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October 15 – Today In Rock Music History

October 15, 2010

Happy Birthday Tito!

Musicians Born On October 15

1935 Barry McGuire (Eve of Destruction)
1938 Mary Johnson (I’ll Pick a Rose for My Rose)
1942 Don Stevenson (Moby Grape)
1946 Richard Carpenter (Carpenters)
1948 Chris de Burgh (Lady in Red)
1953 Tito Jackson (Jacksons)
1966 Douglas Vipond (Deacon Blue)

Number 1 In The Charts On October 15

1966 Four Tops: ‘Reach Out I’ll Be There’ US 45
1977 Debbie Boone: ‘You Light Up My Life’ US 45
1983 Genesis: ‘Genesis’ UK LP
1988 Whitney Houston: ‘One Moment in Time’ UK 45
1988 Chris de Burgh: ‘Flying Colours’ UK LP
1994 Take That : Sure : UK single
1994 REM : Monster : US LP

Various Music Events On October 15

1955 Sonny Boy Williamson debuts on US R&B chart with ‘Don’t Start Me Talkin”

1956 Tommy Steele makes his UK TV debut on ‘Off the Record’ on BBC

1964 Screaming Lord Sutch runs for parliament for the first time

1965 Country Joe and the Fish give out their first record, an EP called ‘Fire in the City/Superbird’, during a protest march to Oakland

1966 Pink Floyd appear with Soft Machine at launch party for underground newspaper ‘International Times’, playing their first major gig

1971 Rick Nelson booed off stage when performing new material at rock-and-roll revival show at Madison Square Garden. He writes ‘Garden Party’ as a result

1976 Ike and Tina Turner split up

1988 Def Leppard become first act in chart history to sell seven million copies of two consecutive LPs, with ‘Pyromania (1983)’ and ‘Hysteria’

1988 For the first time ever, reggae tops the American charts as UB40 hit No. 1 with ‘Red Red Wine’

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October 14 – Today In Rock Music History

October 14, 2010

Happy Birthday Justin Hayward!

Musicians Born On October 14
1926 Bill Justis (Raunchy)
1930 Robert Parker (Barefootin’)
1940 Cliff Richard (Move It)
1945 Colin Hodgkinson (Whitesnake)
1946 Justin Hayward (Moody Blues)
1957 Mick Brown (DJ)
1958 Thomas Dolby (She Blinded Me With Science)
1965 Karyn White (Superwoman)
1970 Ginuwine
1978 Usher

Happy Birthday Thomas Dolby!

Deaths On October 14

1977 Bing Crosby (White Christmas)

Number 1 In The Charts On October 14

1957 Everly Brothers: ‘Wake Up Little Suzie’ US 45
1972 Lieutenant Pigeon: ‘Mouldy Ole Doe’ UK 45
1972 Michael Jackson: ‘Ben’ US 45
1989 Tracy Chapman: ‘Crossroads’ UK LP
1995 Oasis : (What’s The Story) Morning Glory? : UK LP

Various Music Events On October 14

1956 Nineteen-year-old Buddy Holly opens a concert in Lubbock, Texas. Nashville talent agent Eddie Crandall is in audience and subsequently arranges Holly’s first demos for US Decca

1966 Grace Slick makes her first appearance with Jefferson Airplane at the Fillmore West, San Francisco

1972 Joe Cocker busted for drug possession after a concert in Adelaide

1972 Harold Melvin and Blue Notes enter R&B chart with ‘If You Don’t Know Me by Now’

1972 Temptations hit US chart with ‘Papa Was a Rolling Stone’, their third No. 1 single

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October 13 – Today In Rock Music History

October 13, 2010

Happy Birthday Paul Simon!

Musicians Born On October 13

1940 Chris Farlow (Out of Time)
1941 Paul Simon (Simon and Garfunkel)
1944 Robert Lamm (Chicago)
1947 Sammy Hagar (Your Love is Driving Me Crazy)
1950 Simon Nicol (Fairport Convention)
1959 Marie Osmond (Osmonds)

Number 1 In The Charts On October 13

1973 Rolling Stones: ‘Goat’s Head Soup’ US LP
1979 Blondie: ‘Eat to the Beat’ UK LP
1979 Police: ‘Regatta De Blanc’ UK LP
1979 Michael Jackson: ‘Don’t Stop til You Get Enough’ US 45
1984 U2: ‘The Unforgettable Fire’ UK LP
1984 Stevie Wonder: ‘I Just Called to Say I Love You’ US 45
1991 George Michael : Praying For Time : US single
1996 Boyzone: Words : UK single

Various Music Events On October 13

1963 Beatles appear on UK TV show ‘Sunday Night at the London Palladium’. All the streets around the theatre are closed

1967 The Who release ‘I Can See For Miles’ in UK

1970 Janis Joplin’s ashes are scattered at sea off the California coast

1971 David Essex chosen to play Christ in the forthcoming production of ‘Godspell’

1990 No Sweat debut on UK chart with ‘Heart and Soul’

1998 The Crossroads Center in Antigua, a $6.5 million addiction recovery center funded by Eric Clapton, opens.

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October 12 – Today In Rock Music History

October 12, 2010

Happy Birthday Bob Mould!

Musicians Born On October 12

1935 Luciano Pavarotti
1935 Sam Moore (Sam and Dave)
1942 Melvin Franklin (Temptations)
1948 Rick Parfitt (Status Quo)
1955 Pat DiNizio (The Smithereens)
1960 Bob Mould

Deaths On October 12

1971 Gene Vincent (Be Bop a Lula)
1997 John Denver

Number 1 In The Charts On October 12

1961 Highwaymen: ‘Michael (Row the Boat Ashore)’ UK 45
1963 Jimmy Gilmer: ‘Sugar Shack’ US 45
1968 Hollies: ‘Greatest Hits’ UK LP
1968 Big Brother and the Holding Company: ‘Cheap Thrills’ US LP
1974 John Denver: ‘Annie’s Song’ UK 45
1974 Bay City Rollers: ‘Rollin” UK LP
1974 Olivia Newton-John: ‘If You Love Me’ US LP
1985 Jennifer Rush: ‘The Power of Love’ UK 45
1985 Ready for the World: ‘Oh Sheila’ Us 45
1991 Mariah Carey: ‘Emotions’ US 45
1991 Simply Red : Stars : UK LP
1996 Peter Andre : Natural : UK LP

Various Music Events On October 12

1956 Johnny Ray enters UK chart with ‘Just Walking in the Rain’

1962 Little Richard headlines a concert at New Brighton Tower, Liverpool, with Beatles supporting. They meet and Richard teaches Paul the famous ”hoop’

1974 Phil Spector launches ‘Warner-Spector’ label in UK

1975 Rod Stewart and Faces play their last show together at Long Island’s Nassau Colisseum

1978 Sid Vicious arrested and charged with murder of girlfriend Nancy Spungen

1980 Seven fans stabbed at Blood, Sweat and Tears concert in Los Angeles

1982 Clash opens for the Who at Shea Stadium New York on farewell Who tour

1985 Robert Cray’s ‘False Accusations’ and Talking Heads’ ‘Road to Nowhere’ hit UK chart

1985 Sade enters UK chart with ‘The Sweetest Taboo’

1996 After 28 years the film documentary “The Rolling Stones Rock and Roll Circus” is finallyreleased.

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October 11 – Today In Rock Music History

October 11, 2010

Happy Birthday Daryl Hall!

Musicians Born On October 10

1949 Daryl Hall (Hall and Oates)
1950 Andrew Woolfolk (Earth, Wind and Fire)
1962 Scott Johnson (Gin Blossoms)

Deaths On October 11

1968 Edith Piaf (La Vie en Rose)

Number 1 In The Charts On October 11

1967 Bee Gees: ‘Massachusetts’ UK 45
1969 Jane Birkin: ‘Je t’Aime’ UK 45
1975 Neil Sedaka: ‘Bad Blood’ US 45
1980 Police: ‘Zenyatta Mondatta’ UK LP
1986 Madonna: ‘True Blue’ UK 45
1986 Janet Jackson: ‘When I Think of You’ US 45
1997 Elton John : Candle In The Wind 1997/Something About The Way You Look Tonight :US single
1997 The Verve ; Urban Hymns : UK LP
1998 Billie : Girlfriend : UK single

Various Music Events On October 11

1959 Miracles debut on US chart with ‘Bad Boy’

1960 Aretha Franklin makes her stage debut, at New York Vanguard Club

1962 Beatles enter UK chart for the first time with ‘Love Me Do’

1962 Del Shannon hits UK chart with ‘Swiss Maid’

1963 Beatles receive first gold disc for ‘She Loves You’

1968 Aretha Franklin goes gold with ‘I Say a Little Prayer’

1975 First edition of comedy and music show ‘Saturday Night Live’ broadcast on US TV

1975 Elton John hits US chart with his eighteenth hit ‘Island Girl’, on way to No. 1

1978 Nancy Spungen found murdered in the bathroom of the Greenwich Village apartment she shared with Sid Vicious

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October 10 – Today In Rock Music History

October 11, 2010

Happy Birthday David Lee Roth!

Musicians Born On October 10

1914` Ivory Joe Hunter (blues musician)
1946 Keith Reid (Procol Harum)
1946 John Prine
1953 Midge Ure (Ultravox)
1955 David Lee Roth (Van Halen)
1958 Tanya Tucker (US country singer)
1959 Kirsty McColl (A New England)
1959 Chris Lowe (Pet Shop Boys)
1961 Martin Kemp (Spandau Ballet)
1967 Mike Malinin (Goo Goo Dolls)
1968 Michael Bivens (Bell Biv Devoe)

Number 1 In The Charts On October 10

1960 Larry Verne: ‘Mr. Custer’ US 45
1963 Brian Poole: ‘Do You Love Me’ UK 45
1970 Black Sabbath: ‘Paranoid’ UK LP
1970 Neil Diamond: ‘Cracklin’ Rosie’ US 45
1976 Walter Murphy: ‘A Fifth of Beethoven’ US 45
1981 Police: ‘Ghost in the Machine;’ UK LP
1987 Whitesnake: ‘Here I Go Again’ US 45
1992 R.E.M. : Automatic for the People : UK LP

Various Music Events On October 10

1964 Rufus Thomas’s ‘Jump Back’ single enters US R&B chart

1964 Shangri-Las hit US chart with ‘Leader of the Pack’, their second hit and only No. 1 single

1969 Frank Zappa’s ‘Hot Rats’ LP released in UK

1970 Smokey Robinson and the Miracles hit US chart with ‘Tears of a Clown’ on way to No. 1

1978 ‘Smash Hits’ magazine publishes first edition

1978 ‘Be Stiff’ tour opens at Bristol University with Lene Lovich, Jona Lewie, Wreckless Eric and Rachael Sweet

1979 ‘The Rose’, starring Bette Midler, as a Janis Joplin-type singer, opens in Los Angeles

1979 Los Angeles declares a Fleetwood Mac Day and the band gets its own star on Hollywood Boulevard’s ‘Walk of Fame’

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October 9 – Today In Rock Music History

October 9, 2010

Happy 70th Birthday John Lennon! Your spirit lives on…

Musicians Born On October 9

1937 Pat Burke (Foundations)
1939 P.V. Wright (That’s How Strong My Love Is)
1940 John Lennon
1944 John Entwhistle (Who)
1948 Jackson Browne (Stay)
1969 P.J. Harvey
1975 Sean Ono Lennon

Number 1 In The Charts On October 9

1959 Jerry Keller: ‘Here Comes Summer’ UK 45
1961 Ray Charles: ‘Hit the Road Jack’ US 45
1965 Beatles: ‘Yesterday’ US 45
1971 Rod Stewart: ‘Maggie May’ UK 45
1976 Dr Feelgood: ‘Stupidity’ UK LP
1993 Take That/Lulu : Relight My Fire : UK single
1993 Pet Shop Boys : Very : UK LP

Various Music Events On October 9

1958 Eddie Cochran records ‘C’mon Everybody’, using backtrack to a song with the same tune but different lyrics, called ‘Let’s Get Together’

1959 At the age of 21, Bobby Darin becomes the youngest artist ever to appear at Copa Room, Sands Hotel, Las Vegas

1959 Johnny and the Hurricanes debut on UK chart with ‘Red River Rock’

1966 John Lennon and Yoko Ono meet for the first time at an exhibition at the Indica Gallery in London

1973 Elvis Presley and his wife Priscilla are divorced

1975 On John Lennon’s 30th birthday, he and his wife Yoko celebrate the arrival of their only child, Sean Ono Lennon

1980 Gary Glitter declared officially bankrupt

1980 John Lennon releases ‘Just Like Starting Over’ to celebrate his 40th birthday. Yoko hires a sky-writer to etch him a ‘Happy Birthday’ message above the New York skyscrapers

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October 8 – Today In Rock Music History

October 8, 2010

We Miss You Johnny!! Your spirit lives on…

Musicians Born On October 8

1934 Doc Green (Drifters)
1942 Buzz Clifford (Babysittin’ Boogie)
1950 Robert ‘Kool’ Bell (Kool and the Gang)
1951 Johnny Ramone (Ramones)

Number 1 In The Charts On October 8

1955 Four Aces: ‘Love Is A Many Splendoured Thing’ US 45
1964 Roy Orbison: ‘Oh Pretty Woman’ UK 45
1977 David Soul: ‘Silver Lady’ UK 45
1988 U2: ‘Desire’ UK 45
1994 R.E.M : Monster : UK LP
1994 Boyz II Men : II : US LP

Various Music Events On October 8

1957 Jerry Lee Lewis records ‘Great Balls of Fire’ at Sun Studios, Memphis

1964 Roy Orbison becomes the first American to top UK singles chart since Elvis Presley on 1 August 1963

1976 Sex Pistols sign to EMI Records for £40,000

1980 Bob Marley collapses on stage during a Wailers concert in Pittsburgh – his last performance

1981 Madness begin UK tour in Bradford

1983 Tom Waits’s ‘Swordfish Trombone’ hits UK LP chart

1988 Phil Collins scores his thirteenth consecutive American Top 10 hit as ‘A Groovy Kind of Love’ moves from No. 14 to No. 6

1992 The U.S. Postal Serviceissues a commemorative stamp booklet that includes rock legends Bill Haley, Buddy Holly, Elvis Presley and Ritchie Valens plus R&B stars Clyde McPhatter, Otis Redding and Dinah Washington.

1994 On pay-per-view television “A Tribute To Elvis” features U2,Chris Isaak, Iggy Pop, Melissa Etheridge, Cheap Trick, and Tony Bennett.

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October 7 – Today In Rock Music History

October 7, 2010

Happy Birthday John Cougar Mellencamp!

Musicians Born On October 7

1941 Tony Sylvester (Main Ingredient)
1943 Dino Valenti (Quicksilver Messenger Service)
1945 Kevin Godley (10CC)
1949 David Hope (Kansas)
1951 John ‘Cougar’ Mellencamp (American Fool)
1953 Tico Torres (Bon Jovi)
1968 Thom Yorke (Radiohead)
1968 Toni Braxton

Deaths On October 7

1959 Mario Lanza (tenor)
1966 Johnny Kidd (Pirates)

Number 1 In The Charts On October 7

1978 Frankie Valli: ‘Grease’ UK 45
1989 Tears for Fears: ‘Seeds of Love’ US Lp
1995 Mariah Carey : Daydream : UK LP
1995 Alanis Morrissette : Jagged Little Pill : US LP

Various Music Events On October 7

1967 Miriam Makeba debuts on US R&B chart with ‘Pata Pata’

1967 Beatles reject an offer of a million dollars to play Shea Stadium from promoter Sid Bernstein, who originally promoted their US concerts

1972 Simon and Garfunkel’s ‘America ‘ and Cat Stevens’s ‘Catch Bull At Four’ hit UK LP chart

1975 John Lennon wins his four-year fight to stay in US with ruling by US Court of Appeal

1977 Steve Hackett leaves Genesis

1977 David Bowie releases ‘Heroes’ LP

1978 Police debut on UK singles chart with ‘Can’t Stand Losing You’

1978 Chris Rea debuts on UK single chart with ‘Fool (If You think It’s Over)’

1980 Dusty Springfield appears on stage in New York for first time in eight years at Grand Finale

1989 Deborah Harry’s ‘I Want that Man’ hits UK chart

1989 Rickie Lee Jones’s ‘Flying Cowboys’ hits UK LP chart

1989 Runrig’s ‘Searchlight’ hits UK LP chart

1989 Jefferson Airplane plays a concert for the San Francisco Food Bank. The cost of admission is a can of food

1995 David Bowie reunites with Brian Eno. on his new album “Outside”,

1996 On his “Ghost Of Tom Joad” tour Bruce Springsteen sells out a solo acoustic show at Charlotte’s Ovens Auditorium in eight minutes.

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October 6 – Today In Rock Music History

October 6, 2010

Happy Birthday Kevin Cronin!

Musicians Born On October 6

1948 Millie Small (My Boy Lollipop)
1950 Thomas McClary (Commodores)
1951 Kevin Cronin (REO Speedwagon)
1954 David Hidalgo (Los Lobos)

Number 1 In The Charts On October 6

1973 Slade: ‘Sladest’ UK LP
1973 Cher: ‘Half Breed’ US 45
1984 David Bowie: ‘Tonight’ UK LP
1990 Maxi Priest : Close To You : US single
1996 Chemical Brothers : Setting Sun : UK single

Various Music Events On October 6

1958 The first hint of the payola scandal in US appears in ‘Billboard’ article

1960 Johnny Kidd and the Pirates’ ‘Restless’ hits UK chart

1967 ‘Death of a Hippie’ funeral service held by the Diggers in Haight-Ashbury to symbolise the end of the media-hyped movement

1968 ‘Doors Are Open’ documentary shown on UK TV

1973 Art Garfunkel scores first US solo hit with ‘All I Know’

1973 Ringo Starr hits US chart with ‘Photograph’, his fourth hit and first No. 1

1974 ‘Tubular Bells’ by Mike Oldfield goes to No. 1 in UK LP chart for just one week – eighteen months after its debut on the chart

1975 ‘Who by Numbers’ LP released

1976 Rick Dees awarded platinum single for ‘Disco Duck’

1978 Mick Jagger apologises to the Revd Jesse Jackson for lyrics of ‘Some Girls’, but refuses to grant Jackson’s request that the song be changed to exclude the line ‘Black girls just love to get fucked all night long’, which Jackson has denounced as being ‘racially insulting’ and ‘degrading to blacks and women’

1984 Cars’ ‘Heartbeat City’ hits UK LP chart

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