October 29th: On this day
1962, The Beatles made their second appearance on the Granada TV program ‘People and Places.’ Filmed in Manchester, they performed two songs, ‘Love Me Do’ and ‘A Taste of Honey’.
1963, The Everly Brothers, Little Richard, Bo Diddley, Mickie Most, The Rolling Stones, Julie Grant and The Flintstones all appeared at The Goumont Theatre, St Albans, England.
1965, The Who released the single ‘My Generation’ in the UK. The song was named the 11th greatest song by Rolling Stone on their list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time and 13th on VH1’s list of the 100 Greatest Songs of Rock & Roll. It reached No. 2 in the UK, the Who’s highest charting single in their home country but only No. 74 in America.
1965, The Rolling Stones kicked off their fourth 37-date North American tour at the Forum in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.
1966, ? & the Mysterians went to No.1 on the US singles chart with ’96 Tears’. Although he closely guarded his true identity at the time, the man known as Question Mark turned out to be Rudy Martinez, from Saginaw Valley, Michigan. The song was later a UK hit in the UK for The Stranglers in 1990.
1967, Cream played two shows at the Saville Theatre in London, England, billed as “Sundays At The Saville”, The Bee Gees were appearing the following week.
1971, 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 and was thrown from the motorcycle. The motorcycle bounced into the air, landed on Allman and skidded another 90 feet with Allman pinned underneath. He was three weeks shy of his 25th birthday.
1977, The Belgian travel service issued a summons against the Sex Pistols claiming the sleeve to the bands single ‘Holidays In The Sun’ infringed copyright of one of its brochures.
1979, Lena Martell was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘One Day At A Time,’ the singer’s only UK hit making the British MOR singer a One Hit Wonder.
1983, ‘Islands In The Stream’, gave Dolly Parton and Kenny Rogers a No.1 on the US singles chart. The song was written by The Bee Gees and co-produced by Barry Gibb.
1983, Pink Floyd’s The Dark Side of The Moon marked its 491st week on the Billboard album chart in the US, surpassing the previous record holder, ‘Johnny’s Greatest Hits’ by Johnny Mathis. When it finally fell off of list in October 1988, ‘Dark Side’ had set a record of 741 weeks on the chart.
1984, American drummer Wells Kelly from Orleans and Meat Loaf died aged 45 after choking to death on his vomit. Had the 1976 US hit singles with Orleans, ‘Still The One’ and ‘Dance with Me.’
1987, ‘Decades’ Rolling Stones Ronnie Wood’s first ever British art exhibition opened in London, featuring portraits of friends and rock stars from the past 20 years.
1987, David Bowie played the first night of his 15 date Glass Spider Tour in Australia and New Zealand at the Boondall Entertainment Centre in Brisbane.
1988, Dire Straits scored their fourth UK No.1 album with ‘Money For Nothing’.
1988, Enya started a three week run at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Orinoco Flow.’ Originally with family act, Clannad, Enya went solo and specialised in Celtic and New Age recordings.
1991, Memphis City Council named interstate 55 through Jackson, The B.B. King Freeway.
1994, UK reggae/rap performer Pato Banton (with Robin & Ali Campbell from UB40), started a four week run at No.1 on the UK singles chart with his version of the 1968 Eddy Grant song and Equals hit ‘Baby Come Back.’
1996, Manchester band The Stone Roses split up. 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.’
2000, Limp Bizkit started a two-week run at No.1 on the US album chart with ‘Chocolate Starfish’.
2000, The Spice Girls went to No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Holler / Let Love Lead The Way’. The group made musical history by scoring their ninth No.1 making them joint fourth in the list of acts that have had nine UK No.1 singles.
2001, Winners at this years ‘Q’ awards included, Ash, best single for ‘Burn Baby Burn’, Starsailor won best new act, Travis won best album for ‘The Invisible Band’, Manic Street Preachers won best live act and John Lydon won the Inspiration award.
2001, U2 performed for the first time on ‘The Late Show with David Letterman’ live from New York City.
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.
2003, P Diddy promised to investigate claims that his clothing company used a sweatshop factory in Honduras. An American organisation campaigning for workers’ rights, said conditions at the factory were wholly unacceptable claiming workers were paid less than a dollar an hour, forced to work overtime, subjected to body searches and dismissed if they got pregnant.
2005, A set of waxwork heads of The Beatles from their Sgt. Pepper’s album cover sold for £81,500. 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.
2006, McFly scored their 6th UK No.1 single with ‘Star Girl’. The song was played in space to wake up the astronauts on the space station, after a successful twitter campaign asking NASA to play the song started by band member Tom Fletcher.
2007, Kylie Minogue was honoured with the Music Industry Trust prize for her 20-year career and status as an “icon of pop and style” at a London ceremony. The first time in the event’s 16-year history that the award has gone to a woman, past winners included Sir Elton John and Peter Gabriel.
2007, Walk the Line, the film about the life of singer Johnny Cash was voted the greatest music biopic in a poll. 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. The most recent film in the top 10 was Joy Division biopic Control.
2009, Forbes Magazine reported that Michael Jackson had earned about 72 million dollars since his death on June 25th. That was good enough for third place on their list of dead celebrities making the most money. Fashion designer Yves Saint Laurent came in first at $350 million, songwriters Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein were second with $235 million and Elvis Presley was fourth, earning $55 million.
2013, Hundreds of viewers complained about Lady Gaga’s recent UK performance on The X Factor according to Ofcom. Around 200 people contacted the broadcasting watchdog about her outfit of shells and flesh-coloured underwear. Another 60 viewers complained directly to ITV about the singer’s appearance, before the 9pm watershed.
2013, John Lennon’s first home, in Liverpool, was sold for £480,000 at an auction held at The Cavern Club. The red brick terrace at 9 Newcastle Road, Wavertree, was where the member of The Beatles lived from birth, in 1940, until he was five. The property has a rear yard and is a few streets away from Penny Lane, made famous by The Beatles.
2014, Phil Collins handed over his large collection of Alamo memorabilia to a Texas museum, calling the donation the end of a six-decade “journey”. “I’m 64,” he said of his fascination with the 1836 battle. “When I was five or six years old, this thing began.” Collins’ collection included a fringed leather pouch used by Davy Crockett and Jim Bowie’s legendary knife.
October 29th: Born on this day
1944, Born on this day, Denny Laine, The Moody Blues, (1965 UK No.1 & US No.10 single ‘Go Now’), Wings (1974 UK No.3 single ‘ ‘Band On The Run’ and 1977 UK No.1 single ‘Mull Of Kintyre’).
1946, Born on this day, Rob Van Leeuwen, Shocking Blue, (1970 US No.1 & UK No.8 single ‘Venus’).
1946, Born on this day, guitarist, singer, songwriter Peter Green the founder of Fleetwood Mac. Was a member of John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers, (replaced Eric Clapton), and Fleetwood Mac scored the 1969 UK No.1 single ‘Albatross’ and other hits include ‘Black Magic Woman’, ‘Oh Well’ and ‘Man of the World’. He left Fleetwood Mac in 1970.
1948, Born on this day, Ricky Reynolds, Black Oak Arkansas, (70’s US No.1 radio hit single ‘Jim Dandy To The Rescue’).
1951, Born on this day, David Paton, Pilot, (1975 UK No.1 single ‘January’).
1954, Born on this day, Steve Luscombe, Blancmange, (1982 UK No.7 single ‘Living On The Ceiling’).
1955, Born on this day, Kevin DuBrow, singer, Quiet Riot, (1983 US No.1 album, ‘Metal Health’). Found dead in his Las Vegas home at the age of 52 on 25th Nov 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.
1955, Born on this day, Roger O’Donnell, keyboards, The Cure, (1989 US No.2 single ‘Love Song’, 1992 UK No.6 single ‘Friday I’m In Love’, plus over 20 other UK Top 40 singles). Also worked with the Psychedelic Furs, the Thompson Twins and Berlin.
1962, Born on this day, Einar Orn, vocals, The Sugarcubes, (1992 UK No.17 single ‘Hit’).
1965, Born on this day, Peter Timmins, Cowboy Junkies, (1989 album ‘The Trinity Session’).
1969, Born on this day, Roni Size, DJ, producer, 1997 Mercury Music Prize-winner.
1970, Born on this day, Toby Smith, keyboards, Jamiroquai, (1996 UK No.3 single ‘Virtual Insanity’).
1984, Born on this day, American musician, Chris Baio from Vampire Weekend. 2010 US & UK No.1 album, ‘Contra’ and the 2013 US No.1 album ‘Modern Vampires of the City’.