October 16th Music Events

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October 16: Music Events

  • October 16, 1679 – Composer Jan Dismas Zelenka was born.
  • October 16, 1821 – Composer Albert Franz Doppler was born.
  • October 16, 1923 – Bert Kaempfert, orchestra leader and songwriter, is born Berthold Kämpfert in Hamburg, Germany. Wrote the music for “Strangers in the Night” and “Moon Over Naples.”
  • October 16, 1935 – R&B singer Sugar Pie DeSanto is born Umpeylia Marsema Balinton in Brooklyn, New York. Known for her 1960 hit, “I Want to Know,” and “Do I Make Myself Clear,” a 1965 duet with Etta James.
  • October 16, 1937 – Rock and Roll singer Emile Ford (of Emile Ford and the Checkmates) is born Michael Emile Telford Miller in Castries, Saint Lucia, West Indies. Known for the 1959 hit cover of “What Do You Want to Make Those Eyes at Me For?”
  • October 16, 1938 – Rock singer/songwriter Nico is born Christa Päffgen in Cologne, Germany.
  • October 16, 1941 – Will Bradley records “Fry Me Cookie, With A Can Of Lard.”
  • October 16, 1942 – Dave Lovelady (drummer/singer for The Fourmost) is born in Litherland, Liverpool, England. Known for the 1964 UK hit “A Little Loving.”
  • October 16, 1943 – C.F. “Fred” Turner (bassist/vocalist for Bachman-Turner Overdrive) is born Charles Frederick Turner in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.
  • October 16, 1947 – Bob Weir (guitarist/vocalist for Grateful Dead) is born in San Francisco, California.
  • October 16, 1951 – Johnnie Ray records “Cry.”
  • October 16, 1951 – Little Richard held his first recording session in Atlanta, GA.
  • October 16, 1951 – Little Richard records for the first time, laying down tracks at the Atlanta radio station WGST. Four singles from the session are released the next year.
  • October 16, 1953 – Rocker Tony Carey (keyboardist for The Rainbow) is born in Watsonville, California. Also known by the pseudonym Planet P Project.
  • October 16, 1954 – Elvis Presley made his first radio appearance on the Louisiana Hayride.
  • October 16, 1954 – With the Rock Era yet to arrive, Rosemary Clooney lands the #1 song in America with “Hey There.”
  • October 16, 1959 – Gary Kemp (guitarist/songwriter for Spandau Ballet) is born in Smithfield, London.
  • October 16, 1960 – Alt rock guitarist Bob Mould (of Husker Du and Sugar) is born in Malone, New York.
  • October 16, 1962 – At the Howard Theatre in Washington, DC, Motown Records launches their first package tour, the “Motortown Revue.” Mary Wells and The Contours (thanks to their hit “Do You Love Me”) are the headliners; lower on the bill are Marvin Gaye, The Supremes and Little Stevie Wonder.
  • October 16, 1962 – Flea (bassist for Red Hot Chili Peppers) is born Michael Peter Balzary in Melbourne, Australia. His nickname originally “Mike B the Flea” comes from his manic energy, as he is always jumping around.
  • October 16, 1965 – The Beatles were decorated with the Order of the British Empire by Queen Elizabeth.
  • October 16, 1965 – The Family Dog hosts A Tribute to Dr. Strange at the Longshoreman’s Hall in San Francisco. It’s the world’s first full-scale psychedelic music show, drawing inspiration from the Charlatans’ six-week Red Dog Saloon residency.
  • October 16, 1966 – Folk singer Joan Baez is among 124 antiwar protesters arrested for blocking entrance to an Army Induction Center in Oakland, California. She is sentenced to ten days in jail.
  • October 16, 1966 – Joan Baez and 123 other anti-draft demonstrators were arrested for blocking the entrance to the Armed Forces Induction Center in Oakland, CA.
  • October 16, 1968 – Jay & the Americans record “This Magic Moment.”
  • October 16, 1968 – Jimi Hendrix Experience releases Electric Ladyland.
  • October 16, 1968 – The Jimi Hendrix Experience released the album Electric Ladyland. It was the third and final album by the band.
  • October 16, 1969 – Brian Wilson’s wife Marilyn gives birth to their second child, Wendy. Along with Chynna Phillips and her older sister Carnie, she forms the group Wilson Phillips.
  • October 16, 1969 – Leonard Chess, founder of Chess Records, dies from a heart attack at age 52.
  • October 16, 1972 – A statement was released by Creedence Clearwater Revival that announced the group’s break up.
  • October 16, 1972 – Creedence Clearwater Revival calls it quits, announcing in a press release: “We don’t regard this as breaking up. We look at it as an expansion of our activities.” The band never reforms, but John Fogerty emerges with a successful solo career.
  • October 16, 1973 – Drummer Gene Krupa dies of leukemia in Yonkers, New York, at age 64.
  • October 16, 1974 – The Rolling Stones release It’s Only Rock N’ Roll.
  • October 16, 1975 – Bruce Springsteen begins a series of shows at The Roxy in Los Angeles, where he earns adulation from many celebrities and a glowing review in the L.A. Times. This leads to cover stories on Springsteen in both Time and Newsweek on October 27th.
  • October 16, 1976 – Disc jockey Rick Dees hits #1 in the US with “Disco Duck,” a goofy number that envisions Donald Duck enjoying the spoils of the disco era. It is the last novelty song to top the Hot 100.
  • October 16, 1976 – Stevie Wonder’s LP Songs In The Key Of Life hits #1.
  • October 16, 1977 – John Mayer is born in Bridgeport, Connecticut.
  • October 16, 1982 – Dolly Parton’s “I Will Always Love You,” a #1 Country hit in 1974, goes back to the top spot thanks to its use in the movie The Best Little Whorehouse In Texas. This makes it the first song to top that chart twice.
  • October 16, 1982 – RCA Records released the album H2O by Daryl Hall and John Oates.
  • October 16, 1986 – Chuck Berry’s 60th birthday bash (held three days before his actual birthday) takes place in St. Louis with a tribute concert featuring Keith Richards, Bruce Springsteen, Eric Clapton, Etta James, Robert Cray and Linda Ronstadt. Footage is shot for the 1987 documentary Hail! Hail! Rock ‘N’ Roll.
  • October 16, 1988 – U2, Ziggy Marley and Keith Richards are among the performers at the Smile Jamaica concert, which benefits victims of Hurricane Gilbert.
  • October 16, 1989 – Kate Bush releases her sixth studio album, The Sensual World. The title track, inspired by James Joyce’s novel Ulysses, earns her a Grammy nomination for Best Alternative Music Performance.
  • October 16, 1989 – The single “The Arms Of Orion” was released by Prince (with Sheena Easton).
  • October 16, 1990 – Jazz drummer Art Blakey dies of lung cancer in Manhattan, New York, at age 71.
  • October 16, 1991 – Red Hot Chili Peppers kick off their Blood Sugar Sex Magik tour with a show in Madison, Wisconsin. Their opening acts are Smashing Pumpkins and a new band called Pearl Jam.
  • October 16, 1992 – Sinéad O’Connor is booed when she takes the stage at Bobfest, a Bob Dylan tribute at Madison Square Garden. O’Connor had torn up a picture of the Pope 13 days earlier on Saturday Night Live, making her the most polarizing person in music. At Bobfest, she keeps going against the grain, scrapping her expected Dylan cover and shouting out a protest song instead.
  • October 16, 1992 – The Offspring release their second studio album, Ignition. It’s their first release on Epitaph Records, a label owned by Bad Religion’s Brett Gurewitz.
  • October 16, 1993 – Aretha Franklin sings the US national anthem in Toronto before Game 1 of World Series between the Blue Jays and the visiting Philadelphia Phillies.
  • October 16, 1999 – Pop singer Ella Mae Morse dies of respiratory problems in Bullhead City, Arizona, at age 75. Known for ’40s hits like “Shoo-Shoo Baby” and “Blacksmith Blues.”
  • October 16, 1999 – Sarah Lee Guthrie, daughter of folk singer Arlo Guthrie, marries Johnny Irion. They begin performing together as an acoustic duo the following year.
  • October 16, 2001 – Bob Dylan is turned away by security guards at his concert at the Jackson County Exposition Center in Oregon because he doesn’t have a credential. The guards were under orders from Dylan’s security director not to let anyone through without a pass. “He said no exceptions,” explained the venue manager.
  • October 16, 2001 – Etta Jones dies of cancer at age 72 in Mount Vernon, New York, the same day HighNote releases her album Etta Jones Sings Lady Day.
  • October 16, 2003 – Apple launches a Windows version of the iTunes store, previously available only on Macs.
  • October 16, 2003 – Simon & Garfunkel open their new “Old Friends” Tour with a concert in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania.
  • October 16, 2012 – Darius Rucker is inducted into the Grand Ole Opry. He’s just the third African American to join the club, following cast member DeFord Bailey and Charley Pride, who was inducted in 1993.
  • October 16, 2014 – Tim Hauser (of The Criterions, The Manhattan Transfer) dies of a cardiac arrest at age 72.
  • October 16, 2017 – Ed Sheeran breaks his wrist and elbow in a biking accident, forcing him to cancel dates on his tour of Asia. He calls his time off “the most depressing six weeks of my life.”

October 16: Music: Albums released.

  • October 16, 1964 – The Supremes, “A Bit Of Liverpool” – Soul – Motown
  • October 16, 1965 – Cher, “All I Really Want To Do” – Pop Rock
  • October 16, 1967 – Brenda Lee, “Reflections In Blue” – Country Pop
  • October 16, 1968 – Three Dog Night, “Three Dog Night” – Blue-Eyed Soul
  • October 16, 1969 – Three Dog Night, “Captured Live At The Forum” – Blue-Eyed Soul
  • October 16, 1973 – Creedence Clearwater Revival, “Live In Europe” – Folk Rock
  • October 16, 1975 – Aretha Franklin, “You” – Soul
  • October 16, 1976 – Thin Lizzy, “Johnny The Fox” – Hard Rock
  • October 16, 1978 – Elton John, “A Single Man” – Pop Rock
  • October 16, 1981 – Eurythmics, “In The Garden” – New Wave Synth Pop
  • October 16, 1983 – Thin Lizzy, “Life Live” – Hard Rock
  • October 16, 1985 – Various Artists, “White Nights [Soundtrack]” – Pop Rock
  • October 16, 1985 – ZZ Top, “Afterburner” – Blues Rock
  • October 16, 1987 – Manfred Mann’s Earth Band, “Masque” – British Rock
  • October 16, 1989 – All About Eve, “Scarlet And Other Stories” – Alternative Rock/Goth Pop
  • October 16, 1989 – Erasure, “Wild!” – Alt. Dance
  • October 16, 1989 – Goo Goo Dolls, “Hold Me Up” – Alt Pop Rock/Post-Grunge
  • October 16, 1990 – Paul Simon, “The Rhythm Of The Saints” – Folk Pop
  • October 16, 1992 – Buju Banton, “Stamina Daddy” – Dancehall Reggae
  • October 16, 1995 – Cast, “All Change” – Britpop
  • October 16, 1995 – Natalie Cole, “I’ve Got Love On My Mind” – Soul Pop
  • October 16, 1995 – Suggs, “The Lone Ranger” – Reggae Pop/Ska
  • October 16, 1995 – Tears For Fears, “Raoul And The Kings Of Spain” – New Wave Synth Pop
  • October 16, 2000 – All Saints, “Saints & Sinners” – Electronic Dance Pop
  • October 16, 2000 – Cocteau Twins, “Stars And Topsoil” – Folk Rock
  • October 16, 2000 – Faithless, “Back To Mine” – Trip-Hop
  • October 16, 2000 – Kylie Minogue, “Hits+” – Dance Pop
  • October 16, 2001 – Michael McDonald, “In The Spirit: A Christmas Album” – Blue-Eyed Soul
  • October 16, 2001 – New Order, “Get Ready” – Dance/Pop
  • October 16, 2001 – Journey, “The Essential Journey” – AOR Rock
  • October 16, 2001 – John Mellencamp, “Cuttin’ Heads” – Roots Rock
  • October 16, 2001 – Ozzy Osbourne, “Down To Earth” – Hard Rock
  • October 16, 2007 – Gov’t Mule, “Mighty High” – Southern Rock/Jam Rock
  • October 16, 2007 – Aretha Franklin, “Rare & Unreleased Recordings From The Golden Reign Of The Queen Of Soul” – Soul
  • October 16, 2007 – R.E.M., “R.E.M. Live” – Alternative Rock
  • October 16, 2007 – Various Artists, “Borrowed Tunes II: A Tribute To Neil Young” – Folk Rock
  • October 16, 2012 – Donald Fagen, “Sunken Condos” – Jazz Rock
  • October 16, 2012 – The Rolling Stones, “Light The Fuse (Live 2005)” – Blues Rock
  • October 16, 2016 – Leonard Cohen, “You Want It Darker” – Soft Rock

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