This Week in Music History
October 1, 1988 - Bon Jovi has the No. 1 album in the UK with their fourth album 'New Jersey.' It's the follow up to their massively successful album "Slippery When Wet," which was held five Hot 100 top ten singles. See them talk about their experiences leading up to this album in the video above.
October 2, 1959 – Elvis Presley fans get rowdy in Germany, where fifteen fans marched through the streets of Leipzig making foul remarks about German music and shouting “Long live Elvis Presley.” German officials quickly arrested the group for disturbing the peace.
October 3, 1999 – Tom Jones goes to No.1 with his new album ‘Reload’, making the singer the oldest artist to score a No.1 album with new material. The album featured a collaboration with DJ Mousse T which was later used in an episode of The Simpsons.
October 4, 1970 – Janis Joplin is found dead on the floor beside her bed at the Landmark Hotel in Hollywood California. The official cause of death was an overdose of heroin, possibly combined with the effects of alcohol. Her ashes would be scattered at Stinson Beach in California the following week.
October 5, 1967 – The Doors play the final show of a five night run at Steve Paul’s “The Scene” in New York City. Steve Paul, owner of The Scene, and notable as the one-time manager of Johnny Winter, refused to pay protection money to the Mafia. This was according to Sterling Morrison, then of the Velvet Underground, his refusal to pay resulted in fights being started at the club, placing its liquor license in jeopardy.
October 6, 2007 – Bruce Springsteen is being sued for $850,000 by a man who claims Bruce backed out of a contract to buy a horse named Pavarotti. Springsteen and his wife Patti Scialfa were both named in legal documents filed in Florida by Todd Minikus who claimed the couple pulled out of a deal to pay $650,000 for said horse.
October 7, 1975 – John Lennon was finally given his ‘Green Card’ at a hearing in New York which overturned previous efforts by the government to deport him. His 1968 arrest in Britain for possession of marijuana was the issue preventing his citizenship, but a three judge panel of the US Court of Appeals ruled that this was “contrary to the United States ideas of due process and was invalid as a means of banishing the former Beatle from America.”