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On This Day – Rolling Stones Riot!

Tweet On this day in 1964 The Rolling Stones played the Empress Ballroom in Blackpool, UK and the show ended in a riot. In Response the council banned The Stones from ever playing there again. The Stones in 1964 was not the all conquering band that we all came to know and love a few […]

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On This day – James Brown Sentenced

Tweet On this day 1988 after being found guilty of various crimes including illegal gun possession (illegal gun possession I thought gun possession was mandatory in the States!), resisting arrest, and assault James Brown is sentenced to 6 years. He is also ordered to play a benefit concert for police and abused children. James Brown […]

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On This Day – Spencer Davis Group Split

Tweet On this day in 1969 The Spencer Davis Group announced through its management that it was splitting up. Their first single was ‘Dimples’ a cover of John Lee Hooker’s classic.  Unfortunately for them it was released at about the time of John Lee’s original in the UK and overshadowed by it. They are best […]

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On This Day – Like A Rolling Stone

Tweet On this day in 1965 one of Dylan’s most iconic songs was released as a sing.  Like A Rolling Stone at 6 minutes long was considered too long and too ‘heavy’ to be a single and Columbia resisted releasing it.  It was only released after it had been leaked to a popular night club […]

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On This Day – Bobby Fuller, Murdered?

Tweet On This day in 1966 Bobby Fuller was found dead in his car in Hollywood. He had committed suicide according to the police. The cause of death was inhalation of petrol fumes. In order to kill himself he had drenched himself in petrol and stuffed a petrol soaked rag in his mouth. Before that […]

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On This Day – Stones Bombed!

Tweet During he Exile on Main Street tour There was the usual madness, Forged tickets, riots, ticket-less fans trying to get in to venues (2000 in Detroit), drug arrests, the band being unable to book hotel rooms to their standard in Chicago (OK they did decamp to Hugh Hefner’s place, which ain’t too shabby a […]

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On This day – Cream Rises to The Top.

Tweet On this day in 1966, or as clsoe to today in 1966 as to not to matter, Cream came into existence. Formed by Eric Clapton (late of the Yardbirds and John Mayall) and Ginger Baker and Jack Bruce (both late of the Graham Bond organisation) Cream had a huge influence on popular music. In […]

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On This Day – Live Aid 1985

Tweet Rock came out in force It Wembly UK, and Philadelphia USA to raise money to end the famine in Ethiopia. 18 Hours of continuous music by the likes of Quo, The Who, Jagger, Bowie, Queen, Lionel Ritchie, Lou Reed raised millions of pounds for humanitarian aid. All very good and laudable, 25 years on, […]

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The Dead’s Last Gig

Tweet On this day in 1995 The Grateful Dead gave their last concert before the death of Jerry Garcia at Chicago’s Soldier Field.  Jerry was dead a month later  of a heart attack.  He was staying ata drug rehab clinic at the time. Jerry Garcia was, for many, the heart of the band.  He was […]

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My 100 Essential Albums – 9 – George Thorogood and the Destroyers, GT&TD

Tweet  Thorogood is good! George Thorogood and the Destroyers Recorded in 1977 this was the first George Thorogood album.  Mainly blues covers with only two self penned songs it introduced me to the talent that is George Thorogood.  A love of blues shines through the playing.  It is one of those things, 10 bands can […]

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