On This Day October 1
1982 – A revolution in the way we listen to music takes place, as the first compact disc (CD) player goes on sale in Japan for about $1,000. It’s the Sony CDP-101, and it lands in stores around the world six months later. The first CD to officially hit the market is Billy Joel’s “52nd Street.”
1982 – John Mellencamp (then known as John Cougar) rules the singles chart with “Jack and Diane,” and he’s also on top of the Billboard album chart with the breakthrough LP it came from: “American Fool.”
1961 – New York Yankee Roger Maris becomes the first Major League baseball player to hit more than 60 home runs in a single season. He hits his 61st homer on the final day of the season against the Boston Red Sox.
1962 – Johnny Carson begins hosting “The Tonight Show” on NBC. He succeeds Jack Paar, who took over from the original host, Steve Allen. Carson remains host until turning his seat and microphone over to Jay Leno in May 1992.
1921 – Tony and Emmy-winning actor James Whitmore (“The Asphalt Jungle,” “Them!,” “Kiss Me Kate,” “Battle Cry,” “Oklahoma!,” “Planet of the Apes,” “Tora! Tora! Tora!,” “The Serpent’s Egg,” “Nuts,” “The Shawshank Redemption,” “The Majestic.” (d. 2009)
Own a Piece of This Day
Room Full of Mirrors: A Biography of Jimi Hendrix
Author Charles R. Cross vividly recounts the life of Jimi Hendrix, from his difficult childhood and adolescence in Seattle through his incredible rise to celebrity in London’s swinging ’60s. It is the story of an outrageous life — with tales of sex, drugs and excess — while also revealing a man who struggled to accept his role as idol and who privately craved the kind of normal family life he never had.
American Fool / John Cougar (Mellencamp)
Though credited to John Cougar, 1982’s “American Fool” marks the moment when John Mellencamp began to assert his true identity as an artist. This is a scrappy version of classic rock ‘n’ roll, built around storytelling lyrics and guitar-centered tunes that harkened back to Bob Dylan and The Rolling Stones.
Roger Maris: Baseball's Reluctant Hero
Authors Tom Clavin and Danny Peary chronicle the life and career of baseball’s “natural home run king” in the first definitive biography of Roger Maris —including a brand-new chapter to commemorate the fiftieth anniversary of his record breaking season.
Johnny Carson: King of Late Night
Explore the life and career of “The Tonight Show” host Johnny Carson — seen by more people than anyone else in U.S. history — through unprecedented access to Carson’s personal and professional archives.
The Odd Couple
A comedic classic from the mind of Neil Simon. Jack Lemmon plays fussy Felix, fastidious to a fault. He proves that cleanliness is next to insanity. Walter Matthau is Oscar, who wreaks havoc on a tidy room with the speed and thoroughness of a tornado.