Today in Rock History – September 29th

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1967, Working at Abbey Road in London, The Beatles mixed the new John Lennon song “I Am the Walrus” which included the sound of a radio being tuned through numerous stations, coming to rest on a BBC production of William Shakespeare’s “King Lear.”  Next, they completed “Your Mother Should Know,” with John playing organ, and […]

Today in Rock History – September 28th

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1968, The Beatles started a nine week run at No.1 on the singles chart with “Hey Jude.” The Paul McCartney penned tune was about Lennon’s son Julian, and gave the Fab Four their sixteenth No.1 and the biggest selling single of 1968. 1968, The Rascals went to No.1 on the album chart with Time Peace […]

Today in Rock History – September 10th

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1964, The Kinks third single “You Really Got Me,” was at No.1 on the singles chart. Future Led Zeppelin founder and guitarist Jimmy Page played tambourine on the track. 1964, Rod Stewart recorded his first single, a version of Willie Dixon’s “Good Morning Little School Girl.” Future Led Zeppelin bass player John Paul Jones played […]

Today in Rock History – September 3rd

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1966, Donovan went to No.1 on the US singles chart with “Sunshine Superman,” a No.2 hit in the UK. The track featured then Yardbird and future Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page. 1967, During a 10-date tour of Sweden, The Jimi Hendrix Experience appeared at the Liseburg in Gothenburg, Sweden. 1968, After a two week absence, […]

Today in Rock History – August 20th

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1965, The Rolling Stones’ manager Andrew Loog Oldham and his partner Tony Calder launched Immediate records. Their first release was The McCoy’s “Hang On Sloopy.” Mick Jagger, Eric Clapton and Nico  all attended the launch party. The label became the home of The Small Faces, The Nice, Amen Corner and Chris Farlowe and a young […]

Today in Rock History – August 18th

1964, Over 9,000 frenzied fans met The Beatles as they arrived in San Francisco, to begin an American tour. The Beatles were driven into a protective fence enclosure so that photographers could take pictures. As the 9,000 fans pressed against the fencing, it gave way, with The Beatles managing to get out split-seconds before it […]

Today in Rock History – August 12th

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1966, The Beatles performed two shows at the International Amphitheatre in Chicago, Illinois. This was the first stop on what would turn out to be The Beatles’ final US tour. Support acts were the Remains, Bobby Hebb, Cyrkle, and the Ronettes. 1967, The Jimi Hendrix Experience appeared at The Ambassador Theatre, Washington D.C. 1967, The […]

Today in Rock History – August 11th

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1966, At a press conference held at The Astor Towers Hotel in Chicago, John Lennon apologized for his remarks that The Beatles were “more popular than Jesus.” Lennon told reporters “Look, I wasn’t saying The Beatles are better than God or Jesus, I said “Beatles”because it’s easy for me to talk about The Beatles. I […]

Today in Rock History – August 8th

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1969, The photo session for the cover of The Beatles Abbey Road album took place on the crossing outside Abbey Road studios. Photographer Iain McMillan, balanced on a step-ladder in the middle of the road took six shots of John, Ringo, Paul, and George walking across the zebra crossing while a policeman held up the traffic. […]

Today in Rock History – August 6th

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1965, The Beatles released their fifth album and soundtrack to their second film Help! which included the title track, plus “The Night Before,” “You’ve Got to Hide Your Love Away,” “You’re Going to Lose That Girl,” “Ticket to Ride,” and “Yesterday.” 1965, Decca records released The Small Faces debut single “Whatcha Gonna Do About It.” It […]

Today in Rock History – August 5th

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1966, The Beatles Revolver was released in the UK. The band’s seventh album featured: “Taxman,” “Eleanor Rigby,” “I’m Only Sleeping,” “Here, There and Everywhere,” ‘She Said She Said,” “And Your Bird Can Sing,” and “Tomorrow Never Knows.” 1967, The Monkees played at Kiel Auditorium in St. Louis, Missouri. 1968, The Who appeared at the International […]

Today in Rock History – July 28th

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1965, The Who make their first appearance on British TV’s “Ready Steady Go!” Their managers pack the audience with mods, ensuring a rapturous reception as the band rips through “I Can’t Explain.” 1965, Rolling Stone Charlie Watts buys a 16th century wooden mansion in Sussex, England. His father tells the press, “We can’t understand why […]

Today in Rock History – July 23rd

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1964, The Beatles were at No.1 on the singles chart with “A Hard Days Night,” the group’s fifth. 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 the TV show, Where the Action Is. 1965,  The Dave Clark Five […]

Today in Rock History – July 22nd

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1963, The Beatles’ first US album, Introducing The Beatles was pressed by Vee-Jay Records, who thought they had obtained the legal rights from EMI affiliate, Trans-Global Records. When it was finally released in January, 1964, Capitol Records would hit Vee Jay with an injunction against manufacturing, distributing, advertising, or otherwise disposing of records by the […]

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 1966, The Kinks were at No.1 on the […]