18 October

Pick a Day


In Music History

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1975 Rapper Baby Bash is born Ronnie Ray Bryant in Vallejo, California. Known for songs like "Cyclone," featuring T-Pain, and "What Is It," featuring Sean Kingston.

1975 John Denver's album Windsong hits #1 in America.

1974 Peter Svensson (main songwriter/guitarist for The Cardigans) is born in Huskvarna, Sweden.

1969 Rod Stewart joins Faces, formerly known as Small Faces.

1969 The Jackson 5 make their TV debut and first appearance as a Motown act when they appear on the variety show Hollywood Palace.

1969 The Temptations' "I Can't Get Next To You" hits #1 for the first of two weeks.

1967 The Richard Lester movie How I Won The War, an antiwar satire featuring John Lennon in the role of Pvt. Gripweed, opens at London's Premiere Theatre, with all four Beatles attending.

1966 The Jimi Hendrix Experience play their first major gig, supporting the French pop star Johnny Hallyday at the Olympia Theatre in Paris.

1964 The Animals begin their first UK tour as headliners, playing the ABC Club in Manchester with supporting acts Carl Perkins, Gene Vincent, The Nashville Teens, and Tommy Tucker.

1964 The Beatles record "Eight Days A Week," "Kansas City"/"Hey-Hey-Hey-Hey!," "Mr. Moonlight," "I Feel Fine," "I'll Follow The Sun," "Everybody's Trying To Be My Baby," "Rock And Roll Music," and "Words Of Love."

1964 The Beatles record "If I Needed Someone" and "In My Life."

1963 Chuck Berry is released from prison after serving 20 months for a Mann Act violation (transporting a minor across state lines for immoral purposes).

1961 Wynton Marsalis, jazz trumpeter, composer and teacher, is born in New Orleans, Louisiana. Won the 1997 Pulitzer Prize for Music for Blood on the Fields, a three-and-a-half hour jazz oratorio telling the story of a couple finding freedom from slavery.

1957 Paul McCartney and John Lennon perform together for the first time after Paul joins John's band the Quarrymen. The show takes place at New Clubmoor Hall in their hometown of Liverpool, and Paul plays guitar.

1957 The second Frank Sinatra Show debuts on ABC, lasting only one season. The singer's first version of the show lasted two seasons.

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Early Rockers Appear At First-Ever Nostalgia Show


Promoter Richard Nader puts on the first "Rock and Roll Revival" concerts, with performances by Chuck Berry, The Coasters, The Shirelles, Sha Na Na and Bill Haley. Held at Madison Square Garden's Felt Forum, the two shows sell out, leading to a series of similar concerts and the emergence of the "oldies" format.

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