Almanac: October 31, 2016

Birthdays
  • 1896 - Ethel Waters (d. 1977)
  • 1902 - Julia Lee (d. 1958)
  • 1912 - Dale Evans (d. 2001)
  • 1927 - Anita Kerr (89)
  • 1937 - Tom Paxton (79)
  • 1940 - Eric Griffiths (Quarrymen) (d. 2005)
  • 1944 - Kinky Friedman (72)
  • 1945 - Russ Ballard (Argent) (71)
  • 1945 - Rik Kenton (Roxy Music) (71)
  • 1949 - Bob Siebenberg (Supertramp) (67)
  • 1951 - Doug Bennett (Doug and the Slug) (d. 2004)
  • 1952 - Tony Bowers (Simply Red) (64)
  • 1952 - Bernard Edwards (Chic) (d. 1996)
  • 1957 - Robert Pollard (Guided by Voices) (59)
  • 1961 - Larry Mullen (U2) (55)
  • 1961 - Kate Campbell (55)
  • 1963 - Johnny Marr (born John Maher) (Smiths) (53)
  • 1963 - Mikkey Dee (born Micael Delaoglou) (Motörhead) (53)
  • 1964 - Darryl Worley (52)
  • 1964 - Colm Ó Cíosóig (My Bloody Valentine) (52)
  • 1966 - Adam Horovitz (Ad-Rock, Beastie Boys) (50)
  • 1966 - Annabella Lwin (Bow-Wow-Wow) (50)
  • 1967 - Vanilla Ice (born Robert Van Winkle) (49)
  • 1968 - Ally McErlaine (Texas) (48)
  • 1968 - Al Mackenzie (D:Ream) (48)
  • 1970 - Linn Berggren (Ace of Base) (46)
  • 1970 - Johnny Moeller (Fabulous Thunderbirds) (46)
  • 1970 - Rogers Stevens (Blind Melon) (46)
  • 1981 - Frank Iero (My Chemical Romance) (35)
  • 1982 - Monica Irimia (Cheeky Girls) (34)
  • 1982 - Gabriela Irimia (Cheeky Girls) (34)
  • 2000 - Willow Smith (16)
Deaths
  • 1989 - Roger Scott (British DJ) - Cancer (46)
  • 1994 - Lester Sill (executive, Phillies, Colpix, Colgems) (76)
  • 2003 - Ron Davies (songwriter, It Ain't Easy, Long Hard Climb) - Heart attack (57)
  • 2011 - Liz Anderson - Heart and lung disease (84)
On This Day
  • 1952 - Chuck Berry was hired to play guitar for Johnnie Johnson.
  • 1959 - The Quarry Men (with John Lennon, Paul McCartney and George Harrison) changed their name to Johnny and the Moondogs.
  • 1963 - Ed Sullivan was at Heathrow Airport when the Beatles came through and saw full fledged Beatlemania, causing him to look into booking the group.
  • 1964 - Ray Charles was arrested in Boston for heroin possession.
  • 1967 - Iggy & the Stooges made their live debut at a Halloween party in Michigan.
  • 1968 - Linda Eastman moved to England to live with Paul McCartney.
  • 1974 - Led Zeppelin started their label, Swan Song.
  • 1975 - The Marshall Tucker Band performed at a fund raiser for presidential candidate Jimmy Carter.
  • 1986 - Roger Waters was in court trying to stop his former bandmates from using the name Pink Floyd.
  • 1989 - The first MTV Unplugged show was tapped in New York with Squeeze.
  • 1993 - The Red Hot Chili Pepper's Flea was a witness to the fatal collapse of River Phoenix in Los Angeles.
  • 1993 - Tupac Shakur is arrested for shooting two off-duty police officers in Atlanta.
  • 1995 - James Brown was arrested for assaulting his wife, Adrienne.
  • 1996 - Slash announced his departure from Guns N' Roses.
  • 1998 - Kiss opened their Psycho-Circus tour in Los Angeles.
  • 2003 - Cher completed her Farewell Tour by being named Billboard's top touring female artist.
  • 2004 - R. Kelly was fired from a tour with Jay-Z after an altercation with his entourage.
  • 2013 - The family of Marvin Gaye announced they were taking action against Robin Thicke and Pharell Williams over the song Blurred Lines and its similarities to Got to Give It Up. 
Marriages
  • 1968 - Davy Jones (Monkees) and Linda Haines
  • 1970 - Michelle Phillips (Mamas & the Papas) and Dennis Hopper
Recorded
  • 1974 - If I Could Only Win Your Live and Too Far Gone - Emmylou Harris
Released
  • 1953 - Golden Teardrops - Flamingos (single)
  • 1992 - Symbol - Prince & the New Power Generation
  • 1995 - Alice in Chains - Alice in Chains (vinyl only, the CD release would wait a week)
  • 2000 - Stankonia - Outkast
  • 2006 - Small Town Girl - Kellie Pickler (debut album)
Broadcasts
  • 1986 - The Tube (U.K.) - Jermaine Stewart, Troublefunk, Bob Geldof, Frankie Goes To Hollywood and Spandau Ballet
  • 1992 - Halloween Jam at Universal Studios (ABC) - AC/DC, the Black Crowes,  Ozzy Osbourne, En Vogue and Slaughter.
Number Ones – U.S. Singles
  • 1960 - Save the Last Dance For Me - Drifters (2 weeks (1 previous week))
  • 1964 - Baby Love - Supremes (4 weeks)
  • 2009 - Down - Jay Sean Featuring Lil Wayne (1 week (1 previous week))

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