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Rock and Roll History

October 26th to November 1st

Classic Rockers In The News - Rock & Roll Birthdays - Number One Records

1895 - ClassicBands.com

November 1
Billboard published its debut issue as "A monthly resume of all that is new, bright and interesting on the boards." The new magazine was "devoted to the interests of advertisers, poster printers, bill posters, advertising agents & secretaries of fairs." It later began reporting on circuses, carnivals, vaudeville and other forms of live entertainment before focusing on motion pictures and later still, the music industry. The cost of that initial publication was 10 cents or 90 cents a year.

1952 - ClassicBands.com

October 31
Pianist Johnnie Johnson hires 26 year old
Chuck Berry as a guitarist in his band. While playing evening gigs in the St. Louis area, Berry will keep his day job as a hairdresser for the next three years.

1954 - ClassicBands.com

November 1
The November issue of Billboard magazine lists Elvis Presley at number 8 of the Most Promising New Hillbilly or Country Singers.

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.

November 1
An R&B group called The Famous Flames, led by singer James Brown, cut their first demo of "Please, Please, Please" at a radio station in Macon Georgia. It will lead to their signing with King Records, where they re-recorded the song in February, 1956 and watched it climb to #6 on Billboard's R&B chart.

1956 - ClassicBands.com

October 27
Clarence Henry's "Ain't Got No Home" is released by Argo Records. The song will crack the Billboard Top 40 in early 1957 and reach #20 during its three week stay. Because he sings like a frog on the record, further releases would be credited to Clarence "Frogman" Henry.

October 27
A front page article in Billboard magazine says that the US Army will give Elvis Presley a GI haircut, much to the dismay of his fans.

October 27
Elvis Presley attains his third straight number one hit on The Cashbox Best Sellers Chart when "Love Me Tender" reaches the top. The King had led the list since the middle of August with "Hound Dog", which was replaced by "Don't Be Cruel" a month later.

October 28
Elvis Presley makes his second appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show, where the host presents him with a Gold record for "Love Me Tender".

1957 - ClassicBands.com

October 27
After a show in Los Angeles, the police tell Elvis that he is not allowed to wiggle his hips onstage. The next night, they film his entire concert, but no charges are laid.

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

November 1
Buddy Holly And The Crickets started a three week run at #1 on the UK singles chart with "That'll Be The Day".

1958 - ClassicBands.com

October 26
Bill Haley And His Comets played the first Rock 'n' Roll concert in West Berlin, Germany, where riots broke out among the 7,000 fans.

October 28
Buddy Holly appeared on Dick Clark's American Bandstand, where he lip-synched "It's So Easy" and "Heartbeat". It would be Holly's last major TV appearance.

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

November 1
Communist East Germany leaders dub Elvis Presley as "Public enemy number one." An East Germany youth publication wrote: "The 23 year old star Presley is no artist and enjoys only limited brain power."

1959 - ClassicBands.com

November 1
After cracking the US Top 40 twice while with Atlantic Records, Ray Charles signs with ABC-Paramount, where he will have 24 more Billboard hits.

November 1
For the first time since 1954, Elvis Presley doesn't have a record on any of the Billboard charts. He is currently in Germany serving with the US Army.

1960 - ClassicBands.com

October 27
Ben E. King was at Atlantic Records, laying down his first solo efforts since leaving The Drifters. During the session, King recorded "Spanish Harlem" which would reach #10 in the US and "Stand By Me" which would go to #4 Stateside and #1 in the UK.

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.

October 31
The Elvis Presley LP "G.I. Blues" enters the Billboard Hot 200, where it will rise to number one and stay there for six weeks. It will finally fall of the chart 111 weeks later, making it the longest charting album of Elvis' career.

1961 - ClassicBands.com

October 28
It was on this day that Beatles manager Brian Epstein would later claim that a young British lad named Raymond Jones walked into his Liverpool record shop and asked for a song called "My Bonnie" by Tony Sheridan And The Beat Brothers, prompting him to track down the band and eventually sign them. Epstein's personal assistant, Alistair Taylor, would later say that he used the name of Jones (a regular customer) to order the single and paid the deposit himself, knowing that Epstein would notice it and order further copies.

October 28
Brian Epstein went to The Cavern Club to watch The Beatles' lunchtime show. He would later say that he was "overwhelmed by their talent", but in reality he had nothing to compare them to, as they were the first Pop group he had ever seen perform live.

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.

1962 - ClassicBands.com

October 27
The Rolling Stones, consisting of Keith Richard, Mick Jagger, Brian Jones, pianist Ian Stewart and drummer Tony Chapman, record their first demo tape at Curly Clayton Studios in Highbury, London. Although Charlie Watts is being courted, he chooses to remain at his Regent Street advertising job.

October 28
The Star Club in Hamburg, Germany was the site of a historic Rock and Roll get together when The Beatles and Little Richard appeared for a two week engagement.

October 31
Elvis Presley's 11th film, Girls! Girls! Girls! premiered in Honolulu, Hawaii, where it was shot. The movie is a musical comedy about a penniless fisherman who loves his life on the sea and dreams of owning his own boat.

November 1
While The Beatles were appearing at The Star Club in Hamburg, Germany, a recording was made on a small, portable tape recorder which would be pressed and issued by Singasong Records in 1977 as "Live! At the Star Club in Hamburg, Germany, 1962".

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.

October 31
Ed Sullivan sees 50,000 fans cheer The Beatles at London's Heathrow Airport and later books them for three appearances on his TV show early the next year.

1964 - ClassicBands.com

October 27
The Supremes release "Come See About Me", which would become the third of their five consecutive US number one hits. In the UK, it would reach #27.

October 27
31 year old Salvatore Philip Bono marries 18 year old Cherilyn Sarkisian La Piere. For a time they performed together as Caesar and Cleo before changing the name of their act to Sonny and Cher. Their union lasted 12 years.

October 30
Roy Orbison is awarded his ninth Gold record for "Oh! Pretty Woman", which will stay on the charts for 15 weeks.

October 31
The Supremes achieve their second Billboard number one single with "Baby Love". Just four months earlier, other artists at Motown Records referred to them as "the no-hit Supremes."

October 31
Sitting at the top of the Cashbox Magazine Best Sellers Chart was New Zealand-born Canadian vocalist Gale Garnett with "We'll Sing In The Sunshine". It will also reach #4 on the Billboard chart and win a 1965 Grammy Award for Best Folk Recording. Garnett continued to record through the rest of the 1960s, but her follow-up, "Lovin' Place", was her only other single to chart in America.

October 31
Ray Charles is arrested by Logan Airport customs officials in Boston and charged with possession of heroin. This is his third drug charge, following incidents in 1958 and 1961. Ray avoided prison time after kicking the habit in a clinic in Los Angeles, but spent a year on parole in 1966.

October 31
For the first time since January, The Beatles do not have a song on the Billboard Hot 100. During that time, they placed fourteen records on the chart with five different labels.

November 1
The Dave Clark Five appear on The Ed Sullivan Show singing their hit "Glad All Over". Sullivan likes them much better than The Rolling Stones, saying that unlike the latter, the DC5 are "nice, neat boys."

1965 - ClassicBands.com

October 26
The Beatles are awarded the prestigious MBE (Members of the Most Honorable Order of the British Empire ) medal at Buckingham Palace. Many former recipients gave theirs back in protest, to which John Lennon responded "Lots of people who complained about us receiving the MBE received theirs for heroism in the war, for killing people." He continued: "We received ours for entertaining other people. I'd say we deserve ours more." When asked how he enjoyed meeting Queen Elizabeth II, John said "She's much nicer than she is in the photos."

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.

November 1
Rochester, New York police halt a Rolling Stones concert until over 3,500 screaming fans return to order.

1966 - ClassicBands.com

October 28
The British Musicians Union declares that they are against BBC Radio continuously broadcasting Pop music.

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.

November 1
Three Elvis Presley albums are certified Gold: his 1956 debut album, "Elvis Presley", "Elvis' Golden Records, Vol. 2" and "Elvis' Golden Records, Vol. 3".

November 1
With "Good Vibrations" at the top of the UK chart, The Beach Boys kick off the first of seven sold out shows at Finsbury Park Astoria in London, England. Over 600 city buses were adorned with posters announcing their arrival.

1967 - ClassicBands.com

October 28
Diana Ross And The Supremes' "Greatest Hits" started a five week run at #1 on the US album chart. Although original member Florence Ballard is pictured on the cover and sings on all the tracks, by the time the L.P. was released, she had been fired from the group and replaced by Cindy Birdsong.

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 will eventually move to Broadway for a successful run. The play's original cast album spawns 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

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.

October 31
Malcolm Hale, guitarist for Spanky And Our Gang, died suddenly of pneumonia at the age of 27. The group placed five songs on the Billboard Top 40 between 1967 and 1968, including "Sunday Will Never Be The Same" (#9), "Lazy Day" (#14) and "Like To Get To Know You" (#17).

November 1
George Harrison releases his first solo album, "Wonderwall Music" on the Apple label. The songs are mostly Harrison instrumentals, aided by Eric Clapton, Ringo Starr and an unaccredited banjo contribution by Peter Tork of The Monkees. The LP would reach #49 in the US, but did not chart at all in the UK and would become the first album to be deleted from the Apple Records catalog.

1969 - ClassicBands.com

November 1
"Suspicious Minds" reaches the top of the Billboard chart, becoming Elvis Presley's 17th and final US number one hit during his lifetime. Elvis had recorded it in a 4 AM to 7 AM session last January, with the eighth take being the keeper. The song climbed to #2 in the UK.

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.

October 31
Former Mamas And Papas singer Michelle Phillips marries actor Dennis Hopper. They would divorce 8 days later.

October 31
James Taylor's album "Fire and Rain" is certified Gold just as the single reaches #3 in the US. The lyrics of the song are highly personal to James, as he sang Suzanne the plans they made put an end to you about Suzanne Schnerr, a childhood friend who committed suicide, and Sweet dreams and Flying Machines in pieces on the ground, referring to his earlier band, Flying Machine, which had split before significant success.

1971 - ClassicBands.com

October 26
Three days after performing "Tired of Being Alone" on American Bandstand, Al Green is awarded a Gold record for the hit single.

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.

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.

November 1
Sly And The Family Stone continue to cancel many concerts at the last minute because Sly doesn't show up. Of 80 concerts booked in 1970, he cancelled 26 and ducked out of 12 of 40 shows in '71. The band is still successful on the radio however, enjoying the hits "Family Affair" and "There's a Riot Goin' On".

1972 - ClassicBands.com

October 28
The United States Council for World Affairs announces that it is adopting "Join Together" by The Who as its official theme.

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.

November 1
Gilbert O'Sullivan had the top tune on the UK charts with a song called "Clair", a number he wrote for three year old Clair Mills, the daughter of his manager, Gordon Mills. She would later recall; "My mum said it would be lovely if Gilbert wrote a song about me, so he did." The little girl's giggle at the end of the song is Clair herself.

November 1
The 33rd and final film of Elvis' career, Elvis On Tour opens in the US. It would be awarded the 1972 Golden Globe Award for Best Documentary, making it the only Elvis film to win an award of any kind.

1973 - ClassicBands.com

October 27
Although they enjoyed a long string of hit records, Gladys Knight And The Pips had their only US number one song when "Midnight Train to Georgia" hit the top. The record won the 1974 Grammy Award for Best R&B Vocal Performance By A Duo, Group Or Chorus and has become Knight's signature song.

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.

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

1974 - ClassicBands.com

October 26
The teaming of Dionne Warwick with The Spinners resulted in both artists having their first number one hit when "Then Came You" reached the top of the Billboard Hot 100.

October 26
English supergroup Bad Company tops the Cashbox Best Sellers chart with "Can't Get Enough". It will prove to be their biggest North American hit, although they will place eight more songs in the US Top 40.

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.

1975 - ClassicBands.com

October 27
In a rare feat for a Rock musician, Bruce Springsteen appears on the cover of both Time and Newsweek magazines.

October 31
Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody" was released as a single. It would stay on the chart for seventeen weeks, nine of them at number one and would eventually go Platinum. The song would be re-released in December, 1991 after being featured in the movie Wayne's World and became a hit all over again.

November 1
Elton John, who teamed up with Neil Sedaka on last week's Billboard chart topper, "Bad Blood", took over the top spot himself with "Island Girl".

November 1
The Carpenters are forced to cancel their upcoming British tour because of Karen's deteriorating health.

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 27
Crystal Gayle records "Don't It Make My Brown Eyes Blue" at Jack's Tracks in Nashville. It will reach #2 on the Billboard Pop chart and #1 on the Country chart, becoming a worldwide hit. In a 2004 Country Music Television interview, Gayle said that songwriter Richard Leigh told her he got the inspiration for the song from his dog, who had one brown eye and one blue eye.

October 28
Steve Perry makes his first concert appearance with Journey at the Old Waldorf in San Francisco. He would lead them to 17 Billboard Top 40 entries over the next ten years.

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.

1978 - ClassicBands.com

October 28
Glam rocker Nick Gilder had the number 1 song in the US with "Hot Child in the City". It would prove to be his only hit record in America, although he had previously enjoyed a #1 smash in Canada with "Roxy Roller" while a member of the band Sweeney Todd.

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 27
Elton John collapsed on stage at Hollywood's Universal Amphitheatre suffering from exhaustion.

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".

1980 - ClassicBands.com

October 26
Jefferson Starship leader Paul Kantner suffers a small stroke during a recording session. He would make a full recovery.

October 27
Mark David Chapman buys a five-shot .38 special for $169. A little over six weeks later, he would use it to kill John Lennon.

1981 - ClassicBands.com

October 31
Timi Yuro's "Hurt" becomes a hit in the Netherlands twenty years after it reached the Top 10 in the United States. Because of Yuro's powerful, resonant vocals, people often thought that Timi was either a man or a black woman. The truth is, at the time she recorded "Hurt" in 1961, this petite, white woman was just 20 years old.

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.

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)

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 26
Wham! topped the UK chart with "Freedom", a song that will reach #3 in America. It was the second British #1 of the year for the English duo, following the success of "Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go" last Spring.

October 26
19 year old John D. McCollum shot himself with a .22 caliber handgun after spending the day listening to Ozzy Osbourne records. A year later, McCollum's parents sued Ozzy and CBS Records, alleging that the song "Suicide Solution" contributed to their son's death. The suit was eventually dismissed.

October 27
At a Grateful Dead concert in Berkeley, California, the band allocated a specific area for fans to make bootleg recordings of the show.

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.

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.

1986 - ClassicBands.com

October 31
Roger Waters, who had earlier left Pink Floyd, instigated a court injunction which disallowed remaining members David Gilmour, Nick Mason and Rick Wright from using the band's name. The ruling was over-turned in early 1987.

1987 - ClassicBands.com

November 1
Dire Straits' CD "Brothers In Arms" passes the three million sales mark, becoming the UK's all-time best selling album.

1988 - ClassicBands.com

October 31
Pop singer Debbie Gibson holds a séance at her Halloween party to contact the spirits of Liberace and Sid Vicious.

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.

November 1
Nearly twenty years after their first US chart appearances, two former teen heart-throbs returned to Billboard's Hot 200 album list. The Partridge Family's David Cassidy reached number 27 with his self titled L.P., while Donny Osmond was enjoying the success of "My Love Is A Fire", which would climb to number 21.

1991 - ClassicBands.com

October 26
Legendary Rock concert promoter Bill Graham was killed when the Bell 206B JetRanger III helicopter he was riding in struck the top of a Pacific Gas and Electric transmission tower near Sears Point, northwest of Vallejo and exploded. The fiery crash, which left the helicopter's wreckage dangling near the top of the towering structure, killed Graham (age 60), his girlfriend Melissa Gold (age 47) and pilot Steve Kahn. Graham had founded the Fillmore theaters in San Francisco and New York and had played key roles in supporting such bands as The Who, The Jimi Hendrix Experience, Janis Joplin, The Band, Bob Dylan, The J. Geils Band, The Allman Brothers Band and The Rolling Stones.

1992 - ClassicBands.com

October 27
Bo Diddley took his ex-manager to court, claiming he had taken $75,000 through unauthorized personal expenses.

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.

1993 - ClassicBands.com

October 26
Catholic churches in San Juan, Puerto Rico open their doors for the night and urge residents to tie black ribbons on trees to protest Madonna's first concert there.

1994 - ClassicBands.com

October 26
Wilbert Harrison, most often remembered for his 1959 chart-topper "Kansas City", suffered a stroke and died at the age of 65. In 2001, his recording of that song was given a Grammy Hall of Fame Award and has also been named as one of The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's 500 Songs That Shaped Rock and Roll.

1995 - ClassicBands.com

October 27
Singer Gloria Estefan becomes the first Pop star to perform for Pope John Paul II as part of the celebration of his 50th anniversary in the priesthood.

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

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

October 31
62-year-old James Brown is arrested in Aiken, South Carolina for assaulting his 47-year-old wife, Adrienne, who said that her husband hit her with a mirror. Adrienne would pass away in January, 1996 and the assault charges against James were dropped.

1997 - ClassicBands.com

October 27
Johnny Cash announces that he has Parkinson's disease, however, he has been misdiagnosed. Later, doctors mistakenly say he has Shy-Drager Syndrome, but it turned out he has neither.

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.

1999 - ClassicBands.com

October 26
Singer / songwriter Hoyt Axton died peacefully at his ranch at the age of 61. He is most often remembered for writing Three Dog Night's "Joy To The World" and "Never Been To Spain" as well as Ringo Starr's "The No No Song" and The Kingston Trio's "Greenback Dollar". His mother, Mae Buran Axton, wrote Elvis Presley's "Heartbreak Hotel".

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.

November 1
The Recording Industry Association Of America introduces guidelines for Parental Advisory labeling on recordings.

2002 - ClassicBands.com

October 31
Claude Johnson, known as "Juan" of Don And Juan, passed away at the age of 67. The duo reached number 7 in the US in 1962 with "What's Your Name".

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'.

2004 - ClassicBands.com

October 26
Bill Read, the bass singer for The Diamonds passed away at the age of 68. After signing with Mercury Records in 1955, The Diamonds became the first Canadian group to make an impact on the US record charts, placing nine songs in the top twenty during the late 1950s. Their most memorable hits, "Little Darlin'" and "The Stroll" reached the Top Ten.

October 26
Forbes.com compiled a list of the top earning dead celebrities and to no one's surprise, Elvis Presley came out on top. Twenty-seven years after his death, fans were still buying his music and collecting memorabilia to the tune of $40 million a year. Beatle John Lennon was number four on the list with earnings of $21 million, while his former band mate George Harrison was number 7, bringing in $7 million.

October 26
The Recording Industry Association of America brought a fresh round of copyright-infringement lawsuits against 750 file sharers, including 25 users on 13 university campuses.

November 1
61 year old Terry Knight, the former manager of Grand Funk Railroad, was murdered at his home in Killeen, Texas. Knight was defending his daughter during a domestic disturbance when he was stabbed by her boyfriend, 26 year old Donald Alan Fair. Knight began his music career by leading a Michigan band called Terry Knight And The Pack, who scored a Billboard top 50 hit with "I, Who Have Nothing".

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.

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.

October 31
Forbes magazine announced its list of the top earning dead celebrities and once again Elvis Presley led the way. The King earned $49 million in the past year. In second place was John Lennon who jumped from #4 last year, earning $44 million. Other notables included George Harrison in fourth place with $22 million, James Brown was eleventh with $5 million and Bob Marley was twelfth with $4 million.

2008 - ClassicBands.com

October 26
Before game four of The World Series, Philadelphia's Patti LaBelle sang her own special version of The Star-Spangled Banner, which included straying far from the original melody and singing the wrong lyrics. The 64-year-old LaBelle was heavily criticized following the performance for singing "sky lights last gleaming" (Instead of twilight), "through the perilous flight" (Instead of light) and "Lamp parts" (Instead of ramparts).

October 27
Forbes.com reported that Elvis Presley was the top earning dead celebrity over the past twelve months, earning over $52 million. Income was boosted by visitors to his Graceland estate who commemorated the 30th anniversary of his death and new ventures like the Elvis Sirius Satellite Radio show.

November 1
Jimmy Carl Black, the original drummer for Frank Zappa And The Mothers Of Invention, passed away after a bout with lung cancer. He was 70.

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.

2010 - ClassicBands.com

October 26
Former Culture Club vocalist Boy George stunned an audience in London, England after reportedly flying into a rage and tossing his drink on a woman who was talking during his show. Before emptying his glass on her from the stage, George was heard shouting, "Why don't you shut the f**k up, you rude c**t!"

October 26
Forbes Magazine released its annual list of the Top Earning Dead Celebrities. Michael Jackson led the way at $275 million, Elvis Presley was second at $60 million and John Lennon was fifth at $17 million.

2011 - ClassicBands.com

October 26
59-year-old KISS frontman Paul Stanley announced that he had undergone surgery to address "recurring vocal cord issues" that "come with 40 years of preaching Rock n' Roll."

October 27
James Brown's former manager, 72-year-old David Cannon, was sentenced to three years of home confinement on charges he took 15% of Brown's earnings instead of the 5% he was entitled to during the singer's final years.

November 1
At a lecture on the modern music industry at Britain's Radio Festival in Salford, Pete Townshend accused Apple's iTunes website of "bleeding" artists like a "digital vampire". He went on to insist that iTunes bosses should do more to help artists, rather than just taking the money.

2012 - ClassicBands.com

October 27
Chuck Berry told a gathering at Cleveland's Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame that he wanted to make a comeback by releasing six new songs that he wrote sixteen years ago. "They might be old, but they are the same type of music that I have been playing," said Berry. "And as soon as I can get someone to guide me - and I do know a little about the business - I want to push them out."

October 28
Former Pop star Gary Glitter, whose real name is Paul Gadd, was held in custody at a London police station for ten hours as he was quizzed by officers probing the sex abuse scandal sparked by late British TV entertainer Sir Jimmy Savile. From the early '70s until the mid-1980s, Glitter placed 18 songs in the UK Top 40.

2013 - ClassicBands.com

October 27
Lou Reed, an influential songwriter and guitarist who paved the way for Glam, Punk and Alternative Rock, died of liver disease at the age of 71. Reed led the Velvet Underground in the late '60s and enjoyed an outstanding solo career over the next 50 years.

October 27
Kenny Rogers was inducted into the Country Music Hall Of Fame. Summing up his acceptance speech, Rogers said, "Music comes and goes. Records come and go. But, the Hall of Fame is forever, baby."

October 28
Conrad Murray, the 60-year-old doctor convicted of causing Michael Jackson's death, was released from jail after serving nearly two years of a four-year sentence.

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."

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His biggest hit, "Hot Child In The City"
topped both the Billboard Hot 100 and
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this week in 1978

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    Gregg Allman dropped from Midnight Rider legal action.

    Paul McCartney Shares Songwriting Secrets in College Lecture.

    Elton John Loves Pope Francis: "He Is My Hero."

    Johnny Cash's son John Carter Cash arrested in Canada

Rock and Roll Birthdays

October 26th - ClassicBands.com

1929 - Neal Mathews
of The Jordanaires - Elvis' backup singers
1936 - Dr. Elmo (Shropshire)
("Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer")
1944 - Michael Piano
of The Sandpipers ("Guantanamera")
1946 - Keith Hopwood
- guitarist for Herman's Hermits ("Wonderful World")

October 27th - ClassicBands.com

1933 - Floyd Cramer
("Last Date")
1942 - Lee Greenwood
1949 - Byron Allred
- keyboards for The Steve Miller Band ("The Joker")

October 28th - ClassicBands.com

1936 - Charlie Daniels
("The Devil Went Down To Georgia")
1940 - Jay Proctor
- leader of Jay and The Techniques ("Apples, Peaches, Pumpkin Pie")
1941 - Curtis Lee
("Pretty Little Angel Eyes")
1945 - Wayne Fontana
- vocalist for The Mindbenders ("A Groovy Kind Of Love")
1948 - Telma Hopkins
- vocalist for Tony Orlando and Dawn ("Tie A Yellow Ribbon")

October 29th - ClassicBands.com

1944 - Denny Laine
- guitar / vocals for The Moody Blues ("Go Now")
1955 - Kevin DuBrow
- vocalist for Quiet Riot ("Cum On Feel The Noize")
1946 - Peter Green
- guitarist for Fleetwood Mac ("Man of the World")
1961 - Randy Jackson
- vocals for The Jacksons ("ABC")

October 30th - ClassicBands.com

1939 - Otis Williams
- vocalist for The Temptations ("My Girl")
1939 - Grace Slick
- lead singer for Jefferson Airplane ("Somebody To Love")
1947 - Timothy B. Schmidt
- bassist for The Eagles ("I Can't Tell You Why")
1949 - David Green
- bassist for Air Supply ("Lost In Love")

October 31st - ClassicBands.com

1934 - Ray Smith
("Rockin' Little Angel")
1947 - Russ Ballard
- vocalist / guitarist for Argent ("Hold Your Head Up")
1952 - Bernard Edwards
- bassist for Chic ("Le Freak")

November 1st - ClassicBands.com

1940 - Barry Sadler
("Ballad of The Green Berets")
1944 - Chris Morris
- guitarist for Paper Lace ("The Night Chicago Died")
1945 - Rick Gretch
- bassist for Blind Faith ("Had To Cry Today")
1950 - Dan Peek
- guitar / vocals for America ("A Horse With No Name")
1951 - Ronald Bell
- vocalist / saxophonist for Kool & The Gang ("Celebration")

Who sang that song that you have stuck in your head?
How high did it climb on the charts and in what year?
You can find out in our Who Sang That Hit? Section
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of some of the music world's biggest stars
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This Week's Best Selling Singles

  In The USA  
October 26th to November 1st

1956 Love Me Tender Elvis Presley
1957 Wake Up Little Susie The Everly Brothers
1958 It's All In The Game Tommy Edwards
1959 Mack The Knife Bobby Darin
1960 Save The Last Dance For Me The Drifters
1961 Runaround Sue Dion
1962 The Monster Mash Bobby "Boris" Pickett And The Crypt Kickers
1963 Sugar Shack Jimmy Gilmer And The Fireballs
1964 We'll Sing In The Sunshine Gale Garnett
1965 Yesterday The Beatles
1966 Last Train To Clarksville The Monkees
1967 To Sir With Love Lulu
1968 Hey Jude The Beatles
1969 Wedding Bell Blues The 5th Dimension
1970 I'll Be There The Jackson 5
1971 Gypsys, Tramps And Thieves Cher
1972 My Ding-A-Ling Chuck Berry
1973 Angie The Rolling Stones
1974 Can't Get Enough Bad Company
1975 Bad Blood Neil Sedaka
1976 Disco Duck (pt 1) Rick Dees And His Cast Of Idiots
1977 You Light Up My Life Debbie Boone
1978 Hot Child In The City Nick Gilder
1979 Rise Herb Alpert
1980 Woman In Love Barbra Streisand
1981 Arthur's Theme (The Best That You Can Do) Christopher Cross
1982 Who Can It Be Now? Men At Work
1983 Total Eclipse Of The Heart Bonnie Tyler
1984 I Just Called To Say I Love You Stevie Wonder
1985 Take On Me a-ha

  In The United Kingdom  

October 26th to November 1st

1956 A Woman In Love Frankie Laine
1957 Diana Paul Anka
1958 Carolina Moon / Stupid Cupid Connie Francis
1959 Travelin' Light Cliff Richard And The Shadows
1960 Only The Lonely Roy Orbison
1961 Walkin' Back To Happiness Helen Shapiro
1962 Telstar The Tornados
1963 Do You Love Me Brian Poole And The Tremeloes
1964 (There's) Always Something There To Remind Me Sandie Shaw
1965 Tears Ken Dodd
1966 Reach Out I'll Be There The Four Tops
1967 Massachusettes The Bee Gees
1968 Those Were The Days Mary Hopkin
1969 Sugar Sugar The Archies
1970 Woodstock Mathews' Southern Comfort
1971 Maggie May Rod Stewart
1972 Mouldy Old Dough Lieutenant Pigeon
1973 Daydreamer / The Puppy Song David Cassidy
1974 Everything I Own Ken Boothe
1975 I Only Have Eyes For You Art Garfunkel
1976 Mississippi Pussycat
1977 Yes Sir I Can Boogie Baccara
1978 Summer Nights John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John
1979 One Day At A Time Lena Martell
1980 Woman In Love Barbra Streisand
1981 It's My Party Dave Stewart And Barbara Gaskin
1982 Do You Really Want To Hurt Me Culture Club
1983 Karma Chameleon Culture Club
1984 Freedom Wham!
1985 The Power Of Love Jennifer Rush