Monday, October 16, 2017

Today in Music History...October 16, 2017 (Now with more info & links)

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Music History: October 16th:


2014 Tim Hauser (of The Criterions, The Manhattan Transfer) dies of a cardiac arrest at age 72.

2003 Simon & Garfunkel open their new "Old Friends" Tour with a concert in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania.

1999 Sarah Lee Guthrie, daughter of folk singer Arlo Guthrie, marries Johnny Irion. They begin performing together as an acoustic duo the following year.

1999 Pop singer Ella Mae Morse dies of respiratory problems in Bullhead City, Arizona, at age 75. Known for '40s hits like "Shoo-Shoo Baby" and "Blacksmith Blues."

1993 Aretha Franklin sings the US national anthem in Toronto before Game 1 of World Series between the Blue Jays and the visiting Philadelphia Phillies.

1992 The Offspring release their second studio album, Ignition. It's their first release on Epitaph Records, a label owned by Bad Religion's Brett Gurewitz.

1990 Jazz drummer Art Blakey dies of lung cancer in Manhattan, New York, at age 71.

1988 U2, Ziggy Marley and Keith Richards are among the performers at the Smile Jamaica concert, which benefits victims of Hurricane Gilbert.

1977 John Mayer is born in Bridgeport, Connecticut.

1976 Stevie Wonder's LP Songs In The Key Of Life hits #1.

1975 Bruce Springsteen begins a series of shows at The Roxy in Los Angeles, where he earns adulation from many celebrities and a glowing review in the L.A. Times. This leads to cover stories on Springsteen in both Time and Newsweek on October 27th.

1974 The Rolling Stones release It's Only Rock N' Roll.

1973 Drummer Gene Krupa dies of leukemia in Yonkers, New York, at age 64.

1969 Wendy Wilson (of Wilson Phillips) in Los Angeles, California, to Beach Boy Brian Wilson and his first wife, Marilyn.

1969 Leonard Chess, founder of Chess Records, dies from a heart attack at age 52.

1968 Jay & the Americans record "This Magic Moment."

1968 Jimi Hendrix Experience releases Electric Ladyland.

1966 Folk singer Joan Baez is among 124 antiwar protesters arrested for blocking entrance to an Army Induction Center in Oakland, California. She is sentenced to ten days in jail.

1965 The Beatles record "Day Tripper" and "If I Needed Someone."

1963 The largest audience in British television history watch The Beatles perform on "Val Parnell's Sunday Night at the London Palladium."

1962 Flea (bassist for Red Hot Chili Peppers) is born Michael Peter Balzary in Melbourne, Australia. His nickname - originally "Mike B the Flea" - comes from his manic energy, as he is always jumping around.

1962 In Washington, DC, Motown Records launches its first package tour, which is called "The Motortown Special" and later "The Motor Town Revue." Featured acts include Marvin Gaye, The Miracles, The Supremes, and Stevie Wonder.

1960 Alt rock guitarist Bob Mould (of Husker Du and Sugar) is born in Malone, New York.

1959 Gary Kemp (guitarist/songwriter for Spandau Ballet) is born in Smithfield, London.

1953 Rocker Tony Carey (keyboardist for The Rainbow) is born in Watsonville, California. Also known by the pseudonym Planet P Project.

1951 Johnnie Ray records "Cry."

1951 Little Richard records for the first time, laying down tracks at the Atlanta radio station WGST. Four singles from the session are released the next year.

1947 Bob Weir (guitarist/vocalist for Grateful Dead) is born in San Francisco, California.

1943 C.F. "Fred" Turner (bassist/vocalist for Bachman-Turner Overdrive) is born Charles Frederick Turner in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.

1942 Dave Lovelady (drummer/singer for The Fourmost) is born in Litherland, Liverpool, England. Known for the 1964 UK hit "A Little Loving."

1941 Will Bradley records "Fry Me Cookie, With A Can Of Lard."

1938 Rock singer/songwriter Nico is born Christa Päffgen in Cologne, Germany.

1937 Rock and Roll singer Emile Ford (of Emile Ford and the Checkmates) is born Michael Emile Telford Miller in Castries, Saint Lucia, West Indies. Known for the 1959 hit cover of "What Do You Want to Make Those Eyes at Me For?"

1935 R&B singer Sugar Pie DeSanto is born Umpeylia Marsema Balinton in Brooklyn, New York. Known for her 1960 hit, "I Want to Know," and "Do I Make Myself Clear," a 1965 duet with Etta James.

1923 Bert Kaempfert, orchestra leader and songwriter, is born Berthold Kämpfert in Hamburg, Germany. Wrote the music for "Strangers in the Night" and "Moon Over Naples."

Sinead O'Connor Booed At Bobfest

1992Sinéad O'Connor is booed when she takes the stage at Bobfest, a Bob Dylan tribute at Madison Square Garden. O'Connor had torn up a picture of the Pope 13 days earlier on Saturday Night Live, making her the most polarizing person in music. At Bobfest, she keeps going against the grain, scrapping her expected Dylan cover and shouting out a protest song instead.
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2012 Darius Rucker is inducted into the Grand Ole Opry. He's just the third African American to join the club, following cast member DeFord Bailey and Charley Pride, who was inducted in 1993.

2003 Apple launches a Windows version of the iTunes store, previously available only on Macs.

2001 Etta Jones dies of cancer at age 72 in Mount Vernon, New York, the same day HighNote releases her album Etta Jones Sings Lady Day.

2001 Bob Dylan is turned away by security guards at his concert at the Jackson County Exposition Center in Oregon because he doesn't have a credential. The guards were under orders from Dylan's security director not to let anyone through without a pass. "He said no exceptions," explained the venue manager.

1991 Red Hot Chili Peppers kick off their Blood Sugar Sex Magik tour with a show in Madison, Wisconsin. Their opening acts are Smashing Pumpkins and a new band called Pearl Jam.

1986 Chuck Berry's 60th birthday bash (held three days before his actual birthday) takes place in St. Louis with a tribute concert featuring Keith Richards, Bruce Springsteen, Eric Clapton, Etta James, Robert Cray and Linda Ronstadt. Footage is shot for the 1987 documentary Hail! Hail! Rock 'N' Roll.

1976 Disc jockey Rick Dees hits #1 in the US with "Disco Duck," a goofy number that envisions Donald Duck enjoying the spoils of the disco era. It is the last novelty song to top the Hot 100.

1972 Creedence Clearwater Revival calls it quits, announcing in a press release: "We don't regard this as breaking up. We look at it as an expansion of our activities." The band never reforms, but John Fogerty emerges with a successful solo career.

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