Monday, October 8, 2012

ROCK HISTORY - IT HAPPENED ON OCTOBER 8

U2
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1964 Roy Orbison: 'Oh Pretty Woman' UK 45
1977 David Soul: 'Silver Lady' UK 45
1988 U2: 'Desire' UK 45
1988 Def Leppard : Love Bites : US 45
1994 R.E.M : Monster : UK LP
2006 The Killers : Sam’s Town : UK LP

Births
1934 Doc Green (Drifters)
1942 Buzz Clifford
1945 Ray Royer (Procol Harum)
1950 Robert 'Kool' Bell (Kool and the Gang)
1951 Johnny Ramone (Ramones)

Miscellany
1957 Jerry Lee Lewis records 'Great Balls of Fire' at Sun Studios, Memphis
1964 Roy Orbison becomes the first American to top UK singles chart since Elvis Presley on 1 August 1963
1966 Cream drummer Ginger Baker collapsed during a gig at Sussex University,
1976 Sex Pistols sign to EMI Records for £40,000
1980 Bob Marley collapses on stage during a Wailers concert in Pittsburgh - his last performance
1981 Madness begin UK tour in Bradford
1983 Tom Waits's 'Swordfish Trombone' hits UK LP chart
1987 Chuck Berry was awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
1987 The three members from ZZ Top made advance bookings for seats on the first passenger flight to the Moon. The boys are still waiting for confirmation of the trip.
Johnny Ramone
1988 Pink Floyd's ‘Dark Side Of The Moon’ finally left Billboard's Hot 200 Album Chart after a record breaking 741 weeks.
1988 Phil Collins scores his thirteenth consecutive American Top 10 hit as 'A Groovy Kind of Love' moves from No. 14 to No. 6
1992 The U.S. Postal Serviceissues a commemorative stamp booklet that includes rock legends Bill Haley, Buddy Holly, Elvis Presley and Ritchie Valens plus R&B stars Clyde McPhatter, Otis Redding and Dinah Washington.
1994 On pay-per-view television "A Tribute To Elvis" features U2,Chris Isaak, Iggy Pop, Melissa Etheridge, Cheap Trick, and Tony Bennett.

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