This Day in Music History: October 25th

1977 Elton John appears on The Muppet Show to perform “Crocodile Rock,”"Goodbye Yellow Brick Road,” and “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart.” Elton performs with Dr. Teeth and The Electric Mayhem. Elton was one of the inspirations behind Dr. Teeth’s character, along with Leon Russell Elton John and muppetsand Dr. John.

The Muppet Show, with its vaudeville-style variety show format, absurd sense of humor, and reputation for letting guests do whatever they wanted to, showcased many talented musicians over the years. Among the performers were Alice Cooper, Buddy Rich, Debbie Harry, Dizzie Gillespie, Harry Belafonte, Johnny Cash, Liza Minelli, John Denver, Linda Ronstadt, and many more.

The show also welcomed guests like Steve Martin and Peter Sellers, who weren’t known primarily as musicians, to showcase their musical skills.

Other Events on This Day in History

1938 The Archbishop of Dubuque, Francis J. L. Beckman, denounces Swing music as “a degenerated musical system… turned loose to gnaw away at the moral fiber of young people” and that swing leads down a “primrose path to hell”
1960 Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, who hadn’t seen each other since grade school, run into each other on a train and renew their friendship – soon they start playing music together, and eventually form The Rolling Stones
1961 Runaround Sue” by Dion hits #1 on the American charts
1962 The Beatles give their first-ever radio interview on Radio Clatterbridge, a closed-circuit radio station serving Cleaver and Clatterbridge Hospitals in Wirral, near Liverpool
1963 The Beatles kick off their first foreign tour in Sweden, and a local reviewer declares that the band should be grateful to their screaming fans for drowning out their terrible playing
1964 The Rolling Stones appear for the first time on The Ed Sullivan Show, and when a riot breaks out in the studio, Sullivan tells his audience “I promise you they’ll never be back on our show again,” but the band makes five more appearances on the show between 1965 and 1969
1965 Led Zeppelin plays at Surrey University in England; the band’s first appearance as “Led Zeppelin” instead of “The New Yardbirds”
1968 The Jimi Hendrix Experience releases the double album “Electric Ladyland”
1970 “Led Zeppelin III” hits #1 on the U.S. album charts
1976 Bruce Springsteen plays the Philadelphia Spectrum; concerned about potential sound problems, he orders a 2-hour sound check before the show
1988 Bobby and Chico DeBarge are convicted of trafficking cocaine in Michigan
1985 R.E.M., The Smiths, and Tom Waits appear on U.K. music TV show “The Tube,” an important showcase for 80′s bands featuring dozens of emerging acts during its 5-year run
The first-ever rap movie, “Krush Groove,” based on the life story of business magnate Russell Simmons, is released in American theaters
1986 For the first time in the history of the Billboard Hot 100, the top three spots are held by female solo acts: Cyndi Lauper with “True Colors” at #1, Tina Turner with “Typical Male” at #2, and Janet Jackson with “When I Think Of You” at #3
Dire Straits guitarist and vocalist Mark Knopfler breaks his collarbone in a crash during a celebrity car race before the Australian Grand Prix
1993 Time magazine features Eddie Vedder on the cover with the headline “All The Rage,” and an article about the “angry” music of the time – Vedder and Kurt Cobain, irritated with the dramatics, refuse to speak to the magazine
1994 Hootie & the Blowfish begin their first US tour in South Bend, Indiana, opening for Big Head Todd and the Monsters
1996 The first Ozzfest is held as a two-day festival in Phoenix, Arizona and Devore, California – the festival was created by Sharon Osbourne when the organizers of Lollapalooza wouldn’t let Ozzy Osbourne tour with them
1997 After an onstage fall at a show in Michigan, Johnny Cash announces that he has Parkinson’s disease
1998 R.E.M. plays a private gig for BBC Radio 1 in London for an audience made up of fan club members and contest winners
2009 U2 broadcasts their last U.S. show of the year live on U2.com; almost 100,000 people attend the show at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California
2011 Steven Tyler of Aerosmith falls in the shower in a Paraguay hotel, knocking out two teeth and causing him to cancel a show that night, but a local dentist repairs the damage, and Tyler performs a make-up show the next day

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 Streissand
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 Aguilara
2005 “Gold Digger” Kanye West featuring Jamie Foxx
2010 “Just the Way You Are” Bruno Mars

Births

1912 Minnie Pearl
1941 Helen Reddy (Australian vocalist)
1943 Roy Lynes (English rock organist, Status Quo)
1944 Jon Anderson (Yes)
Kathy “Taffy” Danoff (Starland Vocal Band)
1947 Glenn Tipton (Judas Priest)
John Hall (singer, songwriter)
1948 Rob Halford (Judas Priest, Sin After Sin)
1950 Chris Norman (Smokie)
1951 Richard Lloyd (Television)
1955 Matthias Jabs (The Scorpions)
1957 Robbie Macintosh (Pretenders)
1960 Christina Amphlett (The Divinyls)
1962 Chad Smith (Red Hot Chili Peppers)
1963 John Leven (Europe)
1965 Nick Thorpe (Curiosity Killed the Cat, Keep Your Distance)
1968 Speech aka Todd Thomas
1970 Ed Robertson (Barenaked Ladies)
1971 Neil Fallon (Clutch)
1981 Young Rome aka Jerome Isaac Jones
Austin Winkler (Hinder)
Jermome Jones (Immature)
1984 Katy Perry
1985 Ciara Princess Harris

Deaths

1985 Morton Downey (Star of the Family), 83
  Gary Holton (English actor and singer) morphine and alcohol overdose, age 33
1991 Margo Sylvia (Tune Weavers), age 55
  Bill Graham (concert promoter), age 60, killed when the helicopter he was riding in hits the top of a transmission tower and explodes
1992 Roger Miller, lung and throat cancer, age 56
2000 William Martin (drummer, Sam The Sham & the Pharaohs), heart attack, age 56
2002 Richard Harris (Irish actor and singer), Hodgkin’s lymphoma, age 72
2004 John Peel (English DJ and record producer), heart attack, age 65
2010 Gregory Isaacs (Jamaican musician), lung cancer, age 59