Today in Rock History – March 31st

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1967, Jimi Hendrix set fire to his guitar live on stage for the first time when he was appearing at The Astoria in London, England. It was the first night of a 24-date tour with The Walker Brothers, Cat Stevens and Engelbert Humperdink. The Fender Stratocaster burned on stage by Hendrix sold for £280,000 at […]

Today in Rock History – March 30th

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1967, The cover for Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band is photographed at a studio on London’s Flood Street, using cardboard cutouts and wax figures to represent the Beatles’ heroes. The effigies featured include Edgar Allan Poe, Lenny Bruce, Vidal Sassoon, Laurel and Hardy, Bob Dylan, and Huntz Hall.  After the shoot, The Beatles resumed […]

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 25th

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1966, At a photo session with Bob Whitaker’s studio in London, The Beatles posed in white coats using sides of meat with mutilated and butchered dolls for the cover of their next American album, ‘Yesterday and Today’. After a public outcry, the L.P. was pulled from stores and re-issued with a new cover. 1967, The […]

Today in Rock History – March 24th

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1966, Simon and Garfunkel made their singles chart debut with “Homeward Bound.” 1967, Pink Floyd played the first of two nights at the Ricky Tick Club in Hounslow, England. 1970, Genesis performed at Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club, London. 1971, The Allman Brothers Band appeared at Foster Auditorium, Tuscaloosa, Alabama. 1972, King Crimson played at Memorial […]

Today in Rock History – March 21st

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1965, The Who appeared at the Trade Union Hall, Watford, England. 1965, After “I Want To Hold Your Hand” had held the No.1 position on the US singles chart for seven weeks, The Beatles started a two-week run at No.1 with “She Loves You.” 1967, Jimi Hendrix performed at Speakeasy in London. 1969, John Lennon […]

Today in Rock History – March 12th

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1965, The Beatles wrap up their location shooting of Help! in the Bahamas. Ringo Starr recalled, “A hell of a lot of pot was being smoked while we were making the film. It was great. That helped make it a lot of fun.” 1966,  The first album by Love is released in the US. 1966, […]

Today in Rock History – March 11th

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1965, Tom Jones was at number one on the singles chart with “It’s Not Unusual.” 1965, The Who go into IBC Studios, London to record their first album. Songs known to be recorded on this date are Pete Townshend’s “You’re Gonna Know Me” (later retitled “Out In The Street”), plus covers of James Brown’s “Please […]

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 number one. 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 […]

Stellar Rock Sequential Trilogies

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On my WMXM show Wednesday, I went with Stellar Rock & Roll Sequential Trilogies as the theme of the day. The inspiration came from my good friend Otis Jones who sent out an email to our group of music-loving friends from North Carolina (and now VA, OR, AZ, and me up in Illinois.) He implored […]

Today in Rock History – March 3rd

Buffalo Springfield

1966, Neil Young, Stephen Stills and Richie Furay formed Buffalo Springfield in Los Angeles. 1966, The Who played at the Victoria Ballroom in Chesterfield, Derbyshire, England. 1967, The Doors appear at the Avalon Ballroom, San Francisco. 1967, A twice-nightly tour kicked off in the UK at The ABC in Romford Essex featuring, The Small Faces, […]

Today in Rock History – February 28th

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1964, The Yardbirds played at the Rhythm and Blues Festival at The Town Hall, Birmingham, England. 1966, Liverpool’s Cavern Club, made famous by the Beatles’ residency there, closes and is later turned into a subway station. 1966, The Who appeared at Eltham Bath in London. 1968, Frankie Lymon was found dead at his mother’s house […]

Today in Rock History – February 26th

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1966, The Beatles Rubber Soul was at number one on the album chart, the group’s seventh album chart topper. 1966, Nancy Sinatra went to number one on the US singles chart with “These Boots Are Made For Walking,” also a UK chart topper. 1966, The Who appear at Gliderdrome Bingo Hall in Lincolnshire, England. 1966, […]

Today in Rock History – February 24th

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1963, The Rolling Stones started a Sunday night residency at The Station Hotel, Richmond, Surrey. The Stones were paid $41 for the gig and played on the first night to a total of 66 people. 1965, The Who appear for the first time on BBC-TV’s Top Of The Pops, where they play “I Can’t Explain” […]

Today in Rock History – February 23rd

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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, […]