Here’s what happened on October 24th in rock history, from the home of music and games, Rock My World.
- 1962, US Soul singer James Brown recorded his legendary ‘Live At The Apollo’ album. The album was listed at No.24 in Rolling Stone magazine’s 2003 list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.
- 1966, Newsweek interviewed The Monkees. They are asked how the music is created. Singer Davy Jones tells them, “This isn’t a rock ‘n’ roll group. This is an act.”
- 1970, Pink Floyd were at No.1 on the UK album chart with the ‘Atom Heart Mother’, the group’s first No.1. The album cover shows a cow standing in a pasture with no text nor any other clue as to what might be on the record.
- 1973, John Lennon began litigation against the US government, accusing them of tapping his telephone.
- 1973, Rolling Stone Keith Richards was fined £205 after admitting having cannabis, Chinese heroin, mandrax tablets and a revolver at his Chelsea home.
- 1987, Michael Jackson started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Bad’, a No.3 hit in the UK. A music video for ‘Bad’, directed by Martin Scorsese and co-starring one of the first appearances of yet-undiscovered Wesley Snipes, was released in late 1987.
- 1987, Sting went to No.1 on the UK album chart with his third solo release ‘Nothing Like The Sun.’ The title comes from Shakespeare’s Sonnet #130 (“My mistress’ eyes are nothing like the sun”), which Sting used in the song “Sister Moon”. The album won Best British Album at the 1988 Brit Awards.
- 1998, Former Stone Roses lead singer Ian Brown was jailed for 4 months after being found guilty of disorderly behaviour during a flight from Paris to Manchester. Brown had threatened to chop the hands off an air stewardess during a heated exchange. Come Fly With Me
- 2001, Kim Gardner former bassist with Ashton Gardner & Dyke died of Cancer. Had the 1971 UK No.3 single ‘The Resurrection Shuffle’ and Gardner formed 60’s band The Birds with guitarist Ron Wood.
- 2004, Queen became the first rock act to receive an official seal of approval in Iran. Western music was still strictly censored in the Islamic republic, where homosexuality is considered a crime, but an album of Queen’s greatest hits was released this week in Iran. Freddie Mercury, was proud of his Iranian ancestry, and illegal bootleg albums and singles had made Queen one of the most popular bands in Iran.
- 2006, Forbes.com revealed that Kurt Cobain had overtaken Elvis Presley as the highest earning dead celebrity. Cobain’s work earned $50m (£27m) in the 12 months to October 2006, compared with Presley’s $42m (£22m). Former Beatle John Lennon earned $35m (£19m).
- 2007, A judge removed a drug treatment order for Babyshambles singer Pete Doherty when he appeared at Thames Magistrates’ Court for a review of the order. District Judge Jane McIvor told the singer she was going to revoke the six months left to serve on the order after advice from experts.
- 2013, NME published their latest ‘500 Greatest Albums of All Time’ list. The top 5 read: 1. The Smiths – ‘The Queen Is Dead’, 2. The Beatles – ‘Revolver’, 3. David Bowie – ‘Hunky Dory’, 4. The Strokes – ‘Is This It’ and at 5. The Velvet Underground & Nico – ‘The Velvet Underground’.
Born on this day:
- 1936, Born on this day, Bill Wyman, bass, The Rolling Stones (1969 UK & US No.1 single ‘Honky Tonk Women’, and over 30 Top 40 UK & US singles and albums. Quit The Stones in 1993, 1981 UK solo No.14 ‘Je Suis Un Rock Star’). Now tours with his backing band, The Rhythm Kings, which has featured Albert Lee and Georgie Fame.
- 1944, Born on this day, Ted Templeman, Harper’s Bizarre, (1967 US No. 13 & UK No.34 single ‘The 59th Street Bridge Song, Feelin’ Groovy’). As a record producer he worked with The Doobie Brothers, Montrose, Carly Simon, Van Morrison, Captain Beefheart, Little Feat, Michael McDonald, Aerosmith and Eric Clapton.
- 1946, Born on this day, Jerry Edmonton, Steppenwolf, (1969 US No.2 & UK No.30 single ‘Born To Be Wild’). Killed in a car crash on 28th November 1993.
- 1948, Born on this day, Dale Griffin, drums, Mott The Hoople, (1972 UK No.3 & US No.37 single ‘All The Young Dudes’, also BBC radio producer).
- 1959, Born on this day, Weird Al Yankovic, minor US hits parodying songs such as ‘Eat It’, (Michael Jacksons ‘Beat It’) and ‘Like A Surgeon’, (Madonna’s ‘Like A Virgin’).
- 1962, Born on this day, Debbie Googe, My Bloody Valentine, (1991 UK No.29 single ‘To Here Knows When’).
- 1979, Born on this day, Ben Gillies, Silverchair, (1997 Australian No.1 & UK No.34 single ‘Freak’, 1995 Australian No.1 album ‘Frogstomp’ plus three other Australian No.1 albums).
- 1986, Born on this day, Canadian rapper, songwriter, and actor Aubrey Drake Graham who records under the mononym Drake. Scored US No.1 albums with ‘ Thank Me Later’, (2010), ‘Take Care’, (2011), and ‘Nothing Was the Same’, (2013).