Today in Rock History – December 12th

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1966, Pink Floyd make their first ever appearance at the Royal Albert Hall. Their would play the RAH three more times, with the last performance there in 1970. 1966, Jimi Hendrix performs at the RamJam Club in London. 1967, Rolling Stone Brian Jones was given 3 years probation and a £1,000 ($1,600) fine for drug […]

Today in Rock History – December 11th

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1964, Soul singer Sam Cooke was shot dead at the Hacienda Motel in Los Angeles, California. Bertha Franklin, manager of the motel, told police that she shot and killed Cooke in self-defense because he had attacked her. Police found Cooke’s body in Franklin’s apartment-office, clad only in a sports jacket and shoes, but no shirt, […]

Today in Rock History – December 9th

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1966, Supergroup Cream released their debut studio album Fresh Cream in the UK. The power trio of Eric Clapton, Jack Bruce and Ginger Baker also released their second single “I Feel Free” on the same day. 1967, The Doors appeared at the New Haven Arena, New Haven, Connecticut. Before the show a policeman found singer […]

Today in Rock History – November 25th

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1966, Jimi Hendrix is introduced to the British press when the Experience play London’s Bag O’Nails club. 1967, The Who play the first of two nights at The Village Theatre in New York City. The Vagrants, with guitarist Leslie West, and The Rich Kids open for them. 1967, Spirit, Country Joe & the Fish, and […]

Today in Rock History – November 22nd

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1963, The Beatles released their second album With The Beatles, which spent 51 weeks on the UK charts. 1963, President John F. Kennedy is shot in Dallas, Texas as his motorcade passes through downtown. He is pronounced dead at Parkland Medical Center. 1964, The Who appeared at the Goldhawk Social Club in London. 1965, Bob […]

Today in Rock History – November 21st

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1965, The Rolling Stones perform at Will Rogers Auditorium in Fort Worth, Texas. 1967, The Who begin their first headlining tour of the U.S. at the Civic Auditorium in Fargo, North Dakota with supporting act the Unbelievable Uglies. The Mayor of Fargo accuses the Who of inciting the teen audience with their instrument-destroying behavior and […]

Today in Rock History – November 19th

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1964, The Supremes became the first all girl group to have a UK chart topping single when “Baby Love” went to the top of the charts. 1965, David Bowie and the Lower 3rd appeared at The Marquee Club, London. 1965, The Kinks, The Who, Georgie Fame & The Blue Flames, The Hollies, Wilson Pickett and […]

Today in Rock History – November 15th

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1966, The Doors officially signed with Elektra Records in a deal for the band to produce seven albums. The band also reluctantly agreed to release “Break On Through” as their first single. The lyric “She gets high/she gets high/she gets high” was changed to “She gets/she gets/she gets” in order to secure radio play. 1967, […]

Today in Rock History – November 8th

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1965, The Beatles worked on a new George Harrison song “Think For Yourself” at Abbey Road for their forthcoming Rubber Soul album. After rehearsing the song, they recorded the basic instrumental track in one take. 1967, The Jimi Hendrix Experience appears at Manchester University in Manchester, England. 1968, Cynthia Lennon is granted a divorce from […]

Today in Rock History – November 7th

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1967, The Beatles finished recording ‘Blue Jay Way’, ‘Flying’ and ‘Magical Mystery Tour.’ The Beatles have only six songs, not enough for an album so decided to issue a double-EP. Capitol Records didn’t think the double-EP format would be acceptable for the US market, so they decide to put out an album instead. The six […]

Today in Rock History – November 2nd

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1967, The Beatles completed recording their next single “Hello Goodbye” at Abbey Road studios London with a second Paul McCartney bass line. The McCartney song had been selected for the A-side for The Beatles next single, the flip side to be Lennon’s “I Am the Walrus.” 1967, Tom Jones kicked off a 22 date UK […]

Today in Rock History – November 1st

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1964, On The Ed Sullivan Show,  the Dave Clark Five perform “Glad All Over.” Comparing them to the Rolling Stones, Sullivan declares the Five “nice, neat boys.” They would perform more times on his show than any other rock act. 1965, The Rolling Stones played at the War Memorial Auditorium, New York during the bands […]

Today in Rock History – October 31st

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1964, Bob Dylan performs a Halloween concert at New York’s Philharmonic Hall. CBS is recording the show for a possible live album. Dylan shows off a new composition called “Advice to Geraldine on Her Miscellaneous Birthday.” 1964, Ray Charles was arrested by Logan Airport customs officials in Boston and charged with possession of heroin. This […]

Today in Rock History – October 30th

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1967, The Who play City Hall in Newcastle. The quite different stereo mix of Also, The Who Sell Out is created at De Lane Lea Studios in London. That evening Nederland 2 airs Vjoew featuring an interview with Pete conducted by John Peel. Pete plays an acetate of “Armenia City In The Sky,” showing the […]

Today in Rock History – October 12th

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1965, The Beatles recorded “Run For Your Life” in its entirety, in five takes for their upcoming album Rubber Soul at Abbey Road Studio’s London. John Lennon later admits to lifting two lines from Elvis Presley’s 1955 hit “Baby Let’s Play House.” The group also works on another new Lennon song “This Bird Has Flown,” […]