Friday, October 29, 2010

October 29 - Today In Rock Music History

Happy Birthday Denny Laine!

Denny Laine

Musicians Born On October 29

1944 Denny Laine (Moody Blues/Wings)
1946 Peter Green (Fleetwood Mac)
1954 Stephen Luscombe (Blancmange)
1955 Roger O'Donnell (The Cure)
1961 Randy Jackson (Jacksons)
1962 Einar Orn Benediktsson (The Sugarcubes)
1965 Pete Timmins (Cowboy Junkies)

Deaths On October 29

1963 Michael Holliday
1971 Duane Allman
1984 Wells Kelly (Orleans)

Number 1 In The Charts On October 29

1955 Roger Williams: 'Autumn Leaves' US 45
1966 ? and the Mysterians: '96 Tears' US 45
1977 Baccara: 'Yes Sir I Can Boogie' UK 45
1983 Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton: 'Islands in the Stream' US 45
1988 Enya: 'Orinoco Flow' UK 45
1988 Dire Straits: 'Money For Nothing' UK LP
1994 Pato Banton : Baby Come Back : UK single
1994 Boyz II Men : II : US LP
1997 Spice Girls : Spice Up Your Life : UK single

Various Music Events On October 29

1955 Joe Tex releases first single, 'Davy You Upset My Home' - an answer to Davy Crockett

1966 Beale Street, Memphis (as in 'Beale St. Blues' by W.C. Handy) is made a national landmark as Home of the Blues

1967 'Hair' opens off Broadway at the Public Theatre in New York's East Village

1975 Bob Dylan's 'Rolling Thunder Review' tour begins at memorial Auditorium, Plymouth, Massachusetts with Joan Baez, Roger McGuinn and Jack Elliott

1977 Chic enter US R&B chart with 'Dance Dance Dance,', on its way to selling a million

1983 Pink Floyd's 'Dark Side of the Moon' becomes longest-charting LP of all time when it logs its 491st week on US Top 200. The previous champ was 'Johnny Mathis's Greatest Hits' (April 1958 - July 1968)

1985 Cars' 'Drive' hits UK chart

1988 REM's 'Eponymous' hits UK LP chart

1990 The Byrds, LaVern Baker, John Lee Hooker, The Impressions, Wilson Pickett, Jimmy Reed and Ike & Tina Turner are inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

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