Sunday, October 22, 2017

Today in Music History...October 22, 2017 (Now with more info & links)

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Music History: October 22th:


2012 Garth Brooks is inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame. George Strait, Bob Seger, and James Taylor perform at the ceremony.

2006 Gerald Cook, pianist with the Illinois Symphony Orchestra, dies in Chicago, Illinois, at age 85.

2001 Rev. Howard Finster - a Baptist minister who also designed '80s album covers for the likes of R.E.M. and Talking Heads - dies of congestive heart failure at age 84.

2000 R.E.M. returns to their hometown of Athens, Georgia, where they play three songs on the courthouse steps as part of a local festival called Land Aid, which is an effort to better the community.

1999 The Temptations earn their first platinum record when their 56th album Phoenix Rising finally sells its millionth copy.

1998 Robert E. True (guitarist for The Vagabonds) dies of skin cancer in Burbank, California, at age 82. True started his musical career at age 16 in MGM's studio orchestra.

1997 Jazz bassist Harry Goodman - brother of King of Swing bandleader Benny Goodman - dies of complications from a stroke at age 91.

1997 MTV Italy launches its first domestically planned and produced Italian-language show, Sonic. The one-hour weekly show features international and local acts performing live to a studio audience.

1997 The big record companies run into trouble in Italy when that country's regulators determine that BMG, EMI, PolyGram, Sony and Warner Music have formed a cartel to eliminate competition. They fine the companies the equivalent of $4.5 million.

1997 Appearing on the BBC TV show Clive Anderson – All Talk, the Bee Gees walk out of their interview after several minutes of uncomfortable conversation where they are derided by the host. At one point, Anderson calls them "hit writers," and then adds, "We're one letter short."

1993 Annette Funicello receives a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on her 51st birthday.

1985 Zac Hanson (of Hanson) is born in Arlington, Virginia, to a family that includes older brothers - and future bandmates - Isaac and Taylor. He would be raised in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

1978 Earth, Wind & Fire begin a 75-date, sold-out US tour in Louisville, Kentucky.

1976 Jon Foreman (frontman for Switchfoot) is born in San Bernardino, California, but would be raised in Massachusetts and Virginia Beach.

1976 Bob Seger releases Night Moves.

1976 Bob Seger releases his ninth studio album, Night Moves. It's his first with the Silver Bullet Band, a group of Detroit-area musicians that help launch Seger into the mainstream.

1976 The Damned release "New Rose," the first ever British punk single.

1969 Paul McCartney officially denies that he is dead.

1969 R&B singer/songwriter Tommy Edwards dies in Henrico County, Virginia, at age 47.

1968 Country singer Shelby Lynne is born Shelby Lynn Moorer in Quantico, Virginia.

1968 Reggae fusion artist Shaggy is born Orville Richard Burrell in Kingston, Jamaica.

1967 The day after it hits #1 in the US, Lulu performs "To Sir With Love" on The Ed Sullivan Show.

1966 Chain Reaction, which would later become Aerosmith, opens for The Yardbirds at Staples High in Westport, Connecticut.

1965 The Kingston Trio appear on an episode of the NBC TV series Convoy.

1964 The Who (who are calling themselves the High Numbers at that time) audition for EMI Records, who choose not to sign them to a record deal.

1961 Chubby Checker performs a medley of "The Twist" and "Let's Twist Again" on TV's Ed Sullivan Show, sparking chart revivals for both tunes ("The Twist" even returns to #1).

1948 #1 Billboard Pop Hit: "Twelfth Street Rag" by Pee Wee Hunt Orchestra.

1946 Eddie Brigati (singer/tambourine player for The Young Rascals) is born in Garfield, New Jersey.

1945 Guitarist Leslie West (of Mountain) is born Leslie Weinstein in New York City.

1942 Pop singer and Mouseketeer Annette Funicello is born in Utica, New York.

1942 Rock singer Bobby Fuller, known for his hit "I Fought The Law" with his group The Bobby Fuller Four, is born in Baytown, Texas, but raised in Salt Lake City, Utah.

1854 James Bland is born in Flushing, New York. While minstrel shows in the US were dominated by men in blackface, the African American artist would surpass them as "The World's Greatest Minstrel Man."

1832 Conductor and composer Leopold Damrosch is born in Posen, King of Prussia. The violinist would earn a PhD in medicine to appease his parents before turning his focus completely to music. 

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1990 The band Mookie Blaylock, which would soon be known as Pearl Jam, make their stage debut at The Off Ramp in Seattle. In the audience are members of Soundgarden and Seattle Mariners pitcher Randy Johnson.

1965 The Beatles' "Yesterday" is the #1 single in the US, while The Rolling Stones' "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction" is #10.

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