October-This day in Music
Music Stuff October 1st
1954, The UK Top 20 Chart began.
1960, The Beatles performed at Grosse Freiheit, Hamburg, West Germany.
1965, Bob Dylan appeared at Carnegie Hall in New York City and introduced his new touring band known simply as
1966, Jimi Hendrix appeared live for the first time in the UK when he jammed with Cream at their gig at London
1967, the first edition of UK BBC Radio 1′s ‘Top Gear’ was aired. Presented by John Peel and Pete Drummond they
featured The Move, Traffic, Pink Floyd, Tim Rose and Tomorrow featuring Keith West.
1970, Jimi Hendrix was buried at The Greenwood Cemetery at the Dunlop Baptist Church Seattle.
1973, The Simon Park Orchestra were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Eye Level,’ taken from the ITV series
‘Van Der Valk.’ It was the first TV theme to become a No.1 in the UK.
1977, Elton John became the first musician to be honoured in New York City’s Madison Square Hall Of Fame.
1977, Meco started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with a disco version of ‘Star Wars Theme’.
1983, the Swedish post Office issued an Abba stamp.
1983, a David Bowie world convention was held at The Cunard Hotel in London.
1985, R.E.M. appeared at the Paradiso, Amsterdam, Holland.
1986, Andy McVann drummer with Liverpool band The Farm was killed in a car crash during a police chase.
1994, Eric Clapton entered the US album chart at No.1 with ‘From The Cradle’.
1994, The Daily Mirror in the UK printed a photo of Michael Jackson in a scoutmaster’s uniform along with five
young Boy Scouts.
1999, singer Lena Zavaroni died aged 35 after a long battle against anorexia. Zavoroni was discovered on TV talent
show Opportunity Knocks, in 1974 she became the youngest British singer to earn a silver disc with ‘Ma He’s
Making Eyes At Me’ and the youngest person to appear on TV’s Top of the Pops.
2004, the Lord Mayor of Melbourne officially opened ‘AC/DC’ Lane after the veteran rockers. The Lord Mayor
erected the sign to cheers and bagpipes playing the bands song ‘Long Way To The Top’.
2007, the Spice Girls London reunion concert sold out in 38 seconds after fans were notified tickets had gone on sale.
More than one million people in the UK registered for the concert, on 15 December 2007 at the O2 arena, tickets
cost £55-75. .
Birthday Boys and Girls October 1st
1930, Actor, singer, Richard Harris
1935, singer, actress, Julie Andrews,
1945, Donny Hathaway, US soul singer
1947, Rob Davis, guitar, Mud, (1974 UK No.1 single ‘Tiger Feet’ plus 14 other UK Top 40 singles). Co- wrote the
2001 UK No.1 hit for Kylie Minogue, ‘Can’t Get You Out Of My Head’.
1957, Andy Walton, Kenny, (1975 UK No.3 single ‘The Bump’).
1958, Martin Cooper, Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark, (1984 UK No.5 single ‘Locomotion’).
Music Stuff October 2nd
1961, Phil Spector and partner Lester Sill released the first single on their new label Philles, The Crystals’, ‘Oh Yeah
Maybe Baby.’ A little over a year later, they had a No.1 hit with ‘He’s a Rebel,’ and soon after, ‘Da Doo Ron Ron’
and ‘Then He Kissed Me.’
1965, Peter Paul and Mary appeared at The Winter Gardens, Bournemouth, England.
1965, The McCoys were at No. 1 on the US singles chart with ‘Hang On Sloopy’ (No.5 in the UK when released on
Andrew Oldham’s new Immediate label). Was it the SWmaqll Faces who really got the label going or perhaps P P
1971, Rod Stewart No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Maggie May / Reason To Believe’, his first solo No.1.
Stewarts album ‘Every Picture Tells A Story’ also started a four-week run on this day at No.1 on the UK and US
chart. This is one fabulous album and I hammered these songs a s a DJK
1976, ‘The Best Of The Stylistics Vol. 2′ went to No.1 on the UK album chart. This is another great album and I
hammered this one too.
1977, the body of Elvis Presley and his mother Gladys were moved from the cemetery where they were buried to
Graceland’s after an unsuccessful attempt was made to body snatch the coffin.
1981, Terry Hall, Neville Staples and Lynval Golding all left The Specials to form Fun Boy Three. I can’t say I really
got into their music….
1982, Dire Straits started a four-week run at No.1 on UK the album charts with ‘Love Over Gold’.
1982, John Cougar No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Jack and Diane’, his first US No.1a No.25 hit in the UK.
1982, Musical Youth were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Pass The Dutchie’. The group were made up of
Birmingham school boys, aged 11-16……This was a true one hit wonder and one of the group as died already.
1983, Abba singer Agnetha Faltskog was taken to hospital suffering from concussion after being involved in a car
crash in Skane Sweden.
1983, Welsh singer Bonnie Tyler was at No.1 on the US singles chart with the Jim Steinman written and produced
track ‘Total Eclipse Of The Heart’. It made her the only Welsh artist to score a US No.1. This could alwayus pop up
as a pop question
1995, Oasis released their second album ‘(What’s The Story), Morning Glory’, which entered the UK chart at No.1.
1998, America’s singing cowboy Gene Autry died aged 91.
2000, UK music magazine Q launched their music TV channel on Sky Digital.
2002, Adam Ant escaped a prison sentence after a judge ruled that an incident in which he threatened drinkers with a
replica pistol in a London pub was a result of mental illness.
2002, Robbie Williams signed the most lucrative British record deal in history when he signed with EMI records for
£80m. Asked what he was going to do with money Robbie said, “I’m going to count it all.”
2005, Katie Melua scored her second UK No.1 album when ‘Piece By Piece’ went to the top of the charts.
2005, Sugababes were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Push The Button’, the girl group’s 4th No.1.
Birthday Boys and Girls October 2nd:
1945, Don McLean, US singer, songwriter, (1971 US & 1972 UK No.1 single ‘American Pie’, a song inspired by
the death of Buddy Holly).
1950, Mike Rutherford, guitar, Genesis, (1986 US No.1 single ‘Invisible Touch’, 1992 UK No.7 single ‘I Can’t
Dance’ & 6 UK No.1 albums). & Mike And The Mechanics,
1951, Sting, (Gordon Sumner), singer, songwriter, The Police,
1952, , John Otway, UK singer, songwriter, guitarist, (1977 UK No.27 single ‘Really Free’, with Wild Willy Barrett).
2002 UK No.7 single ‘Bunsen Burner’.
1955,Phil Oakey vocals, Human League, (1981 UK No.1 & 1982 US No.1 single ‘Don’t You Want Me’ plus over
15 other UK Top 40 singles).
1956, Freddie Jackson, US soul singer, scored US 10 R&B No. 1′s.
Music Stuff October 3rd
1945, Elvis Presley made his first ever-public appearance in a talent contest at the Mississippi Alabama Dairy Show
singing ‘Old Shep’, Elvis was 10 years old at the time and came second.The dog came first!
1965, Ken Dodd was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Tears’, the singer, comedian’s only UK No.1. He has
been one of the world’s funniest comedians for almost 60 years.
1967, American singer, songwriter Woody Guthrie died after suffering from Huntington’s Chorea disease. Guthrie was
a major influence on Bob Dylan and American folk music.
1967, James Brown played two shows at the Royal Albert Hall in London with his 18 piece American band. This was
my introduction to James Brown and I loved his band
1980, UK BBC TV aired ‘The Police In The East’ documentary featuring The Police on tour in India.
1987, M/A/R/S were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Pump Up The Volume.’ The first British-made house hit
heavily sampled other recordings which resulted in litigation. The disc was played very heavily in Britain’s discos.
1987, Scottish group Wet Wet Wet released their first album.
1989, Deborah Harry made her UK live comeback after seven years at The Borderline Club, London.
1991, Texas governor Ann Richards proclaimed October 3, (Stevie Ray Vaughan’s birthday), to be “Stevie Ray
Vaughan Day”. An annual motorcycle ride and concert in Central Texas benefits the Stevie Ray Vaughan Memorial
Scholarship Fund. What a great legacy to leave the world
1992, Abba scored their ninth UK No.1 album with ‘Gold- Greatest Hits.’
1992, Sinead O’Connor ripped up a photograph of Pope John Paul II, on the US TV show ‘Saturday Night Live’, in
a protest at abortion laws. The incident happened as Sinead ended her live performance and out of nowhere,
produced a photograph of Pope John Paul II, which she ripped into pieces. There was stunned silence in the studio
and the station went to a commercial………there’s a time and place for everything..
1998, Irish girl group B*Witched scored their second UK No.1 single with ‘Rollercoaster’.
1999, Akio Morita the founder of Sony electronics died aged 78. The 1979 Sony Walkman transformed both Sony
and consumers across the world.
1999, Tom Jones went to No.1 on the UK album chart with ‘Reload’, making the singer the oldest artist to score a
UK No.1 album with new material. We saw Tom’s show in Benidorm two years ago and it was terrific.
2000, The Cars singer and bass player Benjamin Orr died of cancer at home in Atlanta at the age of 53. Sang lead
vocals on the bands hits ‘Just What I Needed’, ‘Let’s Go’ and ‘Drive’.
2000, John Lennon’s assassin Mark Chapman was denied parole after serving 20 years in prison. Chapman was
interviewed for 50 minutes by parole board members who concluded that releasing Chapman would ‘deprecate the
seriousness of the crime.’ Having taken a life he should be locked up and the key thrown away.
2004, UK singer Joss Stone scored her first UK No.1 album – second release ‘Mind Body & Soul.’
Birthday Boys and Girls October 3rd
1938, Eddie Cochran
1941, Chubby Checker, US singer, (Ernest Evans)
1945, Antonio Martinez, Los Bravos
1947, Lindsey Buckingham guitar, vocals, Fleetwood Mac
1950, Ronnie Laws, sax, Earth Wind and Fire
1954, Stevie Ray Vaughan, guitarist. He was killed in a helicopter crash on August 27th 1990. His family successfully
sued the operators of the company for allowing an unqualified pilot to fly in fog and were awarded $2 million (£1.2
million). Vaughan played guitar on David Bowies Let’s Dance album
Music Stuff October 4th
1957, winners at this years Annual NME readers poll included Pat Boone who was voted the world’s No.1 singer,
with Elvis Presley voted second. The top two UK group’s were The King Brothers and The Stargazers. Pat Boone
was acceptable to the establishment and Elvis was viewed as a rebel.
1961, Bob Dylan played a showcase at New York’s Carnegie Hall to 53 people…..we’ve all got to start
1962, The Tornadoes were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with the instrumental, ‘Telstar’, (named after a
communication satellite). The track went on to be the first major hit from a UK act on the American chart also
reaching No.1. ……….Heinz from this group went on to record Just like Eddie
1963, The Beatles made their first appearance on the UK ITV pop show ‘Ready Steady Go!’…This show was a
major influence on the making of pop heroes in the UK
1967, A 10-date package tour of the UK kicked off at London’s Finsbury Park, featuring Traffic, The Young
Rascals, Vanilla Fudge, Art and Keith West……..I wonder whether Grocer Jack appeared?
1969, Creedence Clearwater Revival started a four week run at No.1 on the US album chart with ‘Green River’, the
group’s first US chart topper and one of my favourite albums.
1969, The Beatles ‘Abbey Road’ album went to No.1 on the UK chart. The final studio recordings from the group
featured two George Harrison songs ‘Something’ and ‘Here Comes The Sun’ plus ‘Come Together’, ‘Sun King’ and
‘Golden Slumbers.’ The cover supposedly contained clues adding to the ‘Paul Is Dead’ phenomenon: Paul is barefoot
and the car number plate ‘LMW 281F’ supposedly referred to the fact that McCartney would be 28 years old if he
was still alive. ‘LMW’ was said to stand for ‘Linda McCartney Weeps.’ And the four Beatles, represent; the priest
(John, dressed in white), the Undertaker (Ringo in a black suit), the Corpse (Paul, in a suit but barefoot), and the
Gravedigger (George, in jeans and a denim work shirt).
1970, US singer Janis Joplin was found dead at the Landmark Hotel Hollywood after an accidental heroin overdose. I
didn’t really follow her work although I did like her 1971 US No.1 single ‘Me And Bobby McGee.
1971, Pink Floyd played the first of four nights at the Roman Ampitheater, Pompeii, Italy for their Live in Pompeii
album. I bet this was fabulous
1973, The BBC broadcast the 500th edition of UK music show Top Of The Pops. Slade, Gary Glitter and The
Osmonds all appeared. This was also an extremely influential TV show
1975, David Essex was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Hold Me Close’, the singers second and last UK No.
1. He is still a very popular performer in the UK
1975, Pink Floyd went to No.1 on the UK album chart with ‘Wish You Were Here’. The album featured a tribute to
ex band member Syd Barrett, ‘Shine On You Crazy Diamond’. Also No.1 in the US.
1980, Queen started a three week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Another One Bites The Dust.’ The single
was also used as a theme on the Gladiators TV show.
1980, Winners in the Melody Makers readers poll included, Kate Bush who won Best female singer, Peter Gabriel
won Best male singer, Best guitarist went to Ritchie Blackmore, Phil Collins won Best drummer, Genesis won Band of
the year, Best single went to Pink Floyd for ‘Another Brick in The Wall’, and Saxon won brightest hope…..I don’t
1982, The Smiths made their live debut at the Ritz in Manchester England. I didn’t like them when they first came out
and have never changed my mind.
1986, Paul Simon – No.1 on the UK album chart with ‘Graceland.’ I have always liked his music and this was great.
1999, It was reported that the sister of Jimi Hendrix was planning to exhume her brothers body and move it to a pay-
to view mausoleum.
2000, Craig David- Best R&B Act Best UK Newcomer and Best UK Single for ‘Fill Me In’ at the Mobo awards.
2007, producer Phil Spector was set to be retried for the murder of actress Lana Clarkson following the collapse of
the first trial in Sept of this year. The first trial ended with the jury deadlocked 10-2 favouring conviction. Los Angeles
Superior Court Judge Larry Paul Fidler set another hearing for the case on 23 October.
2007, The Rolling Stones set a new record for the top grossing tour of all time with their A Bigger Bang tour. The tour
which ran from late 2005 to August 2007, earned the band £247m
Birthday Boys and Girls October 4th
1929, Leroy Van Dyke. In 1961 he had a No.1 US country hit and No.5 pop hit with Walk On By. He had two
other top-ten country hits, Auctioneer and If A Woman Answers. Good songs.
1959, Chris Lowe, keyboards, Pet Shop Boys
1961, Jon Secada, US singer
Music Stuff October 5th
1958, Cliff Richard and The Shadows played their first gig together when they appeared at the Victoria Hall, Hanley,
England. I would have loved to have been there and found out who really invented the Shads walk.
1961, Cliff Richard’s backing group The Shadows had their second UK No.1 single with ‘Kon-Tiki.’ These guys
1962, The Beatles debut single ‘Love Me Do’ was released in the UK. It spent 26 week’s on the chart peaking at No.
4 and most of my friends were as chuffed as I was at their success
1965, Johnny Cash was arrested crossing the Mexican border into El Paso, Texas after customs officials found 100’s
of pills in his guitar case. He received a suspended jail sentence and a $1,000 fine and the legend was born.
1974, Mike Oldfields ‘Tubular Bells’ went to No.1 It took 15 months to get there…..
1975, Stevie Wonder appeared at the Wonder Dream Concert in Kingston, Jamaica, a Jamaican Institute for the
Blind benefit concert. Along with Bob Marley, Peter Tosh and Bunny Wailer, the three original Wailers, performing
together for the last time.
1982, This week’s UK Top 5 singles: No.5, The Jam, ‘The Bitterest Pill’, No.4, Culture Club, ‘Do You Really Want
To Hurt Me”, No.3, Shalamar, ‘There It Is’, No.2, Fat Larry’s Band, ‘Zoom’, No.1, Musical Youth, ‘Pass The
1985, Midge Ure was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘If I Was.’
1991, Bryan Adams scored his first UK No.1 album with ‘Waking Up The Neighbours.’
1992, American singer Eddie Kendricks of The Temptations died aged 52 of lung cancer one year after having one
lung removed. His was the lead voice on ‘The Way You Do The Things You Do’, ‘Get Ready’, and ‘Just My
1999, Roger Daltrey announced that The Who were reforming, making their first performance in Las Vegas on Oct
2000, UK TV show Top Of The Pops issued a Top 40 chart based on singles that had spent the longest time on the
UK chart. No.3 was ‘My Way’ by Frank Sinatra, No.2 ‘She Loves You’, The Beatles and No.1 ‘Relax’ by Frankie
Goes To Hollywood’.
2006, Reggae legend Bob Marley was honoured with a heritage plaque at his former north London home at 34
Ridgmount Gardens in Camden.
2008, Pink started a three week run at No.1 on the UK singels chart with ‘So What’, the singers third UK No.1 hit.
Birthday Boys and Girls October 5th
1938, Carlo Mastrangelo, Dion and the Belmonts
1939, Abraham Reichstadt, singer, (UK No.1 single in 1968 with ‘Cinderella Rockefella’ as Esther & Abi Ofarim).
1942, Richard Street, The Temptations
1943, singer, guitarist, Steve Miller
1949, Brian Connolly, vocals, Sweet, (1973 UK No.1 single ‘Blockbuster’, plus 14 other UK Top 40 singles).
1952, Harold Faltemeyer, (1985 UK No.2 7 US No.3 single ‘Axel F’).
1954, Bob Geldof, Irish singer, songwriter, actor and political activist. The Boomtown Rats, (1979 UK No.1 single ‘I
Don’t Like Mondays’ plus 10 other UK Top 40 singles). Geldof was the driving force behind the Band Aid relief
project after seeing a BBC news report on the famine in Ethiopia. He called Midge Ure from Ultravox, and together
they co-wrote the song, ‘Do They Know It’s Christmas?’ Co-founded Planet 24, a television production company
that has made such programs as The Big Breakfast, The Word and Survivor.
1955, Russell Craig Mael, Sparks
1957, Lee Thompson, sax, vocals, Madness
Music Stuff October 6th
1959, Jerry Keller No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Here Comes Summer’. A one hit wonder, Keller went on to
be a vocalist for television jingles throughout the 1970s and 1980s.
1967, The Jimi Hendrix Experience recorded a session for the UK BBC radio show ‘Top Gear.’ Stevie Wonder who
was also appearing on the show jammed with Hendrix. It would have been a wonderful session.
1973, Slade UK No.1 album with ‘Sladest’
1978, Australia’s ‘King of rock’n’roll’ Johnny O’Keefe, the first Australian rock’n’roll performer to tour the United
States, and Australia’s most successful chart performer, with 29 Top 40 hits between 1958 and 1974, died aged 43
of a heart attack. O’Keefe’s 1958 hit, ‘Real Wild Child’, was covered by Iggy Pop in 1986.
1978, Abba members Benny Andersson and Anni-Frid Lyngstad married.
1991, Michael Jackson gave 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.
1998, A music industry poll was published by London Magazine ‘Time Out’, naming the top stars from the past 30
years. 5th place was Marvin Gaye, 4th; James Brown, 3rd; Bob Marley, 2nd; The Beatles and first place went to
This poll certainly didn’t reflect the charts.
1999, winners at The Mobo Awards included Kele Le Roc, for best newcomer and best single. Shanks & Bigfoot
won best dance act. TLC won best video for ‘No Scrubs’. Lauryn Hill, won best International act and Tina Turner
won a Lifetime Achievement Award.
2002, Elvis Presley started a three week run at No.1 on the US album chart with ‘Elvis 30 #1 Hits.’
2007, Queen’s groundbreaking promo for their 1975 hit Bohemian Rhapsody was named the UK’s best music video
in a survey of music fans. Out of 1,051 adults polled by O2, 30% named the six-minute video, (which took only three
hours to shoot and cost a mere £3,500 to make), their favourite.
Birthday Boys and Girls October 6th
1917, Bob Neal, ex DJ, agent and one time Elvis Presley manager, died on 9th May 1983.
1945, Robin Shaw, The Flowerpot Men. (1967 UK No.4 single ‘Let’s Go to Francisco’).
1948, Millie Small, (Millie), 1964 US & UK No.2 single ‘My Boy Lollipop).
1949, Bobby Farrell, Boney M, (1978 UK No.1 & US No.30 single ‘Rivers of Babylon’).
1949, Thomas McClary, guitar, The Commodores, (1978 UK & US No.1 single ‘Three Times A Lady’).
1951, David Hidalgo, Los Lobos (1987 UK & US No.1 single ‘La Bamba’).
1951, BGavin Sutherland, The Sutherland Brothers, (1976 UK No.5 single ‘Arms Of Mary’. Wrote the million seller
‘Sailing’ a No.1 for Rod Stewart in 1975).
Music Stuff October 7th
1963, The Rolling Stones recorded the Lennon and McCartney penned song ‘I Wanna Be Your Man’ at De Lane
Lea Studios in London. Success is built on two chords.
1966, Johnny Kidd was killed in a car crash while on tour in Radcliffe, Manchester, aged 27. His music lives on in
1966, Smiley Lewis, New Orleans R&B singer, died of stomach cancer. Wrote ‘One Night’ covered by Elvis Presley
and ‘I Hear You Knocking’ 1955 US No.2 for Gale Storm plus UK No.1 & US No.2 for Dave Edmunds’.
1967, Cass Elliot from The Mamas And The Papas spent the night in a London jail after being accused of stealing
from a hotel. A TV and concert appearance had to be cancelled.
1975, John Lennon is awarded his ‘Green Card’ – permanent residency status – at a hearing in New York which
overturned previous efforts by the US Government to deport him. Two days later Yoko gave birth to his son Sean.
1978, the film soundtrack to ‘Grease’ featuring John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John started a 13 week run at No.1
on the UK chart.
1989, Paula Abdul went to No.1 on the US album chart with ‘Forever Your Girl’. Abdul spent sixty-four consecutive
weeks on the Billboard 200 before hitting number one, making it the longest time for an album to reach the number
1989, Tears For Fears scored their second UK No.1 album with ‘The Seeds Of Love.’
1995, Alanis Morissette went to No.1 on the US album chart with ‘Jagged Little Pill’. The album went on to become
the biggest selling album ever by a female artist with sales over 30m.
1999, winners at the Irish Hot Press awards included The Corrs for best Irish band, Andrea Corr won best female
2001, Kylie Minogue started a two-week run at No.1 on the UK album chart with ‘Fever’.
2002, Mick Jagger donated £100,000 to his old Grammar school in Dartford to help pay for a music director and buy
musical instruments. The new centre was also named after Mick Jagger. This is the sort of pop news that tends to get
2005, Boy George was arrested in New York after Police found traces of drugs in his apartment. George had called
the police after he thought somebody was breaking into his apartment. When police arrived and made a search they
found traces of cocaine on a computer table.
2007, Bruce Springsteen went to No.1 on the UK album chart with ‘Magic
Birthday Boys and Girls October 7th
1927,American singer Al Martino, 1952 US & UK No.1 single ‘Here In My Heart’. The first No.1 in the NME
singles chart. 1963 US No.3 ‘I Love You Because’). Martino played Johnny Fontane in 1972 film The Godfather.
1939, Colin Cooper, Climax Blues Band
1941, Martin Murray, The Honeycombs
1945, Kevin Godley, drums, vocals, 10cc
1951, John Cougar Mellencamp
1959, David Taylor, Edison Lighthouse
1959, Simon Cowell, record executive and producer, judge on TV shows Popstars, Pop Idol and American Idol.
1964, Sam Brown, UK singer, (1989 UK No.4 single ‘Stop’), Jools Holland Band.
1967, Toni Braxton, singer, (1996 US No.1 & UK No.2 single ‘Un Break My Heart’).
Music Stuff October 8th
1955, Jimmy Young was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with the theme song from the James Stewart western ‘The
Man From Laramie’, the singers second UK No.1. Jimmy went on to be a radio 1 and radio 2 dj in the UK and a
much respected broadcaster.
1964, Roy Orbison No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Oh Pretty Woman’, his third UK No.1. This would have to
appear on any list of the best singles from the 60s.
1964, Working at Abbey Road studios in London, The Beatles recorded their next single ‘She’s a Woman’ in seven
takes plus overdubs, recording the song from start to finish in five hours. This is a simple song and one of my early
1966, Cream drummer Ginger Baker collapsed during a gig at Sussex University, England after playing a 20 minute
drum solo. He recovered in a local hospital.
1967, Jimi Hendrix, Arthur Brown and John’s Children all appeared at the Saville Theatre in London, England. Good
1969, Humble Pie supported by David Bowie appeared at The Coventry Theatre in England. Another good gig…
1977, One half of TV cop show “Starsky & Hutch” (he was blonde Hutch), David Soul was at No.1 on the UK
singles chart with ‘Silver Lady’, his second and last UK No.1 single. They both never learned how to open a car
1987, Chuck Berry was awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. His film biography, Hail, Hail Rock & Roll
also premiered on the same night. Chuck was a naughty lad but a great rock n roller
1988, On their 12th single release, U2 scored their first UK No.1 with ‘Desire.’- also a US No.3 hit
1992, The US Postal Service issued a set of commemorative stamps to celebrate pop music legends. The stamps
included Elvis Presley, Bill Haley, Buddy Holly, Otis Redding, Ritchie Valens, Clyde McPhatter and Dinah
1997, Robbie Williams appeared at The Royal Court, Liverpool, England.
2004, Britney Spears split with the manager who had guided her career since she was 13 years old. Larry Rudolph
said he and the singer had “mutually agreed not to renew their nine-year management relationship”.
2007, Arctic Monkeys were named the best act in the world at this year’s Q Awards held in London. Best album
went to Amy Winehouse’s Back to Black and Muse won Best live act. Manic Street Preachers won the award for the
year’s top track for ‘Your Love Alone is Not Enough’ and ‘Ruby’ by the Kaiser Chiefs won best video. Top
breakthrough artist was Kate Nash, The icon of the year went to Sir Paul McCartney, Kylie Minogue was named idol
of 2007, former Blur frontman Damon Albarn took the prize for inspiration, Classic songwriter award went to Billy
Bragg, Innovation in sound award Sigur Ros and Lifetime achievement award went to Johnny Marr. The late Tony
Wilson, founder of Manchester’s Factory Records was named Q’s hero.
Birthday Boys and Girls October 8th
1934, Doc Green, The Drifters,
1940, Fred Cash, vocals, The Impressions,
1940, George Bellamy, guitar, The Tornadoes,- The first major hit from a UK act on the American chart.
1941, Dave Arbus, East Of Eden, (1971 UK No.7 single ‘Jig A Jig’).
1945, Butch Rillera, Redbone, (1971 UK No.2 & US No.21 single ‘The Witch Queen Of New Orleans’).
1945, Ray Royer, guitarist, Procol Harum, (1967 UK No.1 & US No.5 single ‘A Whiter Shade Of Pale’).
1947, Tony Wilson, Hot Chocolate.
1948, Johnny Ramone, guitar, The Ramones, (John Cummings), 1977 UK No.22 single ‘Sheena Is A Punk Rocker’).
Died of prostate cancer on 15th September 2004.
1949, Hamish Stewart, Average White Band, (1975 US No.1 & UK No.6 single ‘Pick Up The Pieces’). Member of
the Paul McCartney band during the 90′s, now solo.
Music Stuff October 9th
1958, Eddie Cochran recorded the classic song, ‘C’mon Everybody’, which became a 1959 UK No.6 single. This
song followed the KISS principle….
1961, Ray Charles UK No.1 – ‘Hit The Road Jack’, it reached No.6 on the UK chart….I love this song.
1965, The Beatles started a four week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with the Paul McCartney ballad
‘Yesterday’, giving the group their tenth US No.1. Never released as a single in the UK until 1976. The song was
going to be called scrambled eggs.
1969, For the first time in the history of the show, the BBC’s Top Of The Pops producers refused to air the No. 1
song, ‘Je T’aime… Moi Non Plus’, the erotic French language love song by Serge Gainsbourg and actress Jane
Birkin. The song, an instrumental with the voices of Gainsbourg and Birkin apparently recorded in the act of love and
superimposed over the top, caused such a stir in Britain that the original label, Fontana, drop the record despite it
being No. 2 on the charts. A small record company, Major Minor, buys the rights and saw the song climbs to the top,
the first French language song to ever do so….Needless to say I hammered it as it was a bit avant garde……
1970, Pink Floyd album Atom Heart Mother UK No 1 album.
1971, Rod Stewart was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Maggie May’, (first released as a B side to ‘Reason
To Believe’). There is a lady in St Agnes in Cornwall who claimed she was the Maggie in the song in an interview I
had with her……
1971, The Who played a small, low-key show at the University of Surrey, Guildford, with guest John Sebastian
joining in on harmonica on ‘Magic Bus’ – the only outside musician to jam with The Who on stage.
1973, Elvis Presley and Priscilla divorced after six years of marriage. Priscilla was awarded property, $725,000 cash
and $4,200 a month support…..Call me old-fashioned but I think it was more about money and prestige….but then,
who cares what I think!
1975, Sean Taro Ono Lennon was born, the only child of John Lennon by Yoko Ono. John Lennon retired from
music for five years to become a house-husband. Sean went on to become a singer, songwriter, musician and actor…I
think this was a lovely side to John Lennon and was reflected in his later songs….we all change over time!
1976, the Sex Pistols signed to EMI records for £40,000 . The contract was terminated three months later with the
label stopping production of the ‘Anarchy In The UK’ single and deleting it from its catalogue. EMI later issued a
statement saying it felt unable to promote The Sex Pistols records in view of the adverse publicity generated over the
last few months. Personally, although I don’t like too much intervention I do believe this period of music sent the
wrong message to the UK’s youn with its total aggression and anarchaic messages. If we were to have promoted a
public meeting with such aggression and hate we would have been hauled before the courts…..
1976, One hit wonders Walter Murphy and the Big Apple Band went to No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘A Fifth
Of Beethoven’, it made No.28 in the UK. This has always mad a great bed for a disc-jockey….
1978, Belgian singer songwriter Jacques Brel died of cancer aged 49. Artists who recorded his songs include, Ray
Charles, Scott Walker, Alex Harvey, Frank Sinatra, Dusty Springfield, David Bowie, Nina Simone and Terry Jacks.
1978, The Human League appeared in their home town at Sheffield University, England. I loved their music and they
looked good….Don’t you want me baby?
1980, Gary Glitter was declared bankrupt. An abject lesson in money management.
1981, during a North American tour The Rolling Stones played the first of two nights at the Los Angeles Memorial
Coliseum in Los Angeles, California. Support act was Prince, who dressed in his controversial bikini briefs and trench
coat ran off stage after 15 minutes due to the crowd booing and throwing beer cans at him.
1984, Thomas The Tank Engine And Friends’, narrated by Ringo Starr was shown for the first time on British TV…..
Don’t knock it….it’s made him a very rich hombre.
1985, Marking what would have been John Lennon’s 45th birthday, Yoko Ono formally opened the three and a half
acre garden at the Strawberry Fields site in New York’s Central Park. The area was planted with trees, shrubs and
flowers gathered from across the world and with a $1m donation from Yoko.
1988, Cliff Gallup guitarist with Gene Vincent and His Blue Caps died of a heart attack.
1993, Take That had their second UK No.1 single with ‘Relight My Fire’. The song which was written and released
by Dan Hartman in 1979, where it topped the US dance charts for six weeks. The Take That version featured
Scottish singer Lulu and gave her a No.1 hit nearly 30 years after her first hit in 1964….I loved the song and they
made a great version….
1999, Eurythmics, George Michael, David Bowie, Robbie Williams and Bono all appeared at ‘Netaid’ an event to
raise money for global poverty. The concerts in London, New York and Geneva were all broadcast live on the
Musicians have nade great efforts like this for many years. Why publicise the idiot behaviour?
2003, Ambrose Kappos, 37, of New York, was charged with three counts of stalking and harassing singer Sheryl
2005, Robbie Williams launched his new album ‘Intensive Care’ at Berlin’s Velodrom. The gig was also broadcast to
27 cinemas and venues across Europe.
Birthday Boys and Girls October 9th
1937, Pat Burke, The Foundations
1940, John Lennon, singer, songwriter, guitarist, The Beatles who sold over 20m singles worldwide, (1962-1970),
and scored more UK & US No.1 albums than any other group. 1967 ‘Sgt. Pepper’s’ is the UK’s biggest selling
album ever. In 1990 Lennon’s song ‘Imagine’ was played simultaneously in 130 countries to commemorate what
would’ve been Lennon’s 50th birthday. He was shot dead in New York by Mark Chapman on 8th December 1980.
1944, John Entwistle, bass, The Who. Entwistle died in Las Vegas on 27th June 2002.
1948, Jackson Browne, singer, songwriter
1954, James Fearnley, accordion, The Pogues,
Music Stuff October 10th
1902, the Gibson Mandolin guitar company was formed. Gibson’s first electric guitar the ES-150 was produced in
1936, and in 1946 Gibson introduced the P-90 single coil pickup, which was eventually used on the first Les Paul
model made in 1952….njow that’s definitely worth a standing Ovation!
1939, The real Eleanor Rigby died in her sleep of unknown causes at the age of 44. The 1966 Beatles’ song that
featured her name wasn’t written about her, as Paul McCartney’s first draft of the song named the character Miss
Daisy Hawkins. Eleanor Rigby’s tombstone was noticed in the 1980s in the graveyard of St. Peter’s Parish Church in
Woolton, Liverpool, a few feet from where McCartney and Lennon had met for the first time in 1957. This is a lovely
bit of pop trivia…..
1956, Elvis Presley’s “Love Me Tender” entered the US chart for a 19 week stay, peaking at No.1 for 5 weeks. The
song, from Presley’s first film of the same name, was adapted from the tune “Aura Lee”, written in 1861.
1959, The Quarry Men played at the Casbah Coffee Club, Liverpool. Ken Brown, suffering from a heavy cold was
unable to perform and after the show, an argument started when Paul McCartney says that Brown should not get a
share of the performance fee since he had not performed. Lennon and Harrison side with McCartney and Brown quits
The Quarry Men. I think he should have had a small retainer if he turned up but if he didn’t play then their decision
1959, Barry Gordy’s first release on the newly established Motown Records, “Bad Girls” by The Miracles, entered
the Billboard Pop chart.
1963, Little Richard, The Everly Brothers, Bo Diddley, The Rolling Stones, Micky Most, The Flintstones and Bob
Bain all appeared at The Gaumont, Wolverhampton, England. What a show!
1963, Brian Poole and The Tremeloes were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Do You Love Me.’ The group’s
only UK No.1. There’s a great podcast with Brian on my website.
1964, During a UK tour The Beatles appeared at De Montfort Hall in Leicester. Ringo Starr drove himself to the
venue after taking delivery of a brand new Facel Vega, apparently reaching speeds of 140 MPH on the M6
motorway…..What a poseur…..
1970, The Carpenters were at No.2 on the US singles chart with ‘We’ve Only Just Begun.’ The song was originally
written for a TV commercial advertising a bank. Fabulous duo with a very sad story…..
1970, Black Sabbath were at No.1 on the UK chart with their second album ‘Paranoid.’ The album is now regarded
as one of the classic Heavy Metal albums.
1970, Neil Diamond went to No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Cracklin’ Rosie’, his first No.1 as an artist. Diamond
wrote the 1966 No.1 hit ‘I’m A Believer’ for The Monkees.
1979, Fleetwood Mac were awarded a star on Hollywood’s Walk Of Fame.
1980, The funeral took place of Led Zeppelin’s drummer John Bonham. ‘Bonzo’ was found dead at guitarist’s Jimmy
Page’s house of what was described as asphyxiation, after inhaling his own vomit after excessive vodka consumption,
(40 shots in 4 hours) aged 32…..another of a myriad of very sad pop deaths.
1992, Garth Brooks went to No.1 on the US album chart with, ‘The Chase.’ The album spent 35 weeks on the chart
and sold over 6m copies.
1992, R.E.M. scored their second UK No.1 album with ‘Automatic For The People’, featuring the singles ‘Drive’,
‘Everybody Hurts’, ‘Man On The Moon’ and ‘The Sidewinder Sleeps Tonight.’
1999, American singer, songwriter and actor Hoyt Axton died of a heart attack in Victor, Montana aged 61. Wrote
songs for, Elvis Presley, Three Dog Night, (1971 US No.1 Joy To The World), John Denver, Ringo Starr, Glen
Campbell. His mother Mae Boren Axton wrote ‘Heartbreak Hotel.’
1999, a charity auction selling Elvis Presley’s belongings was held at The Grand Hotel, Las Vegas. A wristwatch sold
for $32,500, a cigar box $25,000, an autographed baseball sold for $19,000, and a 1956 Lincoln Continental sold
2000, Britney Spears made her UK live debut when she played the first of three sold out nights at London’s Wembley
2002, twelve protesters dressed as monkeys picketed outside the north Wales holiday home of former Stone Roses
singer Ian Brown. The demonstrators argued Brown, was selling the five-bedroom house, in the small village of
Llithfaen on the Llyn Peninsula for an inflated price – £150,000 – which local people could not afford. The monkey
costumes worn by the anonymous protesters, referred to the name of Brown’s recent solo album ‘Unfinished Monkey
2004, Robbie Williams scored his sixth UK No.1 solo single with ‘Radio’, co-written with Stephen Duffy.
2007, Sting topped a list of the worst lyricists ever, for such alleged sins as name-dropping Russian novelist Vladimir
Nabokov in the Police tune “Don’t Stand So Close to Me,” quoting a Volvo bumper sticker (“If You Love Someone
Set Them Free”), and co-opting the works of Chaucer, St. Augustine and Shakespeare.
2009, Boyzone singer Stephen Gately died suddenly at the age of 33 while on holiday in Majorca. Spanish police said
there were no signs of suspicious circumstances, but the cause of death was not yet known. Gately was on holiday
with his long-term partner Andy Cowles.
Birthday Boys and girls October 10th
1943, Denis Daiziel, The Honeycombs,
1945, Alan Cartwright, Procol Harum
1952, Sharon Osbourne, wife of Ozzy and star of MTV The Osbournes TV Show.
1955, David Lee Roth, vocals, Van Halen
1955, Midge Ure, guitarist, singer, songwriter.
1955, Tanya Tucker, US country singer, 1991 Country Music Association singer of the year.
1959, , Kirsty MacColl, UK singer, songwriter
1961, Martin Kemp, bass, Spandau Ballet
Music Stuff October 12th
1957, during an Australian tour Little Richard publicly renounced rock ‘n’ roll and embraced God, telling a story of
dreaming of his own damnation after praying to God when one of the engines on a plane he was on caught fire. I hate
flying and I know exactly how he must have felt. I can make the Lord’s Prayer last 10 hours on a flight.
1962, Little Richard, The Beatles, Billy J. Kramer and other local groups all appeared at The Tower Ballroom,
Wallasey, Merseyside, England. I probably went to this.
1965, Working on their next album Rubber Soul at Abbey Road Studio’s London, The Beatles recorded ‘Run For
Your Life’ in its entirety, in five takes.
1968, The Hollies started a six-week run at No.1 on the UK album charts with their ‘Greatest Hits.’ I loved the
Hollies with their smart suits and great harmonies.
1969, A DJ on Detroit’s WKNR radio station received a phone call telling him that if you play The Beatles
‘Strawberry Fields Forever’ backwards, you hear John Lennon say the words “I buried Paul.” This started a
worldwide rumour that Paul McCartney was dead.
1971, Gene Vincent (Vincent Eugene Craddock), died from a perforated ulcer, aged 36. He appeared in the film, The
Girl Can’t Help It with Jayne Mansfield. In 1960, while on tour in the UK, Vincent and songwriter Sharon Sheeley
were seriously injured the car crash that killed Eddie Cochran.
1974, The Bay City Rollers No.1 on the UK album chart with their debut album ‘Rollin.’
1978, Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark made their live debut at Eric’s, Liverpool, England.
1978, whilst living at the Chelsea Hotel in New York City, Sex Pistol Sid Vicious called the police to say that
someone had stabbed his girlfriend Nancy Spungen. He was arrested and charged with murder and placed in the
detox unit of a New York prison. I’m sorry but I hated everything about the Sex Pistols none the least-their music.
They were awful.
1985, Ricky Wilson of the B-52′s died of complications from aids.
1985, Jennifer Rush was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘The Power Of Love’. The song stayed at No.1 for
five weeks and became the biggest selling single of the year and the biggest single ever for a woman in the UK. Celine
Dion enjoyed a No.1 US hit with her version in 1993.
1997, US singer songwriter John Denver was killed when the light aircraft he was piloting crashed into Monterey Bay,
California. Denver was aged 53.
1997, The Backstreet Boys were forced to cancel a show in Madrid after over 7,000 fans arrived for the 5,000
capacity show. More than 300 young girls had to be treated after fainting in the heat. It does get extremely hot here in
Spain and the artistes have to perform late into the evening.
1999, the island of their birth, The Isle Of Man, issued six stamps honouring The Bee Gees. Their mother had run a
local post office on the island. They certainly deserved their accolade as they have certainly put their stamp on the
world of pop music.
2005, singer and Live Aid co-founder Midge Ure received an honorary degree from Dundee’s University of Abertay.
He said: “Having left school at the age of 15, I never expected to receive such an accolade.” I greatly admire what he
has achieved but I hate the idea of honorary degrees. It demeans the time spent by others studying for their degrees.
By all means award a certificate….
Music Stuff October 11th
1960, Aretha Franklin made her stage debut at the Village Vanguard in New York City. I loved her first UK release-I
never loved a man……
1961, The Highwaymen were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Michael’.- US college students who broke up
when they graduated.
1962, The Beatles made their first appearance on the UK singles chart with ‘Love Me Do’, which peaked at No. 4 .
We were dead proud of the Beatles on Merseyside.
1969, One hit wonders Jane Birkin and Serge Gainsbourg were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Je t’aime…
Moi non plus.’ Banned by many radio stations for its sexual content and sounds, it is the only French language chart
topper in the UK.
1974, John Denver was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Annie’s Song.’ The song was a tribute to his wife and
was written in 10 minutes while he was on a ski lift.
1975, Neil Sedaka No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Bad Blood’- Elton John on backing vocals. I’d like to know
how Elton came to do this gig.
1976, Pussycat started a four week run at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Mississippi’ making them the first Dutch
act to top the UK chart.
1980, The Police scored their second UK No.1 album with ‘Zenyatta Mondatta.’
1986, Madonna was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with the title track from her album.
1997, Elton John US No.1 – ‘Candle In The Wind 97′ A re-write of his 1974 hit about Marilyn Monroe. This version
was raising funds for the Diana, Princess of Wales charity, following her death in Paris. It went on to become the
biggest selling single in the world ever. This song captured the mood of the country at the time.
2003, Mojo magazine readers voted the studio session for Elvis Presley’s debut single ‘That’s All Right’ the most
pivotal moment in rock history.
2005, Rod Stewart received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame -career spanning more than 40 years. This was
deserved and I can say I played football against Rod….
2005, Freddie Mercury’s 1974 Rolls Royce was offered for auction on eBay by his family. The Silver Shadow luxury
vehicle had already attracted bids of up to £8,400.
2006, Madonna adopted a one-year-old boy in Malawi creating a great debate as to whether this was wrong and not
in the child’s best interests.
Birthday Boys and Girls October 11th
1946, Gary Mallaber, drums, Steve Miller Band
1949,, Daryl Hall, singer, songwriter
Birthday Boys and Girls October 12th
1935, Luciano Pavarotti, Italian singer,
1935, Sam Moore, singer, (Sam & Dave,).
1942, Melvin Franklin, vocals, The Temptations
1948, Rick Parfitt, vocals, guitar, Status Quo
Music Stuff October 13th
1958, Frank SinatraUS No.1 on the US album chart with ‘Frank Sinatra Sings For Only The Lonely’.
1962, Don Everly collapsed during rehearsals on stage at the Prince of Wales Theatre in London on the eve of a 22
date Everly Brothers UK tour. He was flown back to the US for treatment and the tour continued with Phil Everly
1963, The Beatles made their debut on ITV’s ‘Sunday Night at The London Palladium’, topping the bill and
transmitted live to an audience of 15 million viewers. They played, ‘From Me To You’, ‘She Loves You’, ‘Twist and
Shout’ and ‘I’ll Get You.’ I never thought all these years later I would read this as a moment in history. The audience
screamed so much you could hardly appreciate their playing.
1965, The Who recorded ‘My Generation’, at Pye studios, London. When released as a single it reached No.2 on
the UK chart, held off the No.1 position by The Seekers ‘The Carnival Is Over’. I love both these songs in their very
1965, Recording at Abbey Road studios for the album Rubber Soul, The Beatles begin and complete ‘Drive My Car’
in four takes plus overdubs. I like the driving rif from George on this number and the cowbells from Ringo. The words
are very hard-hitting.
1973, The Rolling Stones US No.1 on the album chart with ‘Goats Head Soup’
1974, TV host Ed Sullivan died. Leader of the Ed Sullivan Singers and Orchestra. Introduced The Beatles and other
UK acts to America via his Ed Sullivan TV show, from New York City, which ran from June 20, 1948 to June 6,
1971, on CBS every Sunday night at 8pm. The Beatles appearance on February 9th 1964 is considered a milestone
in American pop culture and the beginning of the British Invasion in music.
1977, 32 year old Shirley Brickley of The Orlons was shot and killed by an intruder in her Philadelphia home. The
Orlons had five US Top 20 hits in the 60’s including ‘The Wah Watusi’, ‘Don’t Hang Up’ and ‘South Street’…I
particularly liked -Don’t Hang Up and overlooked the tragedy.
1979, Michael JacksonUS No.1- ‘Don’t Stop Till You Get Enough’, No.3 hit in the UK
1979, Reggatta De Blanc’ the second album from The Police No.1 in the UK. The album cost only £6,000 to record.
1984, Stevie Wonder US No.1 – ‘I Just Called To Say I Love You’, also No.1 in the UK. Fabulous song.
1984, U2 UK No.1 album with ‘The Unforgettable Fire.’ The album featured the single ‘Pride (In The Name Of
1987, David Bowie played the first of two nights at the Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena in Los Angeles,
California on the North American leg of The Glass Spider Tour.
1990, George Michael went to No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Praying For Time’, his 6th US solo No.1.
1999, BBC radio DJ Johnny Walker was convicted of possessing cocaine and fined £2,000. Walker was set up by
The News Of The World who filmed the DJ taking the drug in a London hotel. BBC Radio 2 suspended him after the
incident later reinstated him. The whole incident was silly and shows the lack of judgement by the DJ and BBC Radio
2. Either keep to the rules or don’t have them.
2001, Australian singer songwriter Peter Doyle died of throat cancer aged 52. Solo artist and a member of The New
Seekers. Scored the hits, ‘What Have They Done To My Song Ma’, ‘Never Ending Song of Love’ and ‘I’d Like to
Teach the World to Sing’ with The New Seekers.
2002, Spanish girl group Las Ketchup went to No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘The Ketchup Song.’ The song was
also a No.1 in Italy, Greece, France, Finland, Sweden, Norway, Belgium, The Netherlands, Switzerland, Germany,
Romania, Argentina and Mexico. It was garbage and shows the rubbish the charts embrace.
2004, The US Internal Revenue Service charged 63-year-old Ronald Isley, lead singer of the Isley Brothers, with tax
evasion for failing to report income from royalties and performances by the band between 1997 and 2002. He was
later found guilty and sentenced to three years in prison. I would feel let down only I have the British Members of
Parliament to thank!
2006, Mayor Richard M. Daley awarded P. Diddy with a pair of cufflinks to commemorate the inauguration of an
annual “Diddy Day” in the city of Chicago, USA. Ken Dodd should be included in this as he was the creator of the
Birthday Boys and Girls October 13th
1940, Chris Farlowe, singer, 1966 UK No.1 single ‘Out Of Time’, written by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards.
1941, Paul Simon, singer, songwriter
1944, Robert Lamm, vocals, keyboards, Chicago, (1976 UK & US No.1 single ‘If You Leave Me Now’).
1948, Peter David Spencer, Smokie, (1975 UK No.3 single ‘If You Think You Know How To Love Me’).
1950, Simon Nicol, guitar, Fairport Convention, (1969 UK No.21 single ‘Si Tu Dois Partir’).
1959, Marie Osmond, singer and part of The Osmonds family.
1968, Carlos Marín, Il Divo, (2004 UK No.1 self-titled album, also number one in 13 countries around the world).
Music Stuff October 14th
1957, The Everly Brothers had their first No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Wake Up Little Susie’,UK No.2
1957, The Elvis Presley classic, ‘Jailhouse Rock’ was released. The film clip from the movie where he sang the song is
considered by many historians to be the first rock video.
1959, Bobby Darin was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Mack The Knife’.
1965, The Rolling Stones, The Spencer Davis Group, Unit 4 Plus 2, The Checkmates, The Habit, The End and
Charlie Dickins all appeared at The Odeon, Birmingham during a UK tour….What a night that must have been.
1967, The second series of The Monkees TV show started on BBC TV in the UK. Didn’t we all love this show…ugh!
1972, Michael Jackson US No.1 – ‘Ben’, his first solo No.1. UK No.7
1989, Tracy Chapman scored her second UK No.1 album with ‘Crossroads’.
1990, Multi-Emmy and Grammy award-winning American composer, pianist and conductor, Leonard Bernstein died
of pneumonia. Composed music for the 1957 musical ‘West Side Story’, and ‘On The Waterfront’. Bernstein
conducted the New York Philharmonic aged 25 and wrote three symphonies, two operas, five musicals, and
numerous other pieces.
2004, Eric Clapton was suspended from driving in France after being caught speeding at 134mph in his Porsche 911
Turbo near Merceuil. He was given a 750 euro (£515) fine and his UK licence was confiscated. After paying his fine
Clapton posed for photographs with French police and then left the scene in his Porsche – with his secretary behind
the wheel. It does need saying that it is difficult to drive a Porsche slowly and France has some lovely open roads…..
2007, Sugababes went to No.1 on the UK album chart with ‘Change’
2008, Illustrator and rock cartoonist Ray Lowry died. He contributed illustrations for NME, Punch, Private Eye and
The Guardian and designed the artwork for The Clash album London Calling.
Birthday Boys and Girls October 14th
1940, Cliff Richard, (Harry Webb). Britain’s most successful solo artis
1942, Billy Harrison, Them, (1965 UK No.2 single ‘Here Comes The Night’).
1945, Colin Hodgkinson, bass, Whitesnake
1946, Dan McCafferty, Nazareth
1946,, Justin Hayward, The Moody Blues
1952,Chris Amoo, The Real Thing
Music Stuff October 15th
1955, Buddy & Bob (Buddy Holly) opened for Elvis Presley at the “Big D Jamboree”, held at Lubbock’s Cotton
Club, Texas. Nashville talent scout Eddie Crandall was in audience and arranged for Holly to audition and record
demos for the Decca US label.This is interesting because my copies of early hits were not on Decca.
1960, The Beatles (minus Pete Best) and two members of Rory Storm’s Hurricanes (Ringo Starr and Lou Walters)
recorded a version of George Gershwin’s ‘Summertime’ in a Hamburg recording studio. The track which was cut
onto a 78-rpm disc marked the first session that included John, Paul, George, and Ringo together.
1961, Comedian Ken Dodd and The Beatles both appeared at a charity evening raising funds for St John’s ambulance
brigade at Liverpool’s Albany Cinema. Ken Dodd is still making them laugh in UK and is a legend….
1966, Pink Floyd (who were paid £15 for the gig), The Move, Denny Laine and Soft Machine all appeared at the
launch for International Times at London’s Roundhouse.
1966, The Four Tops US No.1-Reach Out And I’ll Be There’. Their first No.1 in the UK.
1972, Lieutenant Pigeon were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Mouldy Old Dough.’ Keyboard player Rob
Woodward had his mum play piano on the single, making them the only mother and son act to score a UK No.1. The
song was recorded in the front room of their semi-detached house. I interviewed the band on my Radio Merseyside
1977, Debby Boone US No.1 with ‘You Light Up My Life’, the longest stay at the top since Guy Mitchell’s ‘Singing
The Blues. A No.48 hit in the UK.
1983, Genesis went to No.1 on the UK chart with their self-titled album ‘Genesis’
1988, Chris de burgh went to No.1 on the UK album chart with ‘Flying Colours’
1988, UB40 US No.1- Neil Diamond song ‘Red Red Wine’, also a No.1 hit in the UK.
1994, Take That had their 5th UK No.1 when ‘Sure’ started a two-week run at the top of the charts.
1997, Michael Jackson played the last date on the HIStory Tour at King’s Park Rugby Stadium, Durban, South
Africa. During the tour, Jackson performed 82 concerts in 58 cities to over 4.5 million fans, visiting 5 continents and
35 countries. What a fantastic schedule that was and raking in a few bob!
2000, Dave Edmunds had a triple heart bypass operation. The 56 year-old Welsh rocker had the operation at LA’s
Cedars Sinai Hospital.I am a big fan of his music.
2000, U2 UK No.1 – ‘Beautiful Day’, the group’s fourth UK No.1
2006, The Sugababes were the most successful UK all-female act of the 21st century, according to new figures. I
think success is very relative to the situation that exists to help people achieve it…..
2008, Jon Bon Jovi became the latest musician to disapprove of the use of his songs in John McCain’s US presidential
campaign. The Bon Jovi song, ‘Who Says You Can’t Go Home’, was used during rallies held by Republican vice
presidential candidate Sarah Palin. Foo Fighters, Heart and Jackson Browne have all asked Mr McCain to stop using
their tracks in his presidential bid. Bon Jovi, a Democrat supporter, threw a $30,000 (£17,000) per person, fund-
raising dinner for Democratic candidate Barack Obama at his New Jersey home in September.
Birthday Boys and Girls October 15th
1935, Barry McGuire, US singer
1938, Marv Johnson, US singer. Johnson’s recording of Berry Gordy’s song ‘Come To Me’ became Motown
Records first ever-single release in May 1959.I took Merv around the Liverpool clubs when he visited the city around
1942, Chris Andrews
1946, Richard Carpenter, keyboards, vocals, The Carpenters
1947, Chris De Burgh, singer, songwriter
1953, Tito Jackson, The Jackson Five
1966, Dave Stead, The Beautiful South
Music Stuff October 16th
1951, 18 year old Richard Penniman, who was already using the stage name Little Richard, made his first recordings
for RCA Camden at the studios of Atlanta radio station WGST.Wam bam a luba wam bam bam………
1956, Frankie Laine was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘A Woman In Love’
1962, the first night of a two month Motown Records package tour started in Washington DC, featuring Marvin
Gaye, The Supremes, Mary Wells, The Miracles and 12 year old Stevie Wonder. I would love to have been at this
1965, The Beatles recorded ‘Day Tripper’ at Abbey Road studio’s London in three takes, they then added vocals
and other overdubs, completing the song before the end of the day.I’ll bet that was a hard day’s night.
1969, Record company executive and founder of the Chess record label Leonard Chess died of a heart attack aged
52. Home to John Lee Hooker, Chuck Berry, Bo Diddley, Little Walter, The Moonglows, The Flamingos Jimmy
Reed and Sonny Boy Williamson.
1969, Bobbie Gentry was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with the Burt Bacharach and Hal David song ‘I’ll Never
Fall In Love Again,’ the singers only UK No.1.
1976, One hit wonder Rick Dees and his Cast Of Idiots US No.1 – ‘Disco Duck,’-US TV and radio presenter UK
1982, Culture Club appeared on UK TV’s Top Of The Pops performing ‘Do You Really Want To Hurt Me’, which
they got thanks to Shakin’ Stevens being ill and not able to appear. The song became a major hit after their
memorable performance on the music TV show.
1986, Keith Richards, Eric Clapton and Robert Cray joined other artists on stage in St Louis, for Chuck Berry’s 60th
birthday concert, as featured in the film ‘Hail Hail! Rock & Roll’. There’s a great video of this event.
1988, Whitney Houston UK No.1- ‘One Moment In Time.’ The song was recorded to celebrate the Seoul Olympic
Games of 1988.
2001, two security guards were sacked after refusing to allow Bob Dylan into his own concert. Dylan who had
demanded that security on his ‘Love and Theft’ tour should be tighter than ever didn’t have a pass when he arrived
backstage. A severe case of biter bitten.
2007, Madonna signed a ground-breaking recording and touring contract with concert promoter Live Nation
becoming the first major star to choose an all-in-one agreement with a tour company over a traditional record contract.
2008, Britney Spears US No.1 – ‘Womanizer’ the singers second No.1 after her debut single ‘…Baby One More
Time’ in 1999……..What a wonderful song!
Birthday Boys and Girls October 16th
1923, Bert Kaempfert, songwriter, producer- produced the first recorded Beatles session
1937, Emile Ford, US singer, 1959
1942, Dave Loveday, The Fourmost, (1964 UK No.6 single ‘A Little Loving’).
1943,, Fred Turner, bass, vocals, Bachman Turner Overdrive
Music Stuff October 17th
1953, Frankie Laine No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Hey Joe! He beat Jimi Hendrix to the title…..
1960, The Drifters No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Save The Last Dance For Me’,UK No.2
1962, In between their lunchtime and night shows at the Cavern Club in Liverpool, The Beatles traveled to Granada
TV Centre in Manchester to make their television debut. They appeared live on the local magazine program People
and Places. The drive from the Cavern to the TV show was about 45 minutes.
1964, Manfred Mann No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Do Wah Diddy Diddy’, possibly the first No.1 with a
nonsense song title. Also a No.1 in the UK, the song was first released by the US group The Exciters.
1967, a 10-date package tour of the UK played the last night at the De Montfort Hall, Leicester featuring Traffic, The
Young Rascals, Vanilla Fudge, Art and Keith West.
1970, The Jackson Five No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘I’ll Be There’.
1981, Christopher Cross No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Arthur’s Theme No.7 hit in the UK. Not really a song
that I could say I liked….
1987, Bruce Springsteen No.1 on the UK album chart with ‘Tunnel Of Love’
1987, The Bee Gees became the only group to have a UK No.1 single in each of the three decades, (60′s, 70′s & 80′
s), when ‘You Win Again’ went to No.1 on the UK singles chart. The brothers fifth and last No.1. These Bee Gees
boys were really good and deserved their success…
1987, The Nescafe UK student ‘All Time Top 50′ album chart was published; voted in at No.3, ‘The Wall’ by Pink
Floyd, No. 2, ‘The Joshua Tree’ U2 and No. 1, Dire Straits ‘Brothers In Arms
1991, Sandie Shaw was arrested for failing to give a breath test outside her Harley Street flat in London and was fined
£100. She said she felt like a puppet on a string but the message was understood.
1991, American singer and television presenter Tennessee Ernie Ford died of liver failure. Had the 1955 US & UK
No.1 hit with his version of the Merle Travis song ‘Sixteen Tons’.
1992, Tasmin Archers debut single ‘Sleeping Satellite’ was at No.1 in the UK, the English singer, songwriters only No.
1. Archer wrote the song about the moon landings in 1969
1995, Sting’s former accountant Keith Moore was sentenced to six years in jail after being found guilty of embezzling
£6 million from the singer’s 108 bank accounts. It’s always nice to read an article about honesty.
1998, English singer Billie scored her second consecutive UK No.1 single with ‘Girlfriend.’ Isn’t it great to revisit
these wonderful hits………
1998, Phil Collins went to No.1 on the UK album chart with his ‘Hits’ album
1999, it was reported that Michael Jackson had played a secret gig at a martial arts exhibition in Barnstaple, England.
The man who had arrived in the white stretch limo was Navi, a Londoner who claims to be the world’s number one
Jacko impersonator. I remember this event and it kidded a lot of people.
1999, Thomas Durden died aged 79. Wrote the lyrics to ‘Heartbreak Hotel’ one of Elvis Presley’s early hits. Durden
had read a newspaper account of a man who had committed suicide, the man had left a note saying, ”I walk a lonely
street,” Durden used the phrase as the basis for ‘Heartbreak Hotel.’
2000, A flat in Montague Sq. London, which was once owned during the 60′s by Ringo Starr, went on the market for
£575,000. The two bedrooms, two-story property was also home for Jimi Hendrix, John & Yoko and Paul
McCartney during the 60′s. I bet it waqsn’t always spotless….
2001, Songwriter and composer Jay Livingston died of pneumonia. Best known for writing hits with Ray Evans for
Doris Day, (‘Whatever Will Be, Will Be (Que Sera, Sera)’ and Nat King Cole, (Mona Lisa). These are two fabulous
recordings but the songs need to be written and the writers are often overlooked and undervalued.
2002, Derek Bell instrumentalist in the Irish folk group The Chieftains died of cardiac arrest in Phoenix, Arizona.
Joined the group in 1975, released the 1981 solo album Derek Bells Plays With Himself, awarded an MBE in the
2000 for services to traditional music.
2004, Soft Cell singer Marc Almond had emergency surgery and was treated in intensive care after he was injured in a
motorcycle crash in London. Nice voice. I liked his duo with Gene Pitney.
2007, US singer Teresa Brewer died aged 76. She was one of the most popular US pop singers of the 1950s scoring
hits such as ‘Gonna Get Along Without Ya Now’ and ‘Into Each Life Some Rain Must Fall.’ My mum used to sing
her songs when she was cleaning the house…..
2008, Four Tops singer Levi Stubbs died at his Detroit home, aged 72. Stubbs had been in ill health since being
diagnosed with cancer in 1995 and a stroke and other health problems led him to stop touring in 2000.I was a big fan
of the Four Tops and I liked all their hits. They were also a great live show.
2008, Madonna and Guy announced that their seven-year marriage was over because they had drifted apart. ….sorry-
I’ve no interest in this one!
Birthday Boys and Girls October 17th
1933, Floyd Cramer, country piano player, (1961 UK No.1 single ‘On The Rebound’). Worked with Elvis Presley
on ‘Heartbreak Hotel’ and other hits. Cramer died on 31st December 1997.
1934, Rico Rodrigues, The Specials, (1981 UK No.1 single ‘Ghost Town’).
1935, Michael Eavis, the farmer whose land is used to hold Glastonbury Festival, the first being in 1970 with T Rex
headlining to a crowd of 1500.
1941, Alan Howard, bass, The Tremeloes
1946, Jim Tucker, guitar, The Turtles
1958, Alan Jackson, US singer
1968,Ziggy Marley-1988 UK No.22 single ‘Tomorrow People’-. His father late Bob Marley had his last haircut the
year Ziggy was born.
1972, Wyclef Jean, The Fugees, (1996 UK No.1 single ‘Killing Me Softly’. Solo 1998 UK No.3 single ‘Gone Till
Music Stuff October 22nd
1963, US country singer, Kenny Rogers married for the third time……….. He was obviously a slow learner.
1964, Sandie Shaw had her first UK No.1 single with the Burt Bacharach song ‘(There’s) Always Some Thing There
To Remind Me’…………………………. Good song and she is still around although reportedly a recluse.
1966, The Supremes had their first US No.1 album with ‘The Supremes a Go Go’, knocking The Beatles ‘Revolver’,
from the top of the charts………………….. I think their fabulous version of Sweet Nothins is on this album
1966, The Beach Boys ‘Good Vibrations’ made its debut on the US singles chart. Written by Brian Wilson and Mike
Love, the track was recorded over 6 weeks in four different Los Angeles studios, at a cost of over $16,000. The
recording engineer would later say that the last take sounded exactly like the first, six months earlier. The record would
reach No.1 on the US charts in December 1966……………………………….I loved this album and hammered the
tracks at the Cabin Club in Birkenhead
1967, During a UK tour the Jimi Hendrix Experience appeared at Hastings Pier. ………….This burnt down quite
1969, American singer Tommy Edwards died after suffering a brain aneurysm in Henrico County, Virginia, at the age
of 47. Had the 1958 US & UK No.1 single ‘It’s All In The Game’……………………….. Yet another example of
the early demise of a pop star.
1988, U2 scored their fourth UK No.1 album with the double set and film soundtrack ‘Rattle And Hum
1989, English folk singer, songwriter, poet, and record producer Ewan MacColl died aged 74. He wrote ‘Dirty Old
Town’ and ‘The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face’, (became a No.1 hit for Roberta Flack in 1972). He was the
father of singer, songwriter Kirsty MacColl and such acts as, The Dubliners, Elvis Presley and Johnny Cash recorded
1996, It was announced that, “The Beatles were now bigger than The Beatles”. A poll showed 41 percent of sales
were to teenagers who were not born when The Beatles officially called it quits in 1970…………………….Very
1999, it was reported that Sinead O’Connor was attempting to buy the church where she was ordained into the
Catholic sisterhood. The church was on the market for £70,000…………………………… The singer was
obviously experiencing a very troubled period in her life and I remember seeing her in a Landrover down in Cornwall
2000, George Michael paid £1.45m for the Steinway piano on which John Lennon wrote ‘Imagine.’ George said, “I
know that when my fingers touch the keys of that Steinway, I will feel truly
blessed……………………………………… I would imagine it was a rather weird experience playing this fine
instrument and knowing Lennon had sat and worked on the keyboard.
2005, Waterloo by Abba was voted the best song in the history of the Eurovision Song
Contest…………………………………… I quite like the competition although it is somewhat reviled in the UK. I
think it’s sour grapes as we’ve not really had a decent song since Katrina and the Waves. This reflects the get rich
quick chart entry cult in the UK….
2008, A homeless man claimed a £2,000 reward by returning a waxwork head of ex-Beatle Sir Paul McCartney
which had been left on a train. The wax model sold the following week for £5,500 at auction.
1939, Ray Jones, bass, Billy J Kramer
1942, Bobby Fuller, singer, The Bobby Fuller Four
1946, Eddie Brigati, vocals, The Young Rascals
Music Stuff October 20th
1955, Elvis Presley and Bill Haley and his Comets both appeared at Brooklyn High School auditorium, Cleveland. Oh
my giddy Aunt…can you imagine the gig?
1960, Roy Orbison had his first UK No.1 single with ‘Only The Lonely’ and his first of 33 hits. The song was turned
down by The Everly Brothers and Elvis Presley, so Orbison decided to record the song himself. I loved these early
Roy Orbison classics and he was a real comfort to adolescent teenagers….
1961, The Beatles played a lunchtime show at the Cavern Club, Liverpool and tonight they appeared at The Village
Hall in Knotty Ash, Liverpool. I know both these venues and have great memories of them…
1962, Bobby ‘Boris’ Pickett and the Crypt Kickers started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with
‘Monster Mash’, it became a No.3 in the UK eleven years later in 1973. The song had been banned by The BBC in
the UK, deemed offensive. This is the type of reference to show how society has changed. I heard a song on the radio
today with virtually every sexual innuendo under the sun!
1968, Cream and Deep Purple appeared at the San Diego Sports Arena, San Diego, California. This was another
class gig I would like to have attended.
1969, The Who played the first of six nights at New York’s Filmore East performing a two-hour show featuring the
songs from ‘Tommy.’ I loved the album and I wonder how good was the live version.
1973, Queen appeared on the ‘In concert’ show on UK BBC Radio One.
1973, The Rolling Stones went to No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Angie’, the group’s 7th US chart topper. A No.
5 hit in the UK. I love this song written by Jagger and Richards.
1979, Herb Alpert No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Rise’, giving the co founder of A&M records his second US
No.1-No.13 in the UK. I liked this but it was a little on the slow side.
1983, American country and western singer, songwriter, Merle Travis died of a heart attack aged 65. Acknowledged
as one of the most influential American guitarist’s of the twentieth century. Wrote ‘Sixteen Tons’ 1955 US No.1 for
1984, Wham! started a three week run at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Freedom’, the duo’s second No.1.
2003, a jury found Girls Aloud singer Cheryl Tweedy guilty of assaulting a nightclub worker.
2005, Michael Jackson received a jury summons at his Neverland ranch in California four months after he was
acquitted on child molestation charges.
2006, George Michael openly smoked a cannabis joint during an interview on a TV show. The singer was filmed
backstage at in Madrid, Spain where the drug is legal. Michael said “It’s the only drug I’ve ever thought worth taking,
this stuff keeps me sane and happy. But it’s not very healthy,”…If he admits it’s not healthy he knows he can only be
damaging himself with it. A perfect example to others.
Birthday Boys and Girls October 20th
1890, Jelly Roll Morton, US pianist, arranger, bandleader, the first great composer in jazz, died 10th July 1941.
1939,, Jay Siegel, The Tokens, (1961 US No.1 & UK No.11 single ‘The Lion Sleeps Tonight’).
1940, Kathy Kirby, UK singer, (1963 UK No.4 single ‘Secret Love’).
1942,, John Carter, Ivy League, (1965 UK No.3 single ‘Tossing and Turning’).
1951,, Alan Greenwood, keyboards, Foreigner, (1985 UK & US No.1 single ‘I Want To Know What Love Is’).
Music Stuff October 21st
1958, Buddy Holly’s last recording session took place. The songs recorded included ‘It Doesn’t Matter Anymore’ –
a No.1 hit.
1965, Bill Black, Elvis Presley’s bass player, (1954-57), died four months after receiving surgery to remove a brain
tumour, aged 39. With guitarist Scotty Moore, and Elvis Presley on rhythm guitar, Black played on ‘That’s All Right
(Mama)’, ‘Heartbreak Hotel‘, ‘Baby Let’s Play House’, ‘Mystery Train‘, ‘Hound Dog‘; ‘Jailhouse Rock‘ in the late
1950s. Black formed Bill Black’s Combo.
1965, Wanting to improve on a previous recording session The Beatles started from scratch on a new song called
‘Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown)’. For my money this is one of the best ever Beatle tracks and I play it my
1967, Scottish singer Lulu No.1 on the US singles chart with the theme from the film ‘To Sir With Love’.
1971, Rolling Stone Mick Jagger became a father
1972, Chuck Berry-t No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘My Ding-A- Ling’, his first and only US and UK No.1
1976, Keith Moon played his last show with The Who at the end of a North American tour at Maple Leaf Gardens,
Toronto. On September 7, 1978, Moon died of an overdose of a sedative Heminevrin, that had been prescribed to
prevent seizures induced by alcohol withdrawal. This is another example of how popstars have endured tragic endings.
1989, Jive Bunny And The Mastermixes had their second UK No.1 single with ‘That’s What I Like.’ The Theme
from Hawaii Five-O was the recurring hook in the record which also included ‘Lets Twist Again’, ‘Lets Dance’,
‘Great Balls of Fire’ and ‘The Twist’. This was a great track to put on when the DJ needed a P break
1992, George Michael took Sony Records to court in a fight over his contract with the company; he lost the case in
1994. Michael worked with Sony again less than 10 years later.
1997, Elton John’s ‘Candle In The Wind 97′ was declared by the Guinness Book Of Records as the biggest selling
single record of all time, with 31.8 million sales in less than 40 days and raising more than £20 million for charity.
This, of course, was the remake in honour of Princess Diane who died under very suspicious circumstances
2001, Concerts at Madison Square Garden and the RFK stadium in Washington were expected to raise millions in
funds for the victims of the Sept 11th attacks. Stars who appeared included Michael Jackson, Tom Petty, Aerosmith,
*NSYNC, P Diddy, James Brown, Paul McCartney, David Bowie, Eric Clapton, The Who and Elton John.
2006, British broadcaster John Peel left over £1.8m and over 25,000 vinyl records in his will. Peel died suddenly at
the age of 65 from a heart attack in 2004. I didn’t really enjoy his style of DJing but he had a fantastic career and was
often great doing talkovers for adverts or narrating serious films.He also brought a lot of very unusual music into the
public eye although I didn’t like most of what he played!
2007, Stereophonics went to No.1 on the UK album chart with ‘Pull The Pin’ the bands sixth studio album.
Birthday Boys and Girls October 21st
1940, Manfred Mann, keyboard player with Manfred Mann
1941, Steve Cropper, guitarist, Booker T and the MG’
1946, Lee Loughnane, trumpet, Chicago
1954, Eric Faulkner, singer, Bay City Roller
Music Stuff October 23rd
1961, Dion No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Runaround Sue’-No.11 in the UK. I can’t say this was one of my
1962, 12 year old Little Stevie Wonder recorded his first single for Motown Records, ‘Thank You For Loving Me All
The Way.’ I think we overlook how young Stevie was and what an amazing talent he has. I loved ‘Fingertips’ and
then Uptight set us all alight.
1963, The Beatles completed the final session for their second album then drove to London airport for a flight to
Stockholm, Sweden to start their first foreign tour.
1963, The Everly Brothers, Little Richard, Bo Diddley, Mickie Most, The Rolling Stones, Julie Grant and The
Flintstones all appeared at Odeon Theatre, Nottingham, England. What a gig and how much were those tickets?
1963, Bob Dylan recorded ‘The Times They Are A-Changin’
1964, all four members of US band Buddy and the Kings were killed when they hired a Cesna Skyhawk to take them
to a gig in Harris County. Piloted by the bands drummer Bill Daniles, the plane crashed nose first killing all on board.
Singer with the group Harold Box had replaced Buddy Holly in The Crickets after his death in a plane crash. He sang
lead vocals on ‘Peggy Sue Got Married.’ ………….This is a bit of pop trivia that seems to have slipped through the
net. How bizarre that Harold Box suffered the same fate as Buddy Holly.
1976, Chicago – No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘If You Leave Me Now’. It was the group’s first US No.1, also a
1980, Mark David Chapman quit his security job and signed out for the last time. Instead of the usual “Chappy” he
wrote “John Lennon”. Chapman would murder Lennon on December 8th of this year outside his New York City
home…….This is something I had never heard before and sends a chilling image of a disturbed mind…..
1982, Culture Club No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Do You Really Want To Hurt Me’, the group’s first chart
topper and the first of 12 UK Top 40 hits. The song became a major hit after their memorable debut performance on
Top of the Pops, when they stood in for Shakin’ Stevens who was ill and not able to appear……They looked really
weird and the nation was not sure whether Boy George was a boy or a girl. I think things really began to get weird
after this performance on national TV. I have to say I loved the song
1988, On the UK CD chart; Luther Vandross at No.3 with ‘Any Love’, No.2 U2 ‘Rattle and Hum’ & No.1 Dire
Straits ‘Money For Nothing’………..I think we all took to Dire Straits. I was struggling to manage with vinyl and this
group inspired me to change from vinyl to CD…
1993, Meat Loaf had his first UK No.1 with ‘I’d Do Anything For Love’ (But I Won’t Do That’). It stayed at No.1
for seven weeks. A No.1 in twenty-eight countries and gave Meat Loaf his first US No.1 hit………I never really got
to grips with Meatloaf’s music. I can’t really explain any reason. I certainly don’t dislike his stuff I just had too many
1993, Take That scored their first UK No.1 album with ‘Everything Changes.’ I wasn’t into this either!
2002, Kanye West was involved in a car crash after he fell asleep at the wheel while driving home from a recording
studio in West Hollywood. I like his singles but don’t know much about the man.
2002, 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 ‘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 had passed to bring about a royalties
suit…….I think the judge was wrong here but the onus and moral obligation would always have been with Chuck
Berry if he knew the claim was justified.
2005, Arctic Monkeys scored their first UK No.1 single with ‘I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor’, the
Sheffield bands debut single…….I didn’t really see anything but hype in this.
2008, Beyonce No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘If I Were A Boy’, the singers fourth UK No.1 hit……This lady
is a class act and I like this song.
Birthday Boys and Girls October 23rd
1943, Greg Ridley, bass player, Spooky Tooth, Humble Pie, (1969 UK No.4 single ‘Natural Born Bugie’). Died on
19th November 2003.
1953, Pauline Black, vocals, Selecter, (1979 UK No.8 single ‘On My Radio’). TV presenter
1956, Dwight Yoakam, country singer, (Guitars and Cadilacs).
Music Stuff October 24th
1960, Brenda Lee US No.1 of the year with ‘I Want To Be Wanted’.
1960, Frank Sinatra No.1 on the US album chart with ‘Nice ‘n’ Easy’………Hey, ‘that’s life’…..
1962, US Soul singer James Brown recorded his legendary ‘Live At The Apollo’ album. The album was listed at No.
24 in Rolling Stone magazine’s 2003 list of the 500 greatest albums of all time….. I hammered this album and
loved the 20 minute version of There Was a Time….I actually learnt his dances and kept myself very fit….
1963, On the first day of their first foreign tour, The Beatles spent the day in Stockholm, Sweden, recording a
performance for a radio program.
1970, Pink Floyd No.1 on the UK album chart with the ‘Atom Heart Mother’, the group’s first No.1.
1973, John Lennon began litigation against the US government, accusing them of tapping his telephone.
1973, Rolling Stone Keith Richards was fined £205 after admitting having cannabis, Chinese heroin, mandrax tablets
and a revolver at his Chelsea home. …..There’s no half measures here…
1977, Rolling Stone Keith Richards pleaded guilty to possessing heroin to a court in Toronto. He was given a one
year suspended sentence and ordered to perform a benefit concert for the blind. …..I liked the second part of the
1979, Paul McCartney received a medallion cast in rhodium after being declared the most successful composer of all
time.This guy is a class act…..
1986, sound engineer for Dire Straits Peter Grange, was killed in a road accident in Gloucestershire……I hate these
sad events. They’re littered throughout the history of pop
1987, Michael Jackson No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Bad’, - No.3 hit in the UK.
1987, Sting No.1 on the UK album chart with his third solo release ‘Nothing Like The Sun.’
1999, Westlife went to No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Flying Without Wings’. It made the Irish boy band only the
third act to debut at No.1 with their first three singles, B*Witched and Robson and Jerome being the other
two……Greatness has been accelerated by instant television and the internet. Let’s see who’s still about in another
2001, Kim Gardner former bassist with Ashton Gardner & Dyke died of Cancer. Had the 1971 UK No.3 single ‘The
Resurrection Shuffle’ and Gardner formed 60′s band The Birds with guitarist Ron Wood.
2002, American record producer Tom Dowd died of emphysema. He recorded albums by many artists including: Eric
Clapton, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Derek and the Dominos, Rod Stewart, Aretha Franklin, Cream, Lulu, Chicago, The
Allman Brothers Band, The J. Geils Band, Meat Loaf, Sonny & Cher, The Rascals, Willie Nelson, Diana Ross,
Kenny Loggins, Dusty Springfield, The Drifters and Otis Redding……I know nothing of this man’s career but he
seems to have had a greaqt influence over many class acts
2004, Ronan Keating went to No.1 on the UK album charts with ‘10 Years Of Hits’, the former Boyzone singer’s
third No.1 album.
2005, Madonna gave a surprise lecture at a New York university, discussing her career and new film after she arrived
unannounced at City University’s Hunter College as part of the MTV series Stand In……I could picture the students
2006, guitarist Steve Roberts committed suicide aged 54. Roberts had been a member of UK group Dreadzone and
had worked with Desmond Dekker and Prince Buster…….yet another sad example…..
2007, a judge removed a drug treatment order for Babyshambles singer Pete Doherty when he appeared at Thames
Magistrates’ Court for a review of the order. District Judge Jane McIvor told the singer she was going to revoke the
six months left to serve on the order after advice from experts………no comment
2009, Michael Bublé went to No.1 on the US album chart with ‘Crazy Love’, the Canadian singers fourth studio
album. This guy is the real deal. I love the arrangements on his songs and his phrasing is brilliant.
Birthday Boys and Girls October 24th
1936, Bill Wyman, bass, The Rolling Stone
1944, Ted Templeman, Harper’s Bizarre
1944, Patti Labelle, singe
1946, Jerry Edmonton, Steppenwol
1946, , Rob Van Leeuwen, Shocking Blue
1948, , Paul and Barry Ryan, identical twins (1965 UK No.13 single with ‘Don’t Bring Me Your Heartaches’). Barry
also had a solo 1968 UK No.2 single (No.1 on the NME chart), with ‘Eloise’ written by his brother Paul. Paul died
of cancer on 29th November 1992 aged 44.
1959, Weird Al Yankovic, minor US hits parodying songs such as ‘Eat It
Music Stuff October 30th
1959, Cliff Richard and the Shadows were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Travelin’ Light’. Their 6th release
and second No.1 hit. This was three chords at its best. I still use it!
1961, Two days after Beatles fan Raymond Jones asked for The Beatles’ German single ‘My Bonnie’ (recorded with
Tony Sheridan) at Brian Epstein’s NEMS record store in Liverpool, two girls asked for the same record. Epstein’s
difficulty in locating the record was due to him not knowing that the record was released, not by The Beatles, but by
Tony Sheridan and ‘The Beat Brothers’ (‘Beatles’ resembles a vulgar slang word in German, so The Beatles’ name
was changed for this single)….Please be aware I interviewed Beatles Historians over the Ray Jones story and it is still
a matter of some debate…
1965, The Who appeared at The Cavern Club, Liverpool, England. ..I didn’t realise they’s played there. I would love
to have been there..
1967, Rolling Stones guitarist Brian Jones admitted in court to possession of cannabis and allowing his flat to be used
for the smoking of the drug. His plea of ‘not guilty’ to the charge of possessing methedrine and cocaine was accepted.
Jones was sentenced to nine months in Wormwood Scrubs prison. He was released on bail the following day. I
greatly liked Jones’ playing in the Stones and was glad he was released so quickly. I don’t think we really realised
what was going on.
1967, Tyrannosaurus Rex recorded a session for the UK Radio 1 ‘Top Gear’ show, the first group to do so without a
1970, Hotlegs made their live debut supporting The Moody Blues at the Festival Hall, London. Their only hit
‘Neanderthal Man’ made No. 2 in July 1970. The members from the group went on to become 10cc. Neanderthal
Man was awful….
1970, Jim Morrison of The Doors was fined and sentenced to six months in jail after being found guilty of exposing
himself during a gig in Miami…..That lad had problems….
1971, John Lennon and The Plastic Ono Band went to No.1 on the UK album chart with ‘Imagine’. The album
contained two tracks attacking Paul McCartney, ‘How Do You Sleep’ and ‘Crippled Inside.’ Great music..
1982, Australian band Men At Work was No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Who Can It Be Now” the group’s first
US No.1- No.45 hit in the UK. I played the song and quite liked the music..
1983, this weeks Top 5 UK singles charts: No.5, ‘They Don’t Know’, Tracy Ullman, No.4, ‘Uptown Girl’, Billy Joel,
No.3, ‘Union Of The Snake’, Duran Duran, No.2, ‘All Night Long’, Lionel Richie and No.1 ‘Karma Chameleon’ by
Culture Club…..all good songs
2000, a new web site was launched to help teach children basic Physics. www.britneyspears.ac featured the singer to
illustrate mathematical equations. Visitors could access physics theories generously interspersed with photos of
Britney….My goodness..clutching at straws or what?
2003, Steve O’Rourke suffered a stroke and died in Miami, Florida. Had managed Pink Floyd since 1968, and was
the executive producer for their 1982 film The Wall.
2005, hundreds of people queued outside the Sheffield Arena to make sure of getting tickets to see a Sir Cliff Richard.
By the time the tickets went on sale some fans had been outside the Arena for nine days, the concert was not until
November 2006…..Please note BBC Radio 1 decided not to play his music……like it or not Cliff has been a shining
example of excellence over the years.
2005, Robbie Williams went to No.1 on the UK album chart with ‘Intensive Care’ the singer’s sixth UK No.1 studio
2007, Forbes.com reported that Elvis Presley had regained his crown as the highest-earning dead celebrity, with an
annual income of $49m (£23.7m) during the past year. John Lennon ranked second with $44m (£21.3m), while
Peanuts cartoon creator Charles M Schulz was third on the list, Beatle George Harrison was fourth with $22m (£10.6
m). I hope those who benefit from the sales appreciate and honour the life and times of these artistes.
2008, American producer and saxophonist Mike Terry died in Detroit aged 68. Worked with Martha And The
Vandellas, Jackie Wilson, Mary Wells, The Four Tops, The Supremes, Kim Weston, Marvin Gaye, The Isley
Brothers and Edwin Starr. Obviously, he was a fan of Motown.
Birthday Boys and Girls October 30th
1939,Eddie Holland (Holland/Dozier/Holland), producer, songwriter, wrote Motown hits for Supremes, Four Tops,
Marvin Gaye, Martha & The Vandellas, Freda Payne, Chairmen Of The Board.
1939, Grace Slick, vocals, Jefferson Airplane, Starship, (1967 US No.18 single ‘White Rabbit’, 1987 US & UK No.
1 single ‘Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now’).
1939, Otis Williams, The Temptations, (1971 US No.1 & UK No.8 single ‘Just My Imagination’ and re- issued ‘My
Girl’ UK No.2 in 1992).
1946,Chris Slade, drummer, who has worked with Manfred Mann’s Earth Band, AC/DC, Gary Moore and The Firm
Music Stuff October 31st
1952, Pianist Johnnie Johnson hired 26 year old Chuck Berry as a guitarist in his band. While playing evening gigs in
the St. Louis area, Berry kept his day job as a hairdresser for the next three years….This probably explains his
1954, Vera Lynn was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘My Son, My Son.’ The singers only No.1 hit. Lynn who
had three songs in the first ever Top 12 in 1952 was known as the “Forces Sweetheart” during World War II…..
writing earlier in the day’s events I was reminded of her song ‘We’ll meet again’. Incidentally, she’s still singing…
1959, The Quarry Men decided to change their name to Johnny and the Moondogs. The band were in Liverpool
auditioning for the Carrol Levis show. The Quarry Men featured John Lennon, Paul McCartney and George Harrison.
It was difficult to get the name right. I would have gone for something like the Bootles-an area in Liverpool
1963, Gerry And The Pacemakers were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone.’ The group’
s third and final No.1. At this time they were the most popular group on Merseyside.
1963, The Beatles returned to London from Sweden and were greeted by hundreds of screaming fans and a mob of
photographers and journalists. American television host Ed Sullivan was at Heathrow as The Beatles arrived, and was
struck by the sight of Beatlemania in full swing; he decided to look into getting this group to appear on his US
television program. You didn’t have to be the brightest in the bunch to see something special was happening..
1964, Barbra Streisand started a five-week run at No1 on the US album chart with ‘People’. She has a had a
fantastic career and is still remembered in today’s music…
1964, The Supremes started a four week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Baby Love’, the group’s second
of five consecutive US No.1′s. The group were formally known as the five piece group The Primettes.
Isn’t it funny how the Primettes just sounds wrong-don’t ask me why!
1964, Ray Charles was arrested by Logan Airport customs officials in Boston and charged with possession of heroin.
This was his third drug charge, following incidents in 1958 and 1961. Charles avoided prison after kicking the habit in
a clinic in Los Angeles, but spent a year on parole in 1966….I loved the music this guy played and you tend to cut a
little slack to people whose work you like. I suppose a lot of creative people have their dark side.
1965, The Who appeared at the Cavern Club in Liverpool, England, (the bands only appearance at the club).I didn’t
go to the gig and can’t remember them being there.
1967, Rolling Stone Brian Jones was released from Wormwood Scrubs prison on £750 bail pending appeal. Jones
had been found guilty of possession of cannabis. Seven Stones fans were arrested and charged with obstructing the
police after demonstrating outside the prison gates. Yes. I liked his music as well and I cut him a little slack…
1970, ‘Motown Chartbusters Vol 4′ went to No.1 on the UK album chart. The album featured tracks from The
Jackson Five, Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell, The Four Tops, The Supremes, The Temptations and Smokey
Robinson & The Miracles. Yes. I bought it and played it ad nauseum in the clubs.
1980, Bow Wow Wow appeared at London’s Rainbow Theatre. The group had a backing singer by the name of
Lieutenant Lush, a.k.a. Boy George….He has always been one of life’s great mysteries to me.
1981, The Human League went to No.1 on the UK album chart with ‘Dare’, their first No.1 LP. A really classy act
playing great music and looking rather cool
1986, Roger Waters went to the high court to try and stop David Gilmour and Nick Mason from using the name ‘Pink
Floyd’, for future touring and recording.
1987, Forbes Magazine listed the Top 40 American entertainment earners from 86-87, 8th was Whitney Houston
$44 million, 7th Madonna $47 million and third place Bruce Springsteen $56 million.
1990, UK DJ Roger Scott died of cancer aged 46. Scott was one of the most respected broadcasters in the UK,
working on Capital Radio for 15 years and then BBC Radio 1. Working as a presenter at the Montreal station 1470
CFOX, Scott sang on ‘Give Peace a Chance’, recorded by John Lennon and Yoko Ono during their “Bed-in” for
peace at the Queen Elizabeth Hotel in Montreal, Canada….I wish I had known more about this DJ but I am in the
1995, James Brown was arrested in Aiken, South Carolina for assaulting his 47 year old wife, Adrienne, who said that
her husband hit her with a mirror. Adrienne died in January, 1996 and the assault charges against James were
dropped...I also needed to cut him some slack but I have no time for men who hit women…..
1996, Slash announced he was no longer in Guns N’ Roses. The guitarist said that Axl Rose and he had only been
civil to each other on two occasions since 1994.
1998, Chart history was made when the UK Top 5 singles chart was made up entirely of new entries. Alanis
Morissette went in at No.5, Culture Club at No.4, U2 at No.3, George Michael at No.2 and Cher with ‘Believe’ at
1998, Cher started a seven week run at No.1 with her third UK No.1 single ‘Believe’, taken from her twenty-third
studio album. It made Cher (who was 52) the first female artist to have a No.1 single over the age of 50. The song
was a No.1 in 23 countries. It also made great use of the new technology and Cher wore some strange clothes in her
1999, a list of ‘New Pop Fortunes’ published in The Sunday Times, reported that The Corrs were worth £1.5 million
each, Boyzone £3 million each, Jamiroquai £4 million, The Chemical Brothers £4 million each and Norman Cook £10
million…..how the other half live…
1999, EMI records announced that it was planning to stop paying for some of its artists to release singles. The label
said that anyone who sold less than 80,000 copies would be discouraged from releasing a single.
2000, Britney Spears paid £6,000 to hire a private bar in Leipzig, Germany during a night off on her ‘Oops!… I did It
Again Tour.’ Britney who at 18 was banned from drinking in the US was reported to be knocking back vodka laced
White Russians and Pina Coladas….Wow. I am in awe of such talent…..
2002, the mother of pop star Bjork ended a hunger strike she had staged to protest against plans for a by a US
company to build a aluminum smelter and hydroelectric plant power plant in the Icelandic wilderness. Hildur Runa
Hauksdottir began eating again after four week’s of fasting. The serious side to all this is how people feel so strongly
about things. I can see where Bjo0rk got her mean streak from…
2003, The first UK Fame Academy winner, David Sneddon quit his career as a pop star to become a songwriter less
than a year after winning the talent contest.
2004, Robbie Williams was at No.1 on the UK album chart with ‘Greatest Hits.’
2004, Rod Stewart was at No.1 on the US album chart with ‘Stardust’ his third US No.1 album since 1971.
2005, The white suit worn by John Lennon on the cover of the Beatles’ Abbey Road album sold for $118,000
(£66,385) at an auction in Las Vegas. And an Austin Princess hearse driven by the late star in the documentary
Imagine sold for $150,000 (£84,388). A portion of the proceeds from the sale of the items went to Amnesty
2007, 22-year-old X Factor winner Singer Leona Lewis helped boost UK online music downloads to a record 1.7
million in one week making it the biggest week ever for download sales. Lewis sold more than 106,000 downloads of
her track ‘Bleeding Love.’
2008, a couple who admitted supplying drugs including cocaine and ecstasy to singer Amy Winehouse were warned
they faced a jail term as they appeared in Snaresbrook Crown Court, England. The charges related to video footage
which appeared to show Winehouse smoking a crack pipe. The singer was arrested and questioned over the images
but she was not charged.
October 31st: Born on this day
1937, Born on this day, Tom Paxton, folk singer, (1970 UK No.23 album, ‘No.6).
1947, Born on this day, Russ Ballard, guitar, vocals, Argent, (1972 UK No.5 single ‘Hold Your Head Up’).
1952, Born on this day, Bernard Edwards, producer and member of Chic, (1978 UK No.7 single ‘Le Freak’).
Produced ABC, Power Station and Rod Stewart. Edwards died on 18th April 1996.
1956, Born on this day, Tony Bowers, Alberto Y Los Trios Paranoias and then Simply Red, (1986 US No.1 & UK
No.2 single ‘Holding Back The Years’).
1961, Born on this day, Larry Mullen, drummer, U2, (1984 UK No.3 single ‘Pride, In The Name Of Love’ plus over
25 other UK Top singles, 1987 UK and worldwide No.1 album ‘The Joshua Tree’ spent 156 weeks on the UK
chart. Scored five consecutive US No.1 albums from 1987.)
1963, Born on this day, Johnny Marr, guitarist, songwriter, The Smiths, (1984 UK No.10 single ‘Heaven Knows I’m
Miserable Now’, plus 15 other UK Top 40 singles). Electronic, (1991 UK No.8 single ‘Get The Message’). Modest
Mouse, (2007 US No.1 album ‘We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank’). Also worked with The The, The
Pretenders and Johnny Marr and the Healers.
1963, Born on this day, Mikkey Dee, Motorhead, (1980 UK No.15 single ‘Ace Of Spades’).
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