Today in Rock & Roll History: October 7th

1952: After premiering locally in March of 1950 and featuring short musical films that were precursors to the modern music video, a new edition of music and dance television show Bandstand, hosted by radio disc jockey Bob Horn, was first broadcast as a local show from WFIL-TV in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Horn was fired after a drunk driving arrest in 1956, and after producer Tony Mammarella spent a brief period as host, Dick Clark was hired to fill the role permanently. The show was later picked up nationally by ABC and renamed American Bandstand in 1957.

1957: Jimmie Rodgers’ first hit single, “Honeycomb,” topped the Billboard Top 100 and R&B charts.

1957: “Keep A-Knockin’” by Little Richard entered the Billboard top 40 on its way to #8 during its 12-week chart run. It was Richards’ seventh top 40 hit on the pop chart, and his eighth to reached the top three on the R&B chart.

1963: The Rolling Stones recorded “I Wanna Be Your Man,” written for them by John Lennon and Paul McCartney of the Beatles, at Kingsway Sound in London.

1964: The Beatles were at the top of the bill on a special British edition of ABC’s music show Shindig!. Taped a few days earlier (October 3) at Granville Studio in London, they performed “Kansas City / Hey-Hey-Hey-Hey!,” “I’m A Loser,” and “Boys.” Additional acts on the British special included Sandie Shaw, PJ Proby, The Karl Denver Trio, Tommy Quickly, Sounds Incorporated, and Lyn Cornell.

1967: Jackie Wilson reached the top of the Billboard R&B chart for the sixth and final time with “(Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher and Higher.”

1969: The first national single by the Jackson 5, “I Want You Back,” was released. The song later made it to the tops of both the Billboard Hot 100 and R&B charts.

1970: The Tony Richardson film Ned Kelly, about the Australian outlaw of the same name and starring Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger in the titular role, premiered in England.

1975: The New York Supreme Court reversed a deportation order for John Lennon, allowing him to legally stay in the United States. Lennon had been an outspoken critic of the Vietnam war and the Nixon Administration, who’d attempted to force Lennon and wife Yoko Ono out of the country based on drug charges from 1968. Lennon subsequently received his green card in July of 1976.

1977: “We Are the Champions” backed with “We Will Rock You,” the first single from Queen’s sixth LP, News of the World, was released. The single went to #2 on the UK chart, #4 on the Billboard Hot 100, and #3 on the Cash Box chart.

1978: The self-titled debut album by Dire Straits was released, later peaking at #2 in the US and #5 in the UK.

1978: Boston had their first #1 album on the Billboard pop chart with their second LP, Don’t Look Back.

1989: The reformed Jefferson Airplane played a concert at the Golden Gate Park in San Francisco, where admission was a can of food for the San Francisco Food Bank. Additional acts at the show included performances by Jefferson Airplane guitarist Jorma Kaukonen’s band Hot Tuna as well as by Bob Weir and Rob Wasserman.

1989: Tears for Fears went to #1 on the UK chart with their third album, The Seeds of Love. In the US, the album reached #8.

1995: Alanis Morissette became the first female Canadian artist to top US album charts when Jagged Little Pill reached #1 on the Billboard pop chart.

Birthdays Today

Chet Powers, singer-songwriter and lead singer of Quicksilver Messenger Service from 1969-1979 best known for writing the 1960s love-and-peace anthem “Get Together,” who was also known by his stage name Dino Valenti and, as a songwriter, Jesse Oris Farrow, was born Chester William Powers Jr. in Danbury, CT in 1937.

Colin Cooper, vocalist, saxophonist, guitarist, and founder and leader of the Climax Blues Band, was born in Stafford, England in 1939.

Martin Murray, rhythm guitarist for the Honeycombs, was born in East End of London, England in 1941.

Kevin Godley, vocalist, drummer, and percussionist for 10cc and Godley & Creme, was born in Prestwich, Lancashire, England in 1945.

David Taylor, bassist for Edison Lighthouse, was born in High Wycombe, England in 1950.

John Mellencamp, singer-songwriter, was born in Seymour, IN in 1951.

Yo-Yo Ma, cellist and classical musician who has recorded across a wide variety of musical genres and collaborated with artists such as Bobby McFerrin, Chris Botti, Carlos Santana, and James Taylor, was born in Paris, France in 1955.

Thom Yorke, singer, guitarist, keyboardist, and principal songwriter of Radiohead, was born in Wellingborough, Northamptonshire, England in 1968.