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 26th

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1965, Mick Jagger, Brian Jones and Bill Wyman all received electric shocks from a faulty microphone on stage during a Rolling Stones show in Denmark. Bill Wyman was knocked unconscious for several minutes. 1966, The Who performed at St. George’s Ballroom in Hinckley, Leicestershire, England. 1967, Jimi Hendrix appeared at the Tabernacle Club in Stockport, […]

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 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 13th

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1965, The first day of recording sessions for Bob Dylan’s Bringing It All Back Home album were held at Studio A, Columbia Recording Studios in New York City. Dylan recorded “Subterranean Homesick Blues,” and “It’s All Over Now, Baby Blue.” 1966, George Harrison and his girlfriend Patti Boyd met up with Mick Jagger and Chrissie […]

Today in Rock History – January 7th

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1964, The Beatles recorded a seven-song appearance for the BBC Radio program Saturday Club. They played ‘All My Loving’, ‘Money’, ‘The Hippy Hippy Shake’, ‘I Want to Hold Your Hand’, ‘Roll Over Beethoven’, ‘Johnny B. Goode’, and ‘I Wanna Be Your Man’. The show was broadcast on February 15, while the Beatles were in the […]

Today in Rock History – December 27th

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1967, The Doors appeared on the Jonathon Winters Show CBS TV show from Los Angeles. 1967,  Bob Dylan releases his long-awaited follow-up to the Blonde on Blonde album,  John Wesley Harding. Rolling Stone declares, “Without a doubt this is another major musical step for Bob Dylan. The predominance of country blues, white and black, from […]

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 – December 14th

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1967, Rolling Stones guitarist Brian Jones was rushed to St Georges hospital in London after collapsing. A doctor reported Jones was tired and suffering from over strain and was also recovering from having some teeth out. 1968, Deep Purple played at the Grande Ballroom in Detroit, Michigan. 1968, Marvin Gaye scored his first No.1 single […]

Today in Rock History – December 7th

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1964, Beach Boy Brian Wilson married Marilyn Rovell in L.A. The couple divorced in 1979. Marilyn and her sister and cousin were in a group, the Honeys, who were produced by Brian Wilson. Marilyn and Brian had two daughters, Carnie and Wendy, who became members of Wilson Phillips. 1964, On his first tour of the […]

Today in Rock History – November 25th

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1966, Jimi Hendrix is introduced to the British press when the Experience play London’s Bag O’Nails club. 1967, The Who appear at the Village Theatre in New York. 1967, Spirit, Country Joe & the Fish, and Moby Grape perform at the Terrace Ballroom in Salt Lake City, Utah. 1968, Yes plays at the Revolution Club, […]

Today in Rock History – November 14th

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1967, a 16 date UK package tour with Jimi Hendrix, Pink Floyd, The Move, Nice and Amen Corner kicked off at the Royal Albert Hall, London. All acts played two shows per night. 1969, The Allman Brothers Band performed on the Boston Common in Boston, Massachusetts. 1969, ‘Sugar Sugar’ by The Archies was at No.1 […]

Today in Rock History – October 20th

1967, Davy Jones of The Monkees opened his own ‘Zilch’, boutique in Greenwich Village, New York City. 1968, Cream and Deep Purple appeared at the San Diego Sports Arena, San Diego, California. 1969, The Who played the first of six nights at New York’s Filmore East performing a two-hour show featuring the songs from ‘Tommy.’ […]

Today in Rock History – October 13th

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1965, The Who recorded ‘My Generation’, at Pye studios, London. When released as a single it reached No.2 on the UK chart, held off the No.1 position by The Seekers ‘The Carnival Is Over’. Roger Daltrey would later say that he stuttered the lyrics to try to fit them to the music. The BBC initially […]

Today in Rock History – October 11th

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1962, The Beatles made their first appearance on the UK singles chart with ‘Love Me Do’, which peaked at No. 4 on the chart. 1964, The Who appeared at Wolsey Hall, Cheshunt, England. 1967, The Doors appeared at Danbury High School, Danbury, Connecticut. Before the group came on stage an announcer told the audience not […]