October 8 : This Day in Music History Miscellaneous

This Day in Music History
October 8

1962 : Little Richard, who gave up show business to preach in 1957, returns to rock with a UK tour that also includes Sam Cooke and Billy Preston.

1966 : Cream drummer Ginger Baker collapses while on stage at a Sussex University gig in England, just after completing his epic 20-minute solo on "Toad".

1968 : Mama Cass Elliot makes her solo debut at Caesars' Palace in Las Vegas, but her planned 6-week run ends after one night when she collapses with a throat hemorrhage and is forced to undergo surgery.

1974 : Dionne Warwick and The Spinners' "Then Came You" is certified gold.

1980 : During his performance at Pittsburgh's Stanley Theater, Bob Marley collapses on stage and is rushed to New York's Sloan-Kettering Hospital for treatment, then flown to Ethiopia for rest. It was to be his last stage performance before losing his battle with cancer in 1981.

1985 : Little Richard crashes a rented Nissan 300SX into a telephone pole in West Hollywood. The accident nearly kills him, and his right leg is so badly broken it requires two operations to repair. He credits God with saving his life and continues to preach.

1987 : Chuck Berry is awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

1990 : Eddie Vedder flies from his home in San Diego to Seattle, where he meets his Pearl Jam bandmates for the first time and starts a week of recording that becomes the bulk of their debut album "Ten". Vedder was chosen based on vocals he added to a 3-song instrumental demo the band made.

1992 : The US Postal Service issues a booklet of commemorative rock and roll stamps featuring Elvis Presley, Buddy Holly, Otis Redding, Bill Haley, Ritchie Valens, Clyde McPhatter and Dinah Washington.

1996 : Bonnie Raitt and Jackson Browne play a benefit show for environmental groups at the Britt Pavilion in Jacksonville, Oregon. They are greeted by the roar of chainsaws wielded by loggers upset at their efforts to stifle their livelihood.

1996 : Former drummer for Smashing Pumpkins, Jimmy Chamberlin, pleads guilty to disorderly conduct in connection with the heroin-related death of late former touring bandmate, Jonathan Melvoin.

1998 : Bruce Springsteen gives evidence in London's High Court in his case against Masquerade Music over that company's attempt to release some of his early '70s recordings in the U.K. The artist says that he was living hand-to-mouth at the time the songs in question were written, relying on handouts from Mike Appel, his co-manager at the time.

2004 : Ray Charles, who died in June, scores his first Platinum album when "Genius Loves Company", released in September, sells over a million copies.

2012 : Green Day is forced to cancel their appearance at the New Orleans' Voodoo Music Festival, citing Billie Joe Armstrong's problems with substance abuse and rehab. Armstrong had previously had an onstage outburst mid-show in Las Vegas in September of 2012, which began the band's decision to get treatment for Billie.

Texts from calendar.songfacts.com


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