Today in Rock History – May 21st

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1965, The Who’s second single, “Anyway Anyhow Anywhere” backed with “Daddy Rolling Stone” is released in the U.K. on Brunswick. Derek Johnson in New Musical Express calls is “a wild racer, with just about every conceivable gimmick…it commands attention and should do well.” 1967, Jimi Hendrix signed with Reprise Records on the US Warner Brothers […]

Ray Manzarek Dead at 74 – Audio Interview from 1994

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Author’s note: It’s been two years since Ray passed away. We bring you our old interview once again…. I was saddened to hear of Doors’ keyboardist Ray Manzarek’s passing. He died in Germany after a long battle with cancer. While Jim Morrison may always be the public face of the band, Manzarek and guitarist Robby […]

Today in Rock History – May 20th

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1965, The Who performed at Town Hall in Kidderminster, West Midlands, England. 1966, Bob Dylan and The Band played at the ABC Theatre in Edinburgh, Scotland. Some members of the audience were unhappy with Dylan “going electric,” and attempted to overpower the band by playing their own harmonicas. 1966, Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey of […]

Today in Rock History – May 9th

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1966, The Doors played at the Whisky A Go-Go, West Hollywood, California auditioning for the position of the venue’s house band. 1967, Sandie Shaw was at number one on the UK singles chart with “Puppet On A String.” This week’s two highest new entries were Jimi Hendrix with “The Wind Cries Mary,” and The Kinks […]

Today in Rock History – May 8th

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1965, Shooting of the promotional film for Bob Dylan’s “Subterranean Homesick Blues” took place at the side of the Savoy Hotel in London. Actors in the background were Allen Ginsberg and Bob Neuwirth. The cards that Dylan held up to the camera were painted by Alan Price and Joan Baez. 1966, Pink Floyd appeared at […]

Today in Rock History – April 9th

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1967, The Doors and The Jefferson Airplane appeared at Cheetah, Santa Monica Pier, Venice, California. This was the largest show The Doors had played to date with a crowd of over 3,000. 1967, The Who appeared at Thalia Theater, Wuppertal, Germany. 1968, Jimi Hendrix and B. B. King performed at the Generation Club, New York. […]

Today in Rock History – March 9th

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1967, Pink Floyd and The Thoughts appeared at the Marquee, London, England. The Marquee club has often been defined as “the most important venue in the history of pop music,” not only for having been the scene of the development of modern music culture in London, but also for having been an essential meeting point […]

Today in Rock History – March 3rd

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1966, Neil Young, Stephen Stills and Richie Furay formed Buffalo Springfield in Los Angeles. 1966, The Who played at the Victoria Ballroom in Chesterfield, Derbyshire, England. 1967, The Doors appear at the Avalon Ballroom, San Francisco. 1967, A twice-nightly tour kicked off in the UK at The ABC in Romford Essex featuring, The Small Faces, […]

Today in Rock History – March 1st

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1967, Working at Abbey Road studios, London, The Beatles started recording a new song John Lennon song “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds.” 1968, Elton John’s first single “I’ve Been Loving You Too Long” was released on the Phillips label.  It didn’t chart. 1968, The Hollies played at the Civic Center in Virginia Beach, Virginia. […]

Today in Rock History – February 1st

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1964, The Beatles started a seven week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with “I Want To Hold Your Hand,” the first US No.1 by a UK act since The Tornadoes “Telstar” in 1962 and the first of three consecutive No.1’s from the group. 1964, Peter, Paul & Mary performed at the Civic […]

Today in Rock History – January 29th

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1964, The Beatles spent the day at Pathe Marconi Studios in Paris, France, The Beatles’ only studio recording session for EMI held outside the UK. They recorded new vocals for “She Loves You,” “I Want to Hold Your Hand,” and “Can’t Buy Me Love,” after EMI’s West German branch persuaded Brian Epstein that they would […]

Today in Rock History – January 28th

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1965, The Moody Blues were at No.1 on the singles chart with “Go Now!” 1965, The Who made their first appearance on UK TV show Ready Steady Go! To project the desired image, the hand-picked audience consisted only of teens dressed in the current Mod fashion. 1966, The Cavern Club in Liverpool closes, having run […]

Today in Rock History – January 24th

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1965, The film Ferry Cross the Mersey premieres at the Liverpool Odeon. It was the first to be shot on location in Liverpool after the city’s emergence into the music mainstream For authenticity, many scenes were shot in clubs near the home of Gerry and the Pacemakers’ frontman Gerry Marsden. Marsden wrote nine new songs […]

Today in Rock History – January 17th

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1964, The Rolling Stones released their first EP, which included, “You Better Move On,” “Poison Ivy,” “Bye Bye Johnny,” and “Money.” It peaked at number 15 on the UK chart. 1966, NBC-TV  bought The Monkees series, placing it on their 1966 autumn schedule. 1967, The Daily Mail ran the story about a local council survey […]

Today in Rock History – January 1st

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1966, Simon and Garfunkel started a two week run at number one 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, on KTLA-TV Channel 5 in Los Angeles. The single peaked number 126 on the chart mainly […]