October 3rd: Journey, Heart, Benjamin Orr, Iron Butterfly and more ...

On This Day in Rock

1968: Working at Trident Studios in London, The Beatles recorded the new George Harrison song ‘Savoy Truffle’. George, Paul, and Ringo recorded just one take of the basic track (drums, bass, and lead guitar). The song was inspired by Eric Clapton's love of chocolates, particularly Mackintosh's Good News.

1970: Lookin' Out My Back Door'/'Long As I Can See The Light' by Creedence Clearwater Revival peaks at Number Two on the pop chart.

1970: Stage Fright by the Band peaks at Number Five on the album chart.

1978: The members of Aerosmith bailed thirty fans out of jail after they were arrested for smoking pot during an Aerosmith concert at Fort Wayne Coliseum.

1980: UK BBC TV aired 'The Police In The East' documentary featuring The Police on tour in India.

1981: 'Who's Crying Now' by Journey peaks at Number Four on the pop chart, where it stays for two weeks.

1987: 'Who Will You Run To' by Heart peaks at Number Seven on the pop chart, where it stays for three weeks.

1987: 'Paper In Fire' by John Cougar Mellencamp peaks at Number Nine on the pop chart, where it stays for three weeks. That same day, The Lonesome Jubilee peaks at Number Six on the album chart, where it stays for two weeks.

1991: Texas governor Ann Richards proclaimed October 3, (Stevie Ray Vaughan's birthday), to be "Stevie Ray Vaughan Day". An annual motorcycle ride and concert in Central Texas benefits the Stevie Ray Vaughan Memorial Scholarship Fund.

1996: Responding to former lead singer David Lee Roth's open letter a day earlier, the remaining members of Van Halen issue a statement: "We parted company with David Lee Roth 11 years ago for many reasons. In his open letter of October 2nd, we were reminded of some of them. The intention all along was to do two new songs with Dave for the Best Of Volume 1 package. He was never led to believe anything but that...Dave was never an 'unwitting participant.'"

2000: The Cars singer and bass player Benjamin Orr died of cancer at home in Atlanta at the age of 53. Sang lead vocals on the bands hits ‘Just What I Needed’, ‘Let's Go’ and ‘Drive’.

2000: John Lennon's assassin Mark Chapman was denied parole after serving 20 years in prison. Chapman was interviewed for 50 minutes by parole board members who concluded that releasing Chapman would 'deprecate the seriousness of the crime.'

2002: Original guitarist, vocalist from American psychedelic rock band Iron Butterfly Darryl DeLoach died of liver cancer at the age of 56.

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