Rock 'n' Roll History for
October 20






1955 - ClassicBands.com

October 20
Harry Belafonte records a traditional Jamaican Folk tune called "The Banana Boat Song" ("Day-O"). It reached #5 in the US in early 1957 and later became Belafonte's signature song.

October 20
Elvis Presley, Bill Haley, The Four Lads and Pat Boone appear together in concert at the Brooklyn High School auditorium in Cleveland, Ohio.

1962 - ClassicBands.com

October 20
The Four Seasons' "Big Girls Don't Cry" is released. It will become their second consecutive Billboard #1 hit, spending five weeks at the top.

October 20
"The Monster Mash" by Bobby "Boris" Pickett, reached the top of Billboard's Hot 100 singles chart. This novelty song, which was recorded in less than two hours, has now become an annual favorite.

1968 - ClassicBands.com

October 20
After six US Top 40 hits over the past eighteen months, The Yardbirds give their final performance at Liverpool University.

1973 - ClassicBands.com

October 20
The Rolling Stones had the number one song in the US with "Angie". It made #5 in the UK. It is often reported that the song was written about David Bowie's wife at the time, the former Angela Barnett, but many reliable sources say that the song is really about Anita Pallenberg, the long-time love of Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards.

1974 - ClassicBands.com

October 20
Eric Burdon and his wife Rose have a baby girl in Palm Springs, California and name her Mirage.

1976 - ClassicBands.com

October 20
Led Zeppelin's film, The Song Remains the Same, a mixture of concert footage and fantasy sequences, premieres in London.

1977 - ClassicBands.com

October 20
Three members of Lynyrd Skynyrd, Ronnie Van Zant, Steve Gaines, his sister Cassie Gaines (one of three backing singers) and manager Dean Kilpatrick were killed in a plane crash en route from Greenville, South Carolina, to Baton Rouge, Louisiana. The remaining members, Gary Rossington, Allen Collins, Billy Powell and Leon Wilkeson were seriously injured, but all recovered. The band was finished for ten years, until the survivors invited Ronnie's younger brother Johnny to join them in a reunion concert.

1979 - ClassicBands.com

October 20
Herb Alpert, who led his Tijuana Brass on 17 instrumental chart hits in the mid 1960s, reached number one in the US with a dance tune called "Rise". It made #13 in the UK. Next Spring, the song will win a Grammy Award for Best Pop Instrumental Performance.

1997 - ClassicBands.com

October 20
Henry Vestine, guitarist for Canned Heat, died at the age of 52 from heart and respiratory failure.

2001 - ClassicBands.com

October 20
An all-star lineup including David Bowie, Mick Jagger, Eric Clapton, Billy Joel, Elton John and The Who appear at The Concert For New York City at Madison Square Garden in a five hour show to benefit the victims of the 9/11 attack.

2008 - ClassicBands.com

October 20
Dee Dee Warwick, a Soul singer who won recognition for both her solo work and her performances with her older sister Dionne Warwick, passed away at the age of 63. Warwick had several hits on the Soul and R&B charts in the 1960s and '70s, including "Foolish Fool", "She Didn't Know (She Kept on Talking)" and a version of "I'm Gonna Make You Love Me" that was later covered by Diana Ross And The Supremes. She was born Delia Mae Warrick, but changed her last name to Warwick, just like her famous sister.

2014 - ClassicBands.com

October 20
Cat Stevens first album in five years, "Tell 'Em I'm Gone", began streaming on www.NPR.org. The LP was supported by a six-date tour beginning in December, his first string of North American dates in 35 years.






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