Rock 'n' Roll History for
October 24






1955 - ClassicBands.com

October 24
Colonel Tom Parker sends a telegram to Sam Phillips, asking for a firm price to release Presley from his Sun Records contract.

1956 - ClassicBands.com

October 24
Elvis receives his first letter from the local draft board concerning his draft status.

1960 - ClassicBands.com

October 24
Neil Sedaka records "Calendar Girl", which will reach #4 in the US and #8 in the UK early the following year.

October 24
Brenda Lee reaches the top spot on the Billboard Hot 100 for the second time with "I Want To Be Wanted". It was her fourth US Top Ten hit of the year, but only reached #31 in England.

October 24
Frank Sinatra had the #1 LP in the US with "Nice 'n' Easy", which will spend nine weeks at the top of the Billboard stereo album chart.

1962 - ClassicBands.com

October 24
James Brown's appearance at the Apollo Theatre in New York was recorded for an album called "Live At the Apollo". The self-financed LP cost Brown $5,700, but would go on to sell over a million copies and earn a reputation for being one of the finest concert albums ever made. It was ranked at #24 in Rolling Stone magazine's 2003 list of the 500 greatest albums of all time. "Live At The Apollo" was the first album recorded just the way it was performed, with no separation in the tracks. This technique made it nearly impossible for the record company to issue single releases, forcing record buyers to purchase the entire LP.

1970 - ClassicBands.com

October 24
In a speech to a White House radio broadcasters conference, US President Richard Nixon appeals for Rock lyrics to be screened and those promoting drug use to be banned.

October 24
Pink Floyd were at the top of the UK album chart with "Atom Heart Mother", the group's first #1 LP. In the US it peaked at #55 and went Gold in March 1994.

1973 - ClassicBands.com

October 24
Art Garfunkel is awarded a Gold album for his first solo L.P. "Angel Clare". It is his highest charting solo album, peaking at number 5 and contains his only Top 10 hit in the US, "All I Know" which peaked at number 9.

October 24
John Lennon launches another round of litigation against the US government, claiming that his phone has been tapped and that he is under constant surveillance.

1978 - ClassicBands.com

October 24
Keith Richards was convicted in a Canadian court on a drug charge and received a one year suspended sentence, as well an order to play a benefit concert. The Rolling Stones fulfilled that obligation by performing at a charity concert for the blind in Oshawa, Ontario early the next year.

1980 - ClassicBands.com

October 24
The British government presented Paul McCartney with a rhodium-plated medallion for being named "The best selling songwriter and recording artist in history", by The Guinness Book of Records. Since 1962, McCartney wrote or co-wrote 43 million-selling songs and sold over 100 million records.

1987 - ClassicBands.com

October 24
Michael Jackson reached the top spot on the Billboard singles chart with "Bad". It was a #3 hit in the UK and made the Top Ten in ten other countries.

1988 - ClassicBands.com

October 24
The court case begins between John Fogerty and Fantasy Records, who claimed that John plagiarized his own song, "Run Through The Jungle", when writing his 1985 #10 hit, "The Old Man Down The Road", which he released on Warner Records. Fogerty had signed over the rights to the songs he recorded for Fantasy when he and the other members of Creedence Clearwater Revival first inked a contract with Fantasy. At the trial, John would use an acoustic guitar to show how many other songs had used the same short series of notes that appeared in both recordings. In the end, Fogerty emerged victorious.

1996 - ClassicBands.com

October 24
Motown founder, 66 year old Berry Gordy Jr. receives a star on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame.

2005 - ClassicBands.com

October 24
Guitarist Eric Clapton, bassist Jack Bruce and drummer Ginger Baker opened a sold-out, three-night stand at New York's Madison Square Garden.

2014 - ClassicBands.com

October 24
Rock 'n' Roll legend Jerry Lee Lewis appeared on The Late Show With David Letterman in support of his new album, "Rock And Roll Time". Along with the title song, Jerry Lee also performed some of his hits during commercial breaks, including "Great Balls Of Fire" and "Whole Lot Of Shakin' Going On".

October 24
John Denver was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame, seventeen years after his death. Denver's son, Zak Deutschendorf, who retained his father's original last name, and daughter Jesse Belle Denver, attended the unveiling.

2016 - ClassicBands.com

October 24
Bobby Vee, who had 14 Billboard Top 40 hits between 1960 and 1968, died from complications of early onset Alzheimer's disease on October 24th, 2016 at the age of 73. "Take Good Care Of My Baby", "Run To Him", The Night Has A Thousand Eyes" and "Come Back When You Grow Up" all reached the top three.






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