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1998 D'Angelo releases "Devil's Pie," the lead single from his second album, Voodoo.

1998 Kiss launch their Psycho Circus tour with a Halloween show in Los Angeles. The aptly named Smashing Pumpkins are the opening act.

1997 The Cure embrace the burgeoning internet by cybercasting their Halloween concert at Irving Plaza in New York City. The show, which is promoting their greatest hits set Galore, is also broadcast by more traditional means on over 60 radio stations.

1997 Jane's Addiction reunites for a Halloween show at the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York.

1995 James Brown is charged with assault at his home in Aiken, South Carolina, after allegedly striking his wife Adrienne with a mirror.

1993 Atlantic Records signs Hootie & the Blowfish, which have already released two independent EPs and grown a following in South Carolina. It's a good signing: the band's debut, Cracked Rear View, becomes the best-selling album in the label's history.

1992 Joan Jett stars in an episode of the TV series Highlander, playing one of the immortals. Her version of "Cherry Bomb" is featured.

1991 Joseph Papp, producer of the Pulitzer Prize-winning musical A Chorus Line, dies of cancer at age 70.

1988 Soundgarden issue their full-length debut album, Ultramega OK, on SST Records.

1986 Roger Waters sues David Gilmour and Nick Mason to keep them from touring and recording as Pink Floyd. They do so anyway, and later come to an agreement with Waters that allows them to use the name.

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.

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

1970 James Taylor's LP Fire and Rain is certified gold.

1970 Linn Berggren (of Ace of Base) is born in Gothenburg, Sweden.

1970 Michelle Phillips, of The Mamas & The Papas, marries actor Dennis Hopper; the marriage is annulled seven days later.

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