the group. Barrett was suffering from psychiatric disorders compounded by drug use. 1968, Simon and Garfunkel went to No.1 on the album chart with The Graduate. 1968, The Troggs played at the Grande Ballroom in Detroit, Michigan. 1968, The Beatles Apple Corps Ltd. record company, management […]

Today in Rock History – April 1st

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1966, The Troggs recorded “Wild Thing” at Regent Sound Studio in London. The song went on to be a No.1 US and No.2 UK hit in June the following year. 1966, John Lennon bought a copy of Timothy Leary’s The Psychedelic Experience and The Tibetan Book Of The Dead, where he read near the beginning of […]

Today in Rock History – March 13th

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1965, Eric Clapton quit The Yardbirds due to musical differences with the other band members. Clapton wanted to continue in a blues type vein, while the rest of the band preferred the more commercial style of their first hit, ‘For Your Love’. 1965, The Beatles started a two week run at No.1 on the singles […]

Today in Rock History – March 8th

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1965, Bob Dylan’s single “Subterranean Homesick Blues” was released in the US. The lead track from his Bringing It All Back Home album, gave Dylan his first top 40 hit. Subterranean Homesick Blues is also noted for its innovative film clip, in what became one of the first ‘modern’ promotional film clips. The clip was […]

Today in Rock History – March 5th

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1965, The Rolling Stones kicked off their fifth UK tour at The Regal Theatre, Edmonton, London. A 14-date package tour with The Hollies, The Konrads and Dave Berry and the Cruisers. 1966, Herb Alpert And The Tijuana Brass went to No.1 on the album chart with Going Places. 1966, Staff Sergeant Barry Sadler started a five […]

Today in Rock History – March 3rd

Buffalo Springfield

1966, Neil Young, Stephen Stills and Richie Furay formed Buffalo Springfield in Los Angeles. 1966, The Who played at the Victoria Ballroom in Chesterfield, Derbyshire, England. 1967, The Doors appear at the Avalon Ballroom, San Francisco. 1967, In London, guitarist Jeff Beck debuts his new group featuring bassist Ron Wood, drummer Aynsley Dunbar, and a […]

Today in Rock History – December 2nd

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1967, The Monkees album, ‘Pisces, Aquarius, Capricorn and Jones Ltd’ went to number one on the album chart. It was their fourth album to sell over a million copies, following ‘The Monkees’, ‘More Of The Monkees’ and ‘Headquarters’. 1967, Pink Floyd play at The Dome in Brighton, England 1969, Having watched them play with Eric […]

Today in Rock History – November 27th

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1964, The Beatles release their single “I Feel Fine” in the U.K. and are seen performing on tonight’s edition of the British TV show Ready Steady Go! Beatles manager Brian Epstein denies U.S. reports that he will sell his contract with the band “at any price.” 1964, Mick Jagger is fined approximately $18 for reckless […]

Today in Rock History – November 13th

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1964, Decca Records released The Rolling Stones’ Little Red Rooster. Written by Willie Dixon (as The Red Rooster), and previously recorded by Howlin’ Wolf and Sam Cooke, the single was recorded at Chess Studios in Chicago. The single was a No.1 hit in the UK and remains the only time a blues song has ever […]

Today in Rock History – October 16th

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1966, Grace Slick performs as a member of Jefferson Airplane for the first time at San Francisco’s Fillmore West after Signe Anderson bows out of the group’s lineup. Slick introduces the band to two new songs, “White Rabbit” and “Somebody to Love.” 1967, Folk singer Joan Baez was arrested, along with 123 others, for blocking […]

Today in Rock History – October 12th

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1965, Working on their next album Rubber Soul at Abbey Road Studio’s London, The Beatles recorded ‘Run For Your Life’ in its entirety, in five takes. (Lennon later admits to lifting two lines from Elvis Presley’s 1955 hit ‘Baby Let’s Play House’). And another new Lennon song ‘This Bird Has Flown’, later known as ‘Norwegian […]

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 No. 4 on the chart. 1964, The Who appeared 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 […]

Today in Rock History – October 10th

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1964, During a UK tour The Beatles appeared at De Montfort Hall in Leicester. Ringo Starr drove himself to the venue after taking delivery of a brand new Facel Vega, apparently reaching speeds of 140 MPH on the M6 motorway. 1966, The Who played at Bath Pavilion in Bath, Somerset, England. 1967, Jimi Hendrix performed at […]

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. Never released as a single in the UK until 1976. 1967, Jimi Hendrix performed at The Olympia Theatre, Paris. 1969, For the first time in the history of the […]

Today in Rock History – September 16th

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1970, Led Zeppelin won ‘best group’ in the Melody Maker readers Poll. This was the first time in eight years that The Beatles hadn’t won ‘best group.’ 1970, Jimi Hendrix joined Eric Burdon on stage at Ronnie Scotts in London for what would become the guitarist’s last ever public appearance. 1971, During a North American […]