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On Oct. 26, 1965, The Beatles received Members of the British Empire (MBE) medals from Queen Elizabeth II. It was the first time this honor was ever given to a rock band. Not everybody was happy about it. Many former recipients, many of whom were distinguished military personnel, returned their medals in disgust. According to […]

26th Oct 1962, The Rolling Stones (known as The Rollin' Stones), and consisting of Keith Richard, Mick Jagger, Brian Jones pianist Ian Stewart and drummer Tony Chapman recorded their first demo tape at Curly Clayton Studios in Highbury, London. They recorded three songs, Jimmy Reed's 'Close Together', Bo Diddley's 'You Cant Judge A Book By […]

On Oct. 25, 1991, Rock and Roll lost one of the most influential people it ever had. Concert promoter, manager, producer, record label owner and actor Bill Graham. Bill produced early concerts at the Fillmore, Avalon Ballroom, Winterland Ballroom, the Fillmore East and the Fillmore West to name a few venues. He was involved with […]

When the new Billboard album chart came out on Oct. 24, 1970, Santana's 2nd LP "Abraxas" was the new number 1 album in the US. The record featured the songs "Oye Como Va", "Hope You're Feeling Better" and an incredible cover of Peter Green's "Black Magic Woman." The record only was #1 for that week […]

On Oct. 24, 2005, Cream ( Ginger Baker, Jack Bruce and Eric Clapton) began their series of reunion concerts at New York City’s Madison Square Garden. How many of you were at one or more of the shows, 13 years ago? Ginger never sent us tickets. Nettie? Read It Here!

Happy birthday to Bill Wyman, born on 24th Oct 1936, bass, The Rolling Stones (1969 UK & US No.1 single 'Honky Tonk Women', and over 30 Top 40 UK & US singles and albums. Quit The Stones in 1993, 1981 UK solo No.14 'Je Suis Un Rock Star'). Now tours with his backing band, The […]

23rd Oct 1966, The Jimi Hendrix Experience recorded their first single 'Hey Joe', at De Lane Lea studios in London. The earliest known commercial recording of the song is the late-1965 single by the Los Angeles garage band the The Leaves; the band then re-recorded the track and released it in 1966 as a follow-up […]

Frank Zappa released his 3rd solo album on Oct. 23, 1970. It was titled "Chunga's Revenge". The LP marks the first appearance of former Turtles members Flo & Eddie (Mark Volman and Howard Kaylan) on a Zappa record. Supposedly, the title is based off a small industrial Gypsy vacuum sweeper. A "chunga" was a mutated […]

23rd Oct 1963, Bob Dylan recorded 'The Times They Are A-Changin' at Columbia Recording Studios in New York City. Dylan wrote the song as a deliberate attempt to create an anthem of change for the time, influenced by Irish and Scottish ballads. In January 1984, a young Steve Jobs would recite the second verse of […]

19th Oct 2014, Raphael Ravenscroft who played the sax riff on the Gerry Rafferty hit 'Baker Street' died aged 60 of a suspected heart attack. He was only paid £27.50 for the 'Baker Street' session, and it has been reported that the cheque bounced and that it was kept on the wall of Ravenscroft's solicitors; […]


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