Here’s what happened today in Rock History for October 23:
12-year-old Stevie Wonder made his first recording for Motown Records when he taped “Thank You For Loving Me All The Way”.
In one of Rock and Roll’s most ironic tragedies, the man who replaced Buddy Holly as the lead singer of The Crickets, 21-year-old David Box, was killed when the Cessna Skyhawk 172 he had chartered, crashed and burned, killing all on board. Box joined the group in early 1960 but left for a solo career a year later.
Led Zeppelin make their US television debut on Don Kirshner’s Rock Concert, where they perform “Black Dog” and “Dazed And Confused”.
CBS Records becomes the first US label to announce a price hike to $8.98 for albums. Other labels soon followed suit.
Meat Loaf topped the UK singles chart with “I’d Do Anything For Love”, which would also rise to number one in the US two weeks later.