This Day in Music History
1952 : When his original guitarist has a stroke just before a New Year's Eve gig, popular St. Louis boogie-woogie pianist Johnnie Johnson hires for his group The Sir John's Trio a 26-year old hairdresser named Chuck Berry.
1962 : "Monster Mash": It was 1962 when what is still the most famous Halloween song of all time was introduced. Bobby "Boris" Pickett's vocals were his impression of Boris Karloff, known for his role as Frankenstein's monster.
1964 : Ray Charles is arrested at Boston's Logan Airport for possession of heroin, his third drug since 1958. The singer is ordered to rehab in order to avoid jail time.
1965 : Lead singer Wayne Fontana leaves his group, The Mindbenders.
1968 : Paul McCartney's new girlfriend, Linda Eastman, moves into his London home.
1970 : James Taylor's LP "Fire and Rain" is certified gold.
1972 : Curtis Mayfield's "Freddie’s Dead" is certified gold.
1993 : Rapper Tupac Shakur is arrested and charged with shooting two off-duty police officers in Atlanta. Police said the 22-year-old rapper got into an argument with the two police officers from suburban Atlanta. They said one of the officers pulled a gun and Shakur then fired at the officers.
1995 : James Brown is charged with assault at his home in Aiken, South Carolina, after allegedly striking his wife Adrienne with a mirror.
1997 : A concert by Goth stalwarts The Cure is cybercast from New York's Irving Plaza. The concert is streamed at Rocktropolis' Web site, http://www.rocktropolis.com.
1997 : Jane's Addiction reunites for a Halloween show at the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York.
1998 : Kiss lauches their Psycho Circus tour with a Halloween show in Los Angeles. The aptly named Smashing Pumpkins are the opening act.
1999 : Bryan White sings the National Anthem at the Adelphia Coliseum in Nashville prior to the match-up between the Tennessee Titans and the St. Louis Rams. Following the game, White gives his second annual Howl-O-Ween concert at the north end of the coliseum.
2000 : Travis is named the Best Act in the World at the Q Awards 2000, presented in London. Badly Drawn Boy wins for Best New Act; Coldplay's "Parachutes" is named Best Album. The awards are voted on by readers of Q Magazine and via a telephone system opereated by the event's sponsor.
2000 : Napster announces a deal with entertainment giant BMG to make its illegal file-sharing software into a paid subscription service.
2001 : Having fully recovered from the flu that forced her to restructure the North American tour in support of her third Jive album, "Britney", Britney Spears' tour kicks off in Washington DC.
2005 : The white suit John Lennon wore on the cover of the Beatles' Abbey Road sells at a Las Vegas Amnesty International charity auction for $118,000.
2005 : Ronald Isley of The Isley Brothers is convicted of tax evasion. The IRS claimed that he demanded cash payment for performances from 1997-2002 and hid assets under the name of his ex-wife. He was eventually ordered to pay $3.1 million in back taxes and serve 3 years in jail. He was released in April, 2010.
2011 : 17-year-old Justin Bieber is hit with a paternity suit from 20-year-old Mariah Yeater, who claims the singer knocked her up in a Staples Center bathroom. The suit is later dropped, but Bieber takes a paternity test anyway to prove he is not the father.
Texts from calendar.songfacts.com