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October 19th to October 25th

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



1954 - ClassicBands.com

October 23
Elvis Presley reaches a Billboard chart outside of Memphis for the first time when "Blue Moon Of Kentucky" hits #6 in Nashville and #3 in New Orleans. The song had been written in 1946 by Bill Monroe as a slow waltz, but Presley and his band turned it into an upbeat, Blues-style tune in 4/4 time.

1955 - ClassicBands.com

October 20
Harry Belafonte records a traditional Jamaican Folk tune called "The Banana Boat Song" ("Day-O"). It reached #5 in the US in early 1957 and later became Belafonte's signature song.

October 20
Elvis Presley, Bill Haley, The Four Lads and Pat Boone appear together in concert at the Brooklyn High School auditorium in Cleveland, Ohio.

October 21
Elvis Presley tries to visit a Memphis movie theatre and is mobbed by a crowd of teenagers who accidentally damage his new Cadillac.

1956 - ClassicBands.com

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

1957 - ClassicBands.com

October 21
"Jailhouse Rock" becomes Elvis Presley's ninth Billboard chart topper in the last year and a half.

1958 - ClassicBands.com

October 19
Brenda Lee records "Rockin' Around The Christmas Tree". The song will be released as a single but will fail to chart in either 1958 or 1959. When it was re-released in 1960 it rose to #14 and has since become a Christmas standard, being ranked at #4 in the Top 10 All Time Christmas Songs.

October 21
Buddy Holly was at the Pythian Temple Studios in New York for the last time, taping "It Doesn't Matter Any More", "Raining In My Heart", "Moondreams", and "True Love Ways". Holly would be killed in a plane crash on February 3rd, 1959.

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.

1961 - ClassicBands.com

October 22
Helen Shapiro was at #1 on the UK singles chart with "Walkin' Back To Happiness", her second and final UK chart topper. It will stay at the top in England for three weeks, but only reached #100 on the US Billboard Hot 100.

October 22
Chubby Checker performs a medley of "The Twist" and "Let's Twist Again" on The Ed Sullivan Show.

October 23
Dion DiMucci continued his hit streak after leaving The Belmonts when "Runaround Sue" went to number one in the US. It reached #11 in the UK. Although he married a girl named Sue, Dion said he was thinking about a girl named Roberta when he wrote the song.

1962 - ClassicBands.com

October 20
The Four Seasons' "Big Girls Don't Cry" is released. It will become their second consecutive Billboard #1 hit, spending five weeks at the top.

October 20
"The Monster Mash" by Bobby "Boris" Pickett, reached the top of Billboard's Hot 100 singles chart. This novelty song, which was recorded in less than two hours, has now become an annual favorite.

October 21
Bob Dylan records his first album, "Bob Dylan", for Columbia Records. The LP featured the 20-year-old singer accompanied only by his guitar and harmonica. The recording is done in one day and productions costs were held to $400.

October 23
12 year-old Stevie Wonder made his first recording for Motown Records when he taped "Thank You For Loving Me All The Way".

October 24
James Brown's appearance at the Apollo Theatre in New York was recorded for a live album called "Live At the Apollo". The LP 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.

1963 - ClassicBands.com

October 19
A tour of the UK dubbed The Greatest Record Show, kicks off at London's Finsbury Park Astoria. The line-up featured Lesley Gore, Brook Benton, Dion, Timi Yuro and newcomer Trini Lopez, who currently has the number 3 record in the United States with "If I Had A Hammer".

October 22
24-year-old Kenny Rogers marries for the third time, to Margo Gladys Anderson. They would have one child and divorce in 1976. Kenny is currently married to his fifth wife, Wanda Miller, whom he wed on June 1, 1997.

October 25
Peter, Paul And Mary had the two best selling albums in the US with "In the Wind" and "Peter, Paul and Mary". Since then, they have put nine more L.P.s on Billboard's Top 25 album list, although their only number one single was the John Denver written "Leaving On A Jet Plane" in 1969.

1964 - ClassicBands.com

October 22
The Who, then known as the High Numbers, audition for the British record label, EMI, who turned them down.

October 23
J. Frank Wilson is injured and Sonley Roush, the producer of his hit song "Last Kiss" is killed in a head-on car crash in Lima, Ohio. Their record was still in the US Top Ten at the time.

October 23
In one of Rock and Roll's most ironic tragedies, the man who replaced Buddy Holly as the lead singer of The Crickets, 21 year old David Box, was killed when the Cessna Skyhawk 172 he had chartered, crashed and burned, killing all on board. Box joined the group in early 1960, but left for a solo career a year later.

October 25
When the teenagers in the audience kept screaming after The Rolling Stones finished their first song, Ed Sullivan was forced to shout "Quiet!" multiple times before he could introduce the next act. When the band closed the show with "Time Is On My Side", Sullivan exclaimed "Come on, let them hear it!", which caused such an uproar, Ed's short conversation with Mick Jagger was completely inaudible. Sullivan vowed that The Stones would never appear on his show again, but later relented.

October 25
The British music industry honors The Beatles with five Ivor Novello Awards, including one for Most Outstanding Contribution To Music.

1965 - ClassicBands.com

October 21
The Kingsmen appear on Shindig!, where they perform "Louie Louie".

October 21
Bill Black, leader of Bill Black's Combo and Elvis Presley's original bass player, died from a brain tumor. Black's biggest solo hit was "White Silver Sands", an instrumental that made it into the US Top Ten in 1960.

October 21
The Spencer Davis Group enter Pye Studios in London to record "Keep On Running", which will top the UK chart next January. In the US however, the single would climb no higher than #76.

October 22
The Rolling Stones release "Get Off My Cloud" in the UK. Two weeks later, it will be number one.

October 23
The Temptations enter the Hot 100 for the seventh time with "My Baby", which will reach #13.

October 23
The Byrds' "Turn! Turn! Turn!" is released in the US, where it will become their second #1 and final Top Ten entry. The song, with the exception of the last line, I swear it's not too late, was adapted entirely from the Book of Ecclesiastes in the Bible and put to music by Pete Seeger in 1959.

1966 - ClassicBands.com

October 19
The Yardbirds arrive in New York for their first US tour with Jeff Beck and Jimmy Page on lead guitars. After two shows, Beck developed acute tonsillitis and quit the group. He would go on to form The Jeff Beck Group that gave Rod Stewart his first major exposure.

October 22
The Beach Boys' "Good Vibrations" made its debut on the US singles chart. It was a song that Brian Wilson and Mike Love wrote and Brian spent six months working on. The tracks were recorded in seventeen different sessions in four Los Angeles studios, at a cost of over sixteen thousand dollars. The recording engineer would later say that the last take sounded exactly like the first, six months earlier. The record would reach number one on December 10th, 1966 and be nominated for Song Of The Year at The Grammy Awards, but lost to "Winchester Cathedral" by The New Vaudeville Band.

October 22
According to Cashbox magazine, ? And The Mysterians had the best selling tune in America with "96 Tears". The song has since been ranked #210 on the Rolling Stone list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.

October 22
The Supremes became the first female group to have a number one album on the US chart when the LP "Supremes A-Go-Go" reached the top. It knocked The Beatles' "Revolver" from the head of the list.

October 23
The Jimi Hendrix Experience record "Hey Joe" at De Lane Lea Studios in London, England. The song will become his first UK chart entry, rising to #6.

1967 - ClassicBands.com

October 19
Jose Feliciano records his version of "Light My Fire", which will reach #3 in the US in 1968.

October 19
The Beatles' "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" was the #2 album in the UK. Holding down the top spot was the soundtrack to The Sound Of Music.

October 21
The glaring differences in musical tastes between the United States and Great Britain were never more evident than when "To Sir With Love" by Lulu hit number one in the US, where it would stay for 5 weeks. The record didn't even chart in the UK.

1968 - ClassicBands.com

October 19
18 year old Peter Frampton meets Steve Marriott at a Small Faces show in London. After striking up a friendship, the two start planning a new group which will emerge as Humble Pie next April.

October 20
After six US Top 40 hits over the past eighteen months, The Yardbirds give their final performance at Liverpool University.

1969 - ClassicBands.com

October 22
Paul McCartney publicly denies rumors that he is dead. The most recent of many "clues" of this Death Hoax was the fact that he was the only barefoot Beatle on the newly released "Abby Road" LP cover. The story was actually started as a prank by Fred La Bour, a sports and arts writer for the student paper, The Michigan Daily at the University of Michigan.

October 23
Tommy Edwards, most often remembered for his 1958 number one hit "It's All In The Game", passed away at the age of 47 after suffering a brain aneurysm.

1970 - ClassicBands.com

October 19
The film Ned Kelly, starring Mick Jagger in the lead role, is released and the critics wasted no time in telling Mick he should stick to singing. One reviewer wrote: "He looks about as lethal as last week's lettuce." Predictably, the movie bombed at the box office.

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.

October 25
Led Zeppelin's third album, "Led Zeppelin III" reached the top of the US album chart. Their first L.P. had hit number 10 and their second had gone to number 7.

1971 - ClassicBands.com

October 22
Joan Baez received a Gold record for "The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down". It turned out to be her biggest hit, peaking at #3 in the US and #6 in the UK.

1972 - ClassicBands.com

October 21
Seventeen years after having hits with some of Rock 'n' Roll's most memorable classics, Chuck Berry had his first US number one record with "My Ding-a-Ling", a silly novelty song centered on grade-school level, private parts jokes. The tune also went to the top of the UK chart. It was recorded live at Coventry Lanchester Polytechnic in England as part of the Lanchester Arts Festival, for which Berry turned up an hour and a half late.

October 21
The O'Jays perform "Back Stabbers" on the US TV music show Soul Train. The Soul / Pop cross-over tune will reach #3 in the US and #14 in the UK.

1973 - ClassicBands.com

October 20
The Rolling Stones had the number one song in the US with "Angie". It made #5 in the UK. It is often reported that the song was written about David Bowie's wife at the time, the former Angela Barnett, but many reliable sources say that the song is really about Anita Pallenberg, the long-time love of Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards.

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.

1974 - ClassicBands.com

October 19
Billy Preston went to the top of the US singles chart with "Nothing From Nothing", the singer's second and final number one.

October 19
Canada's Bachman-Turner Overdrive had the #1 album in the US with "Not Fragile". A single from the LP, "You Ain't Seen Nothing Yet", also topped the American charts.

October 20
Eric Burdon and his wife Rose have a baby girl in Palm Springs, California and name her Mirage.

October 25
English Folk singer Nick Drake died from an overdose of a prescribed antidepressant at the age of 26. Between 1969 and 1972 he had recorded three modestly selling albums which would find a new audience by the early 1980s and would be frequently cited by other artists as being a major influence.

1975 - ClassicBands.com

October 21
Elton John receives a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

October 25
Art Garfunkel had his first UK solo #1 single with a song written in 1934, "I Only Have Eyes For You". It reached #18 in the US.

1976 - ClassicBands.com

October 20
Led Zeppelin's film, The Song Remains the Same, a mixture of concert footage and fantasy sequences, premieres in London.

October 21
Drummer Keith Moon plays his final show with The Who. He would leave the band and enter a drug and alcohol program shortly after. On September 7, 1978, Moon died of an overdose of a sedative Heminevrin that had been prescribed to prevent seizures induced by alcohol withdrawal.

October 23
Chicago's "If You Leave Me Now" hit number one in America, on its way to becoming their biggest selling record. It also topped the UK chart. At next spring's Grammy Awards, the song would win for Best Pop Vocal Performance By a Duo, Group or Chorus and was also named Record of the Year.

October 23
Led Zeppelin make their US television debut on Don Kirshner's Rock Concert, where they perform "Black Dog" and "Dazed And Confused".

1977 - ClassicBands.com

October 20
Three members of Lynyrd Skynyrd, Ronnie Van Zant, Steve Gaines, his sister Cassie Gaines (one of three backing singers) and manager Dean Kilpatrick were killed in a plane crash en route from Greenville, South Carolina, to Baton Rouge, Louisiana. The remaining members, Gary Rossington, Allen Collins, Billy Powell and Leon Wilkeson were seriously injured, but all recovered. The band was finished for ten years, until the survivors invited Ronnie's younger brother Johnny to join them in a reunion concert.

1978 - ClassicBands.com

October 23
CBS Records becomes the first US label to announce a price hike to $8.98 for albums. Other labels soon followed suit.

October 23
Punk rocker Sid Vicious, bassist for the Sex Pistols, attempts suicide while awaiting murder charges at New York's Rikers Island Detention Center. Vicious was charged with the killing of his girlfriend Nancy Spungen. On February 2nd, 1979, he succeeded in taking his own life.

October 23
Neil Young's Zuma Beach, California home is burned to the ground in a brush fire.

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.

1979 - ClassicBands.com

October 20
Herb Alpert, who lead his Tijuana Brass on 17 instrumental chart hits in the mid 1960s, reached number one in the US with a dance tune called "Rise". It made #13 in the UK. Next Spring, the song will win a Grammy Award for Best Pop Instrumental Performance.

1980 - ClassicBands.com

October 23
Mark David Chapman quit his security job and signed out for the last time. Instead of the usual "Chappy", he allegedly wrote "John Lennon". Chapman would murder Lennon on December 8th and become the most hated man in Rock 'n' Roll history.

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.

October 25
"Woman In Love" becomes Barbra Streisand's fifth US number one single. The song, written by The Bee Gees' Barry and Robin Gibb, was taken from the multi-Platinum selling album "Guilty".

1982 - ClassicBands.com

October 21
Culture Club, featuring the lead vocals of 21 year old George O'Dowd, perform their first UK number one hit, "Do You Really Want To Hurt Me" on Top Of The Pops. The song, which was allegedly written about O'Dowd's six year relationship with Culture Club drummer Jon Moss, would reach #2 in the US.

October 25
An audiophile version of "Sergeant Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" is released by Mobile Fidelity. 5000 albums are recorded in what is known as UHQR half speed. With a price tag of $50 apiece, they would sell out in two weeks.

1985 - ClassicBands.com

October 19
A group called a-ha became the first Norwegian band to top the Billboard Hot 100 when "Take on Me" went to number one. The song would reach number two in the UK in November.

October 21
A television special called The Carl Perkins and Friends Show, marked the 30th anniversary of the song "Blue Suede Shoes". The event featured Carl Perkins, the song's writer, along with Dave Edmunds, Eric Clapton, George Harrison and Ringo Starr.

1986 - ClassicBands.com

October 23
Michael Jackson donates one of his stage outfits, including a hat and a rhinestone covered glove, to the Motown Museum in Detroit. In his address, Jackson thanks Berry Gordy, calling him "The man that made it all possible for me."

October 25
For the first time in the history of the Billboard Hot 100, the top three spots were held by female solo acts. Cyndi Lauper's "True Colors" held down the #1 position, followed by Tina Turner's "Typical Male" at #2 and Janet Jackson's "When I Think Of You" at #3.

1987 - ClassicBands.com

October 19
In a clear example of just how far music had sunk, an American Rock critic calls Public Enemy's aptly titled Rap effort "Bring The Noise" as "merely the greatest piece of Rock and Roll released in 1987." The single is made up of melodyless rapping over sampled tracks by James Brown, Funkadelic, Marva Whitney, The Beastie Boys and others. For a record given such high praise, it failed to crack the US Top 40 and only reached #56 on the Billboard Hot R&B / Hip-Hop chart.

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 22
Elton John sold out Madison Square Garden for a record 26th time.

October 22
Phil Collins's cover version of "Groovy Kind Of Love" topped the Billboard singles chart. The song had also been a US number one hit for The Mindbenders in 1966.

October 24
The court case begins between John Fogarty and Fantasy Records, who claimed that John plagiarized his own song, "Run Through The Jungle" when writing "The Old Man Down The Road". Fogarty eventually won.

October 25
Miss Johnnie Richardson, of the R&B duo Johnnie and Joe, died following a stroke in her 43rd year. She was only 12 years old when she teamed with 20 year old Joe Rivers to reach #8 on the Billboard Pop chart in 1957 with "Over The Mountain; Across The Sea".

1989 - ClassicBands.com

October 25
The newest members of The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame are announced as Hank Ballard, Bobby Darin, The Four Seasons, The Four Tops, Holland-Dozier-Holland, Carole King and Gerry Goffin, The Kinks, The Platters, Simon And Garfunkel and The Who.

1991 - ClassicBands.com

October 25
Margo Sylvia of The Tune Weavers died of a heart attack at the age of 55. The group topped the Billboard chart in 1957 with "Happy, Happy Birthday Baby".

1992 - ClassicBands.com

October 21
Lisa Marie Presley gives birth to Elvis' first grandson. She and her then husband Danny Keough name the baby Benjamin Storm Keough.

October 21
Elton John files a $35 million lawsuit against a reporter for the TV tabloid show Hard Copy, who stated that John moved to Atlanta to be near an AIDS treatment center. Elton's lawyers say he moved to Atlanta because he enjoys the area.

October 22
Members of Boyz II Men receive awards for having the longest running #1 song of the Rock era. "End Of the Road" broke Elvis' record of 11 weeks, previously held by "Don't Be Cruel / Hound Dog".

October 25
Roger Miller, who rose to fame in the mid 1960's with hits like "King Of The Road" and "Dang Me" died of lung cancer at the age of 56 . In a two year span between 1965 and 1966, he won eleven Grammy Awards.

1993 - ClassicBands.com

October 23
Meat Loaf topped the UK singles chart with "I'd Do Anything For Love", which would also rise to number one in the US two weeks later.

1994 - ClassicBands.com

October 19
During a Pink Floyd show at London's Earls Court, a section of seating collapsed with over 1,000 fans escaping serious injures.

1995 - ClassicBands.com

October 23
Def Leppard pulled off one of the greatest publicity stunts ever when they played three concerts on three different continents in the same day. The band played in Tangiers (Africa) in the morning, London (Europe) in the afternoon and finally in Vancouver, Canada, (North America) in the evening.

October 25
Cliff Richard is knighted by Queen Elizabeth II.

1996 - ClassicBands.com

October 22
Sales figures were released that showed that The Beatles sold 6,000,000 albums from their back catalog and a combined total of 13,000,000 copies of "The Beatles Anthology 1" and "The Beatles Anthology 2". A poll revealed that 41% of sales were to teenagers who were not even born when The Beatles split up in 1970.

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

1997 - ClassicBands.com

October 19
Glen Buxton, the original lead guitarist for Alice Cooper, died of natural causes at the age of 49.

October 20
Henry Vestine, guitarist for Canned Heat, died at the age of 52 from heart and respiratory failure.

October 21
The Guinness Book Of Records announced that Elton John's "Candle In The Wind" (Princess Diana version) was now the biggest selling single record of all time in the US and the UK, with 31.8 million sales in the first 40 days after its release. The all-time sales leader world wide is Bing Crosby's "White Christmas".

1998 - ClassicBands.com

October 22
Bob Dylan played in his hometown of Duluth, Minnesota for the first time since the '60s. The show sold out in just five hours.

October 23
A federal district judge in St. Louis denies a motion that would have permitted the Fort Zumwalt high school marching band to play a banned all-music segment of '60s songs that includes Jefferson Airplane's "White Rabbit". The school superintendent had banned the song because he felt it promoted the drug culture.

1999 - ClassicBands.com

October 23
Thirty years after making his initial US chart appearance with a song called "Jingo", Carlos Santana had his first number one hit with "Smooth". The track, which features the vocals of Rob Thomas of Matchbox Twenty, would stay at the top for twelve weeks and remained in the top ten for a record setting 30 weeks.

2000 - ClassicBands.com

October 25
Shelley Fabares, who reached #1 in the US in 1962 with "Johnny Angel", underwent a liver transplant due to deterioration caused by an autoimmune disorder. She later made a full recovery.

2001 - ClassicBands.com

October 20
An all-star lineup including David Bowie, Mick Jagger, Eric Clapton, Billy Joel, Elton John and The Who appear at The Concert For New York City at Madison Square Garden in a five hour show to benefit the victims of the 9/11 attack.

October 21
Washington D.C. hosts United We Stand, a 9/11 fundraising concert that features Michael Jackson, Carole King, Aerosmith, Rod Stewart, Bette Midler, Mariah Carey, *NSync and The Backstreet Boys.

2002 - ClassicBands.com

October 23
A federal judge in St. Louis dismissed a lawsuit against Chuck Berry by Johnnie Johnson, a piano player and former collaborator who wanted royalties for more than 30 songs written between 1955 and 1966. The songs in question included such Berry standards as "No Particular Place To Go", "Roll Over Beethoven", and "Sweet Little Sixteen". Johnson's lawsuit argued that he and Berry were co-writers on many of the songs, but because Berry copyrighted them in his name alone, Johnson got none of the royalties. The judge ruled that too many years have passed to bring about a royalties suit.

October 25
Richard Harris, whose version of "MacArthur Park" rose to number two in the United States in 1968, died of cancer. The 72-year-old Irish-born actor had been undergoing chemotherapy at a private clinic in London. Though he charted three other times, Harris was better known for his acting roles on stage and film, most recently playing Albus Dumbledore in two Harry Potter films.

October 25
A fire destroyed a Michigan mansion owned by Aretha Franklin. Officials said that no one was in the home at the time of the fire and that the singer hadn't lived there for two years.

2003 - ClassicBands.com

October 22
Rick "Tim Tam" Wiesend, lead singer of Tim Tam And The Turn-Ons, died of cancer at the age of 60. Rick and his brother Dan joined with four other Detroit-area musicians to form the group in 1965. Their only US chart appearance was the garage-band classic "Wait A Minute" the following year.

2005 - ClassicBands.com

October 19
A UK company called Prudential announced the results of a survey which claimed that the average person will spend about 21,000 Pounds ($42,000) on music during their lifetime. The amount included money spent on recordings, playback equipment and concerts. Music enthusiasts were likely to spend more than double the average.

October 21
Bob Seger sang the national anthem before the first game of the World Series between the Tigers and the Cardinals in Detroit, Michigan.

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.

2006 - ClassicBands.com

October 19
Rod Stewart's CD, "Still the Same...Great Rock Classics of Our Time", entered the Billboard Hot 200 album chart at #1.

October 25
Forbes.com reported their sixth annual Top-Earning Dead Celebrities list. The top money maker was Kurt Cobain, followed by Elvis Presley. John Lennon was number four, Ray Charles was number eight, Johnny Cash was tenth, George Harrison was twelfth and Bob Marley was thirteenth. To land on the list, a star needed to make at least $7 million in the past twelve months.

2007 - ClassicBands.com

October 19
The ninth wave of pre-litigation letters were sent by the RIAA to administrators at 19 universities, as federal lawmakers continued to examine the state of copyright theft on college campuses nationwide.

2008 - ClassicBands.com

October 20
Dee Dee Warwick, a Soul singer who won recognition for both her solo work and her performances with her older sister Dionne Warwick, passed away at the age of 63. Warwick had several hits on the Soul and R&B charts in the 1960s and '70s, including "Foolish Fool", "She Didn't Know (She Kept on Talking)" and a version of "I'm Gonna Make You Love Me" that was later covered by Diana Ross And The Supremes. She was born Delia Mae Warrick, but changed her last name to Warwick, just like her famous sister.

2009 - ClassicBands.com

October 22
Former KISS drummer Peter Criss revealed that he had been diagnosed with breast cancer in December 2007. Now a cancer survivor, he kept his condition a secret, telling only his wife, fearing ridicule in the press.

2010 - ClassicBands.com

October 19
Elton John described today's songwriters as "pretty awful", Pop music as "uninspiring" and talent shows like American Idol as "boring" in an interview with Britain's Radio Times magazine.

October 25
A three member panel of the California Second District Court of Appeal rejected a bid by Michael Jackson's father to challenge the administration of his son's lucrative estate. Despite being excluded from his son's 2002 will, Joe Jackson had been seeking to have some control over financial affairs.

2011 - ClassicBands.com

October 19
At the involuntary manslaughter trial of Dr Conrad Murray, Dr Steven Shafer testified that it would have been impossible for Michael Jackson to have self-administered a lethal dose of the sedative propofol. He later said of Dr Murray's delay in calling 911: "I almost don't know what to say. That is so completely and utterly inexcusable."

October 19
73-year-old Etta James announced her decision to retire following the release of her latest album. As well as her 1961 R&B smash "At Last", James also placed nine songs on the Billboard Top 40 Pop chart between 1960 and 1968.

October 25
Michael Jackson topped Forbes Magazine's list of the top-earning deceased celebrities with $170 million in earnings over the past year. Elvis Presley placed second with $55 million. John Lennon tied for fifth with $12 million and George Harrison tied for 13th with $6 million.

2012 - ClassicBands.com

October 23
Britain's The Sun newspaper reported that Bee Gees star Robin Gibb, who died last May at the age of 62, left an estate worth $148 million.

October 25
Forbes magazine reported that Elizabeth Taylor, who died in 2011 at 79 years old, topped their list of highest-earning dead celebrities by earning $210 million in the past year. Michael Jackson, who took in more than any living artist in the past 12 months, was second with $145 million. Elvis Presley ranked #3 with $55 million in earnings, Peanuts creator Charles Shulz earned $37 million and Bob Marley $17 million.

2013 - ClassicBands.com

October 23
Ringo Starr announced the publication of a book called Photograph, a collection of pictures he took during The Beatles' recording sessions, first tours of America and two appearances on The Ed Sullivan Show.

October 25
Fleetwood Mac called off 14 tour dates in Australia and New Zealand so that bassist John McVie could undergo cancer treatment.

October 25
Producer Quincy Jones filed a $10 million breach-of-contract lawsuit in connection with Michael Jackson projects released by Sony Music Entertainment after the singer's death. The suit alleged that master recordings that Jones worked on were edited and remixed so as to deprive him of back-end profits.











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Rock and Roll Birthdays


October 19th - ClassicBands.com

1944 - George McCrae
("Rock Your Baby")
1945 - Jeannie C. Riley
("Harper Valley P.T.A.")
1946 - Keith Reid
- lyricist for Procol Harum ("A Whiter Shade Of Pale")
1947 - Wilbert Hart
- vocalist for The Delfonics ("La La Means I Love You")
1956 - Nino DeFranco
- vocalist for The DeFranco Family ("Heartbeat It's A Lovebeat")

October 20th - ClassicBands.com

1937 - Wanda Jackson
("In The Middle Of A Heartache")
1939 - Jay Siegel
- lead singer of The Tokens ("The Lion Sleeps Tonight")
1945 - Ric Lee
- drummer for Ten Years After ("Spider In My Web")
1951 - Al Greenwood
- keyboardist for Foreigner ("Waiting For A Girl Like You")
1953 - Tom Petty
("Don't Do Me Like That")

October 21st - ClassicBands.com

1937 - Norman Wright
- vocalist for The Del Vikings ("Come Go With Me")
1940 - Jimmy Beaumont
- lead singer for The Skyliners ("Since I Don't Have You")
1940 - Michael Lubowitz
- leader of Manfred Mann ("Do Wah Diddy Diddy")
1941 - Steve Cropper
- guitarist for Booker T and The MGs ("Green Onions")
1942 - Elvin Bishop
("Fooled Around and Fell In Love")
1943 - Ron Elliott
- guitarist for The Beau Brummels ("Laugh, Laugh")
1945 - Kathy Young
("A Thousand Stars")
1946 - Lee Loughnane
- trumpet for Chicago ("Saturday In The Park")
1952 - Brent Mydland
- keyboards for The Grateful Dead ("Easy To Love You")
1953 - Charlotte Caffey
- guitarist for The Go-Go's ("We Got The Beat")
1955 - Eric Faulkner
- guitarist for The Bay City Rollers ("Saturday Night")
1957 - Steve Lukather
- guitarist for Toto ("Africa")

October 22nd - ClassicBands.com

1939 - Ray Jones
- bassist for Billy J. Kramer and The Dakotas "(Little Children")
1942 - Annette Funicello
("Tall Paul")
1942 - Bobby Fuller
- guitar / vocals for The Bobby Fuller Four ("I Fought The Law")
1945 - Eddie Brigati
- vocals for The Young Rascals ("How Can I Be Sure")
1945 - Leslie West
- guitarist for Mountain ("Mississippi Queen")
1952 - Carl Carlton
("Everlasting Love")

October 23rd - ClassicBands.com

1940 - Fred Marsden
- drummer for Gerry and The Pacemakers ("I Like It")
1943 - Barbara Ann Hawkins
of The Dixie Cups ("Chapel Of Love")
1947 - Greg Ridley
- bassist for Humble Pie ("Natural Born Boogie")
1959 - "Weird" Al Yankovic
- parody artist

October 24th - ClassicBands.com

1930 - J P Richardson
("Chantilly Lace")
1936 - Bill Wyman
- bassist for The Rolling Stones ("Get Off Of My Cloud")
1937 - Santo Farina
- steel guitar player for Santo and Johnny ("Sleep Walk")
1944 - Ted Templeman
- lead singer of Harper's Bizarre ("Feelin' Groovy")
1946 - Jerry Edmonton
- drummer for Steppenwolf ("Born To Be Wild")
1946 - Rob Van Leeuwen
- guitar / vocals for Shocking Blue ("Venus")

October 25th - ClassicBands.com

1941 - Helen Reddy
("I Am Woman")
1944 - Jon Anderson
- vocalist for Yes ("Roundabout")
1944 - Kathy Danoff
- vocalist for The Starland Vocal Band ("Afternoon Delight"
1946 - John Hall
- drummer for The Equals ("Baby Come Back")
1950 - Chris Norman
("Stumblin' In" with Suzi Quatro)






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This Week's Best Selling Singles

  In The USA  
October 19th to October 25th

YearSongArtist
1956 Don't Be Cruel Elvis Presley
1957 Chances Are Johnny Mathis
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 Do Wah Diddy Diddy Manfred Mann
1965 A Lover's Concerto The Toys
1966 96 Tears ? And The Mysterians
1967 To Sir With Love Lulu
1968 Hey Jude The Beatles
1969 Suspicious Minds Elvis Presley
1970 I'll Be There The Jackson 5
1971 Maggie May Rod Stewart
1972 My Ding-A-Ling Chuck Berry
1973 Ramblin' Man The Allman Brothers
1974 I Honestly Love You Olivia Newton-John
1975 Bad Blood Neil Sedaka
1976 If You Leave Me Now Chicago
1977 You Light Up My Life Debbie Boone
1978 Hot Child In The City Nick Gilder
1979 Sail On The Commodores
1980 Another One Bites The Dust Queen
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 19th to October 25th

1956 A Woman In Love Frankie Laine
1957 Diana Paul Anka
1958 Carolina Moon / Stupid Cupid Connie Francis
1959 Mack The Knife Bobby Darin
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 Distant Drums Jim Reeves
1967 Massachusettes The Bee Gees
1968 Those Were The Days Mary Hopkin
1969 Sugar Sugar The Archies
1970 Band Of Gold Freda Payne
1971 Maggie May Rod Stewart
1972 Mouldy Old Dough Lieutenant Pigeon
1973 Eye Level The Simon Park Orchestra
1974 Sad Sweet Dreamer Sweet Sensation
1975 I Only Have Eyes For You Art Garfunkel
1976 Mississippi Pussycat
1977 Silver Lady David Soul
1978 Summer Nights John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John
1979 Video Killed The Radio Star The Buggles
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




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