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

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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 – July 1st

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1966, Janis Joplin moves into Big Brother & the Holding Company’s house in California’s San Geronimo Valley. 1967, The Association scored their second and last No.1 single with “Windy.” 1967, The Mama’s & The Papa’s performed at Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto, Ontario 1967, Pink Floyd appeared at The Swan, Yardley, Birmingham, England. 1967, The […]

Today in Rock History – June 27th

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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 19th

The Spencer Davis Group

1965, The Who, Solomon Burke, Zoot Money, Cliff Bennett & The Rebel Rousers, John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers, Spencer Davis Group, Marianne Faithful, Long John Baldry, The Birds, (featuring a young Ronnie Wood), Dave Witting and the Ray Martin Group all appeared at Uxbridge Blues Festival, England. 1965, The Four Tops went to No.1 on the singles […]

Today in Rock History – June 15th

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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 Cathedral in England to help promote peace. 1968, Pink Floyd performed two shows […]

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 be No.1 on the singles chart two months later. 1967, Aretha Franklin went to No.1 on the US singles chart with her version of the Otis Redding hit “Respect.” A No.10 hit on the UK chart. 1967, Jefferson Airplane appear […]

Today in Rock History – May 30th

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1964, The Beatles went to No.1 on the singles chart with “Love Me Do,” the group’s fourth No.1 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 Mojo Club […]

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 […]

Today in Rock History – May 21st

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1967, Jimi Hendrix signed with Reprise Records on the US Warner Brothers label. They released the guitarist’s albums Are You Experienced?’, Axis: Bold as Love, and Electric Ladyland. 1967, Pink Floyd was at Studio 3, EMI Studios, Abbey Road, St. John’s Wood in London to record songs for their debut album, Piper At The Gates Of Dawn. […]

Ray Manzarek Dead at 74 – Audio Interview from 1994

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Author’s note: It’s been a year 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 […]