Music History: October 10th:
2010 R&B/soul singer Solomon Burke dies on an airplane at Amsterdam Schiphol Airport. Though the cause of death was not known, the singer had long struggled with his weight and his health, and his doctor suspected he had a pulmonary embolism.
2009 Pop singer Stephen Gately (of Boyzone), age 33, dies of a congenital heart defect in Majorca, Spain.
2007 Art Todd (half of the singing duo Art and Dotty Todd) dies of congestive heart failure in Honolulu, Hawaii, at age 93. Known for the '50s hits "Broken Wings" and "Chanson D'Amour."
2006 21-year-old Lily Allen, who has gained fame in her native England, plays for the first time in the United States, performing at the Hiro Ballroom in New York City.
2006 Sting releases Songs From the Labyrinth (an album of 16th century lute songs).
2002 Six months after Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes is killed in a car accident, TLC release their fourth album, 3D, which she worked on before her death.
2001 Under pressure to change their name because of letter attacks using anthrax germs, the metal band Anthrax issues a press release explaining they will not. "In light of current events, we are changing the name of the band to something more friendly, 'Basket Full Of Puppies,'" they state. "Actually, just the fact that we are making jokes about our name sucks."More
1999 Las Vegas' Grand Hotel holds an auction of several hundred thousand dollars' worth of Elvis memorabilia, including the King's wristwatch, cigar box, and his 1956 Lincoln Continental.
1998 The deadly force of Hurricane Georges not only knocks out telephone, water, and electricity services in Puerto Rico, it also bumps the Hot Latin Tracks chart from Billboard Magazine. For the first time in its 10-year history, the chart is not published because of damage to Broadcast Data Systems monitors caused by the storm, which hit the island late in September.
1997 Davy Jones sings "Daydream Believer" to Melissa Joan Hart on the Sabrina, the Teenage Witch episode "Dante's Inferno."
1997 Jimmy Osmond, who is the youngest of the singing Osmond family, welcomes his second child, Zachary, who is the 50th grandchild of George and Olive Osmond, the parents of the nine Osmond siblings.
1995 Peter Frampton releases Frampton Comes Alive II. The album is the sequel to his 1975 smash Frampton Comes Alive - the best-selling live album in history.
1992 Guns N' Roses guitarist Slash gets married for the first time, tying the know with actress Renee Suran in Marina Del Rey, California. They divorce in 1997; Slash gets married again in 2001.
1985 Luciano Pavarotti's 1976 Christmas album 0 Holy Night becomes the first classical album certified Platinum, with sales of over a million copies in America.
1979 Los Angeles mayor Tom Bradley declares "Fleetwood Mac Day," and the group receives a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6608 Hollywood Boulevard. Two days later the album Tusk is released, the highly anticipated follow-up to Rumours.
1979 R&B singer Mya is born Mya Marie Harrison in Washington, DC. Her parents chose her name to honor the poet Maya Angelou.
1975 The only Deep Purple studio album to feature guitarist Tommy Bolin, Come Taste the Band, is released. The album also features a pre-Whitesnake David Coverdale on vocals.
1972 Vinnie Tattanelli (drummer for Nine Days) is born in Brooklyn, New York.
1970 The first issue of the legendary UK rock newspaper Sounds is published.
1970 The head of the FCC issues a statement in rebuttal to Vice President Spiro Agnew's complaint that radio stations were playing too many songs about drugs. The statement reads: "If we really want to do something about drugs, let's do something about life... The song writers are trying to help us understand our plight and deal with it. It's about the only leadership we're getting. They're not really urging you to adopt a heroin distribution program, Mr. Vice President."
1970 Pink Floyd release Atom Heart Motherin the US.
1970 Neil Diamond's "Cracklin' Rosie" hits #1, where it will stay for one week.
1969 King Crimson releases In the Court of the Crimson King, which is considered by many as the first Progressive Rock album.
1968 The Beatles record "Piggies," "Glass Onion," and "Why Don't We Do It In The Road?"
1967 Mike Malinin (drummer for The Goo Goo Dolls) is born in Washington, DC.
1964 The Olympic Games open in Tokyo, inspiring the song "Tokyo Melody."
1964 The Shangri-Las release "Leader Of The Pack."
1964 Dance music singer-songwriter Crystal Waters ("Gypsy Woman (She's Homeless)") is born in Philadelphia.
1963 Elvis Presley records "Once Is Enough," "Catchin' On Fast," "Anyone," "Smokey Mountain Boy," "There's Gold In The Mountains," "One Boy, Two Little Girls," "Kissin' Cousins," "Barefoot Ballad," and "Tender Feeling."
1963 Cabaret singer Edith Piaf dies of liver cancer in her villa on the French Riviera, at age 47.
1961 Martin Kemp (bassist for Spandau Ballet) is born in Islington, London, England. Also known for his role as Steve Owen on the BBC soap opera EastEnders.
1960 Larry Verne's novelty song "Mr. Custer" hits #1 in America.
1958 Country singer Tanya Tucker is born in Seminole, Texas. Known for '70s hits like "What's Your Mama's Name" and "Blood Red and Goin' Down."
1956 Elvis Presley's "Love Me Tender" enters the charts.
1954 David Lee Roth (guitarist, vocalist for Van Halen) is born in Bloomington, Indiana.
1953 Stan Freberg's "St. George And The Dragonet" hits #1.
1948 Cyril Neville (percussionist/vocalist for The Neville Brothers) is born in New Orleans, Louisiana.
1946 Folk/country singer John Prine is born in Maywood, Illinois.More
1946 Ben Vereen, actor, dancer and singer, is born Benjamin Augustus Middleton in Miami, Florida. He would win a Tony award for his 1973 performance in the musical Pippin.
1945 Alan Cartwright (bass player for Procol Harum) is born in London, England.
1945 Jerry LaCroix (vocalist/saxophonist for Blood, Sweat & Tears, Edgar Winter's White Trash) is born in Alexandria, Louisiana.
1943 Denis D'Ell (lead singer/harmonica player for The Honeycombs) is born Denis James Dalziel in Whitechapel, East London.
1940 Lanny Ross records "Moonlight And Roses."
1928 Ennio Morricone (composer, orchestrator and conductor) is born in Rome to Libera and Mario Morricone. Ennio grew up during wartime, learning music while bombs fell. He says he remembers often being hungry.
1923 Louis Gottlieb (bass violinist/bassist for The Limeliters) is born in Los Angeles, California.
1917 Jazz pianist/composer Thelonious Monk is born in Rocky Mount, North Carolina. Composed many jazz standards, including "Round Midnight," "Ruby, My Dear" and "Well, You Needn't," to name a few.
1914 Singer/songwriter/pianist Ivory Joe Hunter is born in Kirbyville, Texas. Known for R&B hits like "I Lost My Mind" and "I Need You So," later recorded by Elvis Presley.
1908 Johnny Green, songwriter, composer, arranger and conductor, is born in New York City. Known for his 1930 composition "Body and Soul."
1902 Kalamazoo, Michigan, mandolin maker Orville Gibson founds the Gibson Mandolin-Guitar Mfg. Co, Ltd. In 1936 it would create the first commercially successful electric guitar.
Radiohead Let Fans Choose Price Of New Album
Radiohead takes an innovative approach with the release of their seventh studio album, In Rainbows, by offering it as a pay-what-you-want download. Most people pay nothing for the download, but the album still fares well - better, in fact, than the previous Hail to the Thief album - through pre-sales for "discbox" editions.
2002 Jay-Z releases "'03 Bonnie And Clyde," which features Beyoncé, who is making her first solo appearance since the breakup of Destiny's Child. It's the first hint that the couple are dating, as Jay declares them "the new Bobby and Whitney" on the track.
2001 Embracing the Internet at a time when broadband is rare, U2 webcasts a concert from their Elevation tour in South Bend, Indiana, for free on U2.com.
1992 Country music is all the rage in America, as The Chase by Garth Brooks debuts at #1 on the albums chart, supplanting Some Gave All by Billy Ray Cyrus, which has held the top spot for 17 weeks.
1977 An audience member throws an M-80 firecracker on stage at an Aerosmithshow at The Spectrum in Philadelphia. The explosion injures lead singer Steven Tyler's cornea and guitarist Joe Perry's hand. The next year, Tyler is hit in the face with a bottle when they play the arena.
1972 James Brownalienates much of his audience by meeting with President Richard Nixon in the White House and endorsing him in his bid for re-election.