Today in Rock History – April 6th

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1968, Pink Floyd announced founder Syd Barrett had officially left the group. Barrett was suffering from psychiatric disorders compounded by drug use. 1968, Simon and Garfunkel went to No.1 on the album chart with The Graduate. 1968, The Troggs played at the Grande Ballroom in Detroit, Michigan. 1968, The Beatles Apple Corps Ltd. record company, management […]

Today in Rock History – March 22nd

1965, Bringing It All Back Home, Bob Dylan’s fifth studio album was released. The album reached No.6 on Billboard’s Pop Albums chart, the first of Dylan’s LPs to break into the US top 10, and it also topped the UK charts later that Spring. The lead-off track, Subterranean Homesick Blues, became Dylan’s first single to chart […]

Today in Rock History – March 21st

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1965, The Who appeared at the Trade Union Hall, Watford, England. 1965, After “I Want To Hold Your Hand” had held the No.1 position on the US singles chart for seven weeks, The Beatles started a two-week run at No.1 with “She Loves You.” 1967, Jimi Hendrix performed at Speakeasy in London. 1969, John Lennon […]

Today in Rock History – March 13th

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1965, Eric Clapton quit The Yardbirds due to musical differences with the other band members. Clapton wanted to continue in a blues type vein, while the rest of the band preferred the more commercial style of their first hit, ‘For Your Love’. 1965, The Beatles started a two week run at No.1 on the singles […]

Today in Rock History – March 12th

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1965, The Beatles wrap up their location shooting of Help! in the Bahamas. Ringo Starr recalled, “A hell of a lot of pot was being smoked while we were making the film. It was great. That helped make it a lot of fun.” 1966,  The first album by Love is released in the US. 1966, […]

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 26th

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1966, The Beatles ‘Rubber Soul’ was at No.1 on the album chart, the group’s seventh album chart topper. 1966, Nancy Sinatra went to No.1 on the US singles chart with “These Boots Are Made For Walking,” also a UK No.1. 1966, The Who appear at Gliderdrome Bingo Hall in Lincolnshire, England. 1966, The Rolling Stones […]

Today in Rock History – February 24th

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1963, The Rolling Stones started a Sunday night residency at The Station Hotel, Richmond, Surrey. The Stones were paid $41 for the gig and played on the first night to a total of 66 people. 1965, The first full day of filming took place for The Beatles movie ‘Help!’ with the group riding bicycles on […]

Today in Rock History – February 18th

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1965, The Kinks were at No.1 on the singles chart with “Tired Of Waiting For You,” the group’s second No.1. 1965, Working at Abbey Road studios in London, The Beatles recorded two new songs: John Lennon’s “You’ve Got to Hide Your Love Away” and a new Paul McCartney song “Tell Me What You See.” 1966, […]

Today in Rock History – February 12th

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1965, Pye Records announced that they’d signed ‘the British Bob Dylan’, when they added Donovan to the label. The Scottish singer-songwriter produced a series of hit albums and singles between 1965 and 1970 and became a friend of leading pop musicians including Joan Baez, Brian Jones, and The Beatles. He influenced John Lennon when he […]

Today in Rock History – January 15th

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1965, The Who released their first single “I Can’t Explain,” with Jimmy Page on guitar and The Ivy League on backing vocals.  It went on to reach No.8 on the singles chart. 1967, The Rolling Stones were forced to change the lyrics of “Lets Spend The Night Together” to “Lets Spend Some Time Together” when […]

Today in Rock History – December 25th

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1964, The Supremes, Marvin Gaye, The Temptations, The Miracles, Stevie Wonder and The Marvelettes all appeared at The Fox Theatre, Brooklyn, New York. 1964, The Beatles, recorded six songs for the BBC radio program Saturday Club in London: ‘Rock and Roll Music’, ‘I’m a Loser’, ‘Everybody’s Trying to Be My Baby’, ‘I Feel Fine’, ‘Kansas […]

Today in Rock History – December 24th

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1965, The Beatles had the number one album in the US for the third Christmas in a row. ‘Rubber Soul’ sat atop the LP chart in ’65, following ‘Beatles For Sale’ in 1964 and ‘With The Beatles’ in 1963. The Fab Four would repeat this feat again in 1968 with ‘The Beatles’ (The White Album) […]

Today in Rock History – November 10th

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1963, The Yardbirds, (with Eric Clapton on guitar) appeared at The Crawdaddy Club, Richmond, Surrey, England. 1967, The Beatles filmed three promotional films for their new single ‘Hello Goodbye’ at the Saville Theatre in London. Each of the three film clips featured different costumes and Beatle antics. In the first film they wear their “Sgt. […]

Today in Rock History – September 2nd

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1965, The Doors recorded their first demo’s at World Pacific Jazz Studios in Los Angeles, California, where they cut six Jim Morrison songs. 1966, The Who played at Locarno Ballroom in Basildon, Essex, England. 1967, Pink Floyd, The Move, Soft Machine, Fairport Convention, The Nack, and Denny Lane performed at the UFO Festival held at […]