October 29th Music Events

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October 29: Music Events

  • Oct. 29, 1903 – Composer Vivian Ellis is born in Hampstead, London, England. Known for “Spread A Little Happiness” (1929) and “Coronation Scot,” the theme for BBC Radio’s Paul Temple.
  • Oct. 29, 1922 – Neal Hefti is born in Toluca Lake, California. A jazz trumpeter and arranger for Woody Herman, he also composed classic TV themes of the ’60s, notably for Batman and The Odd Couple.
  • Oct. 29, 1925 – Israeli songwriter Haim Hefer is born Haim Feiner in Sosnowiec, Poland.
  • Oct. 29, 1925 – Jazz saxophonist Zoot Sims, who came up under Woody Herman’s big band, is born in Inglewood, California.
  • Oct. 29, 1937 – Sonny Osborne (of The Osborne Brothers) is born in Roark, Kentucky.
  • Oct. 29, 1944 – Denny Laine is born Brian Hines on a boat off the Jersey coast. He becomes a founding member of both The Moody Blues and Wings.
  • Oct. 29, 1944 – Rob Van Leeuwen (guitarist for Shocking Blue) is born in The Hague, Netherlands.
  • Oct. 29, 1945 – Beatrice Melba Hill, better known as Melba Moore, is born in New York City to saxophonist Teddy Hill and R&B singer Bonnie Davis.
  • Oct. 29, 1946 – Guitarist Peter Green (d. 2020) is born Peter Allen Greenbaum in London. He forms Fleetwood Mac in 1967 and leads the group until 1970, when he leaves, having been transformed by LSD.
  • Oct. 29, 1947 – Frank Sinatra records “What’ll I Do?”
  • Oct. 29, 1949 – David Paton (bassist, guitarist for Pilot) is born in Edinburgh, Scotland.
  • Oct. 29, 1955 – “Autumn Leaves” by Roger Williams hits #1 in America.
  • Oct. 29, 1955 – Kevin DuBrow (lead singer of Quiet Riot) is born in Los Angeles, California.
  • Oct. 29, 1955 – Roger O’Donnell (keyboardist for The Cure) is born in London, England.
  • Oct. 29, 1957 – Bobby Helms records “Jingle Bell Rock.”
  • Oct. 29, 1958 – While still stationed in Germany with the US Army, Private First Class Elvis Presley takes in a Bill Haley show for the troops at Stuttgart.
  • Oct. 29, 1961 – Randy Jackson (of The Jackson 5) is born Steven Randall Jackson in Gary, Indiana. As the ninth child, he’s both the youngest Jackson brother and youngest child in the family until baby sister Janet is born in 1966.
  • Oct. 29, 1962 – Einar Orn Benediktsson (trumpet player for The Sugarcubes) is born in Reykjavík, Iceland.
  • Oct. 29, 1963 – The Hollies record Stay With The Hollies.
  • Oct. 29, 1965 – Peter Timmins (drummer for Cowboy Junkies) is born in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.
  • Oct. 29, 1966 – Powered by a captivating Vox Continental organ riff and a lead singer who always wears sunglasses and goes by the name of “?”, “96 Tears” by ? & the Mysterians hits #1 in America.
  • Oct. 29, 1969 – Douglas “SA” Vincent Martinez (vocalist, DJ for 311) is born in Omaha, Nebraska.
  • Oct. 29, 1969 – New York underground newspaper Rat becomes the first publication to compile the various rumored “clues” to the “Paul Is Dead” phenomenon.
  • Oct. 29, 1970 – Neil Diamond’s “Cracklin’ Rosie” is certified gold.
  • Oct. 29, 1970 – Toby Smith (keyboardist for Jamiroquai) is born in London, England.
  • Oct. 29, 1971 – Duane Allman (of The Allman Brothers Band) dies in a motorcycle crash in Macon, Georgia, at age 24.
  • Oct. 29, 1972 – Diana Ross and her husband Robert Ellis Silberstein have their second child, Tracee Ellis Ross. She becomes an actress, starring in the TV series Girlfriends and Black-ish.
  • Oct. 29, 1973 – John Lennon releases “Mind Games” and the LP of the same name in the US.
  • Oct. 29, 1976 – Bruce Springsteen brings long-forgotten Gary U.S. Bonds on stage at The Palladium in New York City to perform Bonds’ 1961 hit “Quarter To Three.” Five years later, Springsteen engineers a comeback for Bonds, working on his album Dedication and supplying the hit “This Little Girl.”
  • Oct. 29, 1976 – Elvis Presley records “It’s Easy For You,” “Way Down,” and “Pledging My Love.”
  • Oct. 29, 1977 – Paul Davis’s “I Go Crazy” enters the charts.
  • Oct. 29, 1978 – Rush’s Hemispheres hits stores. The album is ambitious even by Rush standards, and the work put into recording it nearly gives the band members nervous breakdowns.
  • Oct. 29, 1979 – Legendary bebop trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie appears on The Muppet Show and performs with The Electric Mayhem. It’s the only time that the otherwise all-muppet band features a bongo player.
  • Oct. 29, 1983 – Pink Floyd’s Dark Side Of The Moon album breaks the record for most weeks on the Billboard albums chart when it eclipses Johnny’s Greatest Hits by Johnny Mathis with 491 weeks. Dark Side remains on the chart until 1988, when it drops off with 724 weeks. Thanks to reissues and promotions, it returns from time to time, notching over 880 weeks on the chart in total.
  • Oct. 29, 1984 – Deep Purple release Perfect Strangers, their first album since 1975. The subsequent tour does big business.
  • Oct. 29, 1984 – Frankie Goes to Hollywood release their debut album, Welcome To The Pleasuredome, in the UK.
  • Oct. 29, 1987 – Rolling Stones guitarist and sometime painter Ron Wood gets his first public presentation, Decades, in London, featuring mostly portraits of Wood’s famous friends over the past two decades.
  • Oct. 29, 1987 – Woody Herman, jazz musician and big band leader, dies at age 74.
  • Oct. 29, 1991 – In Peoria, Illinois, Metallica launch their mammoth Wherever We May Roam tour, which runs for 224 shows, wrapping up on December 18, 1992.
  • Oct. 29, 1992 – The British band Verve, dispatched to America to promote their debut album, perform their song “A Man Called Sun” for over two hours from a flatbed truck driving around New York City at night. America takes little notice of the band until their 1997 single “Bitter Sweet Symphony.”
  • Oct. 29, 1993 – Tim Burton’s animated musical The Nightmare Before Christmas hits US theaters. The film features music composed by Danny Elfman of Oingo Boingo; Elfman also sings the vocal parts of protagonist Jack Skellington.
  • Oct. 29, 1995 – Paul Anka guest stars on the “Treehouse of Horror VI” episode of The Simpsons.
  • Oct. 29, 1996 – Axl Rose announces that Slash is no longer a member of Guns N’ Roses. Slash forms Slash’s Snakepit and Velvet Revolver, while Axl keeps GnR going with a variety of new faces.
  • Oct. 29, 1998 – Dead Kennedys lead singer Jello Biafra is sued by his bandmates over unpaid royalties. They eventually win the case and gain control of the group’s songs and the rights to the name. In 2001, they re-form with a new lead singer replacing Biafra, who never re-unites with the band.
  • Oct. 29, 1998 – Singer/guitarist Brian Setzer files suit against Ken Kinnally, a former member of Setzer’s pre-Stray Cats group the Bloodless Pharaohs. Setzer alleges that, without his knowledge or consent, Kinnally licensed 1978 studio tracks and 1979 live recordings to Collectibles Records, which issued an album titled Brian Setzer & the Bloodless Pharaohs.
  • Oct. 29, 2000 – The Spice Girls score their ninth and final UK #1 hit as the double-sided “Holler”/”Let Love Lead The Way” reaches the top of the chart.
  • Oct. 29, 2001 – Henry Berthold “Spike” Robinson, jazz tenor saxophonist, dies at age 71.
  • Oct. 29, 2001 – Musician/poet Gil Scott-Heron is sentenced to 1-3 years in state prison in a New York court, after failing to appear at an Oct. 1 hearing regarding the mandatory drug rehabilitation required by his plea bargain on an earlier drug possession charge.
  • Oct. 29, 2003 – A study by the Nielsen ratings people finds that a full third of the sales of Beatles 1 were to new fans between the ages of 19 and 24, skewing the fan base even younger than it had been previously.
  • Oct. 29, 2003 – Italian opera singer Franco Corelli dies at age 82, months after suffering a stroke.
  • Oct. 29, 2004 – At a campaign rally in Columbus, Ohio, George W. Bush unveils his new theme song in his presidential re-election campaign: “Still The One” by Orleans. The song’s co-writer, John Hall, is watching on CNN and is mortified, as he actively opposes Bush’s policies. Along with his band members and the song’s co-writer (his ex-wife, Johanna), Hall demands that Bush stop using the song.
  • Oct. 29, 2005 – The wax figures of the younger Beatles used in the cover of the band’s Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band album are auctioned off for 81,500 pounds in London after being discovered languishing in the backroom of Madame Tussauds’ famous wax museum.
  • Oct. 29, 2006 – Billboard executive Tom Noonan, who helped launch the Billboard Hot 100 during his 30-year tenure, dies of bladder cancer at age 78.
  • Oct. 29, 2007 – Bon Iver signs to Jagjaguwar Records.
  • Oct. 29, 2009 – 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.
  • Oct. 29, 2012 – While campaigning for the 2012 election, president Barack Obama takes time out to interview with radio station WIZF Cincinnati, to talk about his favorite music artists. Asked “what’s on the presidential iPod?,” Obama names Stevie Wonder, James Brown, The Rolling Stones, and Bob Dylan as his “old school” choices, Jay-Z, Eminem, and Fugees for newer artists, and John Coltrane, Miles Davis, and Gil Scott-Heron amongst his favorite jazz artists.
  • Oct. 29, 2014 – NPR posts T-Pain’s Tiny Desk concert, where he sings three songs without Auto-Tune. Listeners are shocked to hear he can sing really well, and the video goes viral, becoming the most popular Tiny Desk concert in the history of the series.
  • Oct. 29, 2016 – John “Buck” Ormsby, bass player for the Wailers (sometimes the “Fabulous” Wailers) and founder of Etiquette Records, passes away from a fall in Mexico.
  • Oct. 29, 2022 – Kim Petras becomes the first transgender singer to top the Hot 100 when her Sam Smith collaboration “Unholy” goes to #1.

October 29: Music: Albums released.

  • October 29, 1962 – The Beach Boys, “Surfin’ Safari”
  • October 29, 1966 – Neil Diamond, “The Feel Of Neil Diamond”
  • October 29, 1969 – The Byrds, “Ballad Of Easy Rider”
  • October 29, 1973 – Dave Mason, “It’s Like You Never Left”
  • October 29, 1974 – David Bowie, “David Live”
  • October 29, 1976 – Frank Zappa, “Zoot Allures”
  • October 29, 1976 – The Doobie Brothers, “Best Of The Doobie Brothers”
  • October 29, 1979 – ABBA, “Greatest Hits Vol. 2”
  • October 29, 1981 – Rush, “Exit…Stage Left”
  • October 29, 1982 – Donald Fagen, “The Nightfly”
  • October 29, 1982 – Pat Benatar, “Get Nervous”
  • October 29, 1984 – Frankie Goes To Hollywood, “Welcome To The Pleasuredome”
  • October 29, 1984 – Bryan Adams, “Reckless”
  • October 29, 1984 – Depeche Mode, “Some Great Reward”
  • October 29, 1985 – Rush, “Power Windows”
  • October 29, 1987 – Joe Walsh, “Got Any Gum?”
  • October 29, 1990 – The Beautiful South, “Choke”
  • October 29, 1990 – Freddie Jackson, “Do Me Again”
  • October 29, 1990 – Paul McCartney, “Tripping The Live Fantastic”
  • October 29, 1991 – Big Daddy Kane, “Prince Of Darkness”
  • October 29, 1991 – The New York Rock And Soul Revue, “Live At The Beacon”
  • October 29, 1991 – Paul McCartney, “Choba b CCCP [US]”
  • October 29, 1996 – Wilco, “Being There”
  • October 29, 1996 – Natalie Cole, “A Celebration Of Christmas”
  • October 29, 1996 – Ghostface Killah, “Ironman”
  • October 29, 1996 – Earth, Wind & Fire, “Greatest Hits Live”
  • October 29, 1996 – Huey Lewis & The News, “Time Flies…The Best Of”
  • October 29, 1996 – Joni Mitchell, “Hits”
  • October 29, 1996 – Joni Mitchell, “Misses”
  • October 29, 1996 – The Who, “Live At The Isle Of Wight Festival 1970”
  • October 29, 1996 – Yes, “Keys To The Ascension”
  • October 29, 1996 – Iggy Pop, “Nude & Rude: The Best Of Iggy Pop”
  • October 29, 1996 – Various Artists, “Message To Love: The Isle Of Wight Festival 1970”
  • October 29, 2002 – New Order, “International”
  • October 29, 2002 – Phish, “Live Phish Volume 13”
  • October 29, 2002 – Phish, “Live Phish Volume 14”
  • October 29, 2002 – Phish, “Live Phish Volume 15”
  • October 29, 2002 – Phish, “Live Phish Volume 16”
  • October 29, 2002 – Whitesnake, “Here I Go Again: The Whitesnake Collection”
  • October 29, 2002 – Nirvana, “Nirvana”
  • October 29, 2007 – Queen, “Queen Rock Momtreal”
  • October 29, 2010 – Mariah Carey, “Merry Christmas II You”
  • October 29, 2010 – Bryan Adams, “Bare Bones”
  • October 29, 2013 – Nick Lowe, “A Seasonal Selection For All The Family”
  • October 29, 2013 – James Taylor, “The Essential James Taylor”

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