Petula Clark, Syd Barrett in Rock History – January 26th

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1965, “Downtown” by Petula Clark was at number one on the US singles chart. A young Jimmy Page had played as a session guitarist on the track, giving him his first US number one hit, as well as a number two hit in the UK. 1965, during a Rolling Stones tour of Australia and New […]

Today in Rock History – January 22nd

1964, The Yardbirds, featuring Eric Clapton appeared at The Cavern Club, Liverpool, England. 1965, The Rolling Stones began a 16-date tour of Australia and New Zealand at the Agricultural Hall at Manufacturers Auditorium in Sydney with Roy Orbison, The Newbeats and Ray Columbus and the Invaders. 1965, The Who pre-tape their first appearance on Radio […]

Today in Rock History – January 21st

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1965, The Byrds record “Mr. Tambourine Man.”  The only actual member of the band who performs on the record is lead guitarist/singer Jim McGuinn. Musicians from the fabled “Wrecking Crew,” including Larry Knetchel on bass, replace the rest of the band. 1965, The US Immigration Department forces The Animals to cancel a performance at New […]

Today in Rock History – January 18th

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1964, The Beatles made their US chart debut when “I Want To Hold Your Hand” entered the chart at No.45 just ten days after its release, making it the fastest-breaking and the fastest selling single in Capitol Records history. It went on to spend seven weeks at the No.1 position. 1965, The Rolling Stones recorded […]

Today in Rock History – January 17th

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1964, The Rolling Stones released their first EP, which included, “You Better Move On,” “Poison Ivy,” “Bye Bye Johnny,” and “Money.” It peaked at number 15 on the UK chart. 1966, NBC-TV  bought The Monkees series, placing it on their 1966 autumn schedule. 1967, The Daily Mail ran the story about a local council survey […]

Today in Rock History – January 11th

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1967: The Jimi Hendrix Experience recorded “Purple Haze.” Jimi also signed to the new record label Track Records on this day. 1968: Jimi Hendrix moves into a London townhouse formerly owned by the Messiah’s composer George Frederick Handel. The guitarist tells the Daily Mirror that he will “not let the tradition down.” 1969:  The Rolling […]

Today in Rock History – January 10th

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1964, The first US Beatles album, Introducing The Beatles, was released on Vee-Jay records. The album cover showed John, Paul and George with their now famous “mop top” haircuts, but Ringo had yet to convert. Vee-Jay would be forced to stop selling the disc by the end of the year because of legal complications, but […]

Today in Rock History – January 9th

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1965, The Beatles started a nine week run at number one on the album chart with Beatles 65, the group’s fourth chart topper. 1965, John Lennon makes a guest appearance on the British satirical TV show Not Only, opposite comedians Peter Cook and Dudley Moore. 1966, The Who played at the Cosmopolitan Club in Carlisle, […]

Song of the Day by Eric Berman – “Claudine” by The Rolling Stones

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Song of the Day by Eric Berman – “Claudine” by The Rolling Stones Today’s Song of the Day by Eric Berman is an outtake by The Rolling Stones from the Some Girls album sessions. The subject of the song is Claudine Longet, who was 19 years old when she met and married Andy Williams who […]

Today in Rock History – January 4th

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1967, The Jimi Hendrix Experience played the first of what would be over 240 gigs in this year (many were two per night) 1967, The Doors released their self-titled debut album The Doors. Unique packaging of the album included each band members bio. 1968, The University of California, Los Angeles announced that students taking music […]

Today in Rock History – December 31st

1966, The Monkees started a 7-week run at No.1 on the singles charts with the Neil Diamond song ‘I’m A Believer’. 1966, Ray Charles appeared at the City Center Arena in Seattle Washington, tickets cost $4.50 on the door. 1966, The Move, Pink Floyd, and The Who appeared at the New Year’s Eve All Night […]

Today in Rock History – December 28th

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1968, The three day Miami Pop Festival took place, the first major rock festival held on the East Coast of the US, with Chuck Berry, The McCoys, Joni Mitchell, Fleetwood Mac, Marvin Gaye, The Turtles, The Box Tops, Steppenwolf, Three Dog Night, Pacific Gas and Electric, Procol Harum, Canned Heat, Iron Butterfly and The Grateful […]

Today in Rock History – December 27th

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1967, The Doors appeared on The Jonathon Winters Show on CBS TV 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 26th

1964, The Beatles started a three week run at number one on the singles chart with “I Feel Fine.” It was the group’s sixth chart topper of the year in which they had 30 entries on the chart, giving them a total of 18 weeks at the top of the charts. 1964, The Rolling Stones […]

Today in Rock History – December 16th

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1965, Released as a double A-side The Beatles “Day Tripper / We Can Work It Out,” became their ninth UK number one, and their third Christmas chart topper in a row. The single was a US number one in January 1966. 1966, Pink Floyd appeared at a prohibition themed dance, the AA Students Christmas Carnival, […]