Today in Rock & Roll History: October 25th

1963: The Beatles began their first tour of Sweden playing at the Nya Aulan, Sundstavagen in Karistad.

1964: The Rolling Stones made their first appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show performing Chuck Berry’s “Around and Around” and closing the show with “Time Is On My Side.” The band’s appearance on the show generated over a million dollars in ticket sales for their fall concert tour, and despite outrage from conservative adults who disapproved of the Stones’ “unkempt” image, the group returned to The Ed Sullivan Show for another six appearances throughout the rest of the 1960s.

1967: Diana Ross & the Supremes released “In and Out of Love,” the second single from their twelfth studio album, Reflections. It was the group’s penultimate single written and produced by Motown production team Holland–Dozier–Holland and the last single to feature the vocals of original member Florence Ballard.

1967: The Monkees released “Daydream Believer,” the first single from their fifth album, The Birds, The Bees & The Monkees. Composed by singer-songwriter John Stewart shortly before leaving the Kingston Trio, the song later became the Monkees’ third #1 single.

1968: Initially billed as the “New Yardbirds,” the band that would from then on be known as Led Zeppelin debuted under their new name during their first UK concert tour at the University of Surrey.

1968: “Cloud Nine” by The Temptations was released. After Sly & the Family Stone had a hit with “Dance to the Music,” Temptations member Otis Williams introduced producer Normal Whitfield to the band’s sound. Whitfield was initially reluctant to emulate what he considered to be “radically different” and “a passing fancy.” A few weeks later, however, Whitfield created the backing track for “Cloud Nine,” and ended up sticking with the psychedelic soul sound through the early 1970s. “Cloud Nine” was the first Temptations single to feature Dennis Edwards instead of David Ruffin in the lineup and won Motown its first Grammy Award.

1969: Three Dog Night’s cover of Laura Nyro’s “Eli’s Coming” entered the Billboard Hot 100. It became the group’s third top 10 single on both the Billboard and Cash Box pop charts.

1969: After becoming their first #1 hit in America, “Sugar, Sugar” by the Archies went to the top of the UK singles chart, where it was the group’s only song to chart.

1969: Santana debuted on the Billboard Hot 100 with their first single, “Jingo,” which later peaked at #56.

1971: The Jeff Beck Group released their third studio album, Rough and Ready.

1971: The Doors released Other Voices, their seventh studio album and first after the death of lead singer Jim Morrison.

1972: Poco released their fourth studio album, A Good Feelin’ to Know.

1974: Paul McCartney and Wings released the single “Junior’s Farm,” which later reached #3 on the Billboard Hot 100.

1974: The Rolling Stones released their version of “Ain’t Too Proud to Beg,” a song originally recorded by The Temptations in 1966, as the second single from their twelfth British and fourteenth American studio album, It’s Only Rock ‘n Roll.

1974: Bob Marley and The Wailers released their seventh album, Natty Dread. It was the first album Marley recorded without Peter Tosh and Bunny Wailer, who he had previously recorded with as The Wailers.

1975: Three weeks after its UK release, the Who’s seventh studio LP, The Who By Numbers, was issued in the US.

1975: Paul Simon released his fourth solo studio album, Still Crazy After All These Years.

1976: Jazz fusion guitarist Al Di Meola released his debut album, Land of the Midnight Sun.

1983: John Cougar Mellencamp released Uh-Huh, his seventh studio album and first to use his real last name.

1984: Culture Club released their third studio album, Waking Up with the House on Fire.

1986: Cyndi Lauper scored her second of two #1 singles on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart with the title track from her second studio album, True Colors.

1994: Joni Mitchell released her fifteenth studio album, Turbulent Indigo. In 1996, it won a Grammy Award for Best Pop Vocal Album.

2004: Manfred Mann released 2006, an album credited to Manfred Mann’s Earth Band, but one that Mann considered more of a solo release since it reflected his personal tastes rather than those of his Earth Band colleagues.

2010: Elvis Costello released National Ransom. Produced by T Bone Burnett, the album features musicians including Costello’s backing bands The Imposters and The Sugarcanes as well as Vince Gill, Marc Ribot, Buddy Miller, Leon Russell, and others.

2019: Neil Young Colorado, his thirty-ninth studio album and first with backing band Crazy Horse since 2012.

Birthdays Today

Earl Palmer, rock and R&B drummer who, in addition to contributing to the scores of several films and TV shows, played on countless well-known albums and singles by artists that include Little Richard, Frank Sinatra, Duane Eddy, Glen Campbell, Dick Dale, the Beach Boys, the Monkees, Taj Mahal, the Mamas and the Papas, Tim Buckley, Maria Muldaur, Elvis Costello, Fats Domino, Sam Cooke, Eddie Cochran, Larry Williams, Johnny Otis, Ritchie Valens, Herb Alpert, the Byrds, the Righteous Brothers, Ike & Tina Turner, Neil Young, Al Kooper, and Tom Waits, was born in New Orleans, LA in 1924.

Helen Reddy, singer, songwriter, author, actress, and activist, was born in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia in 1941.

Roy Lynes, keyboardist for Status Quo, was born in Redhill, Surrey, UK in 1943.

Taffy Danoff, singer-songwriter and member of the Starland Vocal Band, was born Mary Catherine Nivert in Washington, D.C. in 1944.

Jon Anderson, singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, lead singer with Yes, a solo artist, and collaborator with several artists including Vangelis, King Crimson, Tangerine Dream, Iron Butterfly, and Mike Oldfield, was born in Accrington, Lancashire, England in 1944.

John Hall, drummer and founding member of The Equals, was born in Islington, London, England in 1946.

Richard Lloyd, singer, songwriter, guitarist, and founding member of Television, was born in Pittsburgh, PA in 1951.

Robbie McIntosh, session guitarist and member of the Pretenders from 1982-1987 who also toured and recorded with such artists and groups as Paul McCartney, Talk Talk, John Mayer, John Illsley, and Mannfred Mann’s Earth Band, was born in Sutton, Surrey, England in 1957.

Christina Amphlett, songwriter and Divinyls lead singer, was born in Geelong, Victoria, Australia in 1959.

Chad Smith, drummer for Red Hot Chili Peppers, was born in Saint Paul, MN in 1962.

Ed Robertson, lead singer, songwriter, and guitarist for Barenaked Ladies, was born Lloyd Edward Elwyn Robertson in Scarborough, Ontario, Candada in 1970.