October 19th: On this day
1961, Helen Shapiro was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Walkin’ Back To Happiness.’ The singers second and final UK No.1.
1966, The Yardbirds arrived in New York for their first US tour with Jeff Beck and Jimmy Page on lead guitars. After two dates of the tour, Beck developed acute tonsillitis and quit the group. He would go on to form The Jeff Beck Group, that gave Rod Stewart his first major exposure.
1967, The soundtrack to The Sound Of Music was at No.1 on the UK album chart, spending its 132 week on the chart. The Beatles were at No.2 with Sgt. Pepper and Scott Walker was at No.3 with ‘Scott.’
1968, On their farewell tour Cream appeared at The Forum in Los Angeles, California, where live recordings were made which were included on the ‘Goodbye Cream’ album which was released the following year.
1968, 18 year old Peter Frampton meet Steve Marriott at a Small Faces show in London. After striking up a friendship, the two started planning a new group which emerged as Humble Pie next April.
1973, During their ‘Burnin’ North American tour, Bob Marley and The Wailers played the first of two nights at The Matrix Club, San Francisco, California.
1973, David Bowie released his seventh album Pin Ups. The album, which features supermodel Twiggy on the front cover, is a collection of cover versions of some of the singer’s favourite songs, including tracks by Pink Floyd, The Pretty Things, The Who, The Yardbirds and The Kinks.
1980, AC/DC kicked off a 20-date UK tour at Bristol Colston Hall. The bands first gigs since the death of singer Bon Scott.
1985, A-Ha went to No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Take On Me’, making them the first Norwegian group to score a US No.1. The video for the song featured the band in a pencil-sketch animation method called rotoscoping, combined with live action which won six awards and was nominated for two others at the 1986 MTV Video Music Awards.
1989, Alan Murphy guitarist with Level 42 died of pneumonia related to aids. Murphy also worked with Kate Bush, Go West and Mike & the Mechanics.
1991, Oasis played The Boardwalk in their hometown Manchester, the group’s first gig with Noel Gallagher in the group.
1995, African-American jazz trumpeter Don Cherry died of liver failure aged 58. Developed the genre of world fusion music, incorporating influences of Middle Eastern, traditional African, and Indian music into his playing. Is the stepfather to singer’s musicians Neneh Cherry and Eagle-Eye Cherry.
1997, Original Alice Cooper band guitarist Glen Buxton died from pneumonia, aged 49. Born in Akron, Ohio, he attended High School in Phoenix, Arizona, where he met Dennis Dunaway and Vincent Furnier, later to call himself the titular Alice Cooper. Buxton co-wrote several classic Alice Cooper hits, including ‘School’s Out’, ‘I’m Eighteen’ and ‘Elected.’
1998, Oasis guitarist Noel Gallagher made a surprise appearance at the launch party of the new London venue Sound Republic. He jammed onstage with Pete Townshend and members from Ocean Colour Scene and Boo Radleys.
2000, A judge ruled that Robbie Williams had substantially copied lyrics on his song ‘Jesus Was A Camper Van’ from the 1961 Woody Guthrie song ‘I Am The Way’ and also used parts of a parody by Loudon Wainwright III. EMI Records had offered 25% royalties but the publishers Ludlow Music were demanding 50%.
2005, A survey concluded that the average person spent around £21,000 ($42,000) on music during their lives, the figure included the amount spent on Hi-Fi equipment, concerts and CDs. Music enthusiasts were likely to spend more than double that, parting with just over £44,000 ($89,000), in a lifetime, according to the survey conducted by UK company Prudential.
2007, Johnny Marr was made a visiting professor of music at the University of Salford in Manchester. The former Smiths guitarist was set to deliver a series of workshops and masterclasses to students on the BA Popular Music and Recording degree.
2009, A clump of hair believed to have been trimmed from Elvis Presley’s head when he joined the US Army in 1958 sold for $15,000 (£9,200) at an auction in Chicago, America. Other items sold belonging to Presley included a shirt which sold for $52,000 (£32,000), a set of concert-used handkerchiefs, $732 (£450) and photos from the reception of Presley’s 1967 wedding to Priscilla, sold for nearly $6,000 (£3,700).
2010, Elton John described today’s songwriters as “pretty awful”, Pop music as “uninspiring” and talent shows like American Idol as “boring” in an interview with UK Radio Times magazine.
2011, At the involuntary manslaughter trial of Dr Conrad Murray, Dr Steven Shafer testified that it would have been impossible for Michael Jackson to have self-administered a lethal dose of the sedative propofol. He later said of Dr Murray’s delay in calling 911: “I almost don’t know what to say. That is so completely and utterly inexcusable.”
2011, Coldplay released their fifth studio album ‘Mylo Xyloto’ which charted at No.1 in thirty-four countries. In the UK ‘Mylo Xyloto’ became Coldplay’s fifth album to debut at No.1 and became the group’s third to debut at No.1 on the US Billboard 200.
2014, Raphael Ravenscroft who played the sax riff on the Gerry Rafferty hit ‘Baker Street’ died aged 60 of a suspected heart attack. He was only paid £27.50 for the ‘Baker Street’ session, and it has been reported that the cheque bounced and that it was kept on the wall of Ravenscroft’s solicitors; by contrast the song is said to have earned Rafferty £80,000 a year in royalties.
October 19th: Born on this day
1944, Born on this day, George McCrae, (1974 UK & US No.1 single ‘Rock Your Baby’).
1944, Born on this day, Peter Tosh, guitar, vocals, The Wailers, left in 1974, (1978 UK No.43 single ‘You Gotta Walk, Don’t Look Back’). Tosh was murdered by burglars at his home on 11th September 1987
1945, Born on this day, Jeannie C Riley, singer, (1968 US No.1 & UK No.12 ‘Harper Valley PTA’. Jeannie won a Grammy for the best female country singer of 1968).
1946, Born on this day, Keith Reid, Procol Harum, 1967 UK No.1 & US No.5 single ‘A Whiter Shade Of Pale’ and scored the hits ‘Homburg’, ‘Conquistador’.
1947, Born on this day, Wilbert Hart, The Delfonics, (1968 US No.4 & 1971 UK No.19 single ‘La La Means I Love You’).
1956, Born on this day, Nino DeFranco, The DeFranco Family, (1973 US No.3 single ‘Heartbeat It’s A Lovebeat’, biggest selling US single of 73, based on The Osmonds, featured 10 year old Tony DeFranco).
1957, Born on this day, Karl Wallinger, keyboardist with The Waterboys, (1985 album ‘This Is The Sea’). Wallinger quit the band in 1986. He went on to be singer and guitarist with World Party, (1993 UK No.19 single with ‘Is It Like Today’). The Wallinger penned song ‘She’s The One’ gave Robbie Williams a UK No.1 hit in 1999.
1960, Born on this day, Daniel Woodgate, drummer, Madness, (1982 UK No.1 single ‘House Of Fun & over 20 other UK Top 40 singles), also worked with Voice Of The Beehive, married Jane from the Mo dettes.
1960, Born on this day, Jennifer Holliday, US singer, (1982 US No.22 & UK No.32 single ‘And I Am Telling You I’m Not Going’).
1966, Born on this day, Sinitta, singer, (1986 UK No.2 single ‘So Macho’).
1972, Born on this day, Michel, Pras, The Fugees, (1996 UK No.1 single ‘Killing Me Softly’). Solo, ‘Getto Supastar, That’s Is What You Are’, with Ol’ Dirty Bastard.
1976, Born on this day, Pete Loeffler lead guitarist and lead singer, Chevelle.