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Smokey’s smoking hot and Morrison runs out of gas in Today’s Rock History!

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1964

The Zombies reached their highest point on the Billboard Pop chart when “She’s Not There” topped out at #2.

1974

Saying that he felt that now was the time to move on and do something new, Mick Taylor quit The Rolling Stones 5 1/2 years after replacing Brian Jones as lead guitarist. Former Faces member Ron Wood would be named to take his place.

1970

Although they had enjoyed 26 previous Top 40 Hits, Smokey Robinson and the Miracles reached number one on the Billboard Pop chart for the first time with “The Tears Of A Clown”.

ALSO IN ‘70

The Doors played their last concert with Jim Morrison as lead singer, at the Warehouse in New Orleans. Band members Ray Manzarek, Robbie Krieger and John Densmore would later recall watching Jim Morrison lose “all his energy” as the show came to a close.

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