This Day In Rock History: October 3rd


It’s important to know your rock history, here at Radio NOVA we bring you ten rock stories from the sixties, seventies, eighties, nineties and the noughties.

On this day in rock history: October 3rd.

1965: Johnny Cash is stopped by US Customs officials at the Mexican border on suspicion of heroin smuggling and found to be holding over 1,000 prescription narcotics and amphetamines. He receives a suspended sentence.

1967: American singer-songwriter Woody Guthrie died after suffering from Huntington’s Chorea disease. Guthrie was a major influence on Bob Dylan and American folk music.

1968: Working at Trident Studios in London, The Beatles recorded the new George Harrison song ‘Savoy Truffle’. George, Paul, and Ringo recorded just one take of the track. The song was inspired by Eric Clapton’s love of chocolate.

1978: The members of Aerosmith bailed thirty fans out of jail after they were arrested for smoking pot during an Aerosmith concert at Fort Wayne Coliseum.

1981: ‘Who’s Crying Now’ by Journey peaks at Number Four on the pop chart, where it stays for two weeks.

1992: Sinead O’Connor ripped up a photograph of Pope John Paul II, on the US TV show ‘Saturday Night Live’, as a protest over sexual abuse in the Roman Catholic Church. There was stunned silence in the studio and the station went to a commercial. NBC was fined $2.5 million dollars by the Federal Communications Commission.

2000: The Cars singer and bass player Benjamin Orr died of cancer at home in Atlanta at the age of 53. Orr sang lead vocals on the bands hits ‘Just What I Needed’, ‘Let’s Go’ and ‘Drive’.

2000: John Lennon‘s assassin Mark Chapman was denied parole after serving 20 years in prison.

2007: The Rolling Stones‘ ‘A Bigger Bang’ tour sets a new world record for grossing nearly 560 million dollars.

2011: According to new scientific research, Queen‘s We Are The Champions was found to be the catchiest song ever written.