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October 22nd

1966 – The Beach Boys release “Good Vibrations.” The song goes to No. 1 later in the month, but thanks to excessive production costs, it’s the most expensive single to date.

1978 – In Louisville, Ky., Earth, Wind & Fire begin an American tour that will end taking on 75 dates.

1985 – No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: “Saving All My Love for You,” Whitney Houston. The song was originally recorded by Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis Jr.

1994 – Producer Jimmy Miller dies in Boulder, Colo. He gave the rock back to the Rolling Stones when he produced “Jumpin’ Jack Flash,” and worked on their finest records, as well as albums by Traffic and Motorhead.

October 23rd

1966 – The Yardbirds, with new recruit Jimmy Page, perform at San Francisco’s Fillmore.

1972 – Filming begins on That’ll Be the Day, a musical starring David Essex, Ringo Starr, and Keith Moon. Halliwell’s Film Guide proclaims the film has “well-sketched cameos, a likeable dour viewpoint, and a cheerful pop music background.”

1980 – No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: “Woman in Love,” Barbra Streisand. The single appears on the album “Guilty,” which sells more than 20 million copies worldwide.

1995 – Def Leppard gave themselves a place in the Guinness book Of World Records, by playing three gigs in three continents in 24 hours. Tangier, London and Vancouver.

October 24th

1967 – No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: “To Sir with Love,” Lulu. The single is the title song to the movie starring Sidney Poitier and the singer.

1974 – The film “Stardust,” starring David Essex, premieres in London.

1980 – Paul McCartney is the recipient of a rhodium disc from the Guinness Book of World Records. The award celebrates his status as the world’s best-selling songwriter.

1995 – Bob Seger & the Silver Bullet Band’s first studio album in four years, “It’s A Mystery,” is released.

October 25th

1969 – ‘Sugar Sugar’ by The Archies was at No.1 on the UK singles chart. It stayed at the top for eight weeks, and was also No.1 in the US, selling over six million copies worldwide. The Archies were a rock group based on comic book characters.

1974 – No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: “Then Came You,” Dionne Warwick & the Spinners. The song is the first No. 1 single for both Warwick and the Spinners.

1986 – Bon Jovi went to No.1 on the US album chart with ‘Slippery When Wet’. Featuring two US No.1 singles, ‘You Give Love A Bad Name’ and ‘Livin’ On A Prayer’. The album went on to sell over 8 million copies world wide.

1991 – Rock promoter Bill Graham dies in a helicopter crash after a Huey Lewis concert in Concord, Calif. He was 60. Among the events produced by Graham were the Live Aid concert, Amnesty International tour and US Festival. At times he managed the careers of the Grateful Dead, Van Morrison and Santana.

October 26th

1967 – Pink Floyd performs the first of three nights at San Francisco’s Fillmore.

1976 – Leonard Lee of the R&B duo Shirley & Lee (“Let the Good Times Roll”) dies in New Orleans.

1982 – No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: “Who Can It Be Now?” Men at Work. The song is the 12th No. 1 single to pose a question and the first of two by the Australian band.

1993 – Madonna is playing Puerto Rico, but the Church isn’t happy. The Catholic Church urges residents of San Juan to tie black ribbons around trees and keep their front doors open to protest her performance.

October 27th

1966 – No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: “96 Tears,” ? (Question Mark) & the Mysterians. The “secret identity” of the band’s lead singer is kept hidden and he always wears sunglasses. His real name is Rudy Martinez.

1975 – Bruce Springsteen is featured on the covers of Time and Newsweek simultaneously – the first rock’n'roller to do so.

1987 – No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: “Bad,” Michael Jackson.

1996 – In Westwood, Calif., Bruce Springsteen performs at a rally against Proposition 209. If passed, the proposition would end affirmative action in California.

October 28th

1965 – The Supremes make studio recording of “My World Is Empty Without You.”

1975 – No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: “Island Girl,” Elton John. The song is John’s third No. 1 song in 1975.

1987 – That great TV show Miami Vice officially jumps the shark (i.e., is no longer great), when Sheena Easton guest-stars as Sonny Crockett’s fiancee tonight.

2003 – Sting publishes the first volume of his autobiography, Broken Music. The tome takes Gordon Sumner from his childhood in Newcastle up to the early days of the Police.

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