Sunday, October 21, 2012


Born on this day
1940, Manfred Mann, keyboards
1941, Steve Cropper, guitarist, Booker T and the MG's
1946, Lux Interior singer, The Cramps
1957, Julian Cope, guitar, vocals, Teardrop Explodes, solo

Rock Pills
1965, Bill Black, Elvis Presley's bass player from 1954-‘57, died four months after receiving surgery to remove a brain tumor. He was 39. With guitarist Scotty Moore and Elvis on rhythm, Black played on “That's All Right (Mama),” “Heartbreak Hotel,” “Baby Let's Play House,” “Mystery Train,” “Hound Dog” and “Jailhouse Rock.” Black, Moore and drummer D. J. Fontana toured extensively during Elvis’ early career. After leaving Elvis, Black formed Bill Black's Combo.

1967, Scottish singer Lulu started a five-week run at #1 on the US singles chart with the theme from the film “To Sir with Love.”

1972, Chuck Berry started a two week run at #1 on the U.S. singles chart with “My Ding-A-Ling,” his first and only U.S. and U.K. #1, which came 17 years after his first charting hit.

1976, Keith Moon played his last show with The Who at the end of a North American tour at Maple Leaf Gardens, Toronto. On September 7, 1978, Moon died from an overdose of the sedative Heminevrin, which had been prescribed to prevent seizures induced by alcohol withdrawal.

1978, The Clash sacked manager Bernie Rhodes, saying the band and record company “found him hard to deal with.” Melody Maker journalist Caroline Coon took his place.

1992, George Michael took Sony Records to court in a fight over his contract with the company; he lost the case in 1994. Michael worked with Sony again less than 10 years later.

1995, Green Day singer Billie Joe Armstrong was arrested and fined $141 after mooning the audience during a gig in Milwaukee.

1997, Elton John's “Candle in the Wind '97” was declared by the Guinness Book Of Records as the biggest selling single record of all time with 31.8 million sales in less than 40 days. The song raised more than £20 million for charity.

Amy Lee
2001, Concerts at Madison Square Garden and RFK stadium in Washington were expected to raise millions for the victims of the September 11th attacks. Stars who appeared included Michael Jackson, Tom Petty, Aerosmith, NSYNC, P Diddy, James Brown, Paul McCartney, David Bowie, Eric Clapton, The Who and Elton John.

2006, Evanescence were at #1 on the U.S. album chart with their second album The Open Door. It became the 700th #1 album in Billboard since the chart became a weekly feature in 1956.

2006, American musician, singer, songwriter and drummer, Sandy West, died. Along with Joan Jett, West was a founding member of the all-girl group The Runaways.

2007, Kid Rock and five members of his entourage were arrested after an argument with a man escalated into a fight in a restaurant in Atlanta, Georgia. Rock’s tour bus was pulled over by police after it left the scene. He was released after posting $1,000 bail. Rock also had the #1 album on the U.S. chart with Rock N Roll Jesus, his eleventh album release and first to debut at the top of the chart.

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