Thursday, October 12, 2017

Music Calendar...

In 1957 After a concert in Sydney, Australia, Little Richard announces he wanted to give up rock and roll. He becomes a minister and records gospel albums, but returns to rock in 1962.

In 1959 "Oh! Carol" by Neil Sedaka enters the U.S. top 40 chart.

In 1962 The Beatles open for Little Richard in Liverpool.

In 1963 "Sugar Shack" by Jimmy Gilmer & Fireballs hits #1 on the U.S. top 40 chart and stayed there for 5 weeks.

In 1966 The "Jimi Hendrix Experience" is formed in London.

In 1966 Guitarist Denny Laine quits the Moody Blues.

In 1968 Mick Jagger appears on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine.

In 1969 WKNR/Detroit DJ Russ Gibb plays the Beatles "Revolution" backwards and listeners hear the phrase "Turn Me On Deadman," adding fuel to the "Paul Is Dead" hoax.

In 1970 Composers Andrew Lloyd Weber and Tim Rice introduce their new rock opera "Jesus Christ Superstar."

In 1971 Gene Vincent ("Be-Bop-A-Lula") dies from a bleeding ulcer.

In 1972 "Use Me" by Bill Withers is certified gold.

In 1972 Creedence Clearwater Revival officially disbands.

In 1972 "Lady Sings The Blues" starring Diana Ross premieres in theatres.

In 1973 Cher's single "Half-Breed" and Elton John's album "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road" are both certified gold.

In 1974 "If You Love Me Let Me Know" by Olivia Newton-John is #1 on the U.S. albums chart.

In 1975 Rod Stewart & the Faces play their last gig together at New York's Nassau Coliseum.

In 1976 "I'd Really Love To See You Tonight" by England Dan & John Ford Coley is certified gold.

In 1977 Linda Ronstadt's album "Simple Dreams" is certified platinum.

In 1979 Ian Anderson of Jethro Tull suffers a minor eye injury when a fan throws a rose at him at a Madison Square Garden.

In 1981 Barbara Mandrell receives CMA's Entertainer of the Year award, for the second year in a row.

In 1982 The Who play their last performance at Shea Stadium.

In 1984 Olivia Newton-John's "Physical" album and Tom Petty's "Damn The Torpedos" LP are both certified double platinum.

In 1985 Founding member and B-52's guitarist Ricky Wilson dies at age 32 of an AIDS-related illness.

In 1985 "Oh Shelia" by Ready For The World is #1 on the U.S. top 40 chart.

In 1987 George Harrison's single "Got My Mind Set On You" is released.

In 1988 Duran Duran's album "Introspective" is released.

In 1991 "The Statler Brothers Show" premieres on TNN.

In 1991 "Emotions" by Mariah Carey hits #1 on the U.S. top 40 chart and stayed there for 3 weeks.

In 1991 Nirvana's CD "Nevermind" is certified gold.

In 1992 AC/DC's album "Live" is released.

In 1992 Michael Jackson breaks his own record for album sales when "Dangerous" sold more than 15 million copies in 10 months.

In 1996 The December 1968 film documentary, "The Rolling Stones Rock & Roll Circus," is released.

In 1996 Hootie & the Blowfish join Willie Nelson, Neil Young, John Mellencamp and 45,000 fans at Farm Aid '96 in Columbia, SC.

In 1997 John Denver, 53, is killed in the crash of his privately built experimental aircraft in Monterey Bay, CA.

In 1998 Elton John turns down an offer to serve as a United Nations "messenger of peace," citing a lack to time to do the job justice.

In 1999 Eric Clapton's album "Clapton Chronicles" is released.

In 1999 The Backstreet Boys' album "Finally" is certified gold.

In 2002 More than 25 years after his death, Elvis Presley is #1 on the Billboard 200 with RCA Records' "Elv1s 30 No. 1 Hits."

In 2002 Grammy-winning composer and conductor Ray Conniff dies at age 85 from injuries to his head sustained from a fall.

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