OCTOBER 28 – NOVEMBER 3 – THIS WEEK IN ROCK 

THE ANSWER TO THIS WEEK’S QUESTION: 

Dark Side of The Moon breaks the record for most weeks on the Billboard album chart with 724 weeks straight! October 29, 1983

OCTOBER 28 – NOVEMBER 3 – BORN THIS WEEK:

Charlie Daniels – October 28, 1936 (guitar, The Charlie Daniels Band)

Graham Bond – October 28, 1937 (RnB innovator)

Denny Laine – October 29, 1944 (vocals and guitar, The Moody Blues)

Peter Green – October 29, 1946 (vocals and guitar, Fleetwood Mac)

Eric Gales – October 29, 1974 (blues guitarist)

Grace Slick – October 30, 1939 (lead vocals, Jefferson Airplane)

Clifford Brown – October 30, 1930 (jazz trumpet player)

Timothy B. Schmit – October 30, 1947 (bass, The Eagles)

Ian D’Sa – October 30, 1975 (guitar/vocals, Billy Talent)

Johnny Marr – October 31, 1963 (guitar, the smiths)

Ric Grech – November 1, 1946 (bass, Blind Faith and Traffic)

Bob Weston – November 1, 1947 (guitar, Fleetwood Mac)

Anthony Kiedis – November 1, 1962 (singer, Red Hot Chili Peppers)

Keith Emerson – November 2, 1944 (keyboards, Emerson, Lake and Palmer)

Dave Pegg – November 2, 1947 (bass, Jethro Tull

Sonny Rhodes – November 3, 1940 (blues singer and lap steel player) 

DIED THIS WEEK IN ROCK HISTORY:

Duane Allman: October 29, 1971 (guitar, The Allman Brothers Band)

Peter Haycock: October 30, 2013 (guitar, Climax Blues Band)

Mississippi John Hurt: November 2, 1966 (blues vocalist and guitarist)

Jim Clench: November 3, 2010 (bass, Bachman Turner Overdrive)

MUSIC RELEASES AND TOP OF THE CHARTS:

The famous jazz standard “Autumn Leaves” is #1 in America: October 29, 1955

John Lennon, “Mind Games” and the LP of the same name was released: October 29, 1973

The Who’s “Quadrophenia” receives double Gold status: October 29, 1973

The John Lennon LP Imagine hits #1: October 30, 1971

Pink Floyd release Meddle: October 30, 1971

Santana’s album “Supernatural” goes #1: October 30, 1999

James Taylor’s LP Fire and Rain is certified gold: October 31, 1970

LED ZEPPELIN III HITS #1 ON THE CHARTS: OCTOBER 31, 1970

Meddle from Pink Floyd is released: October 31, 1971

 Queen, “Bohemian Rhapsody” was released: October 31, 1975

Buddy Hollie’s “That’ll Be The Day” reaches number one in the UK: November 1, 1954

The Beatles Abbey Road hits #1: November 1, 1969

Cream’s Wheels of Fire goes platinum: November 2, 1968

Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young hit #1 with So Far: November 2, 1974

Jerry Lee Lewis, “Great Balls Of Fire” is released: November 3, 1957

 Eagles’ “Long Run” hits number 1: November 3, 1979

THIS WEEK IN ROCK HISTORY:

Buddy Holly makes his last appearance on major telelvision after performing on American Bandstand. October 28, 1958. 

Dark Side of The Moon breaks the record for most weeks on the Billboard album chart with 724 weeks straight! October 29, 1983

 Wilson Pickett, The Byrds, and John Lee Hooker are welcomed into The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, representing a diversity of music: soul, folk-rock and blues: October 29, 1990

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: October 29, 2009

After Jim Morrison was arrested for exposing himself at a show in Miami, he is sentenced to six months in jail and fined: October 30, 1970

Elton John performs for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II at her annual Royal Command Variety Performance in London. He is the first rocker to perform for the Queen since The Beatles: October 30, 1972

Linda Ronstadt tries her hand at opera in La Boheme: October 30, 1984

The original Black Sabbath lineup reunites on The David Letterman Show. They play their song “Paranoid:” October 30, 1998

A 26-year-old hairdresser takes over a guitar spot for a boogie-woogie pianist, the guitarist’s name is Chuck Berry: October 31, 1952

Early proto-punk band Iggy and the Stooges make their live debut. The show takes place in Detroit, Michigan at a Halloween party: October 31, 1967

The members of legendary blues rock band Led Zeppelin launch their new artist-owned label, Swan Song. Among the attendees at the event, held at the Chislehurst Caves in Kant, England, are Bill Wyman and Groucho Marx. Also, several dozen naked models. Among the interesting sights to see included nuns wearing suspenders serving drinks, naked male wrestlers, and a nude woman lying in a coffin while covered in jelly. Just another day at the office for Led Zeppelin: October 31, 1974

The Beatles begin their first British headlining tour as headliners. The tour starts with two shows at the Odeon in Gloucestershire, England. The band earned 300 pounds per night for their services. The set list included classic tunes like “From Me to You”, “All My Loving”, and “I Saw Her Standing There:” November 1, 1963

A Rolling Stones concert held in Rochester, New York, ends abruptly when 3,000 overexcited fans charge the stage 7 minutes after the show began. Although the band attempts to re-start the show several times, the police wind up cancelling the event. Only 6 songs were played that night: November 1, 1965

Metal Hammer Magazine publishes a list of the top ten rock moustaches. Who made the cut? Not only Frank Zappa, but also everyone in Black Sabbath besides Ozzy Osbourne, and finally who ranked #1? Of course it is Freddy Mercury. November 1, 2012

Carly Simon and James Taylor are hitched at Simon’s apartment in Manhattan. Later, at a show at Radio City Music Hall, Taylor jokes “I don’t know whether to be more nervous about the concert or the marriage.” Consquently, the marriage lasts eleven years: November 3, 1972

Elton John announces his retirement. Moreover the announcement happens during a concert at London’s Empire Pool. However, disappointed fans would soon find relief when he returned to the music business before a year and a half was up: November 3, 1977

Eric Clapton becomes a CBE – Commander of the Order of the British Empire – by Princess Anne at Buckingham Palace. He should be a knight! November 3, 2004

That’s all for This Week in Rock History! Be sure to check back next week for the latest Rock history tidbits!

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