Wednesday, October 17, 2012

ROCK HISTORY - IT HAPPENED ON OCTOBER 17

Manfred Mann
Born on this day:
1968, Ziggy Marley, singer, guitarist
1969, Wyclef Jean, vocals, Fugees

Rock Pills:
1964, Manfred Mann started a two-week run at #1 on the U.S. singles chart with “Do Wah Diddy Diddy,” possibly the first #1 with a nonsense song title. Also a #1 in the U.K., the song was first released by the U.S. group The Exciters.

1970, The Jackson Five started a five-week run at #1 on the U.S. singles chart with “I’ll Be There.” The group’s fourth #1 of 1970, it made #4 in the U.K. Motown Records claimed the group had sold over 10 million records during this year.

1987, The Bee Gees became the only group to have a U.K. #1 single in each of the three decades, (’60s, ’70s and ’80s), when “You Win Again” went to #1 on the U.K. singles chart. It was the brothers’ fifth and last #1.

1991, American singer and television presenter Tennessee Ernie Ford died of liver failure. He had the 1955 U.S. and U.K. #1 hit with his version of the Merle Travis song “Sixteen Tons.” In the ’60s, he hosted a talk show, The Tennessee Ernie Ford Show on the ABC television network.

1995, Sting’s former accountant Keith Moore was sentenced to six years in jail after being found guilty of embezzling £6 million from the singer’s 108 bank accounts.

Levy Stubbs
1999, Thomas Durden died at age 79. He wrote the lyrics to “Heartbreak Hotel.” Durden read a newspaper account of a man who had committed suicide, the man had left a note saying, “I walk a lonely street.” Durden used the phrase as the basis for “Heartbreak Hotel.”

2000, A flat in Montague Sq. London, which was once owned during the ’60s by Ringo Starr, went on the market for £575,000. The two-bedroom, two-story property was also home for Jimi Hendrix, John Lennon and Yoko Ono and Paul McCartney during the ’60s.

2008, Four Tops singer Levi Stubbs died at his Detroit home at age 72. Stubbs had been in ill health since being diagnosed with cancer in 1995, and a stroke and other health problems led him to stop touring in 2000. The group signed with Motown Records in 1963 and produced 20 Top 40 hits over the following 10 years, making music history with other acts in Berry Gordy's Motown stable.

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