Month: January 2017

There ain’t no place I’m going to

Steve Kline Ages of Rock

January 21, 1965

Byrds-MrTambourineManThe Byrds record Dylan’s Mr. Tambourine Man in Hollywood. It is the title song of the group’s debut album, and the single goes to #1 on U.S. and U.K. charts. Produced by Doris Day’s son Terry Melcher, session musicians replace band members on this tune to back Jim McGuinn and his 12-string Rickenbacker guitar.



When I wanted sunshine I got rain

Steve Kline Ages of Rock

January 19, 1967

The Monkees 1The Monkees are at #1 on the U.K. singles chart with I’m a Believer. It is the group’s only U.K. #1. The song composed by Neil Diamond has 1,051,280 advance orders, and goes gold within two days of release. It is one of fewer than 40 all-time singles to have sold 10 million or more physical copies worldwide.

Johnny’s in the basement

Steve Kline Ages of Rock

January 15, 1965

71Dhi4I0AdL._SY355_.jpgBob Dylan completes sessions for Bringing It All Back Home. He’s been in the studio two days. It is his fifth studio album and will be released in March. It’s his first album to chart in the top 10 on U.S. and U.K. album charts, peaking at #6 in the U.S.  The first track on the LP, Subterranean Homesick Blues, is Dylan’s first single to chart and tops out at #39.

That’s what tortures me

Steve Kline Ages of Rock

January 13, 1968

johnny_cash_folsomJohnny Cash plays a gig at Folsom Prison near Sacramento, California, for 2,000 delighted residents of that miserable place. The recording of the concert becomes a live album, one of Columbia Records’ most successful LPs ever — Johnny Cash at Folsom Prison. The lead single, an update of Cash’s 1956 hit Folsom Prison Blues, becomes one of his biggest hits, going to #1 on numerous charts and enduring. Enduring.