OCTOBER 21 – 27 – This Week In Rock History



A reunited Cream sells out a three nightstand at Madison Square Garden – October 24, 2005



Steve Cropper – October 21, 1941 (Guitar, Booker T and the MG’s)

Elvin Bishop – October 21, 1942 (Guitar, Paul Butterfield Blues Band)

Tetsu Yamauchi – October 21, 1941 (Bass, Faces and Free)

Eddie Brigati –  October 22, 1946 (Singer, The Rascals)

Greg Ridley – October 23, 1947 (Bass, Humble Pie)

Bill Wyman – October 24, 1936 (Bass, The Rolling Stones)

Jerry Edmonton – October 24, 1946 (drummer, Steppenwolf)

Dale Griffin – October 24, 1948 (Drummer, Mott The Hoople)

Jon Anderson – October 25, 1944 (Lead Vocals, Acoustic Guitar, Yes)

Chad Smith – October 25, 1961 (Drums, Red Hot Chili Peppers)

Bootsy Collins – October 26, 1951 (Bass, Parliament-Funkadelic)

Kenneth K.K. Downing – October 26, 1951 (Judas Priest – guitarist, songwriter)


Dizzy Gillespie – October 21, 1917 (Jazz Musician, Trumpet)

Weird Al Yankovic – October 23, 1959 (Singer/Songwriter)

Mahalia Jackson – October 26, 1911 (Singer – Aka Queen of Gospel Music)


Shannon Hoon – October 21, 1995 (Singer, Blind Melon)

Jimmy Miller – October 22, 1994 (Record Producer: Blind Faith, Traffic)

Robert E. True – October 22, 1998 (guitarist for The Vagabonds)

George Young – October 22, 2017 (The Easy beats leader, brother of Angus & Malcolm of AC/DC)

Bill Graham – October 25, 1991 (rock impresario)

Jack Bruce – October 25, 2014 (lead vocals and bass, Cream)

Lou Reed – October 27, 2017 (Guitarist/ Singer, The Velvet Underground)


Elvis Presley’s “Jailhouse Rock” hits #1 October 21, 1957

“My Ding-a-Ling” By Chuck Berry is the #1 Song In America – October 21, 1972

“Superfly” reaches #1 – October 21, 1972

Meatloaf releases “Bat Out of Hell” – October 21, 1977

“Yesterday” is the #1 single in America – October 22, 1965

Led Zeppelin, The Song Remains The Same was released – October 22, 1976

Bob Seger releases “Night Moves” – October 22, 1976

The Byrds, “Turn! Turn! Turn!” was released – October 23, 1965

Santana’s LP Abraxas hits #1 – October 24, 1970

Jimi Hendrix Experience, Electric Ladyland was released  – October 25, 1968

The Guess Who’s “Laughing” is certified gold – October 25, 1968

Led Zeppelin’s LP Led Zeppelin III hits #1 – October 25, 1970

The Beatles’ LP Abbey Road is certified gold – October 27, 1969


The city of Los Angeles declares this “Elton John Week” and awards the musician his own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6915 Hollywood Blvd. – October 21, 1975

Keith Moon plays his final show as the drummer with The Who – October 21, 1976

Bo Diddley is forced to have his toe amputated. The concert is postponed – October 21, 2004

The first female group to hit No.1 album on the US charts.

The Supremes were the first female group to have a No.1 album on the US charts “The Supremes A Go Go” – October 22, 1966

On October 22, 1964, The High Numbers (who become the Who), audition for the record label EMI who turns them down.

Paul McCartney comes out with an official statement denying his death. To this day, it remains one of the most debated facts in rock history – October 22, 1969

For a record breaking 26th time, Elton John sells out Madison Square Garden – October 22, 1988

The Yardbirds play their first show featuring Jimmy Page on lead guitar at the Fillmore West in San Francisco – October 23, 1966

The Jimi Hendrix Experience records “Hey Joe” – October 23, 1966

James Brown plays a show at the storied Apollo Theater. On October 24,1962, It’s released as “Live at the Apollo”. 

Pink Floyd are forced to cancel their first U.S. tour after Syd Barrett refuses to lip-sync their hit “Arnold Layne” on American Bandstand – October 24, 2967

On October 24,1973, John Lennon sues the United States for his allegations that he was bugged and wiretapped by the U.S. government. Beacuse they were trying to deport him and for being an anti-war radical.

Paul McCartney receives a special rhodium album from The Guinness Book of World Records for being the best-selling songwriter in recorded music history. He sold over 100 million records and wrote 43 platinum songs – October 24, 1980

Cream Sells out Madison Square Garden!

A reunited Cream sells out a three nightstand at Madison Square Garden – October 24, 2005

A 17-year-old Keith Richards meets an old schoolmate named Mick Jagger at a London train station. Richards takes note of the R&B albums Jagger is holding, and soon after the two young men form a band: Little Boy Blue and the Blue Boys – October 25, 1960

The Rolling Stones make their U.S. television debut on the Ed Sullivan show. The rowdy audience nearly tears the studio seats apart, prompting Sullivan to say, “” I promise you they’ll never be back on our show. It took me 17 years to build this up, I’m not going to have it destroyed in a matter of weeks. The band returns to the show five more times. – October 25, 1964

The New Yardbirds make their live debut at England’s Surrey University. The poster calls the show the “first big dance of the term”. The New Yardbirds, change their name to Led Zeppelin on October 25, 1968

According to Forbes Magazine, the highest earning dead celebrity is Nirvana’s Kurt Cobain. – October 25, 2006.

Bob Dylan signs with Columbia records – October 26, 1961

The Beatles go to Buckingham Palace to receive Members of the British Empire (MBE) medals from Queen Elizabeth II – October 26, 1965

Queen records “Under Pressure.” – October 26, 1981

Black Sabbath starts their first US tour – October 27, 1970

Bruce Springsteen is on the cover of Time and Newsweek magazines – October 27, 1975

Bo Diddley files a lawsuit against the estate of his late manager Martin Otelsberg, claiming he took $75,000 through unauthorized personal expenses. Diddley receives $400,000. – October 27,1992

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