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 […]

Today in Rock History – July 23rd

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1964, The Beatles were atop the UK singles chart with “A Hard Days Night,” the group’s fifth.  They would be number one on the US Billboard Hot 100 in August. 1964, The Beatles take part in the Night of a Hundred Stars at the London Palladium. 1965, The Kinks perform “You Really Got Me” on […]

Today in Rock History – July 22nd

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1963, The Beatles’ first US album, Introducing The Beatles was pressed by Vee-Jay Records, who thought they had obtained the legal rights from EMI affiliate, Trans-Global Records. When it was finally released in January, 1964, Capitol Records would hit Vee Jay with an injunction against manufacturing, distributing, advertising, or otherwise disposing of records by the […]

Today in Rock History – July 8th

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1966, The Beatles released the Nowhere Man 4-track EP in the UK, which included “Drive My Car,” “Michelle,” and “You Won’t See Me.” All four tracks were taken from The Beatles’ sixth UK studio album, Rubber Soul. 1966, The Who appeared at Top Rank Suite in Cardiff, Wales. 1966, The Rolling Stones performed at Cobo […]

Today in Rock History – July 3rd

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1967, A private party was held at the Speakeasy Club in London, England for The Monkees. Guests included: John Lennon, George Harrison, Paul McCartney, Dusty Springfield, Eric Clapton, Lulu and all the members from Manfred Mann, The Who and Procol Harum. 1967, Jimi Hendrix performed at The Scene in New York City. 1967, Pink Floyd […]

Today in Rock History – July 2nd

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1966, David Bowie and The Lower Third appeared at The Lion Hotel in Warrington, England, (they were paid £30 for the gig). Also appearing was The Powerhouse which featured Eric Clapton Jack Bruce, Steve Winwood and Paul Jones. 1967, Jeff Beck, Cream and John Mayall all appeared at London’s Saville Theatre. 1967,  Jimi Hendrix performed […]

Today in Rock History – June 28th

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1966, The Small Faces appeared live at the Marquee Club in Wardour Street, London. Admission cost $1.05 1968, Working at Abbey Road studios The Beatles recorded ‘Good Night’, John Lennon’s lullaby for his 5-year-old son Julian with Ringo singing the lead vocal. The track appeared on the White Album. 1968, Pink Floyd released their second […]

Today in Rock History – June 26th

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1965, The Byrds went to No.1 on the singles chart with their version of Bob Dylan’s ‘Mr Tambourine Man’. Only Roger McGuinn from the band played on the song, the drummer Hal Blaine played on the track also played on ‘Bridge Over Troubled Water’. 1965, The Strangeloves – three Australian aborigines who were really three […]

Today in Rock History – June 8th

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1967, The Beatles Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band went to No.1. Costing $42,500 to produce, the album was recorded over 700 hours of studio time. It was also the first album to print the lyrics on the sleeve. The album spent 27 weeks at No.1 on the chart. 1967, Procol Harum went at No.1 on […]

Today in Rock History – June 5th

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1968, The Jimi Hendrix Experience appeared on the Dusty Springfield TV show filmed on ATV, in London, England. Hendrix performed “Stone Free” and “Voodoo Chile,” and then played a version of “Mockingbird” with Dusty Springfield. 1968, Senator and presidential candidate Robert Kennedy is shot and killed by Sirhan Sirhan in Los Angeles. The next day, […]

Today in Rock History – June 4th

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1967, Procol Harum, The Jimi Hendrix Experience and Denny Laine all appeared at The Saville Theatre London, England. 1967, The Monkees wins an Emmy for Outstanding Comedy Series, beating out Andy Griffith, Bewitched, Get Smart, and Hogan’s Heroes. 1968, Having been arrested the month before on charges of marijuana possession, Rolling Stone Brian Jones elects […]

Today in Rock History – June 3rd

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1967, The Doors “Light My Fire” was released in the US, it went on to reach number one on the singles chart two months later. 1967, Aretha Franklin went to the top of he US singles charts with her version of the Otis Redding hit “Respect.” A top ten hit on the UK chart. 1967, […]

Today in Rock History – June 2nd

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1964, The Rolling Stones play their first American show at a Lynn, Massachusetts high school football stadium. They also make their American TV debut on The Les Crane Show. An Associated Press reporter notes, “They are dirtier and streakier and more disheveled than the Beatles and in some places, they are more popular than the […]

Today in Rock History – May 31st

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1966, Filming began on The Monkees first TV series. 1968, Jimi Hendrix appeared at Hallenstadion, Zürich, Switzerland. 1968, Working on what will become the White Album, The Beatles add overdubs of bass and vocals on “Revolution.” After numerous overdubs have been added, the final six minutes of the song evolved into chaotic, jamming, with Lennon […]

Today in Rock History – May 30th

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1964, The Beatles went to number one on the singles chart with “Love Me Do,” the group’s fourth chart topper in five months. The version released in America had Andy White playing drums while Ringo played the tambourine. The British single was a take on which Ringo played the drums. 1965, The Who performed at […]