Rock 'n' Roll History for
October 30






1960 - ClassicBands.com

October 30
Elvis Presley attends RCA studios in Nashville where he records fourteen Gospel songs for his upcoming LP "His Hand In Mine". The album will reach #14 on the Billboard Hot 200 chart and be certified Platinum in 1992.

1961 - ClassicBands.com

October 30
Philles Records issues their first single, "There's No Other Love Like My Baby" by The Crystals, which will climb to #20 on the Billboard Pop chart early next year. The label derived its moniker by combining the first names of owners Phil Spector and Les Sill.

1964 - ClassicBands.com

October 30
Roy Orbison is awarded his ninth Gold record for "Oh! Pretty Woman", which topped the charts in ten countries, including the US, Canada and the UK, selling over seven million copies worldwide.

1965 - ClassicBands.com

October 30
As a follow-up to her #8 hit, "Don't Just Stand There", Patty Duke's "Say Something Funny" entered the Billboard Pop chart, where it reached #22.

October 30
After being displaced for a week as the best selling song in the US by "A Lover's Concerto" by The Toys, "Yesterday" by The Beatles reclaims the top spot.

1967 - ClassicBands.com

October 30
The Rolling Stones' guitarist Brian Jones pleads guilty in a London Magistrate's Court on drug possession charges from his March arrest. He is remanded to Wormwood Scrub Prison until the following day when he is sentenced to nine months behind bars and is then released on bail pending an appeal.

October 30
Vikki Carr's rendition of "It Must Be Him" enters the Billboard Top 40 on its way to #3. The single would sell over a million copies in America and the album from which came was nominated for three Grammys.

1968 - ClassicBands.com

October 30
The MC5 record live tracks for their upcoming album at the Grande Ballroom in Detroit. The lyrics of the stage version of the single "Kick Out The Jams" are changed from "kick out the jams brothers and sisters" to "kick out the jams motherfuckers!", causing quite a stir among both teens and parents.

1970 - ClassicBands.com

October 30
The Doors' Jim Morrison is sentenced to six months in jail and fined $500 for exposing himself during a concert in Miami. The case would still be on appeal when he died on July 3rd, 1971.

1971 - ClassicBands.com

October 30
John Lennon had the number one album in both Great Britain and The United States with "Imagine". It would be John's only solo LP to sell a million copies and his most popular album until "Double Fantasy", which went to number one shortly after his assassination on December 8, 1980.

1972 - ClassicBands.com

October 30
Elton John gives a command performance for Queen Elizabeth II, making him the first Rock 'n' Roller to be asked to appear in a royal variety performance since the Beatles did it in November 1963.

1973 - ClassicBands.com

October 30
The Osmonds are greeted by 10,000 fans at Heathrow Airport in London.

1974 - ClassicBands.com

October 30
Sylvester Stewart, better known as Sly, from Sly And The Family Stone, is sued for divorce by his wife, Kathy Silva Stewart, less than six months after being married.

1978 - ClassicBands.com

October 30
Just in time for Halloween, Kiss was featured in an animated cartoon called "Kiss Meets the Phantom of the Park", on NBC-TV.

1979 - ClassicBands.com

October 30
After eight years of marriage, Mick and Bianca Jagger are granted a divorce. The union produced one daughter, Jade, but Bianca later said "My marriage ended on my wedding day".

1982 - ClassicBands.com

October 30
Melbourne, Australia's Men At Work had the number one song in the US with "Who Can It Be Now?". They would follow with three more Top 10 hits, "Down Under" (#1), "Overkill" (#3) and "It's A Mistake" (#6)

1984 - ClassicBands.com

October 30
Barry Manilow's tour opened at Radio City Music Hall, New York. His series of concerts sold out to the tune of $1.9 million, besting (by $100,000) the record then held by Diana Ross.

1992 - ClassicBands.com

October 30
George Michael files a writ seeking to dissolve his contract with Sony Records. In June, 1994, a British judge would rule in Sony's favor, but Michael would refuse to release any more material with Sony. The old Sony contract would eventually be bought out by David Geffen who put Michael back in business.

1995 - ClassicBands.com

October 30
David Bowie, Tom Donahue, Gladys Knight And The Pips, The Velvet Underground, Jefferson Airplane, Little Willie John, Pink Floyd, Pete Seeger, and The Shirelles are inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame.

1997 - ClassicBands.com

October 30
After host Clive Anderson insults them, The Bee Gees walk off the stage during the BBC1-TV show Clive Anderson, All Talk. Maurice Gibb would later recall: "We don't mind being ripped apart, but don't rip the songs apart. That's something, 'cause they're like our kids. You know, you don't do that."

1998 - ClassicBands.com

October 30
David Bowie hosts a song writing contest on his web site to help complete the lyrics to his song "What's Really Happening". 20 year-old Alex Grant is the winner and is later present for the song's recording session.

2007 - ClassicBands.com

October 30
62 year old Linda Stein, who co-managed The Ramones during the band's heyday, was found beaten to death inside her Manhattan apartment. Stein's former personal assistant, 26 year old Natavia Lowery would be arrested and charged with murder on November 9th. On May 3, 2010, Lowery was sentenced to the maximum 25 years to life for beating her boss to death, including 3 years for the theft of $30,000 from Stein.

October 30
Robert Goulet, who reached the Billboard Top 20 in 1964 with a song called "My Love, Forgive Me", died while awaiting a lung transplant after being diagnosed with a rare form of pulmonary fibrosis. He was 73.

2013 - ClassicBands.com

October 30
Yoko Ono told The Associated Press that she was "very thankful" to Paul McCartney for telling Rolling Stone magazine that he had moved past his grudge against her. "I never felt too bad about Paul. He was my husband's partner and they did a great job and all that. They seemed to have a lot of fun, and I respected that."

2015 - ClassicBands.com

October 30
Billy Joel kicked off Game 3 of the World Series between the New York Mets and the Kansas City Royals with a beautiful rendition of the National Anthem. During the 8th inning, he sang along with the crowd when "Piano Man" was played over the P.A. system.






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