This Day in Music History: October 29th

1993 Tim Burton’s stop-animated musical fantasy film “The Nightmare Before Christmas” opens in the U.S. The film score and songs were written by Danny Elfman, who also provides Nightmare Before Christmas posterthe singing voice of protagonist Jack Skellington.

The idea for the movie came from a poem written by Burton in 1982, when he was an animator for Disney. Disney considered producing “Nightmare” in the early ’80′s, but ultimately decided it was “too weird.” Tim Burton left the studio in 1984 to pursue his weird dreams.

In 1990, after Burton had successfully produced “Beetlejuice” and “Batman,” Disney agreed to make the movie. Burton chose longtime friend Danny Elfman to create the music. Elfman described writing the movie’s 10 songs as “one of the easiest jobs I’ve ever had. I had a lot in common with Jack Skellington.”

The movie has enjoyed almost 20 years of continued success. Peter Travers of “Rolling Stone” called the film “a restoration of originality and daring to the Halloween genre. This dazzling mix of fun and fright also explodes the notion that animation is kid stuff… It’s 74 minutes of timeless movie magic.”

Other Events on This Day in History

1941 Cole Porter’s musical “Let’s Face It” premieres in New York City
1957 Buddy Holly releases the double “A” single “Oh Boy!” b/w “Not Fade Away”
1958 PFC Elvis Presley sees a show Bill Haley puts on for the troops in Stuttgart, Germany
1963 The Everly Brothers, Little Richard, Bo Diddley, Mickie Most, The Rolling Stones, Julie Grant and The Flintstones play at The Goumont Theatre in St. Albans, England
1965 The Who release their single “My Generation” in the U.K.; the song will later be rated #11 by Rolling Stone on their list of the “500 Greatest Songs of All Time” and 13th on VH1′s list of the “100 Greatest Songs of Rock & Roll”
The Rolling Stones kick off a 37-date North American tour at the Forum in Montreal
The Beatles record “We Can Work It Out”
1966 ? and the Mysterians’ song “96 Tears” hits #1 on the U.S. charts
1967 The hippie musical “Hair,” premieres in New York City
1970 Neil Diamomd’s song “Cracklin’ Rosie” is certified gold
1973 The Who’s “Quadrophenia” album is certified gold.
John Lennon releases the album and single Mind Games
1977 Meat Loaf releases his album Bat Out Of Hell
1979 Dizzy Gillespie appears and performs on The Muppet Show”
1982 Paul McCartney and Michael Jackson release their single “The Girl is Mine”
1983 Dolly Parton and Kenny Rogers’ song “Islands In The Stream’” hits #1 on the U.S. charts; the song was actually written by The Bee Gees.
Pink Floyd’s album Dark Side Of The Moon smashes the record for most weeks on the Billboard album charts when it reaches 491 weeks; it remains on the charts for a total of 741 weeks
1987 David Bowie plays the first night of his 15-date Glass Spider Tour in Australia
1990 The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame announces its sixth class of inductees, including Wilson Pickett, Ike and Tina Turner, The Byrds, The Impressions, LaVern Baker, Jimmy Reed, and John Lee Hooker
1991 The Memphis, TN city council names part of interstate 55 (through Jackson) The B.B. King Freeway
Three members of Pink Floyd are injured during a car race in Mexico when their car runs off the road and rolls down an embankment
1996 The Stone Roses break up
1995 Singer Paul Anka appears on the “Treehouse of Horror VI” episode of “The Simpsons”
2000 Limp Bizkit’s Chocolate Starfish album hits #1 on the U.S. charts
2001 U2 plays live on “The Late Show with David Letterman”
2002 Palm Springs, CA, names part of its airport “The Sonny Bono Memorial Concourse”- Sonny Bono had been the town’s mayor in the late 1980′s
2005 A set of wax heads of The Beatles, seen on the Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band album cover, sell at auction for £81,500
2007 Kylie Minogue given Britain’s Music Industry Trust prize at a ceremony in London, the first time in the history of the event that the prize has been given to a woman
2009 Forbes Magazine reports that Michael Jackson has earned 72 million dollars since his death on June 25th of the same year
A series of concerts to celebrate the 25th anniversary of The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame kick off at Madison Square Garden, featuring inductees Bruce Springsteen, Bono, Mick Jagger and Aretha Franklin

Billboard #1 Singles

1950 Goodnight Irene” Gordon Jenkins and The Weavers
1955 Autumn Leaves” Roger Williams
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 Saving All My Love for You” Whitney Houston
1990 Black Cat” Janet Jackson
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


1925 Zoot Sims (jazz saxophonist)
1930 Peter Stampfel (The Holy Modal Rounders)
1944 Denny Laine guitarist (Moody Blues, Wings)
Robbie van Leeuwen (Shocking Blue)
1945 Melba Moore (Ellis Island)
1946 Peter Green (Fleetwood Mac)
1948 Ricky Reynolds (American singer)
1949 James Williamson (guitarist, Iggy and the Stooges)
David Paton (Pilot)
1951 Guy Gelso (drummer, Zebra)
Rick Bordia (guitarist, Mink Deville)
1952 Arnell Carmichael (keyboardist, Raydio)
1954 Steve Luscombe (Blancmange)
1955 Kevin DuBrow (singer, Quiet Riot)
Roger O’Donnell (English keyboardist, The Cure)
1961 Randy Jackson (Jackson 5)
1962 Einar Orn (The Sugarcubes)
1965 Steven Sweet (Warrant)
Peter Timmins (Cowboy Junkies)
1969 Roni Size (DJ, producer)
1970 Toby Smith (keyboards, Jamiroquai)
Douglas “SA” Vincent Martinez (311)


1953 William Kapell (American pianist), commercial plane crash, age 31
1971 Duane Allman (The Allman Brothers Band), motorcycle accident, age 24
1975 John Scott Trotter (orchestra leader), 67
1984 Wells Kelly (drummer, Orleans, Meat Loaf), asphyxiation, age 45
1987 Woody Herman (musician, bandleader, composer), 74
2001 Henry Berthold “Spike” Robinson (jazz saxophonist), 71
2003 Franco Corelli (Italian tenor), 82
Steve O’Rourke (manager, Pink Floyd), 63
2008 Mike Baker (Shadow Gallery), heart attack, age 45