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This day in rock history: Oct 27th

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Here’s what happened on October 27th in rock history, from the home of music and games, Rock My World.

Buddy Holly
Buddy Holly

  • 1957, The Crickets started a three-week run at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘That’ll Be The Day’. It was also a No.3 hit in the US where it went on to sell over a million. The song was inspired by a trip to the movies by Holly, Jerry Allison and Sonny Curtis in June 1956. The John Wayne film The Searchers was playing and Wayne’s frequently-used, world-weary catchphrase, “that’ll be the day” inspired the young musicians.
  • 1964, 31 year old Salvatore Philip Bono married 18 year old Cherilyn Sarkisian La Piere. For a time they performed together as Caesar and Cleo before changing the name of their act to Sonny and Cher. Their union lasted 12 years.
  • 1969, Muddy Waters was seriously injured in a car crash in Champagne, Illinois. Three people were killed in the accident.
  • 1975, After releasing the single and album Born To Run, Bruce Springsteen had the rare honour of simultaneous covers on both Time and Newsweek magazines in the US.
  • 1977, American musician Roy Estrada known as a founding member of Little Feat and who also worked with Frank Zappa was convicted of sexual assault on a child. Estrada served six years in prison. In January 2012, he pleaded guilty to a charge of continuous sexual abuse of a child which happened in March 2008. In the plea bargain agreement, he was sentenced to 25 years in prison and is not eligible for parole
  • 1979, During a US tour Elton John collapsed on stage at Hollywood’s Universal Amphitheatre suffering from exhaustion.
  • 1980, Former T Rex member Steve Took, choked to death on a cherry stone, after some magic mushrooms he had eaten, numbed all sensation in his throat, he was aged 31. Took was also a member of The Deviants with Pink Fairies members Twink and Mick Farren.
  • 1980, Mark Chapman bought a five-shot .38 special for $169. A little over six weeks later, he would use the gun to kill John Lennon  outside his New York City apartment.
  • 1988, U2’s film ‘Rattle And Hum’, received its world wide premiere in the group’s hometown Dublin.
  • 1990, ‘A Little Time’ by The Beautiful South was at No.1 on the UK singles chart. The group were formed by ex-Housemartins Paul Heaton and Dave Hemmingway.
  • 1990, Paul Simon started a two-week run at No.1 on the UK album chart with ‘The Rhythm Of The Saints’ his third UK No.1 solo album.
  • 2000, Lonnie Donegan went to Buckingham Palace to receive his MBE for his services to pop music. Lonnie pioneered skiffle in the 1950’s and inspired a generation of teenagers to start bands.
  • 2009, Eric Clapton pulled out of Rock and Roll Hall of Fame concert in New York City after he underwent an operation to remove gallstones. His place at the Madison Square Garden gig was taken by Jeff Beck.
  • 013, Velvet Underground frontman Lou Reed died at the age of 71. An admitted hard drinker and drug user for many years, he underwent a liver transplant in Cleveland in April 2013. Afterwards he claimed on his website to be ‘bigger and stronger’ than ever.
  • 2014, The Pet Shop Boys’ ‘Always On My Mind’ was voted the top cover version of all time in a BBC Music vote. The song, written by John Christopher, Mark James and Wayne Carson, was first made famous by Brenda Lee and Elvis Presley in 1972. Johnny Cash’s cover of Nine Inch Nails’ ‘Hurt’ came in second place, followed by The Stranglers’ version of Dionne Warwick’s ‘Walk On By’. Jimi Hendrix’s take on Dylan’s ‘All Along The Watchtower’ came fourth and Jeff Buckley’s cover of Leonard Cohen’s ‘Hallelujah’ completed the top five.
  • 2014, The Last Ship, Sting’s musical about shipbuilding in north-east England, opened on Broadway. The former frontman with The Police, described watching the opening night as “an out-of-body experience”. Billy Joel, Bruce Springsteen, and Blondie’s Deborah Harry were among the first night audience at the Neil Simon Theatre.

Born on this day:

  • 1949, Born on this day, Byron Allred, keyboards, Steve Miller Band, (1974 US No.1 & 1990 UK No.1 single ‘The Joker’)
  • 1949, Born on this day, Garry Tallent, bass player for Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band, (1984 US No.2 & 1985 UK No.4 single ‘Dancing In The Dark’).1951, Born on this day,
  • 1953, Born on this day, Peter Dodd, guitar, The Thompson Twins, (1984 UK No.2 single ‘You Take Me Up’, 1984 US No.3 single, ‘Hold Me Now’).
  • Ken Downing, guitar, Judas Priest, (1980 UK No.12 single ‘Living After Midnight’, 1980 UK No.4 album ‘British Steel’).
  • 1953, Born on this day, Peter Dodd, guitar, The Thompson Twins, (1984 UK No.2 single ‘You Take Me Up’, 1984 US No.3 single, ‘Hold Me Now’).
  • 1958, Born on this day, Simon Le Bon, vocals, Duran Duran, who scored the 1983 UK No.1 single ‘Is There Something I Should Know’, plus 25 other UK Top 40 singles, and the 1984 US No.1 single ‘The Reflex’. Le Bon is also a member of its offshoot Arcadia, who had the 1985 UK No.7 single ‘Election Day’. Le Bon went to Pinner County Grammar School, the same school that Elton John attended some years earlier.
  • 1967, Born on this day, Scott Weiland, vocals, Stone Temple Pilots, (1993 UK No.23 single ‘Plush’). Velvet Revolver, (2004 US No.1 & UK No.11 album ‘Contraband’). Weiland has also established himself as a solo artist, releasing three studio albums, a cover album, and collaborations with several other musicians since 1998.

Photos: Keystone. Hulton Archive, Getty Images.

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