October 20 – Pickett, PPM, NIN


Boris Pickett & The Crypt-Kickers’ novelty Halloween tune Monster Mash reaches US#1 with help from producer Gary S. Paxton and pianist Leon Russell.


Folk music album Peter, Paul and Mary hits US#1 … an unheard-of rarity.

It spends 7 months in the top 10, with songs like 500 Miles, Lemon Tree, and Seeger hit Where Have All the Flowers Gone?.

Their recording of Pete Seeger and Lee Hays song If I Had a Hammer climbs to US#10 and is a double-winner at the Grammy Awards of 1963.

Hammer  500  Morning  Flowers 


English rock band Rolling Stones finally manage a US#1 with a single, Angie.

Written by Keith Richards, it’s about the end of a romance – rumored to be about Angela Bowie.


The Sydney Opera House is opened by Queen Elizabeth II.

US industrial rock act Nine Inch Nails releases debut album Pretty Hate Machine.

A critical success, PHM only charts #75 … but eventually goes triple platinum. It’s top single song is Head Like a Hole. … A three-track version of this single was released in the UK, an 11-track version in the US!

1994 second album The Downward Spiral reaches US#2 (UK#9,CA#13); its singles Hurt and Closer make the USAlt top-10. Every album since has landed in the top-20.

NIN was founded in 1988 by Trent Reznor, previously a handyman and janitor at a studio! so determined that PHM sequencing was done using MOTU’s Digital Performer on a Mac Plus! Prior to that, Reznor says, ‘I had a Commodore 64 with, I think, the Sequential Circuitss Model 64 Sequencer Cartridge.’ (*) (*)