Here’s what happened on October 28th in rock history, from the home of music and games, Rock My World.
- 1956, Elvis Presley made his second appearance on US TV’s The Ed Sullivan Show, where the host presents him with a gold record for ‘Love Me Tender’.
- 1961, Raymond Jones went into Liverpool’s NEMS Record store trying to buy Beatles records that had been released in Germany. Shop manager Brian Epstein promised to investigate further.
- 1964, The first of two nights billed as the ‘Tami Show’ took place at the Civic Auditorium, Santa Monica with; Smokey Robinson & The Miracles, The Beach Boys, Chuck Berry, Marvin Gaye, The Supremes and The Rolling Stones.
- 1972, The United States Council for World Affairs announced it was adopting The Who song ‘Join Together’ as it’s official theme tune.
- 1978, Nick Gilder went to No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Hot Child In The City’, not a hit in the UK.
- 1978, The animated cartoon, Kiss Meets the Phantom of the Park, was shown on NBC-TV in the U.S. The four rock stars had to deal with a mad scientist who went crazy in an amusement park. All four members of Kiss had just released their individual solo albums.
- 1997, R.E.M. drummer Bill Berry announced that he was leaving the group after 17 years, becoming a farmer.
- 2001, The various artists album ‘God Bless America’ went to No.1 on the US chart, featuring tracks from Bruce Springsteen, Bill Withers, Celine Dion, Mariah Carey, Bob Dylan and Frank Sinatra.
- 2004, Courtney Love was ordered to stand trial on a charge of assault with a deadly weapon after Kristin King told a Los Angeles court Ms Love threw a bottle and a lit candle at her after turning up at the home of a former boyfriend in the early hours. Ms King told the court Ms Love was “vicious” and “erratic” when she allegedly attacked her while she slept on a sofa on 25 April. She said Ms Love then sat on her, pulled her hair and pinched her left breast in the “worst pinch I ever had”, before managing to flee.
- 2007, Country musician Porter Wagoner died in Nashville aged 80 from lung cancer. Wagoner helped launch the career of Dolly Parton and had his own US TV show, which ran for 21 years until 1981. Wagoner signed his first record deal in 1955, and had hits including Carroll County Accident and Green Green Grass of Home.
- 2008, A statue honouring AC/DC’s Bon Scott was unveiled at the Fremantle Fishing Boat Harbour in Western Australia. Although born in Scotland, Scott grew up in Fremantle after his family emigrated to Australia in 1952. Bon started out his newfound Australian life in Melbourne, his family lived in the suburb of Sunshine for 4 years before moving to Fremantle. Scott was born in 1946 died on 20th February 1980. He is buried in Fremantle cemetery.
- 2013, New Zealand singer Lorde, 16, topped the UK singles chart with her debut single, ‘Royals’, making her the youngest solo artist to score a UK No.1 since 15-year-old Billie Piper’s ‘Because We Want To’ in 1998. Lorde was signed to Universal on a development deal at just 13 years old, after a friend’s father sent them home recordings of her singing Duffy and Pixie Lott tracks.
- 2014, Police in Manchester England, said “an1969, Born on this day, American singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, Ben Harper. Two-time Grammy Award winner, winning awards for Best Pop Instrumental Performance and Best Traditional Soul Gospel Album, in 2005.fan” could’ve been responsible for breaking into an art gallery to steal a picture of the band after a window was smashed at MASA-UK in Greater Manchester. The black-and-white painting by Olga Tsarevska Loma was inscribed with ‘otz2013’.
Born on this day:
- 1927, Born on this day, Cleo Laine, jazz singer, (1961 UK No.5 single ‘You’ll Answer To Me’).
- 1936, Born on this day, Charlie Daniels, (1979 US No.3 & UK No.14 single ‘The Devil Went Down To Georgia’).
- 1937, Born on this day, Graham Bond, UK R&B keyboard player, sax, The Graham Bond Organisation. Died 8th May 1974 after committing suicide by throwing himself under a London tube train at Finsbury Park station. Bond worked with Alexis Korner, Jack Bruce and Ginger Baker.
- 1940, Born on this day, Wayne Fontana, (1966 UK No.2 single with Mindbenders, ‘Groovy Kind Of Love’, 1965 US No.1 single ‘Game Of Love’).
- 1941, Born on this day, Hank Marvin, guitar, The Shadows, (1963 UK No.1 single ‘Foot Tapper’, plus 28 other UK Top 40 singles. Also played on many hits with Cliff Richard. Member of Marvin, Welch and Farrar.
- 1953, Born on this day, Desmond Child, American musician, songwriter, and producer who has co-written over 70 Top 40 singles, with songs that have sold over 300 million albums worldwide. His collaborations include Bon Jovi, Bonnie Tyler, Aerosmith, Ricky Martin, KISS, Weezer, Shakira, Jennifer Rush, Kiss, Joan Jett & The Blackhearts, Cher, Katy Perry, and Alice Cooper.
- 1957, Born on this day, Stephen Morris, drums, Joy Division, (1980 UK No.13 single ‘Love Will Tear Us Apart’). New Order, (1983 UK No.9 single ‘Blue Monday’). The Other Two, (1991 UK No.41 single ‘Tasty Fish’).
- 1958, Born on this day, William Reid, The Jesus and Mary Chain, (1987 UK No.8 single ‘April Skies’).
- 1958, Born on this day, Dave Wyndorf, lead vocalist, guitarist, pianist, trombonist, and songwriter for the American rock group Monster Magnet.
- 1959, Born on this day, Neville Henry, The Blow Monkeys, (1987 UK No.5 single ‘It Doesn’t Have To Be This Way’).
- 1969, Born on this day, American singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, Ben Harper. Two-time Grammy Award winner, winning awards for Best Pop Instrumental Performance and Best Traditional Soul Gospel Album, in 2005.