Today in Rock History – August 8th

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1969, The photo session for the cover of The Beatles Abbey Road album took place on the crossing outside Abbey Road studios. Photographer Iain McMillan, balanced on a step-ladder in the middle of the road took six shots of John, Ringo, Paul, and George walking across the zebra crossing while a policeman held up the traffic. […]

Today in Rock History – July 28th

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1965, The Who make their first appearance on British TV’s “Ready Steady Go!” Their managers pack the audience with mods, ensuring a rapturous reception as the band rips through “I Can’t Explain.” 1965, Rolling Stone Charlie Watts buys a 16th century wooden mansion in Sussex, England. His father tells the press, “We can’t understand why […]

Today in Rock History – July 24th

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1965, The Byrds were at No.1 on the singles chart with their version of the Bob Dylan song “Mr Tambourine Man.” It was the first Bob Dylan song to reach No.1. 1966, The Who played at Brittania Pier in Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, England. 1967, All four Beatles and their manager Brian Epstein signed a petition […]

Today in Rock History – July 12th

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1962, The Rolling Stones made their live debut at the Marquee Jazz Club, London, with Dick Taylor on bass (later of The Pretty Things) and Mick Avory on drums, (later of The Kinks). They were a last minute fill-in for Alexis Korner’s Blues Incorporated, who had been plucked to appear on BBC radio’s Jazz Club […]

Today in Rock History – July 10th

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1965, The Rolling Stones started a four week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction,” the group’s first chart-topper there. In the UK, the song was initially played only on pirate radio stations because its lyrics were considered too sexually suggestive. 1966, Johnny Tilotson, The Jive Five, The […]

Today in Rock History – July 8th

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1965, The Dave Clark Five had their movie, Catch Us If You Can, premiere in London. The film was renamed to Having a Wild Weekend for its US release. Songs featured by the group in the movie included “Catch Us If You Can,” “Having a Wild Weekend,” and “I Can’t Stand It.” 1966, The Beatles […]

Today in Rock History – July 3rd

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1967, A private party was held at the Speakeasy Club in London, England for the Monkees. Guests included: John Lennon, George Harrison, Paul McCartney, Dusty Springfield, Eric Clapton, Lulu and all the members from Manfred Mann, The Who and Procol Harum. 1967, Jimi Hendrix performed at The Scene in New York City. 1967, Pink Floyd […]

Today in Rock History – June 15th

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1967, Guitarist Peter Green quit the John Mayall Band. He went on to be a founding member of Fleetwood Mac. 1968, The Soft Machine appeared at the Grande Ballroom in Detroit, Michigan. 1968, Today John and Yoko plant their acorns outside Coventry Cathedral in England to help promote peace. 1968, Pink Floyd performed two shows […]

Today in Rock History – June 7th

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1968, Fleetwood Mac, Grateful Dead and Jefferson Airplane all appeared for the first of a three night run at the Carousel Ballroom, San Francisco, California. 1968, Cream played at the Grande Ballroom in Detroit, Michigan 1969, Supergroup Blind Faith, featuring Eric Clapton, Ginger Baker and Steve Winwood made their live debut at a free concert […]

Today in Rock History – June 5th

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1968, The Jimi Hendrix Experience appeared on the Dusty Springfield TV show filmed on ATV, in London, England. Hendrix performed “Stone Free” and “Voodoo Chile,” and then played a version of “Mockingbird” with Dusty Springfield. 1968, Senator and presidential candidate Robert Kennedy is shot and killed by Sirhan Sirhan in Los Angeles. The next day, […]

Today in Rock History – June 4th

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1967, Procol Harum, The Jimi Hendrix Experience and Denny Laine all appeared at The Saville Theatre London, England. 1967, The Monkees wins an Emmy for Outstanding Comedy Series, beating out Andy Griffith, Bewitched, Get Smart, and Hogan’s Heroes. 1968, Having been arrested the month before on charges of marijuana possession, Rolling Stone Brian Jones elects […]

Today in Rock History – May 28th

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1966, Herb Alpert And The Tijuana Brass went to No.1 on the album chart with What Now My Love, setting a new American record with four albums in the Top Ten. The other three were; South of the Border, Going Places and Whipped Cream and Other Delights. 1966, The Who appear at South Pier in Blackpool, Lancashire, […]

Today in Rock History – May 25th

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1965, Blues harmonica player, singer and songwriter, Sonny Boy Williamson died in his sleep. Van Morrison, Aerosmith, The Who, The Animals, Yardbirds and Moody Blues all covered his songs. According to the Led Zeppelin biography Hammer of the Gods, touring the UK in the 60′s, Sonny Boy set his hotel room on fire while trying […]

Today in Rock History – May 20th

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1966, Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey of the Who grew tired of waiting for John Entwistle and Keith Moon to arrive for their gig at the Ricky Tick Club in Windsor, England so they took to the stage with the bass player and drummer of the local band that opened the show. When Moon and […]

Today in Rock History – April 28th

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1966, The Kinks appeared at the Mecca Ballroom, Nottingham, England. 1966, No. 1 Chart Toppers Pop Hit: “Good Lovin’” by The Young Rascals. This is the first of three No. 1 songs for group, which later records as just The Rascals. 1967, Pink Floyd performed at the Tabernacle Club, Hillgate, Stockport, England. 1967, Johnny Cash […]