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 – February 14th

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1967,  Aretha Franklin records a cover of Otis Redding’s “Respect”at Atlantic Studios in New York. It would become a number one US single in June. 1967,  The Doors play the Whisky A Go-Go in Los Angeles. 1967, Jimi Hendrix appeared at Gray’s Club in Tilbury, Essex, England. 1968, Manfred Mann were at No.1 on the […]

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 – February 11th

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1963, In less than ten hours, The Beatles record ten new songs for their first album plus four other tracks which would be the next two singles. John Lennon’s vocal on The Isley Brothers “Twist & Shout” was recorded in one take to complete the album. 1964, The Beatles made their live concert debut in […]

Bob Dylan, Rock History – February 4th

1966, Bob Dylan and The Band played at the Convention Center in Louisville, Kentucky. This was the first date on a world tour which would become noted as Dylan’s first that used electric instruments, after he had gone “electric” at the 1965 Newport Folk Festival. 1966, The Who play the Astoria Theatre in Finsbury Park, […]

Today in Rock History – February 1st

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1964, The Beatles started a seven week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with “I Want To Hold Your Hand,” the first US No.1 by a UK act since The Tornadoes “Telstar” in 1962 and the first of three consecutive No.1’s from the group. 1964, Peter, Paul & Mary performed at the Civic […]

Today in Rock History – January 31st

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1964, Sales figures show that the Beatles’ “She Loves You” has sold 1.3 million copies in England, while “I Want to Hold Your Hand” has sold 1.5 million. 1967, The Beatles spent a second day at Knole Park, Sevenoaks, Kent, England to complete filming for the ‘Strawberry Fields Forever’ promotional video. The film was shot […]

Today in Rock History – January 30th

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1964, The Searchers were at number one on the UK singles chart with the Sonny Bono song “Needles And Pins.” The group’s second UK chart topper had originally been recorded by Jackie DeShannon 1967, In Kent, England, the Beatles shoot a promotional clip for “Strawberry Fields Forever,” while the Jimi Hendrix Experience are filmed at […]

Today in Rock History – January 29th

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1964, The Beatles spent the day at Pathe Marconi Studios in Paris, France, The Beatles’ only studio recording session for EMI held outside the UK. They recorded new vocals for “She Loves You,” “I Want to Hold Your Hand,” and “Can’t Buy Me Love,” after EMI’s West German branch persuaded Brian Epstein that they would […]

Today in Rock History – January 28th

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1965, The Moody Blues were at No.1 on the singles chart with “Go Now!” 1965, The Who made their first appearance on UK TV show Ready Steady Go! To project the desired image, the hand-picked audience consisted only of teens dressed in the current Mod fashion. 1966, The Cavern Club in Liverpool closes, having run […]

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 […]

Janis Joplin, Rock History – January 25th

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1963, Janis Joplin performs in San Francisco for the first time, singing at the North Beach coffeehouse. In lieu of money, Janis passes the hat for beers. She often sings a cappella at the Coffee Confusion and the Coffee Gallery, occasionally accompanied by Jorma Kaukonen (future guitarist with Jefferson Airplane). Joplin sings Bessie Smith and […]

Today in Rock History – January 24th

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1965, The film Ferry Cross the Mersey premieres at the Liverpool Odeon. It was the first to be shot on location in Liverpool after the city’s emergence into the music mainstream For authenticity, many scenes were shot in clubs near the home of Gerry and the Pacemakers’ frontman Gerry Marsden. Marsden wrote nine new songs […]

Today in Rock History – January 16th

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1964, The Dave Clark Five were at number one on the singles chart with “Glad All Over,” the group’s only chart topper. 1964, The Beatles played two shows at the Olympia Theatre, Paris, France, the first of an 18-night engagement. The first show was attended mostly by Paris’ top society members, all dressed in formal […]

Today in Rock History – January 15th

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1965, The Who released their first single “I Can’t Explain,” with Jimmy Page on guitar and The Ivy League on backing vocals.  It went on to reach number eight on the singles chart. 1966, The Who play at The Two Puddings Club in Stratford and the In Crowd Club in Hackney, London, England. 1967, The […]