Here’s what happened on October 15th in rock history, from the home of music and games, Rock My World.
- 1955, Buddy & Bob ( Buddy Holly) opened for Elvis Presley at the ‘Big D Jamboree’, held at Lubbock’s Cotton Club, Texas. Nashville talent scout Eddie Crandall was in audience and arranged for Holly to audition and record demos for the Decca US label.
- 1965, Jimi Hendrix signed his first recording contract in the UK, where he would received $1 and a 1% Royalty on all of his recordings.
- 1966, Pink Floyd (who were paid £15 for the gig), The Move, Denny Laine, Soft Machine, Yoko Ono and a West Indian steel band all appeared at the launch for the International Times (which became the first and longest running British hippy paper), at London’s Roundhouse. Beatle Paul McCartney attended the event in Arabian dress. The flyers for the evening stated: ‘Bring your own poison, bring flowers & gass (sic), filled balloons’. Admission was 10 shillings (50p) on the door.
- 1972, Lieutenant Pigeon were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Mouldy Old Dough.’ Keyboard player Rob Woodward had his mum play piano on the single, making them the only mother and son act to score a UK No.1. The song was recorded in the front room of their semi-detached house.
- 1973, Keith Richards was found guilty of trafficking cannabis by a Court in Nice, France. TheRolling Stone was given a one-year suspended sentence and a 5,000 franc fine. He was also banned from entering France for two years.
- 1979, Abba played their first concert in North America when they appeared in Vancouver, Canada.
- 1988, Bon Jovi started a four-week run at No.1 on the US album chart with their fourth release, ‘New Jersey.’ The album produced five Billboard Hot 100 Top 10 singles, the most top ten hits to date for a hard rock album.
- 1988, UB40 went to No.1 on the US singles chart with their version of the Neil Diamond song ‘Red Red Wine’, also a No.1 hit in the UK.
- 1995, Paul and Linda McCartney were the guest voices on Fox-TV’s The Simpsons in an episode called “Lisa the Vegetarian”. Macca’s stipulation for appearing was that Lisa’s decision to become a vegetarian would be a permanent character change, to which producer David Mirkin agreed.
- 2000, Dave Edmunds had a triple heart bypass operation. The 56 year-old Welsh rocker had the operation at LA’s Cedars Sinai Hospital.
- 2000, Radiohead went to No.1 on the US album chart with ‘Kid A’, the group’s fourth album became the first Radiohead release to debut at No.1 in the US.
- 2000, U2 went to No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Beautiful Day’, the group’s fourth UK No.1 single and taken from their album ‘All That You Can’t Leave Behind’.
- 2008, Jon Bon Jovi became the latest musician to disapprove of the use of his songs in John McCain’s US presidential campaign. The Bon Jovi song, ‘Who Says You Can’t Go Home’, was used during rallies held by Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin. Foo Fighters, Heart and Jackson Browne had all asked Mr McCain to stop using their tracks in his presidential bid. Bon Jovi, a Democrat supporter, threw a $30,000 (£17,000) per person, fund-raising dinner for Democratic candidate Barack Obama at his New Jersey home in September.
- 2014, U2 frontman Bono said he was sorry after their latest album was automatically added to the libraries of all iTunes users around the world, saying the move was a “drop of megalomania, a touch of generosity”. iTunes users complained that the 11-track Songs of Innocence had been added to their music library without permission and that it was not clear how to delete it.
Born on this day:
- 1935, Born on this day, Barry McGuire, US singer, (1965 US No.1 & UK No.3 single ‘Eve Of Destruction’).
- 1946, Born on this day, Richard Carpenter, keyboards, vocals, The Carpenters, (1973 UK No.2 single ‘Yesterday Once More’, 1970 US No.1 & UK No.6 single ‘Close To You’).
- 1947, Born on this day, Chris De Burgh, singer, songwriter, (1986 UK No.1 single ‘The Lady In Red’).
- 1963, Born on this day, Jay Bennett, guitarist, songwriter, producer, Wilco. Died May 24th 2009.
- 1966, Born on this day, Dave Stead, The Beautiful South, (1990 UK No.1 single ‘A Little Time’ plus over 15 other UK Top 40 singles).
- 1966, Born on this day, Douglas Vipond, Deacon Blue, (1988 UK No.8 single ‘Real Gone Kid’, plus over 15 other UK Top 40 singles).