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



Justin Hayward: October 14, 1946 (guitar, The Moody Blues)

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

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

John Mayer: October 16, 1972 (guitarist)

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

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

Bob Mould: October 16, 1960 (guitar, Husker Du)

Michael Hossack: October 17, 1946 (drummer, Doobie Brothers)

Pino Palladino: October 17, 1957 (bass, John Mayer/The Who)

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

Billy Cox: October 18, 1941 (bass, Jimi Hendrix)

Patrick Simmons: October 19, 1948 (guitar, The Doobie Brothers)

Ric Lee: October 20, 1945 (drummer, Ten Years After)

Tom Petty: October 20, 1950 (rock and roll singer and guitarist)


Son Thomas: October 14, 1926 (Delta blues musician)

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

Cordell Mosson: October 16, 1952 (bass, Parliament-Funkadelic)

Barney Kessel: October 17, 1923 (jazz guitarist)

Peter Tosh: October 19, 1944 (guitar & keyboard, Bob Marley and the Wailers)

Jelly Roll Morton: October 20, 1890 (Pivotal pianist)


Bing Crosby: October 14, 1977 (Singer)

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

Cole Porter: October 15, 1964 (prolific jazz composer)

Gene Krupa: October 16, 1973 (jazz drummer)

Art Blakey: October 16, 1990 (jazz drummer)

Leonard Chess: October 16, 1969 (record mogul)

Tim Hauser: October 16, 2014 (Manhattan Transfer)

Alberta Hunter: October 17, 1984 (blues vocalist)

Bob Brunning: October 18, 2011 (bass, Fleetwood Mac)

Son House: October 19, 1988 (blues vocalist and guitarist)

Glen Buxton: October 19, 1997 (lead guitar for Alice Cooper)

Ronnie Van Zant: October 20, 1977 (lead vocals, Lynyrd Skynyrd)

Steve Gaines: October 20, 1977 (guitar, Lynyrd Skynyrd)

Cassie Gaines: October 20, 1977 (backing vocals, Lynyrd Skynyrd)

Shannon Hoon: October 21, 1995 (vocals, Blind Melon)


“Jailhouse Rock” Is Released: October 14, 1957

“Alive II” by Kiss is released: October 14, 1977

“For Once In My Life” by Stevie Wonder is released: October 15, 1968

Pink Floyd’s “Wish You Were Here” is released 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: October 15, 1982

Joe Satriani releases his iconic “Surfing With The Alien”: October 15, 1987

“Electric Ladyland” is released: October 16, 1968

“Song In The Key Of Life” is released: October 16, 1976

The Theme from Shaft is released: October 16, 1971

The Rolling Stones release 12×5: October 17, 1964

Lynyrd Skynyrd release “Street Survivors:” October 17, 1977

Fleetwood Mac, Tusk was released: October 17, 1979

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

The Rolling Stones release It’s Only Rock N’ Roll: October 18, 1974

“Prince” the artist’s second album is released: October 19, 1979

“Angie” by the Rolling Stones hits #1: October 20, 1973

The Eagles’ LP The Long Run hits #1: October 20, 1979

The Beatles’ “Yesterday” is certified gold: October 20, 1965


B.B. King is presented with 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, is sufficiently impressed with 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 Gershwin’s’ “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 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 occur 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.

Folk singer Joan Baez is arrested at an antiwar protest for blocking the entrance to an army induction center –  October 16, 1966

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

Chuck Berry’s 60th birthday bash (held three days before his actual birthday) takes place in St. Louis with a tribute concert featuring Keith Richards, Bruce Springsteen, Eric Clapton, Etta James, Robert Cray and Linda Ronstadt. Footage is shot for the 1987 documentary Hail! Hail! Rock ‘N’ Roll –  October 16, 1986

The Red Hot Chili Peppers embark on their “Blood Sugar Sex Magik” tour with a 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 released – 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

The Yardbirds, currently boasting both Jeff Beck and Jimmy Page on guitar, begin their first American tour in New York City. However, Beck would last all of two gigs before leaving the band – October 19, 1966

Mick Jagger stars in the film Ned Kelly. This is Jagger’s first starring role. The critics hate it – October 19, 1970

Members of the Southern Rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd are killed in a plane crash –  October 20, 1977

The Police debut in the US by performing at CBGB’s in New York –  October 20, 1978

That’s all for This Week in Rock History! Be sure to check back next week for the latest Rock history tidbits!