Today in Rock History – April 10th

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1967, Marvin Gaye recorded his version of ‘I Heard It Through The Grapevine’. The song was first recorded by The Miracles and had also been a million seller in 1967 for Gladys Knight and the Pips. 1967, Paul McCartney visits a Beach Boys recording session and is said to have loaned his production assistant to […]

Today in Rock History – April 4th

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1964, The Beatles held the top five places on the US singles chart, at No. 5 “Please Please Me,” No.4 “I Want To Hold Your Hand,” No.3, “Roll Over Beethoven,” No.2 “Love Me Do,” and at No.1 “Can’t Buy Me Love.” They also had another nine singles on the chart, bringing their total to fourteen […]

Today in Rock History – March 16th

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1964, The Beatles set a new record for advance sales in the U.S. with 2,100,000 copies of their latest single ‘Can’t Buy Me Love.’ 1964, DJ Alan Freed is charged with tax evasion, the latest plague on the payola-plagued pioneer’s career 1965, The Rolling Stones were at No.1 on the singles chart with ‘The Last […]

Today in Rock History – March 10th

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1965, Davie Jones (David Bowie) and the Manish Boys appeared at the Bromel Club, Bromley Hill, England. 1965, The Beatles’ “Eight Days a Week” goes to No. 1. It’s the first single by a British act to top the American charts but not make the charts in Britain, where it was unreleased. 1966, The Who […]

Today in Rock History – March 9th

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1967, Pink Floyd and The Thoughts appeared at the Marquee, London, England. The Marquee club has often been defined as “the most important venue in the history of pop music,” not only for having been the scene of the development of modern music culture in London, but also for having been an essential meeting point […]

Today in Rock History – February 23rd

1965, Filming began on The Beatles follow up to A Hard Days Night on location in the Bahamas with the working title of Eight Arms To Hold You. 1966, During an 11-date tour of Australia and New Zealand The Rolling Stones played the first of four nights at the Palais Theatre, St Kida, Melbourne. 1967, […]

Today in Rock History – February 15th

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1964, The Beatles scored their first No.1 album with Meet The Beatles! The album stayed at No.1 for eleven weeks. 1964, The Dave Clark Five appeared on the UK TV show Thank Your Lucky Stars. 1965, American singer and pianist Nat King Cole died of lung cancer. His first hit was the 1943 “Straighten Up and Fly […]

Today in Rock History – January 19th

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1963, The Beatles made their first national TV appearance in the UK on ‘Thank Your Lucky Stars performing “Please Please Me.” 1967, Pink Floyd and Marmalade played at The Marquee Club, London. 1967, The Monkees were at No.1 on the singles chart with “I’m A Believer.” The group’s only UK No.1. 1967, The Beatles began […]

Today in Rock History – January 16th

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1964, The Dave Clark Five were at No.1 on the singles chart with ‘Glad All Over’, the group’s only No.1. 1964, The Beatles played two shows at the Olympia Theatre, Paris, France, the first of an 18-night engagement. This first show was attended mostly by Paris’ ‘top society’ members (all dressed in formal evening attire). […]

Today in Rock History – January 14th

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1965, Bob Dylan starts recording Bringing It All Back Home. 1966, David Bowie release his first single, “Can’t Help Thinking About Me,” on Parlophone Records. 1967, Pink Floyd played at the Coming-Up Hop, held at The Great Hall, University of Reading, Whiteknights, Reading England. 1967, Over 25,000 people attend The Human Be-In-A Gathering Of The […]

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 6th

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1957,  Elvis Presley makes his last appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show, the variety program that helped launch him nationwide. He performs for over 20 minutes, singing “Hound Dog,” “Don’t Be Cruel,” “Love Me Tender,” “Heartbreak Hotel,” “Peace in the Valley,” “Too Much” and “When My Blue Moon Turns to Gold Again.” 1958,  Gibson guitars […]

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 – January 2nd

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1965, The Beatles Story, yet another America-only collection of Fab Four releases, goes to No. 7 in the album charts. The Beatles are currently No. 1 in the singles charts with “I Feel Fine.” 1966, “We Can Work It Out” by the The Beatles takes over the top spot from Simon & Garfunkel’s “Sounds of […]

Today in Rock History – December 26th

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1964, The Beatles started a three week run at No.1 on the singles chart with ‘I Feel Fine’. It was the group’s 6th No.1 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 placed an […]