1983 Pink Floyd's Dark Side Of The Moon album breaks the record for most weeks on the Billboard albums chart when it eclipses Johnny's Greatest Hits by Johnny Mathis with 491 weeks. Dark Side remains on the chart until 1988, when it drops off with 724 weeks. Thanks to reissues and promotions, it returns from time to time, notching over 880 weeks on the chart in total.
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.
2014 NPR posts T-Pain's Tiny Desk concert, where he sings three songs without Auto-Tune. Listeners are shocked to hear he can sing really well, and the video goes viral, becoming the most popular Tiny Desk concert in the history of the series.
2012 While campaigning for the 2012 election, president Barack Obama takes time out to interview with radio station WIZF Cincinnati, to talk about his favorite music artists. Asked "what's on the presidential iPod?," Obama names Stevie Wonder, James Brown, The Rolling Stones, and Bob Dylan as his "old school" choices, Jay-Z, Eminem, and Fugees for newer artists, and John Coltrane, Miles Davis, and Gil Scott-Heron amongst his favorite jazz artists.
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 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.
2003 Italian opera singer Franco Corelli dies at age 82, months after suffering a stroke.
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.
2001 Henry Berthold "Spike" Robinson, jazz tenor saxophonist, dies at age 71.
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 Dead Kennedys lead singer Jello Biafra is sued by his bandmates over unpaid royalties. They eventually win the case and gain control of the group's songs and the rights to the name. In 2001, they re-form with a new lead singer replacing Biafra, who never re-unites with the band.
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.
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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