Music News, Birthdays, Rock History for October 22

Robert Plant says he’d like Zeppelin tracks sung by John Paul Jones included in remasters.

Robert-PlantLed Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page is working hard at remastering the band’s catalog and while he recently told Rolling Stone that there aren’t many unreleased songs, there are lots of unused alternate takes on tracks. Meanwhile, singer Robert Plant revealed to BBC Radio that he really wants to include some tunes he found that bassist John Paul Jones sings lead on. However, Jones isn’t too keen on that idea. Plant explained, “[John’s] going to give me two cars and a greenhouse not to get ‘em on the album.”

Jones co-wrote Zep songs like “No Quarter,” “Misty Mountain Hop,” “In the Light,” “Trampled Underfoot,” “All of My Love” and “Fool in the Rain.”

No word yet on when the remastered records will be out.

Janes Addiction to Get a Star on Hollywood Walk of Fame

Rolling Stone reports Los Angeles natives, Janes Addiction, are to be honored in their hometown with one of the ultimate honors, a star on the Walk of Fame. Special ceremony to go down October 30th, which is  also ‘Devil’s Night’. Coincidence?



1942, Bobby Fuller, singer, The Bobby Fuller Four. (1966 US No.9 single ‘I Fought The Law’ written by Sonny Curtis of Buddy Holly’s Crickets). Fuller died on 18th July 1966 mysteriously from gasoline asphyxiation, while parked in a car outside his apartment. Read the full story

1945,  Leslie West, guitar, Mountain, (1970 US No.21 single ‘Mississippi Queen’), West Bruce & Laing.

1946,  Eddie Brigati, vocals, The Young Rascals, (1967 US No.1 & UK No.8 single ‘Groovin’).

1956,  Stiv Bators, vocals, Dead Boys, Wanderers, Lords Of The New Church.

1945, Kris Kirkwood, bass, Meatpuppets

Shelby Lynne live at Saenger Theatre

Shelby Lynne and her sister Alison Moorer had a very rare performance together at the Saenger Theatre. Pic by

1968,  Shaggy, (Orville Richard Burrell), 1993 UK No.1 single ‘Oh Carolina’, 2001 UK & US No.1 single ‘It Wasn’t Me’, 2001 UK & US No.1 album ‘Hotshot’).

1968,  US singer, songwriter, Shelby Lynne, (1999 album ‘I Am Shelby Lynne’), 2001 Grammy Award winner for Best Newcomer.

1985,  Zachary Walker Hanson, guitar, keyboards, singer, Hanson, (1997 UK & US No.1 single ‘MMMbop’).

Rock History

1969, Led Zeppelin II was released on Atlantic Records in the UK. The Jimmy Page-produced album which was recorded over six months between four European and three American tours, peaked at No.1 in both the UK and US, going on to sell over 12 million copies in the US alone, (and spending 138 weeks on the UK chart). The album is now recognised by writers and music critics as one of the greatest and most influential rock albums ever recorded.  It contains the number – four hit “Whole Lotta Love,” the opus became the band’s first number  one album. Singer Robert Plant said creating songs was one of his favorite things to do with the band ,  “ I think making the records was really great. I mean, nevermind the gigs but just actually reaching a point where you write and record together, where you’re there together forever at this particular period in time, and you develop, on the spot, from little snippets of vocal bits and stuff you’ve written in a book and from the imagination of the musicians. So it’s that giving birth is what’s the cool thing.”

1986, Jane Dornacker was killed in a helicopter crash during a live traffic report for WNBC radio in New York. Listeners heard the terrified voice of Dornacker screaming “Hit the water, hit the water’ as the helicopter from which she and pilot Bill Pate were reporting, fell from the sky and crashed into the Hudson River. Dornacker had been a member of The Tubes and Leila And The Snakes.

1988, U2 scored their fourth UK No.1 album with the double set and film soundtrack ‘Rattle And Hum’, featuring their first UK No.1 single ‘Desire’.

1989, English folk singer, songwriter, poet, and record producer Ewan MacColl died aged 74. He wrote ‘Dirty Old Town’ and ‘The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face’, (became a No.1 hit for Roberta Flack in 1972). Acts including Planxty, The Dubliners, Elvis Presley and Johnny Cash recorded his songs. He was the father of singer, songwriter Kirsty MacColl.

1990, Pearl Jam played their first ever concert when they appeared at the Off Ramp in Seattle.

1993, Oasis signed a six-album deal with Creation Records for a £40,000 advance.

1996, It was announced that, “The Beatles were now bigger than The Beatles“. The statement was based on sales so far this year, having sold 6,000,000 albums from their back catalog and a combined total of 13,000,000 copies of ‘The Beatles Anthology 1’ and ‘The Beatles Anthology 2’. With the release of ‘The Beatles Anthology 3’ a week away, it was anticipated that total Beatles album sales for 1996 would exceed 20 million. A poll showed 41 percent of sales were to teenagers who were not born when The Beatles officially called it quits in 1970.

Sinead O'Connor in her priest outfit

Sinead O’Connor (via

1999, it was reported that Sinead O’Connor was attempting to buy the church where she was ordained into the Catholic sisterhood. The church was on the market for £70,000.

2000, George Michael paid £1.45m for the Steinway piano on which John Lennon wrote ‘Imagine.’ George said, “I know that when my fingers touch the keys of that Steinway, I will feel truly blessed. And parting with my money has never been much of a problem, just ask my accountant.” The singer outbid Robbie Williams and The Oasis brothers.

2000, Pearl Jam appeared at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, California, celebrating the tenth anniversary of their first live performance as a band.

2003, Elliot Smith, US singer songwriter, committed suicide aged 34. One time member of Stranger Than Fiction, solo 1997 album ‘Either/Or’.

2005, Waterloo by Abba was voted the best song in the history of the Eurovision Song Contest. Viewers in 31 countries across Europe voted during a special show in Copenhagen to celebrate the annual event’s 50th birthday.

2008, A homeless man claimed a £2,000 reward by returning a waxwork head of ex-Beatle Sir Paul McCartney which had been left on a train. Anthony Silva found the item in a bin at Reading station after auctioneer Joby Carter left it under a seat at Maidenhead station. The homeless man thought it was a Halloween mask and had been using it as a pillow before realising what it was. The wax model sold the following week for £5,500 at auction.