2022-10-23

ROCKTOBER 23rd
Santana’s sophomore album, “Abraxas,” is released.
Containing the songs “Black Magic Woman” and “Oye Como Va,” the set has a six-week run at #1 in the U.S. 1970
Incubus release their third full-length major label album “Morning View.” The set, which features “Wish You Were Here,” debuts at #2 on the Billboard Top 200 (266,000 copies sold in its first week). It’s their last album with bassist Alex Katunich. 2001
The world premiere of “Bohemian Rhapsody” is at the SSE Arena in London.  The Queen biopic stars Rami Malek as Freddie Mercury. The event raises funds to benefit the Mercury Phoenix Trust, founded in Freddie’s name to support HIV/AIDS initiatives globally. Queen guitarist Brian May and drummer Roger Taylor attend. 2018
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She goes out with other guys. Dion (sans the Belmonts) takes “Runaround Sue” to #1. 1961
Metallica bassist, Robert Trujillo (born Roberto Agustin Miguel Samuel Trujillo Veracruz), has a birthday. He grows up in Venice, CA and joins Metallica in ’03 (replacing Jason Newsted). 1964
The Byrds cover of Pete Seeger’s “Turn! Turn! Turn!” is released. 1965
The Jimi Hendrix Experience conduct their first recording session in London. They lay down their version of “Hey Joe.” 1966
The Beach Boys try to go psychedelic with “Wild Honey.” A great song with an organ, harpsichord and a theremin, but it stalls well out of the Top 20. 1967
Elton John’s ballad “Your Song” is out.  Released in the U.S. as the B-side of “Take Me To The Pilot,” radio DJs prefer “Your Song” and it goes to #8 on the Billboard Hot 100.  1970
“Chestnut Mare,” by the Byrds, is released. The song becomes an FM staple. 1970
The Who’s Rock opera “Tommy” falls off the Album Chart after a two-and-a-half-year run. 1971
Shinedown bassist, Eric Bass, is born in Jacksonville, FL. 1974
Ex-Sex Pistol Sid Vicious, in jail for the murder of girlfriend Nancy Spungen, tries to end his life. 1978
Creation Records signs Oasis. 1993
Though the Red Hot Chili Peppers “Soul To Squeeze” fails to make pop’s Top 20 (#22), the song has a five week run at #1 on the Modern Rock chart. It’s also featured on the “Coneheads” soundtrack. 1993
The Fort Zumwalt (MO) high school marching band is forbidden from playing an instrumental version of Jefferson Airplane’s “White Rabbit.” The school superintendent feels the song promotes the drug culture. The case goes to a federal judge who sides with the superintendent. 1998
“Smooth,” a Carlos Santana and Rob Thomas (Matchbox Twenty) collaboration, is #1 in the U.S. With lyrics by Thomas, the track was recorded for Santana’s comeback album, “Supernatural.” 1999
Queen’s Brian May attends a launch party in England for “Bang! The Complete History Of The Universe,” a book about the origins of the cosmos that he co-authored with two scientists. “If I can understand this, I think there’s a good chance we can make anyone understand it,” says the guitarist. May studied astronomy in college and received an honorary doctor of science degree from England’s University of Hertfordshire. 2006
The Eagles perform at a party for Wal-Mart CEO, Lee Scott, at New York’s Rockefeller Center. This is prior to signing a deal (two days later) that gives the discount retailer exclusive rights to sell future releases from the band. 2006
Seether’s third studio album, “Finding Beauty In Negative Spaces,” with the single “Fake It,” is released. “It’s been quite some time since we’ve had a single at radio, so we’re extremely excited to be back in the saddle, so to speak,” says frontman Shaun Morgan. 2007
System Of A Down vocalist Serj Tankian issues his debut solo album, “Elect The Dead.” 2007
Coheed & Cambria’s “No World For Tomorrow” is out. It’s the final release in a four-part series of albums. “It’s certainly the end of the saga,” says singer Claudio Sanchez. “With (original bassist) Mike (Todd) back and (new member) Chris (Pennie) on drums, it really feels like the beginning.” 2007
The “Saw IV” soundtrack is out with songs by Avenged Sevenfold and Drowning Pool. 2007
“Raising Sand,” a collaboration between ex-Led Zeppelin vocalist Robert Plant and Bluegrass singer Alison Krauss, is released. Produced by T-Bone Burnett, the set includes “Please Read The Letter,” a song Plant co-wrote with former Zep partner Jimmy Page. Plant first sang with Krauss on an ’04 Leadbelly (Hudy William Ledbetter) tribute album. 2007
Dial Press publishes “Lyrics By Sting,” a book with the words to over 100 songs written by The Police frontman. It features his commentary on the stories behind the songs. 2007
Yoko Ono unveils an English Heritage blue plaque at the first home she shared with her late husband John Lennon. The couple occupied the ground floor and basement of the residence located at 34 Montagu Square in London. Lennon worked on The Beatles’ “White Album” while living in the flat which was owned, at the time, by Ringo Starr. 2010
Noel Gallagher, formerly of Oasis, debuts his band the High Flying Birds at the Dublin Olympia Theater. They garner generally favorable reviews. 2011
Bruce Springsteen performs a free concert in support of President Obama’s reelection campaign in Charlottesville. “We’re still living through very hard times, but justice, equality and real freedom are not always a tide rushing in,” says Springsteen at the Virginia event. “They are more often a slow march, inch by inch, day after long day.” 2012
Pearl Jam’s “Lightning Bolt” debuts at #1 on the U.S. Billboard 200 album chart with opening week sales of 166,000 copies. It’s their fifth chart topper. In addition, PJ tunes are the soundtrack for Major League Baseball’s World Series (between Boston and St. Louis). The deal between the group and MLB, calls for forty-eight Pearl Jam songs to be played throughout the games. 2013
Singer Roger Daltrey (The Who) publishes his memoir, “Thanks A Lot Mr. Kibblewhite: My Story,” in the U.S. The title refers to the headmaster who expelled Daltrey predicting, “You’ll never make anything of your life.” 2018
Heart’s Ann Wilson, a Seattle native, sings “The Star-Spangled Banner” at the first home game of the Seattle Kraken hockey franchise.  Kraken lose 4-2 to Vancouver.  2021