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On This Day in Rock History – October 18

Here’s what happened on this day in Rock History:  1947 On his twenty-first birthday, Chuck Berry leaves jail after serving three years for armed robbery. He would go on to hang bumpers on cars in an automotive factory, a janitor in an apartment building, and then as a beautician before recording “Maybellene” for Chess Records in 1955. 1959 The evils of …

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Today in Rock History – October 17

Here’s what happened today in Rock History:  1962  The Beatles made their first TV appearance in Britain when they appeared on Granada TV’s People And Places, singing “Love Me Do”. This isn’t a video of that, I think this is probably more interesting anyway:  1969 The Kinks are finally able to launch their first US tour in over four years. The band had …

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Two Lessons Tina Turner Taught Me

I was nine years old when Tina Turner’s Private Dancer album came out.  I’m so thankful that as a child I was shown such a powerful example of how the second act in a person’s life can be better than the first. Her bravery was inspirational – and the fact that she never shied from telling that story was a …

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Today in Rock History – October 16

Here’s what happened today in Rock History for October 16th: 1967 Folk singer Joan Baez was arrested, along with 123 others, for blocking the entrance to an Armed Forces Induction Center in Oakland, California. 1971 Isaac Hayes’ “Theme From Shaft” is released. When Hayes sings “That John Shaft is a bad mother…” the voice you hear telling Hayes to “shut …

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On This Day in Rock History – October 15

Here’s what happened today in Rock History:  1966 The Four Tops had their last US number 1 song with “Reach Out I’ll Be There”.  Grace Slick quits the San Francisco band The Great Society to join Jefferson Airplane. 1971 Rick Nelson played the seventh annual Rock ‘n’ Roll Revival Show in New York. He mistakenly thought he was being booed …

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Today in Rock History – October 11

Here’s what happened today in Rock History:  1960 Aretha Franklin appears at the Village Vanguard club in New York, marking the first non-Gospel performance of her career. Here’s a clip of Aretha taking EVERYONE to church in 1972: 1967 The Bee Gees scored their first UK #1 with “Massachusetts”, which would go on to sell over five million copies worldwide. Robin Gibb …

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