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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This Day in Music History — October 1

1962 : Johnny Carson’s Tonight Show makes its debut. The theme song was written by Paul Anka, but Carson wrote the drum part at the beginning so he could get some royalties from the song.

1966 : Jimi Hendrix makes his UK stage debut when he jumps onstage to jam with Cream at London Polytechnic.

1991 : The world’s most valuable golf glove – the original, crystal-studded one Michael Jackson wore – is stolen from the Motown Museum in Detroit. Police recovered the glove two days later. MC Hammer set up a phone line and offered a $50,000 reward for the glove’s return.

1995 : Farm Aid 8 takes place in Louisville, Kentucky, with Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp, Neil Young, Hootie & the Blowfish and The Dave Matthews Band raising over $1 million to support American farmers.