When John Lennon’s ‘More Popular Than Jesus’ Quote Sparked Protests
There was little immediate reaction when John Lennon's comment first appeared in the U.K. Then, an American teen magazine republished the quote on July 31, 1966 – and outrage followed.
When Cream Played Live for the First Time
Despite a hyperbolic advance news release, Cream's debut performance at Manchester's Twisted Wheel was decidedly low key.
50 Years Ago: ‘I Fought the Law’ Singer Bobby Fuller Dies Mysteriously
Bobby Fuller was found dead of asphyxiation in the front seat of his mother's car on July 18, 1966.
50 Years Ago: Psychedelic Rock Takes Off With the Byrds’ ‘Fifth Dimension’
Critical reviews were mixed but 'Fifth Dimension' demonstrated the Byrds' evolution from folk-rock to a more experimental style.
When Grand Funk Railroad Sold Out Shea Stadium Faster Than the Beatles
This sales record at the home of baseball's Mets stood until the ballpark was demolished in 2008.
When Chas Chandler First Experienced Jimi Hendrix in Concert
Jimi Hendrix's fortunes changed when a fashion model convinced Animals bassist Chas Chandler to see the guitarist perform.
45 Years Ago: Santana and Creedence Clearwater Revival Close the Fillmore West
An all-night concert by Bay Area bands helped say goodbye to Bill Graham's club.
When the Beatles Snubbed Philippines First Lady Imelda Marcos
The Beatles caused an international incident when they didn't attend a breakfast thrown on July 4, 1966 at the Philippines' Presidential Palace.
45 Years Ago: Legendary Concert Venue the Fillmore East Closes
Bill Graham's famous New York club closed after a marathon show on June, 27, 1971.
The Day the Beatles Played Their Final TV Show
In the mid-'60s, the BBC's Top of the Pops was destination viewing for British rock fans.