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Today's Birthdays, 10/22
The Rascals guitarist Eddie Brigati is 69.
Guitarist Leslie West is 69.
The New Cars keyboardist Greg Hawkes is 62.

Today in History
In 1958
Carl Perkins brother died from injuries in a car accident that happened with Carl two years earlier.
In 1961
Chubby Checker was a guest on "The Ed Sullivan Show."  He performed "The Twist."
In 1962
Marvin Gaye made his network television debut appearing on "American Bandstand."  Martha & the Vandellas were with him as his back-up singers.
In 1964
The Who, then known as the High Numbers, failed an audition with EMI Records.
In 1965
The Rolling Stones released the single "Get Off My Cloud" backed with "The Singer Not The Song" in the
UK.
In 1966
The Animals' "Cee Cee Rider" peaked at number ten on the pop singles chart.
James & Bobby Purify's "I'm Your Puppet" broke into the Top 40.
The Beach Boys released the single "Good Vibrations."  With its extensive production, it the most expensive single issued to date.
The Supremes' album "Supremes A-Go-Go" hit number one on the albums chart.  They became the first all-female vocal group to hit the top of the albums chart.
Herman's Hermits were a guest on the TV show "Hollywood Palace."
In 1967
Lulu performed "To Sir With Love" on "The Ed Sullivan Show."
The Byrds were a guest on "The Smothers Brothers Show."
In 1969
Tommy Edwards died in Henrico County, Virginia.  He's best remembered for the hit "It's All In The Game.  Edwards was 47.
In 1974
Kiss released the album "Hotter Than Hell.
In 1977
Carly Simon's "Nobody Does It Better" peaked at number two on the pop singles chart.
Johnny Rivers' "Swayin' To The Music (Slow Dancin') peaked at number ten on the pop singles chart.
In 1982
Worcester, Massachusetts declared it Van Halen Day.
Rod Stewart released the album "Absolutely Live."
In 1988
Elton John set a record by selling out his 26th Madison Square Garden concert.
In 1990
Steve Winwood released the album "Refugees Of The Heart."
In 1994
Producer Jimmy Miller died in Boulder, Colorado.  He's best remembered for his work with the Rolling Stones and Traffic.
In 1996
Aerosmith was named Act of the Year at the Boston Music Awards.
Ted Nugent appeared at a rally for Republican presidential candidate Bob Dole in Troy, Michigan.
In 1998
Bob Dylan performed in Duluth, Minnesota, for the first time since the 1960s.
Black Sabbath made an appearance at a shopping mall in Mentor, Ohio, for an album signing for "Reunion."
In 2002
New releases included Santana's album "Shaman," Rod Stewart's disc "It Had To Be You...The Great American Songbook." the Black Sabbath early-days retrospective "Symptom of the Universe: The Original Black Sabbath (1970-1978)," the Sly and the Family Stone retrospective "The Essential Sly and the Family Stone," and the book "KISS Alive Forever: The Complete Touring History."
In 2004
The exhibit "When I'm Sixty-Four," featuring original drawings by the late John Lennon, opened at the John Marshall Hotel in Richmond, nearly two weeks after what would have been the former Beatle's 64th birthday.
In 2005
Former Journey frontman Steve Perry attended the Game One of the World Series in Chicago.  White Sox catcher A.J. Pierzynski [[Per-ZIN-skee]] had pushed team officials to invite the singer because the team had adopted the band's 1981 hit "Don't Stop Believin'" as a theme song.
Isaac Hayes was among those recognized at the Memphis Chapter's Recording Academy Honors 2005 event in Memphis, Tennessee.
In 2006
John Mellencamp performed "Our Country" during Game Two of the World Series at Comercia Park in Detroit.
Neil Young hosted the second of his two annual Bridge School Benefit Concerts in Mountain View, California.  Brian Wilson was among the performers who joined Young for the charity event.
In 2007
Bob Dylan was featured in Cadillac's new TV and print ad campaign for the 2008 Escalade.
In 2008
Gladys Knight performed a solo set at the cancer research fundraiser Gabrielle's Gala.  She was on her own at the New York City event because Bubba Knight was recovering from a broken arm.
In 2010
B. J. Thomas sang the national anthem before Game Six of the American League Playoffs in Arlington, Texas, with the Texas Rangers hosting the New York Yankees.  The Rangers ended up winning the game and the series, and went on to the World Series.
In 2012
New releases included the reissue of The Beatles single "Love Me Do" backed with "P.S. I Love You," which commemorated the 50th anniversary of the original release.
Bobby Womack and Dionne Warwick were among the winners at Britain's "Q" Awards.

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Today's Birthdays, 10/21
Manfred Mann is 74.
Elvin Bishop is 72.
Chicago horn player Lee Loughnane is 68.  He plays trumpet and flugelhorn.
Toto guitarist Steve Lukather is 57.
The Go-Go's guitarist Charlotte Caffey is 61.
Guitarist Steve Cropper is 73.  He worked with Otis Redding, and was a member of Booker T and the MG's and the Blues Brothers.
Former Faces bassist Tetsu Yamauchi is 68.
Former Bay City Rollers guitarist Eric Faulkner is 61.
Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger's daughter Jade is 43.

Today In History
In 1957
Johnny Mathis' "Chances Are" hit number one on the pop singles chart.
In 1958
Buddy Holly was in the studio for the last time.  He recorded the songs "
True Love Ways," "Raining in My Heart," and "It Doesn't Matter Anymore."
In 1961
Bob Dylan hit the studio to work on his first album for Columbia Records.
In 1962
Cliff Richard was a guest on "The Ed Sullivan Show."
In 1965
Elvis Presley's bassist Bill Black died after surgery for a brain tumor.  He was 39.
The Kingsmen performed "Louie Louie" on the TV show "Shindig!"
In 1966
Jeff Beck left the Yardbirds.  He was replaced on lead guitar by bassist Jimmy Page.
The Who performed on the British TV show "Ready Steady Go!"
In 1967
Lulu's "To Sir With Love" hit number one on the pop singles chart.
The Rascals' "How Can I Be Sure" peaked at number four on the pop singles chart.
In 1969
Paul McCartney denied the rumor that he was dead.
In 1970
Bob Dylan released the album "New Morning."
In 1971
Mick Jagger and wife Bianca had a daughter, Jade.
In 1972
Chuck Berry's "My Ding-A-Ling" hit number one on the pop singles chart.
Hot Butter's "Popcorn" peaked at number nine on the pop singles chart.
Seals & Crofts' "Summer Breeze" broke into the Top 40.
America released the single "Ventura Highway."
In 1974
John Lennon started recording sessions for the album "Rock 'n' Roll."
In 1975
Elton John received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.  In addition, his album "Rock of the Westies" was certified Gold.
In 1976
The Led Zeppelin film "The Song Remains The Same" had its premier in New York.
The Who performed its last North American gig with Keith Moon at Toronto's Maple Leaf Garden.
In 1979
The Eagles released the album "The Long Run," including the songs "I Can't Tell You Why" and "Heartache Tonight."
In 1985
George Harrison, Eric Clapton, and Ringo Starr were among those participating in the CBS special "Carl Perkins and Friends," celebrating the 30th anniversary of the song "Blue Suede Shoes."
In 1988
Robbie Robertson's self-titled debut solo album was certified Gold.
In 1991
Bob Seger's album "The Fire Inside" was certified Gold.
In 1992
Elton John sued the TV show "Hard Copy," saying the program falsely reported that he'd moved to Atlanta to be near an AIDS treatment center.
In 1994
Neil Diamond announced that he was getting a divorce.
In 1997
Elton John's tribute to Princess Diana, "Candle in the Wind 1997," went into the "Guinness Book of Records" as the biggest selling single.
In 1998
Kiss members Paul Stanley and Bruce Kulick were sued for copyright infringement.  Allegedly the song "Dreamin'" sounded too much like Alice Cooper's song "Eighteen."
In 2001
Rod Stewart was among the performers at the September 11th "United We Stand - What More Can I Give" benefit concert in Washington, DC.
In 2002
Kiss was in Australia and announced plans to perform with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra.  Bassist Gene Simmons also said the group would donate, quote, "a substantial amount of the proceeds" to funds set up for the families of the victims of the October 12th terrorist attack in Bali, in which many of those killed were from Australia.
Tom Jones received the Q Merit Award for his lengthy career and expansive audience at the 13th annual Q Awards ceremony in London.
In 2003
Paul McCartney and wife Heather Mills sent a letter to a man who lost both of his legs in a ferry accident in New York.
AC/DC performed at the reopening of the Hammersmith Apollo in London.
Elton John signed a deal with the Colosseum in Las Vegas to perform 75 shows at the venue over the next three years.
New album releases included Van Morrison's "What's Wrong With This Picture?" and Rod Stewart's "The Great American Songbook: Volume 2."
In 2004
Bo Diddley cancelled several concerts because he was recovering from having a toe amputated.  Diddley lost the digit to a hypoglycemic condition similar to diabetes.
In 2005
Jethro Tull played a benefit concert in support of the American Red Cross Katrina Relief Fund in Shreveport, Louisiana.  The band had originally been scheduled to perform at the Grand Casino Biloxi in Mississippi, but that venue was among those destroyed by the storm.
In 2006
The Runaways drummer Sandy West died following a lengthy battle with lung cancer.  She was 47.
Neil Young hosted the first of his two annual Bridge School Benefit Concerts in Mountain View, California.  In addition to Young, performers included Brian Wilson, Pearl Jam, Dave Matthews Band, Nine Inch Nails frontman Trent Reznor, Foo Fighters, and Death Cab For Cutie.
In 2007
A priceless collection of Elvis Presley memorabilia was lost when the famed "Malibu Castle" in Southern California was destroyed by fire.  Songsheets for the tunes "Heartbreak Hotel" and "American Trilogy," more than 30 original film scripts Elvis used and had written notes in the margins, and one of Presley's cars were among the items destroyed.  Only Presley's Army uniform was able to be saved.
Film footage of Aerosmith singer Steven Tyler's March 2006 throat surgery was featured as part of the National Geographic Channel special "Incredible Human Machine."
In 2008
James Taylor performed in Raleigh and Wilmington, North Carolina to wrap up his a three-day, five-concert tour of the state in support of Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama.
Labelle's reunion album, "Back To Now," arrived in stores.  It was the group's first release in 32 years.
Metallica launched their tour in support of the album "Death Magnetic" with a show in Glendale, Arizona.
In 2009
Foreigner's Mick Jones and Kelly Hansen rang the opening bell at the New York Stock Exchange.  The band's appearance was part of their promotion for the group's CD/DVD compilation "Can't Slow Down."
Clarence Clemons' autobiography, "Big Man: Real Life & Tall Tale," arrived in stores.  The book includes a forward by Springsteen.
In 2012
Bob Seger and James Taylor took part in Garth Brooks' induction into the Country Music Hall of Fame at the annual Medallion Ceremony in Nashville.
In 2013
Dionne Warwick, the late Whitney Houston, and the late Celia Cruz were among the new inductees into the New Jersey Hall of Fame.

Today's Birthdays, 10/17
The Turtles guitarist Jim Tucker is 68.
Seals & Crofts' Jim Seals is 73.
Gary Pucket and the Union Gap's Gary Pucket is 72.
Spinal Tap's David Saint Hubbins is 67.
Reggae singer Ziggy Marley is 46.


Today In History, 10/17
In 1957
Elvis Presley's movie "Jailhouse Rock" had its premier in
Memphis.
In 1960
Dion and the Belmonts broke up.
The Drifters' "Save The Last Dance For Me" hit number one on the pop singles chart.
In 1962
The Beatles made their first appearance on Britain's Grenada TV Network, performing "Love Me Do" on the show "People and Places."
In 1963
The Beatles had lunch with contest winners from "Boyfriend" magazine in London.  Afterward the band hit the studio to record  "I Want To Hold Your Hand," "You Really Got A Hold On Me," "This Boy," and the fan club Christmas record.
In 1964
Manfred Mann's "Do Wah Diddy Diddy" hit number one on the pop singles chart.
Martha and the Vandellas' "Dancing in the Street" peaked at number two on the pop singles chart.
Gale Garnett's "We'll Sing in the Sunshine" peaked at number four on the pop singles chart.
Chad & Jeremy's "A Summer Song" peaked at number seven on the pop singles chart.
The Beach Boys' "When I Grow Up (To Be A Man)" peaked at number nine on the pop singles chart.
In 1965
The Beatles' "Yesterday" was number one on the pop singles chart.
The Rolling Stones released the album "Out Of Our Heads."
In 1967
A memorial service for the Beatles' late manager Brian Epstein took place at the New London Synagogue.
The Miracles released the single "I Second That Emotion."
Bob Dylan began recording sessions for the album "John Westley Harding."
In 1968
New single releases included the Supremes' "Love Child" and Jose Feliciano's "The Star-Spangled Banner."
In 1969
The Kinks were allowed to tour the U.S. for the first time in four years.  The band previously had difficulty receiving permits from the American Federation of Musicians.
The Rolling Stones arrived in Los Angeles to begin preparations for the band's upcoming U.S. tour.
In 1970
The Jackson 5's "I'll Be There" hit number one on the pop singles chart.
Sugarloaf's "Green Eyed Lady" peaked at number three on the pop singles chart.
Free's "All Right Now" peaked at number four on the pop singles chart.
Bobby Bloom's "Montego Bay" broke into the Top 40.
In 1973
Keith Richards and girlfriend Anita Pallenberg received suspended sentences and one-thousand-dollar fines each in connection with a 1971 drug bust in Ville-France-Sur-Mer, France.  In addition, Richards was banned from entering France for two years.
In 1974
Santana released the album "Borboletta."
In 1975
Bee Gee Maurice Gibb married Yvonne Spencely.  It was his second marriage.
In 1978
The Neil Diamond-Barbra Streisand single "You Don't Bring Me Flowers" was released.
In 1981
Foreigner's "Waiting For A Girl Like You" broke into the Top 40.
In 1987
The Bee Gees' "You Win Again" hit number one on the UK pop singles chart.
In 1988
The Traveling Wilburys' released the single "Handle With Care," while the album "Opel," a collection of previously unreleased material from former Pink Floyd frontman Syd Barrett, was issued in the UK.
In 1989
Kiss released the album "Hot In The Shade."
In 1990
Steppenwolf's hit "Born To Be Wild" re-entered the Top 10 in the Netherlands.
In 1991
John Mellencamp was hospitalized after he experienced dizzy spells during a radio station interview in Seattle.  Doctors said his problems were caused by, quote, "too much coffee, stress, and not enough breakfast."
In 1994
Billy Joel performed for the opening of the Gund Arena in Cleveland.
Robert Plant and Jimmy Page released the album "No Quarter."
In 1995
Fifty-eight episodes of "The Monkees" were released in the largest video boxed set ever, issued by Rhino Home Video.
Bruce Springsteen made a surprise appearance at the Stone Pony in Asbury Park, New Jersey.
In 1997
More than two-thousand people attended the funeral service for John Denver in Aurora, Colorado.  He had died in a plane crash five days earlier.
In 1998
Aerosmith offered a webcast of their concert in Holmdel, New Jersey.  Band members served as their own cameramen, with microwave cameras attached to instruments and mic stands.
In 1999
Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band played the first concert at the new Staples Center in Los Angeles.
In 2003
Randy Bachman performed a homecoming concert in Winnipeg, Canada.
In 2004
The Queen-based musical "We Will Rock You" opened in Moscow.  Band members Roger Taylor and Brian May attended the premiere.
The Little River Band was inducted into the Australian Record Industry Association Hall of Fame during the ARIA Awards in Sydney.
In 2006
Visitation for the late Freddy Fender took place at Queen of the Universe Catholic Church in San Benito, Texas.  Fender died three days earlier after a battle with lung cancer.  He was 69.
ZZ Top received the Living Legend Award at the International Entertainment Buyers Association's annual convention in Nashville.
In 2007
Dionne Warwick turned up on a California tax deliquency list of people who owed the state more than a million-dollars.  The singer was reportedly behind to the tune of two-point-seven-million-dollars.
In 2008
The Four Tops' Levi Stubbs Jr. died at his Detroit home.  The legendary singer had been in poor health for years, having battled both cancer and a stroke.  Stubbs was 72.