Today in rock history Thursday 29th October
1944 – Moody Blues guitarist/vocalist Denny Laine is born on the Jersey coast in England.
1955 – Quiet Riot vocalist Kevin Dubrow is born in Los Angeles.
1957 – Buddy Holly & the Crickets’ “Oh Boy!” is released by
Brunswick Records. It will peak at #10 in the US and #3 in the UK.
1967 – During an American promotional tour, Pink Floyd appear on Dick
Clark’s American Bandstand. They lip-sync their single “See Emily Play,”
but singer Syd Barrett keeps his mouth shut throughout the
1967 – In Battersea, England, the Beatles shoot more sequences for their
film The Magical Mystery Tour, including the scene in which Ringo and
his Aunt Jessie go up the street to the tour bus.
1967 – Hair, advertised as the American Tribal Love-Rock Musical, opens
off-Broadway at the Public Theater in New York’s East Village. The show
will eventually move to Broadway for a successful run.
1969 – In today’s Rat Magazine, one journalist gathers together all the evidence that Paul McCartney is indeed dead.
1971 – Allman Brothers guitarist Duane Allman is killed when he crashes his motorcycle to avoid a truck in Macon, Ga.
1973 – The Who’s double album, “Quadrophenia” received gold record
status. It stayed on the US charts for 40 weeks and on Britain’s charts
for 12 weeks.
1976 – Officials at Lancaster Polytechnic, Coventry, England, halt a
planned show by The Sex Pistols, saying that they didn’t want “that sort
of thing” in their town.
1977 – A 30 year old Rocker named Marvin Lee Aday, who uses the stage
name Meat Loaf, releases his landmark album “Bat Out Of Hell”. Since
that time, the LP has sold over 43 million copies worldwide.
1983 – Pink Floyd’s “Dark Side of the Moon” marks its 491st week on the
Billboard album chart, surpassing the previous record holder, “Johnny’s
Greatest Hits” by Johnny Mathis. When it finally fell off of list in
October 1988, “Dark Side” had set a record of 741 weeks on the chart.
1990 – The Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame announces their newest inductees:
The Byrds, LaVern Baker, John Lee Hooker, The Impressions, Wilson
Pickett, Jimmy Reed and Ike & Tina Turner.
1996 – Best of, Video Hits, Vol. 1 (Van Halen) is released
1998 – Three ex-members of the San Francisco punk band the Dead Kennedys
sue former lead singer Jello Biafra (Eric Reed Boucher), claiming he
diverted money owed to his bandmates for his own use.
1999 – The surviving members of The Who, Pete Townshend, Roger Daltrey
and John Entwistle, reunited for the first time in two years for a
concert at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas to launch Pixelon, a new internet
2003 – Steve O’Rourke, manager of Pink Floyd since 1968, dies in England of a stroke. He is 63.
2005 – The four original wax heads of The Beatles that were used for the
cover of their Sgt. Pepper album were auctioned off after being
discovered in a back room at Madame Tussauds Wax Museum in London.