October 22nd Music Events

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October 22: Music Events

  • October 22, 1832 – Conductor and composer Leopold Damrosch is born in Posen, King of Prussia. The violinist would earn a PhD in medicine to appease his parents before turning his focus completely to music.
  • October 22, 1854 – James Bland is born in Flushing, New York. While minstrel shows in the US were dominated by men in blackface, the African American artist would surpass them as “The World’s Greatest Minstrel Man.”
  • October 22, 1925 – Singer-songwriter Dory Previn is born Dorothy Langan in New Jersey. She writes the lyrics to many movie song compositions from her second husband, André Previn.
  • October 22, 1942 – Pop singer and Mouseketeer Annette Funicello is born in Utica, New York.
  • October 22, 1942 – Rock singer Bobby Fuller, known for his hit “I Fought The Law” with his group The Bobby Fuller Four, is born in Baytown, Texas, but raised in Salt Lake City, Utah.
  • October 22, 1945 – Guitarist Leslie West (of Mountain) is born Leslie Weinstein in New York City.
  • October 22, 1946 – Eddie Brigati (singer/tambourine player for The Young Rascals) is born in Garfield, New Jersey.
  • October 22, 1961 – Chubby Checker performs a medley of “The Twist” and “Let’s Twist Again” on TV’s Ed Sullivan Show, sparking chart revivals for both tunes (“The Twist” even returns to #1).
  • October 22, 1964 – The Who (who are calling themselves the High Numbers at that time) audition for EMI Records, who choose not to sign them to a record deal.
  • October 22, 1964 – TobyMac is born Kevin Michael McKeehan in Fairfax, Virginia. Before launching his solo career, he forms DC Talk, the first popular contemporary Christian music group to blend rap and rock.
  • October 22, 1965 – The Beatles’ “Yesterday” is the #1 single in the US, while The Rolling Stones’ “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction” is #10.
  • October 22, 1965 – The Kingston Trio guest star on the NBC show Convoy.
  • October 22, 1966 – Chain Reaction, which would later become Aerosmith, opens for The Yardbirds at Staples High in Westport, Connecticut.
  • October 22, 1966 – Seven-year-old Weird Al Yankovic has his first accordion lesson. His parents rented the instrument from a door-to-door salesman.
  • October 22, 1966 – The Supremes become the first girl group with a #1 album in the US when The Supremes A’ Go-Go bumps The Beatles’ Revolver from the top spot.
  • October 22, 1967 – The day after it hits #1 in the US, Lulu performs “To Sir With Love” on The Ed Sullivan Show.
  • October 22, 1968 – Country singer Shelby Lynne is born Shelby Lynn Moorer in Quantico, Virginia.
  • October 22, 1968 – Reggae fusion artist Shaggy is born Orville Richard Burrell in Kingston, Jamaica.
  • October 22, 1969 – R&B singer/songwriter Tommy Edwards dies in Henrico County, Virginia, at age 47.
  • October 22, 1976 – Bob Seger releases Night Moves, his first studio album to make an impact outside of Michigan.
  • October 22, 1976 – Jon Foreman (frontman for Switchfoot) is born in San Bernardino, California, raised in Massachusetts and Virginia Beach.
  • October 22, 1976 – The Damned release “New Rose,” the first ever British punk single.
  • October 22, 1978 – Earth, Wind & Fire begin a 75-date, sold-out US tour in Louisville, Kentucky.
  • October 22, 1985 – Zac Hanson (of Hanson) is born in Arlington, Virginia, to a family that includes older brothers – and future bandmates – Isaac and Taylor. He would be raised in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
  • October 22, 1988 – The #1 hit in America is a cover of a song from 1966: “A Groovy Kind Of Love” by Phil Collins.
  • October 22, 1989 – Folk singer Ewan MacColl, whose songs include “Dirty Old Town” and “First Time Ever I Saw Your Face,” dies at 74.
  • October 22, 1990 – The band Mookie Blaylock, soon be known as Pearl Jam, make their stage debut at The Off Ramp in Seattle. In the audience are members of Soundgarden and Seattle Mariners pitcher Randy Johnson.
  • October 22, 1991 – Neil Young & Crazy Horse release Weld, a collection of live songs from the Ragged Glory promotional tour.
  • October 22, 1993 – Annette Funicello receives a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on her 51st birthday.
  • October 22, 1997 – Appearing on the BBC TV show Clive Anderson – All Talk, the Bee Gees walk out of their interview after several minutes of uncomfortable conversation where they are derided by the host. At one point, Anderson calls them “hit writers,” and then adds, “We’re one letter short.”
  • October 22, 1997 – In Italy, the Big 5 record labels – BMG, EMI, PolyGram, Sony and Warner Music – are found guilty of establishing a price-fixing cartel and fined the equivalent of $4.5 million.
  • October 22, 1997 – Jazz bassist Harry Goodman – brother of King of Swing bandleader Benny Goodman – dies of complications from a stroke at age 91.
  • October 22, 1998 – Robert E. True (guitarist for The Vagabonds) dies of skin cancer in Burbank, California, at age 82. True started his musical career at age 16 in MGM’s studio orchestra.
  • October 22, 1999 – The Temptations earn their first platinum record when their 56th album Phoenix Rising finally sells its millionth copy.
  • October 22, 2000 – R.E.M. returns to their hometown of Athens, Georgia, where they play three songs on the courthouse steps as part of a local festival called Land Aid, which is an effort to better the community.
  • October 22, 2001 – Rev. Howard Finster – a Baptist minister who also designed ’80s album covers for the likes of R.E.M. and Talking Heads – dies of congestive heart failure at age 84.
  • October 22, 2003 – In the middle of their first world tour and flush with fame from their debut album, Evanescence founder Ben Moody abruptly quits the band.
  • October 22, 2005 – The Strokes make their first and only appearance on the Billboard Hot 100 when “Juicebox” peaks at #98. The First Impressions Of Earth single fares much better in the UK, where it lands at #5.
  • October 22, 2006 – Gerald Cook, pianist with the Illinois Symphony Orchestra, dies in Chicago, Illinois, at age 85.
  • October 22, 2008 – Guns N’ Roses release their first new material since 1999 when the title track of their new album Chinese Democracy is issued as a single. The band – with Axl Rose as the only original member – first performed the song in 2001.
  • October 22, 2012 – Garth Brooks is inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame. George Strait, Bob Seger, and James Taylor perform at the ceremony.
  • October 22, 2012 – Taylor Swift releases her fourth album, Red. The first single is the #1 “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together,” a kiss-off to an ex she refuses to name.
  • October 22, 2017 – Marilyn Manson guitarist Daisy Berkowitz (real name: Scott Putesky) dies of colon cancer at age 49.
  • October 22, 2017 – The Easybeats leader George Young (“Friday On My Mind”), dies at age 70. He was the brother of Angus and Malcolm Young of AC/DC.
  • October 22, 2019 – Stephen Morris disembarks from a train in South East London leaving behind a violin made in 1709; it is valued at £250,000! A short time later, Morris gets a message on Twitter from the person who took it, and he gets the instrument back.

October 22: Music: Albums released.

  • October 22, 1965 – Donovan, “Fairytale [UK]” (Folk-Rock)
  • October 22, 1969 – Led Zeppelin, “Led Zeppelin II” (Hard Rock)
  • October 22, 1974 – Kiss, “Hotter Than Hell” (Hard Rock)
  • October 22, 1976 – Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band, “Night Moves” (Heartland Rock)
  • October 22, 1976 – Elton John, “Blue Moves” (Pop-Rock)
  • October 22, 1976 – Led Zeppelin, “The Song Remains The Same” (Hard Rock)
  • October 22, 1979 – Cher, “Prisoner” (Pop-Disco)
  • October 22, 1984 – The Cure, “Concert: The Cure Live” (Post-Punk)
  • October 22, 1984 – Paul McCartney, “Give My Regards To Broad Street” (Pop-Rock)
  • October 22, 1987 – Mason Williams & Mannheim Steamroller, “Classical Gas” (Folk-Rock)
  • October 22, 1988 – Ozzy Osbourne, “No Rest For The Wicked” (Hard Rock)
  • October 22, 1990 – A-Ha, “East Of The Sun, West Of The Moon” (Synth-Pop)
  • October 22, 1990 – Pet Shop Boys, “Behavior” (Electro-pop/Dance)
  • October 22, 1991 – Death, “Human” (Heavy Metal/Death Metal)
  • October 22, 1991 – Matthew Sweet, “Girlfriend” (Power Pop)
  • October 22, 1991 – Various Artists, “Two Rooms: Celebrating The Songs Of Elton John & Bernie Taupin” (Pop-Rock)
  • October 22, 1991 – Tina Turner, “Simoly The Best” (Pop-Rock)
  • October 22, 1991 – Neil Young & Crazy Horse, “Arc” (Folk-Rock)
  • October 22, 1991 – Neil Young & Crazy Horse, “Weld” (Folk-Rock)
  • October 22, 1993 – Sarah McLachlan, “Fumbling Towards Ecstasy” (Folk-Rock)
  • October 22, 1996 – Gov’t Mule, “Live From Roseland Ballroom” (Southern Rock/Jam Rock)
  • October 22, 1996 – Phil Collins, “Dance Into The Light” (Pop-Rock)
  • October 22, 1996 – Journey, “Trial By Fire” (Prog/Art Rock)
  • October 22, 1996 – Van Halen, “Best Of Van Halen, Vol. I” (Hard Rock)
  • October 22, 1998 – The Dillenger Escape Plan, “Under The Running Board” (Heavy Metal/Mathcore)
  • October 22, 2001 – The Cranberries, “Wake Up And Smell The Coffee” (Alt. Pop-Rock)
  • October 22, 2002 – Foo Fighters, “One By One” (Grunge Rock)
  • October 22, 2002 – Various Artists, “VH1 Divas Las Vegas” (Pop-Rock)
  • October 22, 2002 – Santana, “Shaman” (Jazz-Rock Fusion)
  • October 22, 2002 – Rod Stewart, “It Had To Be You: The Great American Songbook” (Traditional Pop)
  • October 22, 2007 – Ray Davies, “Working Man’s Café” (Pop-Rock)
  • October 22, 2012 – Richard Marx, “Christmas Spirit” (AA Pop-Rock)

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