Sunday, December 10, 2017

This Date in Rock Music History: October 28

1955:  Buddy Holly opened for Marty Robbins in Lubbock, Texas.
1956:  Elvis Presley returned to The Ed Sullivan Show for a second time and was presented with a Gold record for "Love Me Tender" by Sullivan.

  1956:  "Love Me Tender" by Elvis Presley was the new #1 song, enabling Elvis to become the first artist of the Rock Era to replace himself at #1.  The all-time double-sided smash "Don't Be Cruel"/"Hound Dog" had been #1 for 11 weeks.
1957:  A new star was introduced to us on this date.  Ray Charles first appeared on the chart as his first single "Swanee River Rock (Talkin' 'Bout That River)" debuted.
1957:  The Everly Brothers had the #1 song on the R&B chart with "Wake Up Little Susie".
1958:  Buddy Holly made his final major television appearance on American Bandstand, performing "It's So Easy" and "Heartbeat".
Teen Angel by Mark Dinning on Grooveshark
1959:  Mark Dinning released the single "Teen Angel".

1961:  While working as a clerk at a record store in Liverpool, England, Brian Epstein was asked by a customer (Raymond Jones) for a copy of "My Bonnie", the new single by a group called the Beatles.  After a second customer requested the record, Epstein ordered it and went to the Cavern Club to hear this group.  He later became their manager.
1962:  The Beatles played their first major concert at the Empire Theatre in Liverpool, England, opening for Little Richard.

1963:  The Beach Boys released the single "Be True to Your School".
1964:  The concert movie The T.A.M.I. Show was filmed in Santa Monica, California, featuring the Beach Boys, the Rolling Stones, the Supremes, Marvin Gaye, James Brown, Smokey Robinson & the Miracles, Jan & Dean and Chuck Berry.
1965:  The Supremes recorded "My World Is Empty Without You".
1967:  Buffalo Springfield were the guests on the popular television show Mannix on CBS.

1967:  Sam & Dave had the #1 song on the R&B chart with "Soul Man".
1967:  It was the time where many artists had accumulated enough hits to put out a greatest hits package.  Diana Ross and The Supremes' Greatest Hits was #1, with compilations from the Byrds at #6 and the Four Tops at #7.  Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band was moving back up for the Beatles at #2, The Doors was third with the previous #1 Ode to Billie Joe from Bobbie Gentry #4.  The rest of the Top 10:  Aretha Arrives from Aretha Franklin, the self-titled Vanilla Fudge at #8, Groovin' from the Young Rascals at #9 and Headquarters from the Monkees.

1967:  Lulu's "To Sir With Love" led three songs that are all still part of The Top 500 Songs of the Rock Era*.  "The Letter" from the Box Tops was #2 after serving four weeks at #1 and "Never My Love" from the Association was #3.  The competition each song faced from the others is crucial to a song being ranked high.  The Young Rascals had their great song "How Can I Be Sure" at #4.  The rest of the Top 10:  "Expressway To Your Heart" by the Soul Survivors, Vikki Carr's "It Must Be Him", Sam & Dave with "Soul Man", Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell had song #8--"Your Precious Love", another great song from Aretha Franklin--"A Natural Woman" (her 14th career hit and fourth Top 10) entered the list while Strawberry Alarm Clock went off from 19-10 with "Incense And Peppermints".

1972:  The United States Council for World Affairs adopted the song "Join Together" by the Who as its official theme.
1972:  The 5th Dimension reached #1 on the Easy Listening chart with "If I Could Reach You".
1972:  The Move debuted on the chart with their first single "Do Ya".  Soon after, they changed their name to the Electric Light Orchestra and "Do Ya" became a bigger hit in 1977.
1972:  The Spinners logged a third week at #1 with "I'll Be Around".
1972:  Johnny Nash moved from 20-5 with "I Can See Clearly Now", the highest new song in the Top 10.

1978:  Billy Joel released the single "My Life".
1978:  Queen opened their Jazz tour at the Dallas Convention Center in Dallas, Texas.

1978:  The movie KISS Meets the Phantom of the Park was televised by NBC.  (Note:  many websites incorrectly list the date as October 30.  The show was broadcast on the program 'Saturday Night at the Movies', as shown above.  In 1978, Saturday fell on October 28, not the 30th.)
1978:  Funkadelic held on to #1 for the fifth week on the R&B chart with "One Nation Under A Groove".
1978:  Gerry Rafferty's "Right Down The Line" was #1 on the Easy Listening chart for the third week.

1978:  Chicago moved from 63 to 40 with "Alive Again".

1978:  Canada's Nick Gilder finally wrested the crown away from Exile's "Kiss You All Over" (which dropped to #6) with "Hot Child In The City".  Anne Murray was one step away from her first #1 song with "You Needed Me" while Little River Band was up to #3 with "Reminiscing".  Donna Summer stood at #4 with "MacArthur Park" and Kenny Loggins had his biggest hit to date with "Whenever I Call You Friend", with help from friend Stevie Nicks.  The rest of the Top 10:  Foreigner was on a roll, moving from 13 to 7 with "Double Vision", John Paul Young was down after peaking at 7 with "Love Is In The Air", Ambrosia scored their first Top 10 with "How Much I Feel" and the former #1 "Boogie Oogie Oogie" from A Taste of Honey was song #10.
1978:  The "Grease" Soundtrack spent a 12th and final week at #1 on the Album chart.
1985:  Dionne Warwick & Friends (Elton John, Stevie Wonder and Gladys Knight) released the single "That's What Friends Are For".

1985:  John Mellencamp released the single "Small Town".  (Note:  some websites incorrectly report the release as November 2, the date the song debuted on the chart.  As those in the business know, it is physically impossible for a song to be released as a single and debut on the chart on the same day.)

Say You, Say Me by Lionel Richie on Grooveshark
1985:  Lionel Richie released the single "Say You, Say Me".
1985:  Bob Dylan released the boxed set Biograph.

1986:  The Pet Shop Boys re-released the single "West End Girls", a different version than the song released in 1984.

1987:  Sheena Easton was a guest on the television show Miami Vice.
1989:  Janet Jackson's Rhythm Nation 1814 took over as the #1 album.
1989:  Cher's new song was gaining acceptance--"Just Like Jesse James" moved from 90 to 61.
1989:  "Miss You Much" continued to rule the airwaves at #1 for Janet Jackson.  Tears for Fears had another big hit with "Sowing The Seeds Of Love" while Roxette looked like they had what it takes with "Listen To Your Heart" from the great Richard Gere & Julia Roberts movie Pretty Woman.  New Kids on the Block had #4 with "Cover Girl" while Aerosmith notched their third Top 10 song in 16 tries with "Love In An Elevator".  The rest of the Top 10:  Motley Crue and "Dr. Feelgood", Babyface moved up with "It's No Crime", Young MC with "Bust A Move", Bad English" rocked into the list from 15-9 with "When I See You Smile" and Bobby Brown had "Rock Wit'cha". 
1989:  Linda Ronstadt & Aaron Neville had the top Adult Contemporary song with their remake of the great Bill Medley song "Don't Know Much".

1991:  Richard Marx released his 10th single, getting help from Luther Vandross on this one--"Keep Coming Back".

Take a Bow by Madonna on Grooveshark
1994:  Madonna released the single "Take A Bow".
1995:  Coolio's great song "Gangsta's Paradise" from the remarkable movie Dangerous Minds was #1 in the U.K.
1995:  Mariah Carey had the #1 R&B song for the fifth consecutive week with "Fantasy".

           Shania Twain with her breakthough album...

1995:  Daydream by Mariah Carey was the top album.  Insomniac by Green Day debuted at #2 with Jagged Little Pill from Alanis Morissette sliding to #3--for now.  There really wasn't much competition at the time and Design of a Decade 1986/1996 by Janet Jackson debuted at #4.  The rest of the Top 10:  The "Dangerous Minds" Soundtrack, Cracked Rear View by Hootie & the Blowfish after 66 weeks of release, Starting Over from Reba McEntire, All I Want by Tim McGraw was #8, The Woman in Me from Shania Twain was up to #9 and the solid album CrazySexyCool by TLC was still in the group after 48 weeks.

      Sophie B. Hawkins had another Top 10

1995:  "Fantasy" by Mariah Carey was #1 for a fourth week in an excellent Top 10.  Coolio logged a fifth week at #2 with "Gangsta's Paradise" after being #1 for three weeks--impressive.  "Runaway" from Janet Jackson was #3 followed by the classic Seal song "Kiss From A Rose".  The rest of the Top 10:  Michael Jackson with the 25th and last Top 10 of his career "You Are Not Alone", Sophie B. Hawkins had #6--"As I Lay Me Down", Groove Theory's "Tell Me", Hootie & the Blowfish at #8 with "Only Wanna' Be With You", Take That entered the Top 10 for the first time with "Back For Good" and Natalie Merchant's solo hit "Carnival" was #10.

1997:  The Dave Matthews Band released their first live album Live at Red Rocks, footage of the group at the beautiful venue in Colorado.
1997:  Bill Berry, drummer with R.E.M., announced that he was leaving the group.
2001:  Mary J. Blige had a huge #1 hit with "Family Affair".
2003:  Paul McCartney and wife Heather Mills celebrated the birth of Beatrice Milly.
2003:  Allegations were made against P. Diddy about worker mistreatment at the sweatshop in Honduras that makes clothes for his Sean John line of clothing.

2003:  Mayor Mike Bloomberg of New York City named Jennifer Lopez the honorary chairwoman of a council to attract more Latin-based entertainers to the city.

2003:  Sting published the first portion of his autobiography Broken Music, which covered his childhood and time with the Police.
2003:  The musical Tonight's the Night, featuring the songs of Rod Stewart, opened in London's West End.
2003:  John Frusciante, guitarist of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Chris Cornell, Jack Johnson and ex-drummer Jack Irons joined Pearl Jam onstage in Santa Barbara, California for an impromptu reunion of Temple of the Dog.
2005:  In today's Inmates Run Rap Music segment, the artist who calls himself the Game was arrested in North Carolina and charged with disorderly conduct and resisting arrest.
2005:  In Part 2 of Inmates Run Rap Music, the producer of the rap group So Solid Crew was thrown in jail for murdering a love rival.
2006:  Rod Stewart achieved his fifth #1 album with Still the Same...Great Rock Classics of our Time.
2008:  Booker T. & the M.G.'s, the Crickets, the Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section and Al Kooper were inducted into the Musicians Hall of Fame in Nashville, Tennessee.
2009:  The posthumous movie release This Is It opened in theaters.  (Note:  several websites falsely report the opening as 2010.)

Born This Day:
1936:  Charlie Daniels was born in Wilmington, North Carolina.
1937:  Graham Bond of the Graham Bond Organization, which once included Jack Bruce and Ginger Baker, was born in Romford, Essex, England; committed suicide May 8, 1974 when he threw himself onto the track of a Piccadilly line train at Finsbury Park station in London.
1939:  Curtis Lee ("Pretty Little Angel Eyes") was born in Yuma, Arizona; died January 8, 2015 in San Diego, California of cancer.  (Note:  some websites report he died in Yuma, but according to the newspaper 'The Yuma Sun', Lee died while visiting a doctor in San Diego.)
1939:  Jim Post of Friend & Lover ("Reach Out Of The Darkness") was born in Houston, Texas.
1941:  Hank Marvin, whose guitar playing for the Shadows inspired Jimmy Page, Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck and Keith Richards to play the guitar, was born in Newcastle upon Tyne, England.
1941:  Curtis Lee ("Pretty Little Angel Eyes") was born in Yuma, Arizona.

1945:  Wayne Fontana (real name Glyn Geoffrey Ellis) of the Mindbenders ("Game Of Love" from 1965) was born in Manchester, Lancashire, England.
1947:  George Glover, who played keyboards and sang backing vocals for the Climax Blues Band beginning in 1980, was born in Stoke-on-Trent, England.
1948:  Telma Hopkins of Tony Orlando & Dawn was born in Louisville, Kentucky.
1948:  Ricky Reynolds of Black Oak Arkansas was born in Manilan, Arkansas.
1957:  Stephen Morris of Joy Division and New Order was born in Macclesfield, England.
1959:  Neville Henry of the Blow Monkeys ("Digging Your Scene")

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