Here’s what happened on October 12th in rock history, from the home of music and games, Rock My World.
- 1955, The Chrysler Corporation launched high fidelity record players for their 1956 line-up of cars. The unit measured about four inches high and less than a foot wide and mounted under the instrument panel. The seven inch discs spun at 16 2/3 rpm and required almost three times the number of grooves per inch as an LP. The players were discontinued in 1961.
- 1957, During an Australian tour, Little Richard publicly renounced rock ‘n’ roll and embraced God, telling a story of dreaming of his own damnation after praying to God when one of the engines on a plane he was on caught fire. The singer threw four diamond rings, valued at $8,000, into Sydney’s Hunter River and soon after launched a Gospel career. Five years later, he would switch back to Rock.
- 1968, Big Brother And The Holding Company went to No.1 on the US album chart with ‘Cheap Thrills’.
- 1971, Gene Vincent (Vincent Eugene Craddock), died from a perforated ulcer, aged 36. Had the 1956 US No.7 & UK No.16 single ‘Be Bop A Lula’. Appeared in the film, The Girl Can’t Help It with Jayne Mansfield. In 1960, while on tour in the UK, Vincent and songwriter Sharon Sheeley were seriously injured the car crash that killed Eddie Cochran.
- 1975, Rod Stewart and The Faces made their final live appearance when they played at Nassau Coliseum, Long Island.
- 1978, Whilst living at the Chelsea Hotel in New York City, Sex Pistol Sid Vicious called the police to say that someone had stabbed his girlfriend Nancy Spungen. He was arrested and charged with murder and placed in the detox unit of a New York prison. Vicious died of a heroin overdose before the case went to trial.
- 1991, Simply Reds fourth album ‘Stars’ went to No.1 on the UK chart for the first of five times, featuring the singles ‘Thrill Me’, ‘For Your Babies’ and the title track ‘Stars.’ The album became the biggest seller of 1991 and 1992 in the UK spending 134 week’s on the chart.
- 1994, Pink Floyd played the first of a 15-night run at Earls Court, London, England. Less than a minute after the band had started playing ‘Shine On You Crazy Diamond’, a scaffolding stand holding 1200 fans, collapsed, throwing hundreds of people 20 feet to the ground. It took over an hour to free everyone from the twisted wreckage, ninety-six people were injured, with 36 needing hospital treatment. Six were detained overnight with back, neck and rib injuries. Pink Floyd sent a free T-shirt and a note of apology to all the fans who had been seated in the stand that collapsed. The show was immediately cancelled and re-scheduled
- 1997, John Denver was killed when the handmade, experimental airplane he was flying ran out of gas and crashed off the coast of Monterey Bay, California. The 53 year old star had scored 15 songs on Billboard’s Top 40 Pop chart, ten of which reached number one on either Billboard’s Adult Contemporary or Country chart.
- 2008, Oasis went to No.1 on the UK album chart with ‘Dig Out Your Soul’ the band’s seventh and final studio album
Born on this day:
- 1935, Born on this day, Sam Moore, singer, (Sam & Dave, 1964 UK No.24 & 1967 US No.2 single ‘Soul Man’).
- 1948, Born on this day, Rick Parfitt, vocals, guitar, Status Quo, (1977 UK No.3 single ‘Rockin’ All Over The World’, plus over 50 other UK Top 75 singles).
- 1956, Born on this day, David Letts, (Dave Vanian), vocals, The Damned, (1986 UK No.3 single ‘Eloise’).
- 1960, Born on this day, Bob Mould, guitar, vocals, Husker Du, (1987 album ‘Warehouse Songs And Stories), Sugar, (1992 album, Copper Blue’).
- 1966, Born on this day, Brian Kennedy, Irish singer, songwriter, worked with Van Morrison band & solo, (1996 UK No.27 single ‘Life, Love and Happiness’, 1996 UK No.19 album ‘A Better Man’). Appeared on Broadway in The River Dance.
- 1969, Born on this day, Martie Maguire, multi-instrumentalist with Dixie Chicks. With sales of 27.2 million albums in the US alone, they have become the top selling all-female band and biggest selling country group in the US during the Nielsen SoundScan era (1991–present). Maguire formed Court Yard Hounds with her sister and fellow Dixie Chick Emily Robison.