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Remembering legendary guitarist Duane Allman (born Howard Duane Allman in Nashville, TN) - November 20, 1946 – October 29, 1971.
Born on this day: October 29, 1944 - Singer/songwriter and guitarist Denny Laine (born Brian Frederick Arthur Hines in Birmingham, West Midlands, UK). Happy 68th Birthday, Denny!!
On this day in music history: October 29, 1902 - The Dinwiddie Colored Quartet, a jubilee vocal group from Dinwiddie County, VA will become the first African American group to record for a major record label. The group will record six sides (including "Down On The Old Camp Ground," "Steal Away," and "Gabriel's Trumpet") for the Victor Talking Machine Company in their studio in Camden, NJ. The group will form in 1898 as the Old South Quartet before changing their name. The Dinwiddie Colored Quartet will disband in 1904. Though the group are not the first African American vocalists to be commercially recorded (The Unique Quartette will record several wax cylinders for the New York Phonograph Company in December 1890), they will make their mark in history with their recordings among the earliest surviving documents of black musicians on record.
On this day in music history: October 29, 1966 - "96 Tears" by ? (Question Mark) & The Mysterians hits #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for one week. Written by Rudy Martinez (aka Question Mark), the song is the first and biggest hit for the Mexican American garage band from Flint and Saginaw, MI. The song will evolve from a poem titled "Too Many Teardrops" written by band leader and lead singer Martinez. It will be recorded in the living room of their manager Lilly Gonzalez's home, who will first release the single on her own label, Pa-Go-Go Records. It will become a local hit in the Flint and Saginaw area when radio stations WTAC in Flint, then CKLW in the Detroit/Windsor, Ontario, Canada area begin playing it. From there, the song will come to the attention of Neil Bogart, the then president of Cameo/Parkway Records, who will buy the master and re-release it nationally. "96 Tears" will enter the Hot 100 at #75 on September 3rd and climb to the top of the chart eight weeks later. ? & The Mysterians will become the first Mexican American band to score a #1 single on the US pop singles chart.
On this day in music history: October 29, 1983 - "Islands In The Stream" by Kenny Rogers & Dolly Parton hits #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for two weeks, topping the Country charts for two weeks on the same date, also topping the Adult Contemporary chart for four weeks on October 15th. Written by Barry, Maurice, and Robin Gibb, it will be an across the board smash for the two country music legends. Rogers had previously planned to record a duets album with various singers. When the idea doesn't pan out, Rogers will call Barry Gibb of The Bee Gees and ask him to write a song for his first album for new label RCA Records. Collaborating with his brothers and bandmates Robin and Maurice, the trio will originally write the song with a more R&B feel, taking their initial inspiration from Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell. Upon hearing the song, Rogers will suggest having his friend Dolly Parton sing the duet with him, who Gibb also envisioned singing the song. "Islands In The Stream" will become the biggest selling single of 1983, shifting over 2 million copies in the US and being certified Platinum by the RIAA. The song will prove to have a long life beyond the original version. In 1998, Pras Michel of The Fugees, Ol' Dirty Bastard, and MÃ½a will interpolate "Islands" chorus for their hit single "Ghetto Supastar (That Is What You Are)" (#15 Pop, #8 R&B). The song will be covered by a number of other artists from Barry Manilow & Reba McEntire to My Morning Jacket & Neko Case.
On this day in music history: October 29, 1984 - Welcome To The Pleasuredome, the debut album by Frankie Goes To Hollywood is released. Produced by Trevor Horn, it is recorded at The Manor Studios in Shipton-on-Cherwell, Oxfordshire and SARM West Studios in Notting Hill, London from July 1983 - July 1984. The 18 track two-LP set features the Liverpool dance-pop band's first four hit singles including "Relax" (#1 UK, #10 US Pop), "Two Tribes" (#1 UK, #48 US Pop), and "The Power Of Love" (#1 UK), which will make them the second band in UK chart history to have their first three singles reach #1 on the UK singles chart (fellow Liverpudlian band Gerry & The Pacemakers will be the first to achieve that feat in 1963 - 64). The album will be a huge success upon its release, receiving advance orders of over a million copies in the UK alone. It will also be the subject of major controversy when it is later revealed that the band did not actually play their own instruments on it, but rather those roles were filled by studio musicians including Art of Noise members J.J. Jeczalik and Anne Dudley, producer Trevor Horn (bass), Yes guitarist Trevor Rabin, and former Yes guitarist Steve Howe. Original pressings of the album feature a painting by artist Lawrence Cole on the back cover of animals copulating with their genitalia fully visible. The artwork will be censored on later reissues with fig leaves superimposed over the "offending" images. Welcome To The Pleasuredome will enter the UK album chart at #1 and is certified 3x Platinum, peaking at #33 on the Billboard Top 200, and is certified Gold in the US by the RIAA.
On this day in music history: October 29, 1988 - "The Way You Love Me" by Karyn White hits #1 on the Billboard R&B singles chart for one week, also peaking at #7 on the Hot 100 on February 4, 1989. Written and produced by L.A. Reid, Babyface, and Daryl Simmons, it is the first single from the L.A.-born R&B vocalists' self-titled debut album Karyn White. It will be the first of three consecutive #1 R&B singles to be released from the album. White will be paired with up and coming hitmakers L.A. and Babyface after she is signed to a solo artist deal with Warner Bros, following her success with musician Jeff Lorber on the single "The Facts Of Love" in 1986. When the singer receives a demo tape of "The Way You Love Me," a message is included at the beginning telling her "Karyn White, welcome to the top." The song is nearly passed over for release as a single when an executive at Warner Bros believed it wouldn't be a hit. Warner Bros R&B music VP Benny Medina will intervene, championing the singles' release. "The Way You Love Me" will quickly rise up the R&B singles chart (being certified Gold by the RIAA), then cross over to the pop chart becoming the third of four R&B chart toppers for songwriter/producers L.A. Reid and Babyface.
On this day in music history: October 29, 2002 - Nirvana by Nirvana is released. The first "best of" compilation released by the band (and third album released after Kurt Cobain's death), it features tracks from their four studio albums, two from their MTV Unplugged album, and a rare B-side originally released on a four track EP. The album also includes the previously unreleased track "You Know You're Right," recorded on January 30, 1994 in Seattle during the band's final recording session. The song was to have originally appeared on the box set With The Lights Out (the acoustic demo version is used instead), but Cobain's widow Courtney Love will block its release, forcing Dave Grohland Krist Novoselic to sue her over the rights for control to the band's legacy. Only after all the legal disputes are settled will the compilation with the "new" song be released. Nirvana will peak at #3 on the Billboard Top 200 and is certified Platinum in the US by the RIAA.