This Day in Music History — October 31

1962 : Monster Mash: It was 1962 when what is still the most famous Halloween song of all time was introduced. Bobby “Boris” Pickett’s vocals were his impression of Boris Karloff, known for his role as Frankenstein’s monster.

1975 : Southern rockers The Marshall Tucker Band headline a fundraising concert for Presidential nominee Jimmy Carter.

1993 : Rapper Tupac Shakur is arrested and charged with shooting two off-duty police officers in Atlanta. Police said the 22-year-old rapper got into an argument with the two police officers from suburban Atlanta. They said one of the officers pulled a gun and Shakur then fired at the officers.

2001 : Having fully recovered from the flu that forced her to restructure the North American tour in support of her third Jive album, Britney, Britney Spears’ tour kicks off in Washington, D.C.

2011 : 17-year-old Justin Bieber is hit with a paternity suit from 20-year-old Mariah Yeater, who claims the singer knocked her up in a Staples Center bathroom. The suit is later dropped, but Bieber takes a paternity test anyway to prove he is not the father.

This Day in Music History — October 17

1919 : The Radio Corporation of America, soon to be simply known as RCA, is founded by General Electric as a publicly held monopoly, much the same way “the phone company” was originally envisioned.

1962 : “Monster Mash” by Bobby Pickett & the Crypt-Kickers hits #1 on its way to becoming the most famous Halloween song of all time. Pickett’s vocals were his impression of Boris Karloff, who was known for his role as Frankenstein’s monster.

1967 : Hair, the world’s first hippie rock musical, makes its public debut at the New York Shakespeare Festival.

1968 : Reggae musician Ziggy Marley is born David Nesta Marley in Kingston, Jamaica.

2005 : Fats Domino returns to his Ninth Ward home for the first time since Hurricane Katrina to find it utterly destroyed, with his piano and several of his gold records among the ruined items.

This Day in Music History — October 9

1940 : John Winston Lennon is born in Liverpool, England. The “Winston” comes from British Prime Minister Winston Churchill – John would later add “Ono” to his middle name in honor of Yoko.

1962 : The BBC refuses to play the Bobby “Boris” Pickett Halloween hit Monster Mash on grounds that it is too morbid and tasteless.

1964 : The Rolling Stones cancel an upcoming South African tour when the British Musicians Union declares an embargo of the country due to their apartheid polices.

2001 : U2 frontman Bono, R.E.M. singer Michael Stipe, and electronica maven Moby make unannounced appearances in New York, at the second of two anti-violence benefit concerts organized by the Beastie Boys.