Today In Pop Music: October 3 – Elvis Presley’s First Paid Singing Gig At Age 10


1938 – Eddie Cochran (‘Summertime Blies’, C’mon Everybody’, Twenty Flight Rock’ – died 1960 – car crash)

1941 – Chubby checker (real name; Ernest Evans – ‘The Twist’, ‘Limbo Rock’, ‘The Fly’)

1945 – Antonio (Tony) Martinez (Los Bravos – guitar – ‘Black Is Black’)

1947 – Lindsey Buckingham (Fleetwood Mac – guitar)

1950 – Ronnie Laws (Earth wind and Fire – sax)

1954 – Stevie Ray Vaughan ((guitarist – died 1990 – helicopter crash)

1962 – Tommy Lee (Motley Crue – drums)

1971 – Kevin Richardson (Backstreet Boys – ‘Quit Playing Games With My Heart’)


1945 – Woody Guthrie, who was a huge influence on American folk music in general and Bob Dylan n partcular, died after suffering from Huntington’s Chorea disease.  He was 55 years old.

1991 – Texas governor Ann Richardson proclaimed October 3 to be ‘Stevie Ray Vaughan Day’.  An annual motorcycle ride and concert benefit the Stevie Ray Vaughan Memorial Scholarship Fund.

2000 – The Cars singer and bass player Benjamin Orr died of cancer at his Atlanta home.  his lead vocals on the hits ‘Just What i Needed’, ‘Let’s Go’, and ‘Drive’ , are among the group’s biggest hits.

2000 – John Lennon’s killer – who I refuse to call by name – was denied parole for the first – and not last time, after serving 20 years in prison.  He was interviewed for almost an hour by parole board before they concluded that his release would “deprecate the seriousness of the crime.

1945 – 10 year old Elvis Presley made his first public appearance in at talent contest at the Mississippi-Alabama Dairy Show singing”Old Shep”.  Elvis didn’t place first in the contest, but he did place in the top 5 winning $5 and a ticket for all the rides at the fair. 11 years later he recorded the song for his second album and made a lot more money.


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