Here’s what happened on October 25th in rock history, from the home of music and games, Rock My World.
- 1963, The Beatles kicked off their first tour of Sweden by playing two shows at Nya Aulan, Sundstavagen, Karlstad, Sweden. The local pop reviewer was not impressed, saying The Beatles should be grateful to their screaming fans for drowning out the group’s terrible performance, adding that The Beatles “were of no musical importance whatsoever and that their local support group, The Phantoms, decidedly outshone them.”
- 1964, The Rolling Stones appeared for the first time on The Ed Sullivan Show from New York, performing ‘Around And Around’ and ‘Time Is On My Side’. A riot brook out in the studio, prompting Sullivan’s infamous quote, ‘I promise you they’ll never be back on our show again.’ The Rolling Stones went on to make a further five appearances on Sullivan’s show between 1965 and 1969.
- 1966, Aged 7 months old, Jeff Healey had his right eye surgical removed (and subsequently his left eye, 4 months later), and replaced with artificial ones, necessitated by a form of cancer of the eyes called retinoblastoma. Three years later Healey was given his first guitar by his father. At the age of 13, the Canadian guitarist formed his first band, Blue Direction.
- 1968, Led Zeppelin played a gig at Surrey University, England. Although there are unconfirmed reports of earlier shows, this appears to be the band’s first gig with their new name after initially performing as The New Yardbirds. In 2003 a poster for the Surrey gig (billing the group as The New Yardbirds) sold at auction for £2,400.
- 1968, The double album ‘Electric Ladyland’ by the The Jimi Hendrix Experience was released. It was also made available as two albums with changed artwork after complaints about the naked women who were pictured on the sleeve. The female models were each paid £5 for the photo shoot and another £5 if they posed completely naked.
- 1970, Speaking at a US radio conference, President Nixon asked programmers to ban all songs containing drug references.
- 1975, Art Garfunkel was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with his version of ‘I Only Have Eyes For You.’ Written in 1934 for the film Dames the song was a No.2 hit for Ben Selvin in 1934 and most notably a hit for The Flamingos in 1959.
- 1985, Actor and singer Gary Holton died of a drug overdose. Member of The Heavy Metal Kids, and one half of the duo Casino Steel. Holton appeared in the film Quadrophenia and UK TV’s Auf Wiedersehen Pet.
- 1985, R.E.M. The Smiths and Tom Waits all appeared on The Tube at Tyne Tree Television Studios, Newcastle, England.
- 1986, Bon Jovi went to No.1 on the US album chart with ‘Slippery When Wet’. Featuring two US No.1 singles, ‘You Give Love A Bad Name’ and ‘Livin’ On A Prayer’. The album went on to sell over 8 million copies world wide.
- 1989, Nirvana and Tad appeared at the Duchess Of York, Leeds, England. The two acts were on the third night of their debut European tour.
- 2001, 13 law firms were still involved in claims to Grateful Dead’s guitarist Jerry Garcia’s $10m estate six years after his death. Former wives & girlfriends continued to fight on how to distribute his estate and annual royalties of $4.6m.
- 2004, John Peel died in Cuzco, Peru of a heart attack, aged 65. He was BBC’s longest-serving radio DJ and the first DJ to introduce The Ramones, Roxy Music, The Smiths, The Fall, Rod Stewart, Blur, the Sex Pistols, T. Rex and others to the masses. He founded Dandelion Records in 1969, which released records by Kevin Coyne, Bridget St John and Medicine Head. He was also known for his ‘Peel Sessions’, releases of live radio sessions. Peel was appointed an OBE in 1998.2014, Jack Bruce, best known as one third of Cream, died of liver disease aged 71. Bruce played bass, sang and was the principal songwriter in Cream, and his CV reads like a comprehensive guide to the British blues boom, with spells in Alexis Korner’s Blues Inc, the Graham Bond Organisation, John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers and Manfred Mann.
Born on this day:
- 1944, Born on this day, Jon Anderson, vocals, Warriors, Yes, (1983 UK No.28 & US No.1 single ‘Owner Of A Lonely Heart’).1944, Born on this day, Taffy Danoff, Starland Vocal Band, (1976 US No.1 & UK No.18 single ‘Afternoon Delight’).
- 1947, Born on this day, John Hall, The Equals, (1968 UK No.1 & US No.32 single ‘Baby Come Back’).
- 1948, Born on this day, Glenn Tipton, guitar, Judas Priest, (1980 UK No.12 single ‘Living After Midnight’, 1980 UK No.4 album ‘British Steel’).
- 1950, Born on this day, Chris Norman, Smokie, (1975 UK No.3 single ‘If You Think You Know How To Love Me’).
- 1951, Born on this day, Richard Lloyd, guitar, vocals, Television, (1977 single and album ‘Marquee Moon’).
- 1955, Born on this day, Matthias Jabs, The Scorpions, (1991 UK No.2 single ‘Wind Of Change’).
- 1960, Born on this day, Christina Amphlett, vocals, The Divinyls, (1991 US No.4 & UK No.10 single, ‘I Touch Myself’). Amphlett died on 21st April 2013 after battling breast cancer and multiple sclerosis.
- 1962, Born on this day, Chad Smith, drummer, Red Hot Chili Peppers, (1992 UK No.26 single ‘Under The Bridge’, 2002 UK No.1 album ‘By The Way’).
- 1963, Born on this day, John Leven, Europe, (1986 UK No.1 single ‘The Final Countdown’).
- 1970, Born on this day, Ed Robertson, guitar, Barenaked Ladies, (1998 US No.1 & UK No.5 single ‘One Week’).
- 1984, Born on this day, Katy Perry, American singer-songwriter, who scored the 2008 single ‘I Kissed a Girl’ which was a worldwide hit topping the charts in over than 20 countries. Her 2013 single ‘Roar’ gave the singer her eighth non-consecutive US No.1 hit.