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 1940s John Lee Hooker was accompanied only by his guitar when he had his first recording session, in 1948. Modern Records chose Boogie Chillen’ as a single, which topped the R&B charts in 1949. Hooker was still a janitor at Chrysler when the record took off.
 1950s After much anticipation, and an incredible demand even before the song was released, Love Me Tender finally hit number 1 in the U.S. in 1956. The week before it had been second only to The King’s double-sided hit, Don’t Be Cruel / Hound Dog. His first film (originally titled, The Reno Brothers), took on the Love Me Tender name just as production began near the end of the summer. The song was rush-released in the first week of October and went on to spend 5 weeks at the top.
 1950s Buddy Holly made an appearance on American Bandstand in 1958. It was his last major TV showing. He lip-synched to Heartbeat and It’s So Easy, while The Crickets backed him.
 1960s Little Richard began a 2 week engagement at the Star Club in Hamburg, Germany, in 1962. On the same bill were The Beatles, and Paul McCartney allegedly asked Richard for some singing tips. Richard had also recently made appearances with Billy Kramer, The Merseybeats , The Big Three and others.
 1960s Dion didn’t return for his second performance on the live Ready, Steady, Go! television program in 1963. While trying to sing Donna the Prima Donna, dancers on the stage around him were getting in the way, so he walked off. The song had hit number 6 in the U.S., as would the follow-up, Drip Drop. But Dion DiMucci would have to wait another 5 years before charting in the top 10 again.
 1960s The Move lost a court battle in 1967 to Prime Minister Wilson. The band had created a promotional postcard for their single, Flowers in the Rain, that contained a caricature of a naked Wilson. Roy Wood was the driving force behind the group until he formed a second band, ELO, with Jeff Lynne, a year and a half later. Lynne would make ELO into his own, progressive rock group and would go on to re-record The Move song, Do Ya.
 1960s George Harrison became the first Beatle to release a solo album when Wonderwall Music was issued in 1968. It was also the first LP to be put out on Apple Records. The music was written as a soundtrack to the Wonderwall movie.
 1970s Led Zeppelin III hit number 1 on the U.S. albums chart in 1970, with the help of The Immigrant Song. It was the first of 4 weeks at the top. Their second album had held the number 1 position for 7 weeks about a year earlier, after the band’s first album had stalled at number 10.
 1970s Three weeks before his 25th birthday, in 1971, Duane Allman was killed from injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident. Allman swerved to miss a truck and crashed. He was a crucial member of The Allman Brothers Band and also had the pleasure of playing guitar with Eric Clapton on the classic, Layla, as well as on Wilson Pickett’s recording of Hey Jude.
 1970s John Lennon’s Imagine album was number 1 in the U.S. in 1971, making it his first album to hit the top in both the U.K. and America. A remixed and remastered version was made available in the new millennium that featured a much cleaner sound.
 1970s James Taylor and Carly Simon were married on November 3rd, 1972. Their most recent hits had been, That’s The Way I’ve Always Heard It Should Be and Anticipation (Simon), and Fire and Rain and You’ve Got a Friend (Taylor). They were divorced in 1983, having recorded together several times, including Mockingbird (1974) and Devoted to You (1978). Both released new albums in 1997, Hourglass (Taylor) and Film Noir (Simon). Although Simon has been recognized with an excellent box set, Clouds in My Coffee, Taylor has yet to receive similar treatment.
 1970s Beatle George, the one most opposed to touring in the final years with The Fab Four, became the first on an ‘American’ tour in the 1970s when he played the opening concert in 1974 in Vancouver, Canada. Billy Preston backed him on keyboards but the tour played mostly to small crowds.
 1970s Bohemian Rhapsody was released as a single this week in 1975. It was a hit a second time for Queen after being featured in the movie, Wayne’s World. The song had actually been cut down in length to the slightly less than 6 minute single that was issued.
 1970s In 1976, Chicago had their biggest hit until that point with If You Leave Me Now. It was number 1 for its second of 2 weeks and a re-recorded version can be found on a recent Peter Cetera solo album. Cetera was Chicago’s lead singer and bass player until he left the band in 1985 for a solo career.
 1970s Heart’s debut album, Dreamboat Annie, peaked at number 7 in the U.S. in 1976. It spent a couple of weeks there, and the following week, the Magic Man single hit number 9. The album was full of strong tracks, songs like Crazy On You, White Lightning and Wine, I’ll Be Your Song, How Deep It Goes, in addition to the title track and singles.
 1970s The made for television movie, Kiss Meets the Phantom of the Park, was shown on NBC-TV in the U.S. in 1978. The four rock stars had to deal with a mad scientist who went crazy in an amusement park. The heavily made-up rock stars had just released their solo albums.
 1970s Nick Gilder had the number 1 song in the U.S. when Hot Child in the City displaced Kiss You All Over in 1978. Gilder had left Canadian rock band, Sweeney Todd, for a solo career shortly after their popular hit, Roxy Roller. He was replaced by Bryan Adams and soon released his debut album, You Know Who You Are, in 1977. Gilder’s next album, City Nights, proved to be his best, as Hot Child in the City became a smash single and earned him international success.
 1980s This week in 1983, Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon had been on the U.S. charts for 491 weeks, longer than any other album. It still sells amazingly well today.
 1980s In 1986, Roger Waters tried to get the courts to disallow David Gilmour and company from continuing as Pink Floyd after Waters had departed. Waters did most of the work on their last release together, 1983’s very disappointing, The Final Cut. His solo career went down hill from there, turning away many Pink Floyd fans and seeing them stick with Gilmour and company.
 1980s Dire Straits had their first greatest hits package, Money for Nothing, jump onto the U.K. albums chart at number 1 in 1988. Ten years later they tried it again, naming the new collection after their other huge classic rock hit, Sultans of Swing. It featured a much better selection of songs and a limited double CD version of it contained a set of live songs.
 1990s Almost 20 years after they first hit the charts with family members, David Cassidy and Donny Osmond both returned to the top 40 in the U.S. in 1990 this week with new singles. Cassidy had a self-titled solo album out on Enigma records, while Osmond was doing well with his Capitol LP, Eyes Don’t Lie. Lyin’ to Myself from the former Partridge Family member was still in the top 40 when Donny’s, My Love is a Fire, climbed higher to position 21, beating Cassidy by six spots.
 1990s In 1990, Billy Idol dumped 600 dead fish into the dressing room of Faith No More during a show in Seattle. They returned the favour by streaking onto the stage during Idol’s set. His latest album, Charmed Life, had just been certified platinum in the U.S., on the strength of songs like Cradle of Love, L.A. Woman and Love Unchained.
 1990s A free concert was held in 1991 in Golden Gate Park in San Francisco in memory of rock promoter, Bill Graham. The Grateful Dead, Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young, Joan Baez and Journey all took part in the show. Graham died the previous week in a helicopter crash after a Huey Lewis concert, and was managing the careers of Santana, Van Morrison and The Grateful Dead at the time. He was known as one of rock’s greatest entrepreneurs and ran The Fillmore East and West venues where the biggest acts in rock performed.
 1990s Cheap Trick contributed a cover of Cold Turkey to the John Lennon tribute album released in 1995, Working Class Hero. The only other decent track on the CD was Jealous Guy, performed by Collective Soul. Artists like The Red Hot Chili Peppers, Candlebox, Blues Traveler, Toad the Wet Sprocket, Mary Chapin Carpenter and George Clinton also recorded Lennon songs for the album.
 
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October 28:
Charlie Daniels was born an Uneasy Rider in 1936. Wayne Fontana began the Game of Love in 1945.
October 29:
Denny Laine (The Moody Blues / Wings) arrived With a Little Luck in 1944, as did Peter Green (Fleetwood Mac), but in 1946.
October 30:
The year 1939 saw Grace Slick find Somebody to Love. I Can’t Tell You Why, but I can tell you when: Timothy B. Schmit (Poco / The Eagles ) was born in 1947.
October 31:
Russ Ballard (Argent, 1947) and Larry Mullen Jr. (U2, 1961) were pretty Helpless when they first showed their faces.
November 1:
Dan Peek (America, 1950), Lyle Lovett (1957) and Rick Allen (Def Leppard, 1963) first felt some Muskrat Love.
November 2:
Jay Black (Jay & The Americans, 1938), Keith Emerson (Emerson, Lake & Palmer, 1944), J.D. Souther (1945) and Frankie Miller (1949) first experienced This Magic Moment on this day.
November 3:
Oh Me Oh My, Brian Poole (The Tremeloes, 1941) and Lulu (1948) both arrived on this day.
   
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October 29:
Duane Allman was killed in a motorcycle accident in 1971.
November 3:
Lonnie Donegan died in 2002 at the age of 71.

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