October 12 – Sea of Love, Knock Rock, Janis Joplin, Crimson King, Buddy musical


Swamp pop: Louisiana singer/songwriter Phil Phillips (John Phillip Baptiste) and The Twilights get a one-hit wonder US#2/R&B#1 with the amazing Sea of Love – one of rock’s all-time classics. (*) (*)

Recorded at the Goldband Records studio, released by record store owner George Kourey as Kourey#711, it becomes a regional hit. Picked up by Mercury Records, it sells over 1 million. Mercury pays Phillips $6800 and keeps the rest. (*) In 2007 he’s inducted into the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame (*). (*)

In 1984, a cover got The Honeydrippers to US#3.
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The rock’n’roll film Don’t Knock the Rock opens in theatres with the story of DJ Alan Freed.

It features Little Richard and Bill Haley & His Comets. Haley has far more fans in Europe & the Comets are the first major rock band to tour the world.


Big Brother and the Holding Company second album Cheap Thrills climbs to US#1. It’s the last to feature the knockout singing of Janis Joplin.


Brit progressive rockers King Crimson, Robert Fripp reigning, release first album In the Court of the Crimson King. (*)

Despite little US radio play (college FM is just taking off) it will rise to US#28 (UK#3), their highest chart. Pete Townshend calls it ‘an uncanny masterpiece’.

On soft gray mornings widows cry
The wise men share a joke;
I run to grasp divining signs
To satisfy the hoax.
The yellow jester does not play
But gentle pulls the strings
And smiles as the puppets dance
In the court of the crimson king.

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Bob Moog and Moog Music demo the Minimoog (*) at the 39th AES convention in New York.


Opening of jukebox musical Buddy – The Buddy Holly Storyabout the early rock and roller.

Unusually good 50s rock soundtrack album

It runs in London‘s West End for 13 years and over 5000 shows.