Sunday, October 25, 2009

This Date In Music History-October 25


Helen Reddy (1942)
Dick Dodd - Standells (1943)
Taffy Danoff - Starland Vocal Band (1944)
Jon Anderson - Yes (1944)
Phil "Fang" Volk - Paul Revere & the Raiders (1945)
John Hall - The Equals (1947)
Glenn Tipton - Judas Priest (1948)
Richard Lloyd - Television (1951)
Matthias Jabs - Scorpions (1955)
Mark Miller - Sawyer Brown (1958)
Nick Thorp - Curiosity Killed the Cat (1958)
Christina Amphlett - Divinyls (1960)
Chad Smith - Red Hot Chili Peppers (1962)
John Leven - Europe (1963)
Todd Thomas - Arrested Development (1968)
Ed Robertson - Barenaked Ladies (1970)
Katy Perry (1984)

They Are Missed:

Ronnie Smith (brought in to replace Buddy Holly as lead singer of the "Crickets" for the remainder of the Winter Dance Party) hanged himself in a Texas state hospital in 1962, where he had been committed for drug abuse.

Margo Sylvia of the Tuneweavers ("Happy, Happy Birthday Baby") died of a heart attack in 1991.

Legendary rock promoter Bill Graham was killed in 1991 when the helicopter in which he is riding crashes into a utility pole during a rainstorm near San Francisco.

Roger 'King Of The Road’ Miller died of died of lung and throat cancer in hospital in Los Angeles in 1992. Miller won eleven Grammy Awards as a songwriter and seven Tony awards for writing the music and lyrics for Big River.

American bassist Howie Blauvelt died of a heart attack in 1993. Had been a member of The Ram Jam Band and worked with Billy Joel in The Hassles and El Primo.

William Martin, drummer with Sam The Sham & the Pharaohs, died of a heart attack in 2000. The quintessential Tex-Mex band of the 1960s, had the 1965 #2 "Wooly Bully."

Richard Harris ("MacArthur Park") died of cancer in 2002.

In 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.

John Peel died in Cuzco, Peru of a heart attack in 2004 (age 65). He was BBC’s longest-serving radio DJ and the first DJ to introduce The Ramones, Roxy Music, The Smiths, The Fall, Rod Stewart, Blur, the Sex Pistols, T. Rex and others to the masses. He was also known for his "Peel Sessions," releases of live radio sessions. Peel was appointed an OBE in 1998.


In 1960, a 17-year-old Mick Jagger accidentally meets his old school chum Keith Richards on a train. The two bond together again over a mutual love of R&B records and later join Little Boy Blue & the Blue Boys

In 1964, the British music industry awarded the Beatles five Ivor Novello Awards for 1963. They were: most outstanding contribution to music; "She Loves You," most broadcast song and best-selling record; "I Want to Hold Your Hand," second best-selling record; and "All My Loving" second most outstanding song.

The Rolling Stones appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show in 1964. A riot broke out in the studio and Sullivan was quoted as saying, “I promise you they’ll never be back on our show again."

The double album "Electric Ladyland," by the Jimi Hendrix Experience was released in 1968. It was also made available as two albums with changed artwork after complaints about the naked women who were pictured on the sleeve.

Pink Floyd's "Ummagumma" LP was released in 1969.

Pink Floyd's "Atom Heart Mother" became the group's first #1 album in Britain in 1970.

Speaking at a US radio conference in 1970, President Nixon asked programmers to ban all songs containing drug references.

"The Allman Brothers Band Live at the Fillmore East" went gold in 1971, just four days before leader Duane Allman loses his life in a motorcycle accident.

John Lennon sued the U.S. government in 1973, maintaining that wiretaps and surveillance were employed against him and his lawyer, Leon Wildes. He claimed that, as a result, his appeal applications in his fight against deportation were prejudiced by U.S. officials.

In 1974, Al Green was taking a shower at his Memphis home when his ex-girlfriend Mary Woodson burst in and poured boiling hot grit over him. She then shot herself dead. Green suffered second degree burns. A woman scorned?

In 1979, Bob Marley and The Wailers played the first of four sold out nights at the Apollo Theater in Harlem, New York City, NY.

Barbra Streisand scored her fourth US #1 album in 1980 with "Guilty."

Bon Jovi went to #1 in 1986 with the LP "Slippery When Wet." It featured two US #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.

Cyndi Lauper started a two week run at #1 in 1986 with the single "True Colours."

“Nothing’s Shocking” from Jane’s Addiction was released in 1988. The album’s cover features two topless women with their hair on fire.

1996 - Nirvana was recognized by the record industry for selling nine million copies of “Nevermind” and five million copies of “In Utero.” 1996

In 2006, Kurt Cobain topped Forbes' list of the top-earning dead rock stars. At #2 was read "Elvis Presley." The Nirvana singer's estate earned $50 million over the past year.

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