Here’s what happened on October 14th in rock history, from the home of music and games, Rock My World.
- 1957, Although it was banned by some US radio stations for its suggestive lyrics, The Everly Brothers had their first No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Wake Up Little Susie’, (a No.2 hit in the UK)
- 1957, The Elvis Presley classic, ‘Jailhouse Rock’ was released. It became his ninth US number one single and stayed on the Billboard chart for nineteen weeks. The film clip from the movie where he sang the song is considered by many historians to be the first rock video.
- 1965, The Rolling Stones, The Spencer Davis Group, Unit 4 Plus 2, The Checkmates, The Habit, The End and Charlie Dickins all appeared at The Odeon, Birmingham during a UK tour.
- 1966, Pink Floyd played their first ever “underground” set when they appeared at All Saints Hall, Notting Hill, London, UK.
- 1969, Police in New Jersey issued a warrant for the arrest of Frank Sinatra in relation to his connections with the Mafia.
- 1971, Music publishing firm, Arco Industries filed a $500,000 dollar lawsuit against Credance Clearwater Revival singer John Fogerty, claiming that Fogerty’s song Travelin’ Band “contained substantial material copied from Little Richard‘s Good Golly, Miss Molly”. The suit was eventually dropped.
- 1988, Def Leppard became first act in chart history to sell seven million copies of two consecutive LPs, with Pyromania (their third studio album released in 1983) and Hysteria, (which became the band’s best-selling album to date, selling over 20 million copies worldwide, and spawning six hit singles).
- 1989, Motley Crue started a two-week run at No.1 on the US album chart with ‘Dr. Feelgood’.
- 2004, Eric Clapton was suspended from driving in France after being caught speeding at 134mph in his Porsche 911 Turbo near Merceuil. He was given a 750 euro (£515) fine and his UK licence was confiscated. After paying his fine Clapton posed for photographs with French police and then left the scene in his Porsche – with his secretary behind the wheel.
- 2009, Paul McCartney was named Songwriter of The Year at the 29th Annual ASCAP Awards in London, England. The awards presentation honored songwriters and publishers of the most performed works in the US during 2008.
Born on this day:
- 1940, Born on this day, Cliff Richard, (Harry Webb). Britain’s most successful solo artist, his first hit was in 1958 the UK No.2 single ‘Move It’, then 1959 UK No.1 single ‘Living Doll’ and 1979 UK No.1 single ‘We Don’t talk Anymore’, plus over 100 UK Top 40 hits). He once worked as a clerk at Fergusons TV factory.
- 1946, Born on this day, Dan McCafferty, Nazareth, (1973 UK No.9 single ‘Broken Down Angel’).
- 1946, Born on this day, Justin Hayward, The Moody Blues, (1965 UK No.1 single ‘Go Now’ and 1968 UK No.19 single ‘Nights In White Satin’).
- 1958, Born on this day, Thomas Dolby, solo, (1984 UK No.17 single ‘Hyperactive’), Also member of Camera Club, Lene Lovich band, as a producer worked with Joni Mitchell, Prefab Sprout.
- 1959, Born on this day, Anthony Jude Pero, drummer, Twisted Sister, (1983 UK No.18 single ‘I Am, I’m Me’, 1984 album ‘Stay Hungry’). Pero died from an apparent heart attack on March 20th 2015.
- 1974, Born on this day, Natalie Maines, singer, songwriter, 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).
- 1978, Born on this day, Usher, singer, (1998 UK No.1 single ‘You Make Me Wanna’, 1998 US No.1 single, ‘Nice & Slow’. His 2004 album Confessions sold over a million copies in the US in its first week of release, selling the greatest amount of records in one week for any R&B artist).