Music History: October 9th:
2009 Bruce Springsteen plays the last concert at Giants Stadium in New Jersey. Part of his set includes an early version of "Wrecking Ball" that he wrote for the occasion.
2007 Josh Groban releases his Christmas album Noël. It becomes the top-selling album of 2007 and one of the best-selling Christmas albums of all time.
2006 The Bad Brains kick off a three-night residency at CBGB's, during the famed music venue's last week of operation. Celebrities spotted in the crowd include Ric Ocasek, Paulina Porizkova, Richard Hell, and Elijah Wood.
2000 Dennis DeYoung of Styx, unable to tour because of debilitating fatigue, sues the band for touring without him. The suit is eventually settled, but DeYoung never returns to the fold. Styx carries on without him, but leaves most of his songs out of the setlists.
2000 Barry White gives a speech to the debate squad at Oxford University.
2000 On what would have been John Lennon's 60th birthday, the book Lennon Remembers, The Complete Rolling Stone Interviews is released, containing material too controversial to publish years earlier.
2000 The John Lennon museum opens in Japan on what would have been his 60th birthday. Yoko Ono allows it to operate for 10 years before terminating the agreement, as she feels Lennon's spirit should stay in motion.
1999 Jazz vibraphonist Milt "Bags" Jackson dies in Teaneck, New Jersey, at age 76. Jazz trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie discovered him in 1946 when he hired him for his sextet.
1997 Bernhard Mikulski, founder of the German record label ZYX Music, dies at age 68.
1996 Maxwell sells out the Roxy Theater in a show that was moved from the smaller Cotton Club to meet demand.
1993 De La Soul's Buhloone Mindstatedebuts at #40 on the Billboard 200 chart, and #9 on the R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart.
1988 Electric guitarist Cliff Gallup (of Gene Vincent & His Blue Caps) dies of a heart attack at age 58.
1985 With Steve Barron as their director, a-ha begin filming their music video for "The Sun Always Shines on T.V." at Saint Alban the Martyr Church and Udney Hall Gardens in Teddington, Middlesex, England.
1980 Despite years of hits in the UK, Gary Glitter declares bankruptcy.
1979 Styx releases "Babe."
1978 Belgian singer/songwriter Jacques Breldies of a pulmonary embolism in a hospital near Paris, France, at age 49.
1978 Faces' Ian McLagan marries his longtime girlfriend, former model (and first wife of Who drummer Keith Moon) Kim Kerrigan.
1976 #1 on the Hot 100 is a disco version of a classical favorite: "A Fifth Of Beethoven" by Walter Murphy & the Big Apple Band.
1975 On father John Lennon's 35th birthday, Yoko Ono gives birth to Sean Ono Taro Lennon (Sean Lennon).
1973 Paul Simon's "Loves Me Like A Rock" is certified Gold.
1972 The Cream compilation Heavy Cream is released in the UK.
1971 Van Morrison releases "Wild Night."
1969 The Carpenters release Offering, later released as Ticket to Ride, featuring a ballad version of the Beatles' tune.
1969 PJ Harvey is born Polly Jean Harvey in Bridport, Dorset, England.
1969 BBC's Top Of The Pops refuses to play the #1 hit in the country for the first time. The song, Serge Gainsbourg's "Je T'Aime Moi Non Plus," is considered one of the first "orgasm records," that is, one of the first to feature heavy female breathing and moaning.
1968 The Beatles record "Long, Long, Long" and "Why Don't We Do It In The Road?"
1967 Doc Severinsen, already a member of the house band on NBC-TV's Tonight Show, replaces Skitch Henderson as its leader.
1965 The Beatles' "Yesterday" hits #1 for the first of two weeks.
1965 The Ohio State University marching band plays "Hang On Sloopy" for the first time when their football team takes on Illinois. It soon becomes an OSU favorite, and in 1985 is designated the state song of Ohio.
1964 Bobby Darin begins filming his eighth movie, That Funny Feeling (co-starring with wife Sandra Dee), in Hollywood.
1961 Kurt Neumann (singer, songwriter and guitarist for The BoDeans) is born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
1961 Ray Charles lands his second #1 US hit when "Hit The Road Jack" goes to the top.
1958 Eddie Cochran records "C'mon Everybody."
1949 Rod Temperton is born in Lincolnshire, England. He writes a number of hit songs, including Michael Jackson's "Off The Wall" and "Thriller."
1948 Jackson Browne is born Clyde Jackson Browne in Heidelberg, Germany, where his American serviceman father is stationed.
1944 John Entwistle (bass player for The Who) is born John Alec Entwistle in London, England.
1944 Nona Hendryx of Labelle is born in Trenton, New Jersey.
1939 Blues/soul singer O.V. Wright is born Overton Vertis Wright in Lenow, Tennessee. Among others, known for the 1964 hit ballad "That's How Strong My Love Is," covered the following year by Otis Redding.
1937 Tenor saxophonist Pat Burke (of The Foundations) is born in Kingston, Jamaica.
1931 Russ Columbo records "Prisoner Of Love.
Strawberry Fields Dedicated In Central Park
On what would have been John Lennon's 45th birthday, a section of Central Park in New York City is christened "Strawberry Fields" in his memory.
2006 During a concert at Madison Square Garden, Barbra Streisand makes some disparaging remarks about President Bush. An audience member yells, "What is this, a fund raiser?" and Streisand stuns the crowd with her retort: "Why don't you shut the f--k up."
2001 U2 frontman Bono, R.E.M. singer Michael Stipe, and electronica maven Moby make unannounced appearances in New York at the second of two anti-violence benefit concerts organized by the Beastie Boys.
1987 Bruce Springsteenreleases his album Tunnel Of Love. He got married for the first time two years earlier, but there are few signs of domestic bliss in the songs.
1984 The extraordinarily popular children's show Thomas The Tank Engine And Friends begins its run on BBC-TV, featuring a narrator by the name of Ringo Starr.
1940 John Winston Lennon is born in Liverpool, England. The "Winston" comes from British Prime Minister Winston Churchill - John would later add "Ono" to his middle name in honor of Yoko.