Almanac: October 2, 2015

Birthdays
  • 1927 - Leon Rausch (Bob Wills & the Texas Playboys) (87)
  • 1933 - Dave Somerville (Diamonds) (d. 2015)
  • 1939 - Lolly Vasquez (Redbone) (d. 2010)
  • 1945 - Don McLean (70)
  • 1946 - Ron Meagher (Beau Brummels) (69)
  • 1948 - Chris LeDoux (d. 2005)
  • 1949 - Richard Hell (Television, Richard Hell & the Voidoids) (66)
  • 1950 - Mike Rutherford (Genesis, Mike + the Mechanics) (65)
  • 1951 - Sting (born Gordon Sumner) (64)
  • 1952 - John Otway (63)
  • 1954 - Greg Jennings (Restless Heart) (61)
  • 1955 - Philip Oakley (Human Leagues) (60)
  • 1956 - Freddie Jackson (59)
  • 1958 - Robbie Nevil (57)
  • 1962 - Sigtryggur Baldursson (Sugarcubes) (53)
  • 1962 - Claude McKnight (Take 6) (53)
  • 1967 - Gillian Welch (48)
  • 1967 - Bud Gaugh (Sublime) (48)
  • 1968 - Kelly Willis (47)
  • 1969 - Badly Drawn Boy (born Damon Gough) (46)
  • 1970 - Dion Allen (Az Yet) (45)
  • 1971 - Tiffany (44)
  • 1971 - James Root (Slipknot) (44)
  • 1973 - Lene (born Lene Nystrøm) (Aqua) (42)
  • 1973 - LaTocha Scott (Xscape) (42)
  • 1973 - Proof (born DeShaun Holton) (D12) (d. 2006)
  • 1974 - Sam Roberts (41)
  • 1976 - Mandisa (born Mandisa Hundley) (39)
  • 1982 - George Pettit (Alexisonfire) (33)

Deaths
  • 1987 - Ted Taylor (Cadets) - Car accident (53)
  • 1998 - Gene Autrey - Lymphoma (91)
  • 2012 - Big Jim Sullivan - Heart disease and diabetes (71)

On This Day
  • 1928 - DeFord Bailey cut eight sides in Nashville, TN. They were the first recording made in what would eventually be called Music City U.S.A.
  • 1954 - Elvis Presley made his only appearance at the Grand Ole Opry. 
  • 1955 - Earl Scruggs was involved in a serious car accident.
  • 1964 - Brian Epstein's book, A Cellar of Noise, is published.
  • 1965 - Manfred Mann entered the Soviet Union to become the first western rock band allowed to tour in the communist country.
  • 1967 - All of the members of the Grateful Dead were arrested for marijuana possession at their San Francisco home.
  • 1968 - Holland/Dozier/Holland were sued by Motown for breach of contract with the label saying the songwriting team hadn't written anything since late-1967.
  • 1977 - The bodies of Elvis Presley and his mother Gladys were moved to Graceland after an unsuccessful attempt to steal the singer's body.
  • 1980 - Leaveil Degree of the Whispers started a two-year jail sentence for his part in a diamond robbery.
  • 1981 - Terry Hall, Neville Staples and Lynval Golding left the Specials to form Fun Boy Three.
  • 1982 - Peter Gabriel and Steve Hacket performed with Genesis to benefit Gabriel's WOMAD project in Buckinghamshire, England.
  • 1983 - Agnetha Faltskog from ABBA was involved in a car accident and was hospitalized for a concussion.
  • 1985 - Bruce Springsteen & the E-Street Band ended their Born in the U.S.A. tour in Los Angeles.
  • 1985 - The movie Sweet Dreams, the life story of Patsy Cline, opened.
  • 1986 - The Everly Brothers received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
  • 1994 - John Mellencamp announced that he had recently had a heart attack.
  • 1994 - Stan Lynch played for the last time with Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers.
  • 1995 - Journey announced they were reforming.
  • 1996 - A Pearl Jam concert in Hartford, CT ended with a riot.
  • 1999 - John Paul Jones played his first solo concert in Galway, Ireland.
  • 2001 - Come Together: A Night for John Lennon's Words and Music was held at Radio City Music Hall in New York with Alanis Morissette, Moby, Stone Temple Pilots, the Dave Mathews Band and host Kevin Spacey.
  • 2002 - A judge ruled that Adam Ant would not be jailed for threatening bar patrons in London with a replica gun due to mental illness.
  • 2002 - Robbie Williams signed what was, at the time, the biggest record contract in British history (£80 million).
  • 2003 - John Mellencamp received the Woody Guthrie Award.
  • 2003 - Courtney Love was hospitalized for a suspected drug overdose after she was picked up outside the scene of a robbery at her former manager's house.
  • 2003 - Atom Willard, formerly of Rocket From the Crypt, becomes the new drummer for the Offspring.
  • 2006 - The man who shot Marc Cohn in the head during a carjacking is sentenced to 36 years in prison.
  • 2007 - Britney Spears was ordered by a judge to turn her two children over to former husband Kevin Federline.
  • 2010 - Farm Aid 2010 was held in Milwaukee, WI with Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp, Dave Matthews & Tim Reynolds, Neil Young, Jeff Tweedy, Kenny Chesney, Jason Mraz, Norah Jones, Band of Horses, Amos Lee, Robert Francis and The BoDeans.
  • 2012 - Darius Rucker was invited to become a member of the Grand Ole Opry by Brad Paisley.
  • 2013 - The Band Perry and Fall Out Boy shoot an edition of CMT Crossroads

Marriages
  • 1970 - Donovan and Linda Lawrence
  • 1971 - Bill Anderson and Becky Stegall Davis
  • 1977 - Kenny Rogers and Marianne Gordon
  • 1999 - Rob Thomas (Matchbox 20) and Marisol Maldonado
  • 2004 - Billy Joel and Kate Lee

Divorces
  • 2000 - Paul Anka and Anne Anka (filed)

Recorded
  • 1957 - Who's Sorry Now - Connie Francis

Released
  • 1957 - Bony Maronie - Larry Williams (single)
  • 1961 - Oh Yeah Maybe Baby - Crystals (first single on Phil Spector & Lester Sills' Philles label)
  • 1961 - Volume II - Joan Baez
  • 1972 - Will the Circle Be Unbroken - Nitty Gritty Dirt Band and Guests
  • 1976 - Tonight's the Night - Rod Stewart (single)
  • 2000 - Kid A - Radiohead

Awards
  • 2003 - International Bluegrass Music Awards
    • Entertainer of the Year - Del McCoury Band

Broadcasts

  • 1965 - Shindig! - Who, Four Tops, Gerry & the Pacemakers
  • 1976 - Saturday Night Live - Joe Cocker

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