Rock 'n' Roll History for
October 6






1958 - ClassicBands.com

October 6
Billboard magazine runs an article that states "Payola, that under-the-turntable device whereby record companies win plugs and influence disc jockeys, is fast growing into a monster that may yet destroy its creators. According to key record execs, jockey payola is so widespread that it's no longer possible to measure its effectiveness." Disc jockey Alan Freed's career will soon be ended by the scandal.

1965 - ClassicBands.com

October 6
Gary Lewis And The Playboys enter the studio to record two of their biggest hits, "She's Just My Style" and "Sure Gonna Miss Her".

1966 - ClassicBands.com

October 6
British rocker Johnny Kidd was killed in a car crash in Manchester, England at the age of 26. The car was being driven by the husband of the secretary of his fan club. Although he never made a dent in the US record charts, Kidd had several hits in the UK. He is best remembered on the North America music scene for writing The Guess Who's 1965 chart debut, "Shakin' All Over".

1969 - ClassicBands.com

October 6
George Harrison's song "Something" is released as the "A" side of a Beatles' 45, a first for Harrison. Along with Lennon and McCartney's "Come Together", the single will reach number one in the US next month.

1973 - ClassicBands.com

October 6
Cher had the top tune in the US with a song written especially for her, "Half-Breed". She would later claim to be 1/16th Cherokee on her mother's side.

1976 - ClassicBands.com

October 6
Rick Dees And His Cast of Idiots receive a Gold record for one of the more bizarre novelty hits of the decade, "Disco Duck". In December, it will become only the fourth single ever to be certified Platinum. Dees was fired from his broadcasting job at WMPS in Memphis, Tennessee, when he mentioned that his song, "Disco Duck", was almost #1, and that his own radio station would not let him play it. He was soon hired by a rival Memphis station and went on to a highly successful radio career, being inducted into both the National Radio Hall of Fame, and the National Association of Broadcasters Hall Of Fame.

1977 - ClassicBands.com

October 6
Actress Britt Eklund launches a $15-million palimony suit against Rod Stewart. The case would be later settled out of court.

1978 - ClassicBands.com

October 6
ABBA's Benny Anderson and Anni-Frid Lyngstad are married. The union would last just three years.

October 6
Mick Jagger offers an apology to the Reverend Jesse Jackson after Jackson denounces the Stones' song, "Some Girls" as racist. Jagger, however, refuses to change the lyrics.

October 6
Johnny O'Keefe, who has often been called the undisputed King of Australian Rock 'n' Roll with twenty-nine Top 40 hits to his credit in Australia between 1959 and 1974, died following a heart attack induced by an accidental overdose of prescribed drugs. He was 43.

1979 - ClassicBands.com

October 6
Robert John had the top tune on the Billboard Pop chart with a song called "Sad Eyes". It had been nearly 21 years since his first chart appearance in 1958 with a minor hit, "White Bucks and Saddle Shoes". "Sad Eyes" reached #31 in the UK.

October 6
The Eagles' "Heartache Tonight" is released. It will become their fifth Billboard number one single, but stall at #40 in the UK.

1980 - ClassicBands.com

October 6
Even though he resurrected their career in the mid 1970s, The Bee Gees filed a $200-million law suit against their manager, Robert Stigwood, claiming mis-management. The lawsuit would be settled out of court, with mutual public apologies in May 1981.

1991 - ClassicBands.com

October 6
Michael Jackson gives away the bride at Elizabeth Taylor's seventh wedding, held at Jackson's Neverland Ranch. The Groom was construction worker Larry Fortensky, whom Taylor would divorce in 1997. When asked why she married so many times, Taylor said that she was a very moral person and would never sleep with a man unless she was married to him.

1994 - ClassicBands.com

October 6
The Eagles reunion tour is halted when Glenn Frey is admitted to hospital for emergency stomach surgery.

2002 - ClassicBands.com

October 6
Mick Jagger donated 100,000 Pounds ($184,000) to his old Grammar school in Dartford to help pay for a music director and buy musical instruments.

2006 - ClassicBands.com

October 6
The Four Tops sang the national anthem before Game 3 of baseball's American League Divisional Playoff Series at Comerica Park in Detroit.

2010 - ClassicBands.com

October 6
A set of John Lennon's fingerprints were seized by the FBI from a New York memorabilia dealer who intended to sell them for $100,000 (62,621 Pounds) minimum bid. The prints were taken at a New York police station in 1976 when Lennon applied for permanent US residence. The bureau believed the card was still government property and was investigating how it landed in private hands.

October 6
Just a year after ruling out a reunion with his former group, singer Davy Jones announced plans to reform The Monkees for a 2011 tour.

2011 - ClassicBands.com

October 6
Starship's "We Built This City" was named 'The worst song of the 1980s' in a poll by Rolling Stone magazine. "The Final Countdown" by the Swedish band Europe came in second and "Lady in Red" by Chris de Burgh was third. Also making the top five were Wham!'s "Wake Me Up (Before You Go Go)" and "The Safety Dance" by Men Without Hats.

2015 - ClassicBands.com

October 6
Billy Joe Royal, the Country and Pop vocalist who placed four songs on Billboard's Top 40, died suddenly at the age of 73. His hits included "Down In The Boondocks" (#9 in 1965), "I Knew You When" (#14 in 1965) and "Cherry Hill Park" (#15 in 1969).

October 6
Johnny Cash was inducted into the Music City Walk Of Fame in Nashville, Tennessee.






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