Today in Rock History – July 29th

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1966, Eric Clapton, Jack Bruce and Ginger Baker made their unofficial live debut as Cream at The Twisted Wheel, Manchester, England. The official unveiling came two nights later at the Sixth Annual Windsor Jazz & Blues Festival. 1966, Bob Dylan suffered a broken neck vertebra when he crashed his Triumph 55 motorbike near his home […]

Today in Rock History – July 27th

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1968, Bee Gee Robin Gibb collapsed, as the group were about to set out on their first US tour. The singer was suffering from nervous exhaustion. 1968, The Steve Miller Band appeared at the Grande Ballroom in Detroit, Michigan. 1968, Cass Elliot released her first solo single following the break up of The Mamas and […]

Today in Rock History – July 25th

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1964, The Beatles third album A Hard Day’s Night started a twenty-one week run at the top of the UK charts. This was the first Beatles album to be recorded entirely on four-track tape, allowing for good stereo mixes. 1965, Bob Dylan plugged in for his headlining set backed by the Butterfield Blues Band at […]

Today in Rock History – July 15th

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1967, The Doors and The Jefferson Airplane both played an afternoon and evening show to over 8,000 fans at Anaheim Convention Center, Anaheim, California. 1967, Pink Floyd performed at the Stowmarket Carnival, held at The Cricket Meadow, in Stowmarket, England.  Feel for Soul, The Ketas, and other bands were also on the bill. 1967, This […]

Today in Rock History – July 4th

Procol Harum at the Atlanta Pop Festival - 1969

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.  During […]

Today in Rock History – June 27

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1968, Elvis Presley appeared on an NBC TV show that was billed as his “comeback special.” The show featured the king performing on a small, square stage, surrounded by a mostly female audience. Presley was outfitted in black leather and performed many of his early hits. 1968, Working at Abbey Road studios in London The […]

Today in Rock History – June 24th

The Mothers of Invention

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 15th

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  1964, The Who played at the Glenlyn Ballroom in Forest Hill, London. 1967, Guitarist Peter Green quit the John Mayall Band. He went on to be a founding member of Fleetwood Mac. 1968, The Soft Machine appeared at the Grande Ballroom in Detroit, Michigan. 1968, Today John and Yoko plant their acorns outside Coventry […]

Today in Rock History – June 14th

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1967, The Doors appeared at Steve Paul’s Scene, New York City. Jimi Hendrix was in the audience. 1968, Pink Floyd played at the Midsummer Ball, University College London, Bloomsbury, England. 1969, Mick Taylor’s first photo shoot with the Rolling Stones takes place in London’s Hyde Park. He replaced Brian Jones. 1970, Derek and the Dominoes […]

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 – June 6th

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1965, Herman’s Hermits play The Ed Sullivan Show. 1966, The Who played at St. Joseph’s Hall in London. 1966, Roy Orbison’s first wife, Claudette, was killed when a truck pulled out of a side road and collided with the motorbike that she and her husband were riding on in Gallatin, Texas, she was 25. 1968, […]

Today in Rock History – June 3rd

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1967, The Doors “Light My Fire” was released in the US, it went on to reach number one on the singles chart two months later. 1967, Aretha Franklin went to the top of he US singles charts with her version of the Otis Redding hit “Respect.” A top ten hit on the UK chart. 1967, […]

Jose Feliciano: Light My Fire b/w California Dreamin’

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Song of the Day by Eric Berman – The Jukebox Series #37 – Jose Feliciano: “Light My Fire” b/w “California Dreamin’” – RCA Victor 45 RPM Single 47-9550 1968 (P4/Q4) Two songs from the 1960s that are unquestionably classics today…and Jose Feliciano had a hand in making them so… The Doors’ “Light My Fire” topped […]

Today in Rock History – May 30th

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1964, The Beatles went to number one on the singles chart with “Love Me Do,” the group’s fourth chart topper in five months. The version released in America had Andy White playing drums while Ringo played the tambourine. The British single was a take on which Ringo played the drums. 1965, The Who performed at […]

Today in Rock History – May 25th

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1965, Blues harmonica player, singer and songwriter, Sonny Boy Williamson died in his sleep. Van Morrison, Aerosmith, The Who, The Animals, Yardbirds and Moody Blues all covered his songs. According to the Led Zeppelin biography Hammer of the Gods, touring the UK in the 60’s, Sonny Boy set his hotel room on fire while trying […]