Time to take a look back into this day in rock history: October 24

1962
James Brown records his classic Live at the Apollo at the renowned Harlem theater with his Famous Flames.  Ranked #25 in Rolling Stone’s “Top 500 Albums of All Time”, it was also added to the Library of Congress’ National Recording Registry and the Grammy Hall of Fame.

1969
Led Zeppelin was a little over a year old and already storming the music charts.  This concert was noted for providing floor space for seating and concert goers were  encouraged to bring blankets.  The concert was interrupted by fire marshals who insisted the crowd make fire aisles on the floor. The opening act was Flint, Michigan’s, Grand Funk Railroad which had a huge Midwest following and was gaining strength.  Many concert goers saw GFR as showing as much stage presence and energy as the headliners.

Poster courtesy of Raw Sugar Studio

1978

Rolling Stone Keith Richards is found guilty in a Canadian court of heroin possession.  He gets off fairly easy with a one-year suspension and is ordered to pay a charity concert.

1979

This guy knows how to sell records!  The British Arts Minister presents Paul McCartney with a rhodium medallion for his entry in the Guinness Book of World Records as the selling singer / songwriter of all time.