October 12 : This Day in Music History Miscellaneous

This Day in Music History
October 12

1944 : At Frank Sinatra's show at the Paramount Theater in New York City, police are called in to control the crowd, which is mostly teenage girls. Performances go on one after another, and many audience members refuse to leave, which leads to the tensions in what was dubbed the "Columbus Day Riot".

1957 : Little Richard renounces rock and embraces God, telling the crowd at his show in Sydney, Australia: "If you want to live for the Lord, you can't take rock 'n' roll, too. God doesn't like it." After the tour, Richard gives up secular music, gets ordained as a minister, and records Gospel. He doesn't return to rock until 1962.

1962 : Little Richard headlines a package bill at the Tower Ballroom in New Brighton, England, where he meets The Beatles for the first time, who are also on the bill.

1966 : The Moody Blues split up, with Denny Laine signing a solo deal with their label, Deram. The group re-forms a month later with new members Justin Hayward and John Lodge.

1969 : Russ Gibb, a DJ at WKNR in Detroit, takes a call from a listener who tells him that if you play The Beatles song "Revolution 9" backwards, a voice says, "Turn me on, dead man". Gibb plays the record in reverse on the air, and the phone lines light up with astonished listeners offering more clues as to why Paul McCartney might be dead. For about a week, Gibb entertains a stream of rumors on the show, as ratings explode and the story goes national. Other clues include a voice at the end of "Strawberry Fields Forever" that says "I Buried Paul" (actually John Lennon saying "Cranberry Sauce") and the cover of the Sgt. Pepper album, where Paul is wearing an armband that says "OPD" - "Officially Pronounced Dead".

1970 : Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice's "Jesus Christ Superstar", already a huge stage hit in the UK and on LP, opens on Broadway at the Mark Hellinger Theatre.

1973 : Elton John's LP "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road" is certified gold.

1975 : Singer Rod Stewart ends his longtime association with The Faces by playing one final gig with them at Nassau Coliseum in New York.

1978 : Sid Vicious of The Sex Pistols is arrested for the murder of his girlfriend, Nancy Spungen, who he found dead in the bathroom of their hotel room with a stab wound to her abdomen. Vicious died of a heroin overdose before he could be tried for the murder.

1979 : Jethro Tull lead singer Ian Anderson has his right eye torn open by a thorn, situated on a rose an adoring fan threw on stage at the band's Madison Square Garden concert.

1995 : Rap musician Tupac Shakur is released from prison on $1.4 million bail, just eight months after a judge sentenced him to a jail term of up to 4 years for sexual assault. Shakur, 23, is released pending an appeal of his conviction.

1997 : With Backstreet Boys mania building worldwide, the group has to cancel a free, open-air concert at the Mostenses Plaza in Madrid when too many fans show up.

1997 : John Denver, an avid amateur pilot who loves flying experimental aircraft, is the victim of a fatal plane crash. The airplane he drives has the distinguishnig feature that the fuel selection valve is placed behind the pilot's head, forcing him to balance on the right rudder in order to switch tanks. That day, Denver leaves the airport with less fuel than he should have, and hit the right rudder when he attempted to switch, causing him to plow into the Pacific.

1999 : Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young appear at New York's Madison Square Garden to announce their forthcoming album and CSNY2K tour.

2001 : Limp Bizkit guitarist Wes Borland quits the band. A post on the group's Web site states, "Limp Bizkit and Wes Borland have amicably decided to part ways. Both Limp Bizkit and Borland will continue to pursue their respective musical careers."

2003 : Rapper 50 Cent takes home all five trophies for which he is nominated at the World Music Awards, held in Monaco. Russian teen duo t.A.T.u. picks up three awards, while Norah Jones and Eminem win two.

2003 : The blind Puerto Rican singer Jose Feliciano performs the The Star Spangled Banner for the first time since his flavorful rendition of the National Anthem at a Tigers/Cardinals World Series game in 1968. His performance in Miami at the Marlins/Cubs playoff goes off without incident.

2005 : A 1974 Rolls Royce that belonged to late Queen singer Freddie Mercury is auctioned off on eBay.

2009 : With the online release of Michael Jackson's from the vaults single "This Is It", it looked like things might get a little ugly when fans and later Paul Anka himself realize the song was one co-written by Jackson and Anka and previously recorded by Latin performer Sa-Fire. Anka notified the Jackson Estate threatening to sue. Within hours an agreement is reached to give Paul Anka 50 percent of royalties from the release of the single. The song was co-written by Michael Jackson and Paul Anka in 1983, and it was intended for a Paul Anka duets album but the pair had a falling out. The song was eventually recorded by Sa-Fire in 1991 under the title "I Never Heard".

2012 : The 11th annual Austin City Limits festival kicks off. Featured artists include: Red Hot Chili Peppers, Neil Young and Crazy Horse, The Black Keys, Florence + the Machine and The Avett Brothers.

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