Waky Week in Rock History
Today's Birthdays, 10/17
The Turtles guitarist Jim Tucker is 68.
Seals & Crofts' Jim Seals is 73.
Gary Pucket and the Union Gap's Gary Pucket is 72.
Spinal Tap's David Saint Hubbins is 67.
Reggae singer Ziggy Marley is 46.
Today In History, 10/17
Elvis Presley's movie "Jailhouse Rock" had its premier in Memphis.
Dion and the Belmonts broke up.
The Drifters' "Save The Last Dance For Me" hit number one on the pop singles chart.
The Beatles made their first appearance on Britain's Grenada TV Network, performing "Love Me Do" on the show "People and Places."
The Beatles had lunch with contest winners from "Boyfriend" magazine in London. Afterward the band hit the studio to record "I Want To Hold Your Hand," "You Really Got A Hold On Me," "This Boy," and the fan club Christmas record.
Manfred Mann's "Do Wah Diddy Diddy" hit number one on the pop singles chart.
Martha and the Vandellas' "Dancing in the Street" peaked at number two on the pop singles chart.
Gale Garnett's "We'll Sing in the Sunshine" peaked at number four on the pop singles chart.
Chad & Jeremy's "A Summer Song" peaked at number seven on the pop singles chart.
The Beach Boys' "When I Grow Up (To Be A Man)" peaked at number nine on the pop singles chart.
The Beatles' "Yesterday" was number one on the pop singles chart.
The Rolling Stones released the album "Out Of Our Heads."
A memorial service for the Beatles' late manager Brian Epstein took place at the New London Synagogue.
The Miracles released the single "I Second That Emotion."
Bob Dylan began recording sessions for the album "John Westley Harding."
New single releases included the Supremes' "Love Child" and Jose Feliciano's "The Star-Spangled Banner."
The Kinks were allowed to tour the U.S. for the first time in four years. The band previously had difficulty receiving permits from the American Federation of Musicians.
The Rolling Stones arrived in Los Angeles to begin preparations for the band's upcoming U.S. tour.
The Jackson 5's "I'll Be There" hit number one on the pop singles chart.
Sugarloaf's "Green Eyed Lady" peaked at number three on the pop singles chart.
Free's "All Right Now" peaked at number four on the pop singles chart.
Bobby Bloom's "Montego Bay" broke into the Top 40.
Keith Richards and girlfriend Anita Pallenberg received suspended sentences and one-thousand-dollar fines each in connection with a 1971 drug bust in Ville-France-Sur-Mer, France. In addition, Richards was banned from entering France for two years.
Santana released the album "Borboletta."
Bee Gee Maurice Gibb married Yvonne Spencely. It was his second marriage.
The Neil Diamond-Barbra Streisand single "You Don't Bring Me Flowers" was released.
Foreigner's "Waiting For A Girl Like You" broke into the Top 40.
The Bee Gees' "You Win Again" hit number one on the UK pop singles chart.
The Traveling Wilburys' released the single "Handle With Care," while the album "Opel," a collection of previously unreleased material from former Pink Floyd frontman Syd Barrett, was issued in the UK.
Kiss released the album "Hot In The Shade."
Steppenwolf's hit "Born To Be Wild" re-entered the Top 10 in the Netherlands.
John Mellencamp was hospitalized after he experienced dizzy spells during a radio station interview in Seattle. Doctors said his problems were caused by, quote, "too much coffee, stress, and not enough breakfast."
Billy Joel performed for the opening of the Gund Arena in Cleveland.
Robert Plant and Jimmy Page released the album "No Quarter."
Fifty-eight episodes of "The Monkees" were released in the largest video boxed set ever, issued by Rhino Home Video.
Bruce Springsteen made a surprise appearance at the Stone Pony in Asbury Park, New Jersey.
More than two-thousand people attended the funeral service for John Denver in Aurora, Colorado. He had died in a plane crash five days earlier.
Aerosmith offered a webcast of their concert in Holmdel, New Jersey. Band members served as their own cameramen, with microwave cameras attached to instruments and mic stands.
Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band played the first concert at the new Staples Center in Los Angeles.
Randy Bachman performed a homecoming concert in Winnipeg, Canada.
The Queen-based musical "We Will Rock You" opened in Moscow. Band members Roger Taylor and Brian May attended the premiere.
The Little River Band was inducted into the Australian Record Industry Association Hall of Fame during the ARIA Awards in Sydney.
Visitation for the late Freddy Fender took place at Queen of the Universe Catholic Church in San Benito, Texas. Fender died three days earlier after a battle with lung cancer. He was 69.
ZZ Top received the Living Legend Award at the International Entertainment Buyers Association's annual convention in Nashville.
Dionne Warwick turned up on a California tax deliquency list of people who owed the state more than a million-dollars. The singer was reportedly behind to the tune of two-point-seven-million-dollars.
The Four Tops' Levi Stubbs Jr. died at his Detroit home. The legendary singer had been in poor health for years, having battled both cancer and a stroke. Stubbs was 72.
Former Grateful Dead guitarist Bob Weir is 67.
The Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea is 52.
Rainbow keyboardist Tony Carey is 61.
Today in History, 10/16 In 1951
Little Richard hit the recording studio for the first time with a session in Atlanta.
Elvis Presley made his first appearance on the "Louisiana Hayride" radio show. He was given a year long contract to continue appearing on the show.
Sam Cooke released the single "You Send Me."
Bobby Darin's "Mack the Knife" hit number one on the UK pop singles chart.
Bobby Darin's "You Must Have Been A Beautiful Baby" peaked at number five on the pop singles chart.
The Marvelettes' "Please Mr. Postman" broke into the Top 40.
The Motown Revue Tour, featuring the Miracles, Marvin Gaye, the Supremes, Mary Wells, and Little Stevie Wonder, began in Washington, DC.
The Beatles appeared on the TV show "Ready Steady Go."
Roy Head and the Traits' "Treat Her Right" peaked at number two on the pop singles chart.
Herman's Hermits' "Just A Little Bit Better" peaked at number seven on the pop singles chart.
The Lovin' Spoonful's "Do You Believe In Magic" peaked at number nine on the pop singles chart.
The Rolling Stones' "Get Off My Cloud" broke into the Top 40.
Joan Baez was among more than a hundred anti-draft protesters who were arrested at the Armed Forces Induction Center in Oakland, California. She was sentenced to ten days in prison.
Led Zeppelin, under the name the New Yardbirds, played its first concert at a club in London.
Jay and the Americans recorded the song "This Magic Moment."
Beach Boy Brian Wilson became the father to a daughter, Wendy.
The Carpenters' "Superstar" peaked at number two on the pop singles chart.
The Osmonds' "Yo-Yo" peaked at number three on the pop singles chart.
Stevie Wonder's "If You Really Love Me" peaked at number eight on the pop singles chart.
Isaac Hayes released "Theme From 'Shaft.'"
Creedence Clearwater Revival announced the group was breaking up.
Boston's "More Than A Feeling" broke into the Top 40.
Stevie Wonder released the album "Songs in the Key of Life."
Steely Dan released the album "Aja."
Alan Parsons Project's "Eye In The Sky" peaked at number three on the pop singles chart.
Jackson Browne's "Somebody's Baby" peaked at number seven on the pop singles chart.
America's "You Can Do Magic" peaked at number eight on the pop singles chart.
Keith Richards, Eric Clapton, and Robert Cray joined Chuck Berry on stage in St. Louis for the rock legend's 60th birthday party concert. The show was featured in the movie "Hail! Hail! Rock 'N' Roll."
ZZ Top released the album "Recycler."
George Harrison, Eric Clapton, and Neil Young were among the artists on hand for a salute to Bob Dylan at MadisonSquareGarden in New York.
Aretha Franklin sang the U.S. National Anthem at a World Series game in Toronto.
Alice Cooper was recognized for his contribution to the world of fantasy and horror as the first recipient of the Eyegore Award from Universal Studios in Hollywood.
Bob Dylan received the Dorothy and Lillian Gish Prize Trust in New York.
Santana hit number one on the pop singles chart with "Smooth."
New album releases included John Mellencamp's "Cuttin' Heads" and the September 11th fundraiser "The Day America Cried - Songs of Hope For a Unified Nation," which included contributions from members of Lynyrd Skynyrd, Night Ranger, and .38 Special.
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers' album "The Last DJ" debuted at number nine on the Billboard 200 album chart, while Elvis Presley's "ELV1S 30 #1 HITS" marked its third consecutive week at number one on the list.
Simon and Garfunkel began their "Old Friends" reunion tour with a show in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. It was the duo's first road trip in more than a decade.
Brian Wilson hosted "An Evening with Brian Wilson and Friends," an fundraising event in support of his late brother's charity, the Carl Wilson Foundation. Heart and Sugar Ray also performed. Elton John was also expected to participate, but had to cancel at the last minute.
Duane Eddy hosted a guitar master class at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland.
Queen's Roger Taylor and Brian May performed at the MTV Russia Awards in Moscow with local singer Zemfira -- who's considered the Janis Joplin of Russia. They played the song "We Are The Champions."
Meat Loaf presented "Bat Out of Hell on Broadway" before a sold out house at London's Royal Albert Hall. The three-act show offered a chronological presentation of material from the singer's three "Bat" albums.
Peter Gabriel received the BMI Icon Award at the performing rights organization's annual dinner event in London.
New releases included the AC/DC DVD "Plug Me In" and the DVD "Runnin' Down a Dream: Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers."
Bruce Springsteen and Billy Joel performed a collaborative concert at New York's Hammerstein Ballroom in support of Illinois Senator Barack Obama's presidential campaign.
Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder, and James Taylor were among the performers at the dedication of the Martin Luther King Jr. memorial in Washington, DC.
Memphis, Tennessee announced the launch of the Memphis Music Hall of Fame. Inaugural inductees included Elvis Presley, Isaac Hayes, Al Green, and ZZ Top. Otis Redding, Booker T. and the MG's, Jerry Lee Lewis, B.B. King, Howlin' Wolf, and The Staple Singers were also among the first 25 stars receiving the honor.
Today's Birthdays, Wednesday, October 15.
The Jackson's Tito Jackson is 61.
The Carpenters' Richard Carpenter is 68.
Chris DeBurgh is 66.
Barry McGuire is 79. He's best known for the hit "Eve of Destruction."
Moby Grape drummer Don Stevenson is 72.
Today In History, Wednesday, October 15.
Little Richard recorded "Good Golly Miss Molly" in a studio in New Orleans.
Jackie Wilson recorded the song "Lonely Teardrops."
The Miracles released the single "Shop Around," which became Motown Records' first million-seller.
Elvis Presley recorded "Good Luck Charm" at RCA's studio in Nashville.
Australia banned The Troggs' "I Can't Control Myself" because authorities there found the song, quote, "terribly obscene."
Pink Floyd performed at the launching party for the British underground newspaper "International Times."
The Four Tops' "Reach Out I'll Be There" hit number one on the pop singles chart.
The Count Five's "Psychotic Reaction" peaked at number five on the pop singles chart.
Neil Diamond's "Cherry Cherry" peaked at number six on the pop singles chart.
The Four Seasons' "I've Got You Under My Skin" peaked at number nine on the pop singles chart.
The Monkees recorded "I'm A Believer" at RCA studios in New York.
Simon & Garfunkel were a guest on "The Smothers Brothers Show."
Frank Zappa released the album "Hot Rats."
Neil Diamond released the album "Taproot Manuscript."
Rick Nelson performed at the 7th annual Rock 'n' Roll Revival in New York's Madison Square Garden. His performance of wasn't well received, as audience members wanted to hear his classic hits. The experience inspired the hit "Garden Party."
It was announced that Paul McCartney would be writing the title track to the upcoming James Bond film, "Live and Let Die."
Keith Richard and Anita Pallenberg were convicted on drug charges in Nice, France. They were fined and given a suspended sentence.
Elvis Presley was hospitalized in Memphis with pneumonia.
The Who released the album "Quadrophenia."
Fleetwood Mac released the album "Rumors."
Ike and Tina Turner ended their professional relationship.
RKO owned radio stations refused to play Rod Stewart's "Tonight's the Night" because of its suggestive lyrical content.
Ringo Starr released the single "A Dose of Rock 'n' Roll."
Chicago's "Baby What A Big Surprise" broke into the Top 40.
Lynyrd Skynyrd released the album "Street Survivors," with the original cover featuring the band members engulfed in flames.
Heart released the album "Dog and Butterfly."
Fleetwood Mac released the album "Tusk."
Paul McCartney's "Say Say Say" broke into the Top 40.
Joe Satriani released the album "Surfing With The Alien."
John Fogerty and his wife Julie had a son, Shane Cody Fogerty.
Paul and Linda McCartney made an animated appearance on the Fox show "The Simpsons."
John Denver's remains were cremated and flown to Aurora, Colorado for a memorial service.
AC/DC released the album "Bonfire."
Ray Charles performed with the Utah Symphony Orchestra at a benefit concert supporting health care services for children.
David Bowie and Santana performed at the "2002 VH1/Vogue Fashion Awards" in New York. Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler took the Rockstyle award at the event.
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers showcased their latest album, "The Last DJ," with the first of two concerts in Los Angeles. The show was broadcast via closed circuit to movie theaters and radio stations in selected cities across the country.
Kiss guitarist Bruce Kulick was shot in the leg during a scuffle among club-goers at the Rainbow Room in Los Angeles.
Yoko Ono announced that she'd approved plans for a Broadway musical based on the life and solo work of the late John Lennon.
The Delfonics, the Chi-Lites, the Stylistics, Peaches & Herb, and Sister Sledge featuring Kathy Sledge were among the performers at the We Are Family Hurricane Katrina Benefit in Washington, DC.
Billy Joel, founding Kiss drummer Peter Criss, Lesile West, and Joan Jett were among the honorees who attended the first induction ceremony for the Long Island Music Hall of Fame. Members of Vanilla Fudge, Johnny Maestro and the Brooklyn Bridge, Gary U.S. Bonds, and the Rascals' Felix Cavaliere also appeared at the event.
The documentary "Runnin' Down a Dream: Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers" received a special theatrical screening on the eve of its release on DVD.
Levon Helm was among the performers at the "All for the Hall" benefit in New York, supporting the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville.
Bon Jovi headlined the first of two "Concerts For The Coast" in Gulf Shores, Alabama. The free shows were held to help revive tourism in the region following the devastating oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico six months earlier. Country star Brad Paisley played the second show two days later.
U2's Bono and The Edge and Stevie Wonder took part in former President Bill Clinton's "A Decade of Difference: A Concert Celebrating Ten Years of the William J. Clinton Foundation" benefit event in Los Angeles.
Former Sex Pistols frontman Johnny Rotten -- also known as John Lydon -- received the BMI Icon Awards at the BMI London Awards.
Simple Minds launched their first U.S. tour in over a decade with a show in Los Angeles.
David Bowie took the top spot in a "BBC History Magazine" poll looking for the best-dressed Briton ever in the history of the UK.