Today in Acoustic-Rock History

1962 – The Beatles perform their first audition for a major record company, Decca, in London. They run through fifteen songs, mostly standards for Decca’s Mike Smith who also auditions Brian Poole & the Tremeloes the same day. Decca signs the Tremeloes, not the Beatles.

1963 – The Beatles start a five-day tour of Scotland to promote their first record, “Love Me Do.”

1979 – Following a New Years Eve concert featuring the Blues Brothers and the Grateful Dead, Bill Graham closes San Francisco’s Winterland Theater. The Dead had performed there a record 48 times.


Country Joe McDonald 1942