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October 19

 

 

 

1958

 

October 19

Brenda Lee records "Rockin' Around The Christmas Tree". The song will be released as a single but will fail to chart in either 1958 or 1959. When it was re-released in 1960 it rose to #14 and has since become a Christmas standard, being ranked at #4 in the Top 10 All Time Christmas Songs.

 

1963

 

October 19

A tour of the UK dubbed The Greatest Record Show, kicks off at London's Finsbury Park Astoria. The line-up featured Lesley Gore, Brook Benton, Dion, Timi Yuro and newcomer Trini Lopez, who currently has the number 3 record in the United States with "If I Had A Hammer".

 

1966

 

October 19

The Yardbirds arrive in New York for their first US tour with Jeff Beck and Jimmy Page on lead guitars. After two shows, Beck developed acute tonsillitis and quit the group. He would go on to form The Jeff Beck Group that gave Rod Stewart his first major exposure.

 

1967

 

October 19

Jose Feliciano records his version of "Light My Fire", which will reach #3 in the US in 1968.

 

October 19

The Beatles' "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" was the #2 album in the UK. Holding down the top spot was the soundtrack to The Sound Of Music.

 

1968

 

October 19

18 year old Peter Frampton meets Steve Marriott at a Small Faces show in London. After striking up a friendship, the two start planning a new group which will emerge as Humble Pie next April.

 

1970

 

October 19

The film Ned Kelly, starring Mick Jagger in the lead role, is released and the critics wasted no time in telling Mick he should stick to singing. One reviewer wrote: "He looks about as lethal as last week's lettuce." Predictably, the movie bombed at the box office.

 

1974

 

October 19

Billy Preston went to the top of the US singles chart with "Nothing From Nothing", the singer's second and final number one.

 

October 19

Canada's Bachman-Turner Overdrive had the #1 album in the US with "Not Fragile". A single from the LP, "You Ain't Seen Nothing Yet", also topped the American charts.

 

1985

 

October 19

A group called a-ha became the first Norwegian band to top the Billboard Hot 100 when "Take on Me" went to number one. The song would reach number two in the UK in November.

 

1987

 

October 19

In a clear example of just how far music had sunk, an American Rock critic calls Public Enemy's aptly titled Rap effort "Bring The Noise" as "merely the greatest piece of Rock and Roll released in 1987." The single is made up of melodyless rapping over sampled tracks by James Brown, Funkadelic, Marva Whitney, The Beastie Boys and others. For a record given such high praise, it failed to crack the US Top 40 and only reached #56 on the Billboard Hot R&B / Hip-Hop chart.

 

1994

 

October 19

During a Pink Floyd show at London's Earls Court, a section of seating collapsed with over 1,000 fans escaping serious injures.

 

1997

 

October 19

Glen Buxton, the original lead guitarist for Alice Cooper, died of natural causes at the age of 49.

 

2005

 

October 19

A UK company called Prudential announced the results of a survey which claimed that the average person will spend about 21,000 Pounds ($42,000) on music during their lifetime. The amount included money spent on recordings, playback equipment and concerts. Music enthusiasts were likely to spend more than double the average.

 

2006

 

October 19

Rod Stewart's CD, "Still the Same...Great Rock Classics of Our Time", entered the Billboard Hot 200 album chart at #1.

 

2007

 

October 19

The ninth wave of pre-litigation letters were sent by the RIAA to administrators at 19 universities, as federal lawmakers continued to examine the state of copyright theft on college campuses nationwide.

 

2010

 

October 19

Elton John described today's songwriters as "pretty awful", Pop music as "uninspiring" and talent shows like American Idol as "boring" in an interview with Britain's Radio Times magazine.

 

2011

 

October 19

At the involuntary manslaughter trial of Dr Conrad Murray, Dr Steven Shafer testified that it would have been impossible for Michael Jackson to have self-administered a lethal dose of the sedative propofol. He later said of Dr Murray's delay in calling 911: "I almost don't know what to say. That is so completely and utterly inexcusable."

 

October 19

73-year-old Etta James announced her decision to retire following the release of her latest album. As well as her 1961 R&B smash "At Last", James also placed nine songs on the Billboard Top 40 Pop chart between 1960 and 1968.



 


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