This Day In Music History: October 30th

2008   Harmonix Music Systems, makers of the game “Rock Band”, obtain the rights to produce “Beatles Rock Band”, the first-ever music game based on the band.

beatles.jpg“Beatles Rock Band” is the third major release in the Rock Band Series, but it’s a stand-alone game, not an expansion pack. The gameplay is a little different from other Rock Band titles, including the new element of 3-part vocal harmonies.

The game features 45 songs from throughout the Beatles’ career. There are reenactments of some of their famous live performances, as well as recording studio and fantasy segments.

The game is developed with the cooperation and occasional input of Apple Corps. Both Sir Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr both made appearances to promote the game. Opening and closing sequences are produced by Pete Candeland, an artist best known for his animation work on Gorillaz music videos.

Players can also expand the Fab Four to the Fab 6 – the game allows for one lead guitarist, one bass guitarist, one drummer and up to 3 singers.


Other events on this day in history

1940   Cole Porter musical “Panama Hattie” New York premiere

1963   The Beatles record for Swedish TV program Drop In on last day of tour there

1964   The Supremes’ “Baby Love” hits #1 on U.S. charts

1967   Glam rockers Tyrannosaurus Rex (T. Rex) record session for BBC Radio One show Top Gear – before they sign recording contract

1967   The Rolling Stones’ Brian Jones pleads guilty to drug possession

1970   Jim Morrison convicted, fined and sentenced to 6 months for indecent exposure during Miami show

1970   Hotlegs (later known as 10cc), play first live show at London’s Royal Festival Hall

1971   John Lennon and The Plastic Ono Band Imagine album hits #1 on UK charts

1971   Pink Floyd releases 6th studio album, Meddle

1972   Elton John plays Command Performance for British royal family, only 2nd rock star to do so – nine years after The Beatles became the first

1975   Johnny Wakelin & The Kinshasa Band release “Black Superman” novelty song about Muhammed Ali

1978   NBC airs made-for-TV animated movie “Kiss Meets the Phantom of the Park

1982   Aussie band Men At Work “Who Can It Be Now” single hits #1 on U.S. charts

1984   Linda Ronstadt makes operatic debut in Puccini’s tragic “La Boheme” in New York

1988   Nirvana plays Evergreen State College dorm party in Olympia, WA, where Kurt Cobain supposedly smashes his very first guitar

1998   Black Sabbath original members appear on Late Show with David Letterman for one-off reunion

1990   Axl Rose released on bail after allegedly hitting neighbor over head with bottle in argument about his loud music

1997   U.S. Senate passes “La Cienega” bill closing loophole in 1909 Copyright Act that put most pre-1978 music copyrights in jeopardy

1998   Bon Jovi kicks off 232-date world tour at Dublin’s RDS Arena – tour runs until 1990

1999   Neil Young’s annual Bridge School Benefit concert webcast by Intel – performers include Pearl Jam, The Who, Sheryl Crow, Green Day, Billy Corgan, James Iha, Lucinda Williams and Brian Wilson

2004   Arrest warrant issued for Motley Crue singer Vince Neil for knocking sound technician unconscious during concert

2006   British alt-rockers Keane release “Nothing In My Way” single USB memory stick – even though song comes with additional videos and screensavers, format fails to catch on


Billboard #1 hits

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” Barbra Streisand

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 Aguilera

2005   “Gold Digger” Kanye West featuring Jamie Foxx

2010   “Like a G6” Far East Movement featuring The Cataracs and Dev



1939   Eddie Holland (American singer-songwriter and producer)

1939   Grace Slick (vocalist, Jefferson Airplane)

1939   Norman West (American singer)

1941   Otis Williams (The Temptations)

1946   Chris Slade (drummer, Uriah Heep, AC/DC, Manfred Mann)

1947   Timothy B. Schmidt (Eagles)

1949   David Green (Australian bassist, Air Supply)

1949   Otis Williams (vocalist, The Temptations)

1954   Anthony “T.” Graham Brown (country singer)

1960   Joey Belladonna (Anthrax)

1962   Geoff Beauchamp (Eighth Wonder)

1967   Gavin Rossdale (English vocalist, Bush)

1963   Jerry de Borg (English guitarist, Jesus Jones and Real, Real, Real)

1969   Snow aka Darrin O’Brien (Canadian reggae musician)

1970   Tommy Walter (bassist-songwriter, the Eels)

1975   Ian D’Sa (Canadian guitarist, Billy Talent)



1968   Malcolm Hale (Spanky & Our Gang), carbon monoxide poisoning due to faulty heating system, age 27

1969   Pops Foster (American jazz musician), age 77

1972   Alan Roth (orchestra leader, Milton Berle Show), age 68

1985   Kirby Grant (singer and actor), car accident, age 74

2000   Steve Allen (American musician, comedian, author, and composer), heart attack, age 78

2002   Jam Master Jay aka Jason William Mizzel (American rapper and musician, Run DMC), shot and killed in Queens, NY recording studio, age 37

2003   Steve O’Rourke (manager, Pink Floyd), stroke, age 63

2007   Linda Stein (former manager, The Ramones), beaten to death by personal assistant, age 62

2008   Mike Terry (American producer and saxophonist), age 68