Today in Rock History – October 22nd

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1964, The Who, then known as The High Numbers, receive a letter from EMI Records, asking them for original material after their recent audition for the company. 1966, The Supremes had their first No.1 album with ‘The Supremes a Go Go’, knocking The Beatles ‘Revolver’, from the top of the charts. 1966, The Beach Boys […]

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, Working on new songs 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, […]

Today in Rock History – September 7th

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1968, The Doors played the first of two nights at The Roundhouse, London, playing 2 shows a night 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 […]

Today in Rock History – August 28th

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1965, The Rolling Stones announced that Allen Klein, who they had met three days earlier, would co-manage the group along with Andrew Long Oldham. At the same time, The Stones signed a five-year recording deal with Decca Records. 1965, The Beach Boys ‘California Girls’ was at No.3 on the singles chart,the single peaked at No.26 […]

Song Of The Day by Eric Berman – “Aquarium” by Van Dyke Parks

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Van Dyke Parks has essentially been making the same album since 1968, and fortunately for his fans, that album is a great one. Parks’ fascination with Tin Pan Alley sounds and Depression-Era songwriting has infused his work since the mid-1960s, resulting in albums that sound like original cast recordings from musicals that don’t exist. Over […]

Today in Rock History – August 3rd

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1966, The Rolling Stones record “Have You Seen Your Mother, Baby, Standing in the Shadow” in Los Angeles. 1967, The Jimi Hendrix Experience played the first of five nights at the Salvation Club in New York City. 1967, To promote Ravi Shankar’s Hollywood Bowl concert on August 4, George Harrison joins the sitar player at […]

Song Of The Day by Eric Berman – “She Knows Me Too Well” by The Beach Boys

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The 1966 release of The Beach Boys’ masterwork Pet Sounds ushered in a new mature era for the band. Gone were the simple, innocent paeans to girls, fun, sun and cars, and in their place was a new mature sound complete with lyrics reflecting feelings of ennui and uncertainty for the future, combined with complex […]

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 – July 4th

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1969, Janis Joplin, Led Zeppelin, Johnny Winter, Delaney and Bonnie, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Canned Heat, Joe Cocker, Blood Sweat & Tears, Chuck Berry, Spirit, Chicago and Paul Butterfield all appeared at the two-day Atlanta Pop Festival, Byron, Georgia. 1969, The Doors appeared at the Willingdon Juvenile Detention Home For Girls in Vancouver, Canada. 1969. Grand […]

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 30th

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1969, Fleetwood Mac, Pentangle and Duster Bennett all appeared at London’s Royal Albert Hall ‘Pop Proms.’ 1969, Pink Floyd performed a one hour show at the President’s Ball at the Top rank Suite, in Cardiff, Wales.  It was presented by Llandaff Technical College. They were paid £100. 1972, The Rolling Stones open yet another North […]

Today in Rock History – June 25th

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1966, The Beach Boys, The Byrds, Love, Captain Beefheart, The Lovin Spoonful and Percy Sledge all appeared at The Hollywood Bowl, Hollywood, California. 1966, Jackie Wilson was arrested for inciting a riot and refusing to obey a police order at a nightclub in Port Arthur, Texas. Wilson had a crowd of 400 whipped into a […]

Today in Rock History – June 24th

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1966, The Mothers of Invention support comedian Lenny Bruce at San Francisco’s Fillmore Auditorium. 1966, At the Cow Palace, the Beach Boys’ Summer Spectacular features performances by the Jefferson Airplane, the Lovin’ Spoonful, Percy Sledge, the Byrds, and the Sir Douglas Quintet. 1967, The Monkees went to No.1 on the album charts with ‘Headquarters’ the […]

Today in Rock History – June 21th

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1967, Jimi Hendrix and the Jefferson Airplane perform at San Francisco’s Fillmore. 1968, The Who appeared at Durham University, Durham, England. 1969, Young David Bowie signs with Mercury Records. The label has to wait three years for him to produce a successful follow-up to “Space Oddity.” 1969, Jimi Hendrix plays the Newport Jazz Festival for […]