Today in Rock History – March 20th

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1969, John Lennon married Yoko Ono at the British Consulate Office in Gibraltar. They spent their honeymoon in Amsterdam campaigning for an international “Bed-In” for peace. They planned another “Bed-in” in the United States, but were denied entry. The couple then went to Montréal, and during a “Bed-in” at the Queen Elizabeth Hotel recorded ‘Give […]

Today in Rock History – March 19th

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1968, The Jimi Hendrix Experience played two shows at The Capitol Theatre, Ottawa, Canada. 1968, Donovan goes to India to study under the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. 1969, during a UK tour, Fleetwood Mac appeared at the Top Rank Club in Cardiff, Wales. 1970, Pink Floyd played at the Konserthuset in Stockholm, Sweden. 1971, No. 1 […]

Today in Rock History – March 18th

1967, The UK music magazine New Musical Express announced that former Spencer Davis Group member Steve Winwood was planning to form a new group with Jim Capaldi, Chris Wood and Dave Mason. The ensemble would choose the name Traffic. 1967, Pink Floyd played at Enfield College of Technology, Enfield, England. 1967, The Beatles scored their […]

Today in Rock History – March 15th

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1969, Cream started a two-week run at No.1 on the chart with their album ‘Goodbye.’ 1969, Tommy Roe started a four week run at No.1 on the singles chart with ‘Dizzy’, 1969, Janis Joplin was featured on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine, on sale for 35 Cents, 1969, Tyrannosaurus Rex singer Marc Bolan’s first […]

Today in Rock History – February 27th

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1964, The Rolling Stones made their second appearance on BBC TV show Top Of The Pops performing “Not Fade Away.” 1965, This marked the first date of a 21 twice- nightly UK package tour with Del Shannon, Wayne Fontana & the Mindbenders, and Herman’s Hermits, stopping at Sheffield’s City Hall, England. 1967, Pink Floyd continued […]

Today in Rock History – February 6th

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1958, George Harrison joined Liverpool group The Quarrymen. The group who were named after Lennon”s school featured John Lennon, Paul McCartney, Len Garry, Eric Griffiths and John Lowe. 1965, The Righteous Brothers started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with the Phil Spector produced “You”ve Lost That Lovin” Feelin.” The […]

Today in Rock History – February 5th

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1967, The Beatles filmed part of the promo clip for ‘Penny Lane’ around the Royal Theatre, Stratford, London and walking up and down Angel Lane. 1967, The News Of The World reported that Mick Jagger had taken LSD at the Moody Blues’ home in the UK. Jagger sued the paper for libel in an on-going […]

Today in Rock History – January 1st

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1966, Simon and Garfunkel started a two week run at No.1 on the singles chart with ‘The Sounds Of Silence’, 1967, The Doors made their first live television appearance lip-synching their first single ‘Break on Through’ on Shebang, KTLA-TV Channel 5 in Los Angeles. The single peaked No. 126 on the chart mainly due to […]

Today in Rock History – December 4th

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1964, The Beatles released their fourth album ‘Beatles For Sale’. The album featured: ‘No Reply’, ‘I’m a Loser’, ‘Baby’s in Black’, ‘Rock and Roll Music’, ‘I’ll Follow the Sun’, ‘Mr. Moonlight’, ‘Kansas City/Hey Hey Hey Hey’, ‘Eight Days a Week’, ‘Words of Love’, ‘Honey Don’t’, ‘Every Little Thing’, ‘I Don’t Want to Spoil the Party’, […]

Today in Rock History – November 21st

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1965, The Rolling Stones perform at Will Rogers Auditorium in Fort Worth, Texas. 1967, The Who play at City Auditorium, Fargo, North Dakota. 1968, Yoko Ono suffers a miscarriage. John Lennon has a Nagra tape recorder sent to the hospital so he can record the last heartbeats of his son, who is named John Ono […]

Today in Rock History – October 30th

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1965, The Who appeared at The Cavern Club, Liverpool, England. 1967, Rolling Stones guitarist Brian Jones admitted in court to possession of cannabis and allowing his flat to be used for the smoking of the drug. His plea of ‘not guilty’ to the charge of possessing methedrine and cocaine was accepted. Jones was sentenced to […]

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 […]

Today in Rock History – August 10th

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1968, Deep Purple, Tyrannosaurus Rex, Ten Years After, The Nice, Ginger Baker and Arthur Brown all appeared at the National Jazz & Blues Festival, Kempton Park Racecourse, Sunbury On Thames, England. 1968, Tom Jones went to No.1 on the album chart with ‘Delilah’. 1969, During a North American tour, Led Zeppelin appeared at the San […]

Today in Rock History – July 25th

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1965, Bob Dylan plugged in for his headlining set backed by the Butterfield Blues Band at The Newport Folk Festival in Newport, Rhode Island. Folk music ‘purists’ try to boo him off the stage, while the rest of the audience give him an enthusiastic response. 1966, The Rolling Stones play San Francisco. The concert is […]

Today in Rock History – May 20th

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1966, Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey of the Who grew tired of waiting for John Entwistle and Keith Moon to arrive for their gig at the Ricky Tick Club in Windsor, England so they took to the stage with the bass player and drummer of the local band that opened the show. When Moon and […]