Thursday, March 5, 2015

This Date in Rock Music History: March 6

1951:    Ivor Novello, singer and composer from Wales, died of of coronary thrombosis in London at age 58. The annual British songwriter award is named after him.
1958:  The Everly Brothers recorded "All I Have to Do is Dream".
1961:  "Shop Around" by the Miracles was the #1 song on the R&B chart for the eighth week.
1962:  Frank Sinatra recorded his final session with Capitol Records in Hollywood, California.  He then recorded exclusively for his own Reprise label.

1964:  The Elvis Presley movie Kissin' Cousins premiered in theaters.
1965:  The Rolling Stones Number 2 was the top album in the U.K.
1965:  Beatles '65 was the #1 album for the ninth week in the United States with the "Goldfinger" Soundtrack and the "Mary Poppins" Soundtrack the next best.
1965:  Roger Miller ruled the Easy Listening chart for the fourth week with "King Of The Road".
1965:  "My Girl" by the Temptations took the top spot on the R&B chart for the sixth week.

1965:  After four releases, the Temptations had not only their first Top 10 but also their first #1 song--"My Girl".  Gary Lewis & the Playboys relinquished with "This Diamond Ring" and the former #1 "You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'" by the Righteous Brothers was third.
1966:  The Rolling Stones began recording "Paint It Black" at RCA Studios in Hollywood, California.
1967:  The Beatles recorded sound effects for the song "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" at Abbey Road studios in London.  
1971:  The Carpenters continued to own the #1 Adult song with "For All We Know".


1971:  The Temptations had not only their 10th #1 song on the R&B chart but incredibly the 19th song to make the Top 3 in that genre with "Just My Imagination (Running Away With Me)".
1971:  George Harrison had one of the hottest new songs as "What Is Life" moved from 66 to 27.

                                Not too many voices purer than Karen's...

1971:  The Osmonds remained at #1 for the third week with "One Bad Apple", holding off "Mama's Pearl" from the Jackson 5.  The late Janis Joplin was up to #3 with her only big hit, "Me And Bobby McGee", while the Temptations jumped from 16 to 4 with "Just My Imagination (Running Away With Me)".  The rest of the Top 10:  Gordon Lightfoot with "If You Could Read My Mind" at #5, although many stations had it #1, Tom Jones shot up from 17-6 with "She's A Lady", "For All We Know" became the Carpenters' third straight Top 10, Jerry Reed's Amos Moses was at #8, the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band and "Mr. Bojangles" and Wadsworth Mansion fell with "Sweet Mary".
1973:  John Lennon's visa extension was canceled by the Office of the Immigration Department in New York State.  The extension had been approved just five days previous.
1976:  EMI Records re-released all 22 British Beatles singles and "Yesterday" was released for the first time in the U.K. as a 45.
1976:  The Sylvers grabbed the top spot on the R&B chart with "Boogie Fever".

                           "Dream Weaver" took us through the night...

1976:  Although Smokey Robinson had left for a solo career, the Miracles rose to #1 with "Love Machine".  Eric Carmen was up to #2 with "All By Myself", the Four Seasons challenged with "December, 1963 (Oh, What A Night)" and former #1 "Theme From 'S.W.A.T.'" by Rhythm Heritage was now fourth.  The Eagles scored their fourth consecutive Top 5 song with "Take It To The Limit" and Gary Wright had a big first hit with "Dream Weaver".  The rest of the Top 10:  "Lonely Night (Angel Face)" by the Captain & Tennille, Paul Simon's former #1 "50 Ways To Leave Your Lover" was down to #8, Nazareth and "Love Hurts" and Hot Chocolate fell to 10 with "You Sexy Thing".
1977:  An Evening With Diana Ross was televised by ABC.
1982:  Dick Clark donated the podium he used for decades on American Bandstand to the Smithsonian Museum.
1982:  The Go-Go's had themselves a #1 album as Beauty and the Beat topped all challengers.  Escape from Journey was second.  
1982:  "Through The Years" by Kenny Rogers was the new #1 on the Adult Contemporary chart.

1989:  Smokey Robinson's autobiography Inside My Life was released.
1989:  Steven Tyler and his wife Theresa celebrated the birth of daughter Chelsea Anna.
1991:  George Michael played the first of four sold-out concerts at the Tokyo Dome in Tokyo, Japan.
1993:  Kenny G achieved a #1 song on the Adult Contemporary chart with "Forever In Love".

1993:  Peabo Bryson & Regina Belle had the new #1 song with "A Whole New World", ending one of the most spectacular runs of the Rock Era.  Whitney Houston had held that position for 14 incredible weeks with "I Will Always Love You".  Duran Duran's big comeback hit "Ordinary World" was in third while Snow made a 10-4 move with "Informer".  Other notable songs in the Top 10:  Whitney Houston scored a second song in the week's list with her remake of the Chaka Khan song "I'm Ever Woman", Arrested Development dropped with "Mr. Wendal", Jade had their first Top 10 with "Don't Walk Away" and Bon Jovi moved to #10 with "Bed Of Roses".

1993:  For the 13th week, "The Bodyguard" Soundtrack was #1 on the album chart.  Breathless from Kenny G was second.  Pearl Jam (Ten from #9) and Michael Jackson's Dangerous both entered the Top 10.

1995:  Real McCoy released the single "Run Away".

1999:  Monica owned the #1 song with "Angel Of Mine".
2000:  Foxy Brown crashed her car into a fence in Brooklyn, New York.  Brown was admitted by a hospital and released the next morning, but she was charged with aggravated unlicensed operation of a vehicle.
2000:  Michael Jackson gave an emotional speech at Oxford University in England about his childhood.
2001:  In today's edition of Dangerous Inmates Run Rap Music, DMX proved that Rappers can't be rehabilitated, as he assaulted two corrections officers in Erie County Correctional Facility in New York State.
2003:  The death toll in the Great White nightclub fire rose to 99 when Mitchell Shubert died in a hospital in Massachusetts.  A pyrotechnics explosion February 21 at Great White's gig at the Station in West Warwick, Rhode Island killed 96 the night of the explosion and left over 230 patrons injured. 

2006:  King Floyd, who gave us one of The Top 100 R&B Songs of the 1970's* ("Groove Me" from 1970) died of complications from a stroke and diabetes in Jackson, California at age 61.
2008:  A charity in the U.K. warned that nine out of ten young people had already experienced the first signs of hearing damage from listening to loud music.  The group said that fans should wear ear plugs to protect their hearing without getting in the way of their love of music.  Experts said nearly all concerts, bars and clubs included prolonged exposure to noise over 85 decibels.  That's not being a wussie; that's being smart.

2010:  Stevie Wonder was made a Commander of the Arts and Letters by the government of France in Paris.

2013:  Alvin Lee, great guitarist with Ten Years After, died at age 68 in Spain after complications from a routine surgical procedure.

Born This Day:
1936:  Sylvia Robinson, who had the hit "Pillow Talk" on her own and "Love Is Strange" with Mickey Baker as Mickey & Sylvia, was born in New York City; died September 29, 2011 in Secaucus, New Jersey from congestive heart failure.  (Note:  some websites say Robinson was born in Harlem, New York, but according to the newspaper 'The New York Times', she was born in New York City.)   
1939:  Jerry Naylor, lead singer of the Crickets after Buddy Holly died, was born in Stephenville, Texas.  (Note:  some websites report that Naylor was born in Stephenville, Texas, but according to album liner notes and the book 'Country Music:  The Encyclopedia' by Irwin Stambler and Grelun Landon, Naylor was born in Chalk Mountain.)

1944:  Mary Wilson of the Supremes was born in Greenville, Mississippi.
1945:  Hugh Grundy, drummer of the Zombies, was born in Winchester, Hampshire, England.  (Note:  some websites report that Grundy was born in Winchester, Hants, England, and 'Billboard' reports that he was born in Hampshire, England.  Hampshire is a county in England, not a city or town.  Winchester is the primary town in Hampshire, where Grundy was born, according to the book 'Where Have All the Pop Stars Gone?' by Marti Childs, Marti Smiley Childs and Jeff March.)


1944:  David Gilmour, songwriter and lead guitarist of Pink Floyd, was born in Cambridge, England. 

1947:  Kiki Dee ("I've Got The Music In Me" and her duet with Elton John--"Don't Go Breaking My Heart") was born in Bradford, West Riding of Yorkshire, England.  (Note :  some publishers of websites with no knowledge of England or journalistic ability say Kiki, whose real name is Pauline Matthews, was born in Bradford, Yorkshire, England, or in Bradford, West Yorkshire.  There is no such county--Yorkshire is currently split into four counties, North Yorkshire, South Yorkshire, West Yorkshire, and East Riding of Yorkshire.  In 1947, when Matthews was born, Bradford was located in what was then known as the county of West Riding of Yorkshire.  The county of West Yorkshire was created with the Local Government Act of 1972, long after Matthews was born.)     
1977:  Bubba Sparxxx (real name Warren Mathis) was born in LeGrange, Georgia.

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

This Date in Rock Music History: March 5

1955:  Johnny Ace had the top R&B song for the fourth week with "Pledging My Love".
1957:  Disc jockey Alan Freed was a guest on To Tell the Truth on CBS-TV.
1959:  Bobby Darin recorded "Dream Lover".

1960:  Elvis Presley left active duty in the United States Army at Fort Dix, New Jersey.  Presley, who attained the rank of buck sergeant, was given a commendation by Tennessee Senator Carey Estes Kefauver that was entered into the congressional record.  (Note:  some websites, including the official Graceland website, inaccurately report that Presley was discharged from the Army on this date.  He left active service, but he was officially discharged from the Army Reserve on March 23,1964, according to the United States Army Center for Military History, the book 'American Military Heritage' by William W. Hartzog, as well as 'PBS'.)
1962:  The Marvelettes became the first Motown act to appear on The Ed Sullivan Show on CBS-TV.
1963:  The Beatles recorded "From Me To You" just five days after the song was written.  Originally, "Thank You Girl" was slated to be the single but once the group came up with the new song it was released with "Thank You Girl" moving to the "B" side of that 45.
1963:  Frankie Avalon was a guest on The Jack Benny Program on CBS-TV.
1965:  The Manish Boys, featuring a young David Bowie, released their first single "I Pity The Fool".
1966:  SSgt. Barry Sadler had the new #1 Adult song with "The Ballad Of The Green Berets".
1966:  The Rolling Stones were anxious to get to the top as "19th Nervous Breakdown" moved from #46 to #12.

  1966:  "The Ballad of the Green Berets" was the new #1 song, sending Nancy Sinatra backwards with "These Boots Are Made for Walkin'".  Lou Christie's former #1 "Lightnin' Strikes" was third with Herman's Hermits jumping from 13 to 4 with "Listen People".  The rest of the Top 10:  The Mamas and the Papas with their classic "California Dreamin'", Bob Lind's "Elusive Butterfly", Petula Clark was at #7 with "My Love", Stevie Wonder was down with "Uptight (Everything's Alright)", the 4 Seasons edged up with "Working My Way Back to You" and the Supremes' former #1--"My World Is Empty Without You" was #10.

1966:  So hot were Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass that they owned the top two albums, and very few in the Rock Era have ever done that.  Going Places took over at #1 from Whipped Cream & Other Delights, which was in its 43rd week.  Both were ahead of Rubber Soul by the Beatles.  The durable Soundtrack for "The Sound of Music" was #4 after 51 weeks while September of My Years from Frank Sinatra remained fifth.
1968:  Jerry Lee Lewis opened in Catch My Soul, the rock adaptation of Othello in Hollywood, California.
1968:  Syd Nathan, manager of King Records, which released albums by James Brown and Little Willie John, died of heart disease complicated by pneumonia in Miami Beach, Florida at the age of 63.  (Note:  several websites report that Nathan died on Miami, Florida.  According to the book 'King of the Queen City:  The Story of King Records' by Jon Hartley Fox, Nathan died in the coastal resort town of Miami Beach, not the city of Miami.)  
1969:  The first issue of Creem magazine was published.
1969:  Dusty Springfield collapsed while taping a show for television.

1971:  Led Zeppelin started out a new tour at Ulster Hall in Belfast, Northern Ireland and premiered their new song "Stairway To Heaven", as well as "Rock And Roll", "Black Dog" and "Going To California".  The tour was a "Thank-you" to fans who supported them from the beginning and concert tickets were the same price as they were from Led Zep's early days in 1968.
1973:  Michael Jeffrey, former manager of Jimi Hendrix, was one of 68 people killed in a plane crash over Nantes, France.
1974:  Smokey Robinson was a guest star on Police Story on NBC-TV.
1977:  Glen Campbell enjoyed a fourth week at #1 on the Adult chart with "Southern Nights".

  ABBA was finally conquering the U.S. as it had the rest of the world..

1977:  Barbra Streisand registered her third career #1 with "Evergreen" as the Eagles surrendered with "New Kid In Town".  Steve Miller was up to #3 with "Fly Like An Eagle", Kenny Nolan's "I Like Dreamin'" was next and Manfred Mann's Earth Band was down to #5 with their former #1.  The rest of the Top 10:  "Night Moves" from Bob Seger, ABBA had their second Top 10 with "Dancing Queen", Al Stewart jumped into the Top 10 with "Year Of The Cat", newcomer Mary MacGregor fell with "Torn Between Two Lovers" and Barry Manilow remained at #10 with "Weekend In New England".
1979:  MCA Records, which had recently acquired ABC Records, dissolved their new family member and absorbed ABC into MCA.
1982:  John Belushi, noted comedian for Saturday Night Live and part of the project the Blues Brothers ("Gimme' Some Lovin'"), died from drugs at the Chateau Marmont Hotel in Los Angeles at age 33.
1983:  Wham!  made their television debut in the United States on the ABC-TV show American Bandstand.
1983:  "Billie Jean" by Michael Jackson was top dog on the R&B chart for the fourth consecutive week.
1983:  After the Fire had one of the hot new songs as "Der Kommissar" moved from 55 to 31.

                           The Stray Cats were back with another hit...

1983:  Michael Jackson moved to #1 with "Billie Jean", just ahead of the great song "Shame On The Moon" by Bob Seger & the Silver Bullet Band.  The Stray Cats held steady with "Stray Cat Strut".  The only new Top 10 was the Pretenders song "Back On The Chain Gang".

 1984:  Music Directors at radio stations were beginning to see that this was going to be a great year in music.  The Cars released the single "You Might Think".

                                             Gloria Estefan's new song...

1988:  George Michael once again had the #1 song with "Father Figure".  Rick Astley was up to #2 with "Never Gonna' Give You Up".  Patrick Swayze and Wendy Fraser were motionless with "She's Like The Wind" with former Go-Go Belinda Carlisle moving from 8 to 4 with "I Get Weak".  The rest of the Top 10:  The Pet Shop Boys & Dusty Springfield with "What Have I Done to Deserve This?", Gloria Estefan & Miami Sound Machine were up to #6 in their 16th week with "Can't Stay Away From You", David Lee Roth had a solo hit with "Just Like Paradise", Richard Marx had his third consecutive Top 10 to begin his career with "Endless Summer Nights", Michael Jackson shot up from 17 to 9 with his 27th career solo hit, and his 13th in the last four years ("Man In The Mirror") and Cher moved to #10 with "I Found Someone".
1988:  Faith by George Michael remained as the album to beat for the sixth week.  The Soundtrack to "Dirty Dancing" was next with Kick from INXS third.

"Refugee", one of the gems on 'Tom Petty's Greatest Hits'...

1994:  Music Box by Mariah Carey returned to #1 on the Album chart for the third time and a seventh total week at #1. That meant a short stay for Toni Braxton's self-titled debut.  Other albums of note:  The Counting Crows were at #7 with August and Everything After, Celine Dion was up to #8 with The Colour of My Love, Ace of Base cracked the Top 10 with The Sign and Greatest Hits from Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers was #10.

1994:  Celine Dion remained at #1 for the fourth week with "The Power Of Love".  Ace of Base was patiently waiting with "The Sign" while Salt 'N' Pepa and En Vogue combined for #3--"Whatta' Man".
2000:  Hammer (the album Please Hammer Don't Hurt 'Em) locked himself in a makeshift jail in San Jose, California to protest Proposition 21, California's "Juvenile Crime Initiative", that would give police the power to define groups of four or more people as a "gang".
2001:  Michael "Smitty" Smith, original drummer of Paul Revere & the Raiders was found dead of natural causes in Kona, Hawai'i.
2001:  Paul Stanley of Kiss was given divorce papers by his wife, Pamela Bowen.

2002:  Brandy released the album Full Moon.
2003:  Donatella Versace announced that the company's new clothing line was inspired by Christina Aguilera, who would be their new spokeswoman.
2004:  Paul McCartney's wealth was estimated at $1.3 billion, more than Elton John, Mick Jagger and Madonna combined.  That shouldn't surprise anyone given how good the Beatles were and how good McCartney continued to be with Wings and as a solo artist.  What it does do is tell you the separation between the Beatles and everyone else is immense.
2005:  Brian "Head" Welch, who left Korn, was baptised in the famous Jordan River in Israel.
2005:  Nick Carter of the Backstreet Boys was arrested in Huntington Beach, California for driving under the influence.

2006:  Corinne Bailey Rae's self-titled album was #1 in the U.K.
2007:  "Satisfaction" by the Rolling Stones and the incredible Graceland album by Paul Simon, along with "Blue Suede Shoes" by Carl Perkins and "Be My Baby" by the Ronettes, were chosen by the United States Library of Congress for preservation by the National Recordings Registry, which preserved the works for future generations.
2008:  Lou Pearlman, who was behind the success of 'N Sync and the Backstreet Boys, pleaded guilty to a $300m fraud scheme.  Pearl admitted in a Florida court that he had been running scams that defrauded investors and major banks for more than 20 years.  Pearlman faced up to 25 years in federal prison and a $1 million fine.

Born This Day:
1939:  Tommy Tucker ("Hi-Heel Sneakers" from 1964) was born in Springfield, Ohio; died January 22, 1982 in Newark, New Jersey.
1946:  Murray Head ("Superstar" from 1971 and "One Night In Bangkok" from 1985) was born in London.
1948:  Eddy Grant ("Electric Avenue" from 1983) was born in Plaisance, Guyana.
1952:  Alan Clark, keyboardist for Dire Straits, was born in Great Lumley, County Durham, England.
1956:  Teena Marie ("Lovergirl") was born in Santa Monica, California.

1958:  Andy Gibb, superstar singer-songwriter, host of Solid Gold on television and the younger brother of the Bee Gees, was born in Manchester, England; died March 10, 1988 of myocarditis, an inflammation of the heart muscle caused by a recent viral infection, brought on by years of cocaine use, in Oxford, England.
1962:  Craig and Charlie Reid of the Proclaimers "I'm Gonna' Be (500 Miles)", were born in Leith, Edinburgh, Scotland.

1970:  John Frusciante, elite guitarist, singer-songwriter with the Red Hot Chili Peppers, was born in Queens, New York.  (Note:  some websites report that Frusciante was born in New York City, but according to the book 'Guitar Gods:  The 25 Players who Made Rock History' by Bob Gulla, John was born in Queens.)

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

This Date in Rock Music History: March 4

1959:  Peter Gunn by Henry Mancini won Album of the Year at the first Grammy Awards.  "Volare" by Domenico Modugno took Record of the Year honors.
1964:  The Rolling Stones performed the Buddy Holly song "Not Fade Away" on Top of the Pops on BBC-TV.  (Note:  numerous websites state that this occurred on February 27, with some saying the show aired on March 10.  'Top of the Pops' did not air on either February 27 or March 10--the show aired on Wednesday nights, on February 5, 12, 19 and 26 and March 4, 11, 18 and 25.  '' and other sources confirm that the correct date is March 4.)
1967:  The Spencer Davis Group announced the Steve Winwood and his brother Muff were leaving the group following their concert on April 2.  (Note:  one website lists this date as March 11.  Although there are no credible sources for either date, our best research indicates that the group made this announcement on March 4.)
1967:  The Rolling Stones weren't breaking up--they had their 16th hit and fourth #1 with "Ruby Tuesday".  

1967:  It was Monkees Mania as the group had dominated the Album chart for 17 weeks, 13 with their self-titled debut and now four with More of the Monkees.  The Rolling Stones tried to do something about it, rising above the rest of the competition to move from 21-3 with Between the Buttons.  The Stones, however, wouldn't top the Monkees with this effort.
1968:  Simon & Garfunkel were in concert at Usher Hall in Edinburgh, Scotland.
1968:  Eddie Kendricks and Otis Williams of the Temptations were involved in a serious car crash that sent both to a hospital in Somerset, Pennsylvania.  (Note:  several websites state that the two were sent to a hospital in Sommerset, Pennsylvania.  There is no such town or township.  The correct spelling of the borough is Somerset.)
1969:  Sonny & Cher celebrated the birth of daughter Chastity.

"Gimme Shelter", one of the hottest rocks for the Rolling Stones...

1972:  We loved the new sound of Don McLean; his American Pie topped the Album chart for the seventh week.  The Concert for Bangla Desh by George Harrison and Music from Stanley, Idaho's Carole King, swapped spots while Yes held tight to #4 with Fragile.  Hot Rocks 1964-1971, the compilation album by the Rolling Stones was next.  The rest of the Top 10:  Nilsson Schmillson from Nilsson, Faces were at #7 with A Nod Is As Good As A Wink...To a Blind Horse, Led Zeppelin IV was moving back up now, the debut solo album from Paul Simon moved from 15 to 9 and Bread's solid album Baby I'm-A Want You moved into the Top 10.
1972:  "Without You" by Nilsson led the way for the fourth week on the Adult chart.

                           One of 11 Top 5 songs for the Carpenters...

1972:  Nilsson towered over the competition with "Without You", spending a third week at #1.  The Carpenters would have to settle for a solid #2 this time with "Hurting Each Other".  Climax remained third with "Precious And Few", the Osmonds edged up with "Down By The Lazy River" and Bread was up to 5 with "Everything I Own".  The rest of the Top 10:  Robert John's remake of the Tokens classic "The Lion Sleeps Tonight", Neil Young moved from 13 to 7 with "Heart of Gold", Al Green's big hit "Let's Stay Together", Stanley, Idaho's Carole King with "Sweet Seasons" and T. Rex invaded the Top 10 with "Bang a Gong (Get It On)".
1976:  Hall & Oates recorded "Rich Girl".
1977:  The Rolling Stones recorded the album Love You Live on March 4 and 5 in two unannounced dates at the El Mocambo Tavern in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
1978:  The Internal Revenue Service in the United States carried out a dawn raid at Jerry Lee Lewis's home and took over $170,000 worth of cars to pay of a tax debt.
1978:  For a fifth week, "(What A) Wonderful World" by Art Garfunkel, James Taylor and Paul Simon was the #1 Adult song.
1978:  England Dan & John Ford Coley moved from 70 to 50 with "We'll Never Have To Say Goodbye Again".

                                               Newcomer Samantha Sang...

1978:  Andy Gibb and the Bee Gees swapped places with "(Love Is) Thicker Than Water" taking over for "Stayin' Alive" at #1, the only time in the Rock Era that one brother has taken over at #1 from another.  Dan Hill moved into position with "Sometimes When We Touch", Samantha Sang and the Bee Gees were at #4 with "Emotion" and "Night Fever" from the Bee Gees moved from 8-5.  This was the closest that anyone has ever gotten to the magical time of 1964 when the Beatles had the top five songs.  The Bee Gees had two this week and wrote two others.

         "Wonderful Tonight" by Eric Clapton helped fuel sales of 'Slowhand'.

1978:  Magical times in music.  Rumours by Fleetwood Mac had just set the Rock Era record of 31 weeks at #1 on the Album chart and the LP that supplanted it, the "Saturday Night Fever" Soundtrack, was generating huge sales and seven weeks at #1.  Billy Joel's superb album The Stranger, which sent him on his way towards superstar status, was second.  Jackson Browne was up to 3 with Running on Empty while Queen's News of the World trailed.  The rest of the Top 10:  Slowhand from Eric Clapton, Styx remained sixth with The Grand Illusion, Earth, Wind & Fire were on the way down with All 'N All, Steely Dan's magnificent Aja, Rod Stewart tripped with Foot Loose & Fancy Free and George Benson's live Weekend in L.A. was generating the buzz.
1979:  Randy Jackson of the Jackson Five broke both legs in a car accident, then almost died in the hospital emergency room when a nurse inadvertently injected him with methadone.

1986:  Howard Greenfield, songwriter who teamed with Neil Sedaka to write "Breaking Up Is Hard To Do" and "Calendar Girl", wrote "Crying In The Rain" with Carole King, and also composed the theme to the popular television show Bewitched, died of complications from AIDS in Los Angeles at age 49.
1986:  Richard Manuel of the Band committed suicide in Winter Park, Florida at age 41.

1989:  "The Living Years" by Mike + the Mechanics was the #1 Adult Contemporary song for the third consecutive week.
1989:  Eighteen year-old Debbie Gibson moved into the top spot overall with "Lost In Your Eyes".  Sheena Easton was next with "The Lover In Me", former #1 "Straight Up" finally relinquished its spot after three weeks and Mike & the Mechanics moved from 9 to 4 with "The Living Years".
1992:  The Red Hot Chili Peppers were in concert at The Hummingbird in Birmingham, England.
1993:  She even had a child with him.  Whitney Houston gave birth to Bobby Brown's daughter Bobbi Kristina Houston Brown.

1993:  Patti Labelle was awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
1995:  "Candy Rain" by Soul for Real topped the R&B chart.

                                               "I Alone" from Live...

1995:  Garth Brooks was as hot as anyone in the world and nearly as hot as anyone has ever been--his new compilation The Hits topped the Album chart for an eighth week.  Boyz II Men remained ready with II and Dookie from Green Day was still at #3 after 54 weeks.  Van Halen fell down with Balance while the album Eagles' fans had been waiting for for 15 years, Hell Freezes Over, was out and doing well.  The rest of the Top 10:  Cracked Rear View from Hootie & the Blowfish, TLC was generating excitement with Crazy SexyCool, newcomer Live had the amazing album Throwing Copper which moved from 12-8, the Cranberries held still with No Need To Argue and Pearl Jam's Vitalogy stood 10th.
2001:  Glenn Hughes of the Village People died of lung cancer in his apartment in Manhattan, New York at age 50.  (Note:  MTV reports that Hughes was 51, but Hughes was born July 18, 1950, meaning he was 50 at the time of his death.  The newspapers 'The New York Times', 'The Los Angeles Times', and 'The Guardian' all confirm that Hughes was 50.)
2001:  Shaggy and Rikrok had the #1 song in the U.K. with "It Wasn't Me".
2009:  Britney Spears began her first world tour in five years at the New Orleans Arena in Louisiana.

2011:  Johnny Preston ("Running Bear" from 1959) died at the age of 71 of heart failure in Beaumont, Texas.

Born This Day:

1925:  Paul Mauriat, arranger and conductor ("Love Is Blue" from 1968), was born in Marseille, France; died November 3, 2006 in Perpignan, France.
1936:  Eric Allendale, songwriter and trombonist of the Foundations ("Build Me Up Buttercup") was born in Dominica, West Indies; died August 23, 2001 after suffering a stroke in 1999.

1944:  Bobby Womack ("Lookin' For A Love" from 1974) was born in Cleveland, Ohio; died June 27, 2014 in Tarzana, California.

1948:  Shakin' Stevens (real name Michael Barratt), who scored numerous hits in the U.K. such as the #1 songs "This Ole House" and "Green Door" from 1981, was born in Ely, Cardiff, Wales.
1948:  Chris Squire, bass guitarist for Yes ("Owner Of A Lonely Heart" from 1984), was born in London.

1950:  Emilio Estefan, musician and producer of Miami Sound Machine and husband of Gloria Estefan, was born in Santiago de Cuba, Cuba.
1951:  Chris Rea ("Fool if You Think It's Over" from 1978) was born in Middlesbrough, England.
1951:  Pete Haycock, singer and guitarist with the Climax Blues Band and later a reorganized ELO, was born in Stafford, Staffordshire, England; died October 30, 2013 of a suspected heart attack in Frankfurt, Germany.
1954:  St. Clair L. Palmer of Sweet Sensation ("Sad Sweet Dreamer" from 1975) was born in St. Kitts, British West Indies.
1955:  Boon Gould, founding member and guitarist of Level 42, was born in Shanklin, Isle of Wight.

1963:  Jason Newsted, bassist of Metallica from 1986-2001, was born in Battle Creek, Michigan.
1967:  Evan Dando, guitarist and lead vocalist of the Lemonheads, was born in Boston, Massachusetts.
1971:  Fergal Lawlor, drummer and co-founder of the Cranberries, was born in Limerick, Ireland.