Almanac: October 4, 2015

Birthdays
  • 1929 - Leroy Van Dyke (86)
  • 1937 - Lloyd Green (steel guitarist) (78)
  • 1941 - Arlene Smith (Chantels) (74)
  • 1944 - Patti LaBelle (71)
  • 1944 - Larry Collins (Collins Kids) (71)
  • 1947 - Jim Fielder (Blood, Sweat & Tears) (68)
  • 1952 - Jody Stephens (Big Star) (63)
  • 1957 - Russell Simmons (58)
  • 1958 - Barbara Kooyman (Timbuk3) (57)
  • 1959 - Chris Lowe (Pet Shop Boys) (56)
  • 1960 - Gregg Hubbard (Sawyer Brown) (55)
  • 1962 - Jon Secada (53)
  • 1965 - Neil Sims (Catherine Wheel) (50)
  • 1970 - Heidi Newfield (Trick Pony) (45)
  • 1970 - Andy Parle (Space) (d. 2009)
  • 1971 - BT (born Brian Transeau) (producer) (44)
  • 1984 - Lena Katina (t.A.T.u.) (31)
  • 1984 - Brooke Valentine (31)
  • 1988 - Jessica Benson (3LW) (27)
  • 1989 - Lil' Mama (born Niatia Kirkland) (26)

Deaths
  • 1970 - Janis Joplin - Heroin overdose (27)
  • 1991 - J. Frank Wilson - Alcoholism (49)
  • 1994 - Daniel Gatton - Suicide (49)
  • 1996 - Jerry Rivers (Hank Williams' Drifting Cowboys) - Cancer (68)
  • 1999 - Art Farmer (71)
  • 2005 - Mike Gibbins (Badfinger) - Natural causes (56)

On This Day
  • 1958 - The Flamingos signed with End Records.
  • 1961 - Bob Dylan played at Carnegie Hall for 53 people.
  • 1963 - Eric Clapton replaced Anthony Topham in the Yardbirds.
  • 1965 - Johnny Cash was arrested for bringing 1,163 pills across the border from Mexico.
  • 1968 - Cream set out on their farewell tour.
  • 1971 - Pink Floyd played the first of four nights at the Roman Theater in Pompeii, Italy.
  • 1974 - Thin Lizzy play live for the first time with the two guitars of Scott Gorham and Brian Robertson.
  • 1978 - Tammy Wynette was kidnapped by a masked gunman, beaten and held in a car while driven 90 miles from Nashville.
  • 1980 - Carly Simon collapsed while performing from nervous exhaustion in Pittsburgh, PA.
  • 1982 - The Smiths played live for the first time in Manchester, England.
  • 1982 - Squeeze broke up.
  • 1988 - Ringo Starr and Barbara Bach entered an alcohol abuse program in Tuscon, AZ.
  • 1991 - Diamond Rio debuted at the Grand Ole Opry.
  • 1996 - Van Halen announced that Gary Cherone (Extreme) would be the group's new lead singer.
  • 1996 - Roger Miller was elected to the Country Music Hall of Fame.
  • 1997 - Farm Aid '97 was held in Tinsley Park, IL with Willie Nelson, Neil Young, John Fogerty, Beck, the Dave Matthews Band and the Allman Brothers Band
  • 2000 - Faron Young and Charley Pride were elected to the Country Music Hall of Fame.
  • 2001 - The Country Music Hall of Fame inducted The Everly Brothers, Sam Phillips, Bill Anderson, The Louvins, The Jordanaires, The Delmore Brothers, Webb Pierce, Don Law, Ken Nelson, Don Gibson, Waylon Jennings and Homer & Jethro.
  • 2006 - Henry Vaughn, a former employee of R Kelly, sued the singer for assault, false imprisonment and breach of contract. He also stated that other members of Kelly's entourage had beaten him.
  • 2006 - Barbra Streisand opened a tour in Philadelphia, PA, setting a record for the city's Wachovia Center.
  • 2007 - The starting date for Phil Spector's second trial for the murder of Lana Clarkson was set to begin October 23.
  • 2009 - Farm Aid 2009 was held in Maryland Heights, MO with Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp, Neil Young, Dave Matthews & Tim Reynolds with Jamey Johnson, Jason Mraz, Phosphorescent and Wilco.

Divorces
  • 1975 - Glen Campbell and Billie Joe Cambpell (filed)

Released
  • 1943 - Is You Is or Is You Ain't My Baby - Louis Jordan and His Tympany Five
  • 1962 - Working for the Man - Roy Orbison (single)
  • 1969 - Suite: Judy Blue Eyes - Crosby, Stills and Nash (single)
  • 1974 - Walls and Bridges - John Lennon

Awards
  • 1995 - CMA Awards
    • Entertainer of the Year - Alan Jackson
    • Single of the Year - When You Say Nothing at All - Alison Krauss & Union Station
    • Song of the Year - Independence Day - Gretchen Peters
    • Album of the Year - When Fallen Angels Fly - Patty Loveless
    • Male Vocalist - Vince Gill
    • Female Vocalist - Alison Krauss
    • Vocal Duo - Brooks & Dunn
    • Vocal Group - Mavericks
    • Musician - Mark O'Connor
    • Horizon Award - Alison Krauss
    • Vocal Event - Somewhere in the Vicinity of the Heart - Shenandoah and Alison Krauss
    • Music Video - Baby Likes to Rock It - Tractors
  • 2000 - CMA Awards
    • Entertainer of the Year, Vocal Group - Dixie Chicks
    • Single of the Year - I Hope You Dance - Lee Ann Womack
    • Song of the Year - I Hope You Dance - Mark D. Sanders and Tia Sillers
    • Album of the Year - Fly - Dixie Chicks
    • Male Vocalist - Tim McGraw
    • Female Vocalist - Faith Hill
    • Vocal Duo - Montgomery Gentry
    • Musician - Hargus “Pig” Robbins
    • Horizon Award - Brad Paisley
    • Vocal Event - Murder on Music Row - George Strait and Alan Jackson
    • Music Video - Goodbye Earl - Dixie Chicks

Broadcasts
  • 1963 - Ready Steady Go (U.K.) - Beatles (first appearance)
  • 1973 - Top of the Pops (BBC) - Slade, Gary Glitter, Osmonds (500th show)

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