Music History: October 2nd:
2017 MTV revives TRL, the iconic music video countdown that ran from 1998 to 2008, with some pretty significant changes. First, there's no countdown. Second, there's no music. Well, there's some music, but it's part of a mixed bag of pop culture topics presented by five hosts, including Vine star DC Young Fly, dubbed the "TRL Squad." Where's Carson Daly when you need him?
2014 Rita Coolidge's sister Priscilla Coolidge is found dead in her Thousand Oaks, California, home. She is the victim of a murder-suicide perpetrated by her husband, Michael Seibert. Priscilla, who was once married to Booker T. of Booker T. & the MG's, performed with her daughter - Laura Satterfield - and Rita in the Native American music trio Walela.
2012 The Mumford & Sons single "Babel" becomes the highest-selling debut single of the year, officially, with 600,000 copies sold.
2010 On Season 7 of The X Factor (UK), One Direction perform as a group for the first time, singing a cover of "Torn" for judge Simon Cowell at his villa in Marbella, Spain. The guys had been eliminated as soloists and tried their luck as a group. They finish the competition in third place.
2009 Esquire announces Kate Beckinsale as their Sexiest Woman Alive with a video of the actress set to the song "Goodbye Hollywood" by Jet.More
2004 55-year-old Billy Joel marries Katie Lee, his third wife. She becomes a writer and TV personality while married to Joel, a union that lasts five years.
2003 For the third year in a row, Radioheadtakes the "best act in the world today" honors at the Q Awards in London. Q Magazinehated on their Hail to the Thief album, however, so the band refused to appear.
2003 The Del McCoury Band wins top honors at the 14th annual International Bluegrass Music Awards in Louisville, Kentucky. The group takes home the Entertainer of the Year award for the eighth time. Band members Mike Bub and Jason Carter win in the instrumentalist categories for Bassist and Fiddler of the Year, respectively.
2002 At the 2002 Jammy Awards, Trey Anastasio picks up two awards; his band Phish wins one.
2001 Jazz baritone saxophonist Manny Albam, also a composer, arranger and conductor, dies of cancer in Croton-on-Hudson, New York, at age 79.
2000 Paul Anka files papers to end his 37-year marriage to former fashion model Anne de Zogheb.
1999 David Bowie offers a virtual guided tour of the controversial art show "Sensation: Young British Artists From The Saatchi Collection," at www.davidbowie.com. The show includes Damien Hirst's shark suspended in formaldehyde (titled "The Physical Impossibility of Death in the Mind of Someone Living") and Tracey Emin's tent (titled "Everyone I Have Ever Slept With 1963–1995").
1998 Country singer Gene Autry dies of lymphoma in Studio City, California, at age 91.
1998 Paul McCartney does an anonymous Q&A on the official site of his ambient duo The Fireman to promote their new album, Rushes.
1997 Juanita L. Evans files suit against Wu-Tang Clan members RZA and Method Man, rapper Redman, and a Pennsylvania university and its student government. Evans claims that she was distracted by Redman and therefore did not see Method Man when he leaped off stage and landed on her. Evans was knocked unconscious.
1994 Following their Bridge School benefit performance in Mountain View, California, Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers part ways with their original drummer, Stan Lynch. "Stan had lost all allegiance to us and was auditioning with other bands," Petty explains. "I had the feeling he was only staying around for the money." He is replaced by Average White Band drummer Steve Ferrone.
1992 Madonna's racy "Erotica" video, featuring footage from the making of her Sexbook, debuts on MTV. The clip, which features the sultry singer guiding viewers through increasingly sexual scenarios, airs just three times before being banned.
1986 The Everly Brothers are awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 7000 Hollywood Blvd.
1985 Bruce Springsteen's Born in the USA tour ends with the last of four shows at Memorial Coliseum in Los Angeles.
1983 ABBA's Agnetha Faltskog is involved in a car crash in Skane, Sweden, and suffers a concussion but soon recovers.
1982 The word "jobsworth" appears for the first time in the London Times, having been popularized - if not coined - by singer-songwriter Jeremy Taylor.
1982 Accept's fourth studio album, Restless and Wild, is released. Self-produced by the band, the album would include two different front covers (one of two Flying V's aflame, the other a live shot of the band) and spawn a track which many consider the birth of speed metal, "Fast as a Shark."
1981 The Police's fourth album is the last in a sequence of four annual autumn releases. The title, Ghost in the Machine, is taken from a psychology book by Arthur Koestler and breaks their erstwhile tradition of giving their records French-sounding titles. It is a #2 hit in the US, led by the hit single "Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic."
1979 Regatta de Blanc is The Police's second album release. It is even more successful than their debut and earns the band their first Grammy award in 1980. The French title loosely translates to "White Reggae."
1978 Gene Simmons' self-titled solo album is certified Platinum.
1977 After a plot is uncovered to steal it, Elvis Presley's body is moved from its Memphis mausoleum to its final resting place in the Meditation Garden at Graceland.
1976 Joe Cocker is the musical guest on Saturday Night Live, where he performs "Feelin' Alright" with his nemesis impersonator, John Belushi.
1973 Lene Grawford Nystrom (lead singer for Aqua) is born in Tonsberg, Norway.
1973 R&B singer LaTocha Scott (of Xscape) is born in Atlanta, Georgia.
1971 Pop singer Tiffany is born Tiffany Darwish in Norwalk, California. She has two #1 hits: "I Think We're Alone Now" and "Could've Been."
1971 Soul Train makes its debut, with guests Gladys Knight & the Pips, Eddie Kendricks, and Honey Cone. It stays on the air an astonishing 35 years.
1971 Rod Stewart's "Maggie May" b/w "Reason To Believe" hits #1 for the first of five weeks.
1971 Rod Stewart's LP Every Picture Tells A Story hits #1.
1971 John Lennon's LP Imagine enters the charts.
1970 R&B singer Dion Allen (of Az Yet) is born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Known for the song "Last Night" and the Chicago cover "Hard to Say I'm Sorry."
1969 Bobby Darin appears for the first time on TV as "Bob" Darin when he performs on Tom Jones' TV show.
1968 Motown sues their most prolific songwriting team, Holland-Dozier-Holland, for their refusal to write more songs until their royalty rate is increased. The trio are eventually released from the label and go on to start their own Invictus and Hot Wax labels.
1967 Bud Gaugh (drummer for Sublime) is born Floyd I. Gaugh IV in Long Beach, California.
1967 The Beatles begin recording "Hello Goodbye."
1967 The entire Grateful Dead are arrested for marijuana possession in San Francisco.
1967 Bluegrass singer-songwriter Gillian Welchis born in New York City. She grows up in Los Angeles, where her adoptive parents, Ken and Mitzie Welch, write music for The Carol Burnett Show.
1965 "Hang On Sloopy" by The McCoys hits #1 in America. The song was originally released the previous year as "My Girl Sloopy" by the R&B group The Vibrations. That version went to #26.
1962 Sigtryggur Baldursson (drummer for The Sugarcubes) is born in Norway to Icelandic parents.
1962 The Cookies release "Chains."
1961 Ben Casey (with would-be singer Vince Everett) premieres on ABC-TV (running 5 seasons).
1961 The Crystals release "There's No Other Like My Baby."
1960 Pop singer/songwriter Robbie Nevil is born in Los Angeles, California. Known for the 1986 hit "C'est La Vie."
1959 The Twilight Zone premieres on CBS-TV. The original orchestral opening used throughout Season One was composed by Bernard Herrmann, and was later replaced by the now-iconic theme from French composer Marius Constant.
1956 Soul singer Freddie Jackson is born in Harlem, New York. Known for the 1985 hit "Rock Me Tonight (For Old Times Sake)," among others.
1955 Philip Oakey (frontman for The Human League) is born in Oadby, Leicestershire, England.
1950 Rocker Mike Rutherford (of Genesis) is born in Portsmouth, Hampshire, England.
1945 Elvis Presley, just ten years old, makes his first public appearance at the Mississippi-Alabama Fair and Dairy Show singing "Old Shep" in a talent contest. He comes in second.
1945 Don McLean is born in New Rochelle, New York.
1941 Ron Meagher (bass guitarist for The Beau Brummels) is born in Oakland, California.
1939 Lolly Vegas (guitarist/vocalist for Redbone) is born Candido Vasquez in Coalinga, California. One of the biggest acts of Native American heritage, Redbone has a huge hit in 1974 with "Come and Get Your Love."
1937 Benny Goodman records "Flying Home."
1933 David Somerville (original lead singer for The Diamonds) is born in Guelph, Ontario, Canada.
1928 The first professional recordings in Nashville take place as DeFord Bailey lays down eight tracks in Victor Records (later RCA) Studios.
Tom Petty Dies
Tom Petty, 66, goes into cardiac arrest at his Malibu home. He is taken to UCLA medical center, but cannot be revived. Later that night, after his friends and family gather, he is taken off life support.
2011 Louis Tomlinson of One Direction sends a tweet to his bandmate Harry Styles that becomes the second-most-retweeted in history.
2002 Return of the King: 25 years after his death, Elvis Presley has a #1 album in 17 countries - including the United States - when Elv1s 30 No. 1 Hits makes its debut.
1995 (What's the Story?) Morning Glory is released and makes worldwide stars of the British rock band Oasis. The epic "Champagne Supernova" - exclusively released as a single in the US - reaches #1 on the Modern Rock chart.
1982 "Jack And Diane," a little ditty about two American kids growin' up in the heartland, hits #1 in America. It's the first and only #1 on the tally for John Cougar, who later reverts to his real name, John Mellencamp.
1954 Elvis Presley bombs at the Grand Ole Opry, which does not approve of his take on traditional country music. The Opry's talent director, Jim Denny, famously tells Presley he should go back to driving a truck. Elvis swears never to return.
1951 Sting is born Gordon Matthew Thomas Sumner in Wallsend, Northumberland, England. He earns his nickname when a fellow musician says he looks like a bee in his yellow-and-black striped sweater. He is working as a schoolteacher when his band The Police hit the big time.