Today in Rock History – April 23rd

Marley in 1976 - photo by D. Burnett

1965, The Rolling Stones kicked off their third North American tour at the Maurice Richard Arena in Montreal, Canada. 1966, The Who played at the Odeon Theatre in Rochester, Kent, England. 1967, Jimi Hendrix appeared at the Gaumont Theatre in Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, England. 1969, The Beatles were at No.1 on the singles chart with “Get […]

Today in Rock History – April 21st

1967, Working at Abbey Road studios in London, The Beatles completed the sessions for Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. The final recordings were a short section of gibberish and noise which would follow “A Day in the Life,” in the run-out groove. They recorded assorted noises and voices, which engineer Geoff Emerick then cut-up […]

Today in Rock History- April 18th

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1968, During a European tour, Pink Floyd played two shows at the Piper Club, in Rome, Italy. 1969, Lulu married Bee Gee Maurice Gibb, Brother Barry was the best man. The couple split in 1973. 1969, Jimi Hendrix performed at Ellis Auditorium in Memphis, Tennessee. 1970, Santana, Taj Mahal and It”s A Beautiful Day all […]

Today in Rock History – April 3rd

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1964, Bob Dylan made his first entry on the UK charts with “The Times They Are A-Changin.” 1965, Sam the Sham & the Pharaohs release their garage classic “Wooly Bully.” 1966, Peter Tork opened a solo stint in Hollywood at The Troubadour. Tork had already auditioned for The Monkees, who he will join later in the […]

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 28th

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1967, Working on sessions for the new Beatles album Sgt Pepper’s at Abbey Road studios in London, John Lennon recorded his lead vocal for “Good Morning Good Morning,” and Paul McCartney added a lead guitar solo to the track. Lennon had decided he wanted to end the song with animal sound effects, and asked that […]

Today in Rock History – March 17th

Otis Redding

1967, Otis Redding, Eddie Floyd, Carla Thomas, Sam & Dave and Booker T and The MG’s appeared at London’s Finsbury Park Astoria on the first night of a 17-date UK tour.  1967, Working at Abbey Road studios in London, The Beatles finished the recoding of ‘She’s Leaving Home’ after adding backing vocals to the track. […]

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 – 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 25th

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1964, The Beatles finished recording their next single “Can’t Buy Me Love,” at Abbey Road studios, London, (they had first recorded the song on 29 January 1964 at Pathe Marconi Studios in Paris). They also recorded the B-side, “You Can’t Do That”and another new song “I Should Have Known Better.” 1965, The Rolling Stones perform […]

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, […]

Today in Rock History – January 14th

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1965, Bob Dylan starts recording Bringing It All Back Home. 1966, The Who play Municipal Hall in Pontypridd, Wales, United Kingdom. 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. […]

Today in Rock History – January 3rd

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1969, Appearing live on The Lulu Show on UK TV, Jimi Hendrix was booked to perform two songs, Voodoo Child, which is performed in its entirety. Then, he stopped midway through the performance his new single “Hey Joe,”  announcing, “We’d like to stop playing this rubbish and dedicate this song to The Cream.” The Experience […]

Today in Rock History – December 15th

John Lennon and the Plastic Ono Band

1967, The Who Sell Out LP is released in Britain. The album was to have been released a month earlier but was delayed while permission was sought from all the companies mentioned in the commercials. While getting the rights for the commercials, someone forgets to secure the rights for the Radio London jingles and a […]

Today in Rock History – December 11th

Sam Cooke

1964, Soul singer Sam Cooke was shot dead at the Hacienda Motel in Los Angeles, California. Bertha Franklin, manager of the motel, told police that she shot and killed Cooke in self-defense because he had attacked her. Police found Cooke’s body in Franklin’s apartment-office, clad only in a sports jacket and shoes, but no shirt, […]