Today in Rock & Roll History: October 28th

1957: Elvis Presley made his second appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show, in which Sullivan presented Presley with a gold record for a million copies sold of his single “Love Me Tender.” The following week, the single hit the top of Billboard’s “Best Sellers in Stores” and “Most Played by Jockeys” charts.

1957: The Everly Brothers had their first #1 single on Billboard R&B and “Most Played by Jockeys” charts with “Wake Up Little Susie.”

1958: Buddy Holly made his last major television appearance, lip-synching to “It’s So Easy” and “Heartbeat” on ABC TV’s American Bandstand.

1962: After playing at Liverpool’s Empire Theatre three times as the Quarrymen, the Beatles played their first show at the prestigious venue for a NEMS Enterprises promotional event. Additional acts alongside headliner Little Richard included Craig Douglas, former Shadows bassist Jet Harris and The Jetblacks, Kenny Lynch, The Breakaways, and Sounds Incorporated.

1963: “Be True To Your School” by the Beach Boys was released, later reaching #6 in US. The group had recorded two versions of the song earlier in September. The original recording, in a higher key and at a slower tempo, was included on the band’s Little Deuce Coupe album released earlier in October. The second version was released as a single featuring Los Angeles girl group The Honeys, who chant various “cheerleader yells” before each chorus.

1964: The T.A.M.I. Show concert film was recorded at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium. Referred to as both the “Teenage Awards Music International” and “Teen Age Music International,” the two day event featured the famed Wrecking Crew session musicians backing performance by numerous rock and R&B acts, including James Brown and the Famous Flames, the Beach Boys, the Rolling Stones, the Supremes, Chuck Berry, Marvin Gaye, Smokey Robinson and the Miracles, Lesley Gore, Jan and Dean, Billy J. Kramer and the Dakotas, and the Barbarians.

1966: The Kinks released Face to Face, the band’s fourth studio album and first to consist entirely of Ray Davies compositions. Regarded as one of rock’s first concept album, the band had begun to introduce a softer style of writing with songs such as “A Well Respected Man” and “Dedicated Follower of Fashion” and the success of the LP’s lead single, “Sunny Afternoon,” proved to their manager that the new songwriting style would work.

1972: British band The Move debuted on the Billboard Hot 100 chart with their first single, “Do Ya.” The group soon after changed its name to the Electric Light Orchestra, after which “Do Ya” became a bigger hit for them in 1977.

1978: “My Life,” the first single from Billy Joel’s sixth studio album, 52nd Street, was released.

1985: Pet Shop Boys released the second version of their single, “West End Girls.” Originally recorded and released in 1984, the duo re-recorded the song with producer Stephen Hague after signing with EMI, and it was issued as the first single from their debut album, Please.

1997: After suffering a brain aneurysm that nearly took his life during an R.E.M. tour in 1995, drummer Bill Berry announced that he was departing the band after 17 years. R.E.M.’s members acquiesced, and announced that they would continue as a trio.

2014: The Allman Brothers Band played their final show at New York’s Beacon Theatre, ending their 45-year career. After more than four hours of music, Gregg Allman addressed the crowd, recalled his first jam session with the band, and said, “Never did I have any idea it could come to this.”

Birthdays Today

Graham Bond, keyboardist, saxophonist, leader of Graham Bond Organization, considered a founding father of the English rhythm and blues boom of the 1960s, was born in Romford, England in 1937.

Curtis Lee, singer best known for his top 10 hit, “Pretty Little Angel Eyes,” was born in Yuma, AZ in 1939.

Jim Post, folk singer-songwriter, composer, playwright, actor, and half of 1960s duo Friend and Lover, best known for their hit single, “Reach Out of the Darkness,” was born in Houston, TX in 1939.

Hank Marvin, multi-instrumentalist, vocalist, songwriter, and lead guitarist for the Shadows who has been cited as an influence by guitarists such as George Harrison, Eric Clapton, Jimmy Page, David Gilmour, Roy Wood, Brian May, Mark Knopfler, Peter Frampton, Steve Howe, Pete Townshend, and Jeff Beck, was born Brian Robson Rankin in Newcastle upon Tyne, Northumberland, England in 1941.

Wayne Fontana, rock and pop singer and solo artist, best known for hits in the 1960s with the Mindbenders, was born Glyn Geoffrey Ellis in Levenshulme, Manchester, Lancashire, England in 1945.

Stephen Morris, drummer with Joy Division and subsequently New Order, was born in Macclesfield, Cheshire, England in 1957.

William Reed, guitarist, composer, singer, and lead guitarist and co-founder of The Jesus and Mary Chain, was born in East Kilbride, Scotland in 1958.

Ben Harper, eclectic singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, was born in Pomona, CA in 1969.