November 13, 2017

The Velvet Underground

made their live debut

when they played at Summit High School, New Jersey

on December 11th of 1965

Admission was $2.50 and the show sold out

The Velvet Underground was paid $75 for the gig

The Velvet Underground’s original lineup: 

John Cale - Lou...

November 12, 2017

Santana’s version of "Black Magic Woman"

was released in the US this week in 1970

where it rose to #4 during a three month chart run

sung by keyboardist Gregg Rolie

and appeared on their Abraxas album

Black Magic Woman" was written by Peter Green 

that first appea...

November 12, 2017

Happy 71st Birthday to Neil Percival Young

Canadian singer-songwriter, musician,

producer, director and screenwriter

Neil Young has lived in California since the 1960s

Neil retains his Canadian citizenship

Neil's good friends

band brothers

David Crosby ~ Stephen Stills ~ G...

November 11, 2017

A film called 'Jamboree' previewed in Hollywood

on November 12th of 1957

Among those featured are 

Jerry Lee Lewis

Fats Domino

Carl Perkins

Frankie Avalon

Charlie Gracie

Connie Francis

Slim Whitman

Jamboree is a black and white 1957 rock and roll film 

directed by...

November 11, 2017

Van Morrison performed his current US #10 hit

"Brown Eyed Girl" on Dick Clark's American Bandstand

November 11th of 1967

Northern Irish singer and songwriter Van Morrison

wrote an recorded Brown Eyed Girl

in March 1967 at Bang Records

via owner and producer Bert Berns


November 10, 2017

The Eagles had the number one song in America

with "Heartache Tonight" on November 10th of 1979

co-written by

Don Henley ~ Glenn Frey 

J.D. Souther ~ Bob Seger 

Heartache Tonight

originated from an electric jam session 

between Glenn Frey and J. D. Souther

who woul...

November 8, 2017

Roberta Joan "Joni" Mitchell

Canadian singer-songwriter and painter

was born on November 7, 1943

Rolling Stone Magazine

called her "one of the greatest songwriters ever"

AllMusic has stated 

"When the dust settles, Joni Mitchell may stand as the most important and infl...

November 6, 2017

The Grateful Dead

Jefferson Airplane

played at the opening night of San Francisco's Fillmore West on November 6th of 1968

Fillmore West

was a historic rock and roll music venue 

in San Francisco, California 

It became famous

under the direction of concert pr...

November 1, 2017

William Donaldson and James H. Hennegan

published their first edition of Billboard 

on November 1, 1894.

"A monthly resume of all that is new,

bright and interesting on the boards."

The eight page magazine

was "devoted to the interests of advertisers, poster printer...

October 29, 2017

Duane Allman

American guitarist, session musician,

and co-founder and leader of The Allman Brothers Band 

was killed on October 29th of 1971

when he lost control of his motorcycle

on a Macon, Georgia street

while trying to swerve to avoid a tractor-trailer

three wee...

October 22, 2017

Chubby Checker

born Ernest Evans 

American singer and dancer

performed a medley of "The Twist"

and "Let's Twist Again"

on The Ed Sullivan Show

tonight in 1961

Earlier on August 6th of 1960

Chubby Checker appeared on US TV show American Bandstand and performed ‘Th...

October 18, 2017

Charles Edward Anderson Berry

American singer - songwriter - musician

and one of the pioneers of rock and roll music

was born on this day in 1926

Chuck Berry was a significant influence

on the development of both the music

and the attitude associated with the rock mus...

October 15, 2017

Grace Barnett Slick 

singer-songwriter, musician, artist, and former model

quit the local San Francisco band The Great Society

to join Jefferson Airplane on October 15th of 1966

Jefferson Airplane's singer Signe Toly Anderson 

left the band to raise her child

Jack Cas...

October 11, 2017

A motion picture called The Rose

starring Bette Midler as a self-destructive 1960s Rock star, (transparently based on Janis Joplin)

premiered in Los Angeles this week in 1979

The film was nominated for four Academy Awards

Best Actress in a Leading Role

Bette Midler in h...

October 11, 2017

Elvis Presley

Johnny Cash

Carl Perkins

kick off an eleven date tour

of the Southern United States

in Abilene, Texas

Today in 1955

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