29 October

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2016 John "Buck" Ormsby, bass player for the Wailers (sometimes the "Fabulous" Wailers) and founder of Etiquette Records, passes away from a fall in Mexico.

2009 To celebrate the 25th anniversary of The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, a series of concerts take place at Madison Square Garden, featuring inductees Bruce Springsteen, Bono, Mick Jagger and Aretha Franklin.

2007 Bon Iver signs to Jagjaguwar Records.

2006 Billboard executive Tom Noonan, who helped launch the Billboard Hot 100 during his 30-year tenure, dies of bladder cancer at age 78.

2005 The wax figures of the younger Beatles used in the cover of the band's Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band album are auctioned off for 81,500 pounds in London after being discovered languishing in the backroom of Madame Tussauds' famous wax museum.

2004 At a campaign rally in Columbus, Ohio, George W. Bush unveils his new theme song in his presidential re-election campaign: "Still The One" by Orleans. The song's co-writer, John Hall, is watching on CNN and is mortified, as he actively opposes Bush's policies. Along with his band members and the song's co-writer (his ex-wife, Johanna), Hall demands that Bush stop using the song.More

2003 Italian opera singer Franco Corelli dies at age 82, months after suffering a stroke.

2003 A study by the Nielsen ratings people finds that a full third of the sales of Beatles 1 were to new fans between the ages of 19 and 24, skewing the fan base even younger than it had been previously.

2001 Henry Berthold "Spike" Robinson, jazz tenor saxophonist, dies at age 71.

2001 Musician/poet Gil Scott-Heron is sentenced to 1-3 years in state prison in a New York court, after failing to appear at an Oct. 1 hearing regarding the mandatory drug rehabilitation required by his plea bargain on an earlier drug possession charge.

2000 The Spice Girls score their ninth and final UK #1 hit as the double-sided "Holler"/"Let Love Lead The Way" reaches the top of the chart.

1998 Singer/guitarist Brian Setzer files suit against Ken Kinnally, a former member of Setzer's pre-Stray Cats group the Bloodless Pharaohs. Setzer alleges that, without his knowledge or consent, Kinnally licensed 1978 studio tracks and 1979 live recordings to Collectibles Records, which issued an album titled Brian Setzer & the Bloodless Pharaohs.

1998 Three ex-members of the San Francisco punk band Dead Kennedys sue former lead singer Jello Biafra (Eric Reed Boucher), claiming he diverted money owed to his bandmates for his own use. The action is filed by East Bay Ray (Ray Pepperell), Klaus Flouride (Geoffrey Lyall), and D.H. Peligro (Darren Henley). The suit goes to trial in April 2000.

1995 Paul Anka guest stars on the "Treehouse of Horror VI" episode of The Simpsons.

1993 Tim Burton's animated musical The Nightmare Before Christmas hits US theaters. The film features music composed by Danny Elfman of Oingo Boingo; Elfman also sings the vocal parts of protagonist Jack Skellington.

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Frankie Says Welcome To The Pleasuredome


Frankie Goes to Hollywood release their debut album, Welcome To The Pleasuredome, in the UK.

The group has already released three singles in the UK, all of which have hit #1 in that territory: "Relax," "Two Tribes" and "The Power Of Love." All of these songs are included on the album, a 2-disc set containing a number of cover songs, including Bruce Springsteen's "Born To Run" and the Burt Bacharach/Hal David composition "Do You Know the Way to San José."

Thanks to advance sales the album is guaranteed a #1 UK debut, so the band sets out to conquer America, kicking off a North American tour on October 30. They play Saturday Night Live on November 10, and eventually make it to Hollywood (or at least Los Angeles), playing three shows at the Palace Theater.

They have a hard time moving the needle in America outside of major cities; "Relax" eventually hits #10, but "Two Tribes" and "The Power Of Love" don't crack the Top 40. They just miss a fourth consecutive #1 in Britain when the title tracks stops at #2.

Interest in the band quickly dissipates. Their second album, Liverpool, underwhelms when it is released in 1986, and the band splits up the following year.



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