THIS WEEK IN ROCK
October 5, 2019
From David Cassidy to Jimi Hendrix, Bonnie Tyler to the Bay City Rollers, it’s this week in rock.
#OnThisDay September 30, 1972
David Cassidy scores his first UK No. 1 single with ‘How Can I Be Sure’. It stays at the top for two weeks and remains in the UK singles chart for a remarkable 11 weeks.
#OnThisDay October 1, 1966
Hear his train a-coming! Jimi Hendrix makes his first live appearance in the UK when he jams with Cream at the London Polytechnic. His official UK live debut comes a month later when he unveils the Jimi Hendrix Experience.
#OnThisDay October 2, 1983
Bonnie Tyler becomes the first – and to date only – Welsh artist to top the US charts when the Jim Steinman written and produced behemoth ‘Total Eclipse Of The Heart’ goes to No. 1.
#OnThisDay October 3, 1946
Elvis Presley makes his first-ever public singing appearance. Aged just 10-years-old, he sings ‘Old Shep’ at the Mississippi Alabama Dairy Show’s talent contest – and comes second. We bet you can’t keep a dry eye listening to this version from 1956.
#OnThisDay October 4, 1976
After four weeks in the UK singles chart, Bay City Rollers are still resident in the Top 10 with their version of ‘I Only Want To Be With You’. Did you know that it was their last UK Top 10 single?
#OnThisDay October 5, 1981
Adam And The Ants continue their domination of the UK charts when ‘Prince Charming’ maintains its No.1 position for its second week. It goes on to hold pole position for a total of four weeks!
#OnThisDay October 6, 1984:
Billy Ocean releases ‘Caribbean Queen (No More Love On The Run)’, which peaks at No. 6 in the UK singles chart. Topping the charts in the US, it also wins Billy the Best Make R&B Vocal Performance at the 1985 Grammy Awards – the first British artist to do so!