This week in rock history tragedy struck when a plane carrying members of the band Lynyrd Skynyrd went down, killing several of them. Lynyrd Skynyrd, of course, is one of the classic American southern-rock bands, producing legendary hits like “Freebird” and “Sweet Home Alabama”. Those epic tunes will be forever inscribed into American culture, and without a doubt the members of Lynyrd Skynyrd who did not survive the crash, including lead vocalist Ronnie Van Zant, guitarist Steve Gaines, and backing vocalist Cassie Gaines, will never be forgotten.

Born This Week in Rock History:

Victoria Spivey: October 15, 1906 (blues singer-songwriter)
Nico: October 16, 1938 (vocalist, The Velvet Underground & Nico)
Fred Turner: October 16, 1943 (lead vocals & bass, Bachman-Turner Overdrive)
Bob Weir: October 16, 1947 (rhythm guitar & vocals, The Grateful Dead)
Chuck Berry: October 18, 1926 (rock and roll singer and guitarist)
Peter Tosh: October 19, 1944 (guitar & keyboard, Bob Marley and the Wailers)
Patrick Simmons : October 19, 1948 (guitar, The Doobie Brothers)

Died This Week in Rock History:

Rick Wright: October 15, 2008 (keyboards, Pink Floyd)
Leonard Chess: October 16, 1969 (record mogul)
Alberta Hunter: October 17, 1984 (blues vocalist)
Son House: October 19, 1988 (blues vocalist and guitarist)
Glen Buxton: October 19, 1997 (lead guitar for Alice Cooper)
Ronnie Van Zant: October 20, 1977 (lead vocals, Lynyrd Skynyrd)
Steve Gaines: October 20, 1977 (guitar, Lynyrd Skynyrd)
Cassie Gaines: October 20, 1977 (backing vocals, Lynyrd Skynyrd)

Music releases and top of the charts…

Pink Floyd’s “Wish You Were Here” is released in the U.K.: October 15, 1975
“Angie” by The Rolling Stones hits #1: October 15, 1973
Led Zeppelin’s In Through the Out Door hits #1: October 15, 1979
The Rolling Stones release 12×5: October 17, 1964
Fleetwood Mac, Tusk was released: October 17, 1979
The Rolling Stones release It’s Only Rock N’ Roll: October 18, 1974
The Eagles’ LP The Long Run hits #1: October 20, 1979
The Beatles’ “Yesterday” is certified gold: October 20, 1965


This Week in Rock History:

Buddy Holly opens for Bill Haley and his Comets in Lubbock, Texas, Holly’s hometown. Eddie Crandell, a Nashville talent scout, is sufficiently impressed with Holly’s performance. Crandell gets Buddy Holly stome studio time to record his first demo: October 14, 1955

Ringo Starr, replacing former drummer Pete Best who was sick, records with The Beatles. This is the first time the foursome of John Lennon, Ringo Starr, Paul McCartney, and George Harrison recorded together. The recording session had The Beatles backing Wally Eymond on his cover of the Gershwins’ “Summertime”. October 15, 1960

Jimi Hendrix signs his first recording contract for the whopping sum of $1.00 plus 1% of royalties. Bad deal for Hendrix: October 15, 1965

The New Yardbirds, now known as Led Zeppelin, play their first show as Led Zeppelin. The venue is England’s Surrey University: October 15, 1968

The Guitar Legends Festival begins in Seville, Spain. This cool concert includes performances by Roger Waters, Joe Satriani, and B.B. King: October 15, 1991

Jump-blues singer / rock and roll pioneer Richard Penniman, AKA Little Richard, records his first sides for RCA Camden West. The recordings occur at the WGST radio station’s studios in Atlanta, Georgia: October 16, 1951

It takes The Beatles all of three takes to record “Day Tripper” at Abbey Road Studios: October 16, 1965.

Folk singer Joan Baez is arrested at an antiwar protest for blocking the entrance to an army induction center: October 16, 1966

The Yardbirds, currently boasting both Jeff Beck and Jimmy Page on guitar, begin their first American tour in New York City. However, Beck would last all of two gigs before leaving the band: October 19, 1966

Mick Jagger stars in the film Ned Kelly. This is Jagger’s first starring role. The critics hate it: October 19, 1970

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