This Day in Music History — October 7

1951 : John Mellencamp is born in Seymour, Indiana.

1967 : After a London hotel accuses The Mamas & The Papas’ Cass Elliot of running out on her bill, the singer is jailed overnight and strip-searched, forcing the cancellation of both an upcoming gig and television appearance.

1986 : Michael and Janet Jackson become the first siblings with #1 solo singles on the Hot 100 when Janet’s “When I Think of You” tops the chart.

1996 : The “Rock the Vote” campaign to get young people registered in the United States gets some NFL involvement, with quarterbacks Jeff Blake, Drew Bledsoe, Jim Kelly and Steve Young recording public service announcements.

1999 : Garth Brooks releases an album as “Chris Gaines,” a character he created that was intended for a movie. The ruse turns off many fans, and the album is Brooks’ first since 1995 that fails to debut at #1, charting behind Creed’s Human Clay.

2000 : Howard Stern is named nationally syndicated personality of the year at the Billboard/Airplay Monitor Radio Awards.

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