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October 31

October 31st: On this day
1952, Pianist Johnnie Johnson hired 26 year old Chuck Berry as a guitarist in his band. While playing evening gigs in the St. Louis area, Berry kept his day job as a hairdresser for the next three years.
1954, Vera Lynn was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘My Son, My Son.’ The singers only No.1 hit. Lynn who had three songs in the first ever Top 12 in 1952 was known as the “Forces Sweetheart” during World War II.
1959, The Quarry Men decided to change their name to Johnny and the Moondogs. The band were in Liverpool auditioning for the Carrol Levis show. The Quarry Men featured John Lennon, Paul McCartney, and George Harrison.
1963, Gerry And The Pacemakers were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone.’ The group’s third and final No.1.
1963, The Beatles returned to London from Sweden and were greeted by hundreds of screaming fans and a mob of photographers and journalists. American television host Ed Sullivan was at Heathrow as The Beatles arrived, and was struck by the sight of Beatlemania in full swing; he decided to look into getting this group to appear on his US television program.
1964, The Supremes started a four week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Baby Love’, the group’s second of five consecutive US No.1’s. The group were formerly known as the five piece group The Primettes.
1964, Ray Charles was arrested by Logan Airport customs officials in Boston and charged with possession of heroin. This was his third drug charge, following incidents in 1958 and 1961. Charles avoided prison after kicking the habit in a clinic in Los Angeles, but spent a year on parole in 1966.
1967, Rolling Stone Brian Jones was released from Wormwood Scrubs prison on £750 bail pending appeal. Jones had been found guilty of possession of cannabis. Seven Stones fans were arrested and charged with obstructing the police after demonstrating outside the prison gates.
1967,
1969, David Bowie appeared at a Halloween night at the General Gordon, Gravesend, England. The gig lasted about 15 minutes, after Bowie sang ‘Space Oddity’ to everyone’s delight and then dragged a stool on stage, along with a huge book. He then sat and read poems and was booed off stage.
1970, Led Zeppelin started a four week run at No.1 on the US album chart with Led Zeppelin III the bands second US chart topper.
1970, ‘Motown Chartbusters Vol 4’ went to No.1 on the UK album chart. The album featured tracks from The Jackson Five, Marvin Gaye, & Tammi Terrell, The Four Tops, The Supremes, The Temptations and Smokey Robinson & The Miracles.
1974, Led Zeppelin held the UK launch for their new record label Swan Song at Chislehurst Caves, Kent, England on Halloween night. Drinks were served by nuns in suspenders, a naked woman lay in a coffin covered in jelly and naked male wrestlers cavorted in recesses of the caves. Label mates Bad Company, The Pretty Things and Maggie Bell also attended. The launch also tied in with the releases of The Pretty Things new album Silk Torpedo. The label was named after an unreleased Zeppelin instrumental track.
1986, A new series of TV’s Channel 4’s The Tube started with Jermaine Stewart, Troublefunk, Bob Geldof and Frankie Goes To Hollywood plus Spandau Ballet who played live in the studio at Newcastle upon Tyne.
1986, Roger Waters went to the high court to try and stop David Gilmour and Nick Mason from using the name ‘Pink Floyd’, for future touring and recording.
1987, Forbes Magazine listed the Top 40 American entertainment earners from 86-87, 8th was Whitney Houston $44 million, 7th Madonna $47 million and third place Bruce Springsteen $56 million.
1989, The very first MTV unplugged show was recorded in New York, featuring UK band Squeeze, the program was aired on 26th Nov 1989.
1990, UK DJ Roger Scott died of cancer aged 46. Scott was one of the most respected broadcasters in the UK, working on Capital Radio for 15 years and then BBC Radio 1. Working as a presenter at the Montreal station 1470 CFOX, Scott sang on ‘Give Peace a Chance’, recorded by John Lennon and Yoko Ono during their “Bed-in” for peace at the Queen Elizabeth Hotel in Montreal, Canada.
1990, During a gig in Seattle, Washington, Billy Idol dumped 600 dead fish in Faith No More’s dressing room. They responded by walking on stage, naked during Idol’s set.
1992, Boyz II Men were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘End Of The Road’, taken from the film ‘Boomerang’. The quartet from Philadelphia were Motown’s biggest selling act of the 1990s, with 5 US No.1,s.
1993, Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea was at the scene of actor’s River Phoenix fatal collapse in Los Angeles.
1995, James Brown was arrested in Aiken, South Carolina for assaulting his 47 year old wife, Adrienne, who said that her husband hit her with a mirror. Adrienne died in January, 1996 and the assault charges against James were dropped.
1996, Slash announced he was no longer in Guns N’ Roses. The guitarist said that Axl Rose and he had only been civil to each other on two occasions since 1994.
1998, Chart history was made when the UK Top 5 singles chart was made up entirely of new entries. Alanis Morissette went in at No.5, Culture Club at No.4, U2 at No.3, George Michael at No.2 and Cher with ‘Believe’ at No.1. It made Cher (who was 52) the first female artist to have a No.1 single over the age of 50. The song was a No.1 in 23 countries.
2000, Winners at this years Q Awards included, David Gray, best single for ‘Babylon’, Oasis won best live act, Coldplay won best album for Parachutes, best act in the world went to Travis, Badly Drawn Boy won best new act and former Clash member Joe Strummer won the Q Inspiration award.
2000, Britney Spears paid £6,000 to hire a private bar in Leipzig, Germany during a night off on her ‘Oops!… I did It Again Tour.’ Britney who at 18 was banned from drinking in the US was reported to be knocking back vodka laced White Russians and Pina Coladas.
2002, The mother of pop star Bjork ended a hunger strike she had staged to protest against plans for a by a US company to build a aluminum smelter and hydroelectric plant power plant in the Icelandic wilderness. Hildur Runa Hauksdottir began eating again after four week’s of fasting.
2004, R. Kelly was kicked off a tour with Jay-Z, a day after claiming he was attacked with pepper spray by a member of the rapper’s entourage. Kelly alleged he had been sprayed by a member of Jay-Z’s entourage during a performance in New York. But Jay-Z’s publicist denied that the rapper or any of his associates were involved. Jay-Z and R Kelly were in the midst of the 40-city Best of Both World’s tour, scheduled to run until 28 November.
2005, The white suit worn by John Lennon on the cover of the Beatles’ Abbey Road album sold for $118,000 (£66,385) at an auction in Las Vegas. And an Austin Princess hearse driven by the late star in the documentary Imagine sold for $150,000 (£84,388). A portion of the proceeds from the sale of the items went to Amnesty International.
2007, 22-year-old X Factor winner singer Leona Lewis helped boost UK online music downloads to a record 1.7 million in one week making it the biggest week ever for download sales. Lewis sold more than 106,000 downloads of her track ‘Bleeding Love.’
2008, A couple who admitted supplying drugs including cocaine and ecstasy to singer Amy Winehouse were warned they faced a jail term as they appeared in Snaresbrook Crown Court, England. The charges related to video footage which appeared to show Winehouse smoking a crack pipe. The singer was arrested and questioned over the images but she was not charged.
2013, Marvin Gaye’s family were taking legal action against Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams for copyright infringement over their hit song Blurred Lines. Three of Gaye’s children filed legal papers accusing them of copying elements of the song ‘Got To Give It Up’. The Gaye family cited excerpts of magazine interviews given by Thicke to support their claim he had admitted to drawing on ‘Got to Give it Up’ when producing Blurred Lines.
2013,
2015, One Direction played the final gig of their world tour before their self-proclaimed extended break. The show in Sheffield, England was the last of 80 shows across 20 countries. But 1D insisted they were not splitting up and instead wanted to focus on solo projects.
October 31st: Born on this day
1937, Born on this day, Tom Paxton, folk singer, (1970 UK No.23 album, ‘No.6).
1947, Born on this day, Russ Ballard, guitar, vocals, Argent, (1972 UK No.5 single ‘Hold Your Head Up’).
1952, Born on this day, Bernard Edwards, producer and member of Chic, (1978 UK No.7 single ‘Le Freak’). Produced ABC, Power Station and Rod Stewart. Edwards died on 18th April 1996.
1956, Born on this day, Tony Bowers, Alberto Y Los Trios Paranoias and then Simply Red, (1986 US No.1 & UK No.2 single ‘Holding Back The Years’).
1961, Born on this day, Larry Mullen, drummer, U2, (1984 UK No.3 single ‘Pride, In The Name Of Love’ plus over 25 other UK Top singles, 1987 UK and worldwide No.1 album Joshua Tree spent 156 weeks on the UK chart. Scored five consecutive US No.1 albums from 1987.)
1963, Born on this day, Johnny Marr, guitarist, songwriter, The Smiths, (1984 UK No.10 single ‘Heaven Knows I’m Miserable Now’, plus 15 other UK Top 40 singles). Electronic, (1991 UK No.8 single ‘Get The Message’). Modest Mouse, (2007 US No.1 album ‘We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank’). Marr has also worked with The The, The Pretenders, The Cribbs, and Johnny Marr and the Healers.
1963, Born on this day, Mikkey Dee, Motorhead, (1980 UK No.15 single ‘Ace Of Spades’).
1964, Born on this day, Colm O’Ciosoig, My Bloody Valentine, (1991 UK No.29 single ‘To Here Knows When’).
1965, Born on this day, Annabella Lwin, vocals, Bow Wow Wow, (1982 UK No.7 single ‘Go Wild In The Country’).
1966, Born on this day, Ad-Rock, (Adam Horovitz), The Beastie Boys, (1987 US No.7 & UK No.11 single ‘You Gotta Fight For Your Right To Party’, 1987 US No.1 and UK No.7 album ‘Licence To Ill’, plus 3 other US No.1 albums).
1968, Born on this day, Alistair Mcerlaine, guitarist, Texas, (1997 UK No.3 single ‘Say What You Want’).
1968, Born on this day, Al Mackenzie, D:Ream, (1994 UK No.1 single ‘Things Can Only Get Better’).
1970, Born on this day, Malin Berggren, Ace Of Base, (1993 UK No.1 single ‘All That She Wants’, 1994 US No.1 single ‘The Sign’).
1980, Born on this day, Charles Moniz, Canadian bassist in Avril Lavigne’s band and the drummer for the band Grade.
1981, Born on this day, Frank Anthony Iero, rhythm guitarist, My Chemical Romance, (2006 UK No.1 single ‘Welcome to the Black Parade’, 2006 US No.2 album ‘The Black Parade’).
1982, Born on this day, Monica and Gabriela Irimia, Cheeky Girls, Romanian duo, (2002 UK No.2 single ‘Cheeky Song’, Touch My Bum).

October 30

October 30th: On this day
1959, Cliff Richard and the Shadows were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Travellin’ Light’. Their 6th release and second No.1 hit.
1961, Two days after Beatles fan Raymond Jones asked for The Beatles’ German single ‘My Bonnie’ (recorded with Tony Sheridan) at Brian Epstein’s NEMS record store in Liverpool, two girls asked for the same record. Epstein’s difficulty in locating the record was due to him not knowing that the record was released, not by The Beatles, but by Tony Sheridan and ‘The Beat Brothers’ (‘Beatles’ resembles a vulgar slang word in German, so The Beatles’ name was changed for this single).

1963, On the final day of their Swedish tour, The Beatles recorded an appearance for the Sverige Television program ‘Drop In’ in Stockholm. They performed ‘She Loves You’, ‘Twist and Shout’, ‘I Saw Her Standing There’, and ‘Long Tall Sally.’
1967, Rolling Stones guitarist Brian Jones admitted in court to possession of cannabis and allowing his flat to be used for the smoking of the drug. His plea of ‘not guilty’ to the charge of possessing methedrine and cocaine was accepted. Jones was sentenced to nine months in Wormwood Scrubs prison. He was released on bail the following day.
1967, Tyrannosaurus Rex recorded a session for the UK Radio 1 ‘Top Gear’ show, the first group to do so without a recording contract.
1970, Hotlegs made their live debut supporting The Moody Blues at the Festival Hall, London. Their only hit ‘Neanderthal Man’ made No. 2 in July 1970. The members from the group went on to become 10cc.
1970, Jim Morrison of The Doors was fined and sentenced to six months in jail after being found guilty of exposing himself during a gig in Miami.
1971, John Lennon and The Plastic Ono Band went to No.1 on the UK album chart with Imagine. The album contained two tracks attacking Paul McCartney, ‘How Do You Sleep’ and ‘Crippled Inside.’ Early editions of the LP included a postcard featuring a photo of Lennon holding a pig, in mockery of McCartney’s similar pose with a sheep on the cover of Ram. The front cover photo was a Polaroid taken by Andy Warhol.
1971, Pink Floyd released their sixth studio album Meddle in the US. The album features ‘One Of These Days’ and the 23-minute track ‘Echoes’ which took up all of side 2 on the vinyl record. The cover image was photographed by Bob Dowling. The image represents an ear, underwater, collecting waves of sound, represented by ripples in the water.
1978, Blondie released the single ‘Hanging on the Telephone’, as the second single from the album Parallel Lines. Written by Jack Lee from US West Coast power pop trio The Nerves. The song gave Blondie their first UK Top 10 hit.
1982, Australian band Men At Work went to No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Who Can It Be Now” the group’s first US No.1, a No.45 hit in the UK.
1990, Guns N’ Roses singer Axl Rose was released on $10,000 bail, after being arrested for allegedly hitting a neighbour over the head with a bottle. The incident happened after a complaint to the police about loud music coming from the singer’s house.
1998, All four original members of Black Sabbath reunited momentarily to play ‘Paranoid’ on US TV’s David Letterman Show.
2000, A new web site was launched to help teach children basic Physics. www.britneyspears.ac featured the singer to illustrate mathematical equations. Visitors could access physics theories generously interspersed with photos of Britney Spears.
2002, Jam Master Jay from Run-DMC was murdered by an assassin’s single bullet at his recording studio in Queens, New York.
2003, Steve O’Rourke suffered a stroke and died in Miami, Florida. O’Rourke had managed Pink Floyd since 1968, and was the executive producer for their 1982 film The Wall.
2004, An arrest warrant was issued for Motley Crue singer Vince Neil after he allegedly knocked a soundman unconscious during a concert. Neil was said to have punched Michael Talbert in the face at Gilley’s nightclub in Dallas after he asked the soundman for more volume on his guitar but attacked Talbert as he adjusted it, leaving him unconscious for 45 seconds.
2005, Hundreds of people queued outside the Sheffield Arena to make sure of getting tickets to see a Sir Cliff Richard. By the time the tickets went on sale some fans had been outside the Arena for nine days, the concert was not until November 2006.
2006, Winners at the 2006 Q Awards included The Arctic Monkeys who had four nominations, the Sheffield group won the best album and the people’s choice awards, while U2 picked up the prize for innovation. Smokey Robinson was honoured with his first ever UK award for his outstanding contribution to music, and Boy George won the classic song award for Karma Chameleon. Muse won best live act, The Who received the Q legend award and Primal Scream won the Q groundbreaker award and Corinne Bailey Rae won best new act.
2006,
2007, Forbes.com reported that Elvis Presley had regained his crown as the highest-earning dead celebrity, with an annual income of $49m (£23.7m) during the past year. John Lennon ranked second with $44m (£21.3m), while Peanuts cartoon creator Charles M Schulz was third on the list, Beatle George Harrison was fourth with $22m (£10.6m). Nirvana’s Kurt Cobain topped the list in 2006.
2007, Linda Stein, former co-manager of punk band the Ramones, was found beaten to death at her Manhattan apartment. Mrs Stein was the ex-wife of Seymour Stein, former president of Sire Records, which was the launching pad for the Ramones, Talking Heads and Madonna. Mrs Stein had become one of New York’s leading estate agents, her clients included Sting and Billy Joel, long-time friend Sir Elton John told the New York Times he was “absolutely shocked and upset”.
2008, American producer and saxophonist Mike Terry died in Detroit aged 68. Worked with Martha And The Vandellas, Jackie Wilson, Mary Wells, The Four Tops, The Supremes, Kim Weston, Marvin Gaye, The Isley Brothers and Edwin Starr.
2015, Adele went to No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Hello’, the lead track from her third album 25. The track was streamed 7.32 million times in its first week, breaking the streaming record previously held by Justin Bieber’s ‘What Do You Mean?’ The song also debuted at No.1 in Belgium, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Lebanon, Luxembourg, The Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Scotland, Slovakia and Switzerland.
October 30th: Born on this day
1939, Born on this day, Eddie Holland (Holland/Dozier/Holland), producer, songwriter, wrote Motown hits for Supremes, Four Tops, Marvin Gaye, Martha & The Vandellas, Freda Payne, Chairmen Of The Board.
1939, Born on this day, Grace Slick, vocals, Jefferson Airplane, Starship, (1967 US No.18 single ‘White Rabbit’, 1987 US & UK No.1 single ‘Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now’).
1939, Born on this day, Otis Williams, The Temptations, (1971 US No.1 & UK No.8 single ‘Just My Imagination’ and re- issued ‘My Girl’ UK No.2 in 1992).
1946, Born on this day, Chris Slade, drummer, who has worked with AC/DC, Manfred Mann’s Earth Band, Gary Moore and The Firm.
1947, Born on this day, Timothy B Schmit, bass, vocals, Poco, The Eagles, joined in 1977, (1977 US No.1 & UK No.8 single ‘Hotel California’, plus 5 US No.1 albums. ‘Greatest Hits 1971-1975’ is the second biggest selling album in the world with sales over 30m).
1949, Born on this day, David Green, bass, Air Supply, (1980 UK No.11 single ‘All Out Of Love’, 1981 US No.1 single ‘The One That You Love’).
1960, Born on this day, Joey Belladonna, Anthrax, (1991 UK No.16 single ‘Got The Time’).
1962, Born on this day, Geoff Beauchamp, Eighth Wonder, (1988 UK No.7 single ‘I’m Not Scared’).
1963, Born on this day, Jerry De Borg, guitarist with English group Jesus Jones who had the 1990 US No.2 hit with ‘Right Here Right Now’ and the 1991 UK No.7 single ‘International Bright Young Thing’.
1967, Born on this day, Gavin Rossdale, Bush, (1997 UK No.7 single ‘Swallowed’, the bands first album sold over 7 million copies in the US).
1969, Born on this day, Canadian rapper Snow, (Darrin O’Brien), 1993 US No.1 & UK No.2 single ‘Informer’).
1970, Born on this day, Tommy Walter, bassist, songwriter, with Eels
1973, Born on this day, Maurizio Lobina, keyboards, Italian group Eiffel 65, (1999 UK No.1 single ‘Blue (Da Ba Dee’). The single was also No.1 in Norway, Austria, Finland, Germany and Denmark.
1989, Born on this day, Vanessa White, best known for being a member of girl group The Saturdays who scored the 2013 UK No.1 hit single ‘What About Us’ featuring Sean Paul.

October 29

October 29th: On this day
1962, The Beatles made their second appearance on the Granada TV program ‘People and Places.’ Filmed in Manchester, they performed two songs, ‘Love Me Do’ and ‘A Taste of Honey’.
1963, The Everly Brothers, Little Richard, Bo Diddley, Mickie Most, The Rolling Stones, Julie Grant and The Flintstones all appeared at The Goumont Theatre, St Albans, England.
1965, The Who released the single ‘My Generation’ in the UK. The song was named the 11th greatest song by Rolling Stone on their list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time and 13th on VH1’s list of the 100 Greatest Songs of Rock & Roll. It reached No. 2 in the UK, the Who’s highest charting single in their home country but only No. 74 in America.
1965,
1966, ? & the Mysterians went to No.1 on the US singles chart with ’96 Tears’. Although he closely guarded his true identity at the time, the man known as Question Mark turned out to be Rudy Martinez, from Saginaw Valley, Michigan. The song was later a UK hit in the UK for The Stranglers in 1990.
1967, Cream played two shows at the Saville Theatre in London, England, billed as “Sundays At The Saville”, The Bee Gees were appearing the following week.
1971, Duane Allman of The Allman Brothers Band was killed when he lost control of his motorcycle on a Macon, Georgia street while trying to swerve to avoid a tractor-trailer and was thrown from the motorcycle. The motorcycle bounced into the air, landed on Allman and skidded another 90 feet with Allman pinned underneath. He was three weeks shy of his 25th birthday.
1977, The Belgian travel service issued a summons against the Sex Pistols claiming the sleeve to the bands single ‘Holidays In The Sun’ infringed copyright of one of its brochures.
1983, ‘Islands In The Stream’, gave Dolly Parton and Kenny Rogers a No.1 on the US singles chart. The song was written by The Bee Gees and co-produced by Barry Gibb.
1983, Pink Floyd’s The Dark Side of The Moon marked its 491st week on the Billboard album chart in the US, surpassing the previous record holder, ‘Johnny’s Greatest Hits’ by Johnny Mathis. When it finally fell off of list in October 1988, ‘Dark Side’ had set a record of 741 weeks on the chart.
1984, American drummer Wells Kelly from Orleans and Meat Loaf died aged 45 after choking to death on his vomit. Had the 1976 US hit singles with Orleans, ‘Still The One’ and ‘Dance with Me.’
1987, ‘Decades’ Rolling Stones Ronnie Wood’s first ever British art exhibition opened in London, featuring portraits of friends and rock stars from the past 20 years.
1987, David Bowie played the first night of his 15 date Glass Spider Tour in Australia and New Zealand at the Boondall Entertainment Centre in Brisbane.
1988, Enya started a three week run at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Orinoco Flow.’ Originally with family act, Clannad, Enya went solo and specialised in Celtic and New Age recordings.
1994, UK reggae/rap performer Pato Banton (with Robin & Ali Campbell from UB40), started a four week run at No.1 on the UK singles chart with his version of the 1968 Eddy Grant song and Equals hit ‘Baby Come Back.’
1996, Manchester band The Stone Roses split up. Singer Ian Brown said ‘having spent the last ten years in the filthiest business in the universe, it’s a pleasure to announce the end of The Stone Roses.’
2000, The Spice Girls went to No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Holler / Let Love Lead The Way’. The group made musical history by scoring their ninth No.1 making them joint fourth in the list of acts that have had nine UK No.1 singles.
2001, Winners at this years ‘Q’ awards included, Ash, best single for ‘Burn Baby Burn’, Starsailor won best new act, Travis won best album for ‘The Invisible Band’, Manic Street Preachers won best live act and John Lydon won the Inspiration award.
2003, Research in the US found that songs get stuck in our heads because they create a ‘brain itch’ that can only be scratched by repeating a tune over and over. Songs such as the Village People’s ‘YMCA’ and the Baha Men’s ‘Who Let The Dogs Out’ owe their success to their ability to create a ‘cognitive itch’, according to Professor James Kellaris, of the University of Cincinnati College of Business Administration.
2003, P Diddy promised to investigate claims that his clothing company used a sweatshop factory in Honduras. An American organisation campaigning for workers’ rights, said conditions at the factory were wholly unacceptable claiming workers were paid less than a dollar an hour, forced to work overtime, subjected to body searches and dismissed if they got pregnant.
2005, A set of waxwork heads of The Beatles from their Sgt. Pepper’s album cover sold for £81,500. The “pepperheads” were auctioned off after recently being discovered in a back room at London’s Madame Tussauds. They were used in 1967 by artist Sir Peter Blake in the backdrop of the “Lonely Hearts Club Band” album with the actual Beatles posing at the front.
2006, McFly scored their 6th UK No.1 single with ‘Star Girl’. The song was played in space to wake up the astronauts on the space station, after a successful twitter campaign asking NASA to play the song started by band member Tom Fletcher.
2007, Kylie Minogue was honoured with the Music Industry Trust prize for her 20-year career and status as an “icon of pop and style” at a London ceremony. The first time in the event’s 16-year history that the award has gone to a woman, past winners included Sir Elton John and Peter Gabriel.
2007, Walk the Line, the film about the life of singer Johnny Cash was voted the greatest music biopic in a poll. The film starred Joaquin Phoenix and Reese Witherspoon as Cash and his wife June Carter as the country stars and won the actress an Oscar in 2006. It was followed by rapper Eminem’s 8 Mile, with Mozart’s life story Amadeus next and Ray, starring Jamie Foxx as musician Ray Charles, at number four. The most recent film in the top 10 was Joy Division biopic Control.
2009, Forbes Magazine reported that Michael Jackson had earned about 72 million dollars since his death on June 25th. That was good enough for third place on their list of dead celebrities making the most money. Fashion designer Yves Saint Laurent came in first at $350 million, songwriters Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein were second with $235 million and Elvis Presley was fourth, earning $55 million.
2013, Hundreds of viewers complained about Lady Gaga’s recent UK performance on The X Factor according to Ofcom. Around 200 people contacted the broadcasting watchdog about her outfit of shells and flesh-coloured underwear. Another 60 viewers complained directly to ITV about the singer’s appearance, before the 9pm watershed.
2013, John Lennon’s first home, in Liverpool, was sold for £480,000 at an auction held at The Cavern Club. The red brick terrace at 9 Newcastle Road, Wavertree, was where the member of The Beatles lived from birth, in 1940, until he was five. The property has a rear yard and is a few streets away from Penny Lane, made famous by The Beatles.
2014, Phil Collins handed over his large collection of Alamo memorabilia to a Texas museum, calling the donation the end of a six-decade “journey”. “I’m 64,” he said of his fascination with the 1836 battle. “When I was five or six years old, this thing began.” Collins’ collection included a fringed leather pouch used by Davy Crockett and Jim Bowie’s legendary knife.
2016, Bob Dylan said he accepted his Nobel Prize in literature, ending a silence since being awarded the prize earlier this month. He said the honour had left him “speechless”. The foundation said it had not yet been decided if the singer would attend the awards ceremony in December.
October 29th: Born on this day
1944, Born on this day, Denny Laine, The Moody Blues, (1965 UK No.1 & US No.10 single ‘Go Now’), Wings (1974 UK No.3 single ‘ ‘Band On The Run’ and 1977 UK No.1 single ‘Mull Of Kintyre’).
1946, Born on this day, Rob Van Leeuwen, Shocking Blue, (1970 US No.1 & UK No.8 single ‘Venus’).
1946, Born on this day, guitarist, singer, songwriter Peter Green the founder of Fleetwood Mac. Was a member of John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers, (replaced Eric Clapton), and Fleetwood Mac scored the 1969 UK No.1 single ‘Albatross’ and other hits include ‘Black Magic Woman’, ‘Oh Well’ and ‘Man of the World’. He left Fleetwood Mac in 1970.
1948, Born on this day, Ricky Reynolds, Black Oak Arkansas, (70’s US No.1 radio hit single ‘Jim Dandy To The Rescue’).
1951, Born on this day, David Paton, Pilot, (1975 UK No.1 single ‘January’).
1954, Born on this day, Steve Luscombe, Blancmange, (1982 UK No.7 single ‘Living On The Ceiling’).
1955, Born on this day, Kevin DuBrow, singer, Quiet Riot, (1983 US No.1 album, ‘Metal Health’). Found dead in his Las Vegas home at the age of 52 on 25th Nov 2007. The band’s biggest hit was Cum on Feel the Noize, a cover of the Slade song which they are said to have grudgingly recorded in just one take.
1955, Born on this day, Roger O’Donnell, keyboards, The Cure, (1989 US No.2 single ‘Love Song’, 1992 UK No.6 single ‘Friday I’m In Love’, plus over 20 other UK Top 40 singles). Also worked with the Psychedelic Furs, the Thompson Twins and Berlin.
1962, Born on this day, Einar Orn, vocals, The Sugarcubes, (1992 UK No.17 single ‘Hit’).
1965, Born on this day, Peter Timmins, Cowboy Junkies, (1989 album ‘The Trinity Session’).
1969, Born on this day, Roni Size, DJ, producer, 1997 Mercury Music Prize-winner.
1970, Born on this day, Toby Smith, keyboards, Jamiroquai, (1996 UK No.3 single ‘Virtual Insanity’).
1984, Born on this day, American musician, Chris Baio from Vampire Weekend. 2010 US & UK No.1 album, ‘Contra’ and the 2013 US No.1 album ‘Modern Vampires of the City’.

October 28

October 28th: On this day
1956, Elvis Presley made his second appearance on US TV’s The Ed Sullivan Show, where the host presents him with a gold record for ‘Love Me Tender’.
1957, After a show at the Pan Pacific Auditorium in Los Angeles, local police told Elvis Presley that he was not allowed to wiggle his hips onstage, the local press also ran headlines saying Elvis would have to clean up his act. The next night, the Los Angeles Vice Squad filmed his entire concert, to study his performance.
1958, Buddy Holly appeared on Dick Clark’s American Bandstand, where he lip-synched ‘It’s So Easy’ and ‘Heartbeat’. It would be Holly’s last major TV appearance.
1961, Raymond Jones went into Liverpool’s NEMS Record store trying to buy The Beatles records that had been released in Germany. Shop manager Brian Epstein promised to investigate further.
1962, The Beatles played at the Empire in Liverpool, their first gig at Liverpool’s top theatre. Eight acts were on the bill including Little Richard, Craig Douglas, Jet Harris and Kenny Lynch & Sounds Incorporated.
1964, The first of two nights billed as the ‘Tami Show’ took place at the Civic Auditorium, Santa Monica with; Smokey Robinson & The Miracles, The Beach Boys, Chuck Berry, Marvin Gaye, The Supremes and The Rolling Stones.
1967, ‘Diana Ross and The Supremes Greatest Hits’ started a five-week run at No.1 on the US album chart. Although original member Florence Ballard is pictured on the cover and sings on all the tracks, by the time the LP was released, she had been fired from the group and replaced by Cindy Birdsong.
1972, The United States Council for World Affairs announced it was adopting The Who song ‘Join Together’ as it’s official theme tune.
1972,
1972, Stevie Wonder released his 15th studio album Talking Book. The album’s first track, ‘You Are the Sunshine of My Life’, hit No.1 on the Billboard‍  charts, then earned Wonder his first Grammy Award. The album featured a guest appearance of Jeff Beck on the track ‘Superstition’.
1973, David Cassidy was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Daydreamer / The Puppy Song’, the singers second No.1. ‘The Puppy Song’ was Cassidy’s version of the Harry Nilsson song.
1974, Jamaican reggae artist Ken Boothe was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with his version of a song by David Gates (from Bread), ‘Everything I Own.’ Boy George also took the song to No.1 in 1987.
1978, Nick Gilder went to No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Hot Child In The City’, not a hit in the UK.
1978, The live-action movie KISS Meets the Phantom of the Park, was shown on NBC-TV in the U.S. The four rock stars had to deal with a mad scientist who went crazy in an amusement park. All four members of Kiss had just released their individual solo albums.
1978, Queen played the first night on their 79-date ‘Jazz’ tour at the Dallas Convention Center, Dallas, Texas. Many other acts have appeared here, including, The Beatles, Elvis Presley, Santana and Led Zeppelin.
1989, Janet Jackson started a four week run at No.1 on the US album chart with ‘Janet Jackson’s Rhythm Nation 1814’. Only one of three albums to produce seven Top-ten US singles, (the other two being Thriller by Michael Jackson and Bruce Springsteen’s Born In The USA).
1995, Coolio featuring L.V. scored his first UK No.1 single with ‘Gangsta’s Paradise’. The song sampled the chorus of the 1976 Stevie Wonder song ‘Pastime Paradise’ and featured in the 1995 movie Dangerous Minds (starring Michelle Pfeiffer).
1997, R.E.M. drummer Bill Berry announced that he was leaving the group after 17 years, becoming a farmer.
2001, Afroman (Joseph Foreman), started a two-week run at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Because I Got High.’ The song about how cannabis use was degrading his quality of life, rose from obscurity to popularity after it was circulated around the Internet.
2004, Courtney Love was ordered to stand trial on a charge of assault with a deadly weapon after Kristin King told a Los Angeles court Ms Love threw a bottle and a lit candle at her after turning up at the home of a former boyfriend in the early hours. Ms King told the court Ms Love was “vicious” and “erratic” when she allegedly attacked her while she slept on a sofa on 25 April. She said Ms Love then sat on her, pulled her hair and pinched her left breast in the “worst pinch I ever had”, before managing to flee.
2005, A former producer of the rap group So Solid Crew was jailed for at least 30 years for murdering a love rival. Earlier this month a jury found Carl Morgan, 24, of Battersea, south London, guilty of shooting Colin Scarlett in Tooting, south London, last year. They failed to reach a verdict on the same charge faced by rapper Megaman, real name Dwayne Vincent, who would face a retrial next March. The judge said the life sentence showed gun crime would not be tolerated. Morgan appeared in the band’s video for the track 21 Seconds.
2007, X Factor winner Leona Lewis went to No.1 on the UK singles chart with the first track from her debut album ‘Bleeding Love.’ Lewis had the biggest week one sales so far in 2007 this year outselling the rest of the top five put together, with 218,000 copies. She beat Take That’s ‘Rule The World’ into second place.
2007, Country musician Porter Wagoner died in Nashville aged 80 from lung cancer. Wagoner helped launch the career of Dolly Parton and had his own US TV show, which ran for 21 years until 1981. Wagoner signed his first record deal in 1955, and had hits including Carroll County Accident and Green Green Grass of Home.
2008, A statue honouring AC/DC’s Bon Scott was unveiled at the Fremantle Fishing Boat Harbour in Western Australia. Although born in Scotland, Scott grew up in Fremantle after his family emigrated to Australia in 1952. Bon started out his newfound Australian life in Melbourne, his family lived in the suburb of Sunshine for 4 years before moving to Fremantle. Scott was born in 1946 died on 20th February 1980. He is buried in Fremantle cemetery.
2011, The organisers of a planned Metallica concert in India were arrested after the show was called off, leading fans of the band to destroy the stage and vandalize equipment. Metallica had been booked to play in Delhi on Friday, but they postponed the show after a security barrier in front of the stage collapsed. The four promoters of the gig, were arrested on fraud charges after they refused to refund tickets. Around 25,000 people had purchased tickets to see what would have been Metallica’s first-ever concert in India.
2013, New Zealand singer Lorde, 16, topped the UK singles chart with her debut single, ‘Royals’, making her the youngest solo artist to score a UK No.1 since 15-year-old Billie Piper’s ‘Because We Want To’ in 1998. Lorde was signed to Universal on a development deal at just 13 years old, after a friend’s father sent them home recordings of her singing Duffy and Pixie Lott tracks.
2014, Police in Manchester England, said “an Oasis fan” could’ve been responsible for breaking into an art gallery to steal a picture of the band after a window was smashed at MASA-UK in Greater Manchester. The black-and-white painting by Olga Tsarevska Loma was inscribed with ‘otz2013’.
2016, Elvis Presley broke the record for the most No.1 albums by a solo artist. The late singer’s new album The Wonder Of You beat competition from Lady Gaga and Michael Buble to become his 13th album to top the chart. Before now, Elvis and Madonna were tied record holders with 12 No.1 albums each to their names.
October 28th: Born on this day
1927, Born on this day, Cleo Laine, jazz singer, (1961 UK No.5 single ‘You’ll Answer To Me’).
1936, Born on this day in Wilmington, North Carolina, was Charlie Daniels who is known for his No.1 country hit ‘The Devil Went Down to Georgia’. Daniels has been active as a singer since the early 1950s and was inducted into the Grand Ole Opry on January 24, 2008.
1937, Born on this day, Graham Bond, UK R&B keyboard player, sax, The Graham Bond Organisation. Died 8th May 1974 after committing suicide by throwing himself under a London tube train at Finsbury Park station. Bond worked with Alexis Korner, Jack Bruce and Ginger Baker.
1940, Born on this day, Wayne Fontana, (1966 UK No.2 single with Mindbenders, ‘Groovy Kind Of Love’, 1965 US No.1 single ‘Game Of Love’).
1941, Born on this day, Hank Marvin, guitar, The Shadows, (1963 UK No.1 single ‘Foot Tapper’, plus 28 other UK Top 40 singles. Also played on many hits with Cliff Richard. Member of Marvin, Welch and Farrar.
1948, Born on this day, Telma Hopkins, singer, Dawn, (1971 UK & US No.1 single ‘Knock Three Times’, 1973 US & UK No.1 single ‘Tie A Yellow Ribbon Round The Old Oak Tree’).
1953, Born on this day, Desmond Child, American musician, songwriter, and producer who has co-written over 70 Top 40 singles, with songs that have sold over 300 million albums worldwide. His collaborations include Bon Jovi, Bonnie Tyler, Aerosmith, Ricky Martin, Weezer, Shakira, Jennifer Rush, KISS, Joan Jett & The Blackhearts, Cher, Katy Perry, and Alice Cooper.
1957, Born on this day, Stephen Morris, drums, Joy Division, (1980 UK No.13 single ‘Love Will Tear Us Apart’). New Order, (1983 UK No.9 single ‘Blue Monday’). The Other Two, (1991 UK No.41 single ‘Tasty Fish’).
1958, Born on this day, William Reid, The Jesus and Mary Chain, (1987 UK No.8 single ‘April Skies’).
1958, Born on this day, Dave Wyndorf, lead vocalist, guitarist, pianist, trombonist, and songwriter for the American rock group Monster Magnet.
1959, Born on this day, Neville Henry, The Blow Monkeys, (1987 UK No.5 single ‘It Doesn’t Have To Be This Way’).
1963, Born on this day, Italian musician and singer-songwriter, Eros Ramazzotti who has sold over 55 million records and worked with artists such as Cher, Tina Turner, Andrea Bocelli, Patsy Kensit, Anastacia, Joe Cocker, Nicole Scherzinger and Ricky Martin.
1969, Born on this day, American singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, Ben Harper. Two-time Grammy Award winner, winning awards for Best Pop Instrumental Performance and Best Traditional Soul Gospel Album, in 2005.

October 27

October 27th: On this day
1957, The Crickets started a three-week run at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘That’ll Be The Day’. It was also a No.3 hit in the US where it went on to sell over a million. The song was inspired by a trip to the movies by Holly, Jerry Allison and Sonny Curtis in June 1956. The John Wayne film The Searchers was playing and Wayne’s frequently-used, world-weary catchphrase, “that’ll be the day” inspired the young musicians.
1964, 31 year old Salvatore Philip Bono married 18 year old Cherilyn Sarkisian La Piere. For a time they performed together as Caesar and Cleo before changing the name of their act to Sonny and Cher. Their union lasted 12 years.
1966, The Four Tops were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Reach Out I’ll Be There.’ The group’s only UK No.1.
1969, Muddy Waters was seriously injured in a car crash in Champagne, Illinois. Three people were killed in the accident.
1973, Gladys Knight and the Pips started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Midnight Train To Georgia’. It was the group’s 18th Top 40 hit and first No.1. The record won the 1974 Grammy Award for Best R&B Vocal Performance By A Duo, Group Or Chorus and has become Knight’s signature song.
1975, After releasing the single and album Born To Run, Bruce Springsteen had the rare honour of simultaneous covers on both Time and Newsweek magazines in the US.
1977, Baccara were at No.1 in the UK singles chart with ‘Yes Sir, I Can Boogie’. They were the first Spanish act to score a UK No.1, and first female duo to do so. ‘Yes Sir, I Can Boogie’ is also one of the thirty all-time singles to have sold 10 million (or more) copies worldwide.
1977, American musician Roy Estrada known as a founding member of Little Feat and who also worked with Frank Zappa was convicted of sexual assault on a child. Estrada served six years in prison. In January 2012, he pleaded guilty to a charge of continuous sexual abuse of a child which happened in March 2008. In the plea bargain agreement, he was sentenced to 25 years in prison and is not eligible for parole
1979, During a US tour Elton John collapsed on stage at Hollywood’s Universal Amphitheatre suffering from exhaustion.
1980, Former T Rex member Steve Took, choked to death on a cherry stone, after some magic mushrooms he had eaten, numbed all sensation in his throat, he was aged 31. Took was also a member of The Deviants with Pink Fairies members Twink and Mick Farren.
1980, Mark Chapman bought a five-shot .38 special for $169. A little over six weeks later, he would use the gun to kill John Lennon outside his New York City apartment.
1984, During a US tour, The Grateful Dead allocated a specific recording area for fans to bootleg the show; tonight’s gig was in Berkeley, California.
1988, U2’s film ‘Rattle And Hum’, received its world wide premiere in the group’s hometown Dublin.
1989, U2 bass player Adam Clayton was convicted of a drink driving offence by a Dublin court after being found driving twice over the legal limit. He was fined £500 and banned from driving for 1 year
1992, Bo Diddley took his ex-manager to court claiming he had taken $75,000 through unauthorised personal expenses.
2000, Lonnie Donegan went to Buckingham Palace to receive his MBE for his services to pop music. Lonnie pioneered skiffle in the 1950’s and inspired a generation of teenagers to start bands.
2003, Scott Weiland singer with The Stone Temple Pilots was arrested on his birthday in Hollywood, California, after being involved in a traffic collision. He was charged with driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol, but these charges were later dismissed after the singer successfully completed rehab and underwent subsequent drug tests.
2005, The distributor of rapper 50 Cent’s new film said it would remove posters advertising the film after complaints they glorify gun violence. Posters for ‘Get Rich or Die Tryin’ showed 50 Cent holding a gun in his left hand and a microphone the other. Los Angeles County Supervisor Michael Antonovich wrote to Paramount Pictures urging them to take down the posters. The company said it had taken down one poster near a Los Angeles nursery school, and planned to remove more.
2006,
2006, Amy Winehouse released her second and final studio album Back to Black. The album spawned five singles: ‘Rehab’, ‘You Know I’m No Good’, ‘Back to Black’, ‘Tears Dry on Their Own’ and ‘Love Is a Losing Game’ and won Best Pop Vocal Album at the 50th Annual Grammy Awards. Back to Black sold 3.58 million copies in the UK alone, becoming the UK’s second best-selling album of the 21st century. Worldwide, the album has sold over 20 million copies.
2007, Keith Richards marched with campaigners protesting against possible Sussex hospital cuts. The Stones guitarist joined 15,000 people for the walk through Chichester to oppose plans which could see St Richard’s Hospital downgraded. A spokeswoman for the guitarist said: “Keith is a long-standing member of the West Wittering community and is pleased to lend his support to local efforts to save St Richard’s Hospital.’
2007, Former Moloko singer Roisin Murphy was recovering in hospital after damaging her eye socket during a show in Russia. The singer hit her head on a chair during the show at Moscow’s Ikra Club and was rushed to hospital for surgery. A spokesman said she lost “a lot of blood” and had severe concussion, but her vision was unaffected and she was “recovering well”.
2009, Eric Clapton pulled out of Rock and Roll Hall of Fame concert in New York City after he underwent an operation to remove gallstones. His place at the Madison Square Garden gig was taken by Jeff Beck.
2013, Velvet Underground frontman Lou Reed died at the age of 71. An admitted hard drinker and drug user for many years, he underwent a liver transplant in Cleveland in April 2013. Afterwards he claimed on his website to be ‘bigger and stronger’ than ever.
2014, The Pet Shop Boys’ ‘Always On My Mind’ was voted the top cover version of all time in a BBC Music vote. The song, written by John Christopher, Mark James and Wayne Carson, was first made famous by Brenda Lee and Elvis Presley in 1972. Johnny Cash’s cover of Nine Inch Nails’ ‘Hurt’ came in second place, followed by The Stranglers’ version of Dionne Warwick’s ‘Walk On By’. Jimi Hendrix’s take on Bob Dylan’s ‘All Along The Watchtower’ came fourth and Jeff Buckley’s cover of Leonard Cohen’s ‘Hallelujah’ completed the top five.
2014, The Last Ship, Sting’s musical about shipbuilding in north-east England, opened on Broadway. The former frontman with The Police described watching the opening night as “an out-of-body experience”. Billy Joel, Bruce Springsteen and Blondie’s Deborah Harry were among the first night audience at the Neil Simon Theatre.
2016, A letter John Lennon wrote to the Queen explaining why he was returning his MBE was found tucked in a record sleeve from a £10 car boot haul. The anonymous owner took the document to a valuation day at The Beatles Story in Liverpool and discovered it was worth about £60,000. Lennon had returned the MBE in protest at Britain’s involvement in a civil war.
October 27th: Born on this day
1933, Born on this day, Floyd Cramer, country piano player, (1961 UK No.1 single ‘On The Rebound’). Worked with Elvis Presley on ‘Heartbreak Hotel’ and other hits. Cramer died on 31st December 1997.
1949, Born on this day, Byron Allred, keyboards, Steve Miller Band, (1974 US No.1 & 1990 UK No.1 single ‘The Joker’)
1949, Born on this day, Garry Tallent, bass player with the Bruce Springsteen E Street Band, (1984 US No.2 & 1985 UK No.4 single ‘Dancing In The Dark’).
1951, Born on this day, Ken Downing, guitar, Judas Priest, (1980 UK No.12 single ‘Living After Midnight’, 1980 UK No.4 album ‘British Steel’).
1953, Born on this day, Peter Dodd, guitar, The Thompson Twins, (1984 UK No.2 single ‘You Take Me Up’, 1984 US No.3 single, ‘Hold Me Now’).
1958, Born on this day, Hazell Dean, UK singer, (1988 UK No.4 single ‘Who’s Leaving Who’).
1958, Born on this day, Simon Le Bon, vocals, Duran Duran who scored the 1983 UK No.1 single ‘Is There Something I Should Know’, plus 25 other UK Top 40 singles, and the 1984 US No.1 single ‘The Reflex’. Le Bon is also a member of its offshoot Arcadia, who had the 1985 UK No.7 single ‘Election Day’. Le Bon went to Pinner County Grammar School, the same school that Elton John attended some years earlier.
1967, Born on this day, Scott Weiland, vocals, Stone Temple Pilots, (1993 UK No.23 single ‘Plush’). Velvet Revolver, (2004 US No.1 & UK No.11 album ‘Contraband’). Weiland has also established himself as a solo artist, releasing three studio albums, a cover album, and collaborations with several other musicians since 1998. Weiland died on December 3, 2015 after being found in cardiac arrest on his tour bus in Bloomington, Minnesota, just before he was scheduled to go on stage with his band The Wildabouts. He was 48 years old.
1984, Born on this day, Kelly Osbourne (2002 UK No.3 single ‘Papa Don’t Preach’, 2003 UK No.1 with Ozzy Osbourne, ‘Changes’.

October 26

October 26th: On this day
1958, Bill Haley and his Comets played the first rock ‘n’ roll concert in Germany. Over 7,000 rock ‘n’ roll fans turned the show into a riot.
1962, The Rolling Stones (known as The Rollin’ Stones), and consisting of Keith Richard, Mick Jagger, Brian Jones pianist Ian Stewart and drummer Tony Chapman recorded their first demo tape at Curly Clayton Studios in Highbury, London. They recorded three songs, Jimmy Reed’s ‘Close Together’, Bo Diddley’s ‘You Cant Judge A Book By The Cover’ and Muddy Waters’ ‘Soon Forgotten.’
1962,
1965, Queen Elizabeth II invested The Beatles with their MBE’s at Buckingham Palace, London. According to an account by John Lennon the group smoked marijuana in one of the palace bathrooms to calm their nerves. Many former recipients gave their MBE’s back in protest, to which John Lennon responded “Lots of people who complained about us receiving the MBE received theirs for heroism in the war, for killing people.” He continued: “We received ours for entertaining other people. I’d say we deserve ours more.”
1966, English singer Alma Cogan died of stomach cancer aged 34. She scored the 1955 UK No.1 single ‘Dreamboat’, plus 20 other UK Top 40 hits. In the 50’s Cogan was the most consistently successful female singer in the UK and the youngest female act to top the charts during the 50’s.
1968, The two day San Francisco Pop Festival was held at Alameda County Fairgrounds. The Animals, Procol Harum, Iron Butterfly, Jose Feliciano, Deep Purple, Creedence Clearwater Revival and Canned Heat all appeared.
1970, A wake was held at the Lion’s Share in San Anselmo, California to celebrate the life of Janis Joplin. The singer who died of an accidental drugs overdose had left $2,500 in her will to throw a wake party in the event of her demise. The party was attended by her sister Laura and Joplin’s close friends; Brownies laced with hashish were unknowingly passed around amongst the guests. Joplin was cremated in the Pierce Brothers Westwood Village Mortuary in Los Angeles; her ashes were scattered from a plane into the Pacific Ocean and along Stinson Beach.
1979, AC/DC appeared at The Mayfair, Newcastle upon Tyne, England, supported by Def Leppard. The bands were booked to appear the night before but after a fire at the venue in the afternoon, the show was cancelled.
1984, 19-year-old John D. McCollum killed himself with a .22 caliber handgun after spending the day listening to Ozzy Osbourne records. One year later, McCollum’s parents took court action against Ozzy and CBS Records, alleging that the song “Suicide Solution” from the album Blizzard of Ozz contributed to their son’s death. The case was eventually thrown out of court.
1985, Whitney Houston went to No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Saving All My Love For You’, also a No.1 hit in the UK.
1991, Legendary Rock concert promoter Bill Graham was killed when the Bell 206B JetRanger III helicopter he was riding in struck the top of a Pacific Gas and Electric transmission tower near Sears Point, northwest of Vallejo and exploded. The crash, which left the helicopter’s wreckage dangling near the top of the towering structure, killed Graham, his girlfriend Melissa Gold and pilot Steve Kahn. Graham had founded the Fillmore theaters in San Francisco and New York and had played key roles in supporting such bands as the Who, The Jimi Hendrix Experience, Janis Joplin, The Band, Bob Dylan, The J. Geils Band, The Allman Brothers Band and The Rolling Stones.
1993, Catholic churches in San Juan, Puerto Rico asked residents to tie black ribbons on trees in protest against Madonna’s first live appearance in the country.
1996, The Spice Girls had their second UK No.1 single when ‘Say You’ll Be There’ started a two-week run at the top of the charts. The song included a harmonica solo, played by Judd Lander who also played the harmonica solo on Culture Club’s 1984 hit ‘Karma Chameleon’.
1999, American singer, songwriter and actor Hoyt Axton died of a heart attack in Victor, Montana aged 61. Wrote songs for, Elvis Presley, Three Dog Night, (1971 US No.1 Joy To The World), John Denver, Ringo Starr, Glen Campbell. His mother Mae Boren Axton wrote ‘Heartbreak Hotel’.
2004, Elvis Presley came top of a list of the highest-earning dead celebrities. Forbes.com listed the Top 5 dead music earners; 1. Elvis Presley $40m (£22m), 2. John Lennon $21m (£11m), 3. George Harrison $7m (£3.8m), 4. Bob Marley $7m and at 5. George and Ira Gershwin $6m.
2004, Apple launched the U2 Special Edition iPod as part of a partnership between Apple, U2 and Universal Music Group. The new U2 iPod held up to 5,000 songs and featured a red Click Wheel and custom engraving of U2 band member signatures. The iPod was being introduced as the band released their new album ‘How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb.’
2007, Rapper TI was released on $3m (£1.5m) bail in Atlanta after he was charged with unlawfully possessing firearms, unregistered machine guns and silencers. US Magistrate Judge Alan Baverman said the singer would remain under house arrest in Henry County, Georgia, being monitored 24 hours a day by a private firm paid for by himself. The rapper was also electronically tagged.
2007, Pete Doherty was given a suspended prison term for drugs and motoring offences after admitting driving while uninsured, having no MOT and while in possession of crack cocaine, heroin, ketamine and cannabis. The Babyshambles singer was sentenced to four-months in jail, suspended for two years at West London Magistrates’ Court. He was also given an 18-month supervision order and a 12-month drug rehabilitation order and ordered to pay a £475 fine for driving without insurance or an MOT.
2007, 1,730 guitarists played the immortal Bob Dylan classic, ‘Knocking On Heaven’s Door’ in a bid to break a record in the state of Meghalaya, North East India. The guitarists hoped their achievement would earn them a place in the Guinness Book of World Records. The current Guinness World Record was held by a guitar-ensemble from Kansas City in the US when 1,683 guitarists, played Deep Purple’s ‘Smoke On The Water’.
2008, AC/DC went to No.1 on the UK album chart with ‘Black Ice’ the Australian bands fifteenth studio album which went on to become a No.1 hit in 29 different countries and the second-best selling album of 2008.
2010, Forbes Magazine released its annual list of the Top Earning Dead Celebrities. Michael Jackson led the way at $275 million, Elvis Presley was second at $60 million and John Lennon was fifth at $17 million.
2010, Former Culture Club vocalist Boy George stunned an audience in London, England after reportedly flying into a rage and tossing his drink on a woman who was talking during his show. Before emptying his glass on her from the stage, George was heard shouting, “Why don’t you shut the f**k up, you rude c**t!”
2011, Aerosmith were forced to delay a concert in South America after Steven Tyler fell in his hotel bathroom. The singer suffered cuts to his face and lost two of his teeth ahead of a concert in Asuncion, Paraguay. He was said to have received stitches and had emergency dental work, forcing the gig to be postponed by 24 hours.
2011, A coroner’s inquest on the death of Amy Winehouse reached a verdict of misadventure. The report explained that Winehouse’s blood alcohol content was 416 mg per decilitre at the time of her death, more than five times the legal drink-drive limit. According to the coroner ‘The unintended consequences of such potentially fatal levels was her sudden death’.
2011,
2013, Producer Quincy Jones was suing the estate of the late Michael Jackson for millions of dollars. He said the singer’s estate and Sony Music Entertainment improperly re-edited songs to deprive him of royalties and production fees. Mr Jones stated that they also broke an agreement giving him the right to remix master recordings for albums released after Jackson’s death in 2009.
2015, Justin Bieber cleaned up at the MTV’s EMAs – (European Music Awards), winning best male, best North American act, best collaboration for ‘Where Are You Now?’, with Skrillex and Diplo, biggest fans and best look. One Direction won the prize for best pop, Taylor Swift’s ‘Bad Blood’ won best song and Rihanna was named best female.
October 26th: Born on this day
1946, Born on this day, Keith Hopwood, guitar, Herman’s Hermits, (1964 UK No.1 single ‘I’m Into Something Good’, 1965 US No.1 single ‘Mrs Brown You’ve Got A Lovely Daughter’).
1951, Born on this day, Bootsy Collins, bass player, James Brown, Parliament, Funkadelic, Bootsy’s Rubber Band
1951, Born on this day, Maggie Roche, singer, songwriter, The Roches, worked with Paul Simon and Loudon Wainwright.
1952, Born on this day, David Was, Was Not Was, (1992 UK No.4 single ‘Shake Your Head’).
1953, Born on this day, Keith Strickland, guitar, keyboards, drums, The B-52’s, (1990 UK No.2 & US No.3 single ‘Love Shack’).
1962, Born on this day, Steve Wren, Then Jerico, (1989 UK No.13 single ‘Big Area’).
1963, Born on this day, Natalie Merchant, 10,000 Maniacs, (1993 UK No.47 single ‘Candy Everybody Wants’).
1965, Born on this day, Judge Jules, UK remixer, producer.
1967, Born on this day, Keith Urban who is a New Zealand-born and Australian-raised country music singer, songwriter and guitarist. Urban married actress Nicole Kidman in June 2006.
1978, Born on this day, Mark Barry, BBMak, (2001 UK No. 5 single ‘Back Here’ and No.1 in Japan).
1981, Born on this day, Guy Sebastian, Australian singer-songwriter, winner of the first Australian Idol series. (2003 Australian No.1 single, ‘Angels Brought Me Here’).
1986, Born on this day, Schoolboy Q, (Quincy Matthew Hanley), American hip hop artist who had the 2014 US No.1 album Oxymoron.

October 25

October 25th: On this day
1958, Cliff Richard made his British radio debut on the BBC’s ‘Saturday Club.’ The show had started life as Saturday “Skiffle” club in 1957 hosted by Brian Matthew and was broadcast from 10am to 12noon Saturday mornings on the BBC Light Programme.
1963, The Beatles kicked off their first tour of Sweden by playing two shows at Nya Aulan, Sundstavagen, Karlstad, Sweden. The local pop reviewer was not impressed, saying The Beatles should be grateful to their screaming fans for drowning out the group’s terrible performance, adding that The Beatles “were of no musical importance whatsoever and that their local support group, The Phantoms, decidedly outshone them.”
1964, The Rolling Stones appeared for the first time on The Ed Sullivan Show from New York, performing ‘Around And Around’ and ‘Time Is On My Side’. A riot brook out in the studio, prompting Sullivan’s infamous quote, ‘I promise you they’ll never be back on our show again.’ The Rolling Stones went on to make a further five appearances on Sullivan’s show between 1965 and 1969.
1966, Aged 7 months old, Jeff Healey had his right eye surgical removed (and subsequently his left eye, 4 months later), and replaced with artificial ones, necessitated by a form of cancer of the eyes called retinoblastoma. Three years later Healey was given his first guitar by his father. At the age of 13, the Canadian guitarist formed his first band, Blue Direction.
1968, Led Zeppelin played a gig at Surrey University, England. Although there are unconfirmed reports of earlier shows, this appears to be the band’s first gig with their new name after initially performing as The New Yardbirds. In 2003 a poster for the Surrey gig (billing the group as The New Yardbirds) sold at auction for £2,400.
1968, The double album ‘Electric Ladyland’ by the The Jimi Hendrix Experience was released. It was also made available as two albums with changed artwork after complaints about the naked women who were pictured on the sleeve. The female models were each paid £5 for the photo shoot and another £5 if they posed completely naked.
1969, ‘Sugar Sugar’ by The Archies was at No.1 on the UK singles chart. It stayed at the top for eight weeks, and was also No.1 in the US, selling over six million copies worldwide. The Archies were a rock group based on comic book characters.
1970, Speaking at a US radio conference, President Nixon asked programmers to ban all songs containing drug references.
1975, Art Garfunkel was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with his version of ‘I Only Have Eyes For You.’ Written in 1934 for the film Dames the song was a No.2 hit for Ben Selvin in 1934 and most notably a hit for The Flamingos in 1959.
1980, Barbra Streisand scored her fourth US No.1 album with ‘Guilty.’ Also on this day Streisand started a three week run at No.1 on the UK singles chart with a song written by the The Bee Gees ‘Woman In Love’, the singers only UK No.1.
1985, Actor and singer Gary Holton died of a drug overdose. Member of The Heavy Metal Kids, and one half of the duo Casino Steel. Holton appeared in the film Quadrophenia and UK TV’s Auf Wiedersehen Pet.
1985, R.E.M. The Smiths and Tom Waits all appeared on The Tube at Tyne Tree Television Studios, Newcastle, England.
1986, Bon Jovi went to No.1 on the US album chart with ‘Slippery When Wet’. Featuring two US No.1 singles, ‘You Give Love A Bad Name’ and ‘Livin’ On A Prayer’. The album went on to sell over 8 million copies world wide.
1986, For the first time in the history of the Billboard Hot 100, the top three spots were held by female solo acts. Cyndi Lauper’s ‘True Colors’ held down the No.1 position, followed by Tina Turner’s ‘Typical Male’ at No.2 and Janet Jackson’s ‘When I Think Of You’ at No.3.
1989, Nirvana and Tad appeared at the Duchess Of York, Leeds, England. The two acts were on the third night of their debut European tour.
1992, Roger Miller died of died of lung and throat cancer in hospital in Los Angeles. Scored the 1965 UK No.1 & US No.4 single ‘King Of The Road’. Miller won eleven Grammy Awards as a songwriter and seven Tony awards for writing the music and lyrics for ‘Big River’. The Proclaimers had the 1990 UK No.9 hit with their version of ‘King Of The Road.’
1997, After falling over on stage when reaching for a guitar pick, Johnny Cash announced during a gig in Michigan that he was suffering from Parkinson’s disease.
1997, The Spice Girls went to No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Spice Up Your Life’. Taken from their second album ‘Spiceworld’ the single set new record, making them the only act to have their first five singles reach No.1.
2000, William Martin drummer with Sam The Sham & the Pharaohs died of a heart attack. The quintessential Tex-Mex band of the 1960s, had the 1965 US No.2 & UK No.11 single ‘Wooly Bully’.
2001, 13 law firms were still involved in claims to Grateful Dead’s guitarist Jerry Garcia’s $10m estate six years after his death. Former wives & girlfriends continued to fight on how to distribute his estate and annual royalties of $4.6m.
2002, Richard Harris, who had the 1968 US No.2 & UK No.4 hit ‘MacArthur Park’ died of cancer. The 72-year-old Irish-born actor had been undergoing chemotherapy at a private clinic in London. Though he charted three other times, Harris was better known for his acting roles on stage and film, most recently playing Albus Dumbledore in two Harry Potter films.
2003, Johnny Cash’s step-daughter, Rosey Nix Adams and her fiddle player Jimmy Campbell were found dead on their tour bus in Clarksville, Tennessee from Carbon monoxide poisoning. Heaters that had been left on were blamed for the accident.
2004, John Peel died in Cuzco, Peru of a heart attack, aged 65. He was BBC’s longest-serving radio DJ and the first DJ to introduce the Ramones, The Smiths, Rod Stewart, Blur, the Sex Pistols, T Rex and others to the masses. He founded Dandelion Records in 1969, and was also known for his ‘Peel Sessions’, releases of live radio sessions. Peel was appointed an OBE in 1998.
2007, Three workers building the set for an Akon outdoor show at Emory University in Atlanta were taken to hospital after a canopy fell on top of them. The concert was later cancelled
2012, Forbes magazine reported that Michael Jackson topped their list of highest-earning dead musical celebrities by earning $145 million in the past year. Elvis Presley ranked No.2 with $55 million in earnings, and Bob Marley No.3 with $17 million.
2014, Jack Bruce, best known as one third of Cream died of liver disease aged 71. Bruce played bass, sang and was the principal songwriter in Cream, and his CV reads like a comprehensive guide to the British blues boom, with spells in Alexis Korner’s Blues Inc, the Graham Bond Organisation, John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers and Manfred Mann.
October 25th: Born on this day
1941, Born on this day, Helen Reddy, Australian singer, songwriter, (1975 US No.1 & UK No.5 single ‘Angie Baby’). Cher had previously turned down the song.
1944, Born on this day, Jon Anderson, vocals, Warriors, Yes, (1983 UK No.28 & US No.1 single ‘Owner Of A Lonely Heart’).
1944, Born on this day, Taffy Danoff, Starland Vocal Band, (1976 US No.1 & UK No.18 single ‘Afternoon Delight’).
1947, Born on this day, John Hall, The Equals, (1968 UK No.1 & US No.32 single ‘Baby Come Back’).
1948, Born on this day, Glenn Tipton, guitar, Judas Priest, (1980 UK No.12 single ‘Living After Midnight’, 1980 UK No.4 album ‘British Steel’).
1950, Born on this day, Chris Norman, Smokie, (1975 UK No.3 single ‘If You Think You Know How To Love Me’).
1951, Born on this day, Richard Lloyd, guitar, vocals, Television, (1977 single and album ‘Marquee Moon’).
1955, Born on this day, Matthias Jabs, The Scorpions, (1991 UK No.2 single ‘Wind Of Change’).
1960, Born on this day, Christina Amphlett, vocals, The Divinyls, (1991 US No.4 & UK No.10 single, ‘I Touch Myself’). Amphlett died on 21st April 2013 after battling breast cancer and multiple sclerosis.
1962, Born on this day, Chad Smith, drummer, Red Hot Chili Peppers (1992 UK No.26 single ‘Under The Bridge’, 2002 UK No.1 album ‘By The Way’).
1963, Born on this day, John Leven, Europe, (1986 UK No.1 single ‘The Final Countdown’).
1965, Born on this day, Nick Thorp, Curiosity Killed The Cat, (1989 UK No.14 single ‘Name And Number’).
1968, Born on this day, Todd Thomas, (speech, Arrested Development, 1992 UK No.2 single ‘People Everyday’).
1970, Born on this day, Ed Robertson, guitar, Barenaked Ladies, (1998 US No.1 & UK No.5 single ‘One Week’).
1984, Born on this day, Katy Perry, American singer-songwriter, who scored the 2008 single ‘I Kissed a Girl’ which was a worldwide hit topping the charts in over than 20 countries. Her 2013 single ‘Roar’ gave the singer her eighth non-consecutive US No.1 hit.
1985, Born on this day, Ciara Princess Harris, US singer, songwriter, record producer, (2004 US No.1 single ‘Goodies’, 2006 US No.1 album Ciara: The Evolution).

October 24

October 24th: On this day
1962, US Soul singer James Brown recorded his legendary ‘Live At The Apollo’ album. The album was listed at No.24 in Rolling Stone magazine’s 2003 list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.
1963, On the first day of their first foreign tour, The Beatles spent the day in Stockholm, Sweden, recording a performance for a radio program entitled “The Beatles popgrupp fran Liverpool pa besok i Stockholm”, (The Beatles pop group from Liverpool visiting Stockholm). The Beatles, enthused by the chance to play before an audience that wasn’t screaming, played seven songs, ‘I Saw Her Standing There’, ‘From Me to You’ ‘Money’, ‘You Really Got a Hold On Me’, ‘She Loves You’, ‘Roll Over Beethoven’ and ‘Twist and Shout.’
1966, Newsweek interviewed The Monkees. They are asked how the music is created. Singer Davy Jones tells them, “This isn’t a rock ‘n’ roll group. This is an act.”
1970, Pink Floyd were at No.1 on the UK album chart with the ‘Atom Heart Mother’, the group’s first No.1. The album cover shows a cow standing in a pasture with no text nor any other clue as to what might be on the record.
1973, John Lennon began litigation against the US government, accusing them of tapping his telephone.
1977, Rolling Stone Keith Richards was fined £205 after admitting having cannabis, Chinese heroin, mandrax tablets and a revolver at his Chelsea home in the UK. Later in the evening, Keith and Anita Pallenberg accidentally set fire to their London hotel bedroom.
1979, Paul McCartney received a medallion cast in rhodium after being declared the most successful composer of all time. From 1962 to 1978, McCartney had written or co-written 43 songs that had sold over a million copies each.
1987, Michael Jackson started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Bad’, a No.3 hit in the UK. A music video for ‘Bad’, directed by Martin Scorsese and co-starring one of the first appearances of yet-undiscovered Wesley Snipes, was released in late 1987.
1987, Sting went to No.1 on the UK album chart with his third solo release ‘Nothing Like The Sun.’ The title comes from Shakespeare’s Sonnet No.130 (“My mistress’ eyes are nothing like the sun”), which Sting used in the song “Sister Moon”. The album won Best British Album at the 1988 Brit Awards.
1998, Former Stone Roses lead singer Ian Brown was jailed for 4 months after being found guilty of disorderly behaviour during a flight from Paris to Manchester. Brown had threatened to chop the hands off an air stewardess during a heated exchange. Come Fly With Me
1998, Spacedust went to No.1 on the UK singles chart with Gym and Tonic. Spacedust were the production duo of Paul Glancey and Duncan Glasson. The track was a cover of Bob Sinclar’s single ‘Gym and Tonic’.
1999, Westlife went to No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Flying Without Wings’. It made the Irish boy band only the third act to debut at No.1 with their first three singles, B*Witched and Robson and Jerome being the other two.
2001, Kim Gardner former bassist with Ashton Gardner & Dyke died of Cancer. Had the 1971 UK No.3 single ‘The Resurrection Shuffle’ and Gardner formed 60’s band The Birds with guitarist Ronnie Wood.
2002, American record producer Tom Dowd died of emphysema. He recorded albums by many artists including: Eric Clapton, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Derek and the Dominos, Rod Stewart, Aretha Franklin, Cream, Lulu, Chicago, The Allman Brothers Band, The J. Geils Band, Meat Loaf, Sonny & Cher, The Rascals, Willie Nelson, Diana Ross, Kenny Loggins, Dusty Springfield, The Drifters and Otis Redding.
2004, Queen became the first rock act to receive an official seal of approval in Iran. Western music was still strictly censored in the Islamic republic, where homosexuality is considered a crime, but an album of Queen’s greatest hits was released this week in Iran. Freddie Mercury, was proud of his Iranian ancestry, and illegal bootleg albums and singles had made Queen one of the most popular bands in Iran.
2005, Madonna gave a surprise lecture at a New York university, discussing her career and new film after she arrived unannounced at City University’s Hunter College as part of the MTV series Stand In. Students expected a screening of her new documentary, “I’m Going To Tell You a Secret” but they were also given the chance to question the singer.
2006, Forbes.com revealed that Kurt Cobain had overtaken Elvis Presley as the highest earning dead celebrity. Cobain’s work earned $50m (£27m) in the 12 months to October 2006, compared with Presley’s $42m (£22m). Former Beatle John Lennon earned $35m (£19m).
2006, Rapper Foxy Brown was sentenced to three years probation for assaulting two New York nail salon workers in 2004. Brown had kicked and punched employees during a dispute over payment for a pedicure and manicure in August 2004. She had been threatened with jail after failing to turn up to court.
2007, A judge removed a drug treatment order for Babyshambles singer Pete Doherty when he appeared at Thames Magistrates’ Court for a review of the order. District Judge Jane McIvor told the singer she was going to revoke the six months left to serve on the order after advice from experts.
2013, NME published their latest ‘500 Greatest Albums of All Time’ list. The top 5 read: 1. The Smiths – ‘The Queen Is Dead’, 2. The Beatles – Revolver 3. David Bowie – ‘Hunky Dory’, 4. The Strokes – ‘Is This It’ and at 5. The Velvet Underground & Nico – ‘The Velvet Underground’.
2013, Simon Webbe, singer with boy band Blue, was declared bankrupt. In court papers filed on 25 September, the 35-year-old announced he had gone bust despite releasing an album with the group earlier this year. Bandmate Duncan James filed for bankruptcy earlier in September and a third group member, Antony Costa, had also spoken about his financial problems after the band originally broke up in 2005.
2016, American singer Bobby Vee died age 73. Vee had 38 chart hits, ten of which reached the Top 20. Vee’s recording of ‘Take Good Care of My Baby’ in the summer of 1961 went to No.1 in the US and No.3 in the UK. Vee’s career began in the midst of tragedy. On February 3, 1959, “The Day the Music Died,” when Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and the Big Bopper, were killed in an airplane. Vee then 15 years old, and a hastily assembled band of Fargo schoolboys calling themselves the Shadows volunteered for and were given the unenviable job of filling in for Holly and his band at their next gig. Their performance was a success, setting in motion a chain of events that led to Vee’s career as a popular singer.
October 24th: Born on this day
1936, Born on this day, Bill Wyman, bass, The Rolling Stones (1969 UK & US No.1 single ‘Honky Tonk Women’, and over 30 Top 40 UK & US singles and albums. Quit The Stones in 1993, 1981 UK solo No.14 ‘Je Suis Un Rock Star’). Now tours with his backing band, The Rhythm Kings, which has featured Albert Lee and Georgie Fame.
1944, Born on this day, Ted Templeman, Harper’s Bizarre, (1967 US No. 13 & UK No.34 single ‘The 59th Street Bridge Song, Feelin’ Groovy’). As a record producer he worked with The Doobie Brothers, Montrose, Carly Simon, Van Morrison, Captain Beefheart, Little Feat, Michael McDonald, Aerosmith and Eric Clapton.
1946, Born on this day, Jerry Edmonton, Steppenwolf, (1969 US No.2 & UK No.30 single ‘Born To Be Wild’). Killed in a car crash on 28th November 1993.
1947, Born on this day, Edgar Broughton, vocals, guitar, Edgar Broughton Band, (1970 UK No.39 single ‘Out Demons Out’).
1948, Born on this day, Dale Griffin, drums, Mott The Hoople, (1972 UK No.3 & US No.37 single ‘All The Young Dudes’, also BBC radio producer). Griffin died on 17 2016 aged 67.
1948, Born on this day, Paul and Barry Ryan, identical twins (1965 UK No.13 single with ‘Don’t Bring Me Your Heartaches’). Barry also had a solo 1968 UK No.2 single (No.1 on the NME chart), with ‘Eloise’ written by his brother Paul. Paul died of cancer on 29th November 1992 aged 44.
1959, Born on this day, Weird Al Yankovic, minor US hits parodying songs such as ‘Eat It’, Michael Jackson’s ‘Beat it’ and ‘Like A Surgeon’, ( Madonna’s ‘Like A Virgin’).
1962, Born on this day, Debbie Googe, My Bloody Valentine, (1991 UK No.29 single ‘To Here Knows When’).
1969, Born on this day, Rob Green, Toploader, (2000 UK No.7 single ‘Dancing In The Moonlight’).
1970, Born on this day, Alonza Bevan, Kula Shaker, (1996 UK No.2 single ‘Hey Dude’).
1971, Born on this day, Ed Chester, The Bluetones, (1996 UK No.2 single ‘Slight Return’).
1978, Born on this day, Sabrina Washington, Mis-Teeq, (2001 UK No.2 single ‘All I Want’).
1979, Born on this day, Ben Gillies, Silverchair, (1997 Australian No.1 & UK No.34 single ‘Freak’, 1995 Australian No.1 album ‘Frogstomp’ plus three other Australian No.1 albums).
1980, Born on this day, Monica, (1998 US No.1 & UK No.2 single with Brandy ‘The Boy Is Mine’).
1986, Born on this day, Canadian rapper, songwriter, and actor Aubrey Drake Graham who records under the mononym Drake. Scored US No.1 albums with ‘ Thank Me Later’, (2010), ‘Take Care’, (2011), and ‘Nothing Was the Same’, (2013).

October 23

October 23rd: On this day
1961, Dion started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Runaround Sue’, it reached No.11 in the UK.
1962, 12 year old Little Stevie Wonder recorded his first single for Motown Records, ‘Thank You For Loving Me All The Way’ backed by the Funk Brothers.
1963, The Beatles completed the final session for their second album ‘With the Beatles’ recording ‘I Wanna Be Your Man.’ The group then drove to London airport for a flight to Stockholm, Sweden to start their first foreign tour. The Fab four were met at Stockholm airport by hundreds of girl fans that had taken the day of school.
1963, The Everly Brothers, Little Richard, Bo Diddley, Mickie Most, The Rolling Stones, Julie Grant and The Flintstones all appeared at Odeon Theatre, Nottingham, England.
1963, Bob Dylan recorded ‘The Times They Are A-Changin’ at Columbia Recording Studios in New York City. Dylan wrote the song as a deliberate attempt to create an anthem of change for the time, influenced by Irish and Scottish ballads. In January 1984, a young Steve Jobs would recite the second verse of ‘The Times They Are a-Changin’ during his opening of the 1984 Annual Apple Shareholders Meeting, where he famously unveiled the Macintosh computer for the first time.
1964, All four members of US band Buddy and the Kings were killed when they hired a Cesna Skyhawk to take them to a gig in Harris County. Piloted by the bands drummer Bill Daniles, the plane crashed nose first killing all on board. Singer with the group Harold Box had replaced Buddy Holly in The Crickets after his death in a plane crash. He sang lead vocals on ‘Peggy Sue Got Married.’ The Great Gig In The Sky
1966, The Jimi Hendrix Experience recorded their first single ‘Hey Joe’, at De Lane Lea studios in London. The earliest known commercial recording of the song is the late-1965 single by the Los Angeles garage band the The Leaves; the band then re-recorded the track and released it in 1966 as a follow-up single which became a hit.
1976, The Jam played an afternoon show in Soho Market, London, England and in the evening, The Clash appeared at The ICA in London.
1976, Chicago started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘If You Leave Me Now’. It was the group’s 18th Top 40 and first US No.1, also a No.1 in the UK. It went on to win a Grammy Award for Best Pop Vocal Performance.
1976, Led Zeppelin made their US television debut on Don Kirshner’s Rock Concert, they performed ‘Black Dog’ and ‘Dazed And Confused’.
1980, Mark David Chapman quit his security job and signed out for the last time. Instead of the usual “Chappy” he wrote “John Lennon”. Chapman would murder Lennon on December 8th of this year outside his New York City home.
1982, Culture Club were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Do You Really Want To Hurt Me’, the group’s first chart topper and the first of 12 UK Top 40 hits. The song became a major hit after their memorable debut performance on Top Of The Pops when they stood in for Shakin’ Stevens who was ill and not able to appear.
1989, Nirvana played their first ever European show when they appeared at Newcastle’s Riverside Club in North East England. It was the first night of a 36 date European tour for the group who were sharing the bill with Tad.
1993, Meat Loaf had his first UK No.1 with ‘I’d Do Anything For Love’ (But I Won’t Do That’). It stayed at No.1 for seven weeks. A No.1 in twenty-eight countries and gave Meat Loaf his first US No.1 hit.
1993, Take That scored their first UK No.1 album with their second release ‘Everything Changes.’ The album which was nominated for the 1994 Mercury Prize became the third best selling album of 1993 in the UK.
1995, Def Leppard gave themselves a place in the Guinness book Of World Records, by playing three gigs in three continents in 24 hours. Tangier, London and Vancouver.
1999, The wife of Los Lobos singer Sandra Ann-Rosas disappeared. Police charged her half brother Gabriel Gomez with the kidnapping and murder.
2002, Kanye West was involved in a car crash after he fell asleep at the wheel while driving home from a recording studio in West Hollywood. No other cars were involved in the incident which left West with his jaw fractured in three places.
2002, A federal judge in St. Louis dismissed a lawsuit against Chuck Berry by Johnnie Johnson, a piano player and former collaborator who wanted royalties for more than 30 songs written between 1955 and 1966. The songs in question included ‘No Particular Place To Go’, ‘Roll Over Beethoven’, and ‘Sweet Little Sixteen’. Johnson’s lawsuit argued that he and Berry were co-writers on many of the songs, but because Berry copyrighted them in his name alone, Johnson got none of the royalties. The judge ruled that too many years had passed to bring about a royalties suit.
2005, Arctic Monkeys scored their first UK No.1 single with ‘I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor’, the Sheffield bands debut single.
2006,
2006, Amy Winehouse released her “signature song” ‘Rehab’ as a single, taken from her second studio album, Back to Black. The lyrics are autobiographical, and talk about Winehouse’s refusal one time to enter a rehabilitation clinic. It won three Grammy Awards, including Record of the Year, Song of the Year, and Best Female Pop Vocal Performance and also won an Ivor Novello Award for Best Contemporary Song.
2007, Rapper Foxy Brown was given 11 weeks in solitary confinement after fighting with another inmate in prison. She was also said to have been abusive to guards and refused to take a random drug test. Brown was serving a year in jail for violating her probation after a fight she had in a New York nail salon.
2007, British and Dutch police shut down a “widely-used” source of illegally-downloaded music after raids in Teesside and Amsterdam as part of an Interpol investigation into the members-only website OiNK. The UK-run site had leaked 60 major pre-release albums this year alone.
2008, Beyonce went to No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘If I Were A Boy’, the singers fourth UK No.1 hit. Taken from her third solo album, I Am’ Sasha Fierce.
2012, It was reported that Bee Gees star Robin Gibb, who died last May at the age of 62, left an estate worth £93 million, ($148 million).
2014, Alvin Stardust died after a short illness. His death came just weeks before he was due to release his first album after 30 years. He had recently been diagnosed with metastatic prostate cancer. The UK singer first performed under the name of Shane Fenton.
2015, Adele released ‘Hello’ as the lead track from her third studio album, 25. The music video for the song broke the Vevo Record by achieving over 27.7 million views within 24-hours and entered the top of the UK Singles Chart with 333,000 combined sales, of which 259,000 were downloads, making it the biggest selling No.1 single on the UK chart in three years.
2015, Jamie Lawson, the first act signed to Ed Sheeran’s Gingerbread Man label, topped the UK album chart with his self titled new record. Lawson had released his first album 12 years ago.
2016, English singer-songwriter and television personality Pete Burns died following a sudden cardiac arrest. He was a member of the Mystery Girls (with Pete Wylie and Julian Cope), and then Dead Or Alive who scored the 1985 UK No.1 single ‘You Spin Me Round, Like A Record’.
October 23rd: Born on this day
1940, Born on this day, Freddie Marsden, Gerry And The Pacemakers, (1963 UK No.1 single ‘How Do You Do It” 1965 US No.6 single, ‘Ferry Cross The Mersey’).
1943, Born on this day, Greg Ridley, bass player, Spooky Tooth, Humble Pie, (1969 UK No.4 single ‘Natural Born Bugie’). Died on 19th November 2003.
1949, Born on this day, Michael Burston, Motorhead, (1980 UK No.15 single ‘Ace Of Spades’).
1953, Born on this day, Pauline Black, vocals, Selecter, (1979 UK No.8 single ‘On My Radio’). TV presenter
1956, Born on this day, Dwight Yoakam, country singer, actor and film director, who is most famous for his pioneering country music which has sold over 25 million records with 5 Billboard No.1 Albums, 12 Gold Albums, and 9 Platinum Albums. Yoakam is the most frequent musical guest in the history of The Tonight Show and has also starred in many films, most notably in critically acclaimed performances as an ill-tempered, abusive, live-in boyfriend in Sling Blade.
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1957, Born on this day, Kelly Marie, singer, (1980 UK No.1 single ‘Feels like I’m In Love’, written by Ray Dorset of Mungo Jerry).
1964, Born on this day, Roberto Trujillo, bassist, Suicidal Tendencies, Infectious Grooves, Black Label Society, Jerry Cantrell, and Ozzy Osbourne’s band before joining Metallica in 2003.
1972, Born on this day, Richard McNamara, guitarist, Embrace, (2006 UK No. 2 single ‘Natures Law’, 2006 UK No.1 album ‘This New Day’).

October 22

October 22nd: On this day
1964, Sandie Shaw had her first UK No.1 single with the Burt Bacharach song ‘(There’s) Always Some Thing There To Remind Me’.
1964, The Who then known as The High Numbers, receive a letter from EMI Records, asking them for original material after their recent audition for the company.
1966, The Supremes became the first female group to have a No.1 album on the US char with ‘The Supremes a Go Go’, knocking The Beatles Revolver from the top of the charts.
1966, The Beach Boys ‘Good Vibrations’ made its debut on the US singles chart. Written by Brian Wilson and Mike Love, the track was recorded over 6 weeks in four different Los Angeles studios, at a cost of over $16,000. The recording engineer would later say that the last take sounded exactly like the first, six months earlier. The record would reach No.1 on the US charts in December 1966.
1969, American singer Tommy Edwards died after suffering a brain aneurysm in Henrico County, Virginia, at the age of 47. Had the 1958 US & UK No.1 single ‘It’s All In The Game’.
1969, Paul McCartney publicly denied rumors that he was dead. The most recent of many “clues” of this Death Hoax was the fact that he was the only barefoot Beatle on the newly released Abbey Road LP cover. The story was actually started as a prank by Fred La Bour, a sports and arts writer for the student paper, The Michigan Daily at the University of Michigan.
1969, Led Zeppelin II was released on Atlantic Records in the UK. The Jimmy Page produced album which was recorded over six months between four European and three American tours, peaked at No.1 in both the UK and US, going on to sell over 12 million copies in the US alone, (and spending 138 weeks on the UK chart). The album is now recognised by writers and music critics as one of the greatest and most influential rock albums ever recorded.
1986, Jane Dornacker was killed in a helicopter crash during a live traffic report for WNBC radio in New York. Listeners heard the terrified voice of Dornacker screaming “Hit the water, hit the water’ as the helicopter from which she and pilot Bill Pate were reporting, fell from the sky and crashed into the Hudson River. Dornacker had been a member of The Tubes and Leila And The Snakes.
1988, Phil Collins started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Groovy Kind Of Love’, his 6th US No.1.
1988, U2 scored their fourth UK No.1 album with the double set and film soundtrack ‘Rattle And Hum’, featuring their first UK No.1 single ‘Desire’.
1989, English folk singer, songwriter, poet, and record producer Ewan MacColl died aged 74. He wrote ‘Dirty Old Town’ and ‘The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face’, (became a No.1 hit for Roberta Flack in 1972). Acts including Planxty, The Dubliners, Elvis Presley and Johnny Cash recorded his songs. He was the father of singer, songwriter Kirsty MacColl.
1990, Pearl Jam played their first ever concert when they appeared at the Off Ramp in Seattle.
1993, Oasis signed a six-album deal with Creation Records for a £40,000 advance.
1996, It was announced that, “The Beatles were now bigger than The Beatles”. The statement was based on sales so far this year, having sold 6,000,000 albums from their back catalogue and a combined total of 13,000,000 copies of ‘The Beatles Anthology 1’ and ‘The Beatles Anthology 2’. With the release of ‘The Beatles Anthology 3’ a week away, it was anticipated that total Beatles album sales for 1996 would exceed 20 million. A poll showed 41 percent of sales were to teenagers who were not born when The Beatles officially called it quits in 1970.
1996,
1999, It was reported that Sinead O’Connor was attempting to buy the church where she was ordained into the Catholic sisterhood. The church was on the market for £70,000.
2000, George Michael paid £1.45m for the Steinway piano on which John Lennon wrote ‘Imagine’. George said, “I know that when my fingers touch the keys of that Steinway, I will feel truly blessed. And parting with my money has never been much of a problem, just ask my accountant.” The singer outbid Robbie Williams and The Oasis brothers.
2000, Pearl Jam appeared at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, California, celebrating the tenth anniversary of their first live performance as a band.
2003, Elliot Smith, US singer songwriter, committed suicide aged 34. One time member of Stranger Than Fiction, solo 1997 album ‘Either/Or’.
2005, Waterloo by ABBA was voted the best song in the history of the Eurovision Song Contest. Viewers in 31 countries across Europe voted during a special show in Copenhagen to celebrate the annual event’s 50th birthday.
2008, A homeless man claimed a £2,000 reward by returning a waxwork head of ex-Beatle Sir Paul McCartney which had been left on a train. Anthony Silva found the item in a bin at Reading station after auctioneer Joby Carter left it under a seat at Maidenhead station. The homeless man thought it was a Halloween mask and had been using it as a pillow before realising what it was. The wax model sold the following week for £5,500 at auction.
2014, Kasabian won best live act and best act in the world at the Q Awards held in London, England. Former Dr Feelgood guitarist Wilko Johnson was named a Q Icon, Elbow’s The Take Off and Landing of Everything, was named best album, Paolo Nutini’s Iron Sky received the best track award, while 22-year-old soul singer Sam Smith was named best new act.
October 22nd: Born on this day
1942, Born on this day, Bobby Fuller singer, The Bobby Fuller Four. (1966 US No.9 single ‘I Fought The Law’ written by Sonny Curtis of Buddy Holly’s Crickets). Fuller died on 18th July 1966 mysteriously from gasoline asphyxiation, while parked in a car outside his apartment.
1945, Born on this day, Leslie West, guitar, Mountain, (1970 US No.21 single ‘Mississippi Queen’), West Bruce & Laing.
1946, Born on this day, Eddie Brigati, vocals, The Young Rascals, (1967 US No.1 & UK No.8 single ‘Groovin’).
1956, Born on this day, Stiv Bators, vocals, Dead Boys, Wanderers, Lords Of The New Church.
1968, Born on this day, Shaggy, (Orville Richard Burrell), 1993 UK No.1 single ‘Oh Carolina’, 2001 UK & US No.1 single ‘It Wasn’t Me’, 2001 UK & US No.1 album ‘Hotshot’).
1968, Born on this day, US singer, songwriter, Shelby Lynne, (1999 album ‘I Am Shelby Lynne’), 2001 Grammy Award winner for Best Newcomer.
1976, Born on this day, Jon Foreman, lead singer, guitarist, songwriter and co-founder of Switchfoot. Their 2014 album Fading West reached No.6 on the US album chart.
1983, Born on this day, English rapper, singer-songwriter, actor and film director, Plan B, (born Benjamin Paul Ballance-Drew). Plan B first emerged as a hip hop artist releasing his critically acclaimed debut album ‘Who Needs Actions When You Got Words’ in 2006.
1985, Born on this day, Zachary Walker Hanson, guitar, keyboards, singer, Hanson, (1997 UK & US No.1 single ‘MMMbop’).

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