October 5th – 11th Born This Week: 

Steve Miller – October 5, 1943 (vocals & guitar, The Steve Miller Band)

Brian Johnson – October 5, 1947 (vocals, AC/DC)

Kevin Cronin – October 6, 1951 (Vocals, REO Speedwagon)

Happy Birthday David Hidalgo!

David Hidalgo – October 6, 1954 (vocals, Los Lobos)

Kevin Godley – October 7, 1945 (drums, 10cc)

Dave Hope – October 7, 1949 (bass, Kansas)

Happy Birthday John Mellencamp!

John Mellencamp – October 7, 1951

Thom Yorke – October 7, 1968 (singer, Radio Head)

Johnny Ramone – October 8, 1948 (guitar, The Ramones)

CJ Ward (Ramone) – October 8, 1965 (bass, The Ramones)

O.V. Wright – October 9, 1939 (soul and R&B singer)

Happy Birthday John Lennon!

John Lennon – October 9, 1940

John Entwistle – October 9, 1944 (bass, The Who)

Jackson Brown – October 9, 1948 (Well-known singer/songwriter)

David Lee Roth – October 10, 1955 (singer, Van Halen)

Thelonious Monk – October 11, 1917 (jazz pianist)

Happy Birthday Art Blakey!

Art Blakey – October 11, 1919 (jazz drummer)

Daryl Hall – October 11, 1946 (singer/guitarist, Hall & Oats)

Died This Week In Rock – OCTOBER 5th – 11th

Nick Curran – October 6, 2012 (blues/rock singer)

BJ Wilson – October 8, 1990 (drummer, Procol Harum)

Grady Tate – October 8, 2017 (jazz drummer)

Sister Rosetta Tharpe – October 9, 1973 (rock and roll musician)

Gidget Gein – October 9, 2008 (Bassist, Marilyn Manson)

Solomon Burke – October 10, 2010 (founding father of soul music)

Tex Williams – October 11, 1985 (American country-western singer)

Music Releases & Top of The Charts…

Ray Charles’ “Hit the Road Jack,” hits #1 on the Billboard charts – October 5, 1961

The Who’s LP soundtrack “The Kids Are Alright” is certified platinum – October 5, 1979

Led Zeppelin’s In Through the Out Door hits #1 – October 6, 1979

Bob Dylan’s “Gotta Serve Somebody” enters the charts – October 6, 1979

The Beatles release the “Come Together” / “Something” double A-side single – October 6, 1969

Bruce Springsteen Is Sued?

Bruce Springsteen is sued for… not buying a horse? October 6, 2007

“Got To Be There” Michael Jackson’s first single releases – October 7, 1971

“Song in The Key of Life” by Stevie Wonder debuts on the Billboard Pop Albums charts at #1 – October 8, 1976

Prince’s third album “Dirty Mind” releases – October 8, 1980

“Love Bites” from Def Leppard hits #1 – October 8, 1988

Ray Charles’ album “Genius Loves Company” goes Platinum – October 8, 2004

Ray Charles’ “Hit The Road Jack” hits #1 on the Billboard Pop Chart – October 9, 1961

Yesterday Reaches #1

The Beatles “Yesterday” reaches #1 – October 9, 1965

“Witchy Woman” by the Eagles is releases – October 9, 1972

“Loves Me Like A Rock” by Paul Simon is certified Gold – October 9. 1973

“Love Me Tender” by Elvis enters the charts – October 10, 1956

“In the Court of the Crimson King” releases by King Crimson – October 10, 1969

“She Loves You” from the Beatles is certified Gold – October 11, 1963

John Lennon releases the hit song “Imagine” – October 11, 1971


Parlaphone Records releases The Beatles’ first single, “Love Me Do”. Radio Luxembourg becomes the first station to ever play the band on the radio that night. Beatles’ producer George Martin calls this “the day the world changed” October 5, 1962

The Jimi Hendrix Experience forms in London, becoming one of the most important rock bands of all-time. Hendrix changes guitar playing forever. October 5, 1966

Original members of the Wailer Bob Marley, Peter Tosh, and Bunny Wailer play their last gig together. The show is the Wonder Dream Concert in Kingston, Jamaica. The show was a benefit concert arranged by Stevie Wonder. October 5, 1975

After a hiatus beginning in 1983, The Who begins again by having Roger Daltrey announce that they will play a gig in Las Vegas. October 5, 1999

Stevie Wonder and Jimi Hendrix jam together BBC Radio’s show Top Gear. October 6, 1967

Rolling Stone Magazine names “We Built This City” by Starship “the worst song of the ’80s” after taking a poll. October 6, 2011

The famous rock band The Rolling Stones play their latest single “Beast of Burden” on SNL – October 7, 1978
Michael and Janet Jackson become with the first siblings with # 1 solo singles on the Hot 100 – October 7, 1986

Alanis Morrissette is the first female Canadian artist to top Billboard’s album charts when “jagged Little Pill” hit #1. October 7, 1995

Ginger Baker Collapses

After playing an exhilarating 20-minute drum solo, Cream drummer Ginger Baker collapses and has to recover in a local hospital near Sussex University. October 8, 1966

After tracks were playing on the radio, Fleetwood Mac’s album “Tusk” was released weeks ahead of schedule. October 8, 1979

Chuck Berry is given a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame: October 8, 1987
After a record setting 741 weeks on the Hot 200 Album Chart, “Dark Side of the Moon” finally falls off. October 8, 1988

Bonnie Raitt and Jackson Browne play a benefit show for environmental groups at the Britt Pavilion in Jacksonville, Oregon. Furthermore, they are greeted by the roar of chainsaws wielding loggers upset at their efforts to stifle their livelihood. October 8, 1996

The band Fleetwood Mac receives a star in Hollywood. October 10, 1979

“Frampton Comes Alive” sells over 16 million copies 21 years after release. October 10, 1995
Radiohead tries something new by implementing a pay-what-you want approach to their album “In Rainbows”. October 10, 2007

Gregg Allman, Bo Diddley, Keb’Mo’, Buddy Guy and John Hiatt are among the musicians who perform at a tribute. It’s a tribute to Muddy Waters at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. October 11, 1997.

Rocker Rod Stewart becomes a knight at Buckingham Palace. October 11, 2016

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