Here’s what happened on October 23rd in rock history, from the home of music and games, Rock My World.
- 1961, Dion started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Runaround Sue’, it reached No.11 in the UK.
- 1962, 12 year old Little Stevie Wonder recorded his first single for Motown Records, ‘Thank You For Loving Me All The Way’ backed by the Funk Brothers.1963, The Everly Brothers, Little Richard, Bo Diddley, Mickie Most, The Rolling Stones, Julie Grant and The Flintstones all appeared at Odeon Theatre, Nottingham, England.
- 1963, Bob Dylan recorded ‘The Times They Are A-Changin’ at Columbia Recording Studios in New York City.
- 1964, All four members of US band Buddy and the Kings were killed when they hired a Cesna Skyhawk to take them to a gig in Harris County. Piloted by the bands drummer Bill Daniles, the plane crashed nose first killing all on board. Singer with the group Harold Box had replaced Buddy Holly in The Crickets after his death in a plane crash. He sang lead vocals on ‘Peggy Sue Got Married.’ The Great Gig In The Sky
- 1966, The Jimi Hendrix Experience recorded their first single ‘Hey Joe’, at De Lane Lea studios in London. The earliest known commercial recording of the song is the late-1965 single by the Los Angeles garage band the The Leaves; the band then re-recorded the track and released it in 1966 as a follow-up single which became a hit.
- 1976, Chicago started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘If You Leave Me Now’. It was the group’s 18th Top 40 and first US No.1, also a No.1 in the UK. It went on to win a Grammy Award for Best Pop Vocal Performance.
- 1980, Mark David Chapman quit his security job and signed out for the last time. Instead of the usual “Chappy” he wrote “John Lennon”. Chapman would murder Lennon on December 8th of this year outside his New York City home.
- 1993, Meat Loaf had his first UK No.1 with ‘I’d Do Anything For Love’ (But I Won’t Do That’). It stayed at No.1 for seven weeks. A No.1 in twenty-eight countries and gave Meat Loaf his first US No.1 hit.
- 1995, Def Leppard gave themselves a place in the Guinness book Of World Records, by playing three gigs in three continents in 24 hours. Tangier, London and Vancouver.
- 2002, A federal judge in St. Louis dismissed a lawsuit against Chuck Berry by Johnnie Johnson, a piano player and former collaborator who wanted royalties for more than 30 songs written between 1955 and 1966. The songs in question included ‘No Particular Place To Go’, ‘Roll Over Beethoven’, and ‘Sweet Little Sixteen’. Johnson’s lawsuit argued that he and Berry were co-writers on many of the songs, but because Berry copyrighted them in his name alone, Johnson got none of the royalties. The judge ruled that too many years had passed to bring about a royalties suit.
- 2005, Arctic Monkeys scored their first UK No.1 single with ‘I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor’, the Sheffield bands debut single.
- 2007, British and Dutch police shut down a “widely-used” source of illegally-downloaded music after raids in Teesside and Amsterdam as part of an Interpol investigation into the members-only website OiNK. The UK-run site had leaked 60 major pre-release albums this year alone.
- 2014, Alvin Stardust died after a short illness. His death came just weeks before he was due to release his first album after 30 years. He had recently been diagnosed with metastatic prostate cancer. The UK singer first performed under the name of Shane Fenton.
Born on this day
- 1940, Born on this day, Freddie Marsden, Gerry And The Pacemakers, (1963 UK No.1 single ‘How Do You Do It” 1965 US No.6 single, ‘Ferry Cross The Mersey’).
- 1943, Born on this day, Greg Ridley, bass player, Spooky Tooth, Humble Pie, (1969 UK No.4 single ‘Natural Born Bugie’). Died on 19th November 2003.
- 1949, Born on this day, Michael Burston, Motorhead, (1980 UK No.15 single ‘Ace Of Spades’).
- 1953, Born on this day, Pauline Black, vocals, Selecter, (1979 UK No.8 single ‘On My Radio’). TV presenter
- 1956, Born on this day, Dwight Yoakam, country singer, actor and film director, who is most famous for his pioneering country music which has sold over 25 million records with 5 Billboard No.1 Albums, 12 Gold Albums, and 9 Platinum Albums. Yoakam is the most frequent musical guest in the history of The Tonight Show and has also starred in many films, most notably in critically acclaimed performances as an ill-tempered, abusive, live-in boyfriend in Sling Blade.
- 1964, Born on this day, Roberto Trujillo, bassist, Suicidal Tendencies, Infectious Grooves, Black Label Society, Jerry Cantrell, and Ozzy Osbourne’s band before joining Metallica in 2003.
- 1972, Born on this day, Richard McNamara, guitarist, Embrace, (2006 UK No. 2 single ‘Natures Law’, 2006 UK No.1 album ‘This New Day’).