Today in Rock History – August 1st

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1964, The Beatles scored their fifth US No.1 single in seven months when “A Hard Day’s Night” went to the top of the charts. The group had now spent seventeen weeks at the No.1 position in this year. 1964, Billboard Magazine reported that the harmonica was making a comeback in a big way thanks to […]

Today in Rock History – July 31st

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1965, In England, the Yardbirds with Jeff Beck perform at the Cleethorpes Jazz Festival. 1966, Cream play their first gig in Windsor, England. 1966, The Who perform at Brittania Pier in Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, England. 1967, Mick Jagger was given a conditional discharge and Keith Richard’s conviction for permitting his house to be used for […]

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 25th

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1964, The Beatles third album ‘\A Hard Day’s Night started a twenty-one week run at the top of the UK charts. This was the first Beatles album to be recorded entirely on four-track tape, allowing for good stereo mixes. 1965, Bob Dylan plugged in for his headlining set backed by the Butterfield Blues Band at […]

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 23rd

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1964, The Beatles were at No.1 on the singles chart with “A Hard Days Night,” the group’s fifth. 1964, The Beatles take part in the Night of a Hundred Stars at the London Palladium. 1965, The Kinks perform “You Really Got Me” on the TV show, Where the Action Is. 1965,  The Dave Clark Five […]

Today in Rock History – July 21st

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1967, The Jimi Hendrix Experience played the first of three nights at the Cafe-a-Go-Go in New York City. 1968, The Who appeared at Virginia Beach Dome in Virginia Beach, Virginia. 1969,  The Beatles started work on the John Lennon song “Come Together” at Abbey Road studios in London. The track became the opening song on […]

Today in Rock History – July 20th

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1965, Bob Dylan releases “Like a Rolling Stone.” The single becomes his first major hit, reaching No. 2. It was recorded on June 15–16, 1965, Columbia Studio A, 799 Seventh Avenue, New York City. Then session musician Al Kooper improvised the organ riff for which the track is known. 1967, Jerry Lee Lewis kicks off […]

Today in Rock History – July 18th

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1968, Working at Abbey Road studios The Beatles recorded ‘Cry Baby Cry’ and ‘Helter Skelter.’ One take of ‘Helter Skelter’ lasted 27′ 11”, the longest Beatle recording ever. 1968, The Grateful Dead release Anthem of the Sun. Their second album fails to chart. 1969, During sessions at Abbey Road studios, London, Ringo Starr recorded his […]

Today in Rock History – July 15th

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1967, The Doors and The Jefferson Airplane both played an afternoon and evening show to over 8,000 fans at Anaheim Convention Center, Anaheim, California. 1967, Pink Floyd performed at the Stowmarket Carnival, held at The Cricket Meadow, in Stowmarket, England.  Feel for Soul, The Ketas, and other bands were also on the bill. 1967, This […]

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 11th

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1964, The Beatles appeared live on the ABC Television program Lucky Stars (Summer Spin,) performing “A Hard Day’s Night,” “Long Tall Sally,” “Things We Said Today,” and “You Can’t Do That.” To avoid the crowd of fans waiting for them, The Beatles arrived at the Teddington Studio Centre by boat, traveling down the River Thames. 1965, […]

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 5th

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1964, The Irish band Them, featuring Van Morrison, record “Gloria.” 1965, The Four Tops record their No. 5 hit “It’s the Same Old Song.” Ironically, it sounds just like their No. 1 “I Can’t Help Myself.” 1965, Marty Balin and Paul Kantner formed a Folk-Rock group that would evolve into the Jefferson Airplane, the premier […]

Today in Rock History – July 4th

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1969, Janis Joplin, Led Zeppelin, Johnny Winter, Delaney and Bonnie, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Canned Heat, Joe Cocker, Blood Sweat & Tears, Chuck Berry, Spirit, Chicago and Paul Butterfield all appeared at the two-day Atlanta Pop Festival, Byron, Georgia. 1969, The Doors appeared at the Willingdon Juvenile Detention Home For Girls in Vancouver, Canada. 1969. Grand […]