Here’s what happened on October 3rd in rock history, from the home of music and games, Rock My World.
- 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.
- 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
- 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.
- 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.
- 1991, Texas governor Ann Richards proclaimed October 3, Stevie Ray Vaughan (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.
- 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.’
- 2013, The family of Micheal Jackson lost a negligence case against concert promoters AEG Live over the death of the 50-year-old pop star. A jury concluded the doctor looking after Jackson ahead of his concert tour was not unfit for his job – and so AEG had not been negligent in hiring him. Jackson died in 2009 after taking an overdose of a surgical anaesthetic
- 2014, A mint-condition copy of The Beatles Please Please Me album, signed by George Harrison, Paul McCartney, John Lennon, and Ringo Starr sold for $36,655 at an auction held in the US.
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’). Cochran was killed in a car crash on 17th April 1960 aged 21 while on tour in the United Kingdom. Songwriter Sharon Sheeley and singer Gene Vincent who were also in the car both survived the crash.
- 1949, 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’).
- 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.
- 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. Was a coach on the television singing talent show The Voice UK.