Category Archives: OCTOBER

31st OCTOBER

1952:, Pianist Johnnie Johnson hired 26 year old Chuck Berry as a guitarist in his band.

1954:  No. 1 Chart Toppers Pop Hit: “This Ole House,” Rosemary Clooney.

1954: Vera Lynn was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘My Son, My Son.’ The singers only No.1 hit.

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.’

1963: The Beatles returned to London from Sweden and were greeted by hundreds of screaming fans and a mob of photographers and journalists.

1964: The Supremes started a four week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Baby Love’, the group’s second of five consecutive US No.1’s. The group were formally known as the five piece group The Primettes.

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, Surrey England on Halloween night.

1985: No. 1 Chart Toppers Pop Hit: “Part-Time Lover,” Stevie Wonder.

1987: Forbes Magazine listed the Top 40 American entertainment earners from 86-87, 8th was Whitney Houston $44 million, 7th Madonna $47 million and third place Bruce Springsteen $56 million.

1989: The very first MTV unplugged show was recorded in New York, featuring UK band Squeeze, the program was aired on 26th Nov 1989.

1992: “End of the Road” by Boyz II Men logs its 12th week at No. 1 on Chart Toppers’s Hot

1992: Boyz II Men were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘End Of The Road’, taken from the film ‘Boomerang’.

1993: Red Hot Chili Peppers bass player Flea was at the scene of actor’s River Phoenix fatal collapse in Los Angeles.

1995: Alice in Chains release a special vinyl edition of their album, “Alice in Chains.”

1996: Slash announced he was no longer in Guns N’ Roses.

1997: A concert by Goth stalwarts the Cure is cybercast from New York’s Irving Plaza. The concert is streamed at Rocktropolis’ Web site, http://www.rocktropolis.com.

1998: Chart history was made when the UK Top 5 singles chart was made up entirely of new entries.

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.

1999: Bryan White sings the National Anthem at the Adelphia Coliseum in Nashville prior to the match-up between the Tennessee Titans and the St.

1999: A list of ‘New Pop Fortunes’ published in The Sunday Times, reported that The Corrs were worth £1.5 million each, Boyzone £3 million each, Jamiroquai £4 million, The Chemical Brothers £4 million each and Norman Cook £10 million.

1999: Five scored their first UK No.1 single when ‘Keep On Movin’, went to the top of the charts.

2000: Travis is named the best act in the world at the Q Awards 2000, presented in London.

2000: Winners at this years Q Awards included, David Gray, best single for ‘Babylon’, Oasis won best live act, Coldplay won best album for ‘Parachutes’, best act in the world went to Travis, Badly Drawn Boy won best new act and former Clash member Joe Strummer won the Q Inspiration award.

2003: On the final night of her Farewell tour, Cher is named the year’s biggest touring female by Billboard.

2003: Paul Weller dismisses rumors that he will reform The Jam (“Going Underground”) for a series of five huge concerts in 2004, labelling them “Bollocks.”

2004: R. Kelly was kicked off a tour with Jay-Z, a day after claiming he was attacked with pepper spray by a member of the rapper’s entourage.

2005: The white suit worn by John Lennon on the cover of the Beatles’ Abbey Road album sold for $118,000 (£66,385) at an auction in Las Vegas. And an Austin Princess hearse driven by the late star in the documentary Imagine sold for $150,000 (£84,388). A portion of the proceeds from the sale of the items went to Amnesty International.

2005: Skitch Henderson, the Grammy-winning conductor who lent his musical expertise to Frank Sinatra and Bing Crosby before founding the New York Pops and becoming the first “Tonight Show” bandleader, dies. He was 87.