Quote of the day "I only ever get ill when I give up drugs." Keith Richards
1961, Helen Shapiro was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Walkin' Back To Happiness.' The singers second and final UK No.1.
1966, The Yardbirds arrived in New York for their first US tour with Jeff Beck and Jimmy Page on lead guitars. After two dates of the tour, Beck developed acute tonsillitis and quit the group. He would go on to form The Jeff Beck Group, that gave Rod Stewart his first major exposure.
1967, The soundtrack to The Sound Of Music was at No.1 on the UK album chart, spending its 132 week on the chart. The Beatles were at No.2 with Sgt. Pepper and Scott Walker was at No.3 with 'Scott.'
1968, On their farewell tour Cream appeared at The Forum in Los Angeles, California, where live recordings were made which were included on the 'Goodbye Cream' album which was released the following year.
1968, 18 year old Peter Frampton meet Steve Marriott at a Small Faces show in London. After striking up a friendship, the two started planning a new group which emerged as Humble Pie next April.
1973, David Bowie released his seventh album Pin Ups. The album, which features supermodel Twiggy on the front cover, is a collection of cover versions of some of the singer’s favourite songs, including tracks by Pink Floyd, The Pretty Things, The Who, The Yardbirds and The Kinks.
1980, AC/DC kicked off a 20-date UK tour at Bristol Colston Hall. The bands first gigs since the death of singer Bon Scott.
1985, A-Ha went to No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Take On Me', making them the first Norwegian group to score a US No.1. The video for the song featured the band in a pencil-sketch animation method called rotoscoping, combined with live action which won six awards and was nominated for two others at the 1986 MTV Video Music Awards.
1989, Alan Murphy guitarist with English band Level 42 died of pneumonia related to aids. Murphy also worked with Kate Bush, Go West and Mike & the Mechanics.
1991, Oasis played The Boardwalk in their hometown Manchester, the group's first gig with Noel Gallagher in the group.
1995, African-American jazz trumpeter Don Cherry died of liver failure aged 58. Developed the genre of world fusion music, incorporating influences of Middle Eastern, traditional African, and Indian music into his playing. Is the stepfather to singer’s musicians Neneh Cherry and Eagle-Eye Cherry.
1997, Original Alice Cooper band guitarist Glen Buxton died from pneumonia, aged 49. Born in Akron, Ohio, he attended High School in Phoenix, Arizona, where he met Dennis Dunaway and Vincent Furnier, later to call himself the titular Alice Cooper. Buxton co-wrote several classic Alice Cooper hits, including 'School's Out', 'I'm Eighteen' and 'Elected.'
1998, Oasis guitarist Noel Gallagher made a surprise appearance at the launch party of the new London venue Sound Republic. He jammed onstage with Pete Townshend and members from Ocean Colour Scene and Boo Radleys.
2000, A judge ruled that Robbie Williams had substantially copied lyrics on his song 'Jesus Was A Camper Van' from the 1961 Woody Guthrie song 'I Am The Way' and also used parts of a parody by Loudon Wainwright III. EMI Records had offered 25% royalties but the publishers Ludlow Music were demanding 50%.
2005, A survey concluded that the average person spent around £21,000 ($42,000) on music during their lives, the figure included the amount spent on Hi-Fi equipment, concerts and CDs. Music enthusiasts were likely to spend more than double that, parting with just over £44,000 ($89,000), in a lifetime, according to the survey conducted by UK company Prudential.
2007, Johnny Marr was made a visiting professor of music at the University of Salford in Manchester. The former Smiths guitarist was set to deliver a series of workshops and masterclasses to students on the BA Popular Music and Recording degree.
2009, A clump of hair believed to have been trimmed from Elvis Presley's head when he joined the US Army in 1958 sold for $15,000 (£9,200) at an auction in Chicago, America. Other items sold belonging to Presley included a shirt which sold for $52,000 (£32,000), a set of concert-used handkerchiefs, $732 (£450) and photos from the reception of Presley's 1967 wedding to Priscilla, sold for nearly $6,000 (£3,700).
2010, Elton John described today's songwriters as "pretty awful", Pop music as "uninspiring" and talent shows like American Idol as "boring" in an interview with UK Radio Times magazine.
2011, At the involuntary manslaughter trial of Dr Conrad Murray, Dr Steven Shafer testified that it would have been impossible for Michael Jackson to have self-administered a lethal dose of the sedative propofol. He later said of Dr Murray's delay in calling 911: "I almost don't know what to say. That is so completely and utterly inexcusable."
2011, Coldplay released their fifth studio album 'Mylo Xyloto' which charted at No.1 in thirty-four countries. In the UK 'Mylo Xyloto' became Coldplay's fifth album to debut at No.1 and became the group's third to debut at No.1 on the US Billboard 200.
2014, Raphael Ravenscroft who played the sax riff on the Gerry Rafferty hit 'Baker Street' died aged 60 of a suspected heart attack. He was only paid £27.50 for the 'Baker Street' session, and it has been reported that the cheque bounced and that it was kept on the wall of Ravenscroft's solicitors; by contrast the song is said to have earned Rafferty £80,000 a year in royalties.
October 19th: Born on this day
1944, Born on this day, George McCrae, (1974 UK & US No.1 single 'Rock Your Baby').
1944, Born on this day, Peter Tosh, guitar, vocals, The Wailers, left in 1974, (1978 UK No.43 single 'You Gotta Walk, Don't Look Back'). Tosh was murdered by burglars at his home on 11th September 1987
1945, Born on this day, Jeannie C Riley, singer,
(1968 US No.1 & UK No.12 'Harper Valley PTA'.
Jeannie won a Grammy for the best female country singer of 1968).
1946, Born on this day, Keith Reid, Procol Harum, 1967 UK No.1 & US No.5 single 'A Whiter Shade Of Pale' (one of the few singles to have sold over 10 million copies) and scored the hits 'Homburg', 'Conquistador'.
1947, Born on this day, Wilbert Hart, singer from American R&B/soul vocal group The Delfonics who had the 1968 US No.4 single 'La-La Means I Love You', and the hits 'Didn't I (Blow Your Mind This Time)', and 'Ready or Not Here I Come (Can't Hide from Love)'.
1948, Born on this day, Pat Simmons, guitarist, singer with The Doobie Brothers who had the 1979, US No.1 single 'What A Fool Believes' and the 1993 UK No.7 single 'Long Train Runnin'.
1956, Born on this day, Nino DeFranco, from family pop group The DeFranco Family, who scored the 1973 US No.3 single 'Heartbeat-It's A Lovebeat', the biggest selling US single of 1973. Based on The Osmonds, the group featured 10 year old Tony DeFranco.
1957, Born on this day, Karl Wallinger, keyboardist with The Waterboys, (1985 album 'This Is The Sea'). Wallinger quit the band in 1986. He went on to be singer and guitarist with World Party, (1993 UK No.19 single with ‘Is It Like Today’). The Wallinger penned song ‘She’s The One’ gave Robbie Williams a UK No.1 hit in 1999.
1960, Born on this day, Daniel Woodgate, drummer from English ska band Madness. They have had 15 singles reach the UK top ten, hits include 'One Step Beyond', 'Baggy Trousers', 'Our House' and 'It Must Be Love'.
1960, Born on this day, Jennifer Holliday, US singer, (1982 US No.22 & UK No.32 single 'And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going').
1966, Born on this day, Sinitta, singer, (1986 UK No.2 single 'So Macho').
1972, Born on this day, American rapper, record producer, songwriter Pras, who with The Fugees had the 1996 UK No.1 single 'Killing Me Softly'. Solo, hits include 'Getto Supastar, That's Is What You Are', with Ol' Dirty Bastard.
1976, Born on this day, Pete Loeffler lead guitarist and lead singer, Chevelle.
It's a beautiful sunny afternoon here in Florida... a day when a person just can't try to be angry without giggling,
My life is like a bunch of snapshots on a page. I remember only snippets of my existence... a still shot here, a bit of conversation there. Maybe someday I'll get senile and remember it all.
Christmas shopping with my parents on snowy evenings in magical downtown Buffalo. We didn't need Narnia. Gentle flurries fell from the dark sky, steam rose from sidewalk grates, and strangers laughed and spoke friendly greetings to each other.
Misty and I used to stay up all night on the Ralph Emery show on WSM, often with Tex Ritter and Marty Robbins. WSM Nashville a was 50,000 watt clear channel station, broadcasting to much of the Western Hemisphere.
When we came to buy a place here, the guy said "Do you have a criminal record?" I said, "Is it required?"
Jackie Gleason and I debated spiritualism for 12 minutes on TV.
I let him win. There's a video of it around here someplace.
On TV they showed a soccer player make an impossible goal. The announcer said, "It's like they're threading a needle with their feet." Misty said, "I'd rather see that."
I said, "I gotta fix the bathroom light switch," Misty said, "More power to ya."
Misty sneezed. I said, "Is that our boat leaving?"
I said, "What are we having tonight?" Misty said, "Macaroni." I said, "Mickey Rooney?" She said, "With cheese."
I said, "I think that thunderstorm is gonna miss us." Misty said, "That's what it wants you to think."
We were out of raisin-bran so I had to put raisins from a box on a bowl of bran flakes. It's like hiding your own Easter eggs. ONE WINTER
when it was minus 35 degrees and windy in Minnesota, Misty and I stayed in a cement floor cabin on a lake shore. I heard what sounded like whale sounds. It was the frozen lake groaning as it expanded. We had recently had such bad times that we were thankful to be there with friends close by at Christmas. We didn't mind the cold.
Misty came in from the porch sniffling. She said, "I'm all stuffed up!" I said, "By Elvis Presley."
Misty bought two pretty pink coffee cups at The Dollar store. I said, "Do they have lead in them?" She said, "Do you have to take all the joy out of poison?!"
THE LIMO Misty and I once bought a raggedy old limousine for $90. We needed transportation and would rather look eccentric than poor. To add to the effect, we colored it powder blue with house paint and a brush. At a gas station two tough guys said they knew the car and we owed big money there. We'd never been there before in our life! I floored it and sped away at four miles an hour.
ON A DIET. Late last night we were sitting quietly at the kitchen table. I lifted my bowl of corn flakes, and said this to Misty: "Beer." She lifted her tangerine to me and said: "Ice cream."
I was talking with Grandpa Jones about a mutual friend, a country music star. Grandpa was worried that our friend was taking a lot of drugs. I said, "He takes drugs?" Grandpa said, "Why, he'd take a overcoat button!"
When I write a new song I sing it to Misty first. If she says, "That's really nice" I know it isn't. I have work on the song until she gives the right reaction. It's sort of an excitement in her eyes... sometimes even a tear. She's my final editor.
I said, "Did you wear mittens in the Winter?" Misty said, "Intermittently."
I think the best time in our life was the three years before our first hits. We played in the same lounge, had a steady income and hope for the future. All we had to do was entertain the crowd and keep them coming in. Problems were minor and there was time for fun.
Once I was just standing in a department store... bored... waiting for Misty. I was wearing jeans, cowboy boots and hat, a denim shirt, and a leather vest. A lady came up and felt the leather of my vest, thinking I was a mannequin. I coughed and she did a fright dance.
Misty often keeps glasses on top of her head. The birds think she's looking at them.
I was sitting by the window listening to the sound of emptiness. This is not like listening to no sound at all, because the sound of emptiness contains all the things you hoped would be in it, and all the sounds that once were. Jack Blanchard
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1955 - ClassicBands.com
A Canadian quartet called The Four Lads' have the fourth best selling single in America with "Moments To Remember". Originally offered to Perry Como but turned down by his management, the song would stay on the Billboard Top 40 for an amazing twenty-five weeks and sell over four million copies.
1958 - ClassicBands.com
Jackie Wilson records "Lonely Teardrops", which will become his first US Top Ten hit, reaching #7 on Billboard's Pop chart and #1 on the R&B chart.
1960 - ClassicBands.com
Ringo Starr fills in for Pete Best when The Beatles play back-up at a recording session for Rory Storm And The Hurricanes' guitarist, Wally Eymond, in the small Akustik studio in Hamburg, Germany. Nine copies of a song called "Summertime" were pressed onto 78 RPM acetate discs, though none are known to have survived. It would be nearly two years before Ringo would join John, Paul and George on a permanent basis.
1963 - ClassicBands.com
The Rip Chords record "Hey Little Cobra", which features Doris Day's son Terry Melcher on lead vocal, with the high harmony added by future Beach Boys member, Bruce Johnston. The record will enter the Hot 100 next January and reach #4.
1965 - ClassicBands.com
With a signing bonus of one dollar, Jimi Hendrix inked his first recording contract. He agreed on a 1% royalty on all of his recordings.
The Beach Boys' vocalist Mike Love married his third wife, Suzanne Celeste Belcher, in Las Vegas. The union would produce two children, but would end in divorce in December, 1968.
1966 - ClassicBands.com
Although they would continue to crank out the hits into the 1980s, The Four Tops enjoyed their last US number 1 song with "Reach Out I'll Be There". It also topped the UK chart.
Grace Slick quits the local San Francisco band The Great Society to join Jefferson Airplane. She replaces Signe Toly Anderson, who left the band to have a baby.
1971 - ClassicBands.com
It was a blessing in disguise when Rick Nelson played the seventh annual Rock 'n' Roll Revival Show in New York. He thought he was being booed for not playing his old hits and came away with the inspiration to write what would be his last Top Ten hit, "Garden Party", which would climb to number six in 1972. It was later revealed that the crowd was booing some trouble makers who had started a fight and were being escorted out of the building.
1973 - ClassicBands.com
The US Supreme Court decides by a 7-2 vote to refuse to review a 1971 Federal Communications directive that broadcasters, in effect, censor songs with drug-oriented lyrics. The two dissenting votes are cast by Justices William J. Brennan and William O. Douglas, who say, "The government cannot, consistent with the First Amendment, require a broadcaster to censor its music."
Elvis Presley is hospitalized in Memphis for two weeks, suffering from pneumonia.
A court in Nice, France finds The Rolling Stones' Keith Richards guilty of using, supplying and trafficking in marijuana and heroin. The penalty is a 5,000-franc fine, a one-year suspended sentence and he is barred from entering France for two years.
1976 - ClassicBands.com
Ike and Tina Turner announce that they have split as a musical act. Their marriage had broken down the previous July and their divorce would become final on March 29th, 1978.
1977 - ClassicBands.com
Debbie Boone's first single, "You Light Up My Life", reaches #1 on the Billboard Pop chart, where it will stay for 10 weeks. It would go on to win a Grammy Award for Best Song and 21-year-old Debbie is named Best New Artist. The record only made it to #48 in the UK. In the 1980s she focused on Country music, resulting in the #1 hit, "Are You on the Road to Lovin' Me Again". She later recorded Christian music, which garnered her four Top 10 Contemporary Christian albums as well as two more Grammys.
1982 - ClassicBands.com
Marvin Gaye's "Sexual Healing" enters the Billboard R&B singles chart on its way to number one. The song would also make the Top 10 in the UK and later win a Grammy as Best R&B Male Vocal Performance of the Year.
1983 - ClassicBands.com
Genesis' self titled LP became their third consecutive number one album in the UK. It included the single "Mama", the band's biggest commercial UK success, which reached #4, but was less popular in the US where it climbed to #73.
1988 - ClassicBands.com
UB40 was enjoying the top tune in America with a reggae version of Neil Diamond's "Red, Red Wine". Diamond's 1968 rendition only made it to #62.
1995 - ClassicBands.com
Paul and Linda McCartney are the guest voices on Fox-TV's The Simpsons in an episode called "Lisa the Vegetarian". Macca's stipulation for appearing was that Lisa's decision to become a vegetarian would be a permanent character change, to which producer David Mirkin agreed.
1996 - ClassicBands.com
Motley Crue drummer Tommy Lee is charged with assault for attacking a cameraman who was trying to take pictures of Lee and his wife Pamela Anderson Lee outside an L.A. club. After pleading no contest, Lee was sentenced to four months in prison.
Ralph Middlebrooks, trumpeter for The Ohio Players died at the age of 57. The band reached Billboard's Top 40 eight times between 1973 and 1976, including two number ones, "Fire" and "Love Rollercoaster" in 1975.
2003 - ClassicBands.com
Mike Smith, the former lead singer of The Dave Clark Five, suffered a fall at his home in Spain that left him paralyzed from the waist down. Smith would die of pneumonia on February 28th, 2008, less than two weeks before the band was to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
2004 - ClassicBands.com
Bill Eyden, the session drummer hired to play on Procol Harum's "A Whiter Shade Of Pale", passed away after a lengthy illness at the age of 74.
2014 - ClassicBands.com
New York real estate firm Saunders & Associates confirmed that Billy Joel recently sold his 5,500-square-foot beachfront mansion in the village of Sagaponack on Long Island. Sagaponack is known as the most expensive small village in the U.S.
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Music History: October 15th:
2014 At the St. Louis club Blueberry Hill, Chuck Berry performs for the last time. The rocker, who dies in 2017, played monthly gigs at the venue starting in 1996.
2011 Lady Gaga, Stevie Wonder and Usher all perform at Bill Clinton's 65th birthday celebration at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles. Gaga turns her hit song into "Bill Romance" for her performance.
2011 Seal, along with Hilary Swank and Jean-Claude Van Damme, attends the 35th birthday party of Chechen president and human-rights abuser Ramzan Kadyrov. The celebrities take a lot of heat for pimping themselves out to this unsavory ruler.
2006 The final concert is performed at the famous and celebrated Manhattan music club CBGB, courtesy of Patti Smith. The club closes after an extended dispute between club owner Hilly Kristal and the Bowery Residents Committee, which tried to charge Kristal $19,000 in alleged back rent. New York commerce, over the protest of tearful rock fans who hoped to have the building preserved as a historical landmark, is heedless of the sentimental value as a men's clothing store moves in and throws out practically everything associated with the former music club.
2003 The members of veteran independent rock act Dub Narcotic Sound System are involved in a car accident, forcing the hospitalization of frontman Calvin Johnson and bassist Chris Sutton.
2003 The Louis Armstrong House Museum opens its doors to the public. Located in the Corona neighborhood of Queens, New York, the home was the longtime residence of the late singer. He and wife Lucille Wilson moved in as newlyweds in 1943 and stayed until Armstrong's death in 1971.
2000 Dave Edmunds undergoes a triple-bypass heart operation at Cedars-Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles.
2000 U2 notch their fourth UK #1 hit when "Beautiful Day" beats out Robbie Williams and Kylie Minogue's "Kids" for the top spot.
1999 Folk singer/songwriter Terry Gilkyson (of The Easy Riders) dies from complications of an aneurysm in Austin, Texas, at age 83. Known for the 1957 hit "Marianne."
1998 Puff Daddy plays his first-ever UK show at the official opening of the new London venue Sound Republic in Leicester Square. The invitation-only event is broadcast live by MTV UK.
1998 MCA Records Inc. files a breach-of-contract lawsuit against New Editionmembers Ralph Tresvant, Johnny Gill, Ricardo Bell, Michael Bivins, and Ronald DeVoe for alleged failure to deliver albums.
1997 Virginia concert promoter Patricia Ann Richardson files suit against Snoop Doggy Dogg, his former manager Sharitha Knight, and Death Row Records for allegedly tricking her into transporting packages containing seven pounds of marijuana to a venue where Snoop Doggy Dogg was performing. Richardson claims she was stopped, searched and arrested by local, state and federal law enforcement officers at the entrance to the club.
1992 Madonna holds a "Sex" party at Industria Superstudio in Manhattan to promote her upcoming book Sex. She shows up dressed like Little Bo Peep, carrying a stuffed lamb.
1991 The first day of the Guitar Legends festival is held at Seville, Spain. The 5-day festival would include performances by Roger Waters, Joe Satriani and B.B. King.
1988 UB40's cover of Neil Diamond's "Red Red Wine" finally hits #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 over four years after its initial release. Lead singer Ali Campbell says that they always knew it as a reggae song and had no idea Diamond wrote it.
1988 The Amnesty International - Human Rights Now! tour ends with a show in Buenos Aires. Along with Sting, Peter Gabriel and Tracy Chapman, Bruce Springsteen performs with the E Street Band, closing out his last tour with the group until 1999, when they re-form.
1987 Joe Satriani's second full-length solo album, Surfing with the Alien, is released. The popular all-instrumental album kicks open the door for similarly styled "guitar shred" albums.
1985 Power Windows, Rush's 11th album, is released. It is the last Rush album to achieve Platinum status until Roll the Bonescomes out six years later.
1983 The debut studio album by Alcatrazz is issued, No Parole from Rock n' Roll, which features guitar work from a then-unknown Yngwie Malmsteen and spawns such melodic metal nuggets as "Island in the Sun" and "Hiroshima Mon Amour."
1980 R&B singer Bobby Lester (of The Moonglows) dies of cancer at age 49.
1980 For the first time ever, London's legendary Abbey Road Studios auctions off thousands of dollars of equipment, including some used on Beatles recordings.
1977 Paul Simon releases "Slip Slidin' Away."
1977 Debby Boone's "You Light Up My Life" goes to #1 in America, where it stays for 10 weeks, becoming the biggest song of 1977. The song is from a movie of the same name starring Didi Conn as an aspiring singer.
1973 Having experienced respiratory problems for the past four days, Elvis Presley is admitted for two weeks to Memphis' Baptist Memorial Hospital with what is termed "pneumonia." Dr. George Nichopoulos, Elvis's personal physician, discovers his patient's addiction to Demerol.
1973 Neil Young releases the live album Time Fades Away.
1973 The US Supreme Court upholds, by a 7-2 vote, the 1971 FCC directive that bans radio DJs from playing songs that glorify drugs.
1973 Stones guitarist Keith Richards is banned from entering France for two years when he is found guilty by a Nice court of using, supplying and trafficking cannabis.
1970 R&B singer/rapper Ginuwine is born Elgin Baylor Lumpkin in Washington, D.C.
1970 Music video director Chris Cunningham is born in Reading, Berkshire, England. Before working with artists like Björk ("All Is Full Of Love"), Madonna ("Frozen"), and Aphex Twin("Windowlicker"), Cunningham starts his film career in model-making and prosthetic make-up. Hand-picked by renowned director Stanley Kubrick, he does animatronic work on what becomes the Stephen Spielberg film AI: Artificial Intelligence.
1969 Famed blues singer Howlin' Wolf suffers his first non-fatal heart attack.
1969 John Fogerty is inspired to write "Effigy" after President Richard Nixon casually dismisses millions of protesters who show up worldwide for the Moratorium to End the War in Vietnam. "Effigy" becomes the final track on Willy and the Poor Boys and is notable for being the lone song on the album that is not upbeat.
1968 The Supremes guest star on Bing Crosby's ABC-TV special.
1968 Stevie Wonder releases "For Once In My Life."
1968 The New Yardbirds make their first performance under their new name Led Zeppelin at a gig at Surrey University, England.
1966 "Reach Out I'll Be There" by The Four Tops hits #1 in America.
1966 The Monkees record "I'm A Believer."
1965 Jimi Hendrix signs his first recording contract. The 3-year deal with PPX productions gives him one dollar plus one percent of his royalties on his records. The deal causes major legal issues in the years to come.
1965 Mike Love of The Beach Boys marries his second wife, Suzanne Celeste Belcher, in Las Vegas.
1964 British singer Screaming Lord Sutch runs for the English Parliament. He would go on to lose 40 elections (mostly by-elections).
1963 The Rip Chords record "Hey Little Cobra."
1961 The Beatles play a local charity benefit in Liverpool.
1961 Elvis Presley records "For The Millionth And The Last Time," "Good Luck Charm," and "Anything That's Part Of You."
1959 Jim Reeves records "He'll Have To Go."
1958 Jackie Wilson records "Lonely Teardrops."
1956 Little Richard records "Good Golly Miss Molly."
1953 Tito Jackson (of The Jacksons) is born Tariano Adaryll Jackson in Gary, Indiana.
1951 Frank DiMino (lead singer for Angel) is born in Washington, D.C.
1948 Pop/rock singer Chris de Burgh is born Christopher John Davison in Venado Tuerto, Argentina.
1946 Richard Carpenter (of The Carpenters) is born in New Haven, Connecticut, but would later relocate to Downey, California.
1946 Frankie Carle's "Rumors Are Flying" hits #1.
1942 Pop singer Chris Andrews is born in Romford, Essex, England. Aside from his own 1965 hit, "Yesterday Man," he penned a string of hits for Adam Faith ("The First Time," "We Are In Love") and Sandie Shaw (including "Girl Don't Come").
1942 Don Stevenson (drummer for Moby Grape) is born in Seattle, Washington.
1938 R&B singer Marv Johnson is born in Detroit, Michigan. His song "Come to Me" was the first record on the Tamla label, which would later become Motown.
1935 Singer/songwriter Barry McGuire (of The New Christy Minstrels) is born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, but would be raised in California.
1925 Guitarist Mickey Baker (of Mickey & Sylvia) is born MacHouston Baker in Louisville, Kentucky.
1913 David Carroll - arranger, conductor and musical director (for Mercury Records) - is born in Taylorville, Illinois. Known for his hit versions of "Melody of Love" in the '50s.
1906 Blues singer/songwriter Victoria Spivey is born in Houston, Texas. Composed "Black Snake Blues," "Dope Head Blues" and "Organ Grinder Blues," among others.
1905 Claude Debussy's symphonic suite "La Mer" is premiered by the Lamoureux Orchestra under the baton of Camille Chevillard in Paris. The piece was initially not well received, but soon became one of the French composer's most admired and frequently performed orchestral works.
1890 New Orleans police chief David Hennessy is gunned down in the first widely publicized Mafia murder in the USA. The event is memorialized in the song "The Hennessy Murder."
Rick Nelson Gets Booed At The Garden Party
Rick Nelson (formerly Ricky) plays the "Rock & Roll Spectacular" concert at Madison Square Garden. When he plays some newer songs, the hit-hungry audience boos. Nelson writes the song "Garden Party" about the experience, and it becomes a hit, reviving his career.
1995 Paul McCartney and his wife Linda appear on an episode of The Simpsons where they help Lisa become a vegetarian. Paul explains that if you play "Maybe I'm Amazed" backwards, you'll hear a recipe for lentil soup.
1977 Debbie Boone's "You Light Up My Life" hits #1 for the first of 10 weeks, the longest consecutive chart run in the history of the Hot 100 at the time.
1964 Composer/songwriter Cole Porter dies of kidney failure in Santa Monica, California. He had suffered with chronic pain since the late-'30s when he was severely injured in a horseback-riding accident, leading to years of operations and an eventual amputation of his right leg.
1960 The famous lineup of The Beatles records together for the first time when Ringo Starr replaces an ailing Pete Best as the group backs up Rory Storm and the Hurricanes guitarist Wally Eymond on a recording of George Gershwin's "Summertime."