It is always a cool moment when two of your favorite things come together. On September 30, 1993, the famous cartoon The Simpsons featured two iconic musicians on their fifth season premiere episode. David Crosby (Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young) and George Harrison (You know him) showed up alongside Homer and his friends. Over the show’s impressive 28 seasons, many bands and musicians have been featured on episodes. Some of those to be ‘Simpsonized’ are: Red Hot Chili Peppers, Sting, James Taylor, Los Lobos, Brian Setzer, Tom Waits, and more!

 

BORN THIS WEEK IN ROCK HISTORY:

Buddy Rich: September 30, 1917 (jazz drummer)

Marc Bolan: September 30, 1947 (Guitar, T-Rex)

Albert Collins: October 1, 1932 (blues guitarist and vocalist)

Earl Slick: October 1, 1952 (guitar, David Bowie and John Lennon)

Don McLean: October 2, 1945 (singer-songwriter)

Mike Rutherford: October 2, 1950 (bass, Genesis)

Sting: October 2, 1951 (bass/vocals, Sting)

Chubby Checker: October 3, 1941 (singer and dancer)

Lindsey Buckingham: October 3, 1949 (guitar and vocals, Fleetwood Mac)

Keb Mo: October 3, 1951 (blues guitarist)

Stevie Ray Vaughan: October 3, 1954 (vocals and guitar, Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble)

Tommy Lee: October 3, 1962 (drums, Motley Crue)

Duke Robillard: October 4, 1948 (guitar, Roomful of Blues and the Fabulous Thunderbirds)

Christopher Lowe: October 4, 1959 (Pet Shop Boys)

Steve Miller: October 5, 1943 (vocals & guitar, The Steve Miller Band)

Brian Johnson: October 5, 1947 (vocals, AC/DC)

 Kevin Cronin: October 6, 1951 (Vocals, REO Speedwagon)

 

 

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)

Benjamin Orr: October 3, 2000 (singer/bassist, the Cars)

Janis Joplin: October 4, 1970

 Danny Gatton: October 4, 1994 (blues/rockabilly guitarist)

 

 

MUSIC RELEASES AND TOP OF THE CHARTS…
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

Oasis release “What’s the Story Morning Glory?: October 2, 1995

The Animals by The Animals is released: October 3, 1964

CCR’s Green River LP hits #1: October 4, 1969

Pink Floyd’s LP Wish You Were Here hits #1: October 4, 1975
“Another One Bites The Dust” by Queen goes #1 in the US: October 4, 1980

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 iconic Gershwin musical Porgy and Bess opens up. After a revival in 1942, it will become one of the longest running musicals in history: September 30, 1935

The Simpson’s cartoon gets a special ‘voice guest’ appearance from George Harrison and David Crosby: September 30, 1993

Fleetwood Mac set a record at the Continental Airlines Arena in New Jersey, grossing $1,094,520: September 30, 1997

The Drew Carey show features special guests Slash, Joe Ramone, Johnny Lang, and Rick Nielsen: September 30, 1998

The Beatles sign their first management contract with Brian Epstein, often called “The Fifth Beatle”: October 1, 1962

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 band Pink Floyd come to New York for their first US tour: October 1, 1967

Jimi Hendrix is buried in Seattle Washington: October 1, 1970

David Bowie moves to West Berlin for three years and takes a hiatus from music: October 1, 1976

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

The Rolling Stones’ “A Bigger Bang” tour sets a new world record after the two-year tour brings in over $558 million: October 3, 2007

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

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

 

Patrick Ortiz

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