On this day
1961 | Cliff Richard scored his first UK No.1 album with his 5th release ’21 Today’. The album was released on October 14, 1961, the exact date of Cliff Richard’s 21st birthday. Side 1 of the album contained rock tunes while side 2 consisted of ballads.
1963 | The Beatles topped the bill at The Royal Variety Show at The Prince Of Wales Theatre, London. With the Queen Mother and Princess Margaret in the audience, this was the night when John Lennon made his famous remark ‘In the cheaper seats you clap your hands. The rest of you, just rattle your jewellery’. The show was broadcast on UK television on the Nov 10th 1963.
1967 | Pink Floyd made their US live debut when they appeared at the Winterland Auditorium, San Francisco, California. Floyd shared the bill with local group Big Brother & The Holding Company, featuring singer Janis Joplin and singer / songwriter Richie Havens.
1969 | David Bowie released his third studio album, The Man Who Sold the World the first with the nucleus of what would become the “Spiders from Mars”, backing band.
1980 | Bob Marley was baptised at the Ethiopian Orthodox Church, Kingston, converting to a Christian Rastafarian and taking on the new name Berhane Selassie.
1991 | Bobby “Blue” Bland, Booker T. & The M.G.s, Johnny Cash, Jimi Hendrix, The Isley Brothers, Sam & Dave and The Yardbirds were all elected to the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame.
1993 | Depeche Mode’s Martin Gore was arrested at the Denver Westin Hotel after refusing to turn down the volume of his music in his room.
1998 | Oasis singer Liam Gallagher was arrested after an alleged drunken brawl with photographer Mel Bouzac at a London pub.
2007 | The Eagles went to No.1 on the UK album chart with Long Road Out of Eden. It was the group’s first full studio album since The Long Run in 1979 and became the highest selling album of the year.
2013 | Rihanna joined The Beatles and Elvis Presley as one of just three acts to top the UK singles chart seven times over seven years. The singer made the No.1 spot, as the featured artist on Eminem’s new track ‘The Monster’.
Born on this day
1969 | Sean John Combs, (aka, Puff Daddy & P Diddy), American record producer, clothing designer and rapper. (1997 US & UK No.1 single with Faith Evans, ‘I’ll Be Missing You’ is the most successful rap single of all time). Producer of MTV’s Making the Band. Richest hip-hop entertainer as of 2007, having a net worth estimate of US $346 Million.
1971 | Born on this day American singer, songwriter and actor Gregory Porter. He won the 2014 Grammy Award for Best Jazz Vocal Album, Liquid Spirit.