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October 2011


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Monday Oct 31, 2011 00:00 AM ET
On this day in 1970, Led Zeppelin started a four-week run at No.1 on the US album chart with Led Zeppelin III, the band's second US chart topper.
Friday Oct 28, 2011 00:00 AM ET
On this day in 1989, Janet Jackson started a four-week run at No.1 on the US album chart with "Janet Jackson's Rhythm Nation 1814," only one of three albums to produce seven top ten US singles.
Thursday Oct 27, 2011 00:00 AM ET
Born on this day in 1958, Simon John Charles Le Bon, singer with British group Duran Duran, who had the 1983 UK No.1 single "Is There Something I Should Know" plus 25 other UK Top 40 singles, and the 1984 US No.1 single "The Reflex."
Wednesday Oct 26, 2011 00:00 AM ET
On 26 October 1970, a wake was held at the Lion's Share in San Anselmo, California to celebrate the life of Janis Joplin. The singer, who died of an accidental drug overdose, had left $2,500 in her will to throw a wake party in the event of her demise.
Tuesday Oct 25, 2011 00:00 AM ET
On this day in 2004, John Peel died in Cuzco, Peru of a heart attack, aged 65. He was BBC's longest-serving radio DJ and the first DJ to introduce The Ramones, Roxy Music, The Smiths, The Fall, Rod Stewart, Blur, the Sex Pistols, T. Rex and others to the masses.
Monday Oct 24, 2011 25:00 AM ET
Flying in a tin tube at 32,000ft seems to make some pop stars go a bit funny in the head! And their appears to be a bit of a pattern breaking out here - they all come from Manchester, England!
Friday Oct 21, 2011 30:00 PM ET
On this day in 2006, American musician, singer, songwriter, and drummer Sandy West died. West was a founding member (with Joan Jett) of all girl group The Runaways, and hailed by fans and critics alike to be one of the most groundbreaking drummers in rock and roll history.
Thursday Oct 20, 2011 00:00 AM ET
On this day in 1960, Roy Orbison had his first UK No.1 single with "Only The Lonely" which was the first of 33 UK hits. The song was turned down by The Everly Brothers and Elvis Presley, so Orbison decided to record it himself.
Wednesday Oct 19, 2011 00:00 AM ET
On this day in 1985, A-Ha went to No.1 on the US singles chart with "Take On Me," making them the first Norwegian group to score a US No. 1.
Tuesday Oct 18, 2011 00:00 AM ET
Born on this day, Chuck Berry, American guitarist, singer, and songwriter, and one of the pioneers of rock and roll music.
Monday Oct 17, 2011 05:00 PM ET
Kurt Cobain: The Graphic Novel tells Cobain’s life story in comic book form creating a totally unique digital graphic experience.
Monday Oct 17, 2011 00:00 AM ET
17 October 2000, a flat in Montague Sq. London, which was once owned during the '60s by Ringo Starr, went on the market for £575,000. The two bedroom, two-story property was also home to Jimi Hendrix, John and Yoko, and Paul McCartney during the 60s.
Friday Oct 14, 2011 00:00 AM ET
On this day in 2004, Eric Clapton was suspended from driving in France after being caught speeding at 134mph in his Porsche 911 Turbo.
Wednesday Oct 12, 2011 30:00 PM ET
On this day in 1965, The Who recorded My Generation at Pye studios, London. When released as a single it reached No.2 on the UK chart.
Wednesday Oct 12, 2011 45:00 AM ET
As Elvis Costello said, accidents will happen.
Tuesday Oct 11, 2011 00:00 AM ET
eBay has, of course, come an awfully long way since 1995, when 28-year-old software developer Pierre Omidyar, who had previously worked for Apple Computers, sat down to write the code that would eventually evolve into what we know as eBay.
Monday Oct 10, 2011 00:00 AM ET
Now then, this is what Simon Cowell should be doing: get all his winning acts on a train, and send them around the country for a tour of small theatres. That would sort the men out from the boys.
Friday Oct 7, 2011 45:00 AM ET
Where would the music business be without Mr. Cowell? Exactly - where would the music business be without Cowell?
Thursday Oct 6, 2011 00:00 AM ET
Like everything in life, some one-hit wonders are better than others. In this modern age, we don’t even notice one-hit wonders; we don’t really pay close attention to the charts anymore.
Wednesday Oct 5, 2011 00:00 AM ET
Jimi did things with those six stings like no other guitarist. Never mind the gimmicks, playing with his teeth, behind his head, setting fire to the damn thing. Jimi was the guitarist’s guitarist.
Tuesday Oct 4, 2011 00:00 AM ET
Just like there’s only one Joni Mitchell, and only one Aretha Franklin, there was only ever one Janis Joplin. No one else could come close.
Monday Oct 3, 2011 00:00 AM ET
Here’s a great pop quiz question for you: the singer married a mud wrestler, the bass player married a Playboy Bunny, and the drummer married an actress. Name the band.

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