Today In Music History – October 24th

Marty Miller
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Wish you were great? (Of course you ARE great, but great enough to get a mention on future years on ‘Today in Music History’)

Let’s take a look at what went on in the world of music, today, in years gone by..

1966, Newsweek interviewed The Monkees. They are asked how the music is created. Singer Davy Jones tells them, “This isn’t a rock ‘n’ roll group. This is an act.”

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1977, Rolling Stone Keith Richards was fined £205 after admitting having cannabis, Chinese heroin, mandrax tablets and a revolver at his Chelsea home in the UK. Later in the evening, Keith and Anita Pallenberg accidentally set fire to their London hotel bedroom.

1987, Michael Jackson started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Bad’, a No.3 hit in the UK. A music video for ‘Bad’, directed by Martin Scorsese and co-starring one of the first appearances of yet-undiscovered Wesley Snipes, was released in late 1987.

1998, Former Stone Roses lead singer Ian Brown was jailed for 4 months after being found guilty of disorderly behaviour during a flight from Paris to Manchester. Brown had threatened to chop the hands off an air stewardess during a heated exchange.

2004, Queen became the first rock act to receive an official seal of approval in Iran. Western music was still strictly censored in the Islamic republic, where homosexuality is considered a crime, but an album of Queen’s greatest hits was released this week in Iran.

2006, Forbes revealed that Kurt Cobain had overtaken Elvis Presley as the highest earning dead celebrity. Cobain’s work earned €45M in the 12 months to October 2006, compared with Presley’s €39M.

2017, American pianist and singer-songwriter Fats Domino died aged 89 at his home in Harvey, Louisiana after a long-term illness. Domino attracted national attention with his first recording, ‘The Fat Man’, made in late 1949, Domino’s 1956 version of ‘Blueberry Hill’ was selected for the Library of Congress’s National Recording Registry of historic sound recordings worthy of preservation.

Happy Birthday Former Rolling Stone Bill Wyman!

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