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Music History: October 1st:
2012 Chris Thile, the mandolin player known for his work with Nickel Creek and Punch Brothers, wins a Genius grant from the MacArthur Foundation. The foundation typically accepts nominees through anonymous selection, and when Thile receives the congratulatory phone call, he thinks its a political robo-call until his agent looks up the number.
2010 Justin Timberlake portrays Napster co-founder Sean Parker in the Oscar-nominated film The Social Network, which depicts the founding of Facebook.
2007 Outside the Soho Revue Bar in London, Laura Marling and her band perform a set in front of shocked and ecstatic fans. The club won't allow the 17-year-old Marling inside to perform because it violates their strict 18 & over policy, so she takes it to the streets. She later returns to the club in February 2008 for an encore of sorts, performing indoors and onstage to celebrate the release of her debut, Alas, I Cannot Swim, and her 18th birthday.
2004 Bruce Palmer (bassist for Buffalo Springfield) dies of a heart attack in Belleville, Ontario, Canada, at age 58.
2002 Good Charlotte release their second album, The Young and the Hopeless.
2002 Ms. Dynamite is the big winner at the UK Music of Black Origin (MOBO) Awards, where she is named Best Newcomer and UK Act of the Year, and her song "It Takes More" wins Best Single. She fades fast, releasing only one more album in the '00s.
2002 The White Stripes play a free show in New York's Union Square Park, treating a large lunchtime crowd to a set full of covers and nuggets from the group's three albums.
2002 Barry White's label reveals that the singer has been hospitalized with kidney failure.
1998 John Fogerty gets a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 7000 Hollywood Blvd.
1996 Fountains of Wayne release their self-titled debut album. Fountains of Wayne took just five days to record!
1996 A collection of live Nirvana performances is released on the album From the Muddy Banks of the Wishkah.
1995 Farm Aid 8 takes place in Louisville, Kentucky, with Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp, Neil Young, Hootie & the Blowfish and The Dave Matthews Band raising over $1 million to support American farmers.
1994 Wilson Pickett begins serving a one-year jail sentence for a 1992 incident where he hit a pedestrian with his car.
1992 R&B vocalist Harry Ray (of The Moments, later known as Ray, Goodman & Brown) dies of a stroke in Bound Brook, New Jersey, at age 46. Known for hits like "Love on a Two-Way Street" (1970).
1983 "Total Eclipse Of The Heart," written by Jim Steinman, hits #1 in the US, making Bonnie Tyler the first Welsh singer to top the chart.
1983 The first ever David Bowie convention is held in London's Cunard Hotel. Speakers at the convention include Bowie's former dance teacher, Lindsay Kemp; Bowie's former manager, Ken Pitt; guitar player John Hutchinson; Bowie archivist, Kev Cann; and photographer Ray Stevenson.
1982 Sony introduces the world's first digital compact-disc player in Tokyo, which sells for about $650.
1977 The Madison Square Garden Hall of Fame inducts its first musician, singer/songwriter Elton John.
1976 David Bowie retreats to West Germany in an attempt to clean up his cocaine addiction. While in Germany, Bowie works with Iggy Pop and Brian Eno. The song "Heroes" comes from this stay.
1975 Al Jackson Jr. (drummer for Booker T. & The MG's) is killed at age 39 when he finds intruders in his Memphis, Tennessee, home. His estranged wife, Barbara Jackson, is thought to be involved, being that she shot her husband in the chest just months earlier.
1974 Pop singer Keith Duffy (of Boyzone) is born in Donaghmede, Dublin, Ireland.
1971 John Lennon's album Imagine is certified Gold.
1970 Janis Joplin makes her last recordings, singing "Mercedes Benz," which in included on her posthumous Pearl album acapella. She also records a goofy version of "Happy Trails" as a birthday present for John Lennon. Joplin dies three days later.
1970 Curtis Mayfield leaves The Impressions.
1970 Jimi Hendrix is buried at Greenwood Cemetery in Seattle. His headstone reads: "Forever In Our Hearts, James 'Jimi' Hendrix 1942 - 1970."
1969 The Beatles release Abbey Road in the US.
1968 Kevin Griffin (frontman of Better Than Ezra) is born in New Orleans, Louisiana.
1968 The Beatles record "Honey Pie."
1967 Traffic makes its stage debut at London's Saville Theatre.
1967 Mick Jagger's apartment in London is burglarized, with girlfriend Marianne Faithfull's furs and jewelry being among the items listed as stolen.
1967 The first edition of the program Top Gear, featuring host DJ John Peel, airs on BBC Radio 1.
1966 Jimi Hendrix makes his UK stage debut when he jumps onstage to jam with Cream at London Polytechnic.
1965 At a concert at Carnegie Hall, Bob Dylan introduces his new band. Formerly Ronnie Hawkins' backup band, they were known as the Hawks, but soon became The Band.
1964 The Beatles Vs. The Four Seasons is released.
1964 The Beatles' debut film, A Hard Day's Night, becomes the first movie to debut behind the "Iron Curtain" of Communist countries when it is shown in Prague.
1962 The Beatles sign their first real management contract with Brian Epstein, with George's and Paul's fathers signing for their sons, who are still minors. Epstein gets 25 percent of the group's earnings.
1962 Barbra Streisand signs with Columbia Records.
1962 Johnny Carson's Tonight Show makes its debut. The theme song ("Johnny's Theme") is written by Paul Anka, but as part of the deal, Carson writes some lyrics for the song that are published, but never used, earning him half of the royalties from the song, which are substantial, as the song runs throughout Carson's 30-year tenure on the show.
1959 Youssou N'Dour is born in Dakar, Senegal.
1959 Jimmy Driftwood, composer of "Battle of New Orleans" is the guest on CBS-TV's To Tell The Truth.
1958 Little Anthony and the Imperials record a song written by Neil Sedaka and Howard Greenfield called "The Diary." Sedaka and his publisher are so disappointed with the recording that they have Sedaka try it himself, resulting in his first hit as an artist.
1957 Andy Walton (drummer for Kenny) is born in Enfield, Middlesex, England.
1949 "That Lucky Old Sun" by Frankie Laine hits #1 in America.
1948 Michael "Cub" Koda (frontman for Brownsville Station) is born in Detroit, Michigan. Wrote the group's 1973 hit "Smokin' in the Boy's Room," which would late be covered by Motley Crue.
1947 Bing Crosby's radio show becomes the first ever to broadcast a radio show uses the magnetophon, a Nazi recording technology discovered and brought to America by U.S. Army Corps Officer John Thomas "Jack" Mullin. The magnetophon later leads to the evolution of multi-track recording technology, which revolutionizes the music industry.
1947 Bing Crosby broadcasts the first ever pre-recorded radio show when he airs his Philco Radio Time show on the ABC network using magnetic tape. Crosby would become an investor in the technology, which meant he didn't have to always do his shows live.
1947 Martin Turner (bassist/lead vocalist for Wishbone Ash) is born in Torquay, Devon, England.
1947 Rob Davis (lead guitarist for Mud) is born in Carshalton, Surrey, England.
1947 Mariska Veres (lead singer for Shocking Blue) is born in The Hague, Netherlands.
1945 Soul singer Donny Hathaway is born in Chicago, Illinois, but would be raised by his grandmother in St. Louis, Missouri.
1944 Pop singer Barbara Parritt (of The Toys) is born in Wilmington, North Carolina.
1943 Jerry Martini (saxophonist for Sly and the Family Stone) is born in Denver, Colorado.
1942 Herb Fame (of Peaches & Herb) is born Herbert Feemster in Anacostia, Washington, D.C.
1935 Julie Andrews is born Julia Elizabeth Wells in Walton-on-Thames, Surrey, England.
1934 Songwriter Geoff Stephens (of The New Vaudeville Band) is born in New Southgate, North London.
1932 Albert Collins, electric blues guitarist and singer, is born in Leona, Texas. Movie fans can catch his cameo appearance in the 1987 comedy Adventures in Babysitting, where he performs "Babysitting Blues" with the cast.
1930 Singer/actor Richard Harris, who has an unlikely hit with "MacArthur Park," is born in Limerick, Ireland.
1928 Ben Pollack records "Forever."
1926 Ragtime performer Max Morath is born in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
1919 Songwriter J.M. Robinson is born Jessie Mae Booker in Call, Texas.
1913 Producer/composer Charles Randolph Grean is born. Wrote the popular 1950 novelty song "The Thing."
Meat Loaf Indigestible At AFL Grand Final
Meat Loaf performs at the AFL Grand Final in Melbourne between Collingwood and Geelong. Suffering from a hemorrhaging vocal cord, he struggles through the 12-minute set and is blasted in the press. The singer responds by calling AFL organizers "the cheapest people I've ever seen in my life."