Wednesday, October 20, 2010

October 20 - Today In Rock Music History

Happy Birthday Tom Petty!

Tom Petty, Heartbreakers

Musicians Born On October 20

1937 Wanda Jackson (US country singer)
1945 Ric Lee (Ten Years After)
1951 Alan Greenwood (Foreigner)
1953 Tom Petty (Running Down a Dream)
1958 Mark King (Level 42)
1964 Jim "Soni" Sonefeld (Hootie and The Blowfish)
1972 Snoop Doggy Dogg

Deaths On October 20

1983 Merle Travis (country guitarist)

Number 1 In The Charts On October 420

1960 Roy Orbison: 'Only the Lonely' UK 45
1962 Bobby 'Boris' Pickett: 'Monster Mash' US 45
1962 Peter, Paul and Mary: 'Peter, Paul and Mary' US LP
1973 Rolling Stones: 'Angie' US 45
1979 Herb Alpert: 'Rise' US 45
1984 Wham! 'Freedom' UK 45
1990 James Ingram : I Dont Have The Heart : US single
1990 Charlatans : Some Friendly : UK LP
1996 Spice Girls : Say You'll Be There : UK single

Various Music Events On October 20

1954 Lavern Baker records 'Tweedle Dee', with Ahmet Ertegun and Jerry Wexler producing in New York

1954 Elvis Presley's second single, 'Good Rockin' Tonight', enters Memphis chart at No. 5

1964 Rolling Stones play their first-ever show in France, at the Olympia in Paris. A hundred and fifty people arrested, £1,400 worth of damage done

1966 Cream debut on UK chart with 'Wrapping Paper'

1976 Led Zeppelin film 'The Song Remains the Same' premieres in London

1977 Ronnie Van Zandt and Steve Gaines from Lynyrd Skynyrd die in plane crash

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