2006 – Mumbai-based EMI Virgin India Ltd announces that it will recall all copies of Slayer’s most recent album “Christ Illusion” following protests by a Christian group, Mumbai-based Catholic Secular Forum (CSF).
2004 – Maverick broadcaster Howard Stern announces he will abandon terrestrial airwaves in 2006, when he’ll begin a five-year deal with Sirius Satellite. After months of surprisingly clandestine negotiations, the self-proclaimed “King of All Media” breaks the news to his listeners and co-workers during his morning broadcast.
2000 – Three investors in Steven Seagal’s as-yet-unreleased album sue the actor, alleging that he has no intention of completing the project. Michael Vanderhoof, Michael Khaled, and Donald Danks claim they put a total of $600,000 into the recording of the album and the making of an accompanying documentary film.
1999 – Renowned Portuguese fado singer Amalia Rodrigues dies in Lisbon. She is 79.
1998 – Country group Alabama joins the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Hollywood mayor Johnny Grant honors band members Randy Owen, Teddy Gentry, Jeff Cook and Mark Herndon during a special ceremony. The new star is located at 7060 Hollywood Boulevard on the block which includes stars for Paul Newman, Sophia Loren, the Supremes, the Temptations, Stevie Wonder and Miles Davis.
1998 – Loud Records and members of Loud/RCA rap group the Wu-Tang Clan are sued by a woman claiming battery, false imprisonment, and defamation, among other allegations. Bridget Gray, an actress and dancer, seeks compensatory and punitive damages for an August 1997 incident in which she alleges that members of the Wu-Tang Clan made derogatory comments and held her against her will while she was hired to appear in a video for the group.
1998 – Gospel star Kirk Franklin and Interscope Records are hit with a $75 million lawsuit by Linda Searight, the founder of God’s Property, a gospel group that has recorded and performed with Franklin. Searight claims she was cheated out of payment for her involvement in God’s Property.
1996 – Country music artists Faith Hill and Tim McGraw, having recently met and worked together on a joint tour, are married in Rayville, La. Guests at the ceremony include fellow country stars Mark Chesnutt, Mark Collie, Tracy Lawrence and Jeff Carson. The two postpone their honeymoon in order to resume their joint tour four days later.
1995 – “Grind,” the first track from Alice in Chains’ eponymous album is released to radio via satellite uplink to stem the excessive spread of taped copies of the song. Earlier in October, the song had been leaked to radio prematurely.
1991 – Actress Elizabeth Taylor marries Larry Fortensky. It is Taylor’s eighth marriage and Fortensky’s third. The ceremony is held at entertainer Michael Jackson’s 2,700-acre estate near Los Angeles.
1985 – Bandleader Nelson Riddle dies.
1983 – Barry Manilow plays a charity concert at London’s Royal Albert Hall attended by Prince Charles and Princess Diana.
1970 – No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: “Cracklin’ Rosie,” Neil Diamond.
1947 – Bob Weir (Robert Hall) of the Grateful Dead is born in San Francisco.
1926 – Violinist Cyril Reuben is born.