Here’s what happened on October 7th in rock history, from the home of music and games, Rock My World.
- 1963, The Rolling Stones recorded the Lennon and McCartney penned song ‘I Wanna Be Your Man’ at De Lane Lea Studios in London. The song which was primarily written by Paul McCartney, and finished by Lennon and McCartney in the corner of a room while Mick Jagger and Keith Richards were talking peaked at No.12 on the UK charts when released.
- 1967, Cass Elliot from The Mamas And The Papas spent the night in a London jail after being accused of stealing from a hotel. A TV and concert appearance had to be cancelled.
- 1967, The Beatles rejected an offer of $1 million from promoter Sid Bernstein to make a second appearance at New York’s Shea Stadium. Bernstein had originally brought the group to Shea in August 1965. Sid Bernstein had actually successfully contracted the Beatles to play at Shea Stadium in both 1965 and 1966.
- 1976, John Lennon was awarded his ‘Green Card’ – permanent residency status, at a hearing in New York which overturned previous efforts by the US Government to deport him. The three judge panel of the US Court of Appeals ruled that his 1968 arrest in Britain for possession of marijuana was “contrary to US ideas of due process and was invalid as a means of banishing the former Beatle from America.”
- 1982, Led Zeppelin’s Jimmy Page was given a 12-month conditional discharge after being found guilty of possessing cocaine.
- 1995, Alanis Morissette went to No.1 on the US album chart with Jagged Little Pill The album went on to become the biggest selling album ever by a female artist with sales over 30m.
- 2002, Mick Jagger donated £100,000 to his old Grammar school in Dartford to help pay for a music director and buy musical instruments. The new centre was also named after Mick Jagger.
- 2005, Boy George was arrested in New York after Police found traces of drugs in his apartment. George had called the police after he thought somebody was breaking into his apartment. When police arrived and made a search they found traces of cocaine on a computer table.
- 2007, Bruce Springsteen went to No.1 on the UK album chart with ‘Magic’, the singer, songwriter’s 15th studio album and 7th UK No.1. Also a US No.1 album.
- 2007, Rascal Flatts were at No.1 on the US album chart with ‘Still Feels Good’ the American country pop bands fifth studio album and third No.1.
- 2013, Annie Lennox described the sexualised imagery of modern pop videos as “dark” and “pornographic”. “I’m all for freedom of expression,” she told BBC Radio 5 live, “but this is clearly one step beyond, and it’s clearly into the realm of porn.” The singer called for pop videos to be rated in the same way as films.
Born on this day:
- 1927, Born on this day, American singer Al Martino, (1952 US & UK No.1 single ‘Here In My Heart’. The first No.1 in the NME singles chart. 1963 US No.3 ‘I Love You Because’). Martino played Johnny Fontane in 1972 film The Godfather. Died on 13th Oct 2009 aged 82.
- 1945, Born on this day, Kevin Godley, drums, vocals, 10cc, (1975 UK No.1 & US No.2 single ‘I’m Not In Love’, plus 10 other UK Top 30 hits including 2 No.1’s). Godley And Creme (1981 UK No.3 single ‘Under Your Thumb’). Video producer.
- 1949, Born on this day, David Hope, Kansas, (1978 US No.3 single ‘Dust In The Wind’, 1978 UK No.59 single ‘Carry On Wayward Son’).
- 1953, Born on this day, Tico Torres, drums, Bon Jovi (1987 US No.1 & UK No.4 single ‘Livin’ On A Prayer’, 1986 US No.1 album ‘Slippery When Wet’ has sold over 8 million copies world wide).
- 1959, Born on this day, Simon Cowel record executive and producer, judge on TV shows Popstars, Pop Idol and American Idol. Notorious for his uncompromisingly harsh and controversial criticism of contestants.
- 1968, Born on this day, Thom York, vocals, guitar, keyboards, Radiohead. Their 1993 debut single ‘Creep’ was initially unsuccessful, but it became a worldwide hit several months after the release of their debut album, Pablo Honey. Their 1997 album OK Computer appeared in many 1997 critics’ lists and listener polls for best album of the year.
- 1969, Born on this day, Leeroy Thornhill, dancer, Prodigy, (1996 UK No.1 single ‘Firestarter’, 1997 UK & US No.1 album ‘The Fat Of The Land’).