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Today's Birthdays, Oct. 31
Supertramp drummer Bob Siebenberg is 65.
Argent guitarist Russ Ballard is 69.
Folk singer Tom Paxton is 77.


Today in History
In 1958
The Flamingos recorded the single "I Only Have Eyes For You."
In 1963
Gerry and the Pacemakers' "You'll Never Walk Alone" hit number one on the UK pop singles chart.
In 1964
The Supremes' "Baby Love" hit number one on the pop singles chart.
The Hondells' "Little Honda" peaked at number nine on the pop singles chart.
In 1965
Wayne Fontana left The Mindbenders.
In 1967
Rolling Stones guitarist Brian Jones was sentenced to nine months in jail following a conviction on drug possession.
In 1968
Linda Eastman moved to the UK to live with Paul McCartney.
In 1969
The Beatles released the single "Something" backed with "Come Together" in the UK.
In 1970
The Carpenters' "We've Only Just Begun" peaked at number two on the pop singles chart.
James Taylor's "Fire and Rain" peaked at number three on the pop singles chart.
Crosby, Stills, Nash, & Young's "Our House" peaked at number 30 on the pop singles chart.
The Miracles' "Tears of a Clown" and The Partridge Family's "I Think I Love You" broke into the Top 40.
Matthews Southern Comfort's "Woodstock" hit number one on the UK pop singles chart.
In 1974
Led Zeppelin launched its label "Swan Song."
In 1975
Rock went political as Marshall Tucker Band played a benefit concert in Atlanta for presidential candidate Jimmy Carter.
In 1981
The Rolling Stones "Start Me Up" peaked at number two on the pop singles chart.
Rod Stewart's "Young Turks" broke into the Top 40.
In 1982
Marvin Gaye released the album "Midnight Love."
In 1983
Paul McCartney released the album "Pipes of Peace," while he and Michael Jackson released the single "Say Say Say."
The Rolling Stones released the single "Undercover" backed with "All The Way Down."
In 1984
Roger Waters went before a British high court in an effort to keep former band mates Dave Gilmour and Nick Mason from touring and recording under the name Pink Floyd.
Bruce Springsteen released the single "Born In The U.S.A."
In 1989
The Grateful Dead released their last studio album, "Built To Last."
In 1995
James Brown was arrested on domestic violence charges after his wife accused him of beating her at their home in Aiken, South Carolina.
In 1997
Ozzy Osbourne released the album "The Ozzman Commeth."
In 2003
The London newspaper "The Times" revealed that Paul McCartney was the richest British pop star, with annual earnings of more than 67-point-seven-million-dollars.
Barbra Streisand launched an ongoing auction in support of her Streisand Foundation, in which she auctioned off her own clothing and accessories on eBay.
In 2004
Elton John tried to explain his recent outbursts, telling Britain's "Sunday Times" he doesn't get angry, he experiences rage.  He noted it's something he doesn't like, but acknowledged that -- particularly when he's tired -- quote, "the bad temper and the irrationality come out."  John's explanation followed recent obscenity-ridden tirades against the press in Taipei and pop superstar Madonna.
In 2005
The Isley Brothers' Ronald Isley was found guilty on all counts he faced in his tax evasion trial in Los Angeles.
Bette Midler hosted her 10th anniversary Hulaween fundraiser for the New York Restoration Project in New York.
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame began a week-long American Music Masters Series tribute to Sam Cooke.
In 2006
Landmark CD releases included The Who's "Endless Wire," the band's first new studio disc since 1982's "It's Hard," and Meat Loaf's "Bat Out Of Hell 3: The Monster Is Loose," the third installment in the "Bat" trilogy and his first "Bat" album in 13 years.  Other albums hitting stores included John Fogerty's live effort "Long Road Home: In Concert" and Phil Lesh and Friends' "Live at the Warfield."
The video game "Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories" was released.  The game features Phil Collins as a playable character, and includes his hit "In the Air Tonight," which was used in the TV series "Miami Vice."
Mick Jagger's ongoing throat problems forced the Rolling Stones to postpone a planned New York City club performance by a day.
Alice Cooper and Yes drummer Alan White placed in the top 20 on a "Golf Digest" ranking of the top 100 musician golfers.  Other rockers making the cut included Doors guitarist Robbie Krieger, the Moody Blues' John Lodge, Roger Waters, Stephen Stills, Graham Nash, Neil Young, Glenn Frey, Don Felder, Bob Dylan, and Van Halen's Eddie Van Halen.
In 2007
Meat Loaf abruptly ended his concert in Newcastle, England after only an hour because he was ill.  During the performance he also said it would be his last show, but he later explained that he spoke out of fear and frustration and wasn't planning on retiring.  However, it turned out to be the final concert of his tour.  Meat was diagnosed with a cyst on his vocal cords, and cancelled the rest of his trek on the advice of his doctors.
The Moody Blues' Justin Haywood, John Lodge, and Graeme Edge were on hand for the unveiling of "Nights in White Satin -- The Trip," a ride the band helped develop for the Hard Rock Park, a rock and roll-themed amusement park in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.
In 2008
Michael Jackson made a surprise appearance at a Halloween party which the Dixie Chicks' Natalie Maines hosted at her California home.  Maines said many guests didn't believe it was really him, adding that "a couple of people went up to him and told him he had the greatest Michael Jackson costume ever."
In 2012
Michael Jackson topped the Forbes "Top-Earning Dead Musicians" list.  Between October 2011 and October 2012 Jackson's posthumous income was 145-million-dollars -- more than any musician alive or dead.  Elvis Presley, with earnings of 55-million, took second place.