This Day in Music History: October 23rd

1972 The Fifties-revival movie “That’ll Be The Day,” starring Ringo Starr, David Essex, Keith Moon, Billy Fury and Nashville Teens’ John Hawken, begins filming in England. It’s the story of a lonely, alienated young man (Essex) who finds an outlet for his frustration playing rock and roll.

thatll be the day posterMost of the actors in the film are musicians who’ve lived through the late ’50′s and early ’60′s era of rock, lending the film a feel of authenticity. The movie is loosely based on the Harry Nilsson song “1941.”

The movie was a commercial hit and a sequel, “Stardust,” was made in 1972.
The soundtrack of “That’ll Be The Day” was truly remarkable, featuring music from dozens of musicians, including:

  • Buddy Holly “That’ll Be The Day”
  • Billy Fury “Long Live Rock”
  • Dion and the Belmonts “Runaround Sue”
  • The Everly Brothers “Bye Bye Love”
  • The Platters “Smoke Gets In Your Eyes”
  • Big Bopper “Chantilly Lace”
  • Jerry Lee Lewis “Great Balls of Fire”
  • Little Richard “Tutti Frutti”
  • Frankie Lymon “Why Do Fools Fall In Love”
  • Larry Williams “Bony Moronie”
  • Del Shannon “Runaway”
  • Richie Valens “Donna”
  • Eugene Wallace “Slow Down”
  • Jerry Lee Lewis “Great Balls of Fire”
  • Bobby Vee “Take Good Care Of My Baby”
  • Bobby Darin “Dream Lover”
  • The Paris Sisters “I love How You Love Me”
  • The Poni-Tails “Born Too Late”
  • The Monotones “The Book of Love

Other Events on This Day in History

1954 Elvis Presley “Blue Moon Of Kentucky” becomes Nashville / New Orleans hit single, first outside his native Memphis
1961 Dion’s “Runaround Sue” single hits #1
1962 Elvis Presley invited to appear at UK Royal Variety Performance, but manager Colonel Tom Parker declines citing movie commitments – Parker actually fears he might not be allowed back into U.S., due to his illegal Dutch immigrant status
1963 The Beatles record “I Wanna Be Your Man”
1965 The Rolling Stones kick off 24-date UK tour at London’s Astoria
1966 Jimi Hendrix arrives in London with manager Chas Chandler, after having sold everything but the clothes on his back to pay New York hotel bill
Yardbirds play first concert featuring Jimmy Page at San Francisco’s Fillmore West
1968 Elvis Presley “Live a Little, Love a Little” movie released
1970 Aretha Franklin “Don’t Play That Song (You Lied)” single certified gold
1976 Led Zeppelin make first American TV appearance on Don Kirshner’s “Rock Concert”, typically shunning TV appearances due to sound issues
1978 Neil Young’s Zuma Beach, CA home destroyed as result of brush fire
1988 Bobby McFerrin’s “Don’t Worry Be Happy” becomes first a cappella single to hit #1 on U.S. charts
1995 Former fan club president Yolanda Saldivar convicted of murdering Selena
2001 R.E.M. put on surprise show at Seattle’s Crocodile Cafe, owned by band’s guitarist Peter Buck and wife
Katy Perry releases debut gospel album under real name, Katy Hudson
2003 Mexican rap-rock band Molotov wins 4 MTV Video Music Awards Latin America including “Video of the Year” and “Best Group”
The Dave Matthews Band plays to 100,000 people at NYC’s Central Park
2004 The Strat Pack: Live in Concert held at London’s Wembley Arena, celebrating 50th Anniversary of Fender Stratocaster – show features Ronnie Wood, Joe Walsh, Gary Moore, Brian May, David Gilmour and many others

Billboard #1 Singles

1950 “Goodnight Irene” Gordon Jenkins and The Weavers
1955 “Love is a Many-Splendored Thing” The Four Aces
1960 “Save the Last Dance for Me” The Drifters
1965 “Yesterday” The Beatles
1970 “I’ll Be There” The Jackson 5
1975 “Bad Blood” Neil Sedaka
1980 “Another One Bites the Dust” Queen
1985 “Take On Me” A-ha
1990 “I Don’t Have the Heart” James Ingram
1995 “Fantasy” Mariah Carey
2000 “Come on Over Baby (All I Want is You) Christina Aguilera
2005 “Gold Digger” Kanye West featuring Jamie Foxx
2010 “Just the Way You Are” Bruno Mars


1927 Sonny Criss (American jazz saxophone player)
1933 Mel Taylor (The Ventures)
1939 Ellie Greenwich (American singer, songwriter, and record producer)
Charlie Foxx
1940 Fred Marsden (Gerry and the Pacemakers)
Barbara Allbut (The Angels)
1942 Linda McCartney
1943 Barbara Ann Hawkins (The Dixie Cups)
1947 Greg Ridley (Humble Pie)
1949 Michael ‘Wurzel’ Burston (Motorhead)
1956 Dwight Yoakum
1964 Robert Trujillo (Metallica, Suicidal Tendencies)
1966 David Thomas (Take 6)
1967 Dale Crover (The Melvins)
1968 Shelby Lynne (American singer-songwriter)
1971 Marty Cintron (No Mercy)
Peter Salisbury (drummer, The Verve)
1990 Stevie Brock (American pop singer)


1942 Ralph Rainger (composer-songwriter), plane crash, age 41
1950 Al Jolson, heart attack, age 64
1963 David Box (The Crickets), plane crash, age 21
1969 Tommy Edwards (singer-songwriter), brain aneurism, age 47
1976 Leonard Lee (R&B / Doo-Wop musician) heart attack, age 40
1978 “Mother” Maybelle Carter (country musician, mother of June Carter Cash), age 69
1986 Esquerita aka Eskew Reeder Jr. (singer, songwriter pianist), complications of AIDS, age 50
2003 Matthew Jay (British singer-songwriter), fall from a 7th story window, age 24