Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Today in Music History...October 25, 2017 (Now with more info & links)

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Music History: October 25th:


2014 Taylor Swift applies to trademark several phrases related to her album 1989, including "Party Like It's 1989," "This Sick Beat" and "Cause We Never Go Out Of Style." When granted, this would give her exclusive rights to use the phrases on an array of items, including pot holders, ornaments and removable tattoos.

2014 Jack Bruce, bassist and founding member of Cream, dies at age 71.

2011 Steven Tyler of Aerosmith falls in a shower during a stay in a Paraguay hotel, knocking out two teeth. A local dentist repairs the famous mouth, and Tyler performs the next day.

2010 Reggae musician Gregory Isaacs dies of lung cancer in London, England, at age 59.

2009 For their last US tour date in 2009, U2 broadcasts live on Almost 100,000 see the show at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California.

2006 Diddy scores his first #1 album on the Billboard 200 since 1997 with Press Play.

2004 Renowned BBC DJ John Peel dies of a heart attack in Cusco, Peru, at age 65.

2002 Actor/singer Richard Harris dies of Hodgkin's disease in London, England, at age 72. He portrayed Professor Albus Dumbledore in the first two Harry Potter movies.

2002 Aretha Franklin's 12-bedroom home outside of Detroit is destroyed by fire, which is later determined to be arson. The building was unoccupied at the time, as Franklin used the home mainly for storage.

2000 Billy Bennett (drummer for Sam the Sham & the Pharaohs) dies of a heart attack in Sykesville, Maryland, at age 56.

2000 Billy Ray Cyrus lends his support to two causes when his tour bus stops in 16 different locations on Nashville's Music Row throughout the day to collect food for Second Harvest Food Bank's Harvest 2000; and later the same night, headlines a concert benefiting the charity.

2000 Mounds of pending litigation against it notwithstanding, embattled music file-swapping service Napster continues to expand with the release of a Macintosh-friendly version available for download. The new Mac version comes complete with exclusive features such as file search logs, "drag and drop" capability, and a color scheme that matches the hues on Apple's new iMac models.

1999 As bluegrass music starts to take off in America, Dolly Parton releases The Grass Is Blue. The album gives her career a boost and wins the 2001 Grammy Award for Best Bluegrass Album.More

1999 Los Angeles sheriff's investigators search for Sandra Ann Rosas, the wife of Los Lobos singer-guitarist Cesar Rosas, after finding her van abandoned in La Puente, California, and arresting her half-brother, parolee Gabriel Gomez, for investigation of kidnapping.

1998 R.E.M. plays an exclusive concert for BBC Radio 1 at the Radio Theater at Broadcasting House in London for an audience primarily consisting of fan club members and contest winners.

1997 During a concert in Flint, Michigan, Johnny Cash tells the crowd he has Parkinson's Disease after he falls over trying to pick up a guitar pick. The crowd thinks he's joking, but Cash's manager confirms it in a statement two days later.

1996 The first Ozzfest is held as a two-day festival in Phoenix, Arizona, and Devore, California.

1995 Cliff Richard is invested as Sir Cliff Richard, becoming the first pop star to receive a knighthood for services to music.(Bob Geldof received his honorary knighthood nine years earlier).

1994 Hootie & the Blowfish begin their first US tour in South Bend, Indiana. They're the opening act for Big Head Todd and the Monsters.

1993 Howie Blauvelt (bass guitarist for Ram Jam) dies of a heart attack. Blauvelt also played bass for Billy Joel's former group The Hassles.

1993 Time magazine puts Eddie Vedder on the cover with the headline "All The Rage." Both Vedder and Kurt Cobain refused to speak with the magazine for the story, but they run it anyway in an attempt to explain why young people are listening to such angry music.More

1992 The "Sinead Brigade," a group supporting Sinéad O'Connor, who tore up a picture of the Pope on Saturday Night Live a few weeks earlier, protests outside of St. Patrick's Cathedral in New York, where Cardinal John O'Connor is holding mass. Wearing masks of O'Connor, they mimic her display by tearing up photos of the Pope.

1992 Country singer Roger Miller dies of lung and throat cancer in Los Angeles, California, at age 56.

1991 Margo Sylvia (lead singer of The Tune Weavers) dies of a heart attack and stroke in San Diego, California, at age 55. Known for the 1957 hit ''Happy, Happy Birthday Baby."

1991 The renowned concert promoter Bill Graham, who ran the Fillmore and Fillmore East venues, dies in a helicopter crash returning home from a Huey Lewis and the News concert. Graham, 60, provided a more intimate and elegant concert experience with improved sound and even light shows. Some of his bigger productions included The Band's "Last Waltz" final concert and the Grateful Dead's New Year's Eve shows.

1988 Chico and Bobby DeBarge (of DeBarge) are convicted in Michigan of trafficking cocaine.

1985 R&B singer Ciara is born Ciara Princess Harris in Austin, Texas, but is raised throughout the US and Germany thanks to her Army dad.

1985 The first rap movie, Krush Groove, is released in American theaters. Featuring Run-DMC, New Edition and Sheila E., the film is based on the life story of Russell Simmons, co-founder of the hip-hop label Def Jam.

1984 Pop star Katy Perry is born Katheryn Elizabeth Hudson in Santa Barbara, California.

1981 Jerome "Romeo" Jones (of Immature/IMx) is born in Los Angeles, California.

1980 Barbra Streisand's "Woman In Love" hits #1 on the Hot 100. The song is written by two of the Bee Gees: Barry and Robin Gibb.

1977 Ronnie Van Zant of Lynyrd Skynyrd is laid to rest in a Jacksonville cemetery five days after dying in a plane crash that also killed band members Steve and Cassie Gaines. Skynyrd piano player Billy Powell is the only band member healthy enough to attend the funeral, and even he is on crutches with stitches on his face from the crash.

1977 Elton John appears on The Muppet Show to perform "Crocodile Rock," "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road," and "Don't Go Breaking My Heart." Elton performs with Dr. Teeth of The Electric Mayhem. Elton was one of the inspirations behind Dr. Teeth's character.

1976 Bruce Springsteen plays the Philadelphia Spectrum. It's a big deal because Bruce has said that he'd never play a large sports arena. Concerned about getting the sound right, he orders a 2-hour soundcheck before the show.

1973 Rick Nelson appears as a former rock-star-turned-murderous-pimp on tonight's "Harem" episode of ABC-TV's Streets Of San Francisco.

1971 Clutch singer/guitarist Neil Fallon is born in Portsmouth, Virginia.

1970 Ed Robertson (frontman for Barenaked Ladies) is born Lloyd Edward Elwyn Robertson in Scarborough, Ontario, Canada.

1970 Led Zeppelin's LP Led Zeppelin III hits #1.

1969 Two fictional bands fronted by Ron Dante are in the US Top 10: "Sugar, Sugar" by The Archies at #3 and "Tracy" by The Cuff Links at #9.

1968 Rapper Speech (of Arrested Development) is born Todd Thomas in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

1968 The Guess Who's "Laughing" is certified gold.

1967 The Beatles record "Hello Goodbye."

1964 The Rolling Stones appear on US television for the first time when they perform on The Ed Sullivan Show. Despite the frenzy they cause, they are invited back five more times.

1963 John Leven (bass guitarist for Europe) is born in Stockholm, Sweden.

1963 Peter, Paul and Mary's self-titled LP hits #1.

1962 The Beatles give their first-ever radio interview, on Radio Clatterbridge, a closed-circuit radio station serving Cleaver and Clatterbridge Hospitals in Wirral, near Liverpool. Paul is quoted as saying "John is, in fact, the leader of the group."

1962 Cast member Paul Petersen sings his hit single "My Dad" on tonight's episode of ABC's The Donna Reed Show.

1961 Chad Smith (drummer for Red Hot Chili Peppers) is born Chadwick Gaylord Smith in Saint Paul, Minnesota.

1960 Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, who had lost contact with each other since they went to primary school together, run into each other on a train and renew their acquaintance. They would soon start playing together and eventually form The Rolling Stones.

1959 Chrissy Amphlett (frontwoman for The Divinyls) is born in Geelong, Victoria, Australia.

1955 Matthias Jabs (guitarist for Scorpions) is born in Hannover, Germany.

1955 Smiley Lewis records "One Night Of Sin."

1950 Soft rocker Chris Norman (lead singer of Smokie) is born in Redcar, North Yorkshire, England.

1949 Glenn Tipton (guitarist for Judas Priest) is born in Blackheath, England.

1946 John Hall (drummer for The Equals) is born in Islington, London, England.

1944 Singer/songwriter Taffy Danoff (of The Starland Vocal band) is born Mary Catherine Nivert in Washington, D.C.

1944 Jon Anderson (lead singer for Yes) is born in Accrington, Lancashire, England.

1943 Pop singer and Mouseketeer Dick Dodd (of The Standells) is born Joseph Richard Dodd Jr. in Hermosa Beach, California.

1943 Roy Lynes (keyboardist for Status Quo) is born in Redhill, Surrey, England.

1943 Benny Carter records "Poinciana."

1941 Singer/actress Helen Reddy is born in Melbourne, Australia.

1937 Country singer Jeanne Black is born Gloria Jeanne Black in Pomona, California. Known for the 1960 hit "He'll Have to Stay."

1926 Jazz saxophonist Jimmy "Little Bird" Heath is born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

1924 R&B drummer Earl Palmer is born in New Orleans, Louisiana. Known for working with a score of artists, including Little Richard and Tom Waits (on Blue Valentine).

1912 Country comedian and Hee Haw regular Minnie Pearl is born Sarah Ophelia Colley Cannon in Centerville, Hickman County, Tennessee.

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1986 Cyndi Lauper's "True Colors," written by Billy Steinberg and Tom Kelly, hits #1 in America. The song becomes an anthem of acceptance and is reinterpreted many times over the years.

1975 Paul Simon issues his fourth solo album, Still Crazy After All These Years. "Gone At Last," "50 Ways To Leave Your Lover," and the title track all reach the US Top 40, and the album hits #1, Simon's first to do so. Emancipated from Simon & Garfunkel, fans stop shouting "Where's Artie?" at his shows. 

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