this day in music
Born on this day 1 Nov in 1963, Rick Allen, drummer with Def Leppard, who had the 1987 worldwide No.1 album Hysteria, and the 1988 US No.1 single Love Bites. Allen lost his left arm in an accident after crashing his Corvette Stingray on the A57 outside Sheffield in England in 1984.
On this day in 1989, Janet Jackson started a four-week run at No.1 on the US album chart with Rhythm Nation 1814, only one of three albums to produce seven top ten US singles (the other two being Thriller by Michael Jackson and Bruce Springsteen's Born In The USA).
On Oct 10th 1978 the second Stiff Records UK package tour 'Be Stiff '78', kicked off its 2-week run, featuring Wreckless Eric, Jona Lewie, Rachel Sweet, Lene Lovich and Mickey Jupp. The second UK tour was undertaken by specially chartered train, and then continued on to the USA, without Jupp, who was afraid of flying.
I've mentioned this before, but I still can't believe that at such an early age, we were all listening to music and taking it all in. Maybe it's because there was nothing on the telly in those days. I mean, in the UK we only had two channels - and they didn't start until 5pm. In black and white.
On 25 Sept 1980, John Bonham, drummer with Led Zeppelin, died aged 32 after a heavy drinking session. 'Bonzo' was found dead at guitarists Jimmy Page's house of what was described as asphyxiation, after inhaling his own vomit after excessive vodka consumption, (40 shots in four hours).
The Archies were the product of a group of studio musicians managed by Don Kirshner. Ron Dante's lead vocals were accompanied by those of Toni Wine (who sang the line "I'm gonna make your life so sweet"), and Andy Kim.