Almanac: October 20, 2016

Birthdays 
  • 1885 - Jelly Roll Morton (d. 1941)
  • 1908 - Stuart Hamblen (d. 1989) 
  • 1913 - Grandpa Jones (born Louis Jones) (d. 1998)
  • 1934 - Eddie Harris (d. 1996)
  • 1937 - Wanda Jackson (79)
  • 1938 - Kathy Kirby (d. 2011)
  • 1939 - Jay Siegel (Tokens) (77)
  • 1939 - Ray Jones (Billy J. Kramer & the Dakotas) (d. 2000)
  • 1942 - John Carter (born John Shakespeare) (producer, songwriter) (74)
  • 1945 - Ric Lee (Ten Years After) (71)
  • 1950 - Tom Petty (66)
  • 1951 - Al Greenwood (Foreigner) (65)
  • 1958 - Mark King (Level 42) (58)
  • 1958 - Ricky Byrd (Joan Jett & the Blackhearts) (58)
  • 1964 - Jim Sonefeld (Hootie & the Blowfish) (55)
  • 1964 - Dave Ryan (Lemonheads) (55)
  • 1965 - Norman Blake (Teenage Fanclub) (51)
  • 1966 - Fred Coury (Cinderella) (50)
  • 1971 - Snoop Dogg (45)
  • 1971 - Dannii Minogue (45)
  • 1971 - Jimi Westbrook (Little Big Town) (45)
  • 1976 - Tom Wisniewski (MxPx) (40)
  • 1977 - Nick Hodgson (Kaiser Chiefs) (39)
  • 1978 - Paul Wilson (Snow Patrol) (38)
  • 1980 - Gary Jarman (Cribs) (36)
Deaths
  • 1977 - Ronnie Van Zandt (Lynyrd Skynyrd) - Plane crash (29)
  • 1977 - Cassie Gaines (Lynyrd Skynyrd) - Plane crash (29)
  • 1977 - Steve Gaines (Lynyrd Skynyrd) - Plane crash (28)
  • 1983 - Merle Travis - Heart attack (65)
  • 1997 - Henry Vestine (Canned Heat) - Heart and respiratory failure (52)
  • 2007 - Paul Raven (Killing Joke) - Heart attack (46)
  • 2010 - Ari Up (born Ariane Forster) (Slits) - Cancer (48)
  • 2011 - Barry Feinstein (music photographer) (80)
On This Day
  • 1951 - Hank Williams signed a movie contract with MGM.
  • 1960 - The Elvis Presley film G.I. Blues premiered
  • 1962 - LeRoy Van Dyke joined the Grand Ole Opry.
  • 1964 - The Rolling Stones played their first live show in France at the Paris Olympia. The show ended in a riot.
  • 1966 - Del Reeves became a member of the Grand Ole Opry.
  • 1967 - Davy Jones opened a boutique in Greenwich Village, New York.
  • 1976 - The Song Remains the Same, the Led Zeppelin concert film, premiered in New York.
  • 1978 - The Police played live for the first time in the U.S. at CBGBs in New York.
  • 1992 - The movie Pure Country, starring George Strait, premiered in Nashville. 
  • 1994 - Bruce Springsteen and Neil Young joined Bob Dylan on stage at the Roseland Ballroom in New York.
  • 1996 - Mark Morrison was arrested for conspiracy to rob a London store.
  • 1999 - Ricky Martin started a North American tour in Miami, FL.
  • 1999 - Johnny Cash was admitted to the hospital for the second time in a year suffering from pneumonia. 
  • 2000 - The Vocal Group Hall of Fame held their second induction ceremony for the 1999 and 2000 classes. New members for 1999 were The Ink Spots, The Imperials, Hank Ballard & The Midnighters, The Moonglows and The Four Seasons among others. 2000 inductees were The Flamingos, Frankie Lymon & The Teenagers, Dion & The Belmonts, The Drifters and The Mama’s & The Papa’s.
  • 2003 - Cheryl Tweedy of Girls Alive was found guilty of assaulting a worker at a nightclub.
  • 2003 - The Kills postponed a U.K. tour due to exhaustion.
  • 2003 - Jimmy Cliff was awarded Jamaica's Order of Merit.
  • 2005 - Rapper Sticky Fingaz was arrested after leaving an unlicensed gun in his New York hotel room.
  • 2006 - The movie Flicka, starring Tim McGraw, premiered. 
Marriages
  • 1991 - Clint Black and Lisa Hartman
  • 1996 - Kelly Willis and Bruce Robison
  • 2013 - Kelly Clarkson and Brandon Blackstock
Recorded
  • 1955 - The Banana Boat Song (Day-O) - Harry Belafonte
  • 1965 - We Can Work it Out - Beatles
Released
  • 1962 - Big Girls Don't Cry - Four Seasons (single)
  • 1969 - The Wedding Album - John Lennon & Yoko Ono
  • 1973 - The Joker - Steve Miller Band (single)
  • 1980 - Boy - U2
  • 1992 - Erotica - Madonna
  • 2009 - Southern Voice - Tim McGraw
Number Ones – U.S. Singles
  • 1962 - Monster Mash - Bobby Boris Pickett & the Crypt Kickers (2 weeks)
  • 1973 - Angie - Rolling Stones (1 week)
  • 1979 - Rise - Herb Alpert (2 weeks)
  • 1990 - I Don't Have a Heart - James Ingram
  • 2001 - I'm Real (Murder Remix) - Jennifer Lopez Featuring Ja Rule (2 weeks (3 previous weeks))

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