On This Day October 7
1995 – Alanis Morissette rules the Billboard album chart with “Jagged Little Pill,” becoming the first Canadian female artist to reach No. 1 in the U.S. The album sells over 30 million copies and goes on to capture four Grammy Awards.
1982 – “Cats” opens, becoming the longest-running production in Broadway history. The musical is based the T.S. Eliot’s 1939 collection of poems, “Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats,” and features music by Andrew Lloyd Webber.
1985 – Four Palestinian terrorists hijack the Italian cruise ship Achille Lauro in the Mediterranean Sea. They kill a disabled American tourist, 69-year-old Leon Klinghoffer, and order his body thrown overboard with his wheelchair.
2003 – “Terminator” actor Arnold Schwarzenegger is elected governor of California, replacing Gray Davis — the first U.S. governor to be recalled by the public since 1921. Affectionately called “The Governator,” he is reelected in 2006.
Own a Piece of This Day
The Mamas and The Papas Greatest Hits
The Mamas and The Papas had a sound that helped define a good portion of the 1960s. Their breezy folk classics had a bit of San Francisco psychedelia woven in, and, despite the sweet harmonies, there was also a dark feel to some of their more popular work. This album includes such classics as “California Dreamin’,” “Monday, Monday” and “Dedicated to the One I Love.”
Jagged Little Pill / Alanis Morissette
By giving all her emotions free rein — from vengeance to desperation to jubilation — and substituting cutting-edge alt-rock power for the softer, folkish backing most often associated with intensely personal singer/songwriter statements, Alanis Morissette empowered millions of young women and launched an entire movement.
Cats (Original Broadway Cast Recording)
Andrew Lloyd Webber’s adaptation of T.S. Eliot’s poems may not have become Broadway’s longest-running musical without the original cast to begin the raves. This recording features Betty Buckley singing “Memory”– the song that made her a star — and the two discs are appropriate for the musical that helped set off Broadway’s “operatic” phase.
Total Recall: My Unbelievably True Life Story
In his signature larger-than-life style, Arnold Schwarzenegger has penned a revealing self-portrait of his illustrious, controversial and truly unique life. He was born in a small Austrian town in a year of famine. He dreamt of moving to America to become a bodybuilding champion and a movie star. By the age of 21 he was living in L.A. and had been crowned Mr. Universe.
The Best That I Could Do 1978-1988 / John Mellencamp
Chronicling John Mellencamp’s first decade of music makes for a dizzying ride. This encompasses arena-rock stompers like “I Need a Lover,” riff-happy heartland snapshots like “Pink Houses” and “Jack and Diane,” hard-charging garage-rockers like “R.O.C.K. In the U.S.A.” and plenty more.
The Essential Yo-Yo Ma
Yo-Yo Ma enjoyed so much well-deserved success early on that by his mid-30s he was able to start exploring in earnest music outside the European Classical canon. His “Essential” collection is helpfully divided into a classical first half (or side one) and a crossover part (or side two).