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Music History: October 3rd:
2016 Nickelodeon premieres the animated series Kuu Kuu Harajuku, produced by Gwen Stefani, about a group of girls who make music and fight evil. Stefani introduced her "Harajuku Girls," inspired by the neighborhood in Tokyo, on her solo debut, Love. Angel. Music. Baby. and has integrated her love of the culture in her clothing and perfume lines.
2014 Seventeen years after its release, Fleetwood Mac's Rumours album is certified Double Diamond by the RIAA for sales of over 20 million in the US. It is the ninth album to achieve the certification.
2006 "Listen to Your Heart," the power-ballad written by Per Gessle and Mats Persson, scoops a raft of prestigious honors at the 2006 BMI London Awards, presented at the Dorchester Hotel. Among other honors, the track receives the organization's highest accolade, the Robert S. Musel Award, for the most-performed song of the year.
2004 VH1 holds its first Hip-Hop Honors, giving awards to DJ Hollywood, DJ Kool Herc, KRS-One, Public Enemy (who also perform), Rock Steady Crew, Run-D.M.C., Tupac and The Sugarhill Gang.
2003 The film of the benefit concert The Concert For George, an all-star tribute to the recently deceased ex-Beatle George Harrison, opens in US theaters.
2001 Rock band Powderfinger dominates the 15th annual Australian Record Industry Association awards with six victories at Sydney's Capitol Theatre.
2001 Keith Urban goes home to Australia to accept a special Aria Award - roughly the equivalent to a Grammy in the US. Urban receives the Outstanding Achievement Award in recognition of sales and chart success in the US.
2000 45-year-old Mark David Chapman, the man who twenty years earlier fired five shots into John Lennon's back, faces the parole board. Parole for John Lennon's murderer is denied, with the board stating that letting him free would "deprecate the seriousness of the crime."
1999 Tom Jones charts a UK #1 album for the first time in 25 years when his set Reload hits the top spot. Joining the 59-year-old Jones on the album are Robbie Williams, Stereophonics, Barenaked Ladies and the Pretenders.
1997 Sugar Ray are grounded when lead singer Mark McGrath hurts his leg in Bologna, Italy on the first date of their European tour, which is postponed.
1990 Charles Freeman, who owns the E-C Records store in Fort Lauderdale, is convicted of selling obscene material after selling a copy of the 2 Live Crew album As Nasty As They Wanna Be two days after it was ruled obscene in a federal court. His punishment: a $1000 fine.
1988 Lisa Marie Presley marries her first husband, musician Danny Keough (the union lasts five years).
1988 Hollywood premieres the acclaimed documentary Imagine: John Lennon.
1987 "Brenda Lee Day" is declared in her home town of Lithonia, Georgia. A new street is named Brenda Lee Lane in her honor.
1987 Smokey Robinson holds the #10 spot on the Hot 100 with "One Heartbeat," while a song about him, "When Smokey Sings" by ABC, is at #8.
1984 Pop singer Ashlee Simpson is born in Waco, Texas, to a family that includes sister and fellow singer Jessica Simpson.
1981 Two months after MTV's debut, Blue Öyster Cult's "Burnin' For You" reaches its peak of #40 in the US - their first Top 40 since "(Don't Fear) The Reaper" - thanks to a video shot in a Los Angeles culvert. Few American acts are making videos, so established rockers like BÖC and REO Speedwagon can get airtime. This changes a few years later when more photogenic artists make videos on a regular basis.
1981 Rod Stewart brings out special guest Tina Turner to join him on (what else) "Hot Legs" during his appearance on Saturday Night Live.More
1980 The Police's third album release, Zenyatta Mondatta, continues their theme of giving their records French-sounding titles. This time, the title has no clear translation, although it is suggested that it is a stylized combination of "zenith" and "monde" (Top of the World). It becomes their most successful album so far in America, reaching a peak of #5 and winning the band a pair of Grammy awards.
1980 Bruce Springsteen begins his tour for The River in Ann Arbor, Michigan, where he's joined by Bob Seger in a performance of "Thunder Road."
1980 Paul Simon's semi-autobiographical movie One-Trick Pony, in which he stars, is released in the US. It gets mixed reviews and does poorly at the box office, but does include a hit song: "Late in the Evening."
1979 Instrumentalist Nate Wood (of The Calling) is born.
1978 At an Aerosmith show in Fort Wayne, Indiana, cops arrest fans for smoking marijuana, prompting Steven Tyler to chastise them Jim Morrison-style from the stage. Tyler announces that the band will bail out anyone who is arrested that night, and the next day they do just that. Understandably, memories of the event are hazy, and the number arrested has been reported at anywhere from 28-58.
1977 The TV event Elvis In Concert, filmed just weeks before The King's death, is shown on CBS, with good friend Ann-Margret hosting. It shocks many with the depiction of a bloated and drug-addled Elvis Presley in his final days.
1975 Soul singer India.Arie is born in Denver, Colorado.
1971 Kevin Richardson of Backstreet Boys is born in Lexington, Kentucky.
1969 Gwen Stefani (lead singer for No Doubt) is born in Fullerton, California.
1968 The Beatles record "Savoy Truffle."
1967 Chris Collingwood (lead vocalist for Fountains of Wayne) is born in Britain, but would be raised in Sellersville, Pennsylvania.
1967 Woody Guthrie dies at age 55 after a long battle with Huntington's disease.
1966 The Zombies release "She's Not There" in the US.
1965 Johnny Cash is stopped by US Customs officials at the Mexican border on suspicion of heroin smuggling and found to be holding over 1,000 prescription narcotics and amphetamines. He receives a suspended sentence.
1964 The Animals' self-titled LP enters the charts.
1964 John Lennon writes "I Feel Fine."
1963 The Beatles record "Little Child" and "I Wanna Be Your Man."
1962 Tommy Lee (drummer for Motley Crue) is born Thomas Lee Bass in Athens, Greece.
1957 ABC premieres The Pat Boone Chevy Showroom variety show, later featured in Michael Moore's documentary Roger and Me. The show features unobjectionable acts like The Four Lads, Ella Fitzgerald and Johnny Mathis; TV Guide says it's "about as exciting as a milkshake with two straws." It runs for three years and helps launch the career of Woody Allen, who is one of the writers.
1955 The Mickey Mouse Club, featuring their breakout star, 12-year-old Annette Funicello, debuts on ABC.
1954 Stephen "Stevie" Ray Vaughan is born in Dallas, Texas.
1952 The long-running radio hit The Adventures Of Ozzie & Harriet, now featuring a 12-year-old Rick Nelson, debuts on CBS-TV, where it will run for another 14 years, bringing the total life of the show to 22 years!
1950 Saxophonist Ronnie Laws (of Earth, Wind & Fire) is born in Houston, Texas.
1949 Lindsey Buckingham of Fleetwood Mac is born in Palo Alto, California.
1945 Antonio Martinez (guitarist for Los Bravos) is born in Madrid, Spain.
1945 Stan Kenton records "Painted Rhythm."
1941 Chubby Checker is born Ernest Evans in Spring Gulley, South Carolina, but would be raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
1940 Pop rocker Alan O'Day is born in Hollywood, California.
1938 Rockabilly singer Eddie Cochran is born in Albert Lea, Minnesota.
1901 The first record company, The Victor Talking Machine Company, is incorporated, later merging with the Radio Corporation of America to become RCA-Victor.
1992Sinéad O'Connor, famous for her hit song "Nothing Compares 2 U," goes way off script during her Saturday Night Live appearance, declaring "Fight the real enemy" and tearing up a picture of the Pope.
2007 The Rolling Stones' "A Bigger Bang" tour, named after their latest album, sets a new world record for grosses when the two-year jaunt rakes in over $558 million.
2004 Teenage English soul star Joss Stone becomes the youngest female solo artist to top the British album survey as Mind Body & Soul debuts at #1. The 17-year-old's second release, and first full-length album, bows ahead of Top 10 entries by Marilyn Manson, Tom Jones and Brian Wilson.
2003 School of Rock opens in theaters, starring Jack Black as a musician who poses as a substitute teacher and forms a band with the students. Classic rock abounds in the film, with teachable moments soundtracked to "Highway to Hell," "Smoke on the Water" and even "Immigrant Song" - a track secured after Black made a video literally begging Led Zeppelin to let them use it.
2000 Benjamin Orr (bassist/singer for The Cars) dies of pancreatic cancer in Atlanta, Georgia, at age 53.