Born This Week in Rock History:

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

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

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

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

Chad Smith October 25, 1962 (Red Hot Chili Peppers)

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

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

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

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

Died This Week in Rock History:

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 Easybeats leader, brother of Angus and Malcolm Young of AC/DC)

Bill Graham: October 25, 1991 (rock impresario)

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

Music releases and top of the charts

Led Zeppelin, The Song Remains The Same was released: 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

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

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

 This Week in Rock History:

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

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 that is released the following year as Live at the Apollo: October 24, 1962

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, 1967

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

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

A reunited Cream sells out a three-night stand 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. We won’t book any more rock ‘n’ roll groups. Frankly, I didn’t see the group until the day before the broadcast. I was shocked when I saw them.” As it turned out, the band would return 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, of course, will soon change their name to Led Zeppelin: October 25, 1968

Forbes states that the highest earning deceased celebrity is now Nirvana’s Kurt Cobain: October 25, 2006

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

– Tribut Apparel / J&R Adventures

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