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Music History: October 29th:
2015 After visiting the Texas Capitol two days earlier, Ozzy Osbourne visits the Alamo in San Antonio, where he famously peed on a statue in 1982. Ozzy's road trip is part of a History Channel show he's working on with his son, Jack.
2014 AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd is hit with charges of "attempting to procure murder" in a New Zealand court. The charges are dropped a short time later, but the media coverage causes a spike in downloads of the song "Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap."
2014 John Fogerty, Common, Mary J. Blige and Willie Nelson are among the performers at a concert that takes place on the South Lawn of the White House hosted by President and Mrs. Obama. Later broadcast as A Salute to the Troops: In Performance at the White House, a highlight is Fogerty's performance of "Fortunate Son" - an antiwar song, but one that resonates with those who served.
2007 Country singer Hank Thompson, whose life inspired the 1987 Thomas Cobb novel Crazy Heart and the 2009 Jeff Bridges film of the same name, dies of lung cancer at age 82.
2006 Singer Marianne Faithfull publicly announces that she has beaten her two-month fight with breast cancer.
2003 Justin Timberlake wins for Best Male Artist, Best Pop Act and Best Album (Justified) at the 10th annual MTV Europe Music Awards.
2002 Usher appears on the revived TV series The Twilight Zone, playing a police officer in the episode "To Protect and Serve."
2001 In an early effort at online try-before-you-buy, Virgin Records posts 90-second clips of the songs from Mick Jagger's upcoming album Goddess in the Doorway.
2000 Ricochet vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Eddie Kilgallon and his wife, Terry, welcome into the world Addison Marie Kilgallon, a baby daughter.
2000 Alejandro Sanz picks up two of the 14 music awards at the 47th Premios Ondas, presented in Barcelona. Sanz wins the album category for El Alma Al Aire, and the honor for best Spanish artist.
1999 Bill Miller takes home top honors at the second annual Native American Music Awards, presented at Popejoy Hall in Albuquerque. Miller wins five honors, including artist of the year, songwriter, male artist, and song ("Ghostdance").
1999 Lee Ann Womack marries record producer Frank Liddell.
1999 Sex Pistols frontman Johnny Lydon (aka Johnny Rotten), broadcasts one of the first online radio shows, which is called Rotten Radio. On the 4-hour webcast, Rotten allows callers and guests to say whatever they please free of censorship. The show lasts until August, 2000.
1997 Kevin Paul Godfrey, aka Epic Soundtracks of the British post-punk band Swell Maps, dies in his sleep at age 38. The circumstances surrounding his death are unknown.
1995 Queen releases Made In Heaven.
1993 Eazy-E's second EP It's On (Dr. Dre) 187um Killa debuts at #5 on the Billboard 200 chart and #1 on the R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart.
1989 Dickie Goodman (of the novelty duo Buchanan and Goodman) dies at age 55 of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
1983 The ABC miniseries Princess Daisy debuts, featuring Ringo Starr as a gay fashion designer in one of his last acting roles.
1982 The Joe Cocker and Jennifer Warnes song "Up Where We Belong," from the film An Officer And A Gentleman, goes to #1 in America.
1979 Paul Simon kicks off his latest British tour at London's Hammersmith Odeon by offering to buy everyone in the audience a drink. The tab comes to about $2,000.
1976 The Steve Miller Band's "Rock 'N' Me" hits #1 in the US, giving the group their second chart-topper, following "The Joker."
1972 Original New York Dolls drummer Billy Murcia dies at the age of 21 in London, England, from asphyxiation following an accidental overdose.
1971 Isaac Hayes' soundtrack LP Shaft hits #1.
1971 Cher has her first #1 as a solo artist with "Gypsys, Tramps & Thieves."
1967 Bob Dylan records "All Along the Watchtower," "John Wesley Harding," "As I Went Out One Morning," "I Pity The Poor Immigrant" and "I Am A Lonesome Hobo."
1965 Jefferson Airplane performs at the San Francisco Mime Troupe benefit, notable because it's the first show put on by the soon-to-be-legendary promoter Bill Graham.
1965 "Get Off Of My Cloud" by The Rolling Stones hits #1 in America for the first of two weeks. The song was written in response to record company pressure to follow up "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction" with another hit.
1965 Fontella Bass performs her hit "Rescue Me" on the ABC-TV program Shindig!
1964 Corey Glover (lead singer of Living Colour) is born in Brooklyn, New York. His future bandmate Vernon Reid discovers him singing "Happy Birthday" at a mutual friend's party.
1964 The Hank Williams biopic Your Cheatin' Heart premieres in Nashville for the Country Music Association, featuring George Hamilton as the honky-tonk legend and his son, a 15-year-old Hank Williams, Jr., overdubbing his father's singing.
1964 Joe Tex records "Hold What You've Got."
1964 Greg Graffin (frontman for Bad Religion) is born in Racine, Wisconsin.
1961 Jimmy Dean's "Big Bad John" hits #1 for the first of five weeks.
1961 James Darren's "Goodbye Cruel World" enters the charts.
1960 Days before he's elected as the 35th President of the United States, John F. Kennedy is a houseguest at Frank Sinatra's home in Palm Springs. After Kennedy leaves, the guest room boast a new bronze plaque that reads: "John F. Kennedy slept here November 6th and November 7th 1960."
1954 Elvis Presley, who has been playing a radio concert show called the Louisiana Hayride, records a radio commercial for Southern Maid Doughnuts, who sponsors the show. It was the only commercial he ever recorded and was not false advertising: He really did love those hot donuts.
1954 Rosemary Clooney's "This Ole House" hits #1.
1953 Frankie Laine's "Answer Me" is banned by the BBC, who claim the lyrics "Answer me, Lord above" are mocking Christian prayer. Also banned is Lee Lawrence's "Crying In The Chapel."
1950 Chris Glen (bass guitarist for The Sensational Alex Harvey Band) is born in Paisley, Renfrewshire, Scotland.
1948 Glenn Frey is born in Detroit, Michigan. After moving to Los Angeles, he forms the Eagles with Don Henley, Bernie Leadon and Randy Meisner.
1948 #1 Billboard Pop Hit: "Buttons and Bows" by Dinah Shore
1946 George Young (rhythm guitarist, songwriter for The Easybeats) is born in Glasgow, Scotland.
1943 Pop singer Mike Clifford, known for the 1962 hit "Close To Cathy," is born in Los Angeles, California.
1943 "Paper Doll" by The Mills Brothers takes the top spot in America.
1941 Country folk singer Guy Clark is born in Monahans, Texas.
1941 Doug Sahm (of the Sir Douglas Quintet) is born in San Antonio, Texas.
1940 Guy Lombardo records "The Moon Fell In The River."
1938 PJ Proby is born James Marcus Smith in Houston, Texas.
1937 Eugene Pitt (founding member of The Jive Five) is born in Brooklyn, New York.
1936 Jim Pike (of The Lettermen) is born in the US.
1936 Woody Herman records "Wintertime Dreams."
1932 Honky Tonk singer and musician Stonewall Jackson is born in Tabor City, North Carolina. Stonewall is his real name - he was named after Confederate General Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson.
1916 Ray Conniff, a trombonist and composer known for his '60s-era Ray Conniff Singers, is born in Attleboro, Massachusetts.
2012US President Barack Obama wins the election to serve a second term. The news is greeted enthusiastically by Lady Gaga, Snoop Dogg, Cher, and many others. However, notoriously conservative Ted Nugent rains on the parade, posting scathing comments on Twitter. Nugent unleashes a volley of insults against Obama supporters, calling them "pimps," "whores," welfare brats," "subhuman varmints," and even more derogatory terms.
2008 Thanks to internet voting, Rick Astley wins Best Act Ever at the MTV Europe Music Awards. "We've been well and truly Rickrolled," the shows producer says.
2005 The Four Seasons musical Jersey Boys opens on Broadway to rave reviews.
1990 Madonna releases "Justify My Love," which stirs controversy when MTV bans the video. The brouhaha piques interest in the song, which becomes her ninth #1 hit in the US.
1975 The Sex Pistols play their first-ever gig, opening for the band Bazooka Joe at St. Martin's School of Art in London. Bazooka Joe's lead singer is Stuart Goddard, who is so inspired by the set that he drops out of art school and takes the name Adam Ant.
1970 Aerosmith perform their first ever gig when they play at Nipmuc Regional High School in Mendon, Massachusetts. They go on to become the best-selling American rock band of all time, selling over 150 million albums worldwide. They also hold the record for the most gold and multi-platinum albums by an American group.
1968 The Monkees movie Head is released. The studio that commissioned the film expected something light and funny, but got a trippy commentary on the manipulation of The Monkees, complete with a scene where the group jumps to their death off a bridge. The film bombs when it is released, but later becomes a cult classic.