Music History: October 7th:
2017 Cardi B hits #1 in the US with "Bodak Yellow," becoming the first solo female rapper without a guest artist to reach the top since Lauryn Hill ("Doo Wop (That Thing)," 1998.
2017 Jason Aldean pays tribute to Tom Petty and the victims of the Las Vegas shooting a week earlier with a performance of "I Won't Back Down" on Saturday Night Live.
2016 Sum 41 release 13 Voices, their first album in five years. Much of it deals with lead singer Deryck Whibley's path from alcoholism to sobriety.
2014 Weezer releases their ninth studio album, Everything Will Be Alright in the End. It's the band's first album to be released by Republic Records.
2009 Film and TV composer Vic Mizzy, who wrote the theme songs to Green Acresand The Addams Family, dies in Bel Air, Los Angeles, California, at age 93.
2000 Chris LeDoux gets his new liver. The cowboy singer, diagnosed two months earlier with primary sclerosing cholangitis, undergoes transplant surgery at the Nebraska Health System hospital in Omaha, Nebraska.
2000 Howard Stern is named nationally syndicated personality of the year at the Billboard/Airplay Monitor Radio Awards.
2000 Following the last stop on their 2000 tour, a show in Mountain View, California, Phish go on hiatus, which lasts 815 days. They finally return on New Year's Eve 2002 with a show at Madison Square Garden in New York City.
1999 Backstreet Boys and Korn are multiple winners at the inaugural ARTISTdirect Online Music Awards at the House of Blues in West Hollywood.
1999 Don Henley and Eagles Ltd. file a federal suit against Lovearth, a Sarasota, Florida-based Internet company, alleging that its registration of the domain names don-henley.net, don-henley.org, donhenley.org, theendoftheinnocence.com, and e-a-g-l-e-s.com constitutes copyright infringement.
1998 Backstreet Boys reach an out-of-court settlement with their former manager Lou Pearlman, who they sued in an effort to gain control of their finances.
1998 Charmed debuts on the WB network with the Love Spit Love cover of "How Soon Is Now" as the theme song. Two years earlier, this same cover was used in the movie The Craft, which like Charmed, is about a coven of high school girls.
1996 At a stop in Tunis, Tunisia on his HIStory tour, Michael Jackson plays his first concert in Africa as a solo artist. The tour concludes with a series of shows in South Africa.
1996 The "Rock the Vote" campaign to get young people registered in the United States gets some NFL involvement, with quarterbacks Jeff Blake, Drew Bledsoe, Jim Kelly and Steve Young recording public service announcements.
1995 Peter Frampton kicks off a tour in Boston three days before the release of Frampton Comes Alive II, the sequel to his 1975 smash Frampton Comes Alive - the best-selling live album in history.
1995 Alanis Morissette's Jagged Little Pillreaches the top of the US Albums chart in its 15th week, giving the Maverick label, founded by Madonna, its first #1. Morissette is the fourth female artist to have a debut album reach #1 in the 1990s, following Paula Abdul, Mariah Carey and Toni Braxton.
1990 Soundgarden performs at the Gathering of the Tribes festival in Costa Mesa, California. In the crowd is Eddie Vedder, who the next day flies to Seattle and meets his Pearl Jambandmates for the first time. Vedder and Chris Cornell of Soundgarden end up recording vocals together that day for the song "Hunger Strike" as part of the Temple of the Dog project.
1988 The documentary Imagine: John Lennon, commissioned by Yoko Ono and directed by Andrew Solt, opens in theaters.
1987 Exodus releases their second studio album, Pleasures of the Flesh.
1982 Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page is given a one-year suspended sentence for cocaine possession.
1978 Merle Haggard marries his third wife: Leona Williams, a bass player and singer with Loretta Lynn. The marriage lasts six years.
1978 Billboard magazine reveals that Marvin Gaye has declared bankruptcy twice in the past year, claiming debts of over seven million dollars.
1978 The Rolling Stones play their new single "Beast Of Burden" on Saturday Night Live.
1976 Dennis Edwards announces he is leaving The Temptations. Four years later, he would rejoin for the group's successful Poweralbum.
1975 The US Court of Appeals overturns the longstanding deportation order for John Lennon, ruling that Lennon, in being held accountable for violating a foreign law (a 1968 rap for possession of marijuana in England), had been denied due process.
1971 Michael Jackson releases "Got To Be There."
1969 The Youngbloods' "Get Together" is certified gold.
1969 Leeroy Thornhill (of The Prodigy) is born in Barking, East London, England.
1968 The Beatles record "Long, Long, Long."
1968 Thom Yorke (lead singer/songwriter for Radiohead) is born in Wellingborough, Northamptonshire, England.
1967 R&B singer Toni Braxton is born in Severn, Maryland.
1967 After a London hotel accuses The Mamas & The Papas' Cass Elliot of running out on her bill, the singer is jailed overnight and strip-searched, forcing the cancellation of both an upcoming gig and television appearance.
1967 Promoter Sid Bernstein, who had promoted The Beatles at their first two Shea Stadium concerts, offers one million dollars to the group, who is retired from the road, to perform a third concert there. They refuse.
1966 Johnny Kidd dies in a car accident near Lancashire, England, at age 30.
1966 Smiley Lewis, New Orleans R&B musician, dies of stomach cancer at age 53. Originally recorded "One Night," which became a hit for Elvis Presley in 1958.
1965 Manfred Mann become one of the first Western bands to play behind the Iron Curtain when they do a show in Bratislava, Czechoslovakia.
1964 The Beatles appear (on tape) during a special British Invasion-themed episode of the popular ABC-TV variety show Shindig!, performing "Kansas City"/"Hey-Hey-Hey-Hey!," "I'm A Loser" and "Boys."
1960 Elvis Presley records "Flaming Star."
1959 Singer/actor Mario Lanza dies at a weight loss clinic in Rome, possibly from a pulmonary embolism or a massive heart attack (no autopsy was performed). He was 38.
1959 The detective show Hawaiian Eye debuts on ABC with Connie Stevens starring as Cricket Blake. The show lasts four seasons.
1957 The idea of expanding his gospel album into a Christmas album works out when Elvis Presley's Elvis' Christmas Album attains pre-orders of 500,000 copies, going gold before it is even released. It eventually becomes the best-selling Christmas album of all time.
1953 Tico Torres (drummer for Bon Jovi) is born Hector Juan Samuel Torres in New York.
1952 The Philadelphia dance show Bandstand, hosted by Bob Horn and later by Dick Clark as American Bandstand, debuts on WFIL-TV.
1950 David Taylor (bass guitarist for Edison Lighthouse) is born.
1950 CBS debuts The Frank Sinatra Show, a variety program and the first TV show for the crooner. Though he has a five-year contract, the show only lasts two seasons.
1949 David Hope (bass guitarist for Kansas) is born in Topeka, Kansas.
1945 Rock musician Kevin Godley (of 10cc) is born in Prestwich, Lancashire, England.
1944 Folk singer Judee Sill is born in Studio City, California. In 1971, she becomes the first artist to be signed to David Geffen's Asylum Records.
1942 Glenn Miller is inducted into the Army, where he forms the Glenn Miller Army Air Force Band, using his talents to entertain his fellow troops with hundreds of performances and broadcasts.
1941 R&B singer Tony Silvester (of The Main Ingredient) is born Enrique Antonio Silvester in Colon, Panama. Known for the 1972 hit song "Everybody Plays the Fool."
1941 Martin Murray (rhythm guitarist for The Honeycombs) is born in London, England.
1940 Artie Shaw records "Stardust."
1939 Colin Cooper (vocalist, saxophonist and harmonica player for The Climax Blues Band) is born in Stafford, England.
1927 Jazz/pop singer Al Martino is born Jasper Cini in Philadelphia. He plays the Sinatra-like Johnny Fontane in The Godfather.
1922 Marie Lloyd dies three days after collapsing on stage at a show in Edmonton, London.
1922 Actress Martha Stewart (not to be confused with the TV personality Martha Stewart) is born Martha Haworth in Bardwell, Kentucky, but would be raised in Brooklyn, New York.
1911 Vaughn Monroe, big band leader, singer, and actor, is born in Akron, Ohio. His signature song was "Racing With the Moon"
1911 Jazz drummer "Papa" Jo Jones is born Jonathan David Samuel Jones in Chicago, Illinois. He was a member of Count Basie's Orchestra from 1934-1948.
1879 Songwriter Joe Hill (Joseph Hillström) is born Joel Emmanuel Hägglund at Gävle, Sweden. His labor activism during the early 20th century in America influenced his most famous songs, including "The Preacher and the Slave" in 1911.
Jose Feliciano Jazzes Up "The Star-Spangled Banner"
Long before the US National Anthem becomes a performance piece, the Puerto Rican singer Jose Feliciano makes waves when he does a slow, jazzy version of the song before Game 5 of the World Series between the Tigers and Cardinals. Among those joining the uproar are Tigers starting pitcher Mickey Lolich, who complains that the overly long rendition screwed up his pregame routine.
2016 The Rolling Stonesplay the first night of the Desert Trip festival, which also features Bob Dylan, Paul McCartney, Neil Young, Roger Watersand the Who. The six-day (split over two weekends) event rakes in $160 million, making it the highest-earning music festival ever.
2014 The TV series The Wonder Years, which went off the air in 1993, is finally released on DVD. What took so long? The distributor spent years clearing most of the 285 songs that were used on the show, including the theme, Joe Cocker's version of "With A Little Help From My Friends."
1999 Garth Brooks releases an album as "Chris Gaines," a character he created that was intended for a movie. The ruse turns off many fans, and the album is Brooks' first since 1995 that fails to debut at #1, charting behind Creed's Human Clay.
1989 Paula Abdul's first album, Forever Your Girl, hits #1 in America. The album was released on June 13, 1988 and first appeared on the chart July 23 that year. It took 64 more weeks to hit the top spot, a record for the longest climb to the top.
1986 Michael and Janet Jackson become the first siblings with #1 solo singles on the Hot 100 when Janet's "When I Think of You" tops the chart.
1986 The Police release their final single, "Don't Stand So Close To Me '86," and then call it a career. They had hoped to reunite and record another album but injury and conflict lead to Stewart Copeland declaring they can no longer work together.
1963 Pete Seeger copyrights "We Shall Overcome." The song dates to the early 1900s, but Seeger adapted it into the well-known version that became a civil rights anthem. He lists three others as songwriters, including two representatives of the Highlander Folk School in Tennessee, where he developed the song. Royalties from the song go to the We Shall Overcome Fund, which supports the school and its outreach efforts.
1951 John Mellencamp is born in Seymour, Indiana. He has Spina bifida, but survives thanks to an experimental surgery performed at Riley Children's Hospital in Indianapolis.