This day in rock history: Oct 8th

Here’s what happened on October 8th in rock history, from the home of music and games, Rock My World.

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  • 1964, Roy Orbison was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Oh Pretty Woman’, his third UK No.1. The title was inspired by Orbison’s wife Claudette interrupting a conversation to announce she was going out; when Orbison asked if she was okay for cash, his co-writer Bill Dees interjected “A pretty woman never needs any money.”
  • 1964, Working at Abbey Road studios in London, The Beatles recorded their next single ‘She’s a Woman’ in seven takes plus overdubs, recording the song from start to finish in five hours.
  • 1965, The Florescents supported by The Castiles, which featured a young singer called Bruce Springsteen appeared at the I.B. Club in Howell, New Jersey. This was The Castiles first publicly advertised nightclub appearance. Admission was $1.00.
  • 1966,Cream drummer Ginger Baker collapsed during a gig at Sussex University, England after playing a 20 minute drum solo. He later recovered in a local hospital.
  • 1971, Led Zeppelin was enjoying its 100th week on the UK album charts. It was the band’s first album to hit No.1 in the US, knocking The Beatles’ Abbey Road twice from the top spot, where it remained for seven weeks. When first released the album had advance orders of 400,000 copies in the USA, (the advertising campaign was built around the slogan Led Zeppelin II Now Flying). In 1999, it was certified 12 times Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) for US sales in excess of 12 million
  • 1987, The three members from ZZ Top made advance bookings for seats on the first passenger flight to the Moon. The boys are still waiting for confirmation of the trip.
  • 1988, On their 12th single release, U2 scored their first UK No.1 with ‘Desire.’ The track which was also a US No.3 hit was taken from their album ‘Rattle And Hum.’
  • 1988, Pink Floyd’s The Dark Side Of The Moon finally left Billboard’s Hot 200 Album Chart after a record breaking 741 weeks.
  • 2003, Coldplay singer Chris Martin asked Australian police to drop a charge of malicious damage after allegedly attacking a photographer’s car. Martin was charged in July after breaking a windscreen with a rock after being photographed surfing. Martin did not appear in court at Byron Bay, New South Wales, when his lawyer, Megan Cusack, asked for the charge to be dropped.
  • 2006, The Killers started a three week run at No.1 on the UK album chart with ‘Sam’s Town’ the US bands second album.

Born on this day:

  • 1934, Born on this day, Doc Green, The Drifters, (1960 US No.1 & UK No.2 single ‘Save The Last Dance For Me’).
  • 1947, Born on this day, Tony Wilson, Hot Chocolate, (1975 US No.3 single ‘You Sexy Thing’, 1977 UK No.1 single ‘So You Win Again’ plus over 25 other Top 40 hits).
  • 1948, Born on this day, Johnny Ramone, guitar, the Ramones (John Cummings), 1977 UK No.22 single ‘Sheena Is A Punk Rocker’). He died of prostate cancer on 15th September 2004.
  • 1949, Born on this day, Hamish Stewart, guitarist, bassist, singer. His first band was the Dream Police, before he was invited to join the recently formed Average White Band who scored the 1975 US No.1 & UK No.6 single ‘Pick Up The Pieces’. Stewart was a member of the Paul McCartney band during the 90’s, and later toured as the bass player with Ringo Starr & His All-Starr Band.
  • 1949, Born on this day, Harry Bowens, Was Not Was, (1992 UK No.4 single ‘Shake Your Head’).
  • 1985, Born on this day, Bruno Mars, (Peter Gene Hernandez), American singer-songwriter and record producer. Scored the 2010 world wide No.1 ‘Just The Way You Are’ and the 2011 hit ‘The Lazy Song’.

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