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October 3

Updated: Oct 7, 2019

Music History for Thursday, 10/3/19

2015 - Luke Bryan’s “Strip It Down" hit #1 on the Billboard country singles chart.

2014 - After harmonizing with Little Big Town on "Pontoon" on the Grand Ole Opry, Reba McEntire invited them to become Opry members.

2013 - Jazz singer and guitarist Frank D’Rone died. He was 81.

2011 - During the involuntary manslaughter trial of Michael Jackson’s former physician Dr. Conrad Murray, the E.R. doctor who declared Jackson dead said there was no way the King of Pop could have been resuscitated at the hospital.

2011 - Rapper Tone Loc pleaded no contest to domestic violence and other charges stemming from a June altercation with the mother of his child. He was sentenced to one day in county jail and three years of probation, and ordered to complete 52 weeks of anger management and also community service.

2011 - Monday Night Football pulled Hank Williams Jr.'s long-running intro "Are You Ready for Some Football?" over remarks Williams made about President Barack Obama.

2001 - Country star Keith Urban went home to Australia to accept a special Aria Award, which is similar to a Grammy. Urban received the Outstanding Achievement Award in recognition of his success in America.

2000 - Former Cars bassist and singer Ben Orr died of pancreatic cancer. He was 53. He sang lead on "You're Just What I Needed," "Let's Go," "Drive" and other Cars hits.

2000 - Mark David Chapman, the man who murdered John Lennon, was denied parole 20 years after the murder.

1999 - Fifty-nine-year-old singer Tom Jones had the number one album in the U.K. with Reload.

1997 - Sugar Ray had to postpone their European tour after frontman Mark McGrath injured his leg at the first gig in Bologna, Italy.

1996 - Van Halen gave David Lee Roth the boot for the second time after they had recorded a couple of songs for the band's greatest hits package.

1992 - Sinead O'Connor tore up a picture of Pope John Paul II during her performance on NBC's Saturday Night Live. Over 1,000 viewers called NBC to complain.

1990 - Fort Lauderdale, Florida record store owner Charles Freeman was convicted by an all-white jury for selling an album by rap group 2 Live Crew that had been ruled obscene by a federal judge. Freeman was later fined $1,000.

1989 - Sound + Vision, the box set by David Bowie, was released.

1988 - The John Lennon documentary Imagine premiered in Hollywood, California.

1981 - The Kinks played their first show at Madison Square Garden.

1980 - Bruce Springsteen forgot some of the words to "Born to Run" in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

1967 - Singer-songwriter and folk legend Woody Guthrie died. He suffered from Huntington's Chorea disease.

1965 Manfred Mann became the first western band to perform behind the Iron Curtain.

1957 - A variety show called The Pat Boone Chevy Showroom premiered on ABC.

1945 - Ten-year-old Elvis Presley made his first-ever public appearance. It was a talent contest at the Mississippi, Alabama Dairy Show and Elvis sang "Old Shep." The future King came in second place.

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