Saturday, October 14, 2017

More Music History for October 14, 2017 (with links)

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1955 -

October 14
Buddy Holly and his sidemen, Larry Welborn and Bob Montgomery, open a show for Bill Haley And His Comets at a concert in Lubbock, Texas. Talent agent Eddie Crandell is in the audience and in the next few weeks, arranges for Holly to record his first demo.

1957 -

October 14
Although it was banned by some US radio stations for its suggestive lyrics, The Everly Brothers' "Wake Up Little Susie" reached the top of the Billboard singles chart. In the UK, it reached #2. The Everly's were accompanied by guitar legend, Chet Atkins.

October 14
The Elvis Presley classic, "Jailhouse Rock" is released. It would become his ninth US number one single and stay on the Billboard chart for nineteen weeks. The film clip from the movie where he sang the song is considered by many historians to be the first Rock video.

1962 -

October 14
At a time when political correctness had not been thought of, 42-year-old actor Rex Allen sees his recording of "Don't Go Near The Indians" peak at #17 on the Billboard Hot 100. The song tells the story of a young man who disobeys his father's advice and falls in love with a beautiful Native American girl, only to find out that she is his biological sister.

1967 -

October 14
The Who's "I Can See for Miles" is released. In the UK, the single peaked at #12, while in the US it reaches #9 and is the group's biggest hit through 1982.

1971 -

October 14
Music publishing firm Arco Industries files a $500,000 dollar lawsuit against Creedance Clearwater Revival's John Fogerty, claiming that Fogerty's song Travelin' Band contains substantial material copied from Little Richard's "Good Golly, Miss Molly". The suit is eventually dropped.

1972 -

October 14
Michael Jackson's song "Ben", from the movie of the same name, reaches number one on Billboard's Pop chart and #7 in the UK. It's the third hit in a year for the 13 year old singer.

October 14
Joe Cocker is arrested on drug charges in Adelaide, Australia. He could have faced penalties ranging from a $2,000 fine to two years in prison, but was given a mere four-hour notice to leave the country.

1977 -

October 14
Linda Ronstadt sings the US National Anthem at Dodger Stadium to open the third game of the World Series against the Yankees.

1978 -

October 14
All four solo albums by the members of KISS break through Billboard's Top 100. Gene Simmons effort will prove to be the highest charting at #22, followed by Ace Freshly at #26, then Paul Stanley at #40 and Peter Criss at #43.

2006 -

October 14
Freddy Fender, the Tex-Mex hit maker known for such '70s jukebox standards as "Before the Next Teardrop Falls" and "Wasted Days and Wasted Nights", died of complications from lung cancer at the age of 69.

2009 -

October 14
Paul McCartney was named Songwriter of The Year at the 29th Annual ASCAP Awards in London, England. The awards presentation honored songwriters and publishers of the most performed works in the US during 2008. Other winners at the event included Phil Collins, who collected his 11th award for his hit "In The Air Tonight".

2014 -

October 14
Neil Young appeared on US TV's The Colbert Report where he engaged the host in a light-hearted discussion about the environment and how he'd like to impeach US President Barack Obama.

2015 -

October 14
The Eagles' Don Henley topped the Billboard Top Country Albums chart with "Cass County". The solo LP, Henley's first since 2000's "Inside Job", sold over 87,000 units during the first week after its release.

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