Today in Rock History – August 20th

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1965, The Rolling Stones’ manager Andrew Loog Oldham and his partner Tony Calder launched Immediate records. Their first release was The McCoy’s “Hang On Sloopy.” Mick Jagger, Eric Clapton and Nico  all attended the launch party. The label became the home of The Small Faces, The Nice, Amen Corner and Chris Farlowe and a young […]

Today in Rock History – August 19th

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1964, The High Numbers, (The Who) played at The Scene in Soho London, England. 1964, The Beatles kicked off a North American tour at the Cow Palace in San Francisco, California, to a crowd of 17,130. Playing 12 songs which made up their repertoire for the entire tour: Twist and Shout, You Can’t Do That, […]

Today in Rock History – August 18th

1964, Over 9,000 frenzied fans met The Beatles as they arrived in San Francisco, to begin an American tour. The Beatles were driven into a protective fence enclosure so that photographers could take pictures. As the 9,000 fans pressed against the fencing, it gave way, with The Beatles managing to get out split-seconds before it […]

Today in Rock History – August 16th

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1938, American blues musician Robert Johnson died, likely poisoned by a jealous husband, at the age of 27 at a country crossroads near Greenwood, Mississippi. His recordings from 1936 -1937 have influenced generations of musicians including Muddy Waters, Bob Dylan, Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin, The Rolling Stones, Johnny Winter, Jeff Beck and Eric Clapton. 1962, […]

Today in Rock History – August 15th

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1965, The Beatles set a new world record for the largest attendance at a pop concert when they played in front of 55,600 fans at Shea Stadium in New York City. Also on the bill were Brenda Holloway, The King Curtis Band, The Young Rascals and Sounds Incorporated. The Beatles were paid $160,000 for the […]

Today in Rock History – August 14th

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1965, The Beatles taped an appearance for CBS-TV’s The Ed Sullivan Show at Studio 50, New York City. They performed “I Feel Fine,” “I’m Down,” “Act Naturally,” “Ticket to Ride,” “Yesterday,” and “Help!” Also, The Beatles fifth album Help! started a nine-week run at No.1 on the charts. 1965, Sonny & Cher started a three week run […]

Today in Rock History – August 13th

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1965, Jefferson Airplane made their live debut at San Francisco’s Matrix Club. 1965, Mike Smith, lead singer of The Dave Clark Five, suffered two broken ribs when he was pulled off the stage by fans. The group were in Chicago at the beginning of a US tour. 1965, The Beatles arrived at Kennedy International Airport […]

Today in Rock History – August 12th

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1966, The Beatles performed two shows at the International Amphitheatre in Chicago, Illinois. This was the first stop on what would turn out to be The Beatles’ final US tour. Support acts were the Remains, Bobby Hebb, Cyrkle, and the Ronettes. 1967, The Jimi Hendrix Experience appeared at The Ambassador Theatre, Washington D.C. 1967, The […]

Today in Rock History – August 11th

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1966, At a press conference held at The Astor Towers Hotel in Chicago, John Lennon apologized for his remarks that The Beatles were “more popular than Jesus.” Lennon told reporters “Look, I wasn’t saying The Beatles are better than God or Jesus, I said “Beatles”because it’s easy for me to talk about The Beatles. I […]

Today in Rock History – August 9th

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1967, The Small Faces entered the singles chart with “Itchycoo Park,” the single peaked at No.3. 1968, Janis Joplin performs at Kiel Auditorium in St. Louis, Missouri. 1968, After the other Beatles had gone home for the evening (2.00 am), Paul McCartney stayed behind and recorded “‘Mother Nature’s Son,” in 25 takes at Abbey Road […]

Today in Rock History – August 8th

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1969, The photo session for the cover of The Beatles Abbey Road album took place on the crossing outside Abbey Road studios. Photographer Iain McMillan, balanced on a step-ladder in the middle of the road took six shots of John, Ringo, Paul, and George walking across the zebra crossing while a policeman held up the traffic. […]

Today in Rock History – August 6th

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1965, The Beatles released their fifth album and soundtrack to their second film Help! which included the title track, plus “The Night Before,” “You’ve Got to Hide Your Love Away,” “You’re Going to Lose That Girl,” “Ticket to Ride,” and “Yesterday.” 1965, Decca records released The Small Faces debut single “Whatcha Gonna Do About It.” It […]

Today in Rock History – August 5th

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1966, The Beatles Revolver was released in the UK. The band’s seventh album featured: “Taxman,” “Eleanor Rigby,” “I’m Only Sleeping,” “Here, There and Everywhere,” ‘She Said She Said,” “And Your Bird Can Sing,” and “Tomorrow Never Knows.” 1967, The Monkees played at Kiel Auditorium in St. Louis, Missouri. 1968, The Who appeared at the International […]

Today in Rock History – July 30th

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1966, The Beatles started a five week run at No.1 on the album chart with ‘Yesterday…And Today’, the group’s 8th No.1 album. 1966, The Troggs started a two week run at No.1 on the singles chart with ‘Wild Thing’. 1967, The Who appeared at the Miami Beach Convention Hall, Miami, Florida. 1968, The Beatles closed […]

Today in Rock History – July 29th

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1966, Eric Clapton, Jack Bruce and Ginger Baker made their live debut as Cream at The Twisted Wheel, Manchester, England. 1966, Bob Dylan suffered a broken neck vertebra when he crashed his Triumph 55 motorbike near his home in Woodstock, New York. 1966, Datebook published Maureen Cleave’s interview with John Lennon in which he said […]