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October 1, 1958 Little Anthony & The Imperials recorded Neil Sedaka’s “The Diary” along with their street corner classic, “Traveling Stranger”.

Top Single: “Reach Out”

The Four Tops #7 1966

Barbara Parritt (The Toys) 1944 Herbert “Tubo” Rhoad (The Persuasions) 1944 Howard Hewett (Shalamar) 1959

October 2, 1954 The Spaniels
“Let’s Make Up” was released. 1961 – Phil Spector launched his successful label Philles (with partner Lester Still) with the release of The Crystals first single, “There’s No Other”.

Top Single: “Who Put The Bomp” Barry Mann & The Edsels #11 1961 “Play That Funky Music” #1 1976

Birthday: David Sommerville

(The Diamonds) 1933
Claude McKnight (Take 6) 1962

October 3, 1955 Elvis Presley
made his first public performance at 10 in a dairy show talent contest. He sang “Old Shep” and won $5, finishing 2nd. 1981 – The Tokens reunited for one Concert at New York’s Radio City Music Hall after more than a decade apart.

Top Single: “Oh Pretty Woman”
Roy Orbison #1 1964 “Candida” Dawn #3 1970


October 4, 1958 George Goldner
(End Records President) signed The Flamingos. 1962 – Bob Dylan showcased at New York’s Carnegie Hall Annex. Fifty three people showed up.

Top Single:
“Hurt So Bad” The Lettermen #18 1969 - “Another One Bites The Dust” Queen #1 1980

Birthday: Arlene Smith
(The Chantels) 1941 Patti LaBelle (The Bluebelles) 1944


October 5, 1968 Cream –
The 3 ½ year old “Supergroup” led by Eric Clapton began its farewell tour. All three of their LP’s were million sellers.

Top Single: “Mack The Knife”
Bobby Darin #1 1959

October 6, 1958 The Elegants
follow-up to their #1 “Little Star”, “Please Believe Me” was issued. They recorded 12 more 45’s but never charted again.

1978 –
After living together for 9 years, ABBA members Anni-Frid Lyngstad and Benny Anderson finally married.

Top Single: “Glory of Love”

The Five Keys #1 R&B 1951 “Sherry” The 4 Seasons” #1 1962


October 7, 1957 The Crests
first single “My Juanita” was released. The record reached #86 Pop and the group members each earned $17.50.

1967 – The Mama’s & The Papa’s British tour and TV appearances were canceled when Mama Cass Elliot was jailed for a night, accused of stealing items from a hotel.

Top Single: “The Letter”
The Box Tops #1 1967 “Everybody Plays The Fool” The Main Ingredient #4 1972

Birthday: Tony Sylvester
(The Main Ingredient” 1941


October 8, 1977 The Emotions
“Don’t Ask My Neighbors” (#44 Pop, #7 R&B) charted as the follow up to their mega-hit “Best Of My Love” (#1 Pop & R&B). It was their 17th of 30 R&B hits between 1969 and 1984.

Top Single: “Last Train To Clarksville” The Monkees #6 1966

Birthday: Fred Cash

(The Impressions) 1940

October 9, 1954
Shirley Gunter and The Queens, a Los Angeles female quartet, hit the R&B singles survey with “Oop Shoop” (#*). By the time “Oop Shoop” was released Shirley (sister of Coasters member Cornel Gunter” was legally blind.

1958 – Eddie Cochran
recorded “C’mon Everybody”.

Top Single: “Bristol Stomp”

The Dovells #5 1961 “Hit The Road Jack” Ray Charles #1 1961


October 10, 1958 The Dells
opened a weeks engagement headlining at New York’s Apollo Theater. 1978 – Aerosmith members Joe Perry and Steven Tyler were injured when an over zealous fan launched a “Cherry Bomb” on to the stage in Philadelphia.

Top Single: “Dancing In The Streets”
Martha & The Vandellas
#3 1964.

“Mr. Custer” Larry Verne #1 1960

Cyril Neville (The Neville Brothers) 1948

October 11, 1969 The Cowsills
last of seven Top 100 entries, Silver Threads (MGM #74) charted. 1962 - “Love Me Do” become the first Beatles 45 to chart when it debuted at #49 on the British hit list.

Top Single: “Dance With Me”
The Orleans #7 1975

“When I Think Of You
” Janet Jackson #1 1986

October 12, 1956 Johnnie Ray’s
“Just Walkin’ In The Rain” entered the U.K. charts. The million selling American hit was co-written by Johnny Bragg & Robert Riley, two inmates at the Tennessee State Prison.

Top Single: “Sugar Shack”
Jimmy Gilmer & The Fireballs #1 1963

October 13, 1956 The Heartbeats classic, “A Thousand Miles Away”
(#53 Pop, #5 R&B) was released. The groups lead singer, James Sheppard, wrote the standard while lounging in his bath tub. 1963 – The term “Beatlemania” coined after a near riot at a TV show, Sunday Night at The London Palladium, where the “Mop Tops” appeared.

Top Single: “Tears On My Pillow” Little Anthony & The Imperials #4 1958 “It’s All In The Game” Tommy Edwards #1 1958

Marie Osmond (The Osmonds) 1959

October 14, 1957 The Rays timeless tune “Silhouettes” charted en route to #3. 1955 – 19 year old Buddy Holly and his friend Bob Montgomery were opening act (as Buddy & Bob) in their hometown of Lubbock, TX for visiting rock start Bill Haley & The Comets. The next day they opened for Elvis Presley.

Top Single: “Happy, Happy Birthday Baby” The Tune Weavers #4 R&B 1957 “Kiss You All Over” Exile #1 1978


October 15, 1960 Danny & The Juniors,
hit artists of the era-defining “At The Hop” left ABC Records and signed with Swan Records of Philadelphia.

Top Single:
“I’ve Got You Under My Skin” The 4 Seasons #9 1966.

Birthday: Marv Johnson (The Seranaders) 1938 Tito Jackson (The Jacksons) 1953

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