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This day in rock history: Oct 31st

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Here’s what happened on October 31st in rock history, from the home of music and games, Rock My World.

Cher
Cher

  • 1952, Pianist Johnnie Johnson hired 26 year old Chuck Berry as a guitarist in his band. While playing evening gigs in the St. Louis area, Berry kept his day job as a hairdresser for the next three years.
  • 1959, The Quarry Men decided to change their name to Johnny and the Moondogs. The band were in Liverpool auditioning for the Carrol Levis show. The Quarry Men featured John Lennon, Paul McCartney, and George Harrison.
  • 1963, Gerry And The Pacemakers were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone.’ The group’s third and final No.1.
  • 1964, Ray Charles was arrested by Logan Airport customs officials in Boston and charged with possession of heroin. This was his third drug charge, following incidents in 1958 and 1961. Charles avoided prison after kicking the habit in a clinic in Los Angeles, but spent a year on parole in 1966.
  • 1965, The Who appeared at The Cavern Club in Liverpool, England, (the bands only appearance at the club).
  • 1967, Iggy and the Stooges made their live debut when they played at a Halloween party in Michigan.
  • 1970, Led Zeppelin started a four week run at No.1 on the US album chart with Led Zeppelin III the bands second US chart topper.
  • 1970, ‘Motown Chartbusters Vol 4’ went to No.1 on the UK album chart. The album featured tracks from The Jackson Five, Marvin Gaye, & Tammi Terrell, The Four Tops, The Supremes, The Temptations and Smokey Robinson & The Miracles.
  • 1974, Led Zeppelin held the UK launch for their new record label Swan Song at Chislehurst Caves, Kent, England on Halloween night. Drinks were served by nuns in suspenders, a naked woman lay in a coffin covered in jelly and naked male wrestlers cavorted in recesses of the caves. Label mates Bad Company, The Pretty Things and Maggie Bell also attended. The launch also tied in with the releases of The Pretty Things new album Silk Torpedo. The label was named after an unreleased Zeppelin instrumental track.
  • 1986, Roger Waters went to the high court to try and stop David Gilmour and Nick Mason from using the name ‘Pink Floyd’, for future touring and recording.
  • 1989, The very first MTV unplugged show was recorded in New York, featuring UK band Squeeze, the program was aired on 26th Nov 1989.
  • 1990, During a gig in Seattle, Washington, Billy Idol dumped 600 dead fish in Faith No More’s dressing room. They responded by walking on stage, naked during Idol’s set.
  • 1993, Red Hot Chili Peppers bass player Flea was at the scene of actor’s River Phoenix fatal collapse in Los Angeles.
  • 1996, Slash announced he was no longer in Guns N’ Roses. The guitarist said that Axl Rose and he had only been civil to each other on two occasions since 1994.
  • 1998, Cher started a seven week run at No.1 with her third UK No.1 single ‘Believe’, taken from her twenty-third studio album. It made Cher (who was 52) the first female artist to have a No.1 single over the age of 50. The song was a No.1 in 23 countries.
  • 2008, A couple who admitted supplying drugs including cocaine and ecstasy to singer Amy Winehouse were warned they faced a jail term as they appeared in Snaresbrook Crown Court, England. The charges related to video footage which appeared to show Winehouse smoking a crack pipe. The singer was arrested and questioned over the images but she was not charged.
  • 2013, Marvin Gaye’s family were taking legal action against Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams for copyright infringement over their hit song Blurred Lines. Three of Gaye’s children filed legal papers accusing them of copying elements of the song ‘Got To Give It Up’. The Gaye family cited excerpts of magazine interviews given by Thicke to support their claim he had admitted to drawing on ‘Got to Give it Up’ when producing Blurred Lines.

Born on this day:

  • 1937, Born on this day, Tom Paxton, folk singer, (1970 UK No.23 album, ‘No.6).1947, Born on this day, Russ Ballard, guitar, vocals, Argent, (1972 UK No.5 single ‘Hold Your Head Up’).
  • 1952, Born on this day, Bernard Edwards, producer and member of Chic, (1978 UK No.7 single ‘Le Freak’). Produced ABC, Power Station and Rod Stewart. Edwards died on 18th April 1996.
  • 1961, Born on this day, Larry Mullen, drummer, U2, (1984 UK No.3 single ‘Pride, In The Name Of Love’ plus over 25 other UK Top singles, 1987 UK and worldwide No.1 album Joshua Tree spent 156 weeks on the UK chart. Scored five consecutive US No.1 albums from 1987.)
  • 1963, Born on this day, Johnny Marr, guitarist, songwriter, The Smiths, (1984 UK No.10 single ‘Heaven Knows I’m Miserable Now’, plus 15 other UK Top 40 singles). Electronic, (1991 UK No.8 single ‘Get The Message’). Modest Mouse, (2007 US No.1 album ‘We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank’). Marr has also worked with The The, The Pretenders, The Cribbs, and Johnny Marr and the Healers.
  • 1963, Born on this day, Mikkey Dee, Motorhead, (1980 UK No.15 single ‘Ace Of Spades’).
  • 1964, Born on this day, Colm O’Ciosoig, My Bloody Valentine, (1991 UK No.29 single ‘To Here Knows When’).
  • 1965, Born on this day, Annabella Lwin, vocals, Bow Wow Wow, (1982 UK No.7 single ‘Go Wild In The Country’).
  • 1966, Born on this day, Ad-Rock, (Adam Horovitz), The Beastie Boys, (1987 US No.7 & UK No.11 single ‘You Gotta Fight For Your Right To Party’, 1987 US No.1 and UK No.7 album ‘Licence To Ill’, plus 3 other US No.1 albums).
  • 1981, Born on this day, Frank Anthony Iero, rhythm guitarist, My Chemical Romance, (2006 UK No.1 single ‘Welcome to the Black Parade’, 2006 US No.2 album ‘The Black Parade’).

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