THIS DAY IN ROCK

October 29th: Cream, Duane Allman, Steve Winwood, Van Halen and more ...


On This Day in Rock

1962: The Beatles made their second appearance on the Granada TV program ‘People and Places.’ Filmed in Manchester, they performed two songs, ‘Love Me Do’ and ‘A Taste of Honey’. Read the full story

1965: The Who released the single 'My Generation' in the UK. The song was named the 11th greatest song by Rolling Stone on their list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time and 13th on VH1's list of the 100 Greatest Songs of Rock & Roll. It reached No. 2 in the UK, the Who's highest charting single in their home country but only No. 74 in America.

1965: The Rolling Stones kicked off their fourth 37-date North American tour at the Forum in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

1966: 'Have You Seen Your Mother, Baby, Standing In The Shadow?' by the Rolling Stones peaks at Number Nine on the pop chart, where it stays for two weeks.

1967: Cream played two shows at the Saville Theatre in London, England, billed as "Sundays At The Saville", The Bee Gees were appearing the following week.

1971: Duane Allman of The Allman Brothers Band was killed when he lost control of his motorcycle on a Macon, Georgia street while trying to swerve to avoid a tractor-trailer. He was three weeks shy of his 25th birthday.

1973: Quadrophenia by the Who is certified gold.

1977: Love You Live by the Rolling Stones peaks at Number Five on the album chart, where it stays for three weeks.

1983: Pink Floyd's 'Dark Side of the Moon' marked its 491st week on the Billboard album chart in the US, surpassing the previous record holder, 'Johnny's Greatest Hits' by Johnny Mathis. When it finally fell off of list in October 1988, 'Dark Side' had set a record of 741 weeks on the chart.

1984: American drummer Wells Kelly from Orleans and Meat Loaf died aged 45 after choking to death on his vomit. Had the 1976 US hit singles with Orleans, 'Still The One' and 'Dance with Me.'

1987: 'Decades', Rolling Stones Ron Wood's first ever British art exhibition opened in London, featuring portraits of friends and rock stars from the past 20 years.

1987: David Bowie played the first night of his 15 date Glass Spider Tour in Australia and New Zealand at the Boondall Entertainment Centre in Brisbane.

1988: Dire Straits scored their fourth UK No.1 album with 'Money For Nothing'.

1988: 'Don't You Know What The Night Can Do?' by Steve Winwood peaks at Number Six on the pop chart.

1996: The Van Halen video collection Video Hits Volume 1 is released.

2001: U2 performed for the first time on 'The Late Show with David Letterman' live from New York City.

2001: 'From A Lover To A Friend' by Paul McCartney is released. Proceeds from the single go to the families of the New York firefighters who died in the September 11th terror attack on the World Trade Center.

2005: A set of waxwork heads of The Beatles from their Sgt Pepper's album cover sold for £81,500. The "pepperheads" were auctioned off after recently being discovered in a back room at London's Madame Tussauds. They were used in 1967 by artist Peter Blake in the backdrop of the "Lonely Hearts Club Band" album with the actual Beatles posing at the front.


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