Friday, October 7, 2011

October 7

1927: Al Martino (Pop Singer)
1949: David Hope (Bass for Kansas)
1951: John Cougar Mellencamp (Singer / Songwriter)
1953: Tico Torres (Drums for Bon Jovi)
1955: Yo Yo Ma (Classical Cellist)
1957: Michael W. Smith (Pop & Christian Singer)
1967: Toni Braxton (R&B Singer)
1968: Thom York (Vocals & Guitar for Radiohead & Solo)

1950: CBS debuts The Frank Sinatra Show, a variety program and the first TV show for the crooner. Though he has a five-year contract, the show only lasts two seasons.

1952: The Philadelphia dance show Bandstand, hosted by Bob Horn and, later, by Dick Clark as American Bandstand, debuts on WFIL-TV.

1964: The Beatles appear (on tape) during a special British Invasion-themed episode of the popular ABC-TV variety show Shindig!, performing "Kansas City / Hey-Hey-Hey-Hey!," "I'm A Loser," and "Boys."

1967: After a London hotel accuses the Mamas and the Papas' Cass Elliot of running out on her bill, the singer is jailed overnight and strip-searched, forcing the cancellation of both an upcoming gig and television appearance.

1967: Promoter Sid Bernstein, who had promoted the Beatles at their first two Shea Stadium concerts, offers one million dollars to the group, who is retired from the road, to perform a third concert there. They refuse.

1975: The US Court of Appeals overturns the longstanding deportation order for John Lennon, ruling that Lennon, in being held accountable for violating a foreign law (a 1968 rap for possession of marijuana in England), had been denied due process.

1976: Dennis Edwards announces he is leaving the Temptations. Four years later, he would rejoin for the group's successful Power album.

1977: Guitarist Steve Hackett quits Genesis.

1978: The Rolling Stones perform their new single, "Beast Of Burden," on tonight's episode of NBC-TV's Saturday Night Live.

1978: Merle Haggard marries third wife Leona Williams, a bass player and singer with Loretta Lynn. The marriage lasts six years.

1978: Billboard magazine reveals that Marvin Gaye has declared bankruptcy twice in the past year claiming debts of over seven million dollars.

1981: Morris Day & The Time made their live debut.

1982: Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page is given a one year suspended sentence for cocaine possession.

1995: Alanis Morissette went to No.1 on the US album chart with 'Jagged Little Pill'. The album went on to become the biggest selling album ever by a female artist with sales over 30m.

1995: Rapper Tone Loc was arrested in Los Angeles, CA, for taking $80 from a pizza parlor. He later pled no contest.

2001: Peter Criss played his final show with Kiss in Charleston, SC. He was replaced by Eric Singer. Singer had been a member of Kiss prior to the reunion tour in 1995.

2004: 53 year old Motley Crue guitarist Mick Mars had a hip replacement operation in a LA hospital.

2005: Boy George was arrested in New York after Police found traces of drugs in his apartment. George had called the police after he thought somebody was breaking into his apartment. When police arrived and made a search they found traces of cocaine on a computer table.

2007: 25 year-old Hip-hop artist Lil' Wayne was arrested during a US tour after a concert in Idaho on a warrant stemming from a drug possession charge. Because of the nature of the charges, the rapper - real name Dwayne Michael Carter Jr - was not eligible for bail.

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