October 30th: On this day
1959, Cliff Richard and the Shadows were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Travellin’ Light’. Their 6th release and second No.1 hit.
1961, Two days after Beatles fan Raymond Jones asked for The Beatles’ German single ‘My Bonnie’ (recorded with Tony Sheridan) at Brian Epstein’s NEMS record store in Liverpool, two girls asked for the same record. Epstein’s difficulty in locating the record was due to him not knowing that the record was released, not by The Beatles, but by Tony Sheridan and ‘The Beat Brothers’ (‘Beatles’ resembles a vulgar slang word in German, so The Beatles’ name was changed for this single).
1963, On the final day of their Swedish tour, The Beatles recorded an appearance for the Sverige Television program ‘Drop In’ in Stockholm. They performed ‘She Loves You’, ‘Twist and Shout’, ‘I Saw Her Standing There’, and ‘Long Tall Sally.’
1967, Rolling Stones guitarist Brian Jones admitted in court to possession of cannabis and allowing his flat to be used for the smoking of the drug. His plea of ‘not guilty’ to the charge of possessing methedrine and cocaine was accepted. Jones was sentenced to nine months in Wormwood Scrubs prison. He was released on bail the following day.
1967, Tyrannosaurus Rex recorded a session for the UK Radio 1 ‘Top Gear’ show, the first group to do so without a recording contract.
1970, Hotlegs made their live debut supporting The Moody Blues at the Festival Hall, London. Their only hit ‘Neanderthal Man’ made No. 2 in July 1970. The members from the group went on to become 10cc.
1970, Jim Morrison of The Doors was fined and sentenced to six months in jail after being found guilty of exposing himself during a gig in Miami.
1971, John Lennon and The Plastic Ono Band went to No.1 on the UK album chart with Imagine. The album contained two tracks attacking Paul McCartney, ‘How Do You Sleep’ and ‘Crippled Inside.’ Early editions of the LP included a postcard featuring a photo of Lennon holding a pig, in mockery of McCartney’s similar pose with a sheep on the cover of Ram. The front cover photo was a Polaroid taken by Andy Warhol.
1971, Pink Floyd released their sixth studio album Meddle in the US. The album features ‘One Of These Days’ and the 23-minute track ‘Echoes’ which took up all of side 2 on the vinyl record. The cover image was photographed by Bob Dowling. The image represents an ear, underwater, collecting waves of sound, represented by ripples in the water.
1978, Blondie released the single ‘Hanging on the Telephone’, as the second single from the album Parallel Lines. Written by Jack Lee from US West Coast power pop trio The Nerves. The song gave Blondie their first UK Top 10 hit.
1982, Australian band Men At Work went to No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Who Can It Be Now” the group’s first US No.1, a No.45 hit in the UK.
1982, ‘Kids From Fame’ by The Kids From Fame went back to No.1 for four weeks on the UK album charts.
1983, This weeks Top 5 UK singles charts: No.5, ‘They Don’t Know’, Tracy Ullman, No.4, ‘Uptown Girl’, Billy Joel No.3, ‘Union Of The Snake’, Duran Duran, No.2, ‘All Night Long’, Lionel Richie and No.1 ‘Karma Chameleon’ by Culture Club.
1990, Guns N’ Roses singer Axl Rose was released on $10,000 bail, after being arrested for allegedly hitting a neighbour over the head with a bottle. The incident happened after a complaint to the police about loud music coming from the singer’s house.
1998, All four original members of Black Sabbath reunited momentarily to play ‘Paranoid’ on US TV’s David Letterman Show.
1998, Bon Jovi kicked off a 232-date world tour at the RDS Arena in Dublin, Ireland. The bands New Jersey Syndicate Tour ran until 1990.
2000, A new web site was launched to help teach children basic Physics. www.britneyspears.ac featured the singer to illustrate mathematical equations. Visitors could access physics theories generously interspersed with photos of Britney Spears.
2002, Jam Master Jay from Run-DMC was murdered by an assassin’s single bullet at his recording studio in Queens, New York.
2003, Steve O’Rourke suffered a stroke and died in Miami, Florida. O’Rourke had managed Pink Floyd since 1968, and was the executive producer for their 1982 film The Wall.
2004, An arrest warrant was issued for Motley Crue singer Vince Neil after he allegedly knocked a soundman unconscious during a concert. Neil was said to have punched Michael Talbert in the face at Gilley’s nightclub in Dallas after he asked the soundman for more volume on his guitar but attacked Talbert as he adjusted it, leaving him unconscious for 45 seconds.
2005, Hundreds of people queued outside the Sheffield Arena to make sure of getting tickets to see a Sir Cliff Richard. By the time the tickets went on sale some fans had been outside the Arena for nine days, the concert was not until November 2006.
2006, Winners at the 2006 Q Awards included The Arctic Monkeys who had four nominations, the Sheffield group won the best album and the people’s choice awards, while U2 picked up the prize for innovation. Smokey Robinson was honoured with his first ever UK award for his outstanding contribution to music, and Boy George won the classic song award for Karma Chameleon. Muse won best live act, The Who received the Q legend award and Primal Scream won the Q groundbreaker award and Corinne Bailey Rae won best new act.
2007, Forbes.com reported that Elvis Presley had regained his crown as the highest-earning dead celebrity, with an annual income of $49m (£23.7m) during the past year. John Lennon ranked second with $44m (£21.3m), while Peanuts cartoon creator Charles M Schulz was third on the list, Beatle George Harrison was fourth with $22m (£10.6m). Nirvana’s Kurt Cobain topped the list in 2006.
2007, Linda Stein, former co-manager of punk band the Ramones, was found beaten to death at her Manhattan apartment. Mrs Stein was the ex-wife of Seymour Stein, former president of Sire Records, which was the launching pad for the Ramones, Talking Heads and Madonna. Mrs Stein had become one of New York’s leading estate agents, her clients included Sting and Billy Joel, long-time friend Sir Elton John told the New York Times he was “absolutely shocked and upset”.
2008, American producer and saxophonist Mike Terry died in Detroit aged 68. Worked with Martha And The Vandellas, Jackie Wilson, Mary Wells, The Four Tops, The Supremes, Kim Weston, Marvin Gaye, The Isley Brothers and Edwin Starr.
2015, Adele went to No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Hello’, the lead track from her third album 25. The track was streamed 7.32 million times in its first week, breaking the streaming record previously held by Justin Bieber’s ‘What Do You Mean?’ The song also debuted at No.1 in Belgium, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Lebanon, Luxembourg, The Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Scotland, Slovakia and Switzerland.
October 30th: Born on this day
1939, Born on this day, Eddie Holland (Holland/Dozier/Holland), producer, songwriter, wrote Motown hits for Supremes, Four Tops, Marvin Gaye, Martha & The Vandellas, Freda Payne, Chairmen Of The Board.
1939, Born on this day, Grace Slick, vocals, Jefferson Airplane, Starship, (1967 US No.18 single ‘White Rabbit’, 1987 US & UK No.1 single ‘Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now’).
1939, Born on this day, Otis Williams, The Temptations, (1971 US No.1 & UK No.8 single ‘Just My Imagination’ and re- issued ‘My Girl’ UK No.2 in 1992).
1946, Born on this day, Chris Slade, drummer, who has worked with AC/DC, Manfred Mann’s Earth Band, Gary Moore and The Firm.
1947, Born on this day, Timothy B Schmit, bass, vocals, Poco, The Eagles, joined in 1977, (1977 US No.1 & UK No.8 single ‘Hotel California’, plus 5 US No.1 albums. ‘Greatest Hits 1971-1975’ is the second biggest selling album in the world with sales over 30m).
1949, Born on this day, David Green, bass, Air Supply, (1980 UK No.11 single ‘All Out Of Love’, 1981 US No.1 single ‘The One That You Love’).
1960, Born on this day, Joey Belladonna, Anthrax, (1991 UK No.16 single ‘Got The Time’).
1962, Born on this day, Geoff Beauchamp, Eighth Wonder, (1988 UK No.7 single ‘I’m Not Scared’).
1963, Born on this day, Jerry De Borg, guitarist with English group Jesus Jones who had the 1990 US No.2 hit with ‘Right Here Right Now’ and the 1991 UK No.7 single ‘International Bright Young Thing’.
1967, Born on this day, Gavin Rossdale, Bush, (1997 UK No.7 single ‘Swallowed’, the bands first album sold over 7 million copies in the US).
1969, Born on this day, Canadian rapper Snow, (Darrin O’Brien), 1993 US No.1 & UK No.2 single ‘Informer’).
1970, Born on this day, Tommy Walter, bassist, songwriter, with Eels.
1973, Born on this day, Maurizio Lobina, keyboards, Italian group Eiffel 65, (1999 UK No.1 single ‘Blue (Da Ba Dee’). The single was also No.1 in Norway, Austria, Finland, Germany and Denmark.
1989, Born on this day, Vanessa White, best known for being a member of girl group The Saturdays who scored the 2013 UK No.1 hit single ‘What About Us’ featuring Sean Paul.