This Day In Rock History: October 7th


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 7th.

1966: New Orleans R&B singer Smiley Lewis, died of stomach cancer. He penned the track ‘One Night’ which Elvis Presley covered.

1967: The Mamas And The Papas singer Cass Elliot spent the night in a London jail after being accused of not paying her hotel bill. The band had to cancel a television and concert appearance.

1967: The Beatles rejected an offer of one million dollars from promoter Sid Bernstein to make a second appearance at New York’s Shea Stadium.

1975: John Lennon was awarded a Green Card, after the US Court of Appeals overturns a longstanding deportation order. The court ruled that his 1968 arrest in Britain for possession of marijuana was “contrary to US ideas of due process and was invalid as a means of banishing the former Beatle from America.”

1978: Billboard magazine reveals that Marvin Gaye has declared bankruptcy twice in the past year claiming debts of over seven million dollars.

1982: Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page is given a 12-month suspened sentance after being found guilty of possessing cocaine.

1995: Alanis Morissette went to number 1 on the US album chart with Jagged Little Pill. The album sold 30 million copies ans was the biggest selling album ever by a female artist.

2002: Mick Jagger donates £100,000 to his old primary school to help pay for a music director and buy instruments. The new centre was named after Mick Jagger.

2006: Babyshambles delay their last five dates on their UK tour to give singer Pete Doherty time to recover from drug treatment.

2009: Monkees singer Davy Jones rules out ever reuniting with his former sixties band, launching a scathing attack on each of his old band mates.