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This Day In Rock History – April 11th

April 11 1961 Bob Dylan just 19 years old at the time, debuts as a solo artist opening for John Lee Hooker at Gerde’s Folk City in New York.  Amazingly, a…

This Day In Rock History – April 10th

April 10 1956 The Stratocaster electric guitar is patented by Leo Fender, the heir apparent to his famed Telecaster model. 1962 The Beatles‘ original bass player died of a brain…

This Day In Rock History – April 9th

1860 Okay, don’t listen to this in a dark room.  It’s not rock and roll but opened the door for all future recordings (if only by accident.)   It’s thought…

This Day In Rock History – April 8th

April 8 1961 BBC Radio bans Gene McDaniel’s song “100 Pounds of Clay” because it has a reference to women being created from building materials.  Britain’s censors considers that lyric…

This Day In Rock History – April 7th

1956 It was designed to look like a stack of records.  The Capitol Records Tower opened as “The world’s first circular office building” . Located just north of the Hollywood…

This Day In Rock History – April 6th

1978 It takes place during World War II, but Peter Frampton doesn’t have to cut his hair when he guest-stars on NBC-TV’s drama, Black Sheep Squadron. 1991 Another Beatle guests on…

“THAT SOUNDS KINDA FAMILIAR…” (First in a Series)

Our Mike Olszewski is going to take a look at some of the controversies that come up about bands “borrowing” from other musicians. This will be a series of stories…

This Day In Rock History – April 5th

1971  Time to go!  Rolling Stones Leave England as tax-exiles. Mick Jagger told Roy Carter of the NME just before the release of Exile on Main Street, “So after working for…

This Day In Rock History – April 4th

1964Yeah, that sounds kinda familiar.  A court orders a band called The Trashmen out of Minneapolis to pay royalties to Beechwood Music. That publishing house holds the copyright for The…

This Day In Rock History – April 3rd

1959The word “spitball” results in a BBC ban on The Coasters‘ song “Charlie Brown”.   A couple weeks later there’s a change of heart and they start to play the single,…

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