Almanac: October 25, 2016

Birthdays 
  • 1912 - Minnie Pearl (d. 1996)
  • 1932 - Andy Star (born Franklin Gulledge) (d. 2003)
  • 1937 - Jeanne Black (d. 2014)
  • 1941 - Helen Reddy (75)
  • 1943 - Roy Lynes (Status Quo) (73)
  • 1944 - Jon Anderson (Yes) (72)
  • 1944 - Taffy Danoff (born Taffy Nivert) (Starland Vocal Band) (72)
  • 1946 - John Hall (Equals) (70)
  • 1947 - Glen Tipton (Judas Priest) (69)
  • 1950 - Chris Norman (Smokie) (66)
  • 1951 - Richard Lloyd (Television) (65)
  • 1955 - Matthias Jabs (Scorpions) (61)
  • 1957 - Robbie Macintosh (Pretenders) (59)
  • 1958 - Mark Miller (Sawyer Brown) (58)
  • 1959 - Christina Amphlett (Divinyls) (d. 2013)
  • 1961 - Chad Smith (Red Hot Chili Peppers, Chickenfoot) (55)
  • 1963 - John Leven (Europe) (53)
  • 1968 - Speech (born Todd Thomas) (Arrested Development) (48)
  • 1970 - Ed Robertson (Barenaked Ladies) (46)
  • 1970 - Chely Wright (46)
  • 1981 - Romeo (born Jerome Jones) (35)
  • 1984 - Katy Perry (born Kathrine Hudson) (32)
  • 1984 - Sara Lumholdt (A-Teens) (32)
  • 1985 - Ciara (born Ciara Harris) (31)
Deaths
  • 1984 - Johnnie Lee Wills - Heart complications (72)
  • 1985 - Gary Holton (Heavy Metal Kids) - Heroin overdose (33)
  • 1991 - Bill Graham - Helicopter crash (60)
  • 1992 - Roger Miller - Lung cancer (56)
  • 1993 - Howie Blauvelt (Hassles (Billy Joel's first band) - Heart attack
  • 2002 - Richard Harris - Hodgkin's lymphoma (72)
  • 2004 - John Peel (influential British DJ) - Heart attack (65)
  • 2010 - Gregory Isaacs - Lung cancer (59)
On This Day
  • 1958 - Cliff Richard made his radio debut on the BBC's Saturday Club.
  • 1960 - Former schoolmates Mick Jagger and Keith Richards meet on a train ride.
  • 1968 - Led Zeppelin plays for the first time since changing their name from the New Yardbirds at Surrey University in England.
  • 1968 - John Lennon and Yoko Ono announced they were to be parents; however, Ono later miscarries.
  • 1980 - New Order played live for the first time in Manchester, England.
  • 1986 - Mark Knopfler broke his collarbone after crashing in a celebrity car race before the Australian Grand Prix.
  • 1988 - Chico and Bobby DeBarge were convicted of trafficking cocaine.
  • 1995 - Cliff Richard received his knighthood from Queen Elizabeth II.
  • 1997 - Johnny Cash announced that he was suffering from Parkinson's Disease during a show in Michigan.
  • 2002 - A home owned by Aretha Franklin in Bloomfield, MI burned to the ground. She had not lived in it in two years.
  • 2003 - The 17th edition of the Bridge School Benefit concert was held in Mountain View, CA with performances including Crosby Stills Nash & Young, Dave Matthews Band, Neil Young, Pearl Jam, Willie Nelson, Pearl Jam, Incubus, Dashboard Confessional and Wilco
  • 2005 - Charlie Daniels was named BMI Icon at the BMI Country Awards. 
  • 2006 - Ronnie James Dio announced he was reuniting with his edition of Black Sabbath (Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler, Bill Ward) under the name Heaven and Hell.
  • 2006 - Andy Taylor quit Duran Duran.
  • 2007 - Hank Williams, Jr. was honored at the CMT Giants concert in Los Angeles
  • 2008 - Craig Morgan became a member of the Grand Ole Opry. Kristy Lee Cook made her Opry debut. 
Marriages
  • 1996 - Paula Abdul and Brad Beckerman
  • 2003 - Dave Buckner (Papa Roach) and Mia Tyler
Released
  • 1968 - Electric Ladyland - Jimi Hendrix Experience
  • 1969 - Ummagumma - Pink Floyd
  • 1972 - A Good Feeling to Know - Poco
  • 1994 - Bedtime Stories - Madonna
  • 2010 - Speak Now - Taylor Swift
Broadcasts
  • 1964 - Ed Sullivan Show - Rolling Stones (first appearance)
  • 2006 - Oprah Winfrey - Madonna
Number Ones – U.S. Singles
  • 1980 - Woman in Love - Barbra Streisand (3 weeks)
  • 1986 - True Colors - Cyndi Lauper (2 weeks)
  • 2008 - Womanizer - Britney Spears (1 week)

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