Happy Halloween!! Everything in this installment of Today in Music History will have a Halloween theme.
We start on this day in 1962 when The “Monster Mash” becomes the most popular Halloween song of all time.
It was this day in 1965, that Barry McGuire sang “Eve Of Destruction” on “The Ed Sullivan Show.”
“Freddie’s Dead” by Curtis Mayfield sold it’s millionth copy on this day in 1972.
On this day in 1988, at her Halloween party, singer Debbie Gibson held a séance in an attempt to contact the spirits of Sid Vicious and Liberace.
In 1990, During a gig in Seattle, Billy Idol dumped 600 dead fish in Faith No More’s dressing room. They responded by walking on stage, naked during Idol’s set.
Joan Jett starred in an episode of the TV series Highlander, playing one of the immortals, on this day in 1992.
The year was 1993, and I was there at The Viper Room, on the night when River Phoenix OD’d, and died out front. I was working at KIIS-FM at the time and was there to promote the party and to introduce Johnny Depp’s band P. They were in the middle of their set when Phoenix collapsed outside the club. Paramedics were unable to revive him at the scene and he died a short time later at age 23.
We go to this day in 1998 when D’Angelo released his song “Devil’s Pie,” the lead single from his second album, Voodoo.
Same day, same year, Kiss launch their Psycho Circus tour with a Halloween show in Los Angeles. The aptly named Smashing Pumpkins are the opening act.
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