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Today In Pop Music: October 25 – Al Green Attacked With Boiling Hot Grits

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Hi Records – 1972

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OCTOBER 27 BIRTHDAYS

1941 – Helen Reddy (did you know Cher had turned down  her #1 hit ‘Angie Baby’?)

1944 – Jon Anderson (Yes – vocals ‘ Owner of A Lonely Heart’)

1944 – Taffy Danoff (Starland Vocal Band – guitar – ‘Afternoon Delight’)

1947 – John Hall (drums – The Equals – ‘Baby Come Back’)

1950 – Chris Norman (Smokie – vocals – ‘Living Next Door To Alice’)

1963 – John Leven (Europe – bass – ‘The Final Countdown’, ‘Carrie’)

ON THIS DAY

1964 – The Rolling Stones appeared on the Ed Sullivan Show performing ‘Around and Around’ and ‘Time Is On My Side’.  After some of the studio audience became unruly, Ed made the statement “I promise you they’ll never be back on our show again.”  But they were – five more times between 1965 and 1969.  All the performances are available on home video to see for yourself.

1968 – Led Zepplin played their first gig under that name at England’s Surrey University.

1969 – Not only was The Archies ‘Sugar Sugar’ #1 on the Billboard Hot 100, it also topped the British charts, eventually selling over six million copies worldwide.

1970 – President Nixon asked radio programmers to ban all songs containing drug references during a speech at a U.S. radio conference.  It didn’t happen.

1986 – For the first time in the history of the Billboard Hot 100, the top 3 songs were all recorded by female artists:  Janet Jackson was at #3 with ‘When I Think Of You’, Tina Turner’s ‘Typical Male’ was #2, and Cyndi Lauper topped the chart with ‘True Colors’.

1992 – Singer/songwriter Roger Miller died of lung and throat cancer in Los Angeles.  Winner of 11 Grammy awards as a songwriter and seven Tony awards for writing the music and lyrics for ‘Big River’.  Roger’s top 10 hits included, ‘Dang Me’, ‘Chug-A Lug’, ‘Engine Engine #9′, England Swings’, and the classic ‘King Of The Road’.

1997 – Johnny Cash announced to an audience in Michigan that he was suffering from Parkinson’s Disease.

2002 – Richard Harris, famous for his role as King Arthur in the motion picture ‘Camelot’ and his #2 recording of ‘Mac Arthur Park, died of cancer.  He also played the role of Albus Dunbledore in two if the Harry Potter films.

1974 – Al Green was taking a shower at his Memphis home when his ex-girlfriend burst in and poured boiling hot grits all over him after which she committed suicide.  Al suffered second and third degree burns.

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