Music History: October 15th:
2014 At the St. Louis club Blueberry Hill, Chuck Berry performs for the last time. The rocker, who dies in 2017, played monthly gigs at the venue starting in 1996.
2011 Lady Gaga, Stevie Wonder and Usher all perform at Bill Clinton's 65th birthday celebration at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles. Gaga turns her hit song into "Bill Romance" for her performance.
2011 Seal, along with Hilary Swank and Jean-Claude Van Damme, attends the 35th birthday party of Chechen president and human-rights abuser Ramzan Kadyrov. The celebrities take a lot of heat for pimping themselves out to this unsavory ruler.
2006 The final concert is performed at the famous and celebrated Manhattan music club CBGB, courtesy of Patti Smith. The club closes after an extended dispute between club owner Hilly Kristal and the Bowery Residents Committee, which tried to charge Kristal $19,000 in alleged back rent. New York commerce, over the protest of tearful rock fans who hoped to have the building preserved as a historical landmark, is heedless of the sentimental value as a men's clothing store moves in and throws out practically everything associated with the former music club.
2003 The members of veteran independent rock act Dub Narcotic Sound System are involved in a car accident, forcing the hospitalization of frontman Calvin Johnson and bassist Chris Sutton.
2003 The Louis Armstrong House Museum opens its doors to the public. Located in the Corona neighborhood of Queens, New York, the home was the longtime residence of the late singer. He and wife Lucille Wilson moved in as newlyweds in 1943 and stayed until Armstrong's death in 1971.
2000 Dave Edmunds undergoes a triple-bypass heart operation at Cedars-Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles.
2000 U2 notch their fourth UK #1 hit when "Beautiful Day" beats out Robbie Williams and Kylie Minogue's "Kids" for the top spot.
1999 Folk singer/songwriter Terry Gilkyson (of The Easy Riders) dies from complications of an aneurysm in Austin, Texas, at age 83. Known for the 1957 hit "Marianne."
1998 Puff Daddy plays his first-ever UK show at the official opening of the new London venue Sound Republic in Leicester Square. The invitation-only event is broadcast live by MTV UK.
1998 MCA Records Inc. files a breach-of-contract lawsuit against New Editionmembers Ralph Tresvant, Johnny Gill, Ricardo Bell, Michael Bivins, and Ronald DeVoe for alleged failure to deliver albums.
1997 Virginia concert promoter Patricia Ann Richardson files suit against Snoop Doggy Dogg, his former manager Sharitha Knight, and Death Row Records for allegedly tricking her into transporting packages containing seven pounds of marijuana to a venue where Snoop Doggy Dogg was performing. Richardson claims she was stopped, searched and arrested by local, state and federal law enforcement officers at the entrance to the club.
1992 Madonna holds a "Sex" party at Industria Superstudio in Manhattan to promote her upcoming book Sex. She shows up dressed like Little Bo Peep, carrying a stuffed lamb.
1991 The first day of the Guitar Legends festival is held at Seville, Spain. The 5-day festival would include performances by Roger Waters, Joe Satriani and B.B. King.
1988 UB40's cover of Neil Diamond's "Red Red Wine" finally hits #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 over four years after its initial release. Lead singer Ali Campbell says that they always knew it as a reggae song and had no idea Diamond wrote it.
1988 The Amnesty International - Human Rights Now! tour ends with a show in Buenos Aires. Along with Sting, Peter Gabriel and Tracy Chapman, Bruce Springsteen performs with the E Street Band, closing out his last tour with the group until 1999, when they re-form.
1987 Joe Satriani's second full-length solo album, Surfing with the Alien, is released. The popular all-instrumental album kicks open the door for similarly styled "guitar shred" albums.
1985 Power Windows, Rush's 11th album, is released. It is the last Rush album to achieve Platinum status until Roll the Bonescomes out six years later.
1983 The debut studio album by Alcatrazz is issued, No Parole from Rock n' Roll, which features guitar work from a then-unknown Yngwie Malmsteen and spawns such melodic metal nuggets as "Island in the Sun" and "Hiroshima Mon Amour."
1980 R&B singer Bobby Lester (of The Moonglows) dies of cancer at age 49.
1980 For the first time ever, London's legendary Abbey Road Studios auctions off thousands of dollars of equipment, including some used on Beatles recordings.
1977 Paul Simon releases "Slip Slidin' Away."
1977 Debby Boone's "You Light Up My Life" goes to #1 in America, where it stays for 10 weeks, becoming the biggest song of 1977. The song is from a movie of the same name starring Didi Conn as an aspiring singer.
1973 Having experienced respiratory problems for the past four days, Elvis Presley is admitted for two weeks to Memphis' Baptist Memorial Hospital with what is termed "pneumonia." Dr. George Nichopoulos, Elvis's personal physician, discovers his patient's addiction to Demerol.
1973 Neil Young releases the live album Time Fades Away.
1973 The US Supreme Court upholds, by a 7-2 vote, the 1971 FCC directive that bans radio DJs from playing songs that glorify drugs.
1973 Stones guitarist Keith Richards is banned from entering France for two years when he is found guilty by a Nice court of using, supplying and trafficking cannabis.
1970 R&B singer/rapper Ginuwine is born Elgin Baylor Lumpkin in Washington, D.C.
1970 Music video director Chris Cunningham is born in Reading, Berkshire, England. Before working with artists like Björk ("All Is Full Of Love"), Madonna ("Frozen"), and Aphex Twin("Windowlicker"), Cunningham starts his film career in model-making and prosthetic make-up. Hand-picked by renowned director Stanley Kubrick, he does animatronic work on what becomes the Stephen Spielberg film AI: Artificial Intelligence.
1969 Famed blues singer Howlin' Wolf suffers his first non-fatal heart attack.
1969 John Fogerty is inspired to write "Effigy" after President Richard Nixon casually dismisses millions of protesters who show up worldwide for the Moratorium to End the War in Vietnam. "Effigy" becomes the final track on Willy and the Poor Boys and is notable for being the lone song on the album that is not upbeat.
1968 The Supremes guest star on Bing Crosby's ABC-TV special.
1968 Stevie Wonder releases "For Once In My Life."
1968 The New Yardbirds make their first performance under their new name Led Zeppelin at a gig at Surrey University, England.
1966 "Reach Out I'll Be There" by The Four Tops hits #1 in America.
1966 The Monkees record "I'm A Believer."
1965 Jimi Hendrix signs his first recording contract. The 3-year deal with PPX productions gives him one dollar plus one percent of his royalties on his records. The deal causes major legal issues in the years to come.
1965 Mike Love of The Beach Boys marries his second wife, Suzanne Celeste Belcher, in Las Vegas.
1964 British singer Screaming Lord Sutch runs for the English Parliament. He would go on to lose 40 elections (mostly by-elections).
1963 The Rip Chords record "Hey Little Cobra."
1961 The Beatles play a local charity benefit in Liverpool.
1961 Elvis Presley records "For The Millionth And The Last Time," "Good Luck Charm," and "Anything That's Part Of You."
1959 Jim Reeves records "He'll Have To Go."
1958 Jackie Wilson records "Lonely Teardrops."
1956 Little Richard records "Good Golly Miss Molly."
1953 Tito Jackson (of The Jacksons) is born Tariano Adaryll Jackson in Gary, Indiana.
1951 Frank DiMino (lead singer for Angel) is born in Washington, D.C.
1948 Pop/rock singer Chris de Burgh is born Christopher John Davison in Venado Tuerto, Argentina.
1946 Richard Carpenter (of The Carpenters) is born in New Haven, Connecticut, but would later relocate to Downey, California.
1946 Frankie Carle's "Rumors Are Flying" hits #1.
1942 Pop singer Chris Andrews is born in Romford, Essex, England. Aside from his own 1965 hit, "Yesterday Man," he penned a string of hits for Adam Faith ("The First Time," "We Are In Love") and Sandie Shaw (including "Girl Don't Come").
1942 Don Stevenson (drummer for Moby Grape) is born in Seattle, Washington.
1938 R&B singer Marv Johnson is born in Detroit, Michigan. His song "Come to Me" was the first record on the Tamla label, which would later become Motown.
1935 Singer/songwriter Barry McGuire (of The New Christy Minstrels) is born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, but would be raised in California.
1925 Guitarist Mickey Baker (of Mickey & Sylvia) is born MacHouston Baker in Louisville, Kentucky.
1913 David Carroll - arranger, conductor and musical director (for Mercury Records) - is born in Taylorville, Illinois. Known for his hit versions of "Melody of Love" in the '50s.
1906 Blues singer/songwriter Victoria Spivey is born in Houston, Texas. Composed "Black Snake Blues," "Dope Head Blues" and "Organ Grinder Blues," among others.
1905 Claude Debussy's symphonic suite "La Mer" is premiered by the Lamoureux Orchestra under the baton of Camille Chevillard in Paris. The piece was initially not well received, but soon became one of the French composer's most admired and frequently performed orchestral works.
1890 New Orleans police chief David Hennessy is gunned down in the first widely publicized Mafia murder in the USA. The event is memorialized in the song "The Hennessy Murder."
Rick Nelson Gets Booed At The Garden Party
Rick Nelson (formerly Ricky) plays the "Rock & Roll Spectacular" concert at Madison Square Garden. When he plays some newer songs, the hit-hungry audience boos. Nelson writes the song "Garden Party" about the experience, and it becomes a hit, reviving his career.
1995 Paul McCartney and his wife Linda appear on an episode of The Simpsons where they help Lisa become a vegetarian. Paul explains that if you play "Maybe I'm Amazed" backwards, you'll hear a recipe for lentil soup.
1977 Debbie Boone's "You Light Up My Life" hits #1 for the first of 10 weeks, the longest consecutive chart run in the history of the Hot 100 at the time.
1964 Composer/songwriter Cole Porter dies of kidney failure in Santa Monica, California. He had suffered with chronic pain since the late-'30s when he was severely injured in a horseback-riding accident, leading to years of operations and an eventual amputation of his right leg.
1960 The famous lineup of The Beatles records together for the first time when Ringo Starr replaces an ailing Pete Best as the group backs up Rory Storm and the Hurricanes guitarist Wally Eymond on a recording of George Gershwin's "Summertime."