This Day in Music History: October 24th

1967 Syd Barrett of Pink Floyd melts down on the Pat Boone show. When the band mimes the song “Apples and Oranges” for the show, Barrett refuses to lip-sync. He just stares at the cameras – finally Roger Waters lip-syncs the song in his place. The tour is cut short after Barrett de-tunes his guitar and makes random sounds with it during a show at the Fillmore West. He is replaced for live Syd Barrett album covershows by David Gilmour soon after.

Throughout late 1967 and 1968, Barrett’s behavior gets progressively more erratic. His state of mind has been attributed to his heavy use of psychedelic drugs, the onset of mental illness, or both. Although he had written the bulk of the band’s songs up until then, Barrett stopped writing music for Pink Floyd after the A Saucerful of Secrets album is released in 1968. In April of that year, Barrett officially leaves the group.

Barrett went on to release two solo albums, The Madcap Laughs and Barrett. After 1972, he became increasingly more reclusive, and never released another album. The other members of Pink Floyd never forgot him, recording several tribute songs to him – most notably, 1975′s “Shine On You Crazy Diamond.”

Syd Barrett was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1996, although he didn’t attend the ceremony. He died on July 7th, 2006.

Other Events on This Day in History

1937 While Cole Porter is riding in Locust Valley, NY, his horse falls and rolls over him, crushing his legs – injury results in lifelong pain
1960 Neil Sedaka records “Calendar Girl”
1962 James Brown records Live at the Apollo album – ultimately becomes #24 in Rolling Stone magazine’s “500 Greatest Albums of All Time” issue in 2003
1964 T.A.M.I. (Teen Age Music International) Show held in Santa Barbara, CA, featuring Chuck Berry, The Supremes, The Beach Boys, James Brown, Marvin Gaye, The Rolling Stones, The Miracles, Jan & Dean, Lesley Gore and Gerry and the Pacemakers
1970 Pink Floyd’s Atom Heart Mother album #1 on UK charts
President Richard Nixon delivers White House address to National Association of Broadcasters, urging radio stations ban songs with drug-related lyrics
1973 John Lennon sues U.S. Government, accusing them of tapping his phone
Keith Richards fined £205 after admitting having drugs and revolver at Chelsea home
1977 Keith Richards pleads guilty to possessing heroin in Toronto – gets one-year suspended sentence, ordered to perform benefit concert for the blind
1978 The Wiz – African-American version of the classic The Wizard Of Oz film, starring Diana Ross and Michael Jackson, New York City premiere
1979 Paul McCartney honored with rhodium medallion (world’s most expensive metal) as “Most Successful Composer of All Time”
1987 Michael Jackson single “Bad” hits #1 in U.S.
1988 John Fogerty trial begins – former label boss Saul Zaentz claims Fogerty plagiarized himself, using parts of CCR song “Run Through The Jungle” for 1985 solo hit “The Old Man Down the Road”
1989 5-year-old Rock and Roll Hall of Fame announces inductees: The Who, Simon & Garfunkel, The Kinks, The Platters, Hank Ballard, Bobby Darin, The Four Seasons and Four Tops – plus songwriting teams Holland-Dozier-Holland and Carole King-Gerry Goffin
1995 New York City declares October 24th “Tony Bennett Day”, who puts on concert at Radio City Music Hall to celebrate
1996 Motown founder Berry Gordy gets star on Hollywood Walk of Fame
1998 Former Stone Roses singer Ian Brown jailed 4 months for disorderly conduct during flight from Paris to Manchester; had threatened to chop off flight attendant’s hands
2004 Queen becomes first rock band receiving Iranian Government seal of approval when Greatest Hits album officially released there – Freddie Mercury’s Iranian ancestry and bootlegs of Queen’s music placed them among most popular bands in Iran
2006 reveals that Kurt Cobain eclipses Elvis Presley as highest-earning dead celebrity
Rapper Foxy Brown receives 3-years probation for 2004 assault of two New York nail salon workers
2008 Singer-actress Jennifer Hudson’s brother, mother, and nephew murdered in Chicago – William Balfour, Hudson’s brother-in-law arrested

Billboard #1 Singles

1950 “Goodnight Irene” Gordon Jenkins and The Weavers
1955 “Love is a Many-Splendored Thing” The Four Aces
1960 “I Want to be Wanted” Brenda Lee
1965 “Yesterday” The Beatles
1970 “I’ll Be There” The Jackson 5
1975 “Bad Blood” Neil Sedaka
1980 “Woman in Love” Barbara Streisand
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


1930 The Big Bopper (J.P. Richardson)
1936 Bill Wyman (bass player, The Rolling Stones)
1937 Santo Farina (Santo & Johnny)
1938 Fred E. Finn (pianist-owner, Mickie Finn’s nightclubs)
1944 Ted Templeman (Harper’s Bizarre)
Bettye Swann (American soul singer)
Patti Labelle
1946 Jerry Edmonton (drummer, Steppenwolf)
Rob Van Leeuwen (Shocking Blue)
1947 Edgar Broughton (Edgar Broughton Band)
1948 Dale “Buffin” Griffin (drummer, Mott The Hoople)
Paul and Barry Ryan
1950 Terry Buffin (British Lions)
Steven Greenberg (American composer)
1953 Billy Thomas (McBride & Ride)
1954 Perry Lee “Tiny” Tavares
1962 Debbie Googe (My Bloody Valentine)
1969 Rob Green (Toploader)
1971 Ed Chester (The Bluetones)
1972 Louis Michael Anthony Sassin (4 Fun-Unbelievable Fun)
1978 Justin Lee Brannan
Sabrina Washington (Mis-Teeq)
1979 Ben Gillies (Silverchair)
1980 Monica
1983 Adrienne Bailon (American actress-singer)
1986 Aubrey Graham (Canadian actor-rapper)


1996 Sid Pye (drummer), age 55
2001 Kim Gardner (Ashton Gardner & Dyke), cancer, age 53
2002 Tom Dowd (American record producer), emphysema, age 77
2003 Rosie Nix Adams (singer-songwriter and Johnny Cash’s stepdaughter), carbon monoxide poisoning, age 45
2008 Moshe Cotel (American composer-pianist), age 65
Merl Saunders (American pianist-organist), complications from stroke, age 64