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 number one on the US singles chart with the Phil Spector produced “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin.’ […]

Today in Rock History – January 22nd

1964, The Yardbirds, featuring Eric Clapton appeared at The Cavern Club, Liverpool, England. 1965, The Rolling Stones began a 16-date tour of Australia and New Zealand at the Agricultural Hall at Manufacturers Auditorium in Sydney with Roy Orbison, The Newbeats and Ray Columbus and the Invaders. 1965, The Who pre-tape their first appearance on Radio […]

Today in Rock History – December 23rd

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1964, During a US tour Beach Boy Brian Wilson had a nervous breakdown during a flight from Los Angeles to Houston. Wilson left the band to concentrate on writing and producing. Glen Campbell replaced Wilson for the bands live shows. 1964, Radio London, one of England’s first offshore “pirate” radio stations, begins broadcasting. Ella Fitzgerald’s […]

Today in Rock History – December 17th

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1963, James Carroll at WWDC in Washington, DC, became the first disc jockey to broadcast a Beatles record on American radio. Carroll played “I Want To Hold Your Hand,” which he had obtained from his stewardess girlfriend, who brought the single back from the UK. Due to listener demand, the song was played daily, every […]

Today in Rock History – December 3rd

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1964, The Rolling Stones had their second UK number one single with their version of “Little Red Rooster.” The Stones had recorded the song at Chess Studios in Chicago, the same studios where Howlin’ Wolf, Muddy Waters and Little Walter had recorded their blues classics. 1965, Rolling Stone Keith Richards was knocked unconscious by an […]

Today in Rock History – November 20th

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1967, Strawberry Alarm Clock were at number one on the singles chart with “Incense And Peppermints.” 1967,  The Beach Boys release their own album of throbbing tones, Smiley Smile. The follow-up to Pet Sounds fails to chart, despite boasting the singles “Heroes and Villains” and “Good Vibrations.” 1968, Mike Bloomfield and Nick Gravenites are approached […]

Today in Rock History – November 19th

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1964, The Supremes became the first all girl group to have a UK chart topping single when “Baby Love” went to the top of the charts. 1965, David Bowie and the Lower 3rd appeared at The Marquee Club, London. 1965, The Kinks, The Who, Georgie Fame & The Blue Flames, The Hollies, Wilson Pickett and […]

Today in Rock History – November 17th

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1966, The Beach Boys were at number one on the  singles chart with “Good Vibrations.” The single was taken from the album Pet Sounds. 1967, A 16-date UK package tour with Jimi Hendrix, Pink Floyd, The Move, The Nice and Amen Corner played at the City Hall, Sheffield. A review in the Sheffield Star noted, […]

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. It was a number one hit in the UK and remains the only time a blues song has ever […]

Today in Rock History – November 4th

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1963, The Beatles topped the bill at The Royal Variety Show at The Prince Of Wales Theatre, London. With the Queen Mother and Princess Margaret in the audience, this was the night when John Lennon made his famous remark “In the cheaper seats you clap your hands. The rest of you, just rattle your jewelery”. […]

Today in Rock History – October 28th

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1964, the first of two nights billed as the “Tami Show” took place at the Civic Auditorium, Santa Monica with; Smokey Robinson & The Miracles, The Beach Boys, Chuck Berry, Marvin Gaye, The Supremes and The Rolling Stones. 1967, The Who  make their last appearance on BBC radio’s Saturday Club. They follow it by beginning […]

Today in Rock History – October 22nd

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1964, EMI sends Kit Lambert a letter of rejection for The High Numbers. That was the original  band name for The Who. The rejection letter is later included with the Live At Leeds album. Since the reason the group is rejected is their lack of original material, Kit and Chris Stamp set up Pete with […]

Today in Rock History – October 5th

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1966, Jimi Hendrix, Mitch Mitchell and Noel Redding played together for the first time, The Jimi Hendrix Experience were formed. 1967, The Doors played the final night of a five night run at Steve Paul’s Scene in New York City. 1969, Donovan appeared at Ellis Auditorium North Hall in Memphis, Tennessee. 1970, The Rolling Stones […]

Today in Rock History – September 27th

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1964, The Beach Boys made their TV debut on The Ed Sullivan Show on US TV where they performed “I Get Around” and “Wendy.” 1967,  The Beatles recorded various parts for the new John Lennon song “I Am The Walrus” and the new Paul McCartney song “Fool On The Hill.” 1968, The Velvet Underground performed […]

Today in Rock History – September 7th

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1968, The Doors played the first of two nights at The Roundhouse, London, playing twice nightly on their first UK visit. Granada TV filmed the sold out gigs, later shown as “The Doors Are Open,” which were attended by members of The Rolling Stones and Traffic. 1968, The Beach Boys played at at Patio Gardens […]