Wednesday, October 05, 2011

This Day in Music: October 5th

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Born on this day:

1943, Steve Miller, singer, guitarist

1954, Bob Geldof, singer, songwriter, Boomtown Rats

1978, James Burgon Valentine, Maroon 5

1962, The Beatles’ debut single “Love Me Do” was released in the U.K. It spent 26 week's on the chart peaking at #4. For more, see This Day in Music Spotlight.

1965, Johnny Cash was arrested crossing the Mexican border into El Paso, Texas after customs officials found 100’s of pills in his guitar case. He received a suspended jail sentence and a $1,000 fine.

1966, Jimi Hendrix, Mitch Mitchell and Noel Redding played together for the first time and The Jimi Hendrix Experience were formed.

1974, Mike Oldfields “Tubular Bells” went to #1 for the first time on the U.K. album chart 15 months after being released. It went on to sell over 10 million copies worldwide.

1991, Guns N' Roses started a two week run at #1 on the U.S. album chart with Use Your Illusion II.

1992, American singer Eddie Kendricks of The Temptations died at age 52 of lung cancer, one year after having one lung removed.

1996, “Breakfast At Tiffany's” by American group Deep Blue Something was at #1 on the U.K. singles chart. The song is a reference to the classic 1960 Audrey Hepburn film of the same name.

2000, U.K. TV show Top Of The Pops issued a Top 40 chart based on singles that had spent the longest time on the U.K. chart. #3 was “My Way’ by Frank Sinatra, #2 “She Loves You,” By The Beatles and #1 was “Relax” by Frankie Goes To Hollywood'.

2007, Isaac Hanson from U.S. pop band Hanson had surgery to remove a blood clot from his lungs after being diagnosed with a potentially fatal condition. The guitarist who had developed Paget-Schroetter Syndrome made a full and speedy recovery.

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