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October 18

Music History for Friday, 10/18/19

2015 - Frank Watkins, bassist for the death metal band Obituary, died of cancer at 47.

2013 - Katy Perry released her fourth studio album, Prism. The album became her best first-week debut, eventually becoming the sixth-best-selling album in the world that year.

2012 - Saxophonist David Spencer Ware died. He was 62.

2011 - Soulja Boy was arrested in Georgia during a traffic stop in which cops alleged they found firearms, and a felony amount of marijuana and a “substantial” stack of cash.

2000 - Lead singer Zack de la Rocha quit Rage Against the Machine.

1998 - Metallica performed at the Playboy Mansion.

1997 - Hanson sang the national anthem at the opening game of the World Series at Miami’s Pro Player Stadium.

1992 - Country singer Lynn Anderson was released from a Nashville jail after serving a two-day contempt of court sentence for swearing at her ex-husband in front of their teenage children.

1989 - During a gig at the Los Angeles Coliseum, Guns N' Roses singer Axl Rose told the crowd he was quitting the band that night.

1986 - Fleetwood Mac’s Christine McVie married Portuguese composer Eduardo Quintela.

1976 - Chicago had the number one song with "If You Leave Me Now."

1975 - Simon and Garfunkel reunited on Saturday Night Live.

1969 - The Jackson 5 made their debut as a Motown act at the Hollywood Palace.

1968 - John Lennon and Yoko Ono were arrested and charged with possession of marijuana during a raid on Ringo Starr’s apartment in London, where the two were staying. John pleaded guilty so the police wouldn’t press charges against Yoko, though he swore the drug was planted by police. The arrest became the backbone of the U.S. Immigration Department’s case to keep John from becoming a U.S. citizen.

1966 - The Jimi Hendrix Experience played their first gig as a band at the Paris Olympia. They opened for French pop star Johnny Hallyday.

1957 - Paul McCartney made his live debut with The Quarrymen at New Clubmoor Hall Conservative Club in Liverpool.

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