October 12th: On this day
1955, The Chrysler Corporation launched high fidelity record players for their 1956 line-up of cars. The unit measured about four inches high and less than a foot wide and mounted under the instrument panel. The seven inch discs spun at 16 2/3 rpm and required almost three times the number of grooves per inch as an LP. The players were discontinued in 1961.
1957, During an Australian tour, Little Richard publicly renounced rock ‘n’ roll and embraced God, telling a story of dreaming of his own damnation after praying to God when one of the engines on a plane he was on caught fire. The singer threw four diamond rings, valued at $8,000, into Sydney’s Hunter River and soon after launched a Gospel career. Five years later, he would switch back to Rock.
1965, Working on their next album Rubber Soul at Abbey Road Studio’s London, The Beatles recorded ‘Run For Your Life’ in its entirety, in 5 takes. (Lennon later admits to lifting two lines from Elvis Presley’s 1955 hit ‘Baby Let’s Play House’). And another new Lennon song ‘This Bird Has Flown’, later known as ‘Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown)’. The track included George Harrison’s double-tracked sitar part, the first appearance of that Indian instrument on a pop record.
1968, Big Brother And The Holding Company went to No.1 on the US album chart with ‘Cheap Thrills’. The cover, drawn by underground cartoonist Robert Crumb, replaced the band’s original idea, a picture of the group naked in bed together. Crumb had originally intended his art to be the LP’s back cover, but Joplin demanded that Columbia Records use it for the front cover. Initially the album title was to have been Sex, Dope and Cheap Thrills, but this didn’t go down too well at Columbia Records.
1969, A DJ on Detroit’s WKNR radio station received a phone call telling him that if you play The Beatles ‘Strawberry Fields Forever’ backwards, you hear John Lennon say the words “I buried Paul.” This started a worldwide rumour that Paul McCartney was dead.
1971, Gene Vincent (Vincent Eugene Craddock), died from a perforated ulcer, aged 36. Had the 1956 US No.7 & UK No.16 single ‘Be Bop A Lula’. Appeared in the film, The Girl Can’t Help It with Jayne Mansfield. In 1960, while on tour in the UK, Vincent and songwriter Sharon Sheeley were seriously injured the car crash that killed Eddie Cochran.
1974, The Bay City Rollers went to No.1 on the UK album chart with their debut album ‘Rollin.’ The album included three British chart hits ‘Remember’, ‘Shang-a-Lang’, ‘Summerlove Sensation’) and the debut of Saturday Night’, never a British hit yet a No.1 smash in America.
1974, Blondie appeared at CBGB’s in New York City, under the name ‘Blondie’ for the first time. The name is derived from comments made by truck drivers who catcalled “Hey, Blondie” to Harry as they drove by.
1975, Rod Stewart and The Faces made their final live appearance when they played at Nassau Coliseum, Long Island.
1978, Whilst living at the Chelsea Hotel in New York City, Sex Pistol Sid Vicious called the police to say that someone had stabbed his girlfriend Nancy Spungen. He was arrested and charged with murder and placed in the detox unit of a New York prison. Vicious died of a heroin overdose before the case went to trial.
1985, Ricky Wilson of the B-52’s died of complications from aids. The B-52’s, had the 1990 UK No.2 & US No.3 single ‘Love Shack’.
1985, Jennifer Rush was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘The Power Of Love’. The song stayed at No.1 for five weeks and became the biggest selling single of the year and the biggest single ever for a woman in the UK. Celine Dion enjoyed a No.1 US hit with her version in 1993.
1991, Simply Reds fourth album ‘Stars’ went to No.1 on the UK chart for the first of five times, featuring the singles ‘Thrill Me’, ‘For Your Babies’ and the title track ‘Stars.’ The album became the biggest seller of 1991 and 1992 in the UK spending 134 week’s on the chart.
1992, Tupac Shakur was released from prison pending an appeal for sexual assault on $1.4 million bail.
1994, Pink Floyd played the first of a 15-night run at Earls Court, London, England. Less than a minute after the band had started playing ‘Shine On You Crazy Diamond’, a scaffolding stand holding 1200 fans, collapsed, throwing hundreds of people 20 feet to the ground. It took over an hour to free everyone from the twisted wreckage, ninety-six people were injured, with 36 needing hospital treatment. Six were detained overnight with back, neck and rib injuries. Pink Floyd sent a free T-shirt and a note of apology to all the fans who had been seated in the stand that collapsed. The show was immediately cancelled and re-scheduled. More on concert accidents
1996, British dance duo The Chemical Brothers scored their first UK No.1 single with ‘Setting Sun.’ The song was written by Noel Gallagher and sung by Noel Gallagher of Oasis.
1997, John Denver was killed when the handmade, experimental airplane he was flying ran out of gas and crashed off the coast of Monterey Bay, California. The 53 year old star had scored 15 songs on Billboard’s Top 40 Pop chart, ten of which reached number one on either Billboard’s Adult Contemporary or Country chart. The Great Gig In The Sky
1997, The Backstreet Boys were forced to cancel a show in Madrid after over 7,000 fans arrived for the 5,000 capacity show. More than 300 young girls had to be treated after fainting in the heat.
1999, Adrian Young drummer with No Doubt proposed to his girlfriend during a gig in San Francisco. Young came on to the stage before the bands encore and got down on bended knee with a ring, his girlfriend Nina accepted.
1999, The island of their birth, The Isle Of Man, issued six stamps honouring The Bee Gees. Their mother had run a local post office on the island.
2005, Motley Crue drummer Tommy Lee suffered minor burns at a concert in Casper, Wyoming during a pyrotechnics explosion. Lee was treated at a local hospital for the injuries to his arm and face, which occurred while he was suspended from a wire 30 feet above the stage.
2005, Singer and Live Aid co-founder Midge Ure received an honorary degree from Dundee’s University of Abertay. He said: “Having left school at the age of 15, I never expected to receive such an accolade.”
2008, Oasis went to No.1 on the UK album chart with ‘Dig Out Your Soul’ the band’s seventh and final studio album.
October 12th: Born on this day
1935, Born on this day, Luciano Pavarotti, Italian singer, (1990 UK No.2 single ‘Nessun Dorma’, 1990 UK No.1 album ‘The Essential Pavorotti’, spent 72 weeks on the UK chart). He died on 6 September 2007.
1935, Born on this day, Sam Moore, singer, (Sam & Dave, 1964 UK No.24 & 1967 US No.2 single ‘Soul Man’).
1942, Born on this day, Melvin Franklin, vocals, The Temptations, (1971 US No.1 & UK No.8 single ‘Just My Imagination’ and re-issued ‘My Girl’ UK No.2 in 1992). He died on 23rd February 1995.
1948, Born on this day, Rick Parfitt, vocals, guitar, Status Quo, (1977 UK No.3 single ‘Rockin’ All Over The World’, plus over 50 other UK Top 75 singles).
1955, Born on this day, Jane Siberry, Canadian singer, songwriter, (1989 album ‘Bound By The Beauty’).
1956, Born on this day, David Letts, (Dave Vanian), vocals, The Damned, (1986 UK No.3 single ‘Eloise’).
1960, Born on this day, Bob Mould, guitar, vocals, Husker Du, (1987 album ‘Warehouse Songs And Stories), Sugar, (1992 album, Copper Blue’).
1966, Born on this day, Brian Kennedy, Irish singer, songwriter, worked with Van Morrison band & solo, (1996 UK No.27 single ‘Life, Love and Happiness’, 1996 UK No.19 album ‘A Better Man’). Appeared on Broadway in The River Dance.
1969, Born on this day, Martie Maguire, multi-instrumentalist with Dixie Chicks. With sales of 27.2 million albums in the US alone, they have become the top selling all-female band and biggest selling country group in the US during the Nielsen SoundScan era (1991–present). Maguire formed Court Yard Hounds with her sister and fellow Dixie Chick Emily Robison.