Saturday, October 31, 2009

This Date In Music History-October 31


Tom Paxton (1937)
Otis Williams - Temptations (1941)
Rik Kenton - Roxy Music (1945)
Russ Ballard - Argent (1947)
Tony Bowers - Simply Red (1956)
Larry Mullen Jr.- U2 (1961)
Mikkey Dee - Motorhead (1963)
Johnny Marr - Smiths (1963)
Colm O'Ciosoig - My Bloody Valentine (1964)
Annabella Lwin - Bow Wow Wow (1965)
Adam Horovitz (a.k.a. King Ad Rock) - Beastie Boys (1966)
Adam Schlesinger - Fountains of Wayne (1967)
Vanilla Ice (real name Robert Van Winkle) (1968)
Malin Berggren - Ace Of Base (1970)
Frank Anthony Iero - My Chemical Romance (1981)

They Are Missed:

UK DJ Roger Scott died of cancer in 1990 (age 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.

Born today in 1952, Bernard Edwards, producer and member of Chic. Produced ABC, Power Station and Rod Stewart. Edwards died on April 18, 1996.


Pianist Johnnie Johnson hired 26 year old Chuck Berry as a guitarist in his band in 1952. While playing evening gigs in the St. Louis area, Berry kept his day job as a hairdresser for the next three years.

The Flamingos cut "I Only Have Eyes For You" in 1958.

The Quarry Men decided to change their name to Johnny and the Moondogs in 1959. The band were in Liverpool auditioning for the Carrol Levis show. The Quarry Men featured John Lennon, Paul McCartney and George Harrison.

In 1963, the Beatles returned to London from Sweden and were greeted by hundreds of screaming fans and a mob of photographers and journalists. 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.

Joan Baez came onstage to sing three songs at a New York Bob Dylan concert in 1964.

Barbra Streisand started a five-week run at #1 on the US album chart in 1964 with "People."

The Supremes started a four week run at #1 on the US singles chart in 1964 with "Baby Love," the group's second of five consecutive US #1's. The group were formally known as the five piece group The Primettes.

Ray Charles was arrested by Logan Airport customs officials in Boston in 1964 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.

Rolling Stone Brian Jones was sentenced to nine months in jail in 1967 after being convicted of drug possession.

Iggy and the Stooges made their live debut in 1967 when they played at a Halloween party in Michigan.

Former Mamas and the Papas singer Michelle Phillips married actor Dennis Hopper in 1970. They divorced 8 days later.

Led Zeppelin started a four week run at #1 on the US album chart in 1970 with "Led Zeppelin III," the bands second US chart topper.

Cheap Trick made their live debut at Charlotte's Web in Rockford, Illinois in 1974.

Led Zeppelin launched their record label Swan Song in 1974. Named after an unreleased Zeppelin instrumental track.

Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody" was released in England in 1975.

Elvis Presley's last recording session was held in the Jungle Room at Graceland in 1976.

Seminal grunge rockers Green River split up in 1987. Members will go on to form Mudhoney and Pearl Jam.

In 1989, the very first MTV unplugged show was recorded in New York, featuring UK band Squeeze, the program was aired on Nov 26, 1989.

During a gig in Seattle, Washington in 1990, Billy Idol dumped 600 dead fish in Faith No More's dressing room. They responded by walking on stage, naked during Idol's set.

Blind Melon lead singer Shannon Hoon was arrested in 1993 after stripping off his clothes and urinating into the audience during a concert in Vancouver, Canada.

Rapper Tupac Shakur was arrested in 1993 for allegedly shooting two off-duty Atlanta policemen during a late night argument.

Alice in Chains released "Alice in Chains" as a vinyl edition in 1995. It was not available on CD or cassette until November 7, 1995

Rumored that he will committed suicide on Halloween in 1996, Marilyn Manson survived the night. Of course the rumor helps spike sales of “Antichrist Superstar.”

Kiss began their "Psycho Circus" tour at Dodger Stadium in 1998. Video monitors broadcast the show in 3-D.

In 1999, EMI records announced that it was planning to stop paying for some of its artists to release singles. The label said that anyone who sold less than 80,000 copies would be discouraged from releasing a single.

Jane's Addiction played a surprise "flash mob" gig outside London's Brixton Academy immediately after their Halloween show in 2003. Fans were invited to the karaoke-styled set via text message.

On the final night of her Farewell tour in 2003, Cher was named the year's biggest touring female by Billboard. She grossed $145 million and drew 2.2 million fans to over 200 concerts.

Rod Stewart was at #1 on the US album chart in 2004 with ‘Stardust’ his third US #1 album since 1971.

In 2005, the white suit worn by John Lennon on the cover of the Beatles' Abbey Road album sold for $118,000 at an auction in Las Vegas. And an Austin Princess hearse driven by the late star in the documentary Imagine sold for $150,000. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of the items went to Amnesty International.

Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons of KISS served as the grand marshals for New York's Village Halloween Parade in 2006. They ride on a KISS float in full costume and makeup.

Who else? Alice Cooper hosts The Monstrous Munster Mash, an eight-hour marathon of the '60s sitcom on WGN America cable network in 2008. "I grew up on The Munsters," says Cooper. And at midnight, WGN premieres Alice Cooper's Along Came A Spider, a 30-minute special featuring music videos and clips from the album of the same name.

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