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 ...
In addition to impressing your family, friends or co-workers with 52 of the best indie holiday songs, you might wanna show up to your next holiday party in one of these music (and TV) themed ugly sweaters.
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.
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1939 – Louis Armstrong records “Jeepers Creepers.”
1964 – The Beatles make their US chart debut when “I Want To Hold Your Hand” enters the chart at #45 just ten days after its release, making it the fastest-breaking and the fastest selling single in Capitol Records history. It goes on to spend seven weeks at the top of the chart.
1965 – Paul Simon drops out of law school to pursue music full-time.
1969 – Former Beatles drummer Pete Best wins a defamation suit against his former bandmates. He sued them over remarks Ringo made in an ...
1965 – The Rolling Stones record “The Last Time” and “Play With Fire.”
1967 – London’s Daily Mail newspaper carries an article about potholes in Blackburn, Lancashire, inspiring John Lennon to mention it in “A Day In The Life.” That same day, a 40-year-old David Mason records the piccolo trumpet solo for The Beatles’ “Penny Lane” at Abbey Road Studios in London. He was paid £27 ($42) for his performance.
1969 – Rolling Stones drummer Charlie Watts publishes his book, Ode to a High Flying Bird. The book is a tribute to Charlie Parker.
1960 – Patsy Cline becomes a member of the Grand Ole Opry.
1962 – Sam Cooke releases “Twistin’ the Night Away.”
1963 – Drummer Charlie Watts joins The Rolling Stones after leaving Blues Incorporated and his job as a graphic designer.
1965 – The Beatles’ Beatles 65 jumps from #98 to #1 on the Billboard album chart in one week’s time.
1970 – Led Zeppelin appear at The Royal Albert Hall in London on the night of Jimmy Page’s 26th birthday. John Lennon, Eric Clapton, and Jeff Beck are all in the audience. The two and a quarter hour set ...
Blues music has always been at the heart of what The Rolling Stones were about; it’s part of what drew them together in the first place when Mick Jagger and Keith Richards bonded at a railroad station over a Muddy Waters record. This being the case, it’s fitting that after more than 50 years of playing and recording together, they are back with their first studio album in over 10 years featuring a host of great blues covers on Blue & Lonesome. Happily, this is not an embarrassing aging-rocker, over-reaching, cliche album. ...
1963 – The Beatles make their only two appearances ever in Ireland, playing at the Adelphi Cinema in Dublin. The group hooks up with screenwriter Alun Owen, who has been appointed to write the screenplay for their as-yet-untitled first motion picture. Owen spends three days with them, observing their hectic lifestyle.
1959 – Smokey Robinson marries Claudette Rogers, a member of The Miracles and the eventual inspiration for his song “My Girl,” made famous by the Temptations. The two divorce in 1985.
1967 – Reg Dwight (Elton John) and his songwriting partner, Bernie Taupin, sign their first recording contract. As minors, their ...
1961 – Bob Dylan signs with Columbia Records, his first recording contract.
1962 – The Rolling Stones (known as The Rollin’ Stones and consisting of Keith Richards, Mick Jagger, Brian Jones, pianist Ian Stewart, and drummer Tony Chapman) record their first demo tape at Curly Clayton Studios in Highbury, London. They recorded three songs: Jimmy Reed’s “Close Together,” Bo Diddley’s “You Cant Judge A Book By The Cover,” and Muddy Waters’ “Soon Forgotten.”
1964 – The Beatles record “Honey Don’t” for their Beatles For Sale album after the song’s writer, Carl Perkins, visits them in the studio.
1960 – Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, who had lost contact since they went to primary school together, run into each other on a train and renew their acquaintance. They soon start playing together and eventually form The Rolling Stones.
1962 – The Beatles give their first-ever radio interview on Radio Clatterbridge, a closed-circuit radio station serving Cleaver and Clatterbridge Hospitals in Wirral, near Liverpool. Paul is quoted as saying, “John is, in fact, the leader of the group.”
1964 – The Rolling Stones appear on The Ed Sullivan Show for the first time, performing “Around And Around” and “Time ...
1919 – The Radio Corporation of America, soon to be simply known as RCA, is founded by General Electric.
1960 – Dion & The Belmonts breakup becomes official when it is reported in Billboard magazine.
1962 – The Beatles make their very first television appearance anywhere when part of their afternoon show at the Cavern in Liverpool is broadcast live on Granada television’s People And Places. The band performs two songs: “Some Other Guy” and “Love Me Do.”
1963 – The Beatles record “I Want To Hold Your Hand” and the first of their “Christmas Records,” spoken word greetings ...
Weekend one of Desert Trip, which brought six classic rock giants to the home of Coachella in Indio, CA (and was unofficially dubbed “Oldchella”), went down this past Friday (10/7) through Sunday (10/9)…
During Sir Paul’s set, he brought out Uncle Neil for the Beatles tunes “A Day in the Life” and “Why Don’t We Do It in the Road?” — the latter of which Paul has never played live before — and Lennon’s “Give Peace a Chance.” The Stones also did a Beatles tune, “Come Together”…
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 ...