Today in Rock History – December 22nd

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1966,  Pink Floyd played the first of of 11 gigs at The Marquee Club. They had appeared there earlier in the year, but only as a support act. 1967, The Jimi Hendrix Experience, Pink Floyd, The Who, Keith West and Tomorrow, Eric Burdon & The Animals, 1984 (featuring future Queen guitarist Brian May) and Soft […]

Today in Rock History – December 11th

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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, […]

Today in Rock History – December 10th

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1965, A San Francisco band formerly known as The Warlocks performed for the first time under their new name, The Grateful Dead. 1966, The Beach Boys went to number one on the singles chart with “Good Vibrations,” the group’s third number one. As a child, Brian Wilson’s mother told him that dogs could pick up […]

Today in Rock History – December 9th

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1966, Supergroup Cream released their debut studio album Fresh Cream in the UK. The power trio of Eric Clapton, Jack Bruce and Ginger Baker also released their second single “I Feel Free” on the same day. 1967, The Doors appeared at the New Haven Arena, New Haven, Connecticut. Before the show a policeman found singer […]

Today in Rock History – December 8th

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1966, Working at Abbey Road in London, Paul McCartney overdubbed his lead vocal for “When I’m Sixty-Four.” Then The Beatles set about remaking a new John Lennon song ‘Strawberry Fields Forever.’ 1967, Pink Floyd appeared at the Royal College of Art in London. 1968, Singer and guitarist Graham Nash left The Hollies and started work […]

Today in Rock History – December 6th

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1962, During sessions for the Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan album, Dylan recorded “A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall,” and versions of “Hero Blues,” “Whatcha Gonna Do,” “Oxford Town,” and “I Shall Be Free,” at Studio A, Columbia Recording Studios in New York City. 1964, The film Ferry Cross The Mersey premiered in London. Featuring Gerry And The […]

Today in Rock History – December 5th

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1965, The Beatles played their last ever show in their hometown of Liverpool when they appeared at The Liverpool Empire during the group’s final UK tour. Only 5,100 tickets were available, but there were 40,000 applications for tickets. 1965, The Rolling Stones played two shows at the Convention Hall, San Diego, California on the last […]

Today in Rock History – December 4th

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1964, The Beatles released their fourth album Beatles For Sale. The album featured, “No Reply,” “I’m a Loser,” “Baby’s in Black,” “Rock and Roll Music,” “Eight Days a Week,” and “Everybody’s Trying to Be My Baby.” 1965, The Byrds started a three week run at number one on the singles chart with “Turn! Turn! Turn!” […]

Today in Rock History – December 3rd

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1964, The Rolling Stones had their second UK number one single with their version of “Little Red Rooster.” The Stones had recorded the song at Chess Studios in Chicago, the same studios where Howlin’ Wolf, Muddy Waters and Little Walter had recorded their blues classics. 1965, Rolling Stone Keith Richards was knocked unconscious by an […]

Today in Rock History – December 2nd

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1967, The Monkees album, Pisces, Aquarius, Capricorn and Jones Ltd went to number one on the album chart. It was their fourth album to sell over a million copies, following The Monkees, More Of The Monkees and Headquarters. 1967, Pink Floyd play at The Dome in Brighton, England 1969, George Harrison joins Delaney & Bonnie […]

Today in Rock History – November 27th

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1964, The Beatles release their single “I Feel Fine” in the U.K. and are seen performing on tonight’s edition of the British TV show Ready Steady Go! Beatles manager Brian Epstein denies U.S. reports that he will sell his contract with the band “at any price.” 1964, Mick Jagger is fined approximately $18 for reckless […]

Today in Rock History – November 25th

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1966, Jimi Hendrix is introduced to the British press when the Experience play London’s Bag O’Nails club. 1967, The Who play the first of two nights at The Village Theatre in New York City. The Vagrants, with guitarist Leslie West, and The Rich Kids open for them. 1967, Spirit, Country Joe & the Fish, and […]

Today in Rock History – November 24th

1966, The Beatles got together for the first time since their return from the summer tour of the United States, ready to record a new album. The first song selected for recording was John’s “Strawberry Fields Forever,” which would end up, not on the album, but on The Beatles’ next single. This day’s session was […]

Today in Rock History – November 23rd

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1964, The Rolling Stones are banned from the BBC for unprofessionalism after showing up late for appearances on the radio shows Top Gear and Saturday Club. 1965, Dave Clark Five perform at Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto. 1965, Marc Bolan appeared live on the UK TV show Five O’Clock Funfair, performing “The Wizard.” 1967, The […]

Today in Rock History – November 22nd

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1963, The Beatles released their second album With The Beatles, which spent 51 weeks on the UK charts. 1963, President John F. Kennedy is shot in Dallas, Texas as his motorcade passes through downtown. He is pronounced dead at Parkland Medical Center. 1964, The Who appeared at the Goldhawk Social Club in London. 1965, Bob […]