martes, 8 de noviembre de 2011

October 25th: On this Day In Music History

1958, Cliff Richard made his British radio debut on the BBC's 'Saturday Club.'
1963, The Beatles kicked off their first tour of Sweden by playing two shows at Nya Aulan, Sundstavagen, Karlstad, Sweden. The local pop reviewer was not impressed, saying The Beatles should be grateful to their screaming fans for drowning out the group's terrible performance, adding that The Beatles "were of no musical importance whatsoever and that their local support group, The Phantoms, decidedly outshone them."
1964, The Rolling Stones appeared for the first time on The Ed Sullivan Show from New York, performing 'Around And Around' and 'Time Is On My Side'. A riot breaks out in the studio, prompting Sullivan's infamous quote, "I promise you they'll never be back on our show again." The Rolling Stones went on to make a further five appearances on Sullivan's show between 1965 and '69.
1967, The Who, Tremeloes, Traffic, Herd and Marmalade all appeared at Sheffield City Hall, England.
1968, Led Zeppelin play a gig at Surrey University, England. Although there are unconfirmed reports of earlier shows, this appears to be the band's first gig with their new name after initially performing as The New Yardbirds. In 2003 a poster for the Surrey gig (billing the group as The New Yardbirds) sells at auction for £2,400.
1968, The double album 'Electric Ladyland' by the Jimi Hendrix Experience was released. It was also made available as two albums with changed artwork after complaints about the naked women who were pictured on the sleeve. The female models were each paid £5 for the photo shoot and another £5 if they posed completely naked.
1969, 'Sugar Sugar' by The Archies was at No.1 on the UK singles chart. It stayed at the top for eight weeks, and was also No.1 in the US, selling over six million copies worldwide. The Archies were a rock group based on comic book characters.
1970, Speaking at a US radio conference, President Nixon asked programmers to ban all songs containing drug references.
1973, The Osmonds appeared at the Apollo Glasgow, Scotland during a UK tour.
1974, Al Green was taking a shower at his Memphis home when his ex-girlfriend Mary Woodson burst in and poured boiling hot grit over him. She then shot herself dead. Green suffered second degree burns.
1975, Art Garfunkel was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with his version of 'I Only Have Eyes For You.' Written in 1934 for the film Dames the song was a No.2 hit for Ben Selvin in 1934 and most notably a hit for The Flamingos in 1959.
1979, Bob Marley and The Wailers played the first of four sold out nights at the Apollo Theater in Harlem, New York City, New York.
1980, Barbra Streisand scored her fourth US No.1 album with 'Guilty.' Also on this day Streisand started a three week run at No.1 on the UK singles chart with a song written by the Bee Gees, 'Woman In Love', the singers only UK No.1.
1980, New Order played their debut gig at The Squat in Manchester, England.
1985, R.E.M. The Smiths and Tom Waits all appeared on The Tube, at Tyne Tree Television Studios, Newcastle, England.
1986, Bon Jovi went to No.1 on the US album chart with 'Slippery When Wet'. Featuring two US No.1 singles, 'You Give Love A Bad Name' and 'Livin' On A Prayer'. The album went on to sell over 8 million copies world wide.
1986, Cyndi Lauper started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'True Colours.'
1986, Dire Straits guitarist, singer Mark Knopfler broke his collarbone after crashing in a celebrity car race before the Australian Grand Prix.
1989, Nirvana and Tad appeared at the Duchess Of York, Leeds, England. The two acts were on the third night of their debut European tour.
1993, During a US tour Tears For Fears appeared at The Aladdin Theatre, Las Vegas, with support band Radiohead.
1997, After falling over on stage when reaching for a guitar pick, Johnny Cash announced during a gig in Michigan that he was suffering from Parkinson's disease.
1997, The Spice Girls went to No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Spice Up Your Life'. Taken from their second album 'Spiceworld' the single set new record, making them the only act to have their first five singles reach No.1.
1998, The Beautiful South went to No.1 on the UK album chart with 'Quench.'
1999, Badly Drawn Boy kicked off an 8-date UK tour at the Princess Charlotte, Leicester.
2001, 13 law firms were still involved in claims to Grateful Dead's guitarist Jerry Garcia's $10m estate six years after his death. Former wives & girlfriends continued to fight on how to distribute his estate and annual royalties of $4.6m.
2007, Three workers building the set for an Akon outdoor show at Emory University in Atlanta were taken to hospital after a canopy fell on top of them. The concert was later cancelled
2009, Alexandra Burke went to No.1 on the UK album chart with 'Overcome' the singer's debut album.
October 25th: Born on this day
1941, Born on this day, Helen Reddy, US singer, songwriter, (1975 US No.1 & UK No.5 single 'Angie Baby'). Cher had previously turned down the song.
1944, Born on this day, Jon Anderson, vocals, Warriors, Yes, (1983 UK No.28 & US No.1 single 'Owner Of A Lonely Heart').
1944, Born on this day, Taffy Danoff, Starland Vocal Band, (1976 US No.1 & UK No.18 single 'Afternoon Delight').
1947, Born on this day, John Hall, The Equals, (1968 UK No.1 & US No.32 single 'Baby Come Back').
1948, Born on this day, Glenn Tipton, guitar, Judas Priest, (1980 UK No.12 single 'Living After Midnight', 1980 UK No.4 album 'British Steel').
1950, Born on this day, Chris Norman, Smokie, (1975 UK No.3 single 'If You Think You Know How To Love Me').
1951, Born on this day, Richard Lloyd, guitar, vocals, Television, (1977 single and album 'Marquee Moon').
1955, Born on this day, Matthias Jabs, The Scorpions, (1991 UK No.2 single 'Wind Of Change').
1960, Born on this day, Christina Amphlett, vocals, The Divinyls, (1991 US No.4 & UK No.10 single, 'I Touch Myself').
1962, Born on this day, Chad Smith, drummer, Red Hot Chili Peppers, (1992 UK No.26 single 'Under The Bridge', 2002 UK No.1 album 'By The Way').
1963, Born on this day, John Leven, Europe, (1986 UK No.1 single 'The Final Countdown').
1965, Born on this day, Nick Thorp, Curiosity Killed The Cat, (1989 UK No.14 single 'Name And Number').
1968, Born on this day, Todd Thomas, (speech, Arrested Development, 1992 UK No.2 single 'People Everyday').
1970, Born on this day, Ed Robertson, guitar, Barenaked Ladies, (1998 US No.1 & UK No.5 single 'One Week').
1984, Born on this day, Katy Perry, American singer-songwriter, 2008 single 'I Kissed a Girl' was a worldwide hit topping the charts in over than 20 countries.
1985, Born on this day, Ciara Princess Harris, US singer, songwriter, record producer, (2004 US No.1 single 'Goodies', 2006 US No.1 album Ciara: The Evolution). 
 Died on this day
1985, actor and singer Gary Holton died of a drug overdose. Member of The Heavy Metal Kids, and one half of the duo Casino Steel. Appeared in the film Quadrophenia and UK TV's Auf Wiedersehen Pet.
1992, Roger Miller died of died of lung and throat cancer in hospital in Los Angeles. Scored the 1965 UK No.1 & US No.4 single 'King Of The Road'. Miller won eleven Grammy Awards as a songwriter and seven Tony awards for writing the music and lyrics for Big River. The Proclaimers had the 1990 UK No.9 hit with their version of 'King Of The Road.'
1993, American bassist Howie Blauvelt died of a heart attack. Had been a member of The Ram Jam Band and worked with Billy Joel in The Hassles and El Primo.
2000, William Martin drummer with Sam The Sham & the Pharaohs died of a heart attack. The quintessential Tex-Mex band of the 1960s, had the 1965 US No.2 & UK No.11 single 'Wooly Bully'.
2004, John Peel died in Cuzco, Peru of a heart attack, aged 65. He was BBC's longest-serving radio DJ and the first DJ to introduce The Ramones, Roxy Music, The Smiths, The Fall, Rod Stewart, Blur, the Sex Pistols, T. Rex and others to the masses. He founded Dandelion Records in 1969, which released records by Kevin Coyne, Bridget St John and Medicine Head. He was also known for his 'Peel Sessions', releases of live radio sessions. Peel was appointed an OBE in 1998.

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