Monday, October 23, 2017

Today in Music History...October 23, 2017 (Now with more info & links)

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Music History: October 23th:


2016 Dead Or Alive lead singer Pete Burns dies of a heart attack at age 57. Known for the 1985 hit "You Spin Me Round (Like A Record)," Burns estimated that he had 300 plastic surgeries in his lifetime.

2014 English rocker Alvin Stardust dies at age 72 after a battle with prostate cancer.

2014 Jeanne Black, known for the 1960 hit "He'll Have To Stay," dies two days before her 77th birthday.

2007 Robert Plant and Alison Krauss's Raising Sand debuts at #2 in America.

2007 Exodus releases their eighth studio album, The Atrocity Exhibition...Exhibit A.

2005 Rapper Cam'ron is shot during an early morning carjacking attempt in Washington, D.C. Two men pull alongside Cam'ron's 2006 Lamborghini and open fire while the artist is stopped at a traffic light at New York and New Jersey avenues. He is hit by one bullet, which travels through one of his arms and into the other. He drives himself to Howard University Hospital for treatment.

2004 De La Soul's The Grind Date debuts at #87 on the Billboard 200 chart.

2003 Mexican rap-rock band Molotov tops the second annual MTV Video Music Awards Latin America with four wins, including Video of the Year and Best Group.

2002 Johnnie Johnson, who is the "Johnny" in "Johnny B. Goode" and Chuck Berry's longtime pianist, loses his lawsuit against Berry in which he claims he co-wrote many of the rock pioneer's hits.

2002 Lyricist Adolph Green dies in New York City age 87.

2001 R.E.M. plays a surprise show at Seattle's Crocodile Cafe, which guitarist Peter Buck co-owns with his wife, Stephanie Dorgan.

2001 Bush release Golden State, a commercially disappointing album. The group goes on hiatus in 2002, returning with the album The Sea of Memories in 2011.

2000 Heather Kinley of The Kinleys hosts the K-9 Classic Charity Golf Tournament at the Hermitage Golf Course in Old Hickory, Tennessee, outside Nashville. The event benefits ACT Now (Animal Care Taskforce of Nashville, Inc.) and their programs.

1998 Eddie Nichols (of Royal Crown Revue) is arrested in Toledo, Ohio, for allegedly punching a sheriff in a diner. Nichols is charged with a felony and held without bail over a weekend.

1998 The "White Rabbit" case comes to a close when a court supports the superintendent at Fort Zumwalt High School in St. Louis, and his decision that the marching band cannot play the song in their act as it contains drug references.

1995 Def Leppard play shows on three different continents in the same day, starting in Tangier (Africa), then London (Europe), and finally Vancouver (North America). Each show is an acoustic set running 45 minutes; they take the Concorde to the last one, which gets them in Vancouver for a 9 p.m. performance.

1986 Pianist Eskew "Esquerita" Reeder dies of AIDS in Harlem, New York, at age 50.

1985 R&B singer Miguel is born Miguel Jontel Pimentel in San Pedro, Los Angeles, California.

1978 "Mother" Maybelle Carter dies in Hendersonville, Tennessee, at age 69, inspiring her son-in-law Johnny Cash's song "Tears in the Holston River."

1978 Neil Young's Zuma Beach, California, home burns to the ground in a brush fire.

1978 CBS Records jacks up album prices for their big-name releases to $8.98, becoming the first label to do so.

1976 Chicago's "If You Leave Me Now" hits #1 for the first of two weeks.

1976 Leonard Lee (of Shirley & Lee) dies of a heart attack at age 40.

1970 The release of George Harrison's first single, "Isn't It A Pity," is announced.

1970 Aretha Franklin's "Don't Play That Song (You Lied)" is certified gold.

1969 Columbia Records announces its intention to prosecute the purveyors of Great White Way, an unauthorized collection of unreleased Bob Dylan demos that is often considered the first "bootleg" record.

1968 Elvis Presley's movie Live A Little, Love A Little is released.

1966 Gospel singer David Thomas (of Take 6) is born.

1966 The Yardbirds, in their first concert featuring Jimmy Page on lead guitar, open at San Francisco's Fillmore West.

1966 The Jimi Hendrix Experience records "Hey Joe."

1965 The Temptations' "My Baby" enters the charts.

1965 The Byrds' "Turn! Turn! Turn! (To Everything There Is a Season)" enters the charts.

1964 J. Frank Wilson of the Cavaliers, who scored a huge teen-tragedy hit three years earlier with "Last Kiss," is badly injured in his own car crash near Lima, Ohio, one that unfortunately takes the life of the song's producer, Sonley Roush.

1964 Robert Trujillo (bassist for Metallica and Suicidal Tendencies) is born in Santa Monica, California.

1963 The Beatles record "I Wanna Be Your Man."

1963 Bob Dylan records "The Lonesome Death Of Hattie Carroll" and "When The Ship Comes In."

1962 Stevie Wonder records "Thank You For Loving Me All The Way."

1961 Dion's "Runaround Sue" hits #1 for the first of two weeks.

1956 Country singer Dwight Yoakam is born in Pikeville, Kentucky, but is raised in Columbus, Ohio. Aside from chart-topping hits like "Streets of Bakersfield" and "I Sang Dixie," Yoakam is also known for his roles in films like Sling Blade (1996) and Panic Room (2002).

1954 Elvis Presley's second Sun single, "Blue Moon Of Kentucky," breaks out in Nashville and New Orleans, becoming his first chart hit outside of his native Memphis.

1950 Al Jolson, once called "The World's Greatest Entertainer," dies of a massive heart attack during a card game in San Francisco, California, at age 64 (approximately).

1949 R&B singer Tiny Tavares (of Tavares) is born Perry Lee Tavares in Providence, Rhode Island.

1947 Rock bassist Greg Ridley (of Humble Pie) is born Alfred Gregory Ridley in Aspatria, Cumberland, England.

1943 Barbara Ann Hawkins of The Dixie-Cups is born in New Orleans, Louisiana.

1940 Ellie Greenwich is born Eleanor Louise Greenwich in Brooklyn, New York. One of the most successful songwriters of the '60, her co-writes include "Leader of the Pack" and "Be My Baby."

1939 Soul singer/guitarist Charlie Foxx is born in Greensboro, North Carolina.

1927 Jazz alto saxophonist William "Sonny" Criss is born in Memphis, Tennessee. He would go on to play with the likes of Charlie Parker, Johnny Otis, and Billy Eckstine.

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1976 Led Zeppelin, who avoid TV appearances because of sound problems, appear on American television for the first time when they play Don Kirshner's Rock Concert.1959 "Weird Al" Yankovic is born Alfred Matthew Yankovic in Downey, California, and raised in Lynwood.

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