~ 1929 – Dick Clark was born
~ 1969 – John Lennon was convicted of possession of cannabis and fined $360 in London. Yoko Ono, who was arrested with Lennon on October 18, was cleared of charges.
~ 1940 – Richard Pryor is born
~ 1957 – Three rock and roll acts made their debut on the Ed Sullivan Show: Buddy Holly & the Crickets (“That’ll Be the Day” and “Peggy Sue”), Sam Cooke (“You Send Me”), and the Rays.
~ 1949 – Gene Autry’s song “Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” hit the record charts.
~ 1983 – MTV aired Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” video for the first time.
~ 1988 – Paul Stanley, Gene Simmons, and Willie Nelson appeared on “Geraldo” to discuss “Sex on the Road.”
~ 1948 – Ozzy Osboure was born
~ 1965 – In Sacramento, CA, Keith Richards (Rolling Stones) was shocked and knocked unconscious during a concert when his guitar made contact with his microphone during a performance of “The Last Time.”
~ 1956 – Elvis Presley, Carl Perkins, Jerry Lee Lewis and Johnny Cash recorded together (the Million Dollar Quartet). The session would not be released for 25 years.
~ 1969 -Jay-Z was born. Shawn Corey Carter known professionally as Jay-Z is an American rapper, entrepreneur, songwriter, and record producer. He is one of the world’s best-selling music artists, and one of the most acclaimed rappers of all time.
Born and raised in New York City, Jay-Z began his musical career in the mid 1990s, after which he released his debut studio album, Reasonable Doubt, in 1996, to widespread critical and commercial success. He released the album a year after founding the record label Roc-A-Fella Records. His subsequent albums have also seen great praise, with The Blueprint (2001) and The Black Album (2003) later being heralded as modern musical classics. He followed these with the collaborative album Watch the Throne (2011) with Kanye West, his critically lauded thirteenth studio album 4:44 (2017), and a collaborative effort titled Everything Is Love with wife Beyoncé in 2018.
Jay-Z’s business activities and life outside of music has also received significant mainstream attention. He is the owner of 40/40 Club sports bar, and co-creator of the Rocawear clothing line. He has also acted as the president of Def Jam Recordings, and is the founder of the Roc Nation entertainment company, as well as creating its spin-off, Roc Nation Sports. As a member of Roc Nation Sports, Jay-Z is a licensed sports agent. His heavily publicized marriage to singer Beyoncé in 2008 has made him a global figure in popular culture. As a couple, they have an estimated combined net worth of $1.16 billion, with his individual net worth of $900 million making him the richest hip hop artist in the world.
~ 1980 – John Lennon gave his last interview. It was with Jonathan Cott of Rolling Stone.
~ 2011 – The Amy Winehouse album “Lioness: Hidden Treasures” was released in the U.K. It was a posthumous compilation album that featured unreleased songs and demos
~ 1969 – The Rolling Stones released the album “Beggar’s Banquet.”
~ 1978 – Sid Vicious smashed glass in the face of Patti Smith’s brother Todd during an altercation at New York rock club Hurrah. Vicious was out on bail after being charged with the murder of his girlfriend Nancy Spungen.