Janis Joplin

Born This Week in Rock History:

Albert Collins: October 1, 1932 (blues guitarist and vocalist)
Don McLean: October 2, 1945 (singer-songwriter)
Mike Rutherford: October 2, 1950 (bass, Genesis)
Lindsey Buckingham: October 3, 1949 (guitar and vocals, Fleetwood Mac)
Stevie Ray Vaughan: October 3, 1954 (vocals and guitar, Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble)
Steve Miller: October 5, 1943 (vocals & guitar, The Steve Miller Band)
Brian Johnson: October 5, 1947 (vocals, AC/DC)


Died This Week in Rock History:

Al Jackson: October 1, 1975 (drums, Booker T. and the MG’s)
Bruce Palmer: October 1, 2004 (bass, Buffalo Springfield)
Woody Guthrie: October 3, 1967 (folk singer-songwriter)
Janis Joplin: October 4, 1970


Music releases and top of the charts…

The Beatles, Abbey Road was released: October 1, 1969
John Lennon’s LP Imagine is certified gold: October 1, 1971
Pink Floyd releases Atom Heart Mother in the U.K.: October 2, 1970
Rod Stewart’s “Maggie May” hits #1: October 2, 1971
The Animals by The Animals is released: October 3, 1964
Pink Floyd’s LP Wish You Were Here hits #1: October 4, 1975
Ray Charles’ “Hit the Road Jack,” hits #1 on the Billboard charts: October 5, 1961
The Who’s LP soundtrack The Kids Are Alright is certified platinum: October 5, 1979
Led Zeppelin’s In Through the Out Door hits #1: October 6, 1979
Bob Dylan’s “Gotta Serve Somebody” enters the charts: October 6, 1979
The Beatles release the “Come Together” / “Something” double A-side single: October 6, 1969
Bruce Springsteen is sued for… not buying a horse?: October 6, 2007


This Week in Rock History:

  • The Beatles sign their first management contract with Brian Epstein, often called “The Fifth Beatle”: October 1, 1962
  • The Drew Carey show features special guests Slash, Joe Ramone, Johnny Lang, and Rick Nielsen: September 30, 1998
  • Parlaphone Records releases the The Beatles’ first single, “Love Me Do”. Radio Luxembourg becomes the first station to ever play the band on the radio that night. Beatles’ producer George Martin calls this “the day the world changed”: October 5, 1962
  • The Jimi Hendrix Experience forms in London, becoming one of the most important rock bands of all-time. Hendrix changes guitar playing forever: October 5, 1966
  • Original members of the Wailer Bob Marley, Peter Tosh, and Bunny Wailer play their last gig together. The show is the Wonder Dream Concert in Kingston, Jamaica. The show was a benefit concert arranged by Stevie Wonder: October 5, 1975
  • After a hiatus beginning in 1983, The Who begins again by having Roger Daltrey announce that they will play a gig in Las Vegas: October 5, 1999
  • Stevie Wonder and Jimi Hendrix jam together BBC Radio’s show Top Gear: October 6, 1967
  • Rolling Stone Magazine names “We Built This City” by Starship “the worst song of the ’80s” after taking a poll. Why, Grace Slick, why??: October 6, 2011
  • Bob Dylan introduces his new band, The Hawks, at a show at Carnegie Hall. They would later change their name to simply The Band: October 1, 1966
  • Jimi Hendrix debuts on a UK stage, by jumping on stage and jamming with the band during a Cream show at London Polytechnic: October 1, 1966
  • The band Traffic makes their concert debut at the Saville Theatre in London: October 1, 1967
  • The Madison Square Garden Hall of Fame inducts its first musician, rock singer-songwriter Elton John: October 1, 1977
  • Everyone in the Grateful Dead is arrested for marijuana possession in San Francisco: October 2, 1967
  • Joe Cocker jams with Joe Cocker #2, played by John Belushi, on Saturday Night Live: October, 2 1976
  • Peter Gabriel and Steve Hackett reunite with Genesis for a one-show benefit at the Milton Keynes Bowl in England. The show is to help raise money for Gabriel’s WOMAD (World of Music, Arts, and Dance) project: October 2, 1982
  • Texas Governor Ann Richard proclaims October 3rd to be “Stevie Ray Vaughan Day”. The holiday is celebrated with an annual motorcycle ride and benefit concert that raises money for the Stevie Ray Vaughan Memorial Scholarship Fund: October 3, 1991
  • Bob Dylan makes his Carnegie Hall debut. 53 lucky fans attend: October 4, 1961
  • Eric Clapton, replacing guitarist Anthony “Top” Tophan, joins The Yardbirds for the first time at a show at the Crawdaddy Club: October 4, 1963

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