Wednesday October 7th
1949 – Bassist Dave Hope of Kansas is born in Kansas
1951 – John Mellencamp is born in Seymour, Ind. He is given the name Johnny Cougar by David Bowie’s manager, Tony DeFries, and records under the name until 1982.
1953 – Bon Jovi drummer Tico Torres is born
1966 – Johnny Kidd, he of Johnny Kidd & the Pirates, dies in a car accident in Radcliff, England.
1967 – The Beatles turn down a million-dollar offer to play Shea Stadium again.
1970 – Ned Kelly, the second film starring Mick Jagger, is released in Britain.
1974 – Stephen Stills backs his wife, French pop chanteuse Veronique Sanson, in her first Parisian show.
1975 – John Lennon can finally stay in the U.S. The U.S. Court of Appeals in New York rules that his 1968 pot bust is an invalid excuse for forcing him to leave America.
1977 – Guitarist Steve Hackett leaves Genesis to start a solo career.
1978 – On today’s singles chart, Boston’s “Don’t Look Back” peaks at No. 4,
1980 – A court rules that the death of John Bonham, Led Zeppelin’s drummer, was accidental.
1982 – Jimmy Page is found guilty of cocaine possession. He’s given a 12-month conditional discharge.
1989 – Jefferson Airplane perform a benefit for the San Francisco Food Bank. All you have to do to get in is donate a can of food.
1995 – Peter Frampton kicks off a tour in Boston three days before the release of “Frampton Comes Alive II,” the sequel to his 1975 smash “Frampton Comes Alive” – the best-selling live album in history.
2004 – Poison’s C. C. DeVille is named the worst guitarist soloist of all time by Guitar World magazine. Exhibit A is his nine-minute solo from Swallow This … Live!
2007 – Bruce Springsteen went to No.1 on the UK album chart with ‘Magic’, the singer, songwriter’s 15th studio album and 7th UK No.1. Also a US No.1 album.