2005 – Skitch Henderson, the Grammy-winning conductor who lent his musical expertise to Frank Sinatra and Bing Crosby before founding the New York Pops and becoming the first “Tonight Show” bandleader, dies. He is 87.
2005 – John “Beatz” Holohan, drummer for Victory Records outfit Bayside, dies after an auto accident in Cheyenne, WY. He is 31. Several other members of the band and crew were also hospitalized after their tour van hits a patch of ice on the highway and flips over.
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.
2000 – Travis is named the best act in the world at the Q Awards 2000, presented in London. Badly Drawn Boy wins for best new act; Coldplay’s “Parachutes” is named best album. The awards are voted on by readers of Q Magazine and via a telephone system opereated by the event’s sponsor.
1999 – Bryan White sings the National Anthem at the Adelphia Coliseum in Nashville prior to the match-up between the Tennessee Titans and the St. Louis Rams. Following the game, White gives his second annual Howl-O-Ween concert at the north end of the coliseum.
1998 – Kiss kicks off its Psycho-Circus tour with a Halloween extravaganza in Los Angeles that dazzles thousands of fans, many of whom arrive in costumes. Appropriately enough, the Smashing Pumpkins opens the show.
1997 – A concert by Goth stalwarts the Cure is cybercast from New York’s Irving Plaza. The concert is streamed at Rocktropolis’ Web site, http://www.rocktropolis.com.
1997 – Extensive counterfeiting haunts Jane’s Addiction’s Halloween night reunion concert at the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York. Hundreds of fans – many holding valid tickets – are turned away from the show. More than 200 counterfeit tickets are confiscated. Refunds are given to compensate valid ticket holders who are turned away.
1995 – Alice in Chains release a special vinyl edition of their album, “Alice in Chains.”
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.
1992 – “End of the Road” by Boyz II Men logs its 12th week at No. 1 on Billboard’s Hot 100 singles chart, setting a new record. The previous longest-running hit of the rock era was Elvis Presley’s two-sided “Don’t Be Cruel/Hound Dog,” which topped the chart for 11 weeks in 1956. “End of the Road” holds the top spot for one more week, setting the new record at 13 weeks. The group is displaced three months later by Whitney Houston’s “I Will Always Love You.” In 1995, Boyz II Men ties Houston’s 14-week record with “I’ll Make Love to You.”
1991 – Producer Joseph Papp dies of cancer at age 70. He created New York’s Shakespeare in the Park festivals and was co-creator of “A Chorus Line,” the longest-running musical in Broadway history.
1985 – No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: “Part-Time Lover,” Stevie Wonder. The song hits No. 1 22 years and three months after Wonder’s first No. 1, the longest span to date.
1970 – Michelle Phillips marries actor Dennis Hopper. The marriage lasts eight days.
1966 – King Ad-Rock (Adam Horovitz) of the Beastie Boys is born in Brooklyn, New York.
1954 – No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: “This Ole House,” Rosemary Clooney.
1952 – Bernard Edwards of Chic is born in Greenville, N.C.