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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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Today in Rock History – October 10

Here’s what happened today in Rock History: 1902 Gibson Mandolin Company is formed. Gibson’s first electric guitar the ES-150 was produced in 1936, and in 1946 Gibson introduced the P-90 single-coil pickup, which was eventually used on the first Les Paul model made in 1952. 1939 The real Eleanor Rigby died in her sleep of unknown causes at the age …

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Today in Rock History – October 9

Today in Rock History for October 9th: 1940  John Lennon is born in Liverpool, England to Julia and Freddie Lennon.  Today would have been his 79th Birthday.   1961 “Hit The Road Jack” becomes Ray Charles’ second tune to hit number 1 on the Billboard Pop chart. The song has since been ranked #377 on the Rolling Stone magazine’s list of The …

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Today in Rock and Roll History, October 7


Here’s what happened on this day in Rock and Roll History:  1967 Cass Elliot of the Mamas And Papas spent the night in a London jail after a dispute over her hotel bill. The charges were dropped the next day.   1971 Michael Jackson’s first solo single, “Got To Be There”, was released by Motown Records. The song would top …

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