October 8 – Four Aces, Ginger, Pistols, Joel


Pennsylvania singing quartet The Four Aces top the charts with Love Is a Many-Splendored Thing.

It’s the first US#1 for a song froma movie; the romance-drama set in Hong Kong wins several Academy awards including Academy Award for Best Song for Sammy Fain‘s title song.


Amazing Cream drummer Ginger Baker collapses on stage after a 20-minute drum solo.

The ‘Supergroup’ made its debut July 29, 1966 and released its debut album on Dec. 9. After 3 more albums it breaks up in 1969. In two years Baker joins Blind Faith, then forms Ginger Baker’s Air Force.

Toad solo  Sunshine  White Room   ( Website


The Sex Pistols sign a two-year record deal with EMI Records and receive a £40,000 ($68,000) signing bonus.

In two months they’ll be sacked; their 9 March contract with A&M Records will last exactly one week, and then it’ll be on to Virgin Records. Living hard – dying young


Billy Joel‘s fifth album, The Stranger – produced by Phil Ramone – enters the charts headed for six weeks at US#2 … with four US top-30 tracks aboard.