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)
1965, The Rolling Stones started a four week run at number one 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 Tymes, The Shangra-Las and local band The Castiles (with Bruce Springsteen … (read more…)
1967, On a tour supporting The Monkees, The Jimi Hendrix Experience appear at the Convention Hall, Miami, Florida. After it becomes plainly apparent that the group is not suited to teenybopper audiences, the tour’s promoter Dick Clark and Hendrix’s manager Chas Chandler concoct a story saying that the conservative Daughters of the American Revolution group had complained at Jimi’s act and so the Experience left … (read more…)
1966, The Beatles released the Nowhere Man 4-track EP in the UK, which included “Drive My Car,” “Michelle,” and “You Won’t See Me.” All four tracks were taken from The Beatles’ sixth UK studio album, Rubber Soul.
1966, The Who appeared at Top Rank Suite in Cardiff, Wales.
1966, The Rolling Stones performed at Cobo Hall in Detroit, Michigan.
1967, UK music weekly the Melody … (read more…)
1963, The Rolling Stones made their UK TV debut when they appeared on Thank Your Lucky Stars. Also seen on the show were Mickie Most, The Cadets, Helen Shapiro and Gordon Mills. The Stones made a total of 13 appearances on the show between 1963 and 1966
1965, The Who played at a gala opening of The Manor House … (read more…)
1957, John Lennon and Paul McCartney met for the first time at The Woolton Church Parish Fete where The Quarry Men were appearing. As The Quarry Men were setting up for their evening performance, McCartney eager to impress Lennon picked up a guitar and played “Twenty Flight Rock” by Eddie Cochran, and Gene Vincent’s “Be-Bop-A-Lula.” Lennon was impressed, and even more so when McCartney showed Lennon and Eric Griffiths how to tune their guitars, … (read more…)
1965, The Four Tops record their number five hit “It’s the Same Old Song,” which resembles their number one “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 San Francisco psychedelic band of the late ’60s. The Airplane made its debut the following month at a Haight-Ashbury … (read more…)
1959: Bobby Darin’s hit “Dream Lover” tops the UK chart. The track, which would reach the second postion in the US, includes Neil Sedaka on piano.
1964: “I Get Around” becomes the first US number one single for The Beach Boys. In the UK, it would be the band’s first Top Ten hit, reaching number 7. The B-side of the single was “Don’t Worry Baby”, which itself charted in 24th place in America. Although all of the Beach Boys either played or sang on the record, noted session man Hal Blaine was brought in to play drums.
1966: The Beatles were booed by fans at the … (read more…)
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 played at the Bath Pavilion in Bath, Somerset, England.
1968, At an impromptu gathering at Joni … (read more…)
1966, David Bowie and The Lower Third appeared at The Lion Hotel in Warrington, England, (they were paid £30 for the gig). Also appearing was The Powerhouse which featured Eric Clapton Jack Bruce, Steve Winwood and Paul Jones.
1967, Jeff Beck, Cream and John Mayall all appeared at London’s Saville Theatre.
1967, Jimi Hendrix performed at the Whisky A Go-Go in Los Angeles, California. … (read more…)
1967, The Association scored their second and last number one single with “Windy.”
1967, The Mama’s & The Papa’s performed at Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto, Ontario
1967, Pink Floyd appeared at The Swan, Yardley, Birmingham, England. … (read more…)
1969, Fleetwood Mac, Pentangle and Duster Bennett all appeared at London’s Royal Albert Hall “Pop Proms.”
1969, King Crimson played at the Old Granary, Bristol, England.
1969, Pink Floyd performed a one hour show at the President’s Ball at the Top Rank Suite, in Cardiff, Wales. It was presented by … (read more…)
1968, A free concert was held in London’s Hyde Park with Pink Floyd, Jethro Tull, Tyrannosaurus Rex and Roy Harper. This afternoon concert was the first free festival to be held in Hyde Park. The concert was held to coincide with the release of Pink Floyd’s second album, A Saucerful of Secrets.
1968, The Jeff Beck Group appeared at the Boston Tea Party, Boston, Massachusetts.
1968, The Small Faces started a six week … (read more…)