Today in Rock and Roll History, October 7

Here’s what happened on this day in Rock and Roll History: 


Cass Elliot of the Mamas And Papas spent the night in a London jail after a dispute over her hotel bill. The charges were dropped the next day.



Michael Jackson’s first solo single, “Got To Be There”, was released by Motown Records. The song would top the Cashbox Best Sellers list and reach #4 on the Billboard Hot 100.


John Lennon won his lengthy battle to stay in the US when the three-judge panel of the US Court of Appeals in New York ruled that his 1968 arrest in Britain for possession of marijuana was “contrary to US ideas of due process and is invalid as a means of banishing the former Beatle from America.”


Jefferson Airplane played a concert where admission was a can of food for the San Francisco Food Bank.


Alanis Morisette became the first Canadian female artist to top the Billboard album chart when Jagged Little Pill reaches #1. The CD would become a Platinum-selling disc, nine times over. Those of us in college at the time played the album every day.  


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