Category: Rock 'n' Roll

Today in Music History: Bob Dylan

On this date seventy years ago, Bob Dylan (Robert Allen Zimmerman) is born in Duluth.  Here’s the famous video for Subterranean Homesick Blues:      

Today in Music History: Beach Boys

On this date forty-seven years ago, the Beach Boys release I Get Around.  It would become their first number one single in six weeks.  Here they perform it on the T.A.M.I. Show in October of ’64:      

Today in Music History: Beatles

On this date forty-six years ago, the Beatles have their eighth number one single with Ticket to Ride.  It would just be a one-week stay with Help Me Rhonda displacing it.  Here is Ticket performed a few months later on Ed Sullivan:      
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Today in Music History: Bruce Springsteen

Today in Music History:  Bruce Springsteen
On this date thirty-seven years ago, Bruce Springsteen opens for Bonnie Raitt at the Harvard Square Theater in Cambridge.  Well-known critic and future Springsteen manager Jon Landau sees the show and writes “I have seen the future of rock and roll and his name is Bruce Springsteen”. Here’s Kitty’s Back performed earlier in ’74:    

Today in Music History: Mick Ronson

On this date eighteen years ago, Bowie guitarist/producer and Mott the Hoople arranger/member Mick Ronson dies of liver cancer at age forty-six.  He also worked with artists as diverse as David Johansen, Mellencamp, Lou Reed, Dylan, and Morrissey.  Here is something live from his stint in the Spiders from Mars:      

Today in Music History: Blondie

On this date thirty-two years ago, Blondie has their first number-one single – Heart of Glass.  They would have three more over the next two years:      
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Today in Music History: Stones

On this date forty years ago, the Stones release one of their best albums – Sticky Fingers.  Eight years before this, they met the Beatles for the first time at the Crawdaddy Club.  And, eighteen years ago today, Bill Wyman marries Suzanne Accosta.  Here is a cut from Sticky Fingers performed at the Marquee Club in... Read more »

Today in Music History: Steve Marriott

On this date twenty years ago, Small Faces and Humble Pie frontman Steve Marriott dies in a fire at his house in Arkesden, Essex.  He is forty-four.  Here is a great one from the Small Faces live on Swedish TV in ’68:    

Today in Music History: Kurt Cobain

On this date seventeen years ago, Kurt Cobain shoots and kills himself at his Seattle home.  This wasn’t found out until three days later when an electrician came in to install a security system.  He initially believed that Kurt was asleep.  Here is my personal favorite Nirvana song performed for MTV in ’93:       
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Today in Music History: Led Zeppelin

On this date thirty-six years ago, Led Zeppelin’s Physical Graffiti is the number one album.  All six of their albums are now in the top 100.  Here’s a personal favorite from Graffiti:      
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