The 25 Best And Most Influential Rock and Pop Albums of 1968

Blue Cheer, The Silver Apples and Iron Butterfly were some of the new artists to emerge in 1968, pivotal on the development of Grunge, Heavy Metal and Electronic Music. We countdown the 25 best and most influential Rock and Pop albums of 1968 on video

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The British singer Cliff Richard turns 79

With more than 250 million records sold worldwide since the beginning of his career in the 1950’s, the singer was never able to successfully break into the American music market, despite dominating the British music scene pre-Beatles

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The Rock legend Ginger Baker dies at age 80

The former Cream and Blind Faith drummer superstar who had recently turned 80, had an history of health problems over the last years, mainly heart condition and pulmonary due to years of heavy smoking. He passes today and leaves his name carved on the history of Rock, with his unique and influential drumming style. 

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Legendary Radio DJ John Peel was born 80 years ago

One of the most important DJ’s in modern music history, the British John Peel left a strong and enduring legacy from a career that had as much impact and importance as the thousands of band’s he promoted

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The famous instrumental “Apache” by The Shadows peaked to No.1 in 1960

“Apache” remains one of the most recognized and popular instrumental hits today, The Shadows version was released in 1960 and despite the huge success in Europe had little to none impact in the U.S

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Remembering the Hollywood legend Gene Kelly

Gene Kelly is ranked by the American Film Institute as the 15th greatest male screen legend of Classic Hollywood, and remembered as one of the earliest multi-faceted stars, remaining popular to this day due to memorable roles such as the one he played in “Singin’ in the Rain”

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Revisiting The Beatles 1966 “Yellow Submarine”/”Eleanor Rigby” coupled single

Both “Yellow Submarine” and “Eleanor Rigby” by The Beatles have interesting backgrounds and are absolute classics. The two songs were put together on a double A side single in 1966 that peaked to No.1

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Kenny Rogers turns 81

There aren’t too many country singers that are able to cross successfully from that niche into the worldwide mainstream of Pop music charts, but for Kenny Rogers, that was never a problem

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The Easy Rider Peter Fonda is dead at age 79

The younger brother of Jane Fonda, son of Henry Fonda, father of Bridget Fonda and 1960’s counterculture icon has died in his home in Los Angeles from respiratory failure on the 16th of August. During his lifetime Fonda contributed not only to movies but also supporting Rock bands and artists during the 1960’s and even inspired The Beatles to write a famous line in a song

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David Crosby turns 78: Looking back at his career and controversial life

From problems with addiction and law to politically outspoken views and parenting the child of LGBT singer-songwriter Melissa Etheridge and her partner, the founding member of The Byrds and Crosby, Stills & Nash, David Crosby, is one of the last men actively standing from the 1960’s counter-culture generation

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The Crazy World of Arthur Brown sets the music charts on “Fire” in 1968

“Fire” by The Crazy World of Arthur Brown it’s one of the prime examples of experimental Psychedelic Rock of the late 1960’s, despite its lack of guitars or bass, and first caught the eye of music fans due to Brown’s Shock and Theatrical performance of it

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Remembering Jack Haley, the iconic Tin Man from “The Wizard of Oz” on his 122nd anniversary of his birth

Initially, Haley was not the actor that had been cast to play that iconic role of Tin Man in “The Wizard of Oz”, the role that gave him an enduring Hollywood legend status

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Scott McKenzie’s “San Francisco (Be Sure To Wear Some Flowers In Your Hair)” peaks to No.1 in 1967

Written by John Phillips of The Mamas & the Papas to promote Monterey International Pop Music Scott McKenzie’s “San Francisco (Be Sure To Wear Some Flowers In Your Hair)” became a serious smash hit in 1967

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The prolific and popular actor Sam Elliott turns 75

The actor has been a familiar face in the big screen and TV since the 1960’s when he appeared in the western classic “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid”

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Awarded and influential actor Dustin Hoffman turns 82: 7 of his best movies

Known for his portrayals of emotionally vulnerable characters and also antiheroes, Dustin Hoffman was born on August 8, 1937

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The Art of Andy Warhol

Unquestionably one of the biggest artists of the 20th century and one of the most influential of all times, Andy Warhol remains as contemporary as when he rose to prominence during the 1960’s with his unique Pop Art style that would endure for decades to come

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The famous character actor John Saxon turns 84

During his 60 years career span, Saxon has specialized in roles where he often plays law enforcement officials, police officers or detectives, in action and horror movies including “A Nightmare On Elm Street” and “Enter the Dragon”

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Looking back at the influential and iconic Louis Armstrong and five of his best songs

To talk about Pop Culture, Jazz and overall music in the 20th century and not mentioning Louis “Satchmo” Armstrong, would be ignoring history, we look back briefly at his successful career

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The living legend of music Tony Bennett turns 93

He fought in World War II and has delighted audiences for over 70 years, as an artist, Bennett never got stuck in time, and throughout his career he always appreciated new artists and genres, which contributed for his intact popularity to this day.

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The Doors peak to No.1 with the smash hit “Hello, I Love You” in 1968

In 1968, despite being already one of the top bands in the U.S and owning the 1967 smash hit “Light My Fire”, The Doors hadn’t yet fully break into the European market, but with “Hello, I Love You”, they finally did

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Paul Anka turns 78, watch him live in Switzerland, 2011

One of the most popular and famous singers and songwriters of the 20th century, Paul Anka became worldwide famous before he was 20 with hit songs such as “Diana” and “Put Your Head On My Shoulder”. He turns 78 today

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In 1965 The Beatles influential second movie “Help!” premiered at the London Pavilion Theater

A pioneer of Rock music films or movies, “Help!”, originally titled “Eight Arms to Hold You”, The Beatles second adventure into cinematics premiered on July 29, 1965 at the London Pavilion Theater in the West End of London

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The Doors hit No.1 for the first time with “Light My Fire” in 1967

Taken from their debut album “The Doors” where it runs for over seven minutes, “Light My Fire” was never considered for being a single, and it had to be edited in order to fit the airplay demand of the song. On July 29, 1967, it became their first No.1

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Mama Cass Elliot releases her first solo single “Dream a Little Dream of Me” in 1968

“Dream a Little Dream of Me”, a cover of a 1931 classic, was officially recorded by the Mamas & the Papas and included on their final album “The Papas & The Mamas” in 1968 but Dunhill Records decided to promote Mama Cass alone much to the displeasure of the band

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76 Licks: Mick Jagger Birthday Special

The life of Mick Jagger blends with the birth of Modern Rock. Jim Morrison of The Doors once called him “A Prince Among Men”, and, he remains to this day perhaps the most influential Rocker of all time. We’ve compiled some of Mick Jagger’s and the Rolling Stones highlights of their career on this special to celebrate his birthday, also we included a Rolling Stones lyric quiz.

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The 1969 Seattle Pop Festival: The unexpected crossover between the late 1960’s Psychedelic and Acid Rock scene with the upcoming 1970’s Hard Rock

It’s a music history fact that the 1960’s were prodigal in open air Rock and Pop festivals, one that is often forgotten was the 1969 Seattle Pop Festival. For $15 only you could watch a stunning parade of legendary acts all on the same three day bill including The Doors, Led Zeppelin, Alice Cooper and Santana among many others

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The Beatles achieve another milestone in 1967 with the love anthem “All You Need Is Love” becoming their 12th UK No.1 single

The song was performed live on the first ever satellite TV production “Our World” representing the U.K in 1967

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Remembering Ian Stewart, the forgotten Rolling Stone on his birthday

He was an original Rolling Stone, but Ian Stewart’s name still remains much in the shadow despite co-founding the band and playing in most of the Rolling Stones albums released between 1964 and 1985

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The Life and Career Of Nico

From Berlin to Chelsea Hotel, model, actress, singer, Warhol Superstar, Rock Star lover were just some of the roles Nico lived during her short but intense life. She is best remembered as one of The Velvet Underground’s vocalists on their debut album “The Velvet Underground & Nico” but Nico’s stunning songs and solo career left an undeniable influence on modern music. We look back at her life and career 31 years after her untimely passing

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“Easy Rider”: A timeless portrait of freedom

Released on July 14, 1969, “Easy Rider” it’s an absolute landmark on counterculture and one of the most iconic and memorable movies ever made, it portrays freedom in a way that remains timeless to this day while it still serves as a 1960’s social portrait

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On July 1969 over 100 U.S radio stations banned The Beatles song “The Ballad of John and Yoko”

The song chronicles the events associated with Lennon’s marriage to Yoko Ono and its lyrical content that included the line “Christ, you know it ain’t easy” was found to be offensive by the U.S mainstream radio stations

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The Beatles debut movie “A Hard Day’s Night” premiered on this day in 1964

Ever since it’s original release, The Beatles debut movie “A Hard Day’s Night” has developed a cult status, and remains hugely influential on Pop culture

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In 1969 the Rolling Stones paid tribute to the fallen Brian Jones in a free concert at Hyde Park

With an estimated crowd between 250,000 and 500,000 fans, the Rolling Stones played a free concert at Hyde Park, London, to pay tribute to Brian Jones who had died two days earlier. Look back at the film of the famous concert

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When The Doors played their memorable Hollywood Bowl concert on July 5, 1968

At the height of their popularity, The Doors played the prestigious Hollywood Bowl on July 5, 1968, a performance that is now regarded as historical. On the audience, a very special and famous guest wanted to learn how to play and control bigger venues and audiences. Learn more about it and read also more facts about this legendary concert

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The Jim Morrison Tribute To Brian Jones: “Ode To L.A. while thinking of Brian Jones, Deceased”

In July 1969, three weeks after The Rolling Stones guitarist Brian Jones died at age 27, Jim Morrison distributed to concert goers at two performances by The Doors, a self-published four page pamphlet featuring a poem/meditation on the death of Jones titled “Ode To L.A. while thinking of Brian Jones, Deceased” Read the full poem

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July 3, 1969 – July 3, 1971: A dark circle on Rock history that begun with Brian Jones and ended with Jim Morrison

July 3 it’s one of the darkest days on the history of Rock music, during exactly two years several Rock stars died at age 27 between July 3, 1969 and July 3, 1971 beginning with the Rolling Stones’s Brian Jones and ending on The Doors’ Jim Morrison

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The British actor and Hollywood legend Charles Laughton was born on this day in 1899

Charles Laughton’s early discreet film career took him to Broadway and then Hollywood where since the 1930’s he starred in several of Hollywood’s Golden Age classics

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The legendary and influential Willie Dixon was born on this day in 1915

Willie Dixon has influenced and continues to influence generations of Blues and Rock artists. His songs have been covered extensively since the 1960’s by some of the most important artists and bands and he is one of the most important important links between the Blues and Rock

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In 1964 Peter and Gordon hit the top of the charts with their debut single, the Lennon-McCartney song “A World Without Love”

Written by Paul McCartney at age 16 and attributed to Lennon–McCartney, “A World Without Love” was first recorded by the British duo Peter and Gordon, released as their debut single on February 28, 1964

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On this day in 1967 The Beatles make TV history by appearing on the first ever satellite TV production “Our World”

On June 25, 1967, The Beatles performed live “All You Need Is Love” for an estimated audience of between 400 and 700 million people around the globe on what was the first ever satellite TV production

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The influential songwriter, singer and actor Kris Kristofferson turns 83 today

Kris Kristofferson penned the classic “Me And Bobby McGee”, which became his most well known song, but for a while, music wasn’t the direction he was following during his early years. We look back at Kristofferson’s life and career on the day he turns 83

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The Kinks’ Ray Davies turns 75

With The Kinks, Ray Davies sung and played on some of the most memorable songs of the 1960’s and 1970’s. The band, “outsiders” on the British Invasion music scene, influenced important music movements such as Punk Rock and Britpop and remain relevant ever since their hit “You Really Got Me” played for the first time. Ray Davies turns 75 today

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Greg Munford, the voice of the Psychedelic Rock classic “Incense And Peppermints” turns 70 today

Greg Munford provided the lead vocals for Strawberry Alarm Clock only No.1, the 1967 Psychedelic Rock classic hit “Incense And Peppermints” but despite that, he never joined the band, Today he turns 70

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The Paul McCartney Top 25 Beatles Songs

Paul McCartney’s songwriting partnership with John Lennon while in The Beatles during the 1960’s, it’s the most famous in Pop and Rock music history. To celebrate Paul McCartney’s 77th birthday, we’ve put together the Top 25 Beatles songs featuring him on lead vocals

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The 1967 Monterey Pop Festival: An important milestone of counterculture and Rock revolution

The Monterey Pop Festival it’s perhaps the very first blueprint for the modern open-air Rock festivals as we know it, with an estimated 200,000 attending during three days, featuring acts such as Otis Redding, Jefferson Airplane, The Byrds, Janis Joplin with the Big Brother and The Holding Company, The Who, Mamas & Papas, Grateful Dead, Canned Heat and the first major appearance of The Jimi Hendrix Experience in the U.S

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French Yé-Yé and Rock icon Johnny Hallyday was born on this day in 1943

The first French Rock Star, Johnny Hallyday was seen as a “national monument” in France. He emerged during the early 1960’s part of French culture and music movement Yé-Yé. With over 110 million records sold worldwide, Hallyday had a successful career that only was stopped by illness towards the end of his life

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The unique Greek singer and performer Demis Roussos was born on this day in 1946

Demis Roussos achieved the peak of his popularity during the 1970’s with songs such as “Forever And Ever”, a No.1 on the UK singles charts, but despite his success and popularity in Europe, he was never able to replicate the same in other parts of the world. We look back at his career on the day he would have turned 73

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Singer-songwriter Nilsson was born on this day in 1941

With the 1969 “Midnight Cowboy” movie theme “Everybody’s Talking” Nilsson scored his first big hit. During the 1970’s, he became one of the most popular singer-songwriters while at the same indulging in excess together with John Lennon. Nilsson was born 78 years ago

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The  Doors Studio Albums With Jim Morrison Rated And Reviewed 

Pop Expresso rated, reviewed and tell you some of the back story behind all the six Doors studio albums made with Jim Morrison between 1967 and 1971

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In 1969 The Beatles reach the UK No,1 chart for the last time as a band with the controversial song “The Ballad Of John And Yoko”

“The Ballad Of John And Yoko” chronicles the events associated with Lennon’s marriage to Yoko Ono and it’s lyrical content caused some controversy in some countries, mainly the U.S and Spain

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The Rolling Stones “Paint It, Black” peaks to No.1 in 1966

Written by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards with an important contribution from Brian Jones, the Rolling Stones “Paint It, Black”, was one of the first the Stones developed during their experimental phase

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The legendary Howlin’ Wolf was born on this day in 1910

Howlin’ Wolf stands as one of the best Chicago Blues artists ever and several of his songs, including “Spoonful”, “Little Red Rooster” or “Back Door Man”, became both blues and rock staples

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The day Brian Jones was dismissed from the Rolling Stones

After several months of alienation and self-reclusion in his Cotchford Farm home, Brian Jones, founding member, and guitarist of the Rolling Stones was visited by Keith Richards, Mick Jagger, and Charlie Watts to discuss the future of the band

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The Official 1967 Jim Morrison Biography By Elektra Records

In 1966, after being signed by Elektra, The Doors were asked to write their biographies so it could be used for promotional purposes. Read Jim Morrison’s one, where among many curiosities he states that his family is dead, which was not true.

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Ten of the best songs from The Mamas & The Papas featuring Michelle Phillips

The Mamas & The Papas went separate ways towards the beginning of the 1970’s, but songs such as “Monday, Monday” or “California Dreamin'” remain as popular as ever. To celebrate Michelle Phillips 75th birthday here’s ten of the best songs from The Mamas & The Papas

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The Beat Poet and free thinker Allen Ginsberg was born on this day in 1926

Allen Ginsberg vigorously opposed militarism, economic materialism, and sexual repression, he was a pioneer on Gay rights and inspired music artists such as Bob Dylan, Patti Smith or Jim Morrison. We look back at the life of this legendary poet

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The Baroque Pop of David Bowie’s 1967 debut album

Hated by many, the David Bowie self-titled debut it’s essentially a baroque-pop album with hints of Psychedelic and Vaudeville Music Hall and a selection of songs that are notable for a 20-year-old composer

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The Beatles score their fourth U.S No.1 with “Love Me Do” in 1964

“Love Me Do” it’s one of The Beatles signature songs, it was recorded with three different drummers in 1962 and in 1964, within only five months it earned the band their fourth U.S No.1

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Top 10 Creedence Clearwater Revival Songs

Creedence Clearwater Revival was first formed in 1959 by lead singer and guitarist John Fogerty with his high school friends Stu, Doug and his brother Tom and during the late 1960’s became one of the biggest Rock bands in the world. John Fogerty turns 74, check 10 of their best songs

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Revisiting the Bob Dylan 1963 modern Folk masterpiece “The Freewheelin’”

Bob Dylan’s 1963 “The Freewheelin’” secured him an unstoppable cult following, but more than that, it also defined him as “Spokesman of a Generation”. We revisit this influential album released on May 27, 1963

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Procol Harum’s classic “A Whiter Shade Of Pale” enters the UK singles charts for the first time in 1967

It’s one of the anthems for the 1967 Summer Of Love, the popular Bach-derived Psychedelic Rock “A Whiter Shade Of Pale”, entered the charts for the first time on this day in 1967. Learn more about this music classic

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Celebrate the legendary Bob Dylan anniversary with his Top 20 songs

Bob Dylan is one of the most important and respected musicians, songwriters and poets of all time, a “voice of a generation” with countless songs that influenced generations of bands and artists including The Beatles and Jimi Hendrix. Today, he turns 78 and we’ve put together what we consider to be his Top 20 songs by order of influence and popularity.

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12 Bob Dylan inspirational and thoughtful quotes

Bob Dylan, poet, and songwriter, was awarded the Literature Nobel Prize in 2016. The influential, iconic and legendary figure is a man of few words when in public, and we’ve compiled some of his best ones on these 12 quotes

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The Rolling Stones classic “Jumpin’ Jack Flash” was first released on this day in 1968

Released on May 24, 1968, “Jumpin’ Jack Flash” was the Rolling Stones return to their Blues roots after their Psychedelic phase that culminated with the 1967 album “Their Satanic Majesties Request”

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Revisiting The Who’s timeless masterpiece “Tommy”, a perfect example of Rock music as an art form

The Opera-Rock tale of the deaf, dumb and blind boy, mostly composed by Pete Townshend, remains one of the perfect examples of Rock music as an art form. We revisit this influential masterpiece released on May 23, 1969

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Celebrate the legendary Pete Townshend birthday with 10 of the very best The Who songs

Pete Townshend remains one of Rock’s biggest legends and influential figures. The Who guitarist and the man behind the groundbreaking Rock-Opera “Tommy” turn 74 today. We look back at 10 of the very best The Who songs

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Have you ever been experienced? Revisiting the 1967 debut and seminal The Jimi Hendrix Experience album “Are You Experienced?”

A timeless and influential Rock album that hasn’t aged a second since it’s original release The Jimi Hendrix Experience’s “Are You Experienced?” came out on May 12, 1967, a golden year for music. We revisit Hendrix’s strong LP debut

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The timeless genius of Orson Welles: 6 essential movies

One of Hollywood’s first rebels, Orson Welles turned his back on the movie industry during the late 1940’s, disappointed by the lack of artistic freedom given to directors and actors

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In 1967, BBC’s Top Of The Pops broadcast The Jimi Hendrix Experience performing “Purple Haze”

By May 1967, The Jimi Hendrix Experience was already established in Europe as one of the biggest Rock acts. BBC broadcast their performance of “Purple Haze” at the Top Of The Pops on May 4, 1967

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The “Mr. Dynamite” James Brown was born on this day in 1933

James Brown, aka Mr. Dynamite and the Godfather Of Soul, is undoubtedly one of the most influential and respected artists of all time. His music helped to develop genres such as Funk, Dance, and House music while at the same time also influencing Rock acts. He was born 86 years ago today

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Former Apple star and Beatles “protégé” Mary Hopkin turns 69 today

Welsh singer Mary Hopkin is not a name that clicks too many people today, however, she has played a rather important role on Pop music during the late 1960’s and 1970’s being a Beatles protégé and a David Bowie collaborator

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Lesley Gore, the voice of the 1960’s hit “It’s My Party” was born on this day in 1946

Lesley Gore was one of the most successful teen acts of the early 1960’s, she became famous with the smash hit “It’s My Party”, which she remains heavily associated with, later in life she became an activist for LGBT rights. Gore was born on this day 73 years ago

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The NME Poll Winners Awards of 1964 gathered together some of the greatest Rock bands and artists ever on one stage, including The Beatles and The Rolling Stones

One of the greatest Rock events of all time, the NME Poll Winners concert of 1964 took place on April 26, 1964, at the Empire Pool, Wembley and it featured an all-star lineup

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Dusty Springfield scores her first and only No.1 in the UK in 1966 with “You Don’t Have To say You Love Me”

You Don’t Have To Say You Love Me” remains Dusty Springfield only No.1 single in the UK. The song, which was a cover of an Italian original, peaked at the top of the UK charts on this day in 1966

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The Creedence Clearwater Revival bassist Stu Cook turns 74 today

Stu Cook rose to fame as the bass player for the legendary Californian band Creedence Clearwater Revival during the late 1960’s and early 1970’s with whom he had an impressive string of Rock hits, today, he turns 74

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The Doors release their first No.1 “Light My Fire”

Taken from their debut album “The Doors” where it runs for over seven minutes, “Light My Fire” was never considered for being a single, and it had to be edited in order to fit the airplay demand of the song. On July 1967, it became their first No.1

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Iggy Pop: The 9 Lives Of The Iguana

Iggy Pop is a survivor, a warrior of Rock music that we must be grateful for still being able to witness on his ongoing legendary career. Today he turns 72 and we look back at his life and career

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Mark Volman of The Turtles turns 72 today

During the late 1960’s Volman scored hits as a member of The Turtles with songs such as “Happy Together” and “Eleanore” and later became also a member of Frank Zappa’s The Mothers Of Invention. Today he turns 72

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The legendary and impressive Rock producer and engineer Eddie Kramer turns 77

Eddie Kramer has one of the most impressive careers in Rock music. Since the 1960’s his collaborations as producer and engineer with names such as Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin, KISS, The Rolling Stones and Blue Cheer among many others, have earned him a big place on Rock N’Roll history.

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The legendary 1964 “T.A.M.I.” The show was released on theaters in the U.K on this day in 1965

“T.A.M.I.” Show (“Teen Age Music International”), was held during two dates on October 1964 at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium and featured acts such as James Brown, Rolling Stones, The Beach Boys, Marvin Gaye, The Supremes and Chuck Berry among many others. The film of the concert was first released in theaters in December 1964, and on April 19, 1965

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The legendary Rock music producer Paul A. Rothchild was born on this day in 1935

Paul A. Rothchild was one of the most respected and requested producers in Rock music. He produced several legendary Rock acts during the 1960’s and 1970’s including The Doors, Janis Joplin, Love, Neil Young and Joni Mitchell. We look back at the career of this legendary figure in Rock

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Revisiting The Rolling Stones 1964 debut album, that marked the beginning of their amazing journey

In 1964 the Rolling Stones began their amazing journey with their debut album “The Rolling Stones”. Essentially a Blues and Rock N’ Roll covers LP, the album also included some of the first compositions by the Stones and Jagger/Richards. We revisit this essential classic Rock album released on this day 55 years ago

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In 1969 a Reggae based song hits No.1 for the first time in the U.K. “Israelites” by Desmond Dekker and The Aces, blend Reggae and Pop in a perfect union

During the 1960’s, Reggae was considered a music style strictly oriented to the Jamaican audiences, but towards the end of the decade, Desmond Dekker helped it get noticed by the mainstream with his hit “Israelites

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The Prince Of Soul, Marvin Gaye was born on this day in 1939

The legendary Marvin Gaye was pivotal in taking Soul music to the mainstream during the 1960’s. He released several memorable songs such as “I Heard It Through The Grapevine”, “Mercy Mercy Me (The Ecology”), “What’s Going On” and “Sexual Healing” among others. His life was cut short at the age of 44 by his own father. We look back at his career on what would had been his 80th birthday

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In his own words: 15 Quotes by Serge Gainsbourg

The iconic Serge Gainsbourg had a way with the words, never comfortable with the establishment, throughout his life he wrote beautiful memorable songs and poems that continue to influence and inspire new generations of musicians, poets and artists around the world. To celebrate his anniversary we’ve gathered together 15 memorable quotes by the man himself

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Serge Gainsbourg: A Life Dedicated to Music, Poetry, Art, Women and Controversy

Serge Gainsbourg was born on April 2, 1928, 91 years ago. He lived a lifetime dedicated to life’s best things, with high dosages of scandal and controversy mixed along with his unique genius for writing poetry and music. We look back at the life and career of this French icon.

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Celebrate Eric Clapton’s 74th Birthday with his Top 10 Songs

To make a Top 10 list of Eric Clapton’s best songs it’s a hard task, and perhaps for some will never possible. To celebrate the Rock Legend Eric Clapton we picked 10 of some of his very best songs solo or with the several bands he had been in.

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Legendary producer Jimmy Miller was born on this day in 1942

Jimmy Miller was responsible for producing The Rolling Stones string of hit albums between 1968 and 1973, but aside from the work he did with the Stones, he also produced several landmark albums. He was born on this day in 1942

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The Jefferson Airplane co-founder and guitarist Paul Kantner was born on this day in 1941

Paul Kantner, who wrote many of the band’s best songs, co-founded the Jefferson Airplane in 1965. He had one of Rock’s longest careers and contributed immensely to the 1960’s West Coast sound. We look back at his life and career

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Otis Redding posthumously released single “(Sittin’ On) The Dock Of The Bay” peaks to No.1 on this day in 1968

The song, that Redding intended “(Sittin’ On) The Dock Of The Bay” to be different from all his previous work, though he didn’t have time to finish it the way he wanted, it became his most popular release selling 4 million copies worldwide after his untimely death in 1967. Read more facts about this classic

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