Born This Week:

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

Robert “Kool” Bell: October 8, 1950 (vocals/bass, Kool and the Gang)

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

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

John Lennon: October 9, 1940

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

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

Thelonious Monk: October 10, 1917 (jazz pianist)

John Prine: October 10, 1946 (notable folk and country musician)

Cyril Neville: October 10, 1948 (percussion, The Meters)

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

Art Blakey: October 11, 1919 (jazz drummer)

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

James Dewar: October 12, 1942 (bassist, Robin Trower)

Art Tatum: October 13, 1909 (jazz pianist)

Ray Brown: October 13, 1926 (jazz bassist)

Paul Simon: October 13, 1941 (guitar/singer, Simon and Garfunkel)

Robert Lamm: October 13, 1944 (keyboard, Chicago)

Sammy Hagar: October 13, 1947 (Rock Singer)

Colin Hodgkinson: October 14, 1945 (blues bassist)

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


Those Who Passed On

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)

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

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

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

Chuck Ruff: October 14, 2011 (drummer, Edgar Winter)


Music Releases And Top Of The Charts


“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” is released: 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

The Beatles “Yesterday” reaches #1: October 9 1965

“Witchy Woman” by the Eagles is released: 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” is released 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

“Goodbye Yellow Brick Road” by Elton John 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 is certified Platinum: October 13, 1986

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


This Week In Rock:

 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. 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 plays his last show with Faces: October 12, 1975

The surprising US album charts : October 12, 1996
#1 Celine Dion – Falling Into You
#2 Kenny G – The Moment
#3 Marilyn Manson – Antichrist Superstar

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. He’s the first American to win since Toni Morrison in 1993. – October 13, 2016


B.B. King picks up a lifetime achievement award at the Music of Black Origin (MOBO) Awards, held at the Royal Albert Hall in London – October 14, 1998