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JD's Rock 'n' Roll Almanac

Rock 'n' Roll Almanac for Friday, October 20, 2017

64 years ago (1953)Tom Petty is born.
61 years ago (1956)Elvis Presley's Love Me Tender, is now his first song to the pop chart at #2. It also makes it to the Country & Western chart, the R&B chart and the top One Hundred.
55 years ago (1962)The Four Seasons' Big Girls Don't Cry is released.
48 years ago (1969)Further signs of problems among The Beatles: John Lennon releases his second solo album, Cold Turkey, again under the name Plastic Ono Band. The tune, which deals with drug use, was rejected by the group. It reaches no higher than #30 in the U.S. and only #18 in the U.K. When Lennon returns his Member of the Order of the British Empire medal to the Queen later the year, he wryly cites the 45's poor chart showing as one of his grievances.
48 years ago (1969)The Who opens a six night stand at New York's Fillmore East, with the two hour-plus show centered on Tommy.
44 years ago (1973)The Steve Miller Band's The Joker is released.
44 years ago (1973)The Rolling Stones have their first #1 ballad, Angie, a song that sparks rumor that it's a love song from Jagger to David Bowie's wife, Angela.
43 years ago (1974)Ex-Animal Eric Burdon and his wife Rose, have a baby girl in Palm Springs, California and name her Mirage.
41 years ago (1976)Devil Woman, the first U.S. hit for Cliff Richard enters the pop chart. Devil Woman is there for 22 weeks, peaking at #6.
41 years ago (1976)Led Zeppelin's film, The Song Remains the Same, is a mixture of concert footage and fantasy sequences, premieres in London.
40 years ago (1977)Three days after the release of Lynyrd Skynyrd's Street Survivors, an LP whose cover depicts the band standing among flames, Lynyrd Skynyrd vocalist Ronnie Van Zant, guitarist Steve Gaines, his sister Cindy, and a freelance singer touring with the group are killed when their rented single engine plane crashes in the swamps of Gillsburg, Mississippi. The deaths mean the end of Lynyrd Skynyrd, whose Free Bird and Sweet Home Alabama are pop Top Twenty songs.
25 years ago (1992)Madonna releases her Erotica album.
16 years ago (2001)Top stars from the music, film and political world assembled at Madison Square Garden for VH1's Concert For New York. The event, which features performances from The Who, David Bowie, Keith Richards and Mick Jagger, Bon Jovi, Elton John, and many, many more, goes down in history as one of the most successful benefits and one of the most-watched cable shows of all time. The concert raises more than $30 million for the Robin Hood Relief fund, which supports victims of the September 11th terror.
13 years ago (2004)Courtney Love pleads guilty in Manhatten to disorderly conduct for hitting a club owner on the head with a microphone stand during a performance. The incident happened the previous March. Love gets a conditional discharge contingent upon her paying the victim $2,336 for medical expenses and joining a drug treatment program. If not, she gets 15 days in jail.
2 years ago (2015)Buffalo-born musician and singer Cory Wells, co-founder of multi-platinum 1970s pop/soul/rock band Three Dog Night, dies at his home in Dunkirk, New York.  He is 74.
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