October 3rd: On this Day
1945, Elvis Presley made his first ever-public appearance in a talent contest at the Mississippi Alabama Dairy Show singing 'Old Shep', Elvis was 10 years old at the time and came second.
1958, The Biggest Show Of Stars 1958 Tour kicked off at the Worcester Auditorium in Worcester, Massachusetts. This Autumn Edition featured; Buddy Holly, Frankie Avalon, Bobby Darin, The Olympics, Dion & The Belmonts, Bobby Freeman, The Elegants, Jimmy Clanton, The Danleers, Duane Eddy, Clyde McPhatter and The Coasters.
1965, Ken Dodd was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Tears', the singer, comedian's only UK No.1.
1967, American singer, songwriter Woody Guthrie died after suffering from Huntington's Chorea disease. Guthrie was a major influence on Bob Dylan and American folk music. The 70's film 'Bound For Glory' is based on his life. His best-known song is 'This Land Is Your Land', which is regularly sung in American schools.
1967, James Brown played two shows at the Royal Albert Hall in London with his 18 piece American band.
1968, Working at Trident Studios in London, The Beatles recorded the new George Harrison song ‘Savoy Truffle’. George, Paul, and Ringo recorded just one take of the basic track (drums, bass, and lead guitar). The song was inspired by Eric Clapton's love of chocolates, particularly Mackintosh's Good News.
1978, The members of Aerosmith bailed thirty fans out of jail after they were arrested for smoking pot during an Aerosmith concert at Fort Wayne Coliseum.
1980, UK BBC TV aired 'The Police In The East' documentary featuring The Police on tour in India.
1987, M/A/R/S were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Pump Up The Volume.' The first British-made house hit heavily sampled other recordings which resulted in litigation.
1989, Deborah Harry made her UK live comeback after seven years at The Borderline Club, London.
1991, M.C. Hammer offered a $50000 reward for the return of Michael Jackson's white glove, which had been stolen from the Motown Museum. This was part of an on-going battle between Hammer and Michael Jackson.
1991, Texas governor Ann Richards proclaimed October 3, (Stevie Ray Vaughan's birthday), to be "Stevie Ray Vaughan Day". An annual motorcycle ride and concert in Central Texas benefits the Stevie Ray Vaughan Memorial Scholarship Fund.
1992, Sinead O'Connor ripped up a photograph of Pope John Paul II, on the US TV show 'Saturday Night Live', in a protest at abortion laws. The incident happened as Sinead ended her live performance and out of nowhere, produced a photograph of Pope John Paul II, which she ripped into pieces. There was stunned silence in the studio and the station went to a commercial. NBC was fined $2.5 million dollars by the Federal Communications Commission.
1997, A court battle started between Garth Brooks and Warren G over the trademark of the letter 'G' which both artists used. The dispute was settled out of court the following year.
1999, Akio Morita the founder of Sony electronics died aged 78. The 1979 Sony Walkman transformed both Sony and consumers across the world.
1999, Tom Jones went to No.1 on the UK album chart with 'Reload', making the singer the oldest artist to score a UK No.1 album with new material. The album featured the collaboration with Mousse T, 'Sexbomb', which reached No.3 on the UK Singles Chart, and was later used in an episode of The Simpsons.
2000, The Cars singer and bass player Benjamin Orr died of cancer at home in Atlanta at the age of 53. Sang lead vocals on the bands hits ‘Just What I Needed’, ‘Let's Go’ and ‘Drive’.
2000, John Lennon's assassin Mark Chapman was denied parole after serving 20 years in prison. Chapman was interviewed for 50 minutes by parole board members who concluded that releasing Chapman would 'deprecate the seriousness of the crime.'
2002, Original guitarist, vocalist from American psychedelic rock band Iron Butterfly Darryl DeLoach died of liver cancer at the age of 56.
2004, UK singer Joss Stone scored her first UK No.1 album with her second release 'Mind Body & Soul.' Stone became the youngest female singer to top the UK Albums Chart, a record previously held by Avril Lavigne.
2008, Singer, producer and songwriter Johnny J (Johnny Jackson) died after jumping from a tier in a Los Angeles jail while serving a sentence for driving under the influence. He produced Tupac Shakur's albums All Eyez on Me and Me Against the World, as well as many of Shakur's subsequent posthumous albums and Candyman.
October 3rd: Born on this day
1938, Born on this day, Eddie Cochran, singer, (1958 US No. 8 single 'Summertime Blues', 1960 UK No.1 single 'Three Steps To Heaven'). Killed in a car crash on 17th April 1960 aged 21.
1941, Born on this day, Chubby Checker, US singer, (Ernest Evans), 1960 US No.1 & UK No.14 single 'The Twist', 1962 UK No.2 single 'Let's Twist Again'). 'The Twist' is the only song to go to number 1 on the US singles charts twice. Once in 1960 and again in 1962.
1945, Born on this day, Antonio Martinez, Los Bravos, (1966 UK No.2 & US No.4 single 'Black Is Black'). First Spanish rock band to have a UK & US hit single.
1947, Born on this day, Lindsey Buckingham guitar, vocals, Fleetwood Mac, (1987 UK No.5 single 'Little Lies' and 1977 US No.1 single 'Dreams' from world wide No.1 album 'Rumours').
1950, Born on this day, Ronnie Laws, sax, Earth Wind and Fire, (1975 US No.1 single 'Shining Star', 1979 UK No.4 single 'After The Love Has Gone').
1954, Born on this day, Stevie Ray Vaughan, guitarist. He was killed in a helicopter crash on August 27th 1990. His family successfully sued the operators of the company for allowing an unqualified pilot to fly in fog and were awarded $2 million (‘1.2 million). Vaughan played guitar on David Bowies 'Let's Dance' album.
1960, Born on this day, Gail Greenwood bass, Belly, (1993 UK No. 23 single 'Feed The Tree').
1961, Born on this day, Robbie Jaymes, Modern, Romance, (1982 UK No.4 single 'Best Years Of Our Lives').
1962, Born on this day, Tommy Lee, drummer and founding member of Motley Crue, (1988 UK No.23 single 'You're All I Need' & 1989 US No.1 & UK No.4 album 'Dr Feelgood'). Lee also founded rap-metal band Methods of Mayhem, and has pursued solo musical projects. He has been married to model Elaine Starchuk and actresses Heather Locklear and Pamela Anderson.
1966, Born on this day, Dan Miller, guitarist, They Might Be Giants.
1969, Born on this day, Gwen Stefani, vocalist with No Doubt, (1997 UK No.1 single with ‘Don’t Speak’ and a 1997 No.1 US album 'Tragic Kingdom'). As a solo artist (2005 US No.1 single 'Hollaback Girl’ from the 2004 worldwide 2004 Top 5 album 'Love, Angel, Music, Baby').
1971, Born on this day, Kevin Richardson, singer, Backstreet Boys, (1997 US No.2 single 'Quit playing Games With My Heart', 1999 UK No.1 single 'I Want It That Way').
1975, Born on this day, India Arie Simpson, American soul, R&B singer, songwriter, (2006 US No.1 album Testimony: Vol. 1, Life & Relationship').
1978, Born on this day, Jake Shears, (Jason Sellards), vocals, Scissor Sisters, (2004 UK No.1 self-titled album, 2004 UK No. 12 single ‘Laura’).
1983, Born on this day, Danny O'Donoghue, singer-songwriter, The Script. 2008 UK No.1 self-titled album.
1984, Born on this day, Ashlee Simpson, US singer, (2004 US No.1 album ‘Autobiography’).