Def Leppard Places Into Guinness Book of World Records in 1995 – October 23, 2015


DEF LEPPARD PLACES INTO GUINNESS BOOK OF WORLD RECORDS in 1995:  On this day (October 23rd) in 1995, Def Leppard gave themselves a place in the Guinness book Of World Records, by playing three gigs in three continents in 24 hours. Tangier, London and Vancouver.

Happy Birthday; Dwight Yoakam, Roberto Trujillo, and  Greg Ridley.

Elton John Scores World’s Biggest Single in 1997 – October 21, 2015

ELTON JOHN SCORES WORLD’S BIGGEST SELLING SINGLE IN 1997! On this day (October 21st) in 1997, Elton John’s ‘Candle In The Wind 97’ was declared by the Guinness Book Of Records as the biggest selling single record of all time, with 31.8 million sales in less than 40 days and raising more than $30 million for charity.

Happy Birthday: Charlotte Caffey, Steve Lukather, and Brent Mydland.

Lynyrd Skynyrd Members Killed In Plane Crash in 1977 – October 20, 2015


LYNYRD SKYNYRD MEMBERS KILLED IN PLANE CRASH in 1977: On this day in music (October 20th) in 1977, Ronnie Van Zant, Steve Gaines and Cassie Gaines from Lynyrd Skynyrd were all killed along with manager Dean Kilpatrick when their rented plane ran out of fuel and crashed into a densely wooded thicket in the middle of a swamp in Gillsburg, Mississippi. The crash seriously injured the rest of the band and crew who were due to play at Louisiana University that evening.

Happy Birthday: Tom Petty, Jelly Roll Morton, and Jim Sonefild (drums, Hootie and the Blowfish)

A-Ha Goes To #1 in 1985 – October 19, 2015

A-HA GOES TO #1 IN 1985: On this day in music (October 19th) in 1985, A-Ha went to No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Take On Me’, making them the first Norwegian group to score a US No.1. The video for the song featured the band in a pencil-sketch animation method called rotoscoping, combined with live action which won six awards and was nominated for two others at the 1986 MTV Video Music Awards.

Happy Birthday: Jeannie C Riley, Nino DeFranco, and Jennifer Holliday.

“CRAZY” Released As a Single in 1961 – October 16, 2015


“CRAZY” RELEASED TODAY IN 1961: On this day (October 16th) in 1961, Decca records released ‘Crazy’ by Patsy Cline. The ballad, composed by Willie Nelson, gave Cline a No.2 country hit in 1962. Nelson originally wrote the song for country singer Billy Walker, but Walker turned it down. The song’s eventual success helped launch Nelson as a performer as well as a songwriter. It spent 21 weeks on the charts for Cline, and eventually became one of her signature tunes.

Happy Birthday: Bob Weir, Ernie Ford, Wendy Wilson, and John Mayer,

The Beatles Record Together For the First Time in 1960 – October 15, 2015

The Beatles, whose enduring appeal was confirmed Saturday October 15, 2005, when they were named the most important entertainers of the past 100 years. John, Paul, George and Ringo beat the challenge of stars ranging from Elvis to Lassie to be crowned Icons of the Century by entertainment bible Variety. Library filer dated 01/06/1963 See PA Story SHOWBIZ Icons. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Photo credit should read: PA

THE BEATLES RECORD TOGETHER FOR THE FIRST TIME: On this day (October 15th) in 1960, The Beatles (minus Pete Best) and two members of Rory Storm’s Hurricanes (Ringo Starr and Lou Walters) recorded a version of George Gershwin’s ‘Summertime’ in a Hamburg recording studio. The track, which was cut onto a 78-rpm disc, marked the first session that included John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr recording together.

Happy Birthday: Richard Carpenter and Tito Jackson.

Def Leppard Makes Chart History in 1988 – October 14, 2015


DEF LEPPARD MAKES CHART HISTORY: On this day (October 14th) in 1988, Def Leppard became the first act in chart history to sell seven million copies of two consecutive albums with Pyromania (their third studio album released in 1983) and Hysteria, (which became the band’s best-selling album to date, selling over 20 million copies worldwide, and spawning six hit singles).

Happy Birthday: Justin Hayward, Thomas Dolby, Karyn White, and Usher.

Remembering Ed Sullivan – October 13, 2015

REMEMBERING ED SULLIVAN: On this day (October 13th) in 1974, TV host Ed Sullivan died. Sullivan introduced The Beatles and other UK acts to America via his Ed Sullivan TV show, from New York City, which ran from June 20, 1948 to June 6, 1971, on CBS every Sunday night at 8pm. The Beatles appearance on February 9th 1964 is considered a milestone in American pop culture and the beginning of the British Invasion in music. The broadcast drew an estimated 73 million viewers each week.

Happy Birthday: Paul Simon, Sammy Hagar, Marie Osmond. and Robert Lamm.

Remembering John Denver – October 12, 2015


REMEMBERING JOHN DENVER: On this day (October 12th) in 1997, John Denver was killed when the handmade, experimental airplane he was flying ran out of gas and crashed off the coast of Monterey Bay, California. The 53 year old star had scored 15 songs on Billboard’s Top 40 Pop chart, ten of which reached number one on either Billboard’s Adult Contemporary or Country chart.

Happy Birthday: Luciano Pavarotti, Melvin Franklin (the Temptations), and Martie Maguire (Dixie Chicks).