Every day on Radio Nova, just before 11am, we play a couple of songs key to “today in music history” Have a listen! But for now – here’s some light reading and watching. October 25th in Music History looks like this.
1964, The Rolling Stones appeared for the first time on The Ed Sullivan Show from New York, performing ‘Around And Around’ and ‘Time Is On My Side’. A riot broke out in the studio, prompting Sullivan’s infamous quote, ‘I promise you they’ll never be back on our show again.’ The Rolling Stones went on to make a further five appearances on Sullivan’s show between 1965 and 1969.
1968, The double album ‘Electric Ladyland’ by the The Jimi Hendrix Experience was released. It was also made available as two albums with changed artwork after complaints about the naked women who were pictured on the sleeve. The female models were each paid £5 for the photo shoot and another £5 if they posed completely naked.
1970, Speaking at a US radio conference, President Nixon asked programmers to ban all songs containing drug references. (Good luck with that!)
1997, After falling over on stage when reaching for a guitar pick, Johnny Cash announced during a gig in Michigan that he was suffering from Parkinson’s disease. Was his last ever full show at age 65.
From back in the day..
2002, Richard Harris, who had the 1968 US No.2 & UK No.4 hit ‘MacArthur Park’ died of cancer. The 72-year-old Irish-born actor had been undergoing chemotherapy in London. Though he charted three other times, Harris was better known for his acting roles on stage and film, most recently playing Albus Dumbledore in the first two Harry Potter films.
2004, John Peel died in Peru of a heart attack, aged 65. He was BBC Radio 1’s longest-serving radio DJ and the first to introduce radio listeners to the Ramones, The Smiths, Rod Stewart, Blur, the Sex Pistols, T Rex and of course The Undertones!
2014, Jack Bruce, best known as one third of Cream died of liver disease aged 71. Bruce played bass, sang and was the principal songwriter in the band.
Happy Birthday Helen Reddy, Jon Anderson of Yes & Chad Smith of RHCP.
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