OCTOBER 16 BIRTHDAYS
1943 – Fred Turner (Bachman-Turner Overdrive – bass)
1947 – Bob Weir (Grateful Dead – guitar)
1959 – Gary Kemp (Spandau Ballet – guitar-keyboards – ‘True’)
1969 – Wendy Wilson (Wilson Phillips – ‘Hold On’ – daughter of Brian Wilson)
ON THIS DAY
1951 – 18 year old Richard Penniman made his first recordings at the studios of an Atlanta radio station. He had already begun using the stage name Little Richard, and four years later would become one of the founding fathers of rock and roll with the release of his first hit ‘Tutti Fruitti’.
1965 – The Beatles recorded ‘Day Tripper’ completing the song before day’s end.
1976 – Stevie Wonder topped the Billboard album chart for the third time with his album ‘Songs In The key Of Life’.
1986 – Keith Richards of The Rolling Stones, Eric Clapton, and Robert Cray joined an all star band to backup Chuck Berry for his 60th birthday concert which was filmed for the film ‘Hail Hail Rock and Roll’.
1992 – Bob Dylan celebrated the 30th anniversary of his recording debut with a concert at Madison Square Garden with guest performers that included Eric Clapton, Tom Petty, Roger McGuinn, Neil Young, Ron Wood, and George Harrison.
2001 – Security at a Bob Dylan was a little too good for this show, costing two guards their jobs. Seems that Bob had demanded better security on his ‘Love and Theft’ tour so when he showed up without a pass on him, they refused to grant him admission to his own show. That’s gotta be a first.
2002 – Billy Joel checked out of a hospital in Connecticut known for treating substance abuse.
2007 – Madonna signed a ground breaking 10 year recording and touring contract worth an estimated $120 million. The contract gave Live Nation rights to all her music related projects, including new recordings, tours, merchandise, websites, DVD’s sponsorship, films, and TV shows.
1972 – Creedence Clearwater Revival calls it quits after the relative failure of their (then) most recent album ‘Mardi Gras’. After a series of legal hassles with Fantasy Records, John scored a couple of solo hits in 1980. His brother Tom Fogerty died in September 1990, and the surviving members continue to tour as Creedence Clearwater Revisited.
Here’s a clip of Creedence with Dick Clark on American Bandstand.