OCTOBER 31 BIRTHDAYS
1937 – Tom Paxton (folk singer)
1947 – Russ Ballard (Argent – guitar – ‘Hold Your Head Up)
1952 – Bernard Edwards (Chic – producer/member – ‘Le Freak’, ‘I Want Your Love’)
1961 – Larry Mullen (U2 – drums)
ON THIS DAY
1952 – An early big bang of rock and roll happened on this day 60 years ago when St. Louis pianist Johnnie Johnson hired 26 year old Chuck Berry as a guitarist in his band. For the next three years while playing evening gigs in the area, Chuck kept his day job as a hairdresser. When ‘Maybelline’ became a hit in 1955, he was finally able to concentrate on music full time.
1964 – The Supremes began a four week run atop the Billboard Hot 100 with the second of their five consecutive #1 hits, ‘Baby Love’.
1970 – Michelle Phillips of The mamas and Papas, married actor Dennis Hopper. They shouldn’t have bothered the marriage was over in 8 days.
1995 – James Brown was arrested in South Carolina for assaulting his wife Adrienne, who told officers her husband hit her with a mirror. She died in January 1996, and the assault charges were dropped.
1998 – Cher made chart history when her single ‘Believe’ topped the charts in 23 countries which also made Cher, who was 52 at the time, the first female artist over 50 to have a #1 single on the British charts.
2005 – John Lennon’s white suit he wore for the Abbey Road album cover, sold at a Las Vegas auction for $118,000.
1963 – On a return flight from Sweden, The Beatles land at London’s Heathrow airport greeted by hundres of photographers and screaming fans. Ed Sullivan, who was also at Heathrow, witnessed the event and began making inquiries into getting them to appear on his Sunday night tv show. Here’s how Ed described it years later.