Friday, October 23, 2009

This Date In Music History-October 23


Barbara Ann Hawkins - Dixie Cups (1943)

Michael Burston - Motorhead (1949)

Dwight Yoakam (1956)

"Weird Al" Yankovic (1959)

Roberto Trujillo - Suicidal Tendencies/Metallica (1964)

Brian Nevin - Big Head Todd and the Monsters (1966)

They Are Missed:

The late Charles Foxx (sang "Mockingbird" with his sister Inez) was born in 1939.

Tommy Edwards ("Morning Side Of The Mountain") died of a brain aneurism in 1969.

In 1978, Mother Maybelle Carter, guitarist and vocalist with the Carter Family trio, died in Nashville at age 69.

Born today in 1943, Greg Ridley, bass player, Spooky Tooth, Humble Pie (died on November 19, 2003).

Songwriter Ellie Greenwich was born in New York in 1940 (died August 26, 2009). Member of the Raindrops and writer of "Chapel Of Love", "Da Doo Ron Ron", Hanky Panky" and many others with then-husband Jeff BarryWith Jeff Barry.


Dion started a two week run at #1 in 1961 "Runaround Sue."

In 1962, twelve-year old Steveland Morris Judkins, renamed Little Stevie Wonder, recorded his first single, "Thank you for Loving Me All the Way," for Motown Records. The record doesn't do anything but he is billed as the twelve year old genius.

In 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.

Bob Dylan recorded the epic cut "The Times They Are A-Changin" at Columbia Recording Studios in New York City in 1963.

In 1964, all four members of 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 Byrds' "Turn! Turn! Turn!" was released in 1965.

In 1966, the Jimi Hendrix Experience recorded its first two songs, "Hey Joe" and "Stone Free" at London's De Lane Lea Studios.

In 1969, Bob Dylan's "Great White Women" bootleg album sells like hotcakes in the U.S and Canada. Columbia Records, which has Dylan under contract, said it would pursue court action to stop the bootleg's sales. Dylan had no comment.

"Tommy," Pete Townshend's rock opera, spent its last week on the LP chart in 1971, two and a half years after its release. However, "Tommy" returns in 1972 for a one-night-only London stage performance and again in 1975 with the release of the movie "Tommy."

Chicago started a two week run at #1 in 1976 with the sappy cut "If You Leave Me Now." It was the group's 18th Top 40 and first US #1 (also a #1 in the UK). It went on to win a Grammy Award for Best Pop Vocal Performance.

Led Zeppelin made their US television debut on Don Kirshner's Rock Concert in 1976, they performing "Black Dog" and "Dazed And Confused."

In 1978, CBS Records becomes the first U.S. label to announce a price hike to $8.98 list price for albums.

Sex Pistols bassist Sid Vicious attempted suicide while awaiting murder charges at New York's Rikers Island Detention Center in 1978. Vicious was charged with the killing of his girlfriend Nancy Spungen.

In 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.

John Lennon's first new single in more than five years,, "(Just Like) Starting Over," was released in 1980.

In 1982, The Damned released an album titled 'Strawberries' packaged with a Strawberry-smelling lyric sheet.

Nirvana played their first ever European show in 1989 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.

In 1998, a federal district judge in St. Louis, MO denied a motion that would have permitted the Fort Zumwalt high school marching band the right to play a banned all-music segment of '60s songs that includes Jefferson Airplane's "White Rabbit." The school superintendent banned the song because he felt it promoted the drug culture.

The Rob Thomas/Carlos Santana collaboration, "Smooth," was #1 in the US in 1999. The track is recorded for Santana’s comeback album, "Supernatural." With lyrics by Thomas, the songs stays on top for an impressive 12 weeks.

In 2001, Dave Matthews Band released "Live in Chicago" 12-19-98 at the United Center.

In 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.

During Ashlee Simpson's performance on Saturday Night Live in 2004, the band play a song different to the vocals the audience heard coming out the speakers. Simpson abandoned the performance but denies charges of lip syncing. Uh, ok we believe you.

In 2007, Phil Spector's first murder trial (for the 2003 shooting of actress Lana Clarkson) ends in a hung jury (10-2 for guilty-- he is later found guilty).

"Raising Sand," a collaboration between ex-Led Zeppelin vocalist Robert Plant and Country/Bluegrass singer Alison Krauss, was released in 2007. Produced by T-Bone Burnett, the 13-track set is largely covers, including "Please Read The Letter," a song Plant co-wrote with Jimmy Page. On singing harmony with Krauss, Plant says, "I'd always liked harmony singing but I'd never been a part of anything . . . that ever went anywhere near harmony work." Plant first sang with Krauss on an ’04 Leadbelly (Hudy William Ledbetter) tribute album.

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