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I told you ’bout the swans

Steve Kline Ages of Rock

October 19, 1968

517Fh8pfefLOn their farewell tour, Cream appear at The Forum in Los Angeles, California, where live recordings are made which are included on the Goodbye album released the following year.

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Take a look around you, boy

Steve Kline Ages of Rock

October 15, 1935

eve-of-destruction-5457a0a1877e6Born this day in Oklahoma City, Barry McGuire, who at age 81 is still performing. In 1965, he has the U.S. #1 (U.K. #3) hit Eve of Destruction. Top LA session players P. F. Sloan on guitar, Hal Blaine (of Phil Spector’s “Wrecking Crew”) on drums, and Larry Knechtel on bass, play on the track. The vocal by McGuire is thrown on as a rough mix and is not intended to be the final version, but a copy of the recording leaks out to a DJ, who begins playing it. The song is an instant hit and as a result the more polished vocal track at first envisioned is never recorded.

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All you did was wreck my bed

Steve Kline Ages of Rock

October 9, 1971

Maggie MayRod Stewart is at #1 on the U.K. singles chart with Maggie May, first released as the B-side to Reason to Believe. This is the first of six U.K. #1 hits for Stewart. It remains atop the chart for five weeks.

ALSO ON THIS DAY: Now I need a place to hide away


Steve Kline Ages of Rock

October 8, 1964

roy-orbison-oh-pretty-woman-monument-6Roy Orbison is at #1 on the U.K. singles chart with (Oh) Pretty Woman, his third U.K. #1. The title is inspired by Orbison’s wife Claudette interrupting a conversation to announce she is going out. When Orbison asks if she is okay for cash, his co-writer Bill Dees interjects, “A pretty woman never needs any money.”

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