Today In Pop Music: October 24 – The Greatest Live Album Of All Time


1936 – Bill Wyman (The Rolling Stones – bass)

1944 – Ted Templeman (Harper’s Bizarre – 59th Street Bridge Song – also producer various groups including Van Halen)

1944 – Patti LaBelle (Labelle – ‘Lady Marmalade’, ‘On My Own’)

1946 – Jerry Edmondton (Steppenwolf – drums – died 1993 – car accident)

1946 – Robbie Leeuwen (Shocking Blue – guitar ‘Venus’)

1948 – Dale Griffin (Mott The Hoople – drums – ‘All The Young Dudes)

1959 – Weird Al Yankovic


1963 – The Beatles spent the first day of their first foreign tour in Sweden recording a performance for later radio broadcast.

1973 – John Lennon began litigation against the U.S. Government, accusing them of tapping his phone.

1977 – Keith Richards pleaded guilty in a Canadian courtroom to heroin possession. he was sentenced to one year suspended and ordered to perform a benefit concert for the blind.

1979 – Paul McCartney in honor of being declared the most successful composer of all time.  Between 1962 and 1978, he was credited with writing or co-writing 43 songs that had sold over a million copies each.

1987 – Michael Jackson began a two week run atop the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart with ‘Bad’.

1962 – James Brown recorded what many critics (including me) consider the greatest live album of all time: ‘Live At the Apollo’.  How good is it?  Rolling Stone magazine listed it as #24 on their 2003 list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.  50 years later, it still holds up as one of the best.

Here’s one of the best tracks, though there’s not a dud in the bunch.


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