Here’s what happened on October 9th in rock history, from the home of music and games, Rock My World.
- 1958, Eddie Cochran recorded the classic song, ‘C’mon Everybody’, which became a 1959 UK No.6 single for Cochran and a 1979 hit for The Sex Pistols.
- 1961, Ray Charles started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Hit The Road Jack’, it reached No.6 on the UK chart.
- 1964, The Beach Boys recorded ‘Dance Dance Dance’, with Glen Campbell playing the lead guitar intro. It would go on to become their twelfth US Top 40 hit.
- 1965, The Beatles started a four week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with the Paul McCartney ballad ‘Yesterday’ giving the group their tenth US No.1. The track was not released as a single in the UK until 1976.
- 1969, For the first time in the history of the show, the BBC’s Top Of The Pops producers refused to air the No. 1 song, ‘Je T’aime… Moi Non Plus’, the erotic French language love song by Serge Gainsbourg and actress Jane Birkin. The song, an instrumental with the voices of Gainsbourg and Birkin apparently recorded in the act of love and superimposed over the top, caused such a stir in Britain that the original label, Fontana, dropped the record despite it being No. 2 on the charts. A small record company, Major Minor, bought the rights and saw the song climb to the top of the charts, the first French language song to ever do so.
- 1971, Rod Stewart was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Maggie May’, (first released as a B side to ‘Reason To Believe’). The first of six UK No.1’s for Stewart, spent five weeks at the top of the chart.
- 1973, Elvis Presley and Priscilla divorced after six years of marriage. Priscilla was awarded property, $725,000 cash and $4,200 a month support.
- 1976, TheSex Pistols signed to EMI records for £40,000 ($68,000). The contract was terminated three months later with the label stopping production of the ‘Anarchy In The UK’ single and deleting it from its catalogue. EMI later issued a statement saying it felt unable to promote The Sex Pistols records in view of the adverse publicity generated over the last few months.
- 1981, During a North American tour The Rolling Stones played the first of two nights at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in Los Angeles, California. Support act was Prince who dressed in his controversial bikini briefs and trench coat ran off stage after 15 minutes due to the crowd booing and throwing beer cans at him.
- 1993, Nirvana entered the US album chart at No.1 with ‘In Utero’, their third and final studio album. Kurt Cobain had originally wanted to name the album ‘I Hate Myself and I Want to Die.’
- 2007, The Imagine Peace Tower was officially unveiled in Kollafjorour Bay near Reykjav’k, Iceland. The memorial to John Lennon from his widow, Yoko Ono, consists of a tall “tower of light”, projected from a white stone monument that has the words “Imagine Peace” carved into it in 24 languages.
Born on this day:
- 1940, Born on this day, John Lennon singer, songwriter, guitarist, The Beatles who sold over 20m singles worldwide, (1962-1970), and scored more UK & US No.1 albums than any other group. 1967 ‘Sgt. Pepper’s’ is the UK’s biggest selling album ever. In 1990 Lennon’s song ‘Imagine’ was played simultaneously in 130 countries to commemorate what would’ve been Lennon’s 50th birthday. He was shot dead in New York by Mark Chapman on 8th December 1980.
- 1944, Born on this day, John Entwistle, bass, The Who (1965 UK No.2 single ‘My Generation’ plus over 20 other UK Top 40 hits, 16 US Top 40 singles and rock opera albums ‘Tommy’ & ‘Quadrophenia’). Entwistle died in Las Vegas on 27th June 2002.
- 1948, Born on this day, Jackson Browne, singer, songwriter, (1978 UK No.12 single ‘Stay’, 1978 album ‘Running On Empty’, 1982 US No. 7 single ‘Somebody’s Baby’).
- 1957, Born on this day, Ini Kamoze, born Cecil Campbell, (1995 US No.1 & UK No.4 single ‘Here Comes The Hotstepper’).
- 1973, Born on this day, Terry Balsamo, guitarist, (early member of Limp Bizkit), Evanescence, (2003 UK No.1 & US No.5 single ‘Bring Me To Life’, 2003 UK No.1 & US No.3 album ‘Fallen’).