Here’s what happened on October 10th in rock history, from the home of music and games, Rock My World.
- 1902, The Gibson Mandolin guitar company was formed. Gibson’s first electric guitar the ES-150 was produced in 1936, and in 1946 Gibson introduced the P-90 single coil pickup, which was eventually used on the first Les Paul model made in 1952.
- 1939, The real Eleanor Rigby died in her sleep of unknown causes at the age of 44. The 1966 Beatles’ song that featured her name wasn’t written about her, as Paul McCartney’s first draft of the song named the character Miss Daisy Hawkins. Eleanor Rigby’s tombstone was noticed in the 1980s in the graveyard of St. Peter’s Parish Church in Woolton, Liverpool, a few feet from where McCartney and Lennon had met for the first time in 1957.
- 1956, Elvis Presley’s ‘Love Me Tender’ entered the US chart for a 19 week stay, peaking at No.1 for 5 weeks. The song, from Presley’s first film of the same name, was adapted from the tune “Aura Lee”, written in 1861.
- 1959, The Quarry Men played at the Casbah Coffee Club, Liverpool. Ken Brown, suffering from a heavy cold was unable to perform and after the show, an argument started when Paul McCartney said that Brown should not get a share of the performance fee since he had not performed. Lennon and Harrison side with McCartney and Brown quits The Quarry Men.
- 1970, Black Sabbath were at No.1 on the UK chart with their second album ‘Paranoid.’ The album which contains some of the band’s best-known signature songs, including the title track, ‘Iron Man’ and ‘War Pigs’ is now regarded as one of the classic Heavy Metal albums.
- 1970, The first issue of Sounds the British music paper was published. It was intended to be a weekly rival to titles such as Melody Maker and New Musical Express and was well known initially for giving away posters in the centre of the paper. Sounds closed on April 6, 1991.
- 1978, The second Stiff Records UK tour kicked off featuring; Wreckless Eric, Jona Lewie, Rachel Sweet, Lene Lovich and Micky Jupp. The UK tour was undertaken by train, and then continued on to the USA, without Jupp, who was afraid of flying.
- 1980, The funeral took place of Led Zeppelin‘s drummer John Bonham. ‘Bonzo’ was found dead at guitarists Jimmy Page’s house of what was described as asphyxiation, after inhaling his own vomit after excessive vodka consumption, (40 shots in 4 hours) aged 32.
- 1981, The Police went to No.1 on the UK album chart with ‘Ghost In The Machine’, the bands third No.1 LP.
- 1987, Whitesnake went to No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Here I Go Again’, a No.9 hit in the UK in 1987.
- 1992, R.E.M. scored their second UK No.1 album with ‘Automatic For The People’, featuring the singles ‘Drive’, ‘Everybody Hurts’, ‘Man On The Moon’ and ‘The Sidewinder Sleeps Tonight.’
- 2009, Pearl Jam went to No.1 on the US album chart with ‘Backspacer’, the group’s ninth studio album.
- 2013, Paul McCartney and his band surprised New Yorkers by performing songs from his “New” album in a short impromptu free concert to roughly 3,000 people on a long truck parked in the middle of Times Square.
Born on this day:
- 1945, Born on this day, Alan Cartwright, Procol Harum, (1967 UK No.1 & US No.5 single ‘ A Whiter Shade Of Pale’)
- 1945, Born on this day, Jerry Lacroix, Blood Sweat & Tears, (1969 US No.12 & UK No. 35 single ‘You’ve Made Me So Very Happy’).
- 1952, Born on this day, Sharon Osbourne, wife of Ozzy and star of MTV The Osbournes TV Show.
- 1955, Born on this day, David Lee Roth, vocals, Van Halen (1984 US No.1 & UK No.7 single ‘Jump’) & solo, (1988 UK No.27 single ‘Just Like Paradise’).
- 1955, Born on this day, Midge Ure, guitarist, singer, songwriter. First joined Slik, (1976 UK No.1 ‘Forever And Ever’), Rich Kids, (1978 UK No.24 ‘Rich Kids’), Ultravox, (1981 UK No.2 ‘Vienna’), Band Aid, (1985 UK No.1 ‘Do They Know It’s Christmas?’) & solo (1985 UK No.1 ‘If I Was’).
- 1960, Born on this day, Eric Martin, singer, Mr. Big, (1992 US No.1 & UK No.3 single ‘To Be With You’).
- 1961, Born on this day, Martin Kemp, bass, Spandau Ballet, (1983 UK No.1 single ‘True’, plus 16 other UK Top 40 singles). He is the brother of Gary who he appeared with in the British film The Krays.
- 1967, Born on this day, Mike Malinin, guitar, vocals, Goo Goo Dolls, (1999 UK No. 26 single ‘Iris’, 2002 US No.3 album ‘Gutterflower’).