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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.
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Awards and Honors (1)

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.

Band Dynamics (2)

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.
1965 : Lead singer Wayne Fontana leaves his group, The Mindbenders.

Births (17)

1912 : Dale Evans
1922 : Illinois Jacquet
1927 : Anita Kerr
1934 : Ray Smith
1937 : Doo-wopper Norman Wright (of The Del-Vikings) is born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
1937 : Tom Paxton
1940 : Eric Griffiths (The Quary Men)
1945 : Rik Kenton (Roxy Music)
1947 : Russ Ballard (Unit 4+2, Argent)
1952 : Bernard Edwards (Chic)
1953 : Johnny Clegg
1961 : Larry Mullen (U2)
1963 : Johnny Marr (The Smiths)
1966 : Adam Horovitz (Beastie Boys)
1967 : Adam Schlesinger (Fountains of Wayne)
1968 : Vanilla Ice
1970 : Linn Berggren (Ace Of Base)

Certifications and Milestones (2)

1970 : James Taylor's LP Fire and Rain is certified gold.
1972 : Curtis Mayfield's "Freddie’s Dead" is certified gold.

Charts (8)

1954 : No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: This Ole House by Rosemary Clooney
1960 : Elvis Presley's LP G.I. Blues enters the charts
1964 : The Supremes' Baby Love hits #1
1964 : Barbra Streisand's LP People hits #1
1964 : For the first time since January 1964, The Beatles do not have a song currently on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. No less than 14 singles hit the charts in the previous ten months.
1985 : Stevie Wonder's Part Time Lover, one of the first songs recorded using digital equipment, hits #1 in the US.
1992 : End Of The Road by Boyz II Men logs its 12th week at No. 1 on Billboard's Hot 100 singles chart, setting a new record. The previous longest-running hit of the rock era was Elvis Presley's two-sided Don't be Cruel/Hound Dog which topped the chart for 11 weeks in 1956. End of the Road holds the top spot for one more week, setting the new record at 13 weeks. The group is displaced three months later by Whitney Houston's I Will Always Love You. In 1995, Boyz II Men ties Houston's 14-week record with I'll Make Love To You.
2007 : Elvis Presley tops the annual Forbes magazine list of most profitable dead celebrities, his estate having taken in $49 million over the past year. John Lennon makes the #2 spot; George Harrison, James Brown, and Bob Marley also make the list.

Concerts and Festivals (5)

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.
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, D.C.

Deaths (6)

1968 : Malcolm Hale (Spanky and Our Gang)
1991 : Joseph Papp dies of cancer
2002 : Claude Johnson (Don and Juan)
2005 : Skitch Henderson
2005 : John "Beatz" Holohan (Bayside)
2013 : Bobby Parker

Debuts (1)

1967 : The Stooges make their live debut at a Detroit, MI, Halloween party.

Legal Issues (5)

1964 : Landing in Boston, Ray Charles is arrested when heroin and marijuana are found when he is searched at customs. He enters rehab to avoid jail.
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, SC, after allegedly striking his wife Adrienne with a mirror.
2005 : Ronald Isley of The Isley Brothers is convicted of tax evasion. The IRS claims that he demanded cash payment for performances from 1997-2002 and hid assets under the name of his ex-wife. He is eventually ordered to pay $3.1 million in back taxes and serve 3 years in jail. He is 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.

Marriages and Breakups (1)

1970 : Michelle Phillips (The Mamas & The Papas) and actor Dennis Hopper; the marriage is annulled seven days later.

Miscellaneous (4)

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.
1968 : Paul McCartney's new girlfriend Linda Eastman moves into his London home.
2000 : Napster announces a deal with entertainment giant BMG to make its illegal file-sharing software into a paid subscription service.
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.

Music and Politics (1)

1975 : Southern rockers The Marshall Tucker Band headline a fundraising concert for Presidential nominee Jimmy Carter.

Recordings (5)

1930 : Count Basie, "Somebody Stole My Gal"
1958 : The Flamingos, I Only Have Eyes For You
1960 : The Everly Brothers, Ebony Eyes
1960 : Elvis Presley: "In My Father's House," "Joshua Fit the Battle," "Swing Down, Sweet Chariot," "I'm Gonna Walk Dem Golden Stairs," "If We Never Meet Again," "Known Only to Him," Crying In The Chapel, "Working On The Building"
1976 : Elvis Presley makes his last recording, singing Jim Reeves' "He'll Have To Go" over a pre-recorded backing track in the Jungle Room of his Graceland home.

Releases (2)

1975 : Queen, Bohemian Rhapsody
1995 : Alice in Chains release a special vinyl edition of their album, Alice in Chains.
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