October 23rd: On this Day
1961, Dion started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Runaround Sue', it reached No.11 in the UK.
1962, 12 year old Little Stevie Wonder recorded his first single for Motown Records, 'Thank You For Loving Me All The Way.'
1963, The Beatles completed the final session for their second album 'With the Beatles' recording 'I Wanna Be Your Man.' The group then drove to London airport for a flight to Stockholm, Sweden to start their first foreign tour. The Fab four were met at Stockholm airport by hundreds of girl fans that had taken the day of school.
1963, The Everly Brothers, Little Richard, Bo Diddley, Mickie Most, The Rolling Stones, Julie Grant and The Flintstones all appeared at Odeon Theatre, Nottingham, England.
1963, Bob Dylan recorded 'The Times They Are A-Changin' at Columbia Recording Studios in New York City.
1964, All four members of US band Buddy and the Kings were killed when they hired a Cesna Skyhawk to take them to a gig in Harris County. Piloted by the bands drummer Bill Daniles, the plane crashed nose first killing all on board. Singer with the group Harold Box had replaced Buddy Holly in The Crickets after his death in a plane crash. He sang lead vocals on 'Peggy Sue Got Married.'
1966, The Jimi Hendrix Experience recorded their first single 'Hey Joe', at De Lane Lea studios in London.
1976, The Jam played an afternoon show in Soho Market, London, England and in the evening, The Clash appeared at The ICA in London.
1976, Chicago started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'If You Leave Me Now'. It was the group's 18th Top 40 and first US No.1, also a No.1 in the UK. It went on to win a Grammy Award for Best Pop Vocal Performance.
1976, Led Zeppelin made their US television debut on Don Kirshner's Rock Concert, they performed ‘Black Dog’ and ‘Dazed And Confused’.
1980, Mark David Chapman quit his security job and signed out for the last time. Instead of the usual "Chappy" he wrote "John Lennon". Chapman would murder Lennon on December 8th of this year outside his New York City home. Read the full story
1982, Culture Club were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Do You Really Want To Hurt Me', the group's first chart topper and the first of 12 UK Top 40 hits. The song became a major hit after their memorable debut performance on Top of the Pops, when they stood in for Shakin' Stevens who was ill and not able to appear.
1989, Nirvana played their first ever European show when the appeared at Newcastle's Riverside Club in North East England. It was the first night of a 36 date European tour for the group who were sharing the bill with Tad.
1993, Meat Loaf had his first UK No.1 with 'I'd Do Anything For Love' (But I Won't Do That'). It stayed at No.1 for seven weeks. A No.1 in twenty-eight countries and gave Meat Loaf his first US No.1 hit.
1993, Take That scored their first UK No.1 album with their second release 'Everything Changes.' The album which was nominated for the 1994 Mercury Prize became the third best selling album of 1993 in the UK.
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.
1999, The wife of Los Lobos singer Sandra Ann-Rosas disappeared. Police charged her half brother Gabriel Gomez with the kidnapping and murder.
2002, Kanye West was involved in a car crash after he fell asleep at the wheel while driving home from a recording studio in West Hollywood. No other cars were involved in the incident which left West with his jaw fractured in three places.
2002, A federal judge in St. Louis dismissed a lawsuit against Chuck Berry by Johnnie Johnson, a piano player and former collaborator who wanted royalties for more than 30 songs written between 1955 and 1966. The songs in question included ‘No Particular Place To Go’, ‘Roll Over Beethoven’, and ‘Sweet Little Sixteen’. Johnson's lawsuit argued that he and Berry were co-writers on many of the songs, but because Berry copyrighted them in his name alone, Johnson got none of the royalties. The judge ruled that too many years had passed to bring about a royalties suit.
2005, Arctic Monkeys scored their first UK No.1 single with 'I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor', the Sheffield bands debut single.
2007, Rapper Foxy Brown was given 11 weeks in solitary confinement after fighting with another inmate in prison. She was also said to have been abusive to guards and refused to take a random drug test. Brown was serving a year in jail for violating her probation after a fight she had in a New York nail salon.
2007, British and Dutch police shut down a "widely-used" source of illegally-downloaded music after raids in Teesside and Amsterdam as part of an Interpol investigation into the members-only website OiNK. The UK-run site had leaked 60 major pre-release albums this year alone.
2008, Beyonce went to No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'If I Were A Boy', the singers fourth UK No.1 hit. Taken from her third solo album, I Am’ Sasha Fierce.
October 23rd: Born on this day
1940, Born on this day, Freddie Marsden, Gerry And The Pacemakers, (1963 UK No.1 single 'How Do You Do It'' 1965 US No.6 single, 'Ferry Across The Mersey').
1943, Born on this day, Greg Ridley, bass player, Spooky Tooth, Humble Pie, (1969 UK No.4 single 'Natural Born Bugie'). Died on 19th November 2003.
1949, Born on this day, Michael Burston, Motorhead, (1980 UK No.15 single 'Ace Of Spades').
1953, Born on this day, Pauline Black, vocals, Selecter, (1979 UK No.8 single 'On My Radio'). TV presenter
1956, Born on this day, Dwight Yoakam, country singer, (Guitars and Cadilacs).
1957, Born on this day, Kelly Marie, singer, (1980 UK No.1 single 'Feels like I'm In Love', written by Ray Dorset of Mungo Jerry).
1964, Born on this day, Roberto Trujillo, bassist, Suicidal Tendencies, Infectious Grooves, Black Label Society, Jerry Cantrell, and Ozzy Osbourne's band before joining Metallica in 2003.
1972, Born on this day, Richard McNamara, guitarist, Embrace, (2006 UK No. 2 single ‘Natures Law’, 2006 UK No.1 album ‘This New Day’).