October 12th -18th – This Week In Rock

October 12th -18th – Born This Week:

James Dewar – October 12, 1942 (bassist, Robin Trower)
Art Tatum – October 13, 1909 (jazz pianist)
Ray Brown – October 13, 1926 (jazz bassist)

Happy Birthday Paul Simon!

Paul Simon – October 13, 1941 (guitar/singer, Simon, and Garfunkel)
Robert Lamm – October 13, 1944 (keyboard, Chicago)
Sammy Hagar – October 13, 1947 (Rock Singer)
Son Thomas – October 14, 1926 (Delta blues musician)
Justin Hayward – October 14, 1946 (guitar, The Moody Blues)

Happy Birthday Victoria Spivey!

Victoria Spivey – October 15, 1906 (blues singer-songwriter)

Nico – October 16, 1938 (vocalist, The Velvet Underground & Nico)

Fred Turner – October 16, 1943 (lead vocals & bass, Bachman-Turner Overdrive)

Bob Weir – October 16, 1947 (rhythm guitar & vocals, The Grateful Dead)

Happy Birthday Flea! 

Flea – October 16, 1962 (bass, Red Hot Chili Peppers)

John Mayer – October 16, 1972 (guitarist)

Barney Kessel – October 17, 1923 (jazz guitarist)

Chuck Berry – October 18, 1926 (rock and roll singer and guitarist)

October 12th -18th – Died This Week:

Ricky Wilson – October 12, 1985 (guitar, B-52s)

John Denver – October 12, 1997 (Singer/songwriter)

Bing Crosby – October 14, 1977 (Singer)

Rick Wright – October 15, 2008 (keyboards, Pink Floyd)

Gene Krupa – October 16, 1973 (jazz drummer)

Art Blakey – October 16, 1990 (jazz drummer)

Leonard Chess – October 16, 1969 (record mogul)

Alberta Hunter – October 17, 1984 (blues vocalist)

Music Releases And Top Of The Charts

Goodbye Yellow Brick Road” by Elton John goes Gold. October 12, 1973

Stevie Wonder’s “I Just Called To Say I Love You” tops Hot 100 – October 13, 1984

Joni Mitchell’s album Ladies of the Canyon is certified Platinum – October 13, 1986

Prince releases the album which the symbol that would become his name. October13, 1992

“Jailhouse Rock” releases – October 14, 1957

Kiss Releases “Alive II”

“Alive II” by Kiss releases October 14, 1977

Pink Floyd’s “Wish You Were Here” releases in the U.K. October 15, 1975

“Angie” by The Rolling Stones hits #1 – October 15, 1973

Led Zeppelin’s In Through the Out Door hits #1 – October 15, 1979

Marvin Gaye’s “Sexual Healing” enters Billboard’s RnB charts on October 15, 1982

Surfing With An Alien Releases!

Joe Satriani releases his iconic “Surfing With An Alien” – October 15, 1987

“Electric Ladyland” releases October 16, 1968.

“Song In The Key Of Life” releases – October 16, 1976

The Theme from Shaft releases October 16, 1971

The Rolling Stones releases 12×5 October 17, 1964

Lynyrd Skynyrd releases “Street Survivors” October 17, 1977

“Tusk” By Fleetwood Mac Releases!

Fleetwood Mac’s, Tusk releases – October 17, 1979

“One Week” by The Bare-Naked Ladies goes to #1 for one week. October 17, 1998

The Rolling Stones releases “It’s Only Rock N’ Roll”. October 18, 1974

This Week In Rock:

The Beatles open for Little Richard – October 12, 1962

Bob Dylan, receives the Nobel Prize in Literature. Previous winners in this category include William Golding, John Steinbeck, and William Faulkner – October 13, 2016

B.B. King receives a lifetime achievement award at the Music of Black Origin Awards in Royal Albert Hall, London. October 14, 1998

Buddy Holly opens for Bill Haley and his Comets in Lubbock, Texas, Holly’s hometown. Eddie Crandell, a Nashville talent scout, likes Holly’s performance. Crandell gets Buddy Holly some studio time to record his first demo – October 14, 1955

“Running Down A Dream” Tom Petty’s documentary film debuts – October 14, 2007

Ringo Starr, replacing former drummer Pete Best who was sick, records with The Beatles. This is the first time the foursome of John Lennon, Ringo Starr, Paul McCartney, and George Harrison recorded together. The recording session had The Beatles backing Wally Eymond on his cover of the Gershwins’ “Summertime”. October 15, 1960

Jimi Hendrix signs his first recording contract for the whopping sum of $1.00 plus 1% of royalties – October 15, 1965

The New Yardbirds, now known as Led Zeppelin, play their first show as Led Zeppelin. The venue is England’s Surrey University – October 15, 1968

Howlin’ Wolf Suffers A Heart Attack

Howlin’ Wolf suffers from his first heart attack. This one would not be fatal – October 15, 1969

Ike And Tina Turner end their musical duo – October 15, 1976

The Guitar Legends Festival begins in Seville, Spain. This cool concert includes performances by Roger Waters, Joe Satriani, and B.B. King – October 15, 1991

Jump-blues singer / rock and roll pioneer Richard Penniman, AKA Little Richard, records his first sides for RCA Camden West. The recordings occurs at the WGST radio station’s studios in Atlanta, Georgia – October 16, 1951

It takes The Beatles all of three takes to record “Day Tripper” at Abbey Road Studios – October 16, 1965.

Joan Baez is at an antiwar protest to block the entrance to an army induction center. She and others go to jail – October 16, 1966

CCR Calls it Quits

After taking the world by storm, Creedence Clearwater Revival decides to call it quits October 16, 1972

Chuck Berry’s 60th birthday bash takes place in St. Louis with a tribute concert featuring Keith Richards, Bruce Springsteen, Eric Clapton, Etta James, Robert Cray, and Linda Ronstadt. The documentary releases as Hail! Hail! Rock ‘n’ Roll in 1987. October 16, 1986

The Red-Hot Chili Peppers embark on their “Blood Sugar Sex Magik” tour. The new opening band called Pearl Jam – October 16, 1991

The third US tour by Led Zeppelin opens up in Carnegie Hall – October 17, 1969

After 20 months of being in prison, Chuck Berry is a free man –  October 18, 1963

The Animals start their first UK tour as the headlining act – October 18, 1964

Rod Stewart joins the band Faces – October 18, 1969

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