October 26th,Time Travel
- The first rock concert in Germany is held in Berlin, and it doesn’t go well, as agitated youth fight during a performance by Bill Haley and his Comets. By the time police clear the Berlin Sportpalast, where the concert is held, five policemen and six audience members are seriously injured.
- While recording the band’s latest album, Paul Katner of Jefferson Starship is taken to LA’s Cedars-Sinai Medical Center after he (correctly) suspects he’s having a brain hemorrhage. His wife initially doesn’t believe him, but eventually calls the hospital’s front desk, requesting “would you please get an ambulance for this asshole?” He recovers after two weeks’ hospitalization.
- Whitney Houston scores her first #1 on the Hot 100 when “Saving All My Love For You” reaches the top spot. She goes on a remarkable run, with her next six singles all topping the chart.
- John Michael Montgomery raises over $14,000 for the Jessamine Humane Society at his Putt for Paws golf tournament and concert. “We have a moral obligation to take care of these homeless animals,” Montgomery says. “After all, we domesticated them.”
- Marilyn Manson begin their Mechanical Animals tour with a show in Kansas City.
- US Federal courts refuse to issue an injunction against makers of mp3 players, one which the RIAA has been pushing for in light of rampant piracy.
- Fats Domino is awarded the National Medal of Arts from US President Bill Clinton.
- Singer/songwriter Eros Ramazzotti celebrates his 35th birthday with the global release of his album Eros Live, featuring 15 tracks recorded during his 1997-98 worldwide tour.
- Keith Richards releases his autobiography, Life. His drug use is a big topic – here’s a quote: “I loved a good high. And if you stay up, you get the songs that everyone else misses because they’re asleep.”