Stones get banned! -- The roots of "Just say no..."? -- Jack Bruce was cool, kids...

Cream "Disraeli Gears" LP cover, Nov. 1967. (Courtesy of Atco Records)

10/25/1964 (54 years ago today) - The Rolling Stones performed on CBS-TV's "The Ed Sullivan Show" for the very first time -- They played "Time Is On My Side" and Chuck Berry's "Around And Around" and, of course, a minor 'mini-riot' broke out in the theatre, prompting the aggravated host to announce "I promise you, they'll never be back on our show again!" -- The Stones went on to make five more appearances on Sullivan's show between 1965 and '69, so it looks like old Ed sure taught us a lesson...

10/25/1970 (48 years ago today) - Wait a minute...even "Puff, The Magic Dragon"?: Speaking at a U.S. news conference, President Richard Nixon asked TV and radio programmers to ban any (in fact, all) songs that contained "drug references". How's that gonna work out, you know what happens when you make something naughty...

10/25/2014 (4 years ago today) - Legendary bassist-singer-songwriter Jack Bruce passed away from liver disease at age 71 -- You simply cannot overstate his influence on classic rock, not only as the principal songwriter and lead vocalist for Cream, but also his roots in the highly influential British blues boom of the early 1960's when he played for Alexis Korner, The Graham Bond Organisation, John Mayall's Bluesbreakers and Manfred Mann -- Post-Cream, there's a real treasure trove of underrated solo stuff: find yourself a copy of "Songs For A Tailor" (1969) or the truly awesome "How's Tricks?" (1977), both are fantastic; you can kick it up a notch as well by checking out an overlooked gem from Jack's brief stint with guitarist Robin Trower, sure to induce goose-bumps. A wicked talent, no doubt about it...

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