Music Almanac: October 31, 2017

Birthdays
  • 1896 - Ethel Waters (d. 1977)
  • 1902 - Julia Lee (d. 1958)
  • 1912 - Dale Evans (d. 2001)
  • 1927 - Anita Kerr (90)
  • 1937 - Tom Paxton (80)
  • 1940 - Eric Griffiths (Quarrymen) (d. 2005)
  • 1944 - Kinky Friedman (73)
  • 1945 - Russ Ballard (Argent) (72)
  • 1945 - Rik Kenton (Roxy Music) (72)
  • 1949 - Bob Siebenberg (Supertramp) (68)
  • 1951 - Doug Bennett (Doug and the Slug) (d. 2004)
  • 1952 - Tony Bowers (Simply Red) (65)
  • 1952 - Bernard Edwards (Chic) (d. 1996)
  • 1957 - Robert Pollard (Guided by Voices) (60)
  • 1961 - Larry Mullen (U2) (56)
  • 1961 - Kate Campbell (56)
  • 1963 - Johnny Marr (born John Maher) (Smiths) (54)
  • 1963 - Mikkey Dee (born Micael Delaoglou) (Motörhead) (54)
  • 1964 - Darryl Worley (53)
  • 1964 - Colm Ó Cíosóig (My Bloody Valentine) (53)
  • 1966 - Adam Horovitz (Ad-Rock, Beastie Boys) (51)
  • 1966 - Annabella Lwin (Bow-Wow-Wow) (51)
  • 1967 - Vanilla Ice (born Robert Van Winkle) (50)
  • 1968 - Ally McErlaine (Texas) (49)
  • 1968 - Al Mackenzie (D:Ream) (49)
  • 1970 - Linn Berggren (Ace of Base) (47)
  • 1970 - Johnny Moeller (Fabulous Thunderbirds) (47)
  • 1970 - Rogers Stevens (Blind Melon) (47)
  • 1981 - Frank Iero (My Chemical Romance) (36)
  • 1982 - Monica Irimia (Cheeky Girls) (35)
  • 1982 - Gabriela Irimia (Cheeky Girls) (35)
  • 2000 - Willow Smith (17)
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. 
  • 2015 - One Direction played their final show before starting their hiatus.
Marriages
  • 1968 - Davy Jones (Monkees) and Linda Haines
  • 1970 - Michelle Phillips (Mamas & the Papas) and Dennis Hopper
  • 1994 - R. Kelly & Aaliyh
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))
Number Ones – U.S. Albums 
  • 1964 - People - Barbra Streisand (5 weeks)
  • 1970 - Led Zeppelin III - Led Zeppelin (4 weeks)
  • 2015 - Revival - Selena Gomez (1 week)
Number Ones – U.S. R&B Singles
  • 1942 - Mr. Five by Five - Ella Mae Morse With Freddie Slack and His Orchestra (2 weeks)
  • 1960 - Save the Last Dance For Me - Drifters (1 week)
  • 1992 - Right Now - Al B. Sure! (1 week)
Number Ones – U.S. Country Singles
  • 1987 - Right From the Start - Earl Thomas Conley (1 week)
  • 1998 - Honey, I'm Home - Shania Twain (1 week)
  • 2009 - Only You Can Love Me This Way - Keith Urban (1 week)
Number Ones – U.S. Adult Contemporary Singles
  • 1992 - I Will Be Here For You - Michael W. Smith (2 weeks)
  • 2009 - You Belong to Me - Taylor Swift (13 weeks)
Number Ones – U.K. Singles
  • 1963 - You'll Never Walk Alone - Gerry & the Pacemakers (4 weeks)
  • 1970 - Woodstock - Matthew's Southern Comfort (3 weeks)
  • 1992 - End of the Road - Boyz II Men (3 weeks)
  • 1998 - Believe - Cher (7 weeks)
  • 2009 - Fight For This Love - Cheryl Cole (2 weeks)
Number Ones – U.K. Albums 
  • 1970 - Motown Chartbusters, Volume 4 - Various Artists (1 week)
  • 1981 - Dare! - Human League (1 week)
  • 1987 - Tango in the Night - Fleetwood Mac (2 weeks)
  • 2009 - Overcome - Alexandra Burke (1 week)

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