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Today in Rock History – February 25 –


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1964, The Beatles finished recording their next single “Can’t Buy Me Love,” at Abbey Road studios, London, (they had first recorded the song on 29 January 1964 at Pathe Marconi Studios in Paris). They also recorded the B-side, “You Can’t Do That,” and another new song “I Should Have Known Better.”

1965, The Rolling Stones perform their just-released single “The Last Time” on the British rock show Ready! Steady! Go!.

1965, The Seekers were at number one on the singles chart with “I’ll Never Find Another You,” the Australian folk-pop group’s first chart topper.

1966, The Grateful Dead performed an eight-song set at the Ivar Theater in Los Angeles.  The former vaudeville theater is currently operated by the Los Angeles Film School as an active classroom space. It is currently not used or rented out as a theater space.

1967, The Who play the Palalido in Milan, Italy. Melody Maker reports that The Who will make their first trip to the United States on March 23rd to play the Murray The K shows in New York.

1967, Pink Floyd appeared at the Ricky Tick Club, Hounslow, England. The Yardbirds were filmed performing in a re-creation of the club built at MGM Studios in Borehamwood, for Michelangelo Antonioni’s 1966 film Blowup.

1967, More of the Monkees began its third of nineteen weeks atop the US album charts.

1967, Jimi Hendrix appeared at the Corn Exchange in Chelmsford, Essex, England.

1970, Led Zeppelin perform at Konserthuset, in Göteborg, Sweden. While Jimmy Page plays the instrumental “White Summer,” a fan in the audience decides to accompany him by tootling on a harmonica. When the song is over, the offended Page spits on him.

1971, The Allman Brothers Band performed at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. Comedian David Steinberg opened. Tickets were $3.

1972, Led Zeppelin appeared in front of over 25,000 fans at the Western Springs Stadium, Auckland, New Zealand, the group’s first ever gig in New Zealand, (and the largest crowd ever to attend a concert on the island). A special train was chartered from Wellington to bring fans to the concert. Some fans came from as far as 900 miles away.

1972, David Bowie played at Avery Hill College in London, England.

1973, Genesis performed at De Montford Hall, Leicester, England.

1974, Yes appeared at the Montreal Forum in Montreal.

1975, Roxy Music headlined at the Riverside Theater, Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

1976, David Bowie performed at the Montreal Forum, Montreal.

1977, The Jam signed to Polydor Records UK for £6,000 ($10,200.)

1978, Rush played at the Empire Theatre in Liverpool, England.

1979, Dire Straits appeared at Alumni, Providence, Rhode Island.

1980, Pink Floyd performed The Wall at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, Uniondale, New York.

1981, Winners at the 23rd annual Grammy Awards included Bob Seger who won Best Rock performance for “Against The Wind,” Pat Benatar won Best female performance for Crimes Of Passion, and Christopher Cross won Best new artist and Best song for “Sailing.”

1981, Bruce Springsteen performed at the Mid-South Coliseum, Memphis, Tennessee.

1984, “Jump” by Van Halen started a five-week run at number one on the singles chart.

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1985, U2 began their first full North American arena tour, starting at the Dallas Reunion Arena in Texas.

1995, At a private party for 1,200 select guests on the closing night of the Frank Sinatra Desert Classic golf tournament, Frank Sinatra sang before a live audience for the very last time. His closing song was “The Best is Yet to Come.”

2011, Susan “Suze” Rotolo, died from lung cancer. She was the one time girlfriend of Bob Dylan, and the inspiration of some of his early songs. Susan appeared in one of the decade’s signature images, walking with Dylan arm-in-arm for the cover photo of his breakthrough album Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan.

Born February 25: George Harrison (1943); Doug Yule, Velvet Underground (1947); John Doe, X, The Flesh Eaters, The Knitters (1954); Stewart Wood, Bay City Rollers (1957); Mike Peters, The Alarm (1959)

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