Today In Pop Music: October 30 – Explaination Of Why Songs Get Stuck In Our Heads


Today’s birthdays include Former Moody Blues and Wings guitarist Denny Laine who’s 68, former Fleetwood Mac guitarist Peter Green is 66, Black Oak Arkansas (Jim Dandy) guitarist Ricky Reynolds is 64, Pilot (Magic) lead singer Davis Paton is 61, Quiet Riot (Cum On Feel the Noise) lead singer Kevin DuBrow is 58, as is Roger O’Donnell, keyboard player for The Cure (Love Song), and The Jackson Five’s Randy Jackson, is 41.

October 29, 1965 – The Who’s ‘My Generation’ was released.

October 29, 1966 – ? And The Mysterians topped the Billboard Hot 100 with ’96 Tears’.  Lead singer Rudy Martinez closely guarded his true identity at the time, preferring to be known as ?.

October 29, 1971 – Duane Allman of The Allman Brothers Band, was killed when he lost conttrol of his motorcycle on a street in Macon, Georgia while trying to swerve to avoid a tractor-trailer.  He was three weeks shy of his 25th birthday.

October 29, 1983 – Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton topped the Billboard Hot 100 with a song written by The Bee Gees Barry Gibb, who also co-produced the hit – Islands In The Stream.

October 29, 1983 – Pink Floyd’s ‘Dark Side Of the Moon’ marked 491 weeks on the Billboard Album Chart, surpassing Johnny Mathis Greatest Hits as the previous record holder.  Pink Floyd’s record breaking run continued until October 1988, when it finally dropped off after 741 weeks.

October 29, 2003 – Researchers at the University of Cincinnati finally explained why songs (even ones we don’t particularly care for) get stuck in our head.  According to Professor James Kellaris, certain songs create a “brain itch” that can only be scratched by repeating a tune over and over.  Professor Kellaris also said songs like the Village People’s ‘Y.M.C.A., Baha Men’s ‘Who Let the Dogs Out’ and Los Del Rio’s ‘Macarena’.  Unfortunately, he neglected to offer a cure for the symptoms.


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