Music History: October 5th:
2014 Leonard Delaney (drummer for The Tornadoes) dies at age 71 after a lengthy battle with Alzheimer's disease.
2011 The Martin Scorsese documentary George Harrison: Living in the Material Worldpremieres on HBO. Ringo Starr says in the film: "He had the bag of love-beads personality and the bag of anger."
2011 Steve Jobs, Apple founder and music industry visionary, passes away at age 56 after a battle with pancreatic cancer.
2011 Scottish Folk-Guitar master Bert Jansch dies at age 67. He was a big influence on Led Zeppelin and Neil Young.
2008 After 17 years living as a couple, Ritchie Blackmore and Candice Night finally tie the knot. Blackmore is formerly of the bands Deep Purple and Rainbow. Night and Blackmore were brought together through a shared love of Renaissance music and together form the band Blackmore's Night, which enjoys nominal success as a British traditional folk / Renaissance music project.
2007 A federal jury finds a Minnesota woman guilty of online music file sharing through the public service KaZaa, fining her $220,000.
2006 Jeffrey Borer, owner of the company that sold Michael Jackson his private Gulfstream jet, is sentenced to six months in prison for ordering employee Arvel Jett Reeves to install two video cameras in it in order to catch Jackson saying something for which he could be blackmailed.
2003 Irish singer-songwriter Damien Ricecollects the third annual Shortlist Music Prize, climaxing a four-and-a-half hour concert, featuring Rice and seven of the nine nominees at the Wiltern Theatre in Los Angeles. Styled as a US equivalent to Britain's Mercury Prize, the Shortlist Prize honors cutting-edge performers whose latest albums have sold less than 500,000 copies at the time of their nomination.
2002 Kelly Clarkson's "A Moment Like This" goes from #52 to #1 on the Hot 100, breaking the record for biggest leap to the top spot. The previous record was held by The Beatles, whose "Can't Buy Me Love" went from #27 to #1. Maroon 5 beat Clarkson's record in 2007 when "It Makes Me Wonder" rose to the summit from #64.
2001 After months of wrangling over child support, rapper Eminem's divorce becomes official.
2001 Reba McEntire's TV show Reba premieres on the WB network. The show runs for 6 seasons.
1999 The Corrs perform live on MTV's Unplugged at Ardmore Studios in Wicklow, Ireland. The resulting CD and DVD have sold well over 2 million copies.
1999 Paul McCartney releases Run Devil Runin the US.
1999 After breaking up in 1983, The Whoreform when Roger Daltrey announces that they will play a concert in Las Vegas.
1998 Without comment, the Supreme Court refuses to throw out a suit charging that composer Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber copied from another songwriter for the "Phantom Song" from his Phantom of the Opera. The case stems from a 1990 suit filed by U.S. liturgical composer Ray Repp that claims Webber's song copies Repp's 1978 composition "Till You."
1998 HBO is the home of the world premiere of Janet Jackson's new music video "Every Time." The premiere takes place just before the 8 p.m. showing of William Shakespeare's Romeo + Juliet and serves as a prelude to HBO's premiere of the live concert special from Madison Square Garden, Janet: The Velvet Rope.
1997 Arthur Tracy, known as The Street Singer, dies at age 98.
1997 Garth Brooks fans snap up more than 139,000 tickets in less than four hours, selling out eight shows at Chicago's Rosemont Horizon.
1996 Joan Osborne, Soul Asylum, Jewel, Extra Fancy, The Presidents of the United States of America, and Dog's Eye View, among others, perform at the first annual "Concert to Benefit The Pedro Zamora Foundation." The show raises money for the PZF to use toward educating kids about AIDS. Zamora, who died of an AIDS-related illness two years earlier, was a cast member on MTV's The Real World: San Francisco.
1996 Neal McCoy raises $150,000 for a charity he and wife Melinda established in 1995. Country singer Bryan White, Dallas Cowboys quarterback Troy Aikman, Cowboys coach Joe Avezzano and radio host Bob Kingsley pitch in for a concert at the Longview High School Coliseum in Longview, Texas. The money goes to the East Texas Angel Network (ETAN), which provides financial assistance for medical treatments and related costs to families with children suffering from serious diseases.
1994 Jamie Walters, who sang the #1 hit theme song "How Do You Talk To An Angel?" for the short-lived Aaron Spelling series The Heights, joins Beverly Hills 90210 as Ray Pruit, an aspiring musician. Unfortunately for Walters, his character takes a dark turn and starts abusing fan fave Donna Martin, causing his real-life music career to suffer.
1992 Eddie Kendricks (of The Temptations) dies of lung cancer in Birmingham, Alabama, at age 52.
1992 Spin Doctors release their first single, "Little Miss Can't Be Wrong."
1991 Guns N' Roses' Use Your Illusion IIdebuts at #1, followed by Use Your Illusion I on Billboard's albums chart.
1985 Brian Keenan, drummer of the Chambers Brothers, dies from a heart attack at 42 years old in Winsted, Connecticut.
1981 Jud Strunk, comedian and singer/songwriter, crashes his private plane when he suffers a heart attack while taking off in Maine. The 45-year-old Strunk and his passenger are both killed. Known for the 1973 hit ballad "Daisy A Day."
1980 Paul Thomas (bassist for Good Charlotte) is born in Waldorf, Maryland.
1979 The Who's soundtrack album The Kids Are Alright is certified Platinum.
1975 Original Wailers members Bob Marley, Peter Tosh, and Bunny Wailer play together for the last time at the Wonder Dream Concert, which is a benefit organized by Stevie Wonder, in Kingston, Jamaica.
1974 R&B/soul singer Heather Headley is born in Trinidad.
1974 Randy Newman plays Atlanta Symphony Hall backed by an 87-piece orchestra conducted by his uncle Emil Newman.
1974 The Beach Boys' LP Endless Summerhits #1.
1974 Olivia Newton-John's "I Honestly Love You" hits #1 for the first of two weeks, making it her first chart-topper in the US.
1970 Led Zeppelin releases Led Zeppelin III.
1968 The Beatles continue recording "Savoy Truffle" and "Martha My Dear."
1966 The Jimi Hendrix Experience forms in London.
1965 Henry Mancini's soundtrack LP The Pink Panther is certified gold.
1962 The night The Beatles release their first single, "Love Me Do" b/w "P.S. I Love You" in the UK, it is played on Radio Luxembourg, owned by EMI, representing the first time a Beatles song is ever heard on the airwaves.
1961 The Marcels release "Heartaches."
1961 David Bryson (guitarist for Counting Crows) is born in California.
1959 At 23 years old, Bobby Darin becomes the youngest ever headliner at the Sands Hotel in Las Vegas.
1959 Nina Simone's debut single, "I Loves You Porgy," peaks at #18 on the Hot 100, the highest she will ever place on the chart.
1959 The famously bad movie Girls' Town, featuring Paul Anka and Mel Tormé, premieres in US theaters.
1959 Paul Evans' "Seven Little Girls (Sitting In The Back Seat)" enters the charts.
1958 Cliff Richard and The Shadows play their first ever gig, appearing on a bill with the Kalin Twins and Eddie Calvert at Victoria Hall in Hanley, England.
1951 Sir Bob Geldof (lead singer for The Boomtown Rats) is born in Dún Laoghaire, Ireland.
1949 Country pop singer B.W. Stevenson is born Louis Charles Stevenson in Dallas, Texas.
1948 Lucius "Tawl" Ross (rhythm guitarist for Funkadelic) is born in Wagram, North Carolina.
1947 Brian Johnson (lead singer for AC/DC) is born in Dunston, Gateshead, England.
1945 Brian Connolly (lead singer for Sweet) is born in Govanhill, Glasgow, Scotland.
1943 Steve Miller is born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He is raised in Texas.
1942 R&B/soul singer Richard Street (of The Temptations) is born in Detroit, Michigan.
1939 Musician/dancer Abi Ofarim is born Abraham Reichstadt in Safed, British Mandate of Palestine. Known for the 1967 Barry Gibb-penned song "Morning of My Life," later recorded by the Bee Gees.
1939 Ted Weems records "I Wonder Who's Kissing Her Now."
1938 Doo-wop/rock singer Carlo Mastrangelo (of Dion & The Belmonts and Pulse) is born in the Bronx, New York.
1938 Country singer Johnny Duncan is born in Dublin, Texas. Known for the '70s hits "Thinkin' of a Rendezvous" and "It Couldn't Have Been Any Better," among others.
1935 Country singer Margie Singleton is born Margaret Louis Ebey in Coushatta, Louisiana. Known for her 1964 duet with Faron Young, "Keeping Up With The Joneses."
1924 Ed Sullivan Show alum Bill Dana is born William Szathmary in Quincy, Massachusetts.
1913 Pioneering music technologist and World War II veteran John Thomas "Jack" Mullin is born in San Francisco, California.
1907 Pop cover singer Mrs. Miller is born Elva Ruby Connes in Joplin, Missouri. Known for her version of Petula Clark's "Downtown," one of many off-key song renditions Miller was both celebrated and criticized for.
Bobby Darin Hits #1 With A Murder Ballad
Bobby Darin's swinging version of "Mack the Knife," a song about a killer from The Threepenny Opera, hits #1 on the Hot 100 and stays there for an astonishing nine weeks. Darin, who is known for lighter fare like "Splish Splash," gains a more adult following, putting him on par with Frank Sinatra.
2012 Adele posts her new theme to Skyfall, the 23rd film in the James Bond series. The theme song, written by Adele and her songwriting partner Paul Epworth, features a 77-piece backing orchestra. In an informal Billboardpoll, 69% of responses vote it the best theme to a Bond film ever.
2000 Gilmore Girls debuts on The WB with an updated version of Carole King's "Where You Lead" as its theme song. Reflecting the show's mother-daughter theme, King sings the song with her daughter Louise Goffin.More
1979 ABBA visits the White House while on tour for the first and only time in America. They meet President Carter's daughter Amy, who is a big fan.
1978 Dolly Parton becomes the first country singer to pose for Playboy.
1962 Parlophone releases the first Beatles single, "Love Me Do," in the UK. Andy White plays drums and Ringo Starr plays tambourine.