Sunday, October 11, 2009

This Date In Music History-October 11


Daryl Hall - Hall & Oates (1946)

Andrew Woolfolk - Earth Wind and Fire (1950)

Blair Cunningham, a drummer for Paul McCartney/Haircut 100 (1957)

Scott Johnson - Gin Blossoms (1962)

They Are Missed:

Probably the most popular French singer ever, Edith Piaf (real name Edith Giovanna Gassion) died in Paris, France in 1963.

Born today, Dottie West , country music singer, and was one of country music's most influential and groundbreaking female artists. (October 11, 1932 – September 4, 1991)

Buffalo Springfield bassist Bruce Palmer died of a heart attack in 2004 (age 58). Palmer and Neil Young left Ontario for Los Angeles in 1966. There they join guitarist Stephen Stills, drummer Dewey Martin and singer Richie Furay to form Buffalo Springfield.


Aretha Franklin made her New York debut as a pop singer, appearing at the Village Vanguard in Greenwich Village in 1960.

The Highwaymen were at #1 (for two weeks) on the US singles chart with "Michael," a song that also peaked at #1 in the UK. The Highwaymen were US college students who broke up when they graduated.

In 1962, the Beatles made their first appearance on the UK singles chart with the cut "Love Me Do," which peaked at #4 on the chart. Beatlemania had begun.

The Beatles released the single, "Roll Over Beethoven" in 1965, it peaked at #68 on the Billboard Singles chart.

In 1965, saucy-songstress Marianne Faithfull recorded a version of "Yesterday" at London's Decca Studios. During the session, the composer, Paul McCartney, stopped by for a visit.

Another gold record for Aretha Franklin. Her seventh is her recording of Burt Bacharach and Hal David's "I Say a Little Prayer," which was released in 1968.

Also in 1968, during a Beatles recording session at Abbey Road six saxophonists recorded parts for "Savoy Truffle" for the forthcoming White Album. George Harrison distorted the saxophones to get the desired sound.

Bluesman Muddy Waters was seriously injured and three other people killed in a car crash near Chicago in 1969.

Grand Funk Railroad's debut LP, On Time, entered the chart in 1969 at #65, much to chagrin of rock critics, who launch an all-out assault on the group. Grand Funk Railroad will be among the best selling acts in rock history.

The #1 album in America today in 1969 was Creedence Clearwater Revival's Green River.

In 1975, the seminal comedy sketch progam "Saturday Night Live" was broadcast for the first time with George Carlin as the guest host. The musical guests on the first show were Janis Ian and Billy Preston. The show really takes off the following week when it highlighted by the reunion of host Paul Simon with his former partner, Art Garfunkel. The show has become one of the most popular live venues for musicians and artists, with some very memorable and historic performances.

Neil Sedaka started a three week run at #1 in 1975 with the song "Bad Blood," his third #1 (featuring Elton John on backing vocals).

"We Built This City," by Starship -- formerly Jefferson Starship, and Jefferson Airplane before that -- rockets to #1 in 1985. It is the first of three chart-toppers from the Starship. The others: "Sara" (1986) and "Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now" (1987

In 1986, Janet Jackson started a two week run at #1 on the US singles chart with "When I Think Of You," her first US #1 hit.

Drummer Dave Grohl played his first gig with Nirvana when they appeared at the North Shore Surf Club in Olympia in 1990.

In 1995, Tupac Shakur was released from Clinton Correctional Prison on $1.4 Million bail which was posted by Suge Knight. In return 2Pac signed a three album deal with Knight's Death Row Records.

In 1997, Elton John went to #1 on the US singles chart with "Candle In The Wind 97," a re-write of his 1974 hit about Marilyn Monroe. This version was raising funds for the Diana, Princess of Wales charity, following her death in Paris. It went on to become the biggest selling single in the world ever.

In 2003, Mojo magazine readers voted the studio session for Elvis Presley's debut single 'That's All Right' the most pivotal moment in rock history. Bob Dylan's switch from acoustic to electric guitars in 1965 came second, and 'White Riot, the debut single by The Clash released in 1977 was voted third. What about the Beatles' Ed Sullivan gig?

In 2005, current and/or former members of AC/DC, Alice in Chains, Institute, Helmet, KISS, Judas Priest, Whitesnake and Dio contribute to the 11-track "Numbers From the Beast: An All-Star Salute To Iron Maiden." The set even features original Maiden singer Paul Di'Anno.

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