Rock On!

Ain’t no cure

Steve Kline Ages of Rock

November 7, 1958

summertime-bluesEddie Cochran makes his U.K. chart debut with Summertime Blues, which peaks at #18 (it will rise to #8 in the U.S.)

ALSO ON THIS DAY: Golden hair, shinin’ like moon glow



Oh, no, no, no

Steve Kline Ages of Rock

November 5, 1966

MonkeesThe Monkees are atop the U.S. singles chart with Last Train to Clarksville. It is the group’s first #1 hit. Bobby Hart, who co-writes the song, gets the idea for the lyrics when he turns on the radio and hears the end of The Beatles’ Paperback Writer. He thinks Paul McCartney is singing “Take the last train”, and decides to use the line when he finds out McCartney is actually singing “Paperback Writer.”

ALSO ON THIS DAY: Down the Mississippi to the Gulf of Mexico


I just wanna hear you say

Steve Kline Ages of Rock

November 1, 1955

JBFFR&B group The Famous Flames, led by singer James Browncut their first demo of Please, Please, Please at radio station WIBB in Macon, Georgia. It will lead to their signing with King Records.

ALSO ON THIS DAY: All my friends was glad to see me | You got to be free


The stars look very different today

Steve Kline Ages of Rock

October 31, 1969

david-bowie-4David Bowie appears at a Halloween night at the General Gordon, Gravesend, England. The gig lasts about 15 minutes. After Bowie sings Space Oddity to everyone’s delight, he drags a stool on stage, along with a huge book. He then sits and begins to read poems. He is booed off stage.

ALSO ON THIS DAY: Been missing ya, miss kissing ya


Things they do look awful c-c-cold

Steve Kline Ages of Rock

October 29, 1965

my generationThe Who release the single My Generation in the U.K. The song is named the 11th greatest song by Rolling Stone on its list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time and 13th on VH1’s list of the 100 Greatest Songs of Rock & Roll. It reaches #2 in the U.K., The Who’s highest-charting single in their home country but only #74 in the U.S.

ALSO ON THIS DAY: Glowing like the metal on the edge of a knife


Yes it is

Steve Kline Ages of Rock

October 25, 1964

Stones My SideThe Rolling Stones appear for the first time on The Ed Sullivan Show from New York, performing Around And Around and Time Is On My Side. A riot breaks out in the studio, prompting Sullivan’s infamous quote, “I promise you they’ll never be back on our show again.” The Rolling Stones then make a further five appearances on Sullivan’s show between 1965 and 1969.

ALSO ON THIS DAY: Look how much I’ve gained