On This Day October 10
1979 – “The Rose,” starring Bette Midler as a self-destructive 1960s rock star, premieres in Los Angeles. The movie, based on the life of rock legend Janis Joplin, goes on to receive four Oscar nominations, including Best Actress in a Leading Role (Midler, in her screen debut).
1987 – U2 releases “Rattle and Hum.” The band’s sixth album is a companion to the movie of the same name. It contains live performances from U2’s successful 1987-88 “Joshua Tree” tour as well as additional songs recorded at the historic Sun Studios in Memphis, Tennessee.
1985 – Lung cancer claims the life of 65-year-old actor Yul Brynner (“The King and I,” “The Ten Commandments,” “The Magnificent Seven”), who recorded an impassioned anti-smoking public service announcement shortly before his death.
Own a Piece of This Day
All-Time Greatest Hits / Neil Diamond
This compilation is a stellar summary of Neil Diamond’s most prolific period, highlighting jubilant classics from the ’60s (sing-alongs like the horn-drenched “Sweet Caroline” and organ-buoyed “I’m a Believer” are well-represented), as well as epic jams from the singer/songwriter’s rich ’70s catalog, like the plangent “Soolaimón” and “September Morn.”
Rattle And Hum / U2
Following their acclaimed “The Joshua Tree” album, U2 filmed a documentary about their American tour. The project became “Rattle & Hum,” a film supported by this double-album that further incorporates elements of blues rock, folk rock and gospel music into their sound. With new studio tracks, live performances and cover songs, this work includes recordings at Sun Studios in Memphis and collaborations with Bob Dylan, B. B. King and Harlem’s New Voices of Freedom gospel choir.
Orson Welles’ timeless masterwork is widely regarded as the best American film ever made. Winner of an Academy Award for Best Writing, Original Screenplay; and nominated for an additional eight Academy Awards including Best Picture, Best Director and Best Actor.
The King And I
Yul Brynner and Deborah Kerr share an enchanting kingdom in one of the most memorable musicals of all time! This visual and musical masterpiece features Yul Brynner’s Academy Award-winning performance, an unforgettable Rodgers and Hammerstein score and brilliant choreography by Jerome Robbins.
The Best of Thelonious Monk (Remastered)
Thelonious Monk is one of the greatest jazz musicians of all time and one of first creators of modern jazz and bebop. Many of his compositions have become jazz standards, including “Well, You Needn’t,” “Blue Monk” and “Round Midnight.” His spares and angular music had a levity and playfulness to it.
Crazy From the Heat / David Lee Roth
Very few EPs can claim to be essential to one’s rock collection. This one from David Lee Roth is one of those rare exceptions. All four tracks are excellent and two of them (the “Just a Gigolo” medley and David’s rendition of “California Girls”) have gone on to become classics of ’80s rock.