Today in Rock History

A calendar of rock history including birthdays, deaths, milestones, chart toppers, concerts, record releases, and other important events in music history.

Today in Rock History – June 21

Rock History June 21 1967, Jimi Hendrix and the Jefferson Airplane perform at San Francisco’s iconic Fillmore West. 1968, The Who appeared at Durham University, Durham, England. 1969, Young David Bowie signs with Mercury Records. The label has to wait three years for him to produce a successful follow-up to “Space Oddity.” 1969, Jimi Hendrix…

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Today in Rock History – June 20

Rock History June 20 1966, The Beatles release their album Yesterday & Today, featuring the band wearing butcher’s aprons on the front cover surrounded by decapitated baby dolls. At the time, some of the Beatles defended the use of the Butcher photograph. John Lennon said that it was “as relevant as Vietnam” and McCartney said…

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Today in Rock History – June 19

Rock History June 19 1965, The Who, Solomon Burke, Zoot Money, Cliff Bennett & The Rebel Rousers, John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers, Spencer Davis Group, Marianne Faithful, Long John Baldry, The Birds, (featuring a young Ronnie Wood), Dave Witting, and the Ray Martin Group all appeared at Uxbridge Blues Festival, England. The Spencer Davis Group 1965, The…

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Today in Rock History – June 18

Rock history June 18 1964, Paul McCartney turns 22 and celebrates his birthday with a party after the Beatles first performance in Sydney, Australia. Paul’s requested “champagne and caviar and fifteen young Australian girls chosen for their intelligence and charm.” 1966, Frank Sinatra’s “Strangers In The Night” surpassed The Rolling Stones’ “Paint It Black” as…

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Rock History – June 13

Rock History June 13 1967, The Bee Gees appeared live on the UK TV show As You Like It. The group were promoting their debut single “New York Mining Disaster 1941.” 1968, Quicksilver Messenger Service and The Hallucinations performed at Boston Tea Party in Boston, Massachusetts. 1969, The Who stage the Hollywood premiere of Tommy, performing…

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Rock History – June 12

Rock History June 12 1964, The Beatles arrived in Adelaide, Australia and were greeted by an estimated 250,000 fans, who lined the ten mile route from the airport to the city center. The group gave their first four shows in Australia at the Centennial Hall, Adelaide over two nights, playing: I Saw Her Standing There,…

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Rock History – June 11

Rock History June 11 1966, The Rolling Stones started a two week run atop the singles chart with “Paint It Black,” the group’s third number one single. 1966, European radio stations mistakenly report that The Who’s lead singer Roger Daltrey is dead. Actually, it was guitarist Pete Townshend who had been injured in a car…

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Our sources include: WikipediaThis Day in Music, This Day in Rock, Led, Classic Rock Concerts, The Concert Database,  Live Music Archive,  The Allman Brothers Band, Janis, The Who This Month,, 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)

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