A calendar of rock history including birthdays, deaths, milestones, chart toppers, concerts, record releases, and other important events in music history.
Our sources include: Wikipedia, This Day in Music, This Day in Rock, Led Zeppelin.com, Classic Rock Concerts, The Concert Database, Live Music Archive, The Allman Brothers Band, Janis Joplin.net, The Who This Month, Setlist.fm, All The Songs: The Story Behind Every Beatles Release by Jean-Michel Guesdon & Phillipe Margotin (Black Dog & Leventhal Publishers,) Echoes – The Complete History of Pink Floyd by Glen Povey (Mind Head Publishing)
1966, NBC-TV bought The Monkees series, placing it on their 1966 autumn schedule.
1967, The Daily Mail ran the story about a local council survey finding 4,000 holes in the road in Lancashire inspiring John Lennon’s famous … (read more…)
1964, The Beatles played two shows at the Olympia Theatre, Paris, France, the first of an 18-night engagement. The first show was attended mostly by Paris’ top society members, all dressed in formal evening attire. The French press had little good to say about The Beatles in the next day’s … (read more…)
1966, The Who play at The Two Puddings Club in Stratford and the In Crowd Club in Hackney, London, England.
1967, The Rolling Stones were forced to change the lyrics of “Lets Spend The Night Together” to “Lets Spend Some Time … (read more…)
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, … (read more…)
1965, The first day of recording sessions for Bob Dylan’s Bringing It All Back Home album were held at Studio A, Columbia Recording Studios in New York City. Dylan recorded “Subterranean Homesick Blues,” and “It’s All Over Now, Baby Blue.”
1966, George Harrison and his girlfriend Patti Boyd met up with Mick Jagger and Chrissie Shrimpton at Dolly’s nightclub on Jermyn Street in London’s west End.
1966, Ringo Starr … (read more…)
1964, The Beatles appeared on the ATV show Sunday Night At The London Palladium performing “I Wanna Hold Your Hand,” “This Boy,” “All My Loving,” “Money,” and “Twist And Shout.” The compare for the evening was Bruce Forsyth. When The Beatles appeared on this show on October 13, 1963, their fee had been £250 ($400.) Three months later, their fee was £1,000 ($1600.)
1965, NBC premieres a new pop TV show called Hullabaloo, … (read more…)
1968: Jimi Hendrix moves into a London townhouse formerly owned by the Messiah’s composer George Frederick Handel. The guitarist tells the Daily Mirror that he will “not let the tradition down.”
1969: The Rolling Stones go to number five in the American album charts with their new … (read more…)
1964, The first US Beatles album, Introducing The Beatles, was released on Vee-Jay records. The album cover showed John, Paul and George with their now famous “mop top” haircuts, but Ringo had yet to convert. Vee-Jay would be forced to stop selling the disc by the end of the year because of legal complications, but by then, over 1.3 million copies had been sold.
1964, The Rolling Stones recorded “Not Fade Away” at Regent Sound Studios … (read more…)
1965, John Lennon makes a guest appearance on the British satirical TV show Not Only, opposite comedians Peter Cook and Dudley Moore.
1966, The Who played at the Cosmopolitan Club in Carlisle, Cumbria, England.
1967, “I’m a Believer,” written by Neil Diamond and recorded by ‘The … (read more…)
1966, The Beatles started a six week run at number one on the album chart with Rubber Soul, the group’s seventh chart topper, which went on to spend 56 weeks on the chart. The group also started a three week run at number one on the singles chart with “We Can Work It Out” the group’s 11th number one single.
1966, ABC broadcasts the last ever episode of pop music program Shindig! The Kinks and the Who see off the twice-weekly show in explosive fashion. … (read more…)
1964, The Beatles recorded a seven-song appearance for the BBC Radio program Saturday Club. They played All My Loving, Money, The Hippy Hippy Shake, I Want to Hold Your Hand, Roll Over Beethoven Johnny B. Goode, and I Wanna Be Your Man. The show was broadcast on February 15, while the Beatles were in the US.
1967, The Young Rascals, The Doors, and Sopwith Camel play at Winterland in San Francisco.
1968, San … (read more…)
1957, Elvis Presley makes his last appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show, the variety program that helped launch him nationwide. He performs for over 20 minutes, singing “Hound Dog,” “Don’t Be Cruel,” “Love Me Tender,” “Heartbreak Hotel,” “Peace in the Valley,” “Too Much” and “When My Blue Moon Turns to Gold Again.”
1958, Gibson guitars launched its “Flying V” electric guitar.
1962, Elvis … (read more…)