Today in Rock History – April 17th

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1965, Bob Dylan”s debut album The Freewheelin” Bob Dylan was at No.1 on the album chart. 1965, Paul McCartney spent the day shopping for furniture in Portobello Road, London disguised in a cloth cap, moustache, glasses and overcoat. 1966, The Who performed at the Regal Cinema in London. 1967, Jimi Hendrix played in Luton, Bedfordshire, England. […]

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 – February 25th

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1964, The Beatles finished recording their next single “Can’t Buy Me Love,” at Abbey Road studios, London, (they had first recorded the song on 29 January 1964 at Pathe Marconi Studios in Paris). They also recorded the B-side, “You Can’t Do That”and another new song “I Should Have Known Better.” 1965, The Rolling Stones perform […]

Today in Rock History – September 6th

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1968, Working at Abbey Road studio’s in London, The Beatles recoded overdubs onto the new George Harrison song ‘While My Guitar Gently Weeps’. Eric Clapton added the guitar solo and became the first outside musician to play on a Beatles recording and George recorded his lead vocal. 1969, James Brown announced he would retire from […]

Today in Rock History – May 1st

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1965, Herman’s Hermits started a three week run at No.1 in the singles chart with ‘Mrs Brown You’ve Got A Lovely Daughter’. 1966, The Beatles played a 15-minute live set on stage for the last time in the UK when they appeared at the NME Poll Winners concert at Wembley Empire Pool. The Beatles set […]

Vinyl Frontier: Retro Reviews: The Jam – All Mod Cons

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by Andrew David James ….In 1978 the prolific three piece from Woking had cemented themselves as part of the vibrant and exciting New Wave scene in British music. With elements close to Punk, a movement which was already going out of fashion, they maintained enough of a traditional rock ‘n’ roll sound to stand alone […]

Vinyl Frontier – Retro Reviews: The Jam – Sound Affects

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…At the start of the 1980’s The Jam were at the top of their game in the singles charts, selling out everywhere they played and gaining critical success. So what do you do in that situation? You experiment and move on to pastures new. After his broader brushstrokes about the class system on previous album […]

Today in Rock History – May 1st

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1967, 32 year old Elvis Presley married 21 year old Priscilla Beaulieu, a girl he first met in 1959 when she was just 14 years old. When Elvis got out of the army in 1960, Beaulieu moved into the singer’s Graceland mansion with her family”s blessing. The wedding ceremony took place at the Aladdin Hotel […]

Vinyl Frontier – Retro Reviews: The Jam – The Gift

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The Jam – The Gift By Andrew David James … Soul is a strange old musical genre. Having fused jazz, blues and gospel, the finest examples of it are tremendous (for the uninitiated watch ‘Blues Brothers’ or listen to some Otis Redding) but then there is the rather turgid and hollow “white soul” that reared […]