Monday, October 24, 2016

Today in Music History...October 24, 2016

Music History: October 24

 

Births

1911: Sonny Terry
1930: The Big Bopper
1930: Lewis Hamlin (James Brown)
1936: Bill Wyman (The Rolling Stones)
1937: Santo Farina (Santo and Johnny)
1944: Ted Templeman (Harper's Bizarre)
1944: Bettye Swann
1946: Jerry Edmonton (Steppenwolf)
1946: Rob Van Leeuwen (Shocking Blue)
1947: Edgar Broughton
1948: Dale Griffin (Mott The Hoople)
1948: Paul and Barry Ryan
1954: Tiny Tavares

Deaths

2001: Kim Gardner (Ashton, Gardner and Dyke)
2002: Tom Dowd

Events

1959: Elvis Presley, now a Private First Class stationed in Germany, comes down with a bad case of tonsillitis and is admitted to the base hospital.
1959: On his 23rd birthday, and still a year away from even buying his first bass guitar, the Rolling Stones' Bill Wyman marries his first wife, 18-year-old bank clerk Diane Corey.
1967: Pink Floyd are forced to cancel an important upcoming US tour, their first, after leader Syd Barrett refuses to lip-sync to "Arnold Layne" on ABC-TV's popular American Bandstand show. 
 1970: Picking up on an earlier speech by his Vice-President, US President Richard Nixon delivers a White House address to the National Association of Broadcasters, urging radio stations to ban any and all songs with drug-related lyrics.
1973: The Rolling Stones' Keith Richards is fined $500 for possession of heroin, quaaludes, and illegal firearms at his home in London.
1973: John Lennon sues the US Government for wiretapping his phone during its investigation of "radical" antiwar elements in society.
1977: The controversial biopic The Buddy Holly Story, starring Gary Busey as the legendary rocker, begins filming in Hollywood.
1978: The film version of The Wiz, an African-American remake of The Wizard Of Oz starring Diana Ross and Michael Jackson, premieres in New York City.
1978: The Rolling Stones' Keith Richards pleads guilty to heroin possession in Toronto, Canada and is given a one-year suspended sentence. The Stones are also ordered to play a gig for charity.
1980: The Guinness Book of World Records presents Paul McCartney with a special rhodium album for being the best-selling songwriter in the history of recorded music, having written 43 platinum songs and sold over 100 million records.
1989: One of the most bizarre music copyright cases ever begins in Los Angeles as former Creedence Clearwater Revival frontman John Fogerty is sued by his former label head, Saul Zaentz, for allegedly plagiarizing himself! Fogerty was accused of re-writing his CCR song "Run Through The Jungle" for his 1985 comeback hit "The Old Man Down The Road." Fogerty would eventually win the suit after taking the stand with his guitar and demonstrating his songwriting process.
1989: The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame announces its 4th annual inductees: The Who, Simon and Garfunkel, The Kinks, The Platters, Hank Ballard, Bobby Darin, The Four Seasons, The Four Tops, the Holland-Dozier-Holland songwriting team, Carole King, and Gerry Goffin.
1995: The Mayor of New York City, Rudy Giuliani, declares today "Tony Bennett Day" in honor of the native singer. Later that night, Bennett celebrates with a gig at Radio City Music Hall.
1996: Berry Gordy is awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 7000 Hollywood Blvd.
2000: Shelley Fabares is admitted to a hospital for a liver transplant after being diagnosed with hepatitis.
2005: A reformed Cream sell out three nights at Madison Square Garden.

Releases

1975: John Lennon, Shaved Fish

Recording

1939: Benny Goodman, "Let's Dance"
1960: Neil Sedaka, "Calendar Girl"
1962: James Brown, Live At The Apollo
1963: Bob Dylan: "The Times They Are A-Changin'," "One Too Many Mornings"
1975: Bob Dylan, "Hurricane"

Charts

1960: Brenda Lee's "I Want To Be Wanted" hits #1
1960: Frank Sinatra's LP Nice 'N' Easy hits #1
1970: Santana's LP Abraxas hits #1

Certifications

1973: Art Garfunkel's LP Angel Clare is certified gold

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