Rock 'n' Roll History for
October 16






1951 - ClassicBands.com

October 16
18 year old Richard Penniman, who is already using the stage name Little Richard, makes his first recordings for RCA Camden at the studios of Atlanta radio station WGST. His early attempts imitated the Gospel style of late-1940s Jump Blues artist Billy Wright who was a friend that set him up with the opportunity to record.

1954 - ClassicBands.com

October 16
Two weeks after his appearance at Nashville's Grand Ole Opry, Elvis Presley performs on the Country music radio program, Louisiana Hayride, broadcast live on KWKH in Shreveport. After an enthusiastic reception from the audience, Presley is booked to appear every week for a year at $18 per show. His sidemen, Bill Black and Scotty Moore are paid $12 each.

1957 - ClassicBands.com

October 16
Sam Cooke's "You Send Me" is released by Keen Records. The single will be his biggest hit, topping the Billboard chart and selling two-and-a-half million copies. Over the next eight years he will place twenty-eight more song on the Hot 100, with three of them coming after his death on December 11th, 1964.

1967 - ClassicBands.com

October 16
Folk singer Joan Baez was arrested, along with 123 others, for blocking the entrance to an Armed Forces Induction Center in Oakland, California.

1968 - ClassicBands.com

October 16
Jay And The Americans recorded "This Magic Moment", which would rise to #6 in the US the following Spring. The Drifters' 1960 version made it to #16.

1971 - ClassicBands.com

October 16
Isaac Hayes' "Theme From Shaft" is released. When Hayes sings "That John Shaft is a bad mother..." the voice you hear telling Hayes to "shut your mouth" is that of Thelma Hopkins of Tony Orlando And Dawn.

1972 - ClassicBands.com

October 16
Creedence Clearwater Revival split up following the failure of their most recent album, "Mardi Gras". After limited success as a solo act and some legal hassles with Fantasy Records, John Fogarty would have two big hits in 1980, "Center Field" and "Rock and Roll Girl". John's brother Tom Fogarty died in September, 1990 and the surviving members went on to tour as Creedence Clearwater Revisited.

1981 - ClassicBands.com

October 16
"Endless Love" by Diana Ross and Lionel Richie is certified Platinum by the RIAA. The song was Ross' 18th number one hit and became the biggest selling single of her career, including her work with The Supremes.

1982 - ClassicBands.com

October 16
RCA Records releases Daryl Hall and John Oates' LP, "H2O", which will reach the Top Five on the Billboard album chart and yield two hits: "Maneater" and "One on One".

1986 - ClassicBands.com

October 16
Chuck Berry's 60th birthday was marked by an all-star concert that included Keith Richards, Eric Clapton, Linda Ronstadt and Julian Lennon.

1992 - ClassicBands.com

October 16
Irish singer Sinead O'Connor is booed off the stage at a show honoring Bob Dylan at Madison Square Garden. The crowd was reacting to O'Connor's tearing up a picture of the Pope on Saturday Night Live two weeks earlier.

1993 - ClassicBands.com

October 16
Aretha Franklin sang the US national anthem at a World Series baseball game in Toronto between the Blue Jays and the Philadelphia Phillies.

1999 - ClassicBands.com

October 16
Ella Mae Morse, the first artist to record a Gold record for Capitol Records, died of respiratory failure at the age of 74. Her recording of "Cow Cow Boogie" was a best seller in July, 1942.

2001 - ClassicBands.com

October 16
Two security guards were fired after refusing to allow Bob Dylan into his own concert. Dylan, who had demanded that security on his Love and Theft tour should be tighter than ever, didn't have a pass when he arrived backstage.

2013 - ClassicBands.com

October 16
Armed with a list of loyal patients who were willing to support him, Michael Jackson's former physician Dr. Conrad Murray revealed plans to fight the revocation of his medical licence in Texas and California.

October 16
Cleveland's Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame revealed the list of nominees for next year's induction. Those nominated were: Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Chic, Deep Purple, Peter Gabriel, Hall And Oates, KISS, LL Cool J, The Meters, Nirvana, N.W.A., The Replacements, Linda Ronstadt, Cat Stevens, Link Wray, Yes and The Zombies.

2014 - ClassicBands.com

October 16
Tim Hauser, who led The Manhattan Transfer to four Billboard Top 40 hits, including "Boy From New York City" in 1981, died of cardiac arrest at the age of 72.

2015 - ClassicBands.com

October 16
A petition signed in 1967 by all four Beatles and other friends of the Rolling Stones' Mick Jagger asking that he play the lead role of Alex in British version of A Clockwork Orange went on the auction block of Paddle8, with an estimated selling price of $18,000 to $25,000. Plans for that film were eventually shelved until 1971 when it was produced by Stanley Kubrick.






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