Music History: October 6th:
2006 Fabulous Wailers guitarist and trumpeter John Greek dies.
2006 Mumbai-based EMI Virgin India Ltd announces that it will recall all copies of Slayer's most recent album Christ Illusionfollowing protests by a Christian group, Mumbai-based Catholic Secular Forum (CSF).
2002 Mick Jagger of The Rolling Stonesdonates 100,000 pounds to the school he once attended in Dartford, England, for musical instruments and a band director. The resultant musical center is named after the singer.
2000 The TV series CSI: Crime Scene Investigation debuts on CBS with "Who Are You?" by The Who as the theme song. Three more series in the franchise appear, all with theme songs by The Who: CSI: Miami ("Won't Get Fooled Again"), CSI: NY ("Baba O'Riley") and CSI: Cyber ("I Can See For Miles").
2000 Three investors in Steven Seagal's as-yet-unreleased album sue the actor, alleging that he has no intention of completing the project. Michael Vanderhoof, Michael Khaled, and Donald Danks claim they put a total of $600,000 into the recording of the album and the making of an accompanying documentary film.
1999 Portuguese singer/actress Amalia Rodrigues dies in Lisbon, Portugal, at age 79.
1998 Loud Records and members of Loud/RCA rap group the Wu-Tang Clan are sued by a woman claiming battery, false imprisonment, and defamation, among other allegations. Bridget Gray, an actress and dancer, seeks compensatory and punitive damages for an August 1997 incident in which she alleges that members of the Wu-Tang Clan made derogatory comments and held her against her will while she was hired to appear in a video for the group.
1998 Gospel star Kirk Franklin and Interscope Records are hit with a $75 million lawsuit by Linda Searight, the founder of God's Property, a gospel group that has recorded and performed with Franklin. Searight claims she was cheated out of payment for her involvement in God's Property.
1998 Country group Alabama joins the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 7060 Hollywood Boulevard.
1994 Glenn Frey has stomach surgery for diverticulitis, causing the Eagles to postpone dates on their their Hell Freezes Over tour, which resumes in January.
1991 Ray Charles is honored on the Fox TV special Ray Charles: 50 Years Of Music. Highlights of the show include Charles performing "Living For The City" with Stevie Wonder and "Busted" with Willie Nelson.
1985 Nelson Riddle - an arranger, composer, bandleader and orchestrator known for his work with Frank Sinatra, among many others - dies of cardiac and kidney failure related to cirrhosis of the liver in Los Angeles, California, at age 64.
1983 Barry Manilow plays a charity concert at London's Royal Albert Hall attended by Prince Charles and Princess Diana.
1980 The Bee Gees sue their former manager Robert Stigwood for $136 million, claiming unpaid royalties and fraud. The group alleges that contracts they signed with Stigwood in 1968 were predatory and unfair, and that they were too young to understand what they were signing. The suit is eventually settled out of court.
1979 Robert John's "Sad Eyes" hits #1.
1978 Rock 'n Roll singer Johnny O'Keefe dies of a (prescribed) drug-induced heart attack in Darlinghurst, Australia, at age 43. Known for hits like "Wild One," "She's My Baby" and his cover of "Shout!"
1978 ABBA members Benny and Anni-Frid split after three years of marriage. The group's other male-female pair had been married in 1971.
1976 Salsoul Orchestra records "Christmas Medley."
1973 Cher's "Half-Breed" hits #1 for the first of two weeks.
1969 The Beatles release "Something" b/w "Come Together."
1967 The Beatles record "Blue Jay Way."
1966 Tommy Stinson (bass guitarist for The Replacements) is born in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
1964 Pop/alt rock musician Matthew Sweet is born Sidney Matthew Sweet in Lincoln, Nebraska.
1964 The Beatles record "Eight Days A Week."
1958 Johnny Mathis releases his first of many holiday albums, Merry Christmas. The balladeer's smooth renderings of traditional Christmas tunes become a staple of the season for years to come.
1956 Elvis Presley releases "Love Me Tender."
1954 David Hidalgo (guitarist/vocalist for Los Lobos) is born in Los Angeles, California.
1951 Kevin Cronin (lead vocalist for REO Speedwagon) is born in Evanston, Illinois.
1951 Gavin Sutherland (bassist/vocalist for The Sutherland Brothers) is born in Peterhead, Aberdeenshire, Scotland.
1949 Thomas McClary (lead guitarist for the Commodores) is born Eustis, Florida.
1949 Bobby Farrell (of Boney M.) is born in San Nicolaas, Aruba, Netherlands Antilles.
1946 Millie Small is born in Jamaica. After moving to England, she becomes part of the British Invasion and has a hit with "My Boy Lollipop."
1945 Pop singer Robin Shaw (of The Flower Pot Men) is born Robin George Scrimshaw in Hayes, Middlesex, England.
1941 Claude Thornhill records "Autumn Nocturne."
1927 The first talking picture is released: The Jazz Singer, a musical starring Al Jolson. Irving Berlin's "Blue Skies" is one of the first songs heard by talkie audiences.
1926 Violinist Cyril Reuben is born in England. He would go on to play for the London Symphony Orchestra.
Jesse Jackson Takes On Rolling Stones
Atlantic Records head Ahmet Ertegun meets with Jesse Jackson, who has beef with The Rolling Stones' "Some Girls," specifically the line, "black girls just want to get f--ked all night."
2016 Prince's Paisley Park compound opens to the public.
2004 On his radio show, Howard Stern announces his move to satellite radio, where he will broadcast on Sirius, which gets a huge bump in subscribers. The move to satellite frees Stern from the shackles of the FCC, which doesn't regulate satellite. He and his crew are free to swear like sailors and talk dirty, which they often do. It also means fewer commercials.
1996 Country singers Faith Hill and Tim McGraw get hitched.
1991 Michael Jackson gives Elizabeth Taylor away to Larry Fortensky during her eighth wedding, held at Jackson's 2,700-acre Neverland estate near Los Angeles.
1990 Soundgarden, Iggy Pop, Ice T, The Cramps, Joan Baez and Public Enemy are among the artists to perform at Shoreline Amphitheatre in California, as part of A Gathering of Tribes, which is organized by The Cult's Ian Astbury. The festival is a forebear to Lollapalooza, which launches a year later, in 1991.