One of the most iconic songs in the world, “Imagine” is released by John Lennon on October 11, 1971.

October 7 – October 13 – THIS WEEK IN ROCK!

THE ANSWER TO THIS WEEK’S QUESTION:

Chuck Berry is given a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame – October 8, 1987

October 7 – October 13 – Born This Week:

Rock:

John Cougar Mellencamp – October 7, 1945 (rock musician)
David Hope – October 7, 1949 (bass, Kansas)
Tico Torres – October 7, 1953 (drummer, Bon Jovi)
Thom Yorke – October 7, 1968 (singer, Radiohead)
Kevin Godley – October 7, 1945 (Drummer 10cc)
John Mellencamp – October 7, 1951 (Musician, Songwriter)
Johnny Ramone – October 8, 1948 (guitar, The Ramones)
CJ Ward (Ramone) – October 8, 1965 (bass, The Ramones)

John Lennon – October 9, 1940 (The Beatles, Singer/Songwriter)
John Entwistle – October 9, 1944 (bass, The Who)
Jackson Brown – October 9, 1948 (singer/songwriter)

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

Daryl Hall – October 11, 1946 (singer/guitarist, Hall & Oats)
James Dewar – October 12, 1942 (bassist, Robin Trower)

Paul Simon – October 13, 1941 (guitar/singer, Simon and Garfunkel)
Robert Lamm – October 13, 1944 (keyboard, Chicago)
Sammy Hagar – October 13, 1947 (Rock Singer)

Soul/Blues/Jazz

Robert “Kool” Bell – October 8, 1950 (vocals/bass, Kool and the Gang)
O.V. Wright – October 9, 1939 (soul and R&B singer)
John Prine – October 10, 1946 (folk and country musician)
Cyril Neville – October 10, 1948 (percussion, The Meters)
Thelonious Monk – October 10, 1917 (jazz pianist)
Art Blakey – October 11, 1919 (jazz drummer)
Art Tatum – October 13, 1909 (jazz pianist)
Ray Brown – October 13, 1926 (jazz bassist)

October 7 – October 13 – Died This Week:

Grady Tate: October 8, 2017 (jazz drummer)

B.J. Wilson, October 8, 1990 (English musician – Procol Harum)

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)

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

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

 Music Releases And Top Of The Charts:

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

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

On October 8, 1980, Prince releases his third album “Dirty Mind.” 

Def Leppard hits #1

Def Leppard’s “Love Bites” 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 Charts – October 9, 1961

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

The Eagle’s “Witchy Woman” is released – October 9, 1972

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

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

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

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

John Lennon – Imagine

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

Elton John’s “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road” 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” goes platinum – October 13, 1986

Prince releases the album which the symbol that would become his name – October 13, 1992

This Week In Rock:

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 Morisette is the first female Canadian artist to top Billboard’s album charts with “jagged Little Pill” hits #1 – October 7, 1995

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

“Dark Side of the Moon” falls off the Charts

“Dark Side of the Moon” falls off the charts after a record setting 741 weeks on the Hot 200 Charts – October 8, 1988

Bonnie Raitt and Jackson Browne play a benefit show for environmental groups at the Britt Pavilion in Jacksonville, Oregon. They are greeted by the roar of chainsaws wielded by 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 to Muddy Waters at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. – October 11, 1997

Rocker Rod Stewart is knighted at Buckingham Palace – October 11, 2016

The Beatles open for Little Richard – October 12, 1962

Rod Stewart

Faces plays their last show with Rod Stewart on October 12,1975.

Bob Dylan is awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature, “For having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition.” Previous winners in this category include William Golding, John Steinbeck, and William Faulkner. Dylan is the first American to win after 1993 – October 13, 2016

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

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