Almanac: October 12, 2015

Birthdays
  • 1925 - Guitar Gabriel (born Robert Jones) (d. 1996)
  • 1929 - Nappy Brown (d. 2008)
  • 1935 - Sam Moore (80)
  • 1935 - Luciano Pavarotti (d. 2007)
  • 1942 - Melvin Franklin (born David English) (Temptations) (d. 1995)
  • 1948 - Rick Parfitt (Status Quo) (67)
  • 1955 - Jane Siberry (60)
  • 1955 - Pat DiNizio (Smithereens) (60)
  • 1956 - Dave Vanian (aka David Letts) (Damned) (59)
  • 1958 - Jeff Keith (Tesla) (57)
  • 1962 - Claude McKnight (Take 6) (53)
  • 1966 - Brian Kennedy (49)
  • 1969 - Martie McGuire (Dixie Chicks) (46)
  • 1969 - Garfield Bright (Shei) (46)
  • 1979 - Jordan Pundik (New Found Glory) (36)

Deaths
  • 1971 - Gene Vincent - Ruptured stomach ulcer (36)
  • 1985 - Ricky Wilson (B-52s) - AIDS (32)
  • 1997 - John Denver - Plane crash (53)
  • 1999 - Frank Frost - Cardiac arrest (63)
  • 2002 - Ray Conniff (85)
  • 2005 - Baker Knight (songwriter (The Wonder of You, I Got a Feeling, Lonesome Town) (72)
  • 2009 - Dickie Peterson (Blue Cheer) - Liver & prostate cancer (63)

On This Day
  • 1955 - Chrysler announced that they would put record players in their 1956 cars that played special seven-inch discs that ran at 16-2/3 RPM.
  • 1957 - Little Richard denounced rock-and-roll and embraced God.
  • 1968 - John Sebastian left the Lovin' Spoonful.
  • 1970 - Jesus Christ Superstar opened on Broadway.
  • 1975 - Rod Stewart and the Faces made their final live appearance at Nassau Coliseum near New York.
  • 1978 - Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark played live for the first time in Liverpool, England.
  • 1978 - Sid Vicious of the Sex Pistols called police in New York to say that someone had stabbed his girlfriend Nancy Spungen. He was arrested and charged with murder.
  • 1981 - Vernon Dalhart and Grant Turner were inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame.
  • 1983 - Karen Carpenter received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
  • 1994 - A scaffolding stand holding 1200 people at a show by Pink Floyd in London collapsed sending 36 people to the hospital.
  • 1996 - Farm Aid '96 was held in Columbia, SC with Hootie and the Blowfish, Marshall Chapman, Beach Boys, Son Volt, Robert Earl Keen, Martina McBride, John Conlee, Jewel, Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp and Neil Young.
  • 1999 - The Isle of Man issued six stamps honoring the Bee Gees who had been born there.
  • 2001 - Wes Borland quit Limp Bizkit.
  • 2005 - Tommy Lee of Motley Crue was injured by pyrotechnics while suspended thirty feet over the stage at a show in Casper, WY.

Recorded
  • 1965 - Norwegian Wood & Run For Your Life - Beatles

Awards
  • 2003 - World Music Awards
    • Best Selling Artist, Best Selling R&B Artist, Best Selling Rap/Hip-Hop Artist, Best Selling New Artist - 50 Cent
    • Best Selling Pop Male - Michael Jackson
    • Best Selling Pop Female, Best Selling Adult Contemporary Artist - Norah Jones
    • Best Selling Pop Group, Best Selling Dance Group, Best Selling Duo - t.A.T.u.
    • Best Selling Pop/Rock Artist - Eminem
    • Best Selling Rock Group - Linkin Park
    • Best Selling Dance Artist - Justin Timberlake
    • Best Selling Latin Female - Shakira
    • Best Selling Latin Male - David Bisbal

Broadcasts
  • 1991 - Statler Brothers Show (TNN) (debut)

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