Today in Rock History – March 11th

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1965, Tom Jones was at No.1 on the singles chart with “It’s Not Unusual.” 1966, This week’s ITV music show Ready Steady Go in the UK, was entirely devoted to the music of James Brown. 1966, Marianne Faithfull, Coltrane Union, The Swinging Blue Jeans, Rick & Us, plus Pink Floyd performed for the first of two […]

Today in Rock History – March 4th

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1966, John Lennon’s statement that The Beatles were “more popular than Jesus Christ” was published in The London Evening Standard. “Christianity will go. It will vanish and shrink. We’re more popular then Jesus now; I don’t know which will go first, rock ‘n’ roll or Christianity. Jesus was alright, but his disciples were thick and […]

Today in Rock History – February 17th

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1966, Nancy Sinatra was at No.1 on the singles chart with “These Boots Are Made For Walking,” Frank’s eldest daughters first No.1. 1967, The Beatles started recording a new John Lennon song “Being For the Benefit of Mr. Kite” at Abbey Road studio’s, London. John’s lyrics for the song came almost entirely from an antique […]

Today in Rock History – January 27th

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1962, The Beatles appeared at Aintree Institute in Aintree, Liverpool. The group had played here many times before but this was their last performance at the venue. Brian Epstein became infuriated when the promoter paid The Beatles’ fee (£15 pounds) with handfuls of loose change. Epstein took this as an insult to the group, and […]

Today in Rock History – January 24th

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1965, The film Ferry Cross the Mersey premieres at the Liverpool Odeon. Imagine A Hard Day’s Night, only starring Gerry & the Pacemakers. 1967, Jimi Hendrix performed at the Marquee Club in London. 1969, At the Apple Studios in London, the Beatles work on recording “On Our Way Home,” “Teddy Boy,” “Maggie Mae,” “Dig It,” […]

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 26th

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1964, The Beatles started a three week run at No.1 on the singles chart with ‘I Feel Fine’. It was the group’s 6th No.1 of the year in which they had 30 entries on the chart, giving them a total of 18 weeks at the top of the charts. 1964, The Rolling Stones placed an […]

Today in Rock History – October 23rd

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1966, The Jimi Hendrix Experience recorded their first single ‘Hey Joe’, at De Lane Lea studios in London. The earliest known commercial recording of the song is the late-1965 single by the Los Angeles garage band the The Leaves; the band then re-recorded the track and released it in 1966 as a follow-up single which […]

On The Air – October 2nd

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InternetFM.com’s Steve Leventhal now has a regular gig on WMXM 88.9 FM, Lake Forest College on Wednesdays from 10 – noon CT. Here is today’s broadcast. The show featured bands Pink Floyd, Echo & the Bunnymen, The Clash, David Bowie, Talking Heads, Jefferson Airplane, The Smiths and more. Alternate link

Today in Rock History – September 20th

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1968, Led Zeppelin (recording under the name of The Yardbirds) started recording their debut album at Olympic Studios, Barnes, London, England. The album took only about 36 hours of studio time to complete at a cost of around £1,782, with most of the tracks being recorded “live” in the studio with very few overdubs. 1969, […]

Today in Rock History – September 1st

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1966, The Byrds played the first of an 11-night run at the Whisky A Go-GO  in Hollywood, California. 1967, David Bowie released the single ‘Love You Till Tuesday’ which failed to reach the charts. 1967, The four Beatles held a meeting at Paul McCartney’s house in London to decide upon their next course of action […]

Today in Rock History – August 29th

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1966, The Beatles played their last concert before a paying audience, at Candlestick Park in San Francisco, California to a sold-out crowd of 25,000. John and Paul, knowing what the fans do not (that this will be the last concert ever) bring cameras on stage and take pictures between songs. During this tour, The Beatles […]

Today in Rock History – July 8th

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1967, The Monkees began a 29-date tour with The Jimi Hendrix Experience as support act. Hendrix was dropped after six shows after being told his act was not suitable for their teenybopper audience. 1968, Pink Floyd kicked off their first 20-date North American tour at the Kinetic Playground in Chicago. 1969, Marianne Faithfull collapsed on […]

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 – June 28th

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1966, The Small Faces appeared live at the Marquee Club in Wardour Street, London. Admission cost $1.05 1968, Working at Abbey Road studios The Beatles recorded ‘Good Night’, John Lennon’s lullaby for his 5-year-old son Julian with Ringo singing the lead vocal. The track appeared on the White Album. 1968, Pink Floyd released their second […]