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JD's Rock 'n' Roll Almanac

Rock 'n' Roll Almanac for Friday, October 31, 2014

53 years ago (1961)U2 drummer Larry Mullen Jr. is born.
51 years ago (1963)Motorhead’s Mikkey Dee is born.
48 years ago (1966)Adam Horovitz a.k.a. King Ad Rock of the Beastie Boys is born.
44 years ago (1970)Former Mamas and the Papas singer Michelle Phillips marries actor Dennis Hopper. They divorce 8 days later.
40 years ago (1974)The Rolling Stones' It's Only Rock N' Roll, their last album with guitarist Mick Taylor, turns gold. It's their fourth straight #1 album.
39 years ago (1975)The Marshall Tucker Band performs at the Fox Theater in Atlanta for a benefit show for presidential candidate and former Georgia governor Jimmy Carter. The president of Capricorn Records, Phil Walden, sponsors this concert and ultimately, many more with his other acts including the Allman Brothers.
33 years ago (1981)Peabo Bryson's Let the Feeling Flow enters the soul chart, where in its twenty weeks on the charts, it climbs up to #6.
26 years ago (1988)Singer Debbie Gibson holds a seance at her Halloween party to contact the spirits of Liberace and Sid Vicious.
21 years ago (1993)Actor River Phoenix dies after collapsing outside The Viper Room on Hollywood's Sunset Strip.
21 years ago (1993)Rapper Tupac Shakur is arrested for allegedly shooting two off-duty Atlanta policemen during a late night argument. Shakur was shot and killed two years later in Las Vegas.
16 years ago (1998)KISS begins its Psycho Circus tour at Dodger Stadium. Video monitors broadcast the show in 3-D.
8 years ago (2006)George Michael smokes a joint during an interview on British TV’s The South Bank Show. He says, “This stuff keeps me sane and happy. I'd say it's a great drug -- but obviously it's not very healthy. You can't afford to smoke it if you've got anything to do.” The interview had been conducted in Madrid, Spain, where marijuana consumption is legal. In September, Michael launched his "25 Live" tour--his first in 15 years--in Spain.
8 years ago (2006)Barry Manilow releases The Greatest Songs of the Sixties as a follow-up to The Greatest Songs of the Fifties, which was released earlier this year, debuted at #1, and quickly went platinum.
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