Thursday, October 29, 2009

This Date In Music History-October 29


Denny Laine - Moody Blues (1944)
Vocalist Melba Moore (1945)
Peter Green - Fleetwood Mac (1946)
Ricky Reynolds - Black Oak Arkansas (1948)
David Paton - Pilot (1951)
Roger O'Donnell - Cure (1955)
Randy Jackson - Jackson Five (1961)
Einar Orn - Sugarcubes (1962)
Peter Timmins - Cowboy Junkies (1965)
Toby Smith - Jamiroquai (1970)
SA - 311 (1970)

They Are Missed:

In 1973, 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. He was three weeks shy of his 25th birthday.

Drummer Wells Kelly from Orleans and Meat Loaf died in 1984 (age 45) after choking to death on his vomit. Had the 1976 US hit singles with Orleans, "Still The One" and "Dance with Me."

Margo Sylvia, lead singer with the Tune Weavers, died of a heart attack in 1991. The Tune Weavers scored a #5 hit in 1957 with the immortal "Happy Happy Birthday Baby."

Born today in 1955, Kevin DuBrow, singer, Quiet Riot. Found dead in his Las Vegas home at the age of 52 on Nov 25, 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.


In 1936, country legend Hank Snow made his first recordings, "Lonesome Blue Yodel" and "Prisoned Cowboy."

In 1955, Little Richard's "Tutti Frutti" backed with "I'm Just a Lonely Boy," was reviewed by Billboard: "...cleverly styled novelty with nonsense words, rapid fire deliver."

Bobby Helms recorded "Jingle Bell Rock" in 1957.

Buddy Holly & the Crickets "Oh Boy!" was released by Brunswick Records in 1957. It peaked at #10 in December.

The Hollies began recording their first sessions for their first album in 1963.

The Who released "My Generation" in 1965.

? & the Mysterians went to #1 on the US singles chart in 1966 with "96 Tears."

"Hair," advertised as the "The American Tribal Love-Rock Musical " opened off-Broadway at the Public Theater in New York's East Village in 1967. The musical would eventually move to Broadway for a successful run. The play's original cast recording album spawned the hit singles "Aquarius (Let the Sun Shine In)" and "Good Morning Starshine."

During an American promotional tour in 1967, Pink Floyd appeared on Dick Clark's American Bandstand. They lip-sync their single "See Emily Play," but singer Syd Barrett kept his mouth shut throughout the "performance."

The disco sound got some 'sophistication' in 1977 with the debut of Chic's "Dance, Dance, Dance" on the R&B chart. It reached #6 on both the R&B and pop charts.

Meat Loaf released his landmark album "Bat Out Of Hell" in 1977.

Two people die and one is injured in three separate attacks at a Peter Frampton concert in Houston, Texas in 1982.

"Islands In The Stream," gave Dolly Parton and Kenny Rogers a #1 hit in 1983. The song was written by The Bee Gees and co-produced by Barry Gibb.

In 1983, Pink Floyd's "Dark Side Of The Moon" became the longest listed album in the history of the US chart when it's total reached an astonishing 491 weeks on the chart.

"Decades," Rolling Stones' Ron Wood's first ever British art exhibition opened in London in 1987, featuring portraits of friends and rock stars from the past 20 years.

The Byrds, LaVern Baker, John Lee Hooker, The Impressions, Wilson Pickett, Jimmy Reed and Ike & Tina Turner were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1990.

Manchester band The Stone Roses split up in 1996. 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.'

In 1999, the surviving members of The Who, Pete Townshend, Roger Daltrey and John Entwistle, reunited for the first time in two years for a concert at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas to launch Pixelon, a new internet video company.

Limp Bizkit started a two-week run at #1 on the US album chart in 2000 with "Chocolate Starfish."

In 2003, a new Nielsen survey found that Beatles fans are getting younger rather than older. Nearly one-third of the people who bought their 1 compilation were aged 18-24.

Also in 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. Damn, now I have those songs in my head, thanks.....

Ray – The Life Of Ray Charles opened in 2004. The bio-pic stars Jamie Foxx as the immortal performer.

A set of waxwork heads of The Beatles from their Sgt Pepper's album cover sold for $132,900 in 2005. 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.

In 2006, the Rolling Stones entertained Bill and Hillary Clinton at New York’s Beacon Theater belatedly celebrating the former president's 60th birthday. "I'd like to welcome President Clinton . . . and I see she's brought her husband," jokes Mick Jagger in reference to Hillary's rumored presidential run. Director Martin Scorsese films the performance.

"Walk the Line," the film about the life of singer Johnny Cash, was voted the greatest music biopic in a poll in 2007. 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.

Police nab 40 accused petty criminals in a sting operation that involved Ozzy Osbourne in 2007. Without Ozzy's prior knowledge, police invite people with outstanding warrants to a fake pre-show party that promises free tickets to Ozzy's Fargo, ND, concert. "It's insulting to me and to my audience," says Osbourne. "It shows how lazy this particular sheriff is when it comes to doing his job."

AC/DC's "Black Ice" sells 780,000 copies in its first week of release to top the Billboard 200 chart in 2008. The disc, exclusively available at Wal-Mart, Sam's Club and, is only the band's second album to reach #1 in the U.S. ‘82’s "For Those About To Rock We Salute You" was the first.

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