Month: June 2017

Sugar pie, honey bunch

Steve Kline Ages of Rock

June 19, 1965

I_Can't_Help_Myself_label.jpegThe Four Tops are at #1 on the U.S. singles chart with I Can’t Help Myself.  Lead singer Levi Stubbs, disliking the song and unsatisfied with the recording session, is promised that he can do it again the following day, but no other session ever takes place. The track that becomes a hit is just the second take of the song.


Who am I to keep you down

Steve Kline Ages of Rock

June 18, 1977

Fleetwood Mac 1Fleetwood Mac has its only U.S. #1 hit when Dreams goes to the top of the singles chart. The song peaks at #24 in the U.K. Stevie Nicks says she wrote the song at the Record Plant studio in Sausalito, California, in about 10 minutes.

He really wasn’t where it’s at

Steve Kline Ages of Rock

June 16, 1965

dylannewportBob Dylan records Like A Rolling Stone at Columbia Recording Studios in New York City, in sessions for the forthcoming Highway 61 Revisited album. Session musicians include Mike Bloomfield and Al Kooper, whose Hammond organ on Like A Rolling Stone becomes one of rock’s most recognizable sounds.

How does it feel?

Steve Kline Ages of Rock

June 12, 1967

PosterBob Dylan’s album Greatest Hits peaks at #10 in the U.S. chart. The cover photograph of the album is by Rowland Scherman, made at Dylan’s November 28, 1965, concert in Washington, D.C. It wins the 1967 Grammy Award for Best Album Cover, Photography. The original album package also includes Milton Glaser’s psychedelic poster depicting Dylan (right).

Don’t you see the time flashin’ by

Steve Kline Ages of Rock

June 10, 1972

exile_cover_0_1465838558The Rolling Stones’ double album Exile on Main Street goes to #1 on the U.K. chart, the band’s seventh U.K. #1 album. In 2010, the re-released album enters the U.K. chart at #1, almost 38 years to the week after it first occupies that position. The Rolling Stones are the first act to ever have a studio album return to #1 after its first release. Track 5 on Side 1 is Tumbling Dice.

Through the smoke rings of my mind

Steve Kline Ages of Rock

June 9, 1964

Byrds-MrTambourineManDuring an evening session, Bob Dylan records Mr. Tambourine Man at Columbia Recording Studios in New York City. It is the first session for the LP that will become Another Side of Bob Dylan. Dylan records 14 original compositions this night. Later, The Byrds’ cover of Mr. Tambourine Man tops U.S. charts and ushers in the era of folk-rock, with jangly guitars and intellectual lyrics.