Today’s #Music History, Birthdays and The Myth of Poisoned Halloween Candy


temptations-ball-of-confusion1In 1939 Songwriter/producer, Eddie Holland (Holland-Dozier-Holland) (74)

In 1939 Singer, Grace Slick (Jefferson Airplane/Starship) (74)

In 1939 Singer, Otis Williams (The Temptations) (74)
In 1947 Bassist/songwriter, Timothy B. Schmidt (Eagles) (66)
In 1949 Bassist, David Green (Air Supply) (64)
In 1960 Singer/songwriter, Joey Belladonna (Anthrax, Belladonna) (53)
In 1967 Singer, Gavin Rossdale (Bush) (46)
In 1976 Singer, Kassidy Osborn (She Daisy) (37)

Music History

In 1938, Orson Welles did his famous broadcast of “War of the Worlds,” which caused a nation-wide panic.
in 1945, the U.S. government ended national shoe rationing, women nationwide celebrated by drinking champagne out of their brand new pumps.


MorrisonPardonIn 1968 Johnny Cash’s “Live At Folsom Prison” is certified gold.
In 1970 Jim Morrison is sentenced to 6 months in jail and fined $500 for
for exposing himself to a Miami crowd.
In 1971 John Lennon’s “Imagine” LP becomes the first to top the album charts
in the both U.S. and Britain at the same time.
In 1972 Ray Charles appears on TV’s “Bill Cosby Show.”
In 1972 Elton John appears at a command performance benefit for the Queen of
England, making him the first rock act be asked to appear in a royal
variety show since the Beatles in 1963.
In 1973 John Lennon’s album “Mind Games” is released, as is the title track
as a single.
In 1978 NBC airs “Kiss Meets The Phantom Of The Park,” a TV movie starring
the members of Kiss.
In 1980 The Cars appear on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine.
In 1981 The Rolling Stones’ album “Tattoo You” is certified gold and
In 1984 Dan Ackroyd and the late John Belushi, aka “The Blues Brothers,” hit
the 2 million dollar sales mark with their album, “Briefcase Full of
In 1990 Police arrest Axl Rose for allegedly clubbing his next-door neighbor
on the head with an empty wine bottle.
In 1991 Paul McCartney’s first Classical music piece, “The Liverpool
Oratorio,” is performed on PBS by the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic.
In 1995 David Bowie, Gladys Knight & the Pips, Jefferson Airplane, Pink
Floyd, the Shirelles and Velvet Underground are inducted into the
Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.
In 1997 The U.S. Senate passes the music industry’s “La Cienega” bill,
closing a loophole in the 1909 Copyright Act that put into peril
most pre-1978 music copyrights.
In 1997 R.E.M. announces drummer Bill Berry would leave the group after 10
albums and 17 years.
In 1997 Led Zeppelin’s album “BBC Sessions” is released.
In 1997 The Wallflowers’ album “Bringing Down The Horse” is certified
quadruple platinum.
In 2002 Run-DMC DJ Jam Master Jay (Jason Mizell) is shot dead in the
Jamaica section of Queens, NY.


Life by the Numbers
Here’s a great reason to listen to the radio. An hour of TV shortens your life by 22 minutes. Yes, we bet you never thought your TV could kill you but a recent study concludes that for every hour you watch, your life span is shortened by 22 minutes. That means gluing your eyes to the tube is about as dangerous as smoking or obesity, say the study scientists. “But while smoking rates are declining, watching TV is not,” says Lennert Veerman, a researcher in the Australian study. Of course, the real danger from TV is that it creates chubby, junk food snacking couch potatoes, whose only exercise is walking to the kitchen for more high fat treats or the bathroom. And experts agree that a sedentary lifestyle is linked to heart disease, obesity, diabetes and other health woes. The good news is that while watching TV for an hour knocks off 22 minutes of life, experts also say working out for 15 minutes a day adds on a whopping three years.

The Myth of Poisoned Halloween Candy
Every year it’s the same — parent’s biggest fear on Halloween is that their child will be given poisoned or drugged candy. Ironically those fears and the associated urban legends that go with them are completely unfounded. According to, there are only two known cases of Halloween candy poisoning in America, and both involved relatives! In 1970, a boy died of a heroin overdose and investigators did find it on his candy. However, it was later discovered that in fact the boy had accidentally consumed some of his uncle’s heroin stash, and the family had sprinkled some on the candy to try and cover up the incident. The only other case on record happened in 1974 when young Timothy O’Bryan died after eating a Pixy Stix that had been laced with cyanide. Horrifically it had been laced BY HIS OWN FATHER who did it to collect insurance money. (Smithsonian Magazine)