October 10th: On this Day
1902, The Gibson Mandolin guitar company was formed. Gibson's first electric guitar the ES-150 was produced in 1936, and in 1946 Gibson introduced the P-90 single coil pickup, which was eventually used on the first Les Paul model made in 1952.
1939, The real Eleanor Rigby died in her sleep of unknown causes at the age of 44. The 1966 Beatles' song that featured her name wasn't written about her, as Paul McCartney's first draft of the song named the character Miss Daisy Hawkins. Eleanor Rigby's tombstone was noticed in the 1980s in the graveyard of St. Peter's Parish Church in Woolton, Liverpool, a few feet from where McCartney and Lennon had met for the first time in 1957.
1956, Elvis Presley's "Love Me Tender" entered the US chart for a 19 week stay, peaking at No.1 for 5 weeks. The song, from Presley's first film of the same name, was adapted from the tune "Aura Lee", written in 1861.
1959, The Quarry Men played at the Casbah Coffee Club, Liverpool. Ken Brown, suffering from a heavy cold was unable to perform and after the show, an argument started when Paul McCartney said that Brown should not get a share of the performance fee since he had not performed. Lennon and Harrison side with McCartney and Brown quits The Quarry Men.
1964, During a UK tour The Beatles appeared at De Montfort Hall in Leicester. Ringo Starr drove himself to the venue after taking delivery of a brand new Facel Vega, apparently reaching speeds of 140 MPH on the M6 motorway.
1970, The Carpenters were at No.2 on the US singles chart with 'We've Only Just Begun.' The song was originally written for a TV commercial advertising a bank.
1970, Black Sabbath were at No.1 on the UK chart with their second album 'Paranoid.' The album which contains some of the band's best-known signature songs, including the title track, 'Iron Man' and 'War Pigs' is now regarded as one of the classic Heavy Metal albums.
1970, Neil Diamond went to No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Cracklin' Rosie', his first No.1 as an artist. Diamond who had spent his early career as a songwriter in the Brill Building, wrote the 1966 No.1 hit 'I'm A Believer' for The Monkees.
1970, The first issue of Sounds the British music paper was published. It was intended to be a weekly rival to titles such as Melody Maker and New Musical Express and was well known initially for giving away posters in the centre of the paper. Sounds closed on April 6, 1991.
1978, Joe Perry and Steve Tyler from Aerosmith were injured after a cherry bomb was thrown on stage during a gig in Philadelphia. The group performed behind a safety fence for the rest of the tour.
1978, The second Stiff Records UK tour kicked off featuring; Wreckless Eric, Jona Lewie, Rachel Sweet, Lene Lovich and Micky Jupp. The UK tour was undertaken by train, and then continued on to the USA, without Jupp, who was afraid of flying. Read the full story
1980, The funeral took place of Led Zeppelin's drummer John Bonham. ‘Bonzo’ was found dead at guitarists Jimmy Page's house of what was described as asphyxiation, after inhaling his own vomit after excessive vodka consumption, (40 shots in 4 hours) aged 32. Read the full story
1981, The Police went to No.1 on the UK album chart with 'Ghost In The Machine', the bands third No.1 LP.
1987, Whitesnake went to No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Here I Go Again', a No.9 hit in the UK in 1987.
1987, Wanda Nicholls made an official complaint that David Bowie raped her and bit her on the legs and back. Bowie dismissed the alleged incident, claiming Nicholls was 'publicity seeking.'
1992, R.E.M. scored their second UK No.1 album with 'Automatic For The People', featuring the singles 'Drive', 'Everybody Hurts', 'Man On The Moon' and 'The Sidewinder Sleeps Tonight.'
1999, American singer, songwriter and actor Hoyt Axton died of a heart attack in Victor, Montana aged 61. Wrote songs for, Elvis Presley, Three Dog Night, (1971 US No.1 Joy To The World), John Denver, Ringo Starr, Glen Campbell. His mother Mae Boren Axton wrote 'Heartbreak Hotel.'
1999, A charity auction selling Elvis Presley's belongings was held at The Grand Hotel, Las Vegas. A wristwatch sold for $32,500, a cigar box $25,000, an autographed baseball sold for $19,000, and a 1956 Lincoln Continental sold for $250,000. Read the full story
1999, US teenager Christina Aguilera went to No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Genie In A Bottle.' The song spent 5 weeks at No.1 on the US chart and won Aguilera the Best New Artist Grammy for the year.
2000, Britney Spears made her UK live debut when she played the first of three sold out nights at London's Wembley Arena.
2002, Twelve protesters dressed as monkeys picketed outside the north Wales holiday home of former Stone Roses singer Ian Brown. The demonstrators argued Brown, was selling the five-bedroom house, in the small village of Llithfaen on the Llyn Peninsula for an inflated price - £150,000 - which local people could not afford. The monkey costumes worn by the anonymous protesters, referred to the name of Brown's recent solo album 'Unfinished Monkey Business.'
2007, Sting topped a list of the worst lyricists ever, for such alleged sins as name-dropping Russian novelist Vladimir Nabokov in the Police tune "Don't Stand So Close to Me," quoting a Volvo bumper sticker ("If You Love Someone Set Them Free"), and co-opting the works of Chaucer, St. Augustine and Shakespeare. The survey in Blender magazine placed Rush drummer Neil Peart at No. 2, Creed frontman Scott Stapp at No. 3 and Oasis guitarist Noel Gallagher at No. 4 saying Gallagher "seemed incapable of following a metaphor through a single line, let alone a whole verse."
2009, Pearl Jam went to No.1 on the US album chart with 'Backspacer', the group's ninth studio album.
2009, Boyzone singer Stephen Gately died suddenly at the age of 33 while on holiday in Majorca. Spanish police said there were no signs of suspicious circumstances, but the cause of death was not yet known. Gately was on holiday with his long-term partner Andy Cowles.
October 10th: Born on this day
1943, Born on this day, Denis D'Ell, The Honeycombs, (1964 UK No.1 single 'Have I The Right'). Died on 6th July 2005.
1945, Born on this day, Alan Cartwright, Procol Harum, (1967 UK No.1 & US No.5 single 'A Whiter Shade Of Pale').
1945, Born on this day, Jerry Lacroix, Blood Sweat & Tears, (1969 US No.12 & UK No. 35 single 'You've Made Me So Very Happy').
1946, Born on this day, John Prine, singer, songwriter, 1971 Vietnam War song 'Sam Stone' from the album 'John Prine.'
1951, Born on this day, Keith Grimes, guitarist, Eva Cassidy. (Only artist to score three posthumous UK No.1 albums, 2001 'Songbird', 2002 'Imagine', 2003 'American Tune'. 2001 UK No. 42 single 'Over The Rainbow').
1952, Born on this day, Sharon Osbourne, wife of Ozzy and star of MTV The Osbournes TV Show.
1955, Born on this day, David Lee Roth, vocals, Van Halen (1984 US No.1 & UK No.7 single 'Jump') & solo, (1988 UK No.27 single 'Just Like Paradise').
1955, Born on this day, Midge Ure, guitarist, singer, songwriter. First joined Slik, (1976 UK No.1 'Forever And Ever'), Rich Kids, (1978 UK No.24 'Rich Kids'), Ultravox, (1981 UK No.2 'Vienna'), Band Aid, (1985 UK No.1 'Do They Know It's Christmas') & solo (1985 UK No.1 'If I Was').
1955, Born on this day, Tanya Tucker, US country singer, 1991 Country Music Association singer of the year. Best known for her debut hit 'Delta Dawn' which she released when she was 13. She has topped the US country music charts 10 times. Starred in her own fly-on-the-wall TV show, Tuckerville, in 2005.
1959, Born on this day, Kirsty MacColl, UK singer, songwriter, (1985 UK No.7 single 'A New England', 1987 UK No.2 single with The Pogues, 'Fairytale Of New York'). MacColl was killed in a boating accident on 18th December 2000.
1960, Born on this day, Al Connelly, Glass Tiger, (1986 UK No.29 single 'Don't Forget Me, When I'm Gone').
1960, Born on this day, Eric Martin, singer, Mr. Big, (1992 US No.1 & UK No.3 single 'To Be With You').
1961, Born on this day, Martin Kemp, bass, Spandau Ballet, (1983 UK No.1 single 'True', plus 16 other UK Top 40 singles). He is the brother of Gary who he appeared with in the British film The Krays.
1963, Born on this day, Jim Glennie, bass, James, (1991 UK No.2 single 'Sit Down').
1963, Born on this day, Jonny Male, guitar, Republica, (1997 UK No.7 single 'Drop Dead Gorgeous').
1964, Born on this day, Graham Crabb, drums, Pop Will Eat Itself, (1991 UK No.15 single 'X Y& Zee').
1967, Born on this day, Mike Malinin, guitar, vocals, Goo Goo Dolls, (1999 UK No. 26 single 'Iris', 2002 US No.3 album ‘Gutterflower’).
1973, Born on this day, Scott Morriss, bass, The Bluetones, (1996 UK No.2 single 'Slight Return').
1976, Born on this day, Richard Oakes, guitar, Suede, (1996 UK No.3 single 'Trash').
1979, Born on this day, Mya, (Marie Harrison), US singer, (2000 US No.2 single 'Case Of The Ex', 2001 US & UK No.1 single with Christina Aguilera, Lil' Kim and Pink, 'Lady Marmalade').