2022-11-01

NOVEMBER 1st
Elvis Presley makes his comeback complete (following his ’68 TV special) when “Suspicious Minds” tops the Billboard chart. 1969
“Abbey Road” is the #1 album in the U.S.  The Beatles set, which has an eight-week run at the top, contains “Come Together,” “Here Comes The Sun” and the classic “B-side Medley.”  1969
Nirvana’s highly acclaimed “MTV Unplugged In New York” LP hits the streets. 1994

 

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Bassist Rick Grech is born. Thrust into the spotlight as the least known member of Blind Faith (with Eric Clapton and Ginger Baker – both ex-Cream) he goes on to join fellow Blind Faith alum Steve Winwood in the second edition of Traffic. 1945
Songwriter Jim Steinman is born.  In addition to his work with Meat Loaf he also composed and produced Bonnie Tyler’s “Total Eclipse Of The Heart.”  1947
Red Hot Chili Peppers’ co-founder and vocalist, Anthony Kiedis, is born in Grand Rapids, MI. 1962
Def Leppard’s Rick Allen enters the world. He starts drumming with his mother’s kitchen utensils when he is five. In ’84, Allen loses his left arm in an auto accident but learns to drum again using an electric drum kit. 1963
George Harrison releases “Wonderwall Music,” the soundtrack to the psychedelic movie “Wonderwall.” He’s the first Beatle to release a solo album.  But despite contributions from Eric Clapton and Ringo Starr it’s pretty dreadful.  1968
Allman Brothers guitarist Duane Allman is laid to rest. The group, plus Dr. John and Bonnie Bramlett, perform at the service. Allman was killed in a motorcycle accident three days earlier. 1971
Elton John’s “Island Girl” tops the U.S. pop chart. 1975
“Youthanasia” is released.   The Megadeth album enters the Billboard 200 at #4 and is later certified platinum. 1994
Terry Knight (Richard Terrance Knapp), a one-time singer but better known as the former Svengali-like manager of Grand Funk Railroad, is fatally stabbed at his home in Killeen, TX, defending his daughter from her drug-addled boyfriend during a domestic disturbance.  2004
Alice Cooper and The Doors guitarist Robby Krieger land on Golf Digest’s list of the Top 100 Musician Golfers. Both Cooper and Krieger credit the game with helping them overcome substance-abuse problems. 2006
Linkin Park pledges $50,000 to Direct Relief International, a non-profit organization based in Santa Barbara, to help Southern California recover from wildfires that devastated the region. The group donates the funds through their Music For Relief organization. “The wildfires are an unfathomable tragedy,” says bassist Dave ‘Phoenix’ Farrell. “Being able to help victims of a natural disaster like the wildfires is exactly why Music For Relief was founded.” 2007
Linkin Park nails the Band of the Year trophy at the MTV Europe Music Awards in Munich. 2007
System Of A Down drummer John Dolmayan launches his Internet-based venture “Torpedo Comics.” The Vegas based business sells comics, graphic novels and action figures. 2007
Megadeth’s “TH1RT3EN” drops. “This record is the culmination of my work over the 13 records I recorded,” says frontman Dave Mustaine. “There are moments on ‘TH1RT3EN’ that capture my every emotion, and other moments where I am releasing feelings I never knew existed!” 2011
Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi’s memoir, “Iron Man: My Journey Through Heaven And Hell With Black Sabbath,” is on shelves. The book covers Iommi’s “rough-and-tumble childhood, failed marriages, personal tragedies, battles with addiction, band mates, famous friends, and the ups and downs of his life as an artist.” 2011
Former KISS guitarist Ace Frehley’s “No Regrets” is in bookstores. He calls the current version of KISS “a bunch of dirty rotten whores.” “I soon realized their lust for money outweighed any sense of fairness or logic on their part,” writes Frehley. 2011
Stevie Wonder is honored at the Never Again Peace Concert in Hollywood. He’s recognized for his role as a United Nations Messenger of Peace. 2011
According to a survey conducted by Tastebuds.fm Nickelback is the biggest musical turnoff. Of the twelve acts up for consideration They garner 13% of the vote to beat out Justin Bieber, Lady Gaga and Coldplay. 2011
Static X’s Wayne Static (Wayne Richard Wells) dies in his sleep at age 48. He founded the Metal band Static-X in ’94. 2014
Fans donate non-perishable food at a Metallica concert in Los Andes Stadium in Bogota to help the indigenous Wayuu community in La Guajira, northern Colombia, who are suffering from malnourishment and a lack of drinking water.  Over 9-tons of food is collected.  2016
Alien Ant Farm guitarist Terry Corso pleads guilty to assaulting a fan during a show in Chester, England after being hit by what he thought was a bag of urine. “He felt angry at that so he confronted the fan and ended up hitting him once,” says Corso’s solicitor.  “He regrets his actions and says he never should have jumped off the stage.”  The guitarist is fined and put on probation.  2016
Chris Cornell’s widow files a lawsuit against the Soundgarden frontman’s doctor for malpractice, accusing the physician of over-prescribing drugs that eventually caused the singer to commit suicide. Vicky Cornell claims Dr. Robert Koblin prescribed 940 doses of the anti-anxiety drug Lorazepam (Ativan) as well other medications.  2018
Slash and Myles Kennedy state they contracted COVID-19 while recording “4,” the fourth effort from Slash + Myles Kennedy & The Conspirators. 2021