Today in Rock History – October 30

Here’s what happened today in Rock History:


Roy Orbison is awarded his ninth Gold record for “Oh! Pretty Woman”, which topped the charts in ten countries, including the US, Canada, and the UK, selling over seven million copies worldwide.


After being displaced for a week as the best selling song in the US by “A Lover’s Concerto” by The Toys, “Yesterday” by The Beatles reclaims the top spot.


John Lennon had the number one album in both Great Britain and The United States with “Imagine”. It would be John’s only solo LP to sell a million copies and his most popular album until “Double Fantasy”, which went to number one shortly after his assassination on December 8, 1980.


Elton John gives a command performance for Queen Elizabeth II, making him the first Rock ‘n’ Roller to be asked to appear in a royal variety performance since the Beatles did it in November 1963.


Just in time for Halloween, KISS starred in a tv movie called “Kiss Meets the Phantom of the Park” on NBC.


David Bowie hosts a songwriting contest on his web site to help complete the lyrics to his song “What’s Really Happening”. 20-year-old Alex Grant is the winner and is later present for the song’s recording session.

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