Here’s what happened on October 20th in rock history, from the home of music and games, Rock My World.
- 1955, Elvis Presley and Bill Haley and his Comets both appeared at Brooklyn High School auditorium, Cleveland.
- 1960, Roy Orbison had his first UK No.1 single with ‘Only The Lonely’ and his first of 33 hits. The song was turned down by The Everly Brothers and Elvis Presley, so Orbison decided to record the song himself.
- 1962, Bobby ‘Boris’ Pickett and the Crypt Kickers started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Monster Mash’, it became a No.3 in the UK eleven years later in 1973. The song had been banned by The BBC in the UK, deemed offensive.
- 1969, The Who played the first of six nights at New York’s Filmore East performing a two-hour show featuring the songs from ‘Tommy.’
- 1973, The Rolling Stones went to No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Angie’, the group’s 7th US chart topper. A No.5 hit in the UK.
- 1976, The Led Zeppelin film ‘The Song Remains The Same’, premiered in New York City. The charity night raised $25,000 for the save the children fund.
- 1977, Ronnie Van Zant, Steve Gaines and Cassie Gaines from Lynyrd Skynyrd were all killed along with manager Dean Kilpatrick when their rented plane ran out of fuel and crashed into a densely wooded thicket in the middle of a swamp in Gillsburg, Mississippi. The crash seriously injured the rest of the band and crew who were due to play at Louisiana University that evening.
- 1978, The Police made their US debut at C.B.G.B.S, New York. The trio had flown on low cost tickets with Laker Airtrain from the UK, carrying their instruments as hand luggage.
- 1979, The Eagles started a nine week run at No.1 on the US album chart with ‘The Long Run’, the bands fourth US No.1.
- 2005, Michael Jackson received a jury summons at his Neverland ranch in California four months after he was acquitted on child molestation charges. A spokesperson said it was likely he would be excused from serving due to the fact that he has lived in Bahrain since the trial.
- 2006, George Michael openly smoked a cannabis joint during an interview on a TV show. The singer was filmed backstage in Madrid, Spain where the drug is legal. Michael said ‘It’s the only drug I’ve ever thought worth taking, this stuff keeps me sane and happy. But it’s not very healthy.’
- 2007, Paul Raven, bassist with post-punk band Killing Joke, died of a suspected heart attack aged 46 in Geneva, Switzerland, where he was recording. He left the band in 1987 before forming Murder Inc and joining Ministry, Prong and Mob Research.
- 2011, US photographer Barry Feinstein, best known for taking enduring pictures of musicians such as Bob Dylan and George Harrison died aged 80. Feinstein was responsible for capturing more than 500 record sleeves, including Harrison’s ‘All Things Must Pass’ album and the cover photograph for Dylan’s album ‘The Times They Are A-Changin’. Feinstein’s picture of Dylan at a damp ferry port on the banks of the River Severn was also used in No Direction Home, Scorsese’s 2005 film. The Rolling Stones sleeve for ‘Beggars Banquet’, shot in a graffiti-covered toilet, was also Feinstein’s work.
- 2014, John Holt, reggae singer and songwriter who first found fame as a member of the Paragons, died aged 67. Holt penned ‘The Tide Is High’ made famous by Blondie.
Born on this day:
- 1890, Born on this day, Jelly Roll Morton, US pianist, arranger, bandleader, the first great composer in jazz, died 10th July 1941.
- 1939, Born on this day, Ray Jones, Dakotas, (1963 UK No.18 single ‘The Cruel Sea’).
- 1945, Born on this day, Ric Lee, drummer, Ten Years After, (UK rock group, 1970 UK No.10 single ‘Love Like A Man’).
- 1950, Born on this day, Tom Petty, American musician, singer and songwriter. He is the frontman of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers and was a founding member of the late 1980s supergroup the Traveling Wilburys and Mudcrutch. He has also performed under the pseudonyms of Charlie T. Wilbury, Jr. and Muddy Wilbury. Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers had the 1977 single ‘American Girl’, the 1989 UK No.28 single ‘I Won’t Back Down’, and the 1991 UK No.3 album ‘Into The Great Wide Open’. With the Traveling Wilburys, the 1988 UK No. 21 single ‘Handle With Care’. Petty has also released a string of solo albums, and Throughout his career and has sold over 60 million albums.
- 1951, Born on this day, Alan Greenwood, keyboards, Foreigner, (1985 UK & US No.1 single ‘I Want To Know What Love Is’).
- 1955, Born on this day, Mark Feltham, harmonica player with UK R&B group Nine Below Zero. Feltham has also worked with Rory Gallagher, Roger Daltrey, Deacon Blue, Roy Harper, Annie Lennox, Oasis, Robbie Williams and many other artists.
- 1958, Born on this day, Mark King, bass, vocals, Level 42, (1986 UK No.3 & US No.12 single Lessons In Love’, plus 19 other UK Top 40 singles).
- 1964, Born on this day, Jim Sonefild, drums. vocals, Hootie & The Blowfish, (1995 US No.1 album ‘Cracked Rear View’ sold over 15m copies. 1995 UK No.50 single ‘Hold My Hand’).
- 1965, Born on this day, Norman Blake, guitar & vocals, Teenage Fanclub, (1992 UK No.31 single ‘What You Do To Me’).
- 1971, Born on this day, Snoop Doggy Dogg, (Calvin Broadus), 1993 US No.1 album ‘Doggy Style’, 1996 UK No.12 single ‘Snoop’s Upside Your Head’.
- 1977, Born on this day, Nicholas Hodgson, drummer, Kaiser Chiefs, (2005 UK No.3 album ‘Employment’, 2005 UK No.6 single ‘Oh My God’, 2007 UK No.1 single ‘Ruby’).
- 1978, Born on this day, Paul Wilson, bass, Snow Patrol, (2006 UK No.1 album ‘Eyes Open’, 2006 UK No.6 single ‘Chasing Cars’).