This Day in Rock History: October 8
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On this day in rock history, Ringo Starr released the first in a string of live albums featuring his ad-hoc All-Starr Band.
This initial edition included Joe Walsh, Dr. John, former Beatles collaborator Billy Preston, Rick Danko and Levon Helm of the Band, and two members of the recently idled E Street Band, Clarence Clemons and Nils Lofgren. (Their old boss Bruce Springsteen sat in at one point during the tour, as did bandmate Max Weinberg.) Ringo Starr and His All-Starr Band featured songs associated with each member, including solo Starr hits like “Photograph” and “It Don’t Come Easy.”
Talking Heads used 1979’s “I Zimbra,” an early experiment with African polyrhythms, as a foundation to build their triumphant follow up Remain in Light. The latter album, released on this date, utilized a series of loops and samples overseen by producer Brian Eno, who had most recently worked with David Byrne on the experimental project My Life in the Bush of Ghosts.
Tom Petty launched a sharp attack on the music industry with The Last DJ, a concept inspired in part by legendary Los Angeles disc jockey Jim Ladd. Petty was joined on the album by the Heartbreakers; Lindsey Buckingham also sang background vocals on one song.
Watch an exciting recap of many of the day’s biggest rock anniversaries above, narrated by our radio host Zach Martin. And learn more about these important events by clicking the links below.
Talking Heads – Remain in Light (1980)
Ringo Starr – Ringo Starr and His All-Starr Band (1990)
Tom Petty – Last DJ (2002)
Ringo Starr’s 10 Most Historic Moments