Music History: October 29th:
2016John "Buck" Ormsby, bass player for the Wailers (sometimes the "Fabulous" Wailers) and founder of Etiquette Records, passes away from a fall in Mexico.
2009To celebrate the 25th anniversary of The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, a series of concerts take place at Madison Square Garden, featuring inductees Bruce Springsteen, Bono, Mick Jagger and Aretha Franklin.
2007Bon Iver signs to Jagjaguwar Records.
2006Billboard executive Tom Noonan, who helped launch the Billboard Hot 100 during his 30-year tenure, dies of bladder cancer at age 78.
2005The wax figures of the younger Beatlesused in the cover of the band's Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band album are auctioned off for 81,500 pounds in London after being discovered languishing in the backroom of Madame Tussauds' famous wax museum.
2004 At a campaign rally in Columbus, Ohio, George W. Bush unveils his new theme song in his presidential re-election campaign: "Still The One" by Orleans. The song's co-writer, John Hall, is watching on CNN and is mortified, as he actively opposes Bush's policies. Along with his band members and the song's co-writer (his ex-wife, Johanna), Hall demands that Bush stop using the song.
2003 Italian opera singer Franco Corelli dies at age 82, months after suffering a stroke.
2003 A study by the Nielsen ratings people finds that a full third of the sales of Beatles 1 were to new fans between the ages of 19 and 24, skewing the fan base even younger than it had been previously.
2001 Henry Berthold "Spike" Robinson, jazz tenor saxophonist, dies at age 71.
2001 Musician/poet Gil Scott-Heron is sentenced to 1-3 years in state prison in a New York court, after failing to appear at an Oct. 1 hearing regarding the mandatory drug rehabilitation required by his plea bargain on an earlier drug possession charge.
2000 The Spice Girls score their ninth and final UK #1 hit as the double-sided "Holler"/"Let Love Lead The Way" reaches the top of the chart.
1998 Singer/guitarist Brian Setzer files suit against Ken Kinnally, a former member of Setzer's pre-Stray Cats group the Bloodless Pharaohs. Setzer alleges that, without his knowledge or consent, Kinnally licensed 1978 studio tracks and 1979 live recordings to Collectibles Records, which issued an album titled Brian Setzer & the Bloodless Pharaohs.
1998 Three ex-members of the San Francisco punk band Dead Kennedys sue former lead singer Jello Biafra (Eric Reed Boucher), claiming he diverted money owed to his bandmates for his own use. The action is filed by East Bay Ray (Ray Pepperell), Klaus Flouride (Geoffrey Lyall), and D.H. Peligro (Darren Henley). The suit goes to trial in April 2000.
1995 Paul Anka guest stars on the "Treehouse of Horror VI" episode of The Simpsons.
1993 Tim Burton's animated musical The Nightmare Before Christmas hits US theaters. The film features music composed by Danny Elfman of Oingo Boingo; Elfman also sings the vocal parts of protagonist Jack Skellington.
1990 The inductees for the sixth annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame are announced, a list which includes Wilson Pickett, Ike & Tina Turner, The Byrds, The Impressions, LaVern Baker, Jimmy Reed, and John Lee Hooker.
1987 Woody Herman, jazz musician and big band leader, dies at age 74.
1987 Rolling Stones guitarist and sometime painter Ron Wood gets his first public presentation, Decades, in London, featuring mostly portraits of Wood's famous friends over the past two decades.
1979 Legendary bebop trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie appears on The Muppet Showand performs with The Electric Mayhem. It's the only time that the otherwise all-muppet band features a bongo player.
1978 Rush's Hemispheres hits stores. The album is ambitious even by Rush standards, and the work put into recording it nearly gives the band members nervous breakdowns.
1977 Paul Davis's "I Go Crazy" enters the charts.
1976 Bruce Springsteen brings long-forgotten Gary U.S. Bonds on stage at The Palladium in New York City to perform Bonds' 1961 hit "Quarter To Three." Five years later, Springsteen engineers a comeback for Bonds, working on his album Dedication and supplying the hit "This Little Girl."
1976 Elvis Presley records "It's Easy For You," "Way Down," and "Pledging My Love."
1973 John Lennon releases "Mind Games" and the LP of the same name in the US.
1971 Duane Allman (of The Allman Brothers Band) dies in a motorcycle crash in Macon, Georgia, at age 24.
1970 Toby Smith (keyboardist for Jamiroquai) is born in London, England.
1970 Neil Diamond's "Cracklin' Rosie" is certified gold.
1969Douglas "SA" Vincent Martinez (vocalist, DJ for 311) is born in Omaha, Nebraska.
1969 New York underground newspaper Ratbecomes the first publication to compile the various rumored "clues" to the "Paul Is Dead" phenomenon.
1965 Peter Timmins (drummer for Cowboy Junkies) is born in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.
1965 The Beatles record "We Can Work It Out."
1963 The Hollies record Stay With The Hollies.
1962 Einar Orn Benediktsson (trumpet player for The Sugarcubes) is born in Reykjavík, Iceland.
1961 Randy Jackson (of The Jackson 5) is born Steven Randall Jackson in Gary, Indiana. As the ninth child, he's both the youngest Jackson brother and youngest child in the family until baby sister Janet is born in 1966.
1958 While still stationed in Germany with the US Army, Private First Class Elvis Presleytakes in a Bill Haley show for the troops at Stuttgart.
1957 Bobby Helms records "Jingle Bell Rock."
1955 "Autumn Leaves" by Roger Williams hits #1 in America.
1955 Kevin DuBrow (lead singer of Quiet Riot) is born in Los Angeles, California.
1955 Roger O'Donnell (keyboardist for The Cure) is born in London, England.
1949 David Paton (bassist, guitarist for Pilot) is born in Edinburgh, Scotland.
1947 Frank Sinatra records "What'll I Do?"
1946 Rock guitarist Peter Green (of Fleetwood Mac, John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers) is born in Bethnal Green, London, England.
1945 Beatrice Melba Hill, better known as Melba Moore, is born in New York City to saxophonist Teddy Hill and R&B singer Bonnie Davis.
1944 Rob Van Leeuwen (guitarist for Shocking Blue) is born in The Hague, Netherlands.
1944 Denny Laine is born Brian Hines on a boat off the Jersey coast. He becomes a founding member of both The Moody Blues and Wings.
1937 Sonny Osborne (of The Osborne Brothers) is born in Roark, Kentucky.
1925 Jazz saxophonist Zoot Sims, who came up under Woody Herman's big band, is born in Inglewood, California.
1925 Israeli songwriter Haim Hefer is born Haim Feiner in Sosnowiec, Poland.
1922 Neal Hefti is born in Toluca Lake, California. A jazz trumpeter and arranger for Woody Herman, he also composed classic TV themes of the '60s, notably for Batman and The Odd Couple.
1903 Composer Vivian Ellis is born in Hampstead, London, England. Known for "Spread A Little Happiness" (1929) and "Coronation Scot," the theme for BBC Radio's Paul Temple.
Slash Out Of Guns N' Roses
Axl Rose announces that Slash is no longer a member of Guns N' Roses. Slash forms Slash's Snakepit and Velvet Revolver, while Axl keeps GnR going with a variety of new faces.
2012 While campaigning for the 2012 election, president Barack Obama takes time out to interview with radio station WIZF Cincinnati, to talk about his favorite music artists. Asked "what's on the presidential iPod?," Obama names Stevie Wonder, James Brown, The Rolling Stones, and Bob Dylan as his "old school" choices, Jay-Z, Eminem, and Fugees for newer artists, and John Coltrane, Miles Davis, and Gil Scott-Heron amongst his favorite jazz artists.
1984 Frankie Goes to Hollywood release their debut album, Welcome To The Pleasuredome, in the UK.
1983 Pink Floyd's Dark Side Of The Moonalbum breaks the record for most weeks on the Billboard albums chart when it eclipses Johnny's Greatest Hits by Johnny Mathis with 491 weeks. Dark Side remains on the chart until 1988, when it drops off with 724 weeks. Thanks to reissues and promotions, it returns from time to time, notching over 880 weeks on the chart in total.
1983 "Islands in the Stream," written by the Bee Gees and intended for Marvin Gaye, goes to #1 in the US as a duet by Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton.
1972 Diana Ross and her husband Robert Ellis Silberstein have their second child, Tracee Ellis Ross. She becomes an actress, starring in the TV series Girlfriends and Black-ish.
1966 Powered by a captivating Vox Continental organ riff and a lead singer who always wears sunglasses and goes by the name of "?", "96 Tears" by ? & the Mysterians hits #1 in America.