Rock 'n' Roll History for
October 3






1901 - ClassicBands.com

October 3
The Victor Talking Machine Company was incorporated. After a merger with Radio Corporation of America, RCA-Victor became the industry leader in phonographs and many of the records played on them.

1957 - ClassicBands.com

October 3
23-year-old Pat Boone begins hosting The Pat Boone Chevy Showroom on ABC-TV. The program, which featured many of the day's top recording artists, would be canceled after its third season when it lost a ratings war with John Forsythe's Bachelor Father on NBC. ABC replaced Boone's show with Fred MacMurray's sitcom, My Three Sons.

1961 - ClassicBands.com

October 3
A group of teens from Hawthorne California calling themselves The Pendletones recorded three songs for Hite and Dorinda Morgan, who ran a publishing business and two small record labels. One of those songs was called "Surfin'", which, when pressed on to a Candix Records 45 rpm disc, was credited to The Beach Boys, a name made up by promotion man Russ Reagan, who had taken it upon himself to re-christen the band. "Surfin'" would get to #75 on the Billboard chart and sold 50,000 copies, launching the career of one of America's most successful Rock 'n' Roll acts.

1964 - ClassicBands.com

October 3
The Animals' self-titled album enters the Billboard LP chart. It contains their #1 hit, "House Of The Rising Sun". The British album "The Animals" was released a month later with substantially differing contents.

1967 - ClassicBands.com

October 3
Folk legend Woody Guthrie passed away of Huntington's chorea in a hospital where he had spent the last ten years. Along with writing "This Land is Your Land", Guthrie was a major influence on Bob Dylan, Phil Ochs and many others.

1978 - ClassicBands.com

October 3
The members of Aerosmith bailed thirty fans out of jail after they had been arrested for smoking pot during an Aerosmith concert at the Fort Wayne Coliseum.

1981 - ClassicBands.com

October 3
Billy Joel released the first digitally recorded, live album, "Songs in the Attic", a collection of tunes he had recorded before his big breakthrough, "Just The Way You Are".

1987 - ClassicBands.com

October 3
Brenda Lee Day was declared in her home town of Lithonia, Georgia and a street was named after her.

1992 - ClassicBands.com

October 3
Sinead O'Connor did her career some major damage when she appeared on US TV's Saturday Night Live and held up an 8" x 10" color photo of Pope John Paul II, ripped it into pieces and said, "Fight the real enemy." Over the next few days the NBC switchboard in New York received thousands of calls denouncing O'Connor's performance. The network and the show's executive producer, Lorne Michaels, both denied any knowledge of O'Connor's plan and said she had performed the song differently in rehearsal. Catholic groups expressed outrage at the act and called it patently offensive to people of all religious beliefs. NBC has never again aired the O'Connor performance.

1999 - ClassicBands.com

October 3
After a long absence from the music scene, Tom Jones reached #1 on the UK album chart with "Reload", which, at 59, made him the oldest artist to score a British chart topping album with newly recorded material. The LP has now sold more than six million copies worldwide.

2000 - ClassicBands.com

October 3
John Lennon's assassin, Mark David 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.'

2007 - ClassicBands.com

October 3
The Rolling Stones set a new record for the top grossing tour of all time when their A Bigger Bang tour, which ran from the Fall of 2005 to August 26, 2007, earned the band a staggering $558,255,524. The previous high was set by U2's Vertigo tour, which took place in 2005 and 2006, earning $389,000,000.

2015 - ClassicBands.com

October 3
Former teen idol David Cassidy was charged with leaving the scene of an accident and driving with an expired tag after a crash in Florida in September. Police said that the 65-year-old Cassidy sideswiped a truck and then tried to cover his license plate before driving away with a flat tire. Cassidy's lawyer said his client gave police his driver's license and registration before leaving the scene.

2016 - ClassicBands.com

October 3
Joan Marie Johnson, one of the founding members of the New Orleans girl group The Dixie Cups, died at a hospice in her home town at the age of 72. The trio scored a #1 hit in 1964 with "Chapel of Love", but Johnson was forced to drop out after only a few years after being diagnosed with sickle cell anemia.






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