Wednesday, October 5, 2016

This Date in Rock Music History: October 6

1958:  "Rockin' Robin" by Bobby Day ("Rock-In Robin" on some 45's) was #1 on the R&B chart.
1958:  "Tom Dooley" by the Kingston Trio raced up from #83 to #37 on this date.
1962:  After their first single "Love Me Do" had been released the day before, the Beatles signed records at Dawson's Music Shop on Church Street in Widnes, Cheshire, England.  It was one of only three official autograph sessions the Beatles did in their career.  The four Beatles signed their names on the single's red and silver label.  Copies today are rare today and extremely valuable due to the limited duration of the signing.

1962:  "Sherry" by the 4 Seasons was the #1 R&B song.
1963:  The Yardbirds were in concert at Studio 51 at Leicester Square in London.
1964:  The Beatles recorded 13 takes of "Eight Days A Week" in two sessions at the EMI Studios on Abbey Road in London.  Afterwards, John Lennon, Paul McCartney, and Ringo Starr went to the Ad Lib Club in London, where they spent time with Mick Jagger, the Ronettes, and Cilla Black. 


1966:  The Supremes released the single "I Hear A Symphony".  (Note:  some websites show different dates for the release, but Mary Wilson, in her book 'Dreamgirl and Supreme Faith:  My Life as a Supreme' said the date of release was October 6.) 


 1967:  Police in San Francisco closed down the Matrix Club (3838 Fillmore) during a performance by Big Brother & the Holding Company.
1967:  The Jimi Hendrix Experience recorded a show for Top Gear on BBC Radio.  Stevie Wonder, who was also on the show, jammed with the group.

1969:  For the first time in the history of the Beatles, a George Harrison song was released as the featured song on a 45 ("Something").  It was released on October 31 in the U.K.

1969:  A great day for new singles--Three Dog Night released the single "Eli's Coming".

1969:  Blood, Sweat & Tears released the single 'And When I Die".

1973:  The great song "All I Know" by Art Garfunkel was the #1 Easy Listening song.

1973:  Eddie Kendricks' great R&B song "Keep On Truckin'" led the way in that genre.
1973:  Cher had the #1 song with "Half Breed".  Paul Simon moved to #2 with "Loves Me Like A Rock", Marvin Gaye's former #1 (Let's Get It On") was third followed by the previous #1 "We're An American Band" by Grand Funk.  The rest of the Top 10:  "Higher Ground" from Stevie Wonder, "That Lady" by the Isley Brothers, the Allman Brothers Band had their biggest hit with "Ramblin' Man", the Rolling Stones collected their 30th career hit and 15th Top 10 when "Angie" reached #8, Helen Reddy slipped with "Delta Dawn" and former Temptations member Eddie Kendricks said "Keep On Truckin'".

1978:  Benny Andersson and Frida Lyngstad of ABBA were married.
1979:  Lobo again had the #1 Adult Contemporary song with "Where Were You When I Was Falling In Love".
1979:  Michael Jackson registered a fifth week at #1 on the R&B chart with "Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough".

1979:  Robert John rose all the way to #1 with "Sad Eyes".  Michael Jackson moved into the #1 position with "Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough", Herb Alpert attempted to get his second career #1 song with "Rise", the previous #1 "My Sharona" from the Knack was #4 and the Commodores were back with "Sail On".  The rest of the Top 10:  Little River Band with "Lonesome Loser", Dionne Warwick remained at 7 with her comeback hit "I'll Never Love This Way Again", M's "Pop Muzik" moved into the Top 10, Earth, Wind & Fire's great ballad "After The Love Has Gone" was now #9 and Donna Summer continued her streak with her sixth consecutive Top 10 song--"Dim All The Lights".

                            Neil Young gets his fourth Top 10 album...

1979:  Led Zeppelin once again reigned high above the rest with one of The Top Albums of the Rock Era*--In Through the Out Door.  Get the Knack, the previous #1 from the Knack, was still at #2 with Bob Dylan remaining at #3 with Slow Train Coming.  The Commodores' Midnight Magic was working and Michael Jackson's breakthrough album Off the Wall scaled up to #5.  The rest of the Top 10:  Supertramp, in their 28th week with Breakfast In America, Chic's Risque, Foreigner's third album Head Games was up from #19 to #8, Rust Never Sleeps debuted in the list for Neil Young & Crazy Horse and First Under the Wire from the Little River Band was #10.
1980:  Johnny Lydon, ex frontman of the Sex Pistols, was arrested in Dublin, Ireland for his part in a barroom brawl.  Lydon was thrown in his cell at Mountjoy prison.

1981:  Journey released their great single "Don't Stop Believin'".

1981:  Don Henley and Stevie Nicks released their great collaboration "Leather And Lace".

1983:  Barry Manilow played a benefit concert at the Royal Albert Hall in London, attended by Prince Charles and Princess Diana.
 1984:  "Let's Go Crazy" from Prince was #1 on the R&B chart.

1984:  The Cars continued to own the #1 Adult Contemporary song with "Drive".
1984:  The count reached 10 for weeks at #1 for Prince's excellent Purple Rain album.  The previous #1 from Bruce Springsteen, Born in the U.S.A., however, had been in the Top Three every week since being dethroned and was not going away.  Sports by Huey Lewis & the News, itself a #1 album, was now moving back up after 53 weeks of release!  Private Dancer from Tina Turner was now at 4 and the Cars held steady with Heartbeat City.  So great were these five albums that they had made up the Top Five in various order for the past seven weeks.  Another note:  the debut album from Madonna reached the Top 10 for the first time--in its 58th week of release.

                       A second smash from Born in the U.S.A...

1984:  Prince remained on top with "Let's Go Crazy" as he had the #1 song, the #1 R&B song and the #1 album.  Stevie Wonder's 52nd career hit was now just one step away--"I Just Called To Say I Love You".  The Cars were in neutral with "Drive", John Waite dropped with "Missing You" and Cyndi Lauper was on her way down with "She Bop".  The rest of the Top 10:  Chicago reached the Top 10 with "Hard Habit To Break", Sheila E. was up to #7 with "The Glamorous Life", Madonna's "Lucky Star", Scandal was at #9 with "The Warrior" and Bruce Springsteen maintained with "Cover Me".
1990:  Paul Young made it three weeks in a row at #1 on the AC chart with his remake of the Chi-Lites tune "Oh Girl".
1990:  Pebbles climbed to the top of the R&B chart with "Giving You The Benefit".
1990:  The Righteous Brothers had the highest-debuting song ("Unchained Melody"), 25 years after it was a huge hit.

1990:  M.C. Hammer tied the "Dirty Dancing" Soundtrack and More of the Monkees with the 18th week at #1 on the Album chart for Please Hammer Don't Hurt 'Em.  That would rank #7 for the Rock Era but the Hammer wasn't done.  Wilson Phillips had one of the top #2 albums of the Rock Era with their debut, holding off Mariah Carey with a debut of her own.  Blaze of Glory/Young Guns II by Jon Bon Jovi was fourth but George Michael's masterpiece Listen Without Prejudice moved from 22 to 5.  The rest of the Top 10:  Bell Biv DeVoe with Poison, Queensryche and Empire, the "Graffiti Bridge" Soundtrack from Prince, the "Ghost" Soundtrack moved from 15 to 9 and Flesh & Blood from Poison came in #10.
1994:  Glenn Frey underwent colon surgery to relieve pain from an inflamed colon that had forced the Eagles to put their reunion tour on hold.

1996:  Faith Hill married Tim McGraw in a small family ceremony in Rayville, Louisiana.

1998:  Alabama earned a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame (7060 Hollywood Boulevard).
2004:  Rascal Flatts rose to #1 on the album chart with Feels Like Today.

Born This Day:
1917:  Bob Neal, early manager of Elvis Presley and who also managed Johnny Cash, was born in the Belgium Congo; died May 9, 1983 in Nashville, Tennessee.
1946:  Millie Small ("My Boy Lollipop") was born in Clarendon, Jamaica.
1949:  Thomas McClary, guitarist and singer of the Commodores, was born in Eustis, Florida.
1949:  Bobby Farrell of Boney M ("Rivers of Babylon") was born in Oranjestad, Aruba; died December 30, 2010 in his hotel room in St. Petersburg, Russia after a performance.

1951:  Kevin Cronin, lead singer and rhythm guitarist of REO Speedwagon, was born in Evanston, Illinois.
1954:  David Hidalgo, singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist of Los Lobos, was born in Los Angeles.
1961:  Tim Burgess, drummer of T'Pau, was born in Macclesfield, Cheshire, England.
1964:  Matthew Sweet, singer-songwriter, session musician, collaborater with numerous artists and actor (an extra in Terms of Endearment) was born in Lincoln, Nebraska.
1966:  Tommy Stinson, bassist of the Replacements and later Guns N' Roses, was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

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