Today in Rock History – August 26th

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1965, The Byrds appeared at the Hollywood Palladium, Hollywood, California. 1965, Sonny & Cher were at number one on the UK singles chart with “I Got You Babe,” the duo’s only British chart topper. Sonny Bono was inspired to write the song to capitalize on the popularity of the term “babe,” as heard in Bob […]

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 – July 24th

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1965, The Byrds were at number one on the UK singles chart with their version of the Bob Dylan song “Mr Tambourine Man.” It was the first Bob Dylan song to reach the top of the charts.  Across the Atlantic, “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction” by The Rolling Stones began the third of it’s four […]

Today in Rock History – July 14th

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1964, The Rolling Stones were at number one on the UK singles chart with “It’s All Over Now,” the group’s first of eight UK chart toppers. The original Valentinos version of the song was played to the Rolling Stones during their first North American tour in June 1964 by New York radio DJ Murray the […]

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 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 10th

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1966, Steve Marriott of The Small Faces collapsed while performing on UK TV show Ready Steady Go! The group were forced to cancel the following week’s gigs. 1966, Big Brother & the Holding Company perform with their new lead singer, Janis Joplin, for the first time. 1967, In Woodstock, N.Y., Bob Dylan and the Band […]

Today in Rock History – May 22nd

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1964, The Beatles arrived back from their first US trip at Heathrow Airport and were greeted by thousands of fans. Also on this day The Beatles scored their second chart topping album with The Beatles Second Album. It displaced Meet The Beatles! from the top of the charts. 1965,  The Beatles’ “Ticket to Ride ” surpassed Herman’s […]

Today in Rock History – May 14th

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1964, Jan & Dean start recording “Little Old Lady (From Pasadena).” 1965, The Who appeared at Civic Hall in Dunstable, Bedfordshire, England. 1965, San Francisco radio station KYA hosts the Rolling Stones, the Byrds, Beau Brummels, Paul Revere & the Raiders, and the Vejtables at the Civic Auditorium. 1966, The Who played at Palais in […]

Today in Rock History – February 24th

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1963, The Rolling Stones started a Sunday night residency at The Station Hotel, Richmond, Surrey. The Stones were paid $41 for the gig and played on the first night to a total of 66 people. 1965, The Who appear for the first time on BBC-TV’s Top Of The Pops, where they play “I Can’t Explain” […]

Today in Rock History – February 18th

1965, The Kinks were at number one on the singles chart with “Tired Of Waiting For You,” the group’s second chart topper. 1965, Working at Abbey Road studios in London, The Beatles recorded two new songs, John Lennon’s “You’ve Got to Hide Your Love Away,” and a new Paul McCartney song “Tell Me What You […]

Today in Rock History – January 21st

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1965, The Byrds record “Mr. Tambourine Man.”  The only actual member of the band who performs on the record is lead guitarist/singer Jim McGuinn. Musicians from the fabled “Wrecking Crew,” including Larry Knetchel on bass, replace the rest of the band. 1965, The US Immigration Department forces The Animals to cancel a performance at New […]

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,” “Eight Days a Week,” and “Everybody’s Trying to Be My Baby.” 1965, The Byrds started a three week run at number one on the singles chart with “Turn! Turn! Turn!” […]

Today in Rock History – October 4th

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1966, The Byrds played the first of a 13 night run at The Village Gate, New York City. 1967, A 10-date package tour of the UK kicked off at London’s Finsbury Park, featuring Traffic, The Young Rascals, Vanilla Fudge, Art and Keith West. 1968, On the first night of a UK club tour Led Zeppelin […]

Today in Rock History – September 4th

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1968, The Beatles recorded promotional videos for “Hey Jude” and “Revolution” at Twickenham Film Studios. The vocals are recorded live over the pre-recorded instrumental tracks to get round the current British Musicians Union ban on lip-sync performances. For “Hey Jude,” The Beatles were accompanied by a 36-piece orchestra and 300 fans and other assorted extras […]