Rock 'n' Roll History for
October 29






1955 - ClassicBands.com

October 29
Billboard reviews Little Richard's "Tutti Frutti" and calls it "cleverly styled novelty with nonsense words, rapid fire delivery." The record's hard-driving sound and wild lyrics not only became a model for future Little Richard songs, but also for Rock and Roll itself.

October 29
Sun Records founder Sam Phillips launches America's first all-female radio station, WHER in Memphis.

1957 - ClassicBands.com

October 29
Bobby Helms records his version of "Jingle Bell Rock". By December, it will be in the US Top 10, eventually selling over a million copies and becoming a Christmas standard. Over the years, about 100 other artists would also record the song.

October 29
Buddy Holly And The Crickets' "Oh Boy!" is released by Brunswick Records. It will peak at #10 in the US and #3 in the UK. Holly was backed by the vocal group, The Picks

1958 - ClassicBands.com

October 29
Elvis Presley attends a Bill Haley concert in Stuttgart, West Germany while stationed there with the US Army.

1963 - ClassicBands.com

October 29
38 year old Michael Holliday, who had a string of UK hits in the pre-Beatles era, including two number one singles, "The Story of My Life" and "Starry Eyed", committed suicide, dying from a suspected drugs overdose.

1966 - ClassicBands.com

October 29
After topping the Cashbox Magazine Best Sellers Chart two weeks earlier, ? and the Mysterians "96 Tears" reached number one on the Billboard chart. Although he closely guarded his true identity at the time, the man known as Question Mark turned out to be Rudy Martinez, from Saginaw Valley, Michigan.

October 29
It had been nearly two years since The Ronettes had a Top 40 hit in America with "Walking In The Rain". Now their version of "I Can Hear Music" entered the Billboard Hot 100 where it would last just one week at position #100 before disappearing completely. The Beach Boys would cover the tune in 1969 and take it to #24 in America and #10 in the UK.

1967 - ClassicBands.com

October 29
Hair, advertised as the American Tribal Love-Rock Musical, opens off-Broadway at the Public Theater in New York's East Village. The show moved to Broadway in April 1968 and ran for 1,750 performances, closing on July 1st, 1972. The play's original cast album spawned the hit singles "Aquarius" / Let the Sun Shine In", "Good Morning Starshine", "Easy To Be Hard" and "Hair" and helped launch the career of songwriter Galt MacDermont

1971 - ClassicBands.com

October 29
Duane Allman of The Allman Brothers Band was killed when he lost control of his motorcycle on a Macon, Georgia street while trying to swerve to avoid a tractor-trailer. He was three weeks shy of his 25th birthday.

1973 - ClassicBands.com

October 29
The Who's double album, "Quadrophenia" received Gold record status. It stayed on the US charts for 40 weeks and on Britain's charts for 12 weeks.

1976 - ClassicBands.com

October 29
Officials at Lancaster Polytechnic, Coventry, England, halt a planned show by The Sex Pistols, saying that they didn't want "that sort of thing" in their town.

October 29
Elvis Presley's final studio recording session is held at his Graceland mansion in a mobile studio sent by RCA. Even in that atmosphere, Elvis struggled through the process, which would produce the LP "From Elvis Presley Boulevard, Memphis, Tennessee".

1977 - ClassicBands.com

October 29
A 30 year old rocker named Marvin Lee Aday, who uses the stage name Meat Loaf, releases his landmark album "Bat Out Of Hell". Since that time, the LP has sold over 43 million copies worldwide.

October 29
Paul Davis' "I Go Crazy" enters the Billboard Hot 100, where it will reach #7. In a chart career spanning from 1974 to 1982, Davis would place eight songs in the Top 40, including "65 Love Affair", a #6 hit in '82.

1982 - ClassicBands.com

October 29
Paul McCartney and Michael Jackson released "The Girl is Mine", which will rise to #2 on the Billboard Pop chart. Even though it was a hit, the song was never performed live by Jackson.

1983 - ClassicBands.com

October 29
Pink Floyd's "Dark Side of the Moon" marks its 491st week on the Billboard album chart, surpassing the previous record holder, "Johnny's Greatest Hits" by Johnny Mathis. When it finally fell off of list in October 1988, "Dark Side" had set a record of 741 weeks on the chart.

October 29
"Islands In The Stream" gave Dolly Parton and Kenny Rogers a #1 hit on the US Pop chart. The song was written by The Bee Gees and co-produced by Barry Gibb.

1984 - ClassicBands.com

October 29
Wells Kelly, drummer for Orleans on their hits "Still The One" and "Love Takes Time", was found dead from asphyxiation at the front door of his hotel. The 35-year-old was on tour with Meatloaf at the time. .

1990 - ClassicBands.com

October 29
The Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame announces their newest inductees: The Byrds, LaVern Baker, John Lee Hooker, The Impressions, Wilson Pickett, Jimmy Reed and Ike And Tina Turner.

1995 - ClassicBands.com

October 29
Paul Anka is the featured guest on an episode of Fox-TV's The Simpsons.

1999 - ClassicBands.com

October 29
The surviving members of The Who, Pete Townshend, Roger Daltrey and John Entwistle, reunited for the first time in two years for a concert at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas to launch Pixelon, a new internet video company.

2000 - ClassicBands.com

October 29
William Martin, drummer with Sam The Sham And The Pharaohs, suffered a fatal heart attack at the age of 56.

2003 - ClassicBands.com

October 29
Research by Professor James Kellaris of the University of Cincinnati College of Business Administration, found that songs get stuck in our heads because they create a 'brain itch' that can only be scratched by repeating a tune over and over. Songs such as the Village People's "YMCA" and the Baha Men's "Who Let The Dogs Out", owe their success to their ability to create a 'cognitive itch'.

2005 - ClassicBands.com

October 29
The four original wax heads of The Beatles that were used for the cover of their Sgt. Pepper album were auctioned off after being discovered in a back room at Madame Tussaud's Wax Museum in London. The winning bidder paid 81,500 Pounds ($127,000) for the set.

2009 - ClassicBands.com

October 29
Forbes Magazine reported that Michael Jackson had earned about 72 million dollars since his death on June 6th. That was good enough for third place on their list of dead celebrities making the most money. Fashion designer Yves Saint Laurent came in first at $350 million, songwriters Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein were second with $235 million and Elvis Presley was fourth, earning $55 million.






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