Here’s what happened on October 15th in rock history, from the home of music and games, Rock My World.
- 1951, 18 year old Richard Penniman, who was already using the stage name Little Richard made his first recordings for RCA Camden at the studios of Atlanta radio station WGST.
- 1962, The first night of a two month Motown Records package tour started in Washington DC, featuring Marvin Gaye The Supremes, Mary Wells, The Miracles and 12 year old Stevie Wonder.
- 1965, The Beatles recorded ‘Day Tripper’ at Abbey Road studio’s London in three takes, they then added vocals and other overdubs, completing the song before the end of the day.
- 1969, Record company executive and founder of the Chess record label Leonard Chess died of a heart attack aged 52. Home to John Lee Hooker, Chuck Berry, Bo Diddley Little Walter, The Moonglows, The Flamingos, Jimmy Reed and Sonny Boy Williamson.
- 1972, Creedence Clearwater Revival split up following the failure of their most recent album, ‘Mardi Gras’. After limited success as a solo act and some legal hassles with Fantasy Records, John Fogarty would have two big hits in 1985, ‘Center Field’ and ‘Rock and Roll Girls’. John’s brother Tom Fogarty died in September, 1990 and the surviving members have been touring as Creedence Clearwater Revisited.
- 1976, Stevie Wonder’s ‘Songs In The Key Of Life’, went to No.1 on the US album chart, featuring the tracks ‘Sir Duke’, ‘I Wish’, ‘Pastime Paradise’ and ‘Isn’t She Lovely’. It was Wonder’s third US No.1.
- 1986, Keith Richards, Eric Clapton and Robert Cray joined other artists on stage in St Louis, for Chuck Berry’s 60th birthday concert, as featured in the film ‘Hail Hail! Rock & Roll’.
- 1992, Bob Dylan’s 30th Anniversary (of his recording debut) tribute concert took place at Madison Square Garden in New York City. Guest performers include Neil Young, Eric Clapton, George Harrison, Roger McGuinn, Tom Petty, Ron Wood and Dylan himself.
- 2001, Two security guards were sacked after refusing to allow Bob Dylan into his own concert. Dylan who had demanded that security on his ‘Love and Theft’ tour should be tighter than ever didn’t have a pass when he arrived backstage.
- 2002, Billy Joel checked out of a Connecticut hospital known for treating substance abuse.
- 2006, CBGB, the legendary New York punk club credited with discovering Patti Smith and Ramones, closed after a final gig by Smith herself. Blondie and Talking Heads also found fame after performing at the club, which helped launch US punk music. The venue first opened in December 1973, its full name CBGB OMFUG standing for “country, bluegrass, blues and other music for uplifting gormandizers”.
- 2007, Macedonian pop star Tose Proeski was killed in a car crash in Croatia. Proeski sang for Macedonia in the 2004 Eurovision Song Contest and won many awards in former Yugoslavia. The 26-year-old’s car was in a collision with a lorry on a motorway near the eastern Croatian town of Nova Gradiska.
- 2010, Auburn University graduate student Justin Havird named a new species of fish, Lepidocephalichthys zeppelini, because the fish’s pectoral fin reminded him of the double-neck guitar used by Jimmy Page. ‘I’m a big Led Zeppelin fan, and I was listening to them while I was working on the fish,’ Havird said. ‘The structure that makes this species unique just reminded me of the guitar that Jimmy Page played’.
Born on this day:
- 1923, Born on this day, Bert Kaempfert, songwriter, producer, (1961 US No.1 single ‘Wonderland By Night’), Presley and Sinatra covered his songs, produced the first recorded Beatles session. He died on 21st June 1980.
- 1938, Born on this day, Nico, singer, Velvet Underground, (1968 song ‘White Light, White Heat’). Nico died on 18th July 1988 of a brain haemorrhage having falling off her bicycle while on holiday in Ibiza.
- 1943, Born on this day, Fred Turner, bass, vocals, Bachman Turner Overdrive, (1974 US No.1 & UK No.2 single ‘You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet’).
- 1945, Born on this day, Roger Hawkins, American drummer best known as part of the studio backing band known as the Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section of Alabama. He played on many hits including, Percy Sledge (When a Man Loves a Woman), Aretha Franklin (Respect,, Wilson Pickett (Mustang Sally, The Staple Singers, Johnnie Taylor, Cat Stevens, Duane Allman, Joe Cocker, Paul Simon, Bob Seger, Rod Stewart, Bobby Bland, Traffic and Willie Nelson.
- 1947, Born on this day, Bob Weir, guitar, The Grateful Dead, (1970 UK No.69 and US No.127 album ‘Workingman’s Dead’).
- 1953, Born on this day, Tony Carey, Rainbow, (1981 UK No.3 single ‘I Surrender’).
- 1959, Born on this day, Gary Kemp, guitar, keyboards, Spandau Ballet, (1983 UK No.1 single ‘True’, plus 16 other UK top 40 singles).
- 1962, Born on this day, Michael Balzary, (Flea), bass, vocals, Red Hot Chili Peppers, (1994 UK No.9 single ‘Give It Away’ and 1992 UK No.26 single ‘Under The Bridge’, 2002 UK No.1 album ‘By The Way’).
- 1965, Born on this day, Simon Bartholomew, The Brand New Heavies, (1994 UK No.13 single ‘Midnight At The Oasis’).
- 1977, Born on this day, John Mayer, US singer, songwriter, 2003 Grammy award winner for ‘Our Body Is A Wonderland’, 2004 US No.1 single ‘Daughters’).