Here’s what happened on October 4th in rock history, from the home of music and games, Rock My World.
- 1957, Winners at this years Annual NME readers poll included Pat Boone who was voted the world’s No.1 singer, with Elvis Presley voted second. The top two UK group’s were The King Brothers and The Stargazers.
- 1963, The Beatles made their first appearance on the UK ITV pop show ‘Ready Steady Go!’
- 1968, On the first night of a UK club tour Led Zeppelin (billed as The Yardbirds featuring Jimmy Page), appeared at the Mayfair Ballroom, Newcastle upon Tyne, England, supported by Terry Reid’s Fantasia, tickets cost 10/6. The Mayfair was a regular venue for up and coming acts, Pink Floyd, Mott the Hoople, Def Leppard and AC/DC had all appeared at the club which was demolished in 2000.
- 1970, US singer Janis Joplin was found dead at the Landmark Hotel Hollywood after an accidental heroin overdose. Joplin had the posthumous 1971 US No.1 single ‘Me And Bobby McGee’, and the 1971 US No.1 album ‘Pearl’.
- 1975, Pink Floyd went to No.1 on the UK album chart with ‘Wish You Were Here’. The album featured a tribute to ex band member Syd Barrett, ‘Shine On You Crazy Diamond’. Also No.1 in the US. For one of the shots on the album’s cover, two stuntmen were used, Danny Rogers and Ronnie Rondell, who was dressed in a fire-retardant suit covered by a business suit. Initially the wind was blowing in the wrong direction, and the flames were forced into Rondell’s face, burning his moustache. The two stuntmen changed positions, and the image was later reversed.
- 1982, The Smiths made their live debut at the Ritz in Manchester England, supporting Blue Rondo A La Turk.
- 2007, Producer Phil Spector was set to be retried for the murder of actress Lana Clarkson following the collapse of the first trial in Sept of this year. The first trial ended with the jury deadlocked 10-2 favouring conviction. Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Larry Paul Fidler set another hearing for the case on 23 October.
- 2007, The Rolling Stones set a new record for the top grossing tour of all time with their A Bigger Bang tour. The tour which ran from late 2005 to August 2007, earned the band £247m, ($437m) with The Stones playing to over 3.5 million people at 113 shows. The previous high was set by U2’s Vertigo tour, which took place in 2005 and 2006, earning £220m, ($389m).
Born on this day.
- 1947, Born on this day, Jim Fielder, bass, Blood Sweat & Tears, (1969 US No.2 single ‘Spinning Wheel’, 1969 US No.12 & UK No.35 single ‘You’ve Made Me So Very Happy’).
- 1959, Born on this day, Chris Lowe, keyboards, Pet Shop Boys, (1986 UK & US No.1 single ‘West End Girls’, plus three other UK No.1 singles and over 20 other UK Top 40 singles).
- 1961, Born on this day, Jon Secada, US singer, (1992 UK No. 5 single ‘Just Another Day’).
- 1977, Born on this day, Richard Reed Parry, Canadian multi-instrumentalist, composer, producer, best known as a core member of the Grammy Award-winning indie rock band Arcade Fire.
- 1984, Born on this day, Katina Sergeevna, singer, Tatu, (2003 UK No.1 single ‘All The Things She Said’).