This Day in Music History
1964 : Sam Cooke is killed when the manager of the Hacienda Motel in Los Angeles (where rooms cost $3 a night) shoots him 3 times. The manager claimed that Cooke assaulted her and that he tried to rape his companion. The incident was ruled a justifiable homicide although conspiracy theories have been widely discussed. Singer Etta James wrote that her viewing of Cooke's body, prior to his funeral, led her to join those who question the accuracy of the official version of events.
1972 : Genesis play their first-ever US show at Massachusetts' Brandeis University.
1972 : James Brown is arrested after a show in Knoxville, charged with disorderly conduct. Police were reacting to an informant who claimed Brown was trying to incite a riot. After Brown threatened a lawsuit, charges were dropped and police apologized for the "misunderstanding".
1973 : The Carpenters' "Top Of The World" is certified gold.
1973 : Bobby Darin has an operation to repair his artificial heart valves at Cedars of Lebanon Hospital in Los Angeles. He would die 9 days later.
1976 : Kiss's guitarist Ace Frehley is nearly electrocuted when he touches a short-circuited light during a concert in Florida. He is carried from the stage but returns to finish the show just ten minutes later.
1988 : Los Angeles' Wiltern Theatre plays host to a Roy Orbison tribute concert featuring Don Henley, Tom Petty, Graham Nash and Bonnie Raitt.
2012 : It is announced that Public Enemy is the fourth Hip-Hop act overall to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The others that preceded PE into the Hall were Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five, Run-DMC and the Beastie Boys. Other 2013 inductees were Rush, Heart, Albert King, Donna Summer and Randy Newman.
Texts from calendar.songfacts.com