Today in Rock History – July 23rd

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1964, The Beatles were atop the UK singles chart with “A Hard Days Night,” the group’s fifth.  They would be number one on the US Billboard Hot 100 in August. 1964, The Beatles take part in the Night of a Hundred Stars at the London Palladium. 1965, The Kinks perform “You Really Got Me” on […]

Today in Rock History – July 7th

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1963, The Rolling Stones made their UK TV debut when they appeared on Thank Your Lucky Stars. Also appearing on the show was, Mickie Most, The Cadets, Helen Shapiro and Gordon Mills. The group made a total of 13 appearances on the show between 1963 and 1966 1965, The Who played at a gala opening […]

Today in Rock History – June 17th

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1965, Working at Abbey Road studios in London The Beatles completed work on the new Paul McCartney song “Yesterday” with the overdubbing of an additional vocal track by McCartney and a string quartet. They also recorded “Act Naturally” for Ringo’s vocal contribution on the Help! album and the song “Wait” in four takes. “Wait” will […]

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 reach number one on the singles chart two months later. 1967, Aretha Franklin went to the top of he US singles charts with her version of the Otis Redding hit “Respect.” A top ten hit on the UK chart. 1967, […]

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 […]

Unit 4+2: “Concrete And Clay”

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Song Of The Day by Eric Berman – The Jukebox Series #33 – Unit 4+2: “Concrete And Clay” b/w “When I Fall In Love” – London 45 RPM Single 45-LON-9754 (G4/H4) Today’s song is a somewhat forgotten British Invasion classic from 1965, featuring future members of The Kinks and Argent amongst its band members. Unit […]

Today in Rock History – May 12th

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1965, The Rolling Stones recorded “(I Can’t Get No), Satisfaction” at RCA Hollywood studios. Keith Richards had come up with the guitar riff in the middle of the night a week earlier. It gave the band their first number one single in the US. 1967, Pink Floyd play London’s Queen Elizabeth Hall, one of their […]

Today in Rock History – May 5th

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1966, The Who performed at Town Hall in Kidderminster, West Midlands, England. 1968, Buffalo Springfield split up. Richie Fury formed Poco and Stephen Stills teamed up with David Crosby (The Byrds) and Graham Nash (The Hollies) to create Crosby Stills & Nash. They played a show at the Long Beach (California) Arena. 1968, Pink Floyd […]

Today in Rock History – April 29th

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April 29 1967, The 14-hour Technicolour Dream benefit party for The International Times was held at Alexandra Palace, Muswell Hill in London. Seeing the event mentioned on TV, John Lennon called his driver and went to the show. Coincidentally, Yoko Ono was one of the performers. More than thirty  acts to appeared included The Move, […]

Today in Rock History – April 28th

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1966, The Kinks appeared at the Mecca Ballroom, Nottingham, England. 1966, The Young Rascals topped the Pop charts with  “Good Lovin’.” This is the first of three number one songs for group, which later records as just The Rascals. 1967, Pink Floyd performed at the Tabernacle Club, Hillgate, Stockport, England. 1967, Johnny Cash appeared at […]

Today in Rock History – April 11th

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1964, The Beatles set a new chart record when they had 14 songs on the Billboard Hot 100. The songs ranged from ‘Can’t Buy Me Love’ at No.1 to ‘Love Me Do’ at No. 81. 1965, Performing at the New Musical Express poll winners concert, at London’s Wembley Empire Pool, England, The Beatles, The Rolling […]

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 – April 1st

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1966, The Troggs recorded “Wild Thing” at Regent Sound Studio in London. The song went on to be a No.1 US and No.2 UK hit in June the following year. 1966, John Lennon bought a copy of Timothy Leary’s The Psychedelic Experience and The Tibetan Book Of The Dead, where he read near the beginning of […]

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 […]

The Kinks – “Starstruck” b/w “Picture Book”

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Song of the Day by Eric Berman – The Jukebox Series #4 – The Kinks – “Starstruck” b/w “Picture Book” – German Pye 45 DV-14795 (G1/H1) In a year that saw the release of The Beatles’ White Album and Jimi Hendrix’s Electric Ladyland, it’s no surprise that a low-key gem like The Kinks Are The […]