The Crystals release their music single “There’s No Other (Like My Baby)” in 1961. The song was co-written by Phil Spector and Leroy Bates and produced by Phil Spector. Barbara Alston sang lead and when the song was first released the single debuted on the Billboard Hot 100 and peaked at No.20 and stayed there for eleven weeks.
Roy Orbison’s “Oh! Pretty Woman” was written by Orbison and Bill Dees. The song was released as a music single in 1964 on Monument Records and spent three weeks at No.1 on the Billboard Hot 100. October 30th, 1964 “Oh! Pretty Woman” was certified gold.
Elton John becomes the first rock star since The Beatles to perform for Queen Elizabeth II at her annual Royal Command Variety Performance in London in 1972. The Gala is attended by seniors of the British Royal family and was initially always the reigning monarch(s) but in more recent years, the senior members attending have alternated between various royalties. Elton John traveled from the West Coast of America and he performed “Crocodile Rock”.
KISS’ ill-advised live-action kiddie movie “KISS Meet The Phantom Of The Park” premiers on NBC-TV in 1978. The film’s plot revolves around KISS, who use their superpower to battle an evil inventor Abner Deveraux and they try to salve a California amusement park from destruction. The film was so bad that KISS’s career started to fade and the band would never fully recover.
In terms of record sales and longevity, Barry Manilow is one of the most successful adult contemporary singer ever. Selling over 65 million music albums, performing over 3,000 concerts and having Platinum status with 28 records, more songs in films and commercials than any other musician, Barry Manilow beats out Diana Ross’ old Radio City Music Hall record of $1.8 million in 1984 with his series of sold-out concert there.
American singer-songwriter Bob Dylan released album No.28 “Good As I Been To You” in 1992 by Columbia Records. The album is composed entirely of traditional folk songs and covers, and is Bob’s first entirely solo, acoustic album since “Another Side Of Bob Dylan” in 1964.
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame announced the upcoming inductees in 1995. They included David Bowie, Gladys Knight and the Pips, Pink Floyd, The Shirelles, Jefferson Airplane, Little Willie John and the Velvet Underground. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is located in Cleveland, Ohio and is dedicated to archiving the history of some of the best-known and most influential artists, producer, engineers and others who have influenced music history.
While being interviewed on the Clive Anderson’s BBC-TV talk show “All Talk” in 1997, all three of the Bee Gees walk off the set after Anderson disparages their disco era and refers to them as “tossers” aka criminals. Clive Anderson is an English television and radio presenter, comedy writer and former barrister. He was the Winner of a British Comedy Award in 1991.
Martina McBride’s “Runaway Bride” contribution, “I Love You”, hits No.1 on the Billboard country music singles chart in 1999. The song was written by Keith Follesé, Andrienne Follesé and Tammy Hyler and was originally recorded for the movie Runaway Bride starring Julia Roberts and Richard Gere. After the movie soundtrack did a great job, Martina added it to her album “Emotion” and “I Love You” was the first music single released from that album.
And now it is time to say Happy Birthday to the people that brought us great music or had a hand in creating the music we all love. Those born today, October 30th are:
Otis Williams – born in 1939, Otis is an American baritone and was nicknamed “Big Daddy”. He occasionally is a songwriter and record producer. Williams is best known as the founder and last original surviving member of the Motown vocal group The Temptations.
Grace Slick – born in 1939, Grace is an American singer, songwriter, artist and former model who is best known as being the lead singer of the rock groups The Great Society, Jefferson Airplane, Jefferson Starship and Starship as well as her work for being a solo artist. Grace Slick joined Jefferson Airplane because of the professionalism of the band and that was missing from The Great Society. Grace Slick was one of the driving reasons that Jefferson Airplane, Jefferson Starship and Starship made it on the charts. Her voice had an amazing range and she fit well and was liked by the other band members.
Chris Slade – born in 1946, Chris was a British rock musician and drummer for the Australian band AC/DC. He performed on their 1990 album “The Razors Edge” and returned this year to AC/DC to replace Phil Rudd. Chris also performed with Manfred Mann’s Earth Band, Tom Jones, Asia, The Firm and other bands.
Timothy B. Schmidt – born in 1947, Timothy is an American singer, songwriter and musician. He is best known for his work with the bands Poco and The Eagles. Timothy also enjoyed life as a session musician and solo artist. In 1998, Timothy B. Schmidt was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of the Eagles, the first year they were nominated.
Kassidy Osborn – born in 1976, Kassidy along with two sisters, forms the group SHeDAISY. They are a harmony based vocal group that signs with Disney’s Lyric Street Records and achieves gold and one platinum album. The band SHeDAISY was formed in the late 1980s and the named was derived from the word shideezhi, a Navajo term meaning “my little sister”. After leaving RCA Records and signing with Lyric Street Records, their first album “The Whole SHeBANG” was certified Platinum in the United States that first year. The band had a Gold-certified album in 2004 “Sweet Right Here”.