Today In Rock: October 23

1949

Aladdin Records has three hits with Amos Milburn's "Hold Me, Baby" (R&B #2), "Roomin' House Boogie" (R&B #1) and "Let's Make Christmas Merry, Baby" (R&B #3).

1949

Roy Brown hits #6 on the R&B chart with "'Fore Day In the Morning".

1949

The Five Blind Boys of Alabama have a hit with "I Can See Everybody's Mother But Mine".

1953

Hank Ballard & the Royals hit #6 on the R&B chart with "Get It".

1961

The Duals hit #25 with "Stick Shift".

1961

Almost one year after splitting with his backing group the Belmonts, Dion's "Runaround Sue" hits #1.

1961

"Look In My Eyes" by the Chantels goes to #14.

1966

"96 Tears" was a hit.

1966

The Jimi Hendrix Experience records its first two songs, "Hey Joe" and "Stone Free" at London's De Lane Lea Studios.

1971

Kris Kristofferson hits #26 with "Lovin Her Was Easier."

1980

John Lennon's first new single in more than five years,, "(Just Like) Starting Over," is released.

1984

During sessions for 'Southern Accents,' a frustrated Tom Petty strikes a wall and breaks his hand. His guitar-playing ability in jeopardy, he undergoes a successful surgery.

1988

MTV world premieres "U2 and Friends: Smile Jamaica," a concert special to raise money for the Jamaican Hurricane Relief Fund.

1993

Def Leppard hits #12 with "Two Steps Behind".

1996

Rush hits #5 in the US with 'Test For Echo'.

1999

"Smooth," with lyrics and vocals by Matchbox 20's Rob Thomas, becomes Santana's first #1 single. It holds down the top spot for 12 consecutive weeks and is the longest running #1 single of 1999.