20 October

Pick a Day


In Music History

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1978 The Police make their US performance debut at CBGB's in New York.

1976 The Led Zeppelin concert documentary The Song Remains The Same opens in London and New York, with the band attending the New York premiere.

1974 Eric Burdon (of The Animals) names his newborn daughter Mirage (he later changes it to Alex).

1969 John Lennon and Yoko Ono release their Wedding Album LP (with a photo of their own wedding cake and a copy of their marriage certificate included).

1964 Jim Sonefeld (drummer for Hootie & the Blowfish) is born in Lansing, Michigan, but would relocate to Naperville, Illinois.

1960 Elvis Presley's film G.I. Blues premieres.

1959 Patty Duke opens on Broadway in The Miracle Worker.

1958 Mark King (lead singer, bassist for Level 42) is born in Cowes, Isle of Wight, England.

1955 Harry Belafonte records "The Banana Boat Song (Day-O)."

1955 Bill Haley, Pat Boone and Elvis Presley all appear together in concert at a Cleveland High School (the concert is filmed for a documentary of Cleveland DJ Bill Randle but is never released).

1954 LaVern Baker records "Tweedle Dee."

1951 Al Greenwood (keyboardist for Foreigner) is born in New York.

1950 Tom Petty (of Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, The Traveling Wilburys) is born in Gainesville, Florida.

1937 Wanda Jackson, known as The Queen of Rockabilly, is born in Maud, Oklahoma. Hits include "Tears Will Be the Chaser for Your Wine", "A Woman Lives for Love" and "Fancy Satin Pillows."

1925 Tom Dowd is born in New York City. After giving up a career in nuclear physics, he becomes a top producer, able to coax sounds out of many famous artists with his technical expertise and agreeable personality. His production credits include Idlewild South by The Allman Brothers and 461 Ocean Boulevard by Eric Clapton.

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Lynyrd Skynyrd Singer And Guitarist Killed In Plane Crash


Lynyrd Skynyrd members Ronnie Van Zant and Steve Gaines die in a plane crash in Mississippi. Gaines' sister Cassie, a backup singer with the group, is also killed along with two pilots and the band's manager. Other members of the group are badly injured.

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