This Day In Rock History: October 20th


It’s important to know your rock history, here at Radio NOVA we bring you ten rock stories from the sixties, seventies, eighties, nineties and the noughties.

On this day in rock history: October 20th.

1960: Roy Orbison had his first UK number 1 single with ‘Only The Lonely’. The song was turned down by The Everly Brothers and Elvis Presley, so Orbison decided to record the song himself.

1964: A riot breaks out during the Rolling Stones first-ever Paris gig, leading to the arrest of 150 concertgoers at the Olympia Theatre.

1968: The Yardbirds end their stage career with a gig at Liverpool University.

1969: The Who begin a six-night run at the Fillmore East in New York, performing their new rock opera ‘Tommy’ in its entirety.

1973: The Rolling Stones went to number 1 on the US singles chart with ‘Angie’, the group’s 7th US chart topper.

1976: While lead singer Robert Plant recovers from a car accident, Led Zeppelin release the concert documentary ‘The Song Remains The Same.’ Though critical reaction is not kind, it goes on to be a success, as does the obligatory soundtrack album.

1977: Guitarist Steve Gaines, lead singer Ronnie Van Zandt, and backup singer Cassie Gaines of Lynyrd Skynyrd are all killed when the band’s plane runs out of fuel and crashed into a densely wooded thicket in the middle of a swamp in Gillsburg, Missouri.

1979: The Eagles started a nine week run at number 1 on the US album chart with The Long Run, the band’s fourth US number 1.

1994: In a surprise appearance, Bruce Springsteen and Neil Young take the stage during Bob Dylan‘s concert at New York’s Roseland Ballroom and perform “Rainy Day Women #12 & 35” and “Highway 61 Revisited”.

2005: Michael Jackson received a jury summons at his Neverland ranch in California four months after he was acquitted on child molestation charges. A spokesperson said it was likely he would be excused from serving due to the fact that he has lived in Bahrain since the trial.