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 – September 22nd

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1965, San Francisco band The Great Society, featuring Grace Slick and her husband Darby, make their live debut at The Coffee Gallery, North Beach, California. 1967, The Doors appeared on the Murray the K show on WPIX-TV in New York City performing ‘People Are Strange’ and ‘Light My Fire.’ 1968  Madame Tussaud’s Wax Museum gives […]

Today in Rock History – September 3rd

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1966, Donovan went to No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Sunshine Superman’, a No.2 hit in the UK. The track featured then Yardbird and future Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page. 1967, During a 10-date tour of Sweden, The Jimi Hendrix Experience appeared at the Liseburg in Gothenburg. 1968, After a two week absence, Ringo […]

Today in Rock History – August 6th

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1965, The Beatles released their fifth album and soundtrack to their second film ‘Help!’ which included the title track, ‘The Night Before’, ‘You’ve Got to Hide Your Love Away’, ‘You’re Going to Lose That Girl’, ‘Ticket to Ride’ and ‘Yesterday’. 1965, Decca records released The Small Faces debut single ‘Whatcha Gonna Do About It.’ It […]

Today in Rock History – June 19th

The Spencer Davis Group

1965, The Who, Solomon Burke, Zoot Money, Cliff Bennett & The Rebel Rousers, John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers, Spencer Davis Group, Marianne Faithful, Long John Baldry, The Birds, (featuring a young Ronnie Wood), Dave Witting and the Ray Martin Group all appeared at Uxbridge Blues Festival, England. 1965, The Four Tops went to No.1 on the singles […]

Today in Rock History – June 18th

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1971, Fleetwood Mac appeared at Up The Junction in Crewe, England. 1974, Peter Hoorelbeke drummer with US band Rare Earth was arrested after a concert for throwing his drumsticks into the crowd. 1975, Elvis Presley had a face-lift at Mid South hospital, Memphis. 1976, Abba gave a special live performance in Stockholm for Sweden’s King […]

Today in Rock History – June 6th

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1965, Herman’s Hermits play The Ed Sullivan Show. 1966, Roy Orbison’s first wife, Claudette, was killed when a truck pulled out of a side road and collided with the motorbike that she and her husband were riding on in Gallatin, Texas, she was 25. 1968, Screaming Lord Sutch appeared at the Freehold Hullabaloo in Freehold, […]

Today in Rock History – May 23rd

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1964, Marvin Gaye appears on American Bandstand singing “You’re a Wonderful One.” 1966, The Beatles release “Paperback Writer.” 1967, After several days abortive work at Abbey Road Studios, Pink Floyd moved to Sound Technique studios in Chelsea, London to record ‘See Emily Play’ and ‘Scarecrow’. 1970, Paul McCartney’s debut solo album, ‘McCartney’, started a three-week […]

Today in Rock History – February 12th

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1964, The Beatles returned to New York City by train from Washington, D.C. for two performances at Carnegie Hall. There was such a demand for tickets that some extra seating was arranged surrounding the stage. Tickets ranged from $1.65 to $5.50. 1965, Pye Records announced that they’d signed ‘the British Bob Dylan’, when they added […]