October 15 – Today In Rock Music History

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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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