It’s Friday my friends! 

 

BORN THIS WEEK IN ROCK HISTORY:

Dizzy Gillespie: October 21, 1917 (Jazz Musician, Trumpet)

Steve Cropper: October 21, 1941 (Guitar, Booker T and the MG’s)

Elvin Bishop: October 21, 1942 (Guitar, Paul Butterfield Blues Band)

Tetsu Yamauchi: October 21, 1941 (Bass, Faces and Free)

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

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

Jerry Edmonton: October 24, 1946 (drummer, Stepenwolf)

Dale Griffin: October 24, 1948 (Drummer, Mott The Hoople)

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

Chad Smith: October 25, 1961 (Drums, Red Hot Chili Peppers)

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

 

DIED THIS WEEK IN ROCK HISTORY:

Shannon Hoon: October 21, 1995 (Singer, Blind Melon)

Jimmy Miller: October 22, 1994 (Record Producer: Blind Faith, Traffic)

Bill Graham: October 25, 1991 (rock impresario)

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

Lou Reed: October 27, 2017 (Guitarist/ Singer, The Velvet Underground)

 

MUSIC RELEASES AND TOP OF THE CHARTS

Elvis Presley’s “Jailhouse Rock” hits #1 October 21, 1957

“My Ding-a-Ling” By Chuck Berry is the #1 Song In America: October 21, 1972

“Superfly” reaches #1: October 21, 1972

Meatloaf releases “Bat Out of Hell”: October 21, 1977

“Yesterday” is the #1 single in America: October 22, 1965

Led Zeppelin, The Song Remains The Same was released: October 22, 1976

Bob Seager releases “Night Moves”: 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

The Guess Who’s “Laughing” is certified gold: 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 city of Los Angeles declares this “Elton John Week” and awards the musician his own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6915 Hollywood Blvd: October 21, 1975

Keith Moon plays his final show as the drummer with The Who: October 21, 1976

Bo Diddley is forced to postpone a concert in order to have his toe amputated…: October 21, 2004

The High Numbers (later became The Who) audition for the record label EMI who turned them down: October 22, 1964

Paul McCartney comes out with an official statement denying his death. This still remains one of the most debated facts in rock history: October 22, 1969

For a record breaking 26th time, Elton John sells out Madison Square Garden: October 22, 1988

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, 2967

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

Bob Dylan signs with Columbia records: October 26, 1961

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

Queen records “Under Pressure.” It goes Duh Duh Duh Dididda Duh Duh: October 26, 1981

Black Sabbath start their first US tour: October 27, 1970

Bruce Springsteen is shown on the cover of both Time and Newsweek magazines: October 27, 1975

Bo Diddley filed a lawsuit against the estate and widow of his late manager Martin Otelsberg, claiming he had taken $75,000 through unauthorized personal expenses. In July, 1994, Diddley was reported to have been awarded $400,000 by a federal judge. : October 27, 1992

 

 

Patrick Ortiz 

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