1961 – The Supremes sign a world wide recording contract with Motown Records. Along with Mary Wilson, Diana Ross and Florence Ballard, there is a fourth member, Barbara Martin, who leaves a year later. All except Martin are under 18 (Ross is 16) and need parental consent, which is granted after label boss Berry Gordy and his sister, Esther, win over their parents.
1965 – The Who release their first single “I Can’t Explain” with Jimmy Page on guitar and The Ivy League on backing vocals.
1967 – The Rolling Stones are forced to change the lyrics of “Let’s Spend ...
The song that drew the most powerful response at Blackberry Smoke’s show last night was Waiting for the Thunder, the snidely apocalyptic anthem that opens their latest album Like an Arrow. “Why do we stand by and do nothing while they piss it all away?” drawled frontman/lead guitarist Charlie Starr.
He was referring to those “with the power and the glory” who “get more than they deserve.” A little later, he and guitarist Paul Jackson took a sarcastic twin solo that referenced a cheesy Aerosmith hit from the 70s as bass player Rchard Turner made a slinky upward climb, ...
1952 – Ahmet Ertegun begins recording his newest signing, 21-year-old Ray Charles, at Atlantic Records on West 56th St in New York City. Ertegun had purchased the singer’s contract from the Swingtime label for $2,500.
1962 – After George Martin insists that session drummer Andy White take Ringo Starr’s place, The Beatles return to EMI Studios in London for a third attempt at recording their first single. “Love Me Do” is selected to be The Beatles’ first A-side, with “P.S. I Love You” on the flip side (a reversal of the original plan). The single that is released on October ...
Chicano Batman are the hottest thing in psychedelic soul right now – or maybe in all of soul music, for that matter. Over the course of their eclectic career, they’ve done everything from noir psychedelia to LA lowrider grooves as well as more tropical sounds. Their latest album Freedom Is Free – streaming at Bandcamp – is their most traditionally 60s soul-oriented, yet with the psychedelic touches they’re best known for. They’re the highlight of a triplebill this Satutday, July 15 at around 5 PM at Central Park Summerstage. A generically dancey band open the afternoon at 3ish; popular 80s ...
Catch the restored documentary in a theater near you, head to Morrison Hotel Gallery to check out a photo exhibit, and read a recap of a recent Q&A with D.A. Pennebaker. Also: watch Michelle Phillips play “California Dreamin'” at Monterey Pop 50 with The Head and the Heart.
In honor of the 50th anniversary of Monterey Pop Fest and the Summer of Love, here are the 50 best psychedelic rock records of 1967, from Jefferson Airplane to Love to the Bee Gees to Pink Floyd to Donovan, and yes, The Beatles.
1962 – The Konrads (featuring Dave Jay, later to become David Bowie) make their live debut when they play at Bromley Technical School in Kent, England.
1965 – Bob Dylan records “Like A Rolling Stone” at Columbia Recording Studios in New York City in the sessions for the forthcoming Highway 61 Revisited album. Session musicians include Mike Bloomfield and Al Kooper, whose Hammond organ on this track becomes one of rock’s most recognizable sounds.
1967 – The three day Monterey Pop Festival in California begins. The festival marks the first major US appearances by The Who, Jimi Hendrix, and Janis ...
The Monterey Pop Festival in Monterey, California was arguably the apex of the 1967 Summer of Love. Featuring some of the best live performances from the era’s most iconic performers, Monterey Pop was one of the first modern music festivals. I don’t think another festival has topped the music, spirit, and camaraderie of Monterey since (even Woodstock…); to say the attendees were lucky is a huge understatement.
Many of these performances have been immortalized (see: Jimi Hendrix and The Who), but it’s easy to overlook some when the festival was chockfull of amazing sets. Below are some ...
As a millennial who has a deep love for classic rock, especially 60’s psychedelia, I often lament how I will never be able to see my rock heroes perform live. Thankfully, there are a plethora of tributes in the Philly area that celebrate the music of these iconic bands.
helped celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Jimi Hendrix Experience with a tribute on November 26 featuring Fishbone and a number of special guests including Ernie Isley, Saul Williams, Nona Hendryx, Liv Warfield, Gary Lucas, Alice Smith and 13-year-old School of Rock star Brandon “Taz” Niederauer…
Do you love Jimi Hendrix? Heavy psychedelic power trio Radio Moscow, San Diego’s best export since Karla Rose, are the closest approximation that those of us who missed the 60s will ever be able to see.
Guitarist Parker Griggs echoes Hendrix in the purest sense possible, faster than you can say “Frank Marino.” Hendrix was a noisy player, and so is this guy. He takes a whole bunch of ideas springboarded by Jimi – playing off a root note a full step below the octave; letting a phrase bleed out in a pool of hammer-ons, leaving the natural ...
1957 – Jackie Wilson makes his US chart debut with “Reet Petite.”
1965 – The Beatles record “What Goes On.”
1967 – Pink Floyd makes their US live debut at the Winterland Auditorium in San Francisco, California. They share the bill with local group Big Brother & The Holding Company and singer/songwriter Richie Havens.
1968 – In Providence RI, Cream perform their last US concert.
1970 – David Bowie releases his third studio album. The Man Who Sold the World features the nucleus of what becomes the Spiders from Mars backing band.
1977 – Director Martin Scorsese’s acclaimed documentary of The ...
1922 – The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC), the first national broadcasting corporation, is founded on this day in London.
1957 – Paul McCartney and John Lennon perform together for the first time after McCartney joins Lennon’s band the Quarrymen. The show takes place at New Clubmoor Hall in their hometown of Liverpool, and Paul plays guitar.
1964 – Taking a day off from their British tour, The Beatles go into the studio and complete recording six album tracks and the A-side of their next single, “I Feel Fine.” They also finish “Eight Days a Week,” “Kansas City/Hey Hey Hey Hey,” ...
1962 – Parlophone releases the first Beatles single, “Love Me Do.” The song gets its first radio spin that same day on Radio Luxembourg.
1966 – Jimi Hendrix, Mitch Mitchell, and Noel Redding play together for the first time, and just like that, The Jimi Hendrix Experience forms in London.
1970 – Led Zeppelin III is released in the US.
1975 – Original Wailers members Bob Marley, Peter Tosh, and Bunny Wailer play together for the last time at the Wonder Dream Concert, which is a benefit organized by Stevie Wonder in Kingston, Jamaica.
1966 – Jimi Hendrix meets the final member of the Jimi Hendrix Experience, bassist Noel Redding, when Redding unsuccessfully auditions for Eric Burdon’s new Animals lineup at the Birdland club in London.
1967 – The Rolling Stones formally split from longtime manager Andrew Loog Oldham.
1967 – Mickey Hart joins Grateful Dead as the band’s new drummer.
1973 – Grand Funk Railroad scores their first #1 record when “We’re An American Band” tops the Billboard Hot 100 on lead singer Mark Farner’s 25th birthday.
1975 – Jackie Wilson suffers a heart attack and collapses in the middle of performing “Lonely ...