October 5

Today In Music History

1958 : Cliff Richard and The Shadows played their first gig together when they appeared at the Victoria Hall, Hanley, England.

1959 : At 23 years old, Bobby Darin becomes the youngest ever headliner at the Sands Hotel in Las Vegas.

1959 : Bobby Darin’s swinging version of Mack the Knife, which is a song about a killer from The Threepenny Opera, hits #1 on the Hot 100 and stays there for an astonishing 9 weeks.

1961 : No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: Ray Charles’ “Hit The Road Jack”

1962 : The night The Beatles release their first single, Love Me Do b/w P.S. I Love You in the UK, it is played on Radio Luxembourg, owned by EMI, representing the first time a Beatles song is ever heard on the airwaves. Beatles producer George Martin has said when ‘Love Me Do’ was released, it was the day the world changed.

1965 : Johnny Cash was arrested crossing the Mexican border into El Paso, Texas after customs officials found 100’s of pills in his guitar case. He received a suspended jail sentence and a $1,000 fine.

1965 : Henry Mancini’s soundtrack LP The Pink Panther is certified gold

1966 : Having moved to and living in London, England, Jimi Hendrix, Mitch Mitchell and Noel Redding played together for the first time – The Jimi Hendrix Experience were formed.

1967 : The Doors played the final night of a five night run at Steve Paul’s Scene in New York City.

1974 : Mike Oldfield’s ‘Tubular Bells’ went to No.1 for the first time on the UK album chart 15 months after being released. It went on to sell over 10 million copies worldwide.

1974 : Olivia Newton-John started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘I Honestly Love You’, the singers first of five US chart toppers

1974 : Randy Newman plays Atlanta Symphony Hall backed by an 87-piece orchestra conducted by his uncle Emil Newman.

1974 : The Beach Boys went to No.1 on the US album chart with ‘Endless Summer’, the group’s second US No.1.

1975 : Stevie Wonder appeared at the Wonder Dream Concert in Kingston, Jamaica, a Jamaican Institute for the Blind benefit concert. Along with Bob Marley, Peter Tosh and Bunny Wailer, the three original Wailers, performing together for the last time.

1976 : Hall and Oates’ LP Abandoned Luncheonette is certified gold

1979 : The Who’s LP soundtrack LP The Kids Are Alright is certified platinum

1979 : ABBA visits the White House while on tour for the first and only time in America. They meet President Carter’s daughter Amy, who is a big fan.

1980 : UK music weekly The NME had Joy Division’s ‘She’s Lost Control’ as single of the week.

1984 : Queen played the first of nine concerts at the Sun City Super Bowl, Sun City, Republic of Bophuthatswana (integrated into South Africa’s North West Province in 1994). The 1984 ‘The Works’ tours saw the reintroduction of older material to Queen’s live set, including songs from the first three albums.

1985 : Midge Ure was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘If I Was.’ The former Ultravox and Slik singers only solo No.1. The song features Mark King of Level 42 on bass guitar.

1987 : Former Smiths guitarist Johnny Marr began rehearsals with The Pretenders in preparation for the band supporting U2 on their North America tour.

1988 : No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: Def Leppard’s Love Bites

1991 : Guns N’ Roses’ Use Your Illusion II debuts at No. 1, followed by Use Your Illusion I on Billboard’s album chart.

1992 : American singer Eddie Kendricks of The Temptations died aged 52 of lung cancer one year after having one lung removed. His was the lead voice on ‘The Way You Do The Things You Do’, ‘Get Ready’, and ‘Just My Imagination’. As a solo artist, Kendricks recorded several hits of his own during the 1970s, including the US No.1 single ‘Keep On Truckin’.

1996 : ‘Breakfast At Tiffany’s’ by American group Deep Blue Something was at No.1 on the UK singles chart. The song is a reference to the classic 1960 Audrey Hepburn film of the same name.

1999 : Roger Daltrey announced that The Who were reforming, making their first performance in Las Vegas on Oct 29th. The show was also to be broadcast live on the Internet.

1999 : Released on this day, Paul McCartney – “Run Devil Run”

2000 : UK TV show Top Of The Pops issued a Top 40 chart based on singles that had spent the longest time on the UK chart. No.3 was ‘My Way’ by Frank Sinatra, No.2 ‘She Loves You’, The Beatles and No.1 ‘Relax’ by Frankie Goes To Hollywood’.

2000 : Beatles’ fans across the world rushed out to buy copies of the Fab Four’s autobiography. Stores in Japan and Britain opened at midnight to satisfy demand for the book, the first written by the band members. Publishers said the 350,000-word volume, at a cost of £35, had already attracted more than 1.5m orders worldwide.

2006 : Reggae legend Bob Marley was honored with a heritage plaque at his former north London home at 34 Ridgmount Gardens in Camden. The event was part of Black History Month, a season of events promoting the contribution of African-Caribbean communities in London.

2006 : Jeffrey Borer, who admitted secretly videotaping Michael Jackson on a private jet, was sentenced to six months of home detention and fined $10,000. Borer, who was the owner of private jet firm XtraJet, had instructed an employee to buy and install two video recorders on the plane.

2007 : A federal jury finds a Minnesota woman guilty of online music file sharing through the public service KaZaa, fining her $220,000.

2008 : After 17 years living as a couple, Ritchie Blackmore and Candice Night finally tie the knot. Blackmore is formerly of the bands Deep Purple and Rainbow. Night and Blackmore were brought together through a shared love of Renaissance music and together form the band Blackmore’s Night, which enjoys nominal success as a British traditional folk / Renaissance music project.

2011 : David Cassidy filed a multi-million dollar lawsuit against Sony, claiming he had not been paid royalties for sales of Partridge Family merchandise which bear his image, including lunchboxes, magazines and board games. Cassidy told CNN “It’s just a matter of being fair and doing the right thing. Just be fair, be real, be genuine, don’t be greedy.”

2011 : The Martin Scorsese documentary George Harrison: Living in the Material World premieres on HBO. Ringo Starr says in the film: “He had the bag of love-beads personality, and the bag of anger.”

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