2008 American Idol does an all-Beatles episode, somehow securing the rights to the songs after years of negotiations.
1988 Rick Astley's "Never Gonna Give You Up" hits #1 in the US. The video, which shows a buttoned-up Astley singing his way around London, does well on VH1, but really takes off two decades later with the Rickrolling trend, as webmasters point links to the song's YouTube video to trick unsuspecting readers into watching it.
1974 John Lennon and Nilsson get drunk and disorderly at a Smothers Brothers comedy show at the Troubadour in Los Angeles. They get thrown out, and Nilsson takes heat in the press for being a bad influence on Lennon. Said Nilsson: "It ruined my reputation for 10 years. Get one Beatle drunk and look what happens."
1966 The theme song to the TV series Batman reaches its chart peak of #17.
2013 Clive Burr, who was Iron Maiden's drummer from 1979-1982, dies at age 56 after a battle with multiple sclerosis.
2012 Doobie Brothers drummer Michael Hossack dies of cancer at age 65.
2011 Joe Morello of The Dave Brubeck Quintet dies at age 82.
2007 Matchbook Romance announce on MySpace that they are taking an "indefinite hiatus," which lasts until 2015.
2003 The Chinese government gives The Rolling Stones a list of songs they will not be allowed to play on their upcoming tour of the country. The list includes "Brown Sugar," "Honky Tonk Women" and "Let's Spend The Night Together."
2002 John "Speedy" Keene of Thunderclap Newman dies at age 56.
2001 "Freud's Dilemma," the first ever episode of The Chris Isaak Show, airs on Showtime. The new adult comedy stars Chris Isaak playing a wannabe rock star.
1999 Violinist Yehudi Menuhin dies at age 82 from complications of bronchitis.
1998 Attorneys for KoRn send a cease-and-desist demand to a Michigan assistant principal who suspended a student for wearing a Korn T-shirt to school.
1996 Nancy Sinatra gives her famous white go-go boots, the ones that were made for walkin', to the Beverly Hills Hard Rock Cafe.
1994 Christina Grimmie is born at Marlton, New Jersey.
1975 Elvis Presley records "Bringing It Back" and "Pieces of My Life."
The Allman Brothers Band play the first of two shows recorded for their seminal album Live At The Fillmore East.
The group performed at the venue the previous night opening for Johnny Winter, but for the next two shows they have the stage to themselves. At Fillmore East is their first live album, showcasing their skills in that element. Highlights include a blistering version of "Statesboro Blues" and a 23-minute rendition of "Whipping Post." Another song, "Mountain Jam," is included on their next album, Eat A Peach. The album goes on to sell over a million copies; it is certified Gold on October 25, four days before Duane Allman dies in a motorcycle accident.
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