This month in sweet music history


This Month in music History

October 1

• 1975: Al Jackson of The MG’s is shot to death in his Memphis, Tenn. home by an intruder; oddly, his wife had shot him in the chest in July

October 2

• 1994: John Mellencamp announces he has had a mild heart attack brought on by a four-pack-per -day cigarette habit

• 1967: All six members of the Grateful Dead are arrested for drug possession after a raid at their 710 Ashbury Street house in San Francisco

• 1951: Sting is born Gordon Sumner, in Newcastle, England

October 3

• 1967: Woody Guthrie dies in Queens, New York, at the age of 55

• 1954: Stevie Ray Vaughan is born

October 4

• 1992: Singer Sinead O’Connor rips up a picture of Pope John Paul during an appearance on “Saturday Night Live”

• 1970: Janis Joplin dies of a heroin overdose in a Los Angeles hotel room at the age of 27

• 1956: Johnny Cash is jailed for one night for drug possession

October 5

• 1992: Guns N’ Roses holds the top two positions on the charts with their albums, Use Your Illusion I and Use Your Illusion II

• 1954: Humanitarian and Boomtown Rats leader Bob Geldof is born

• 1949: Brian Johnson of AC/DC is born

October 6

• 1994: Glen Frey undergoes colon surgery

October 7

• 1957: “American Bandstand” with Dick Clark premieres on U.S. television

October 8

• 1980: Bob Marley collapses during a concert in Pittsburgh and will never perform again

• 1966: The U.S. Government officially declares LSD an illegal substance

October 9

• 1975: Sean Ono Lennon is born to John Ono Lennon and Yoko Lennon Ono

• 1940: John Lennon is born

October 10

• 1978: Steve Perry joins Journey

• 1953: David Lee Roth is born

• 1917: Thelonius Monk is born

October 12

• 1997: John Denver is killed when the plane he is piloting crashes over Monterey Bay, Calif.

• 1979: Ian Anderson of Jethro Tull suffers an eye injury after a rose is thrown on stage and a thorn pierces his eye

• 1978: Nancy Spungen, girlfriend to ex-Sex Pistol Sid Vicious, is found dead of knife wounds in room 100 of New York City’s Chelsea Hotel

October 13

• 1941: Singer/songwriter/musician Paul Simon is born

October 16

• 1977: John Mayer is born

• 1971: Isaac Hayes’ “Theme From Shaft” is released

• 1962: Flea of The Red Hot Chili Peppers is born Michael Balzary

• 1947: Bob Weir of the Grateful Dead is born

October 17

• 1990: Vanilla Ice’s To The Extreme is the first album to top the U.S. album chart on CD without a vinyl counterpart

• 1974: Eminem is born Bruce Marshall Mathers III

October 18

• 1931: Phonograph inventor Thomas Edison dies

• 1926: Chuck Berry is born

October 19

• 1965: Todd Park Mohr of Big Head Todd is born

October 20

• 1977: Lynyrd Skynyrd loses Ronnie Van Zant, Steve Gaines and Cassie Gaines when their plane crashes into a Mississippi swamp

• 1971: Snoop Doggy Dogg is born Calvin Broadus

October 21

• 1995: Shannon Hoon, lead singer of Blind Melon, dies of a cocaine overdose at the age of 28

October 24

• 1962: James Brown records “Live From The Apollo”

October 25

• 1991: Concert promoter Bill Graham dies in a helicopter crash

October 27

• 1975: Bruce Springsteen is on the covers of both Time and Newsweek magazines as a result of his “Born To Run” popularity

• 1967: Scott Weiland of Stone Temple Pilots and Velvet Revolver is born

October 28

• 1936: Charlie Daniels is born

October 29

• 1971: At the age of 24, Duane Allman dies in surgery after he is injured in a motorcycle accident in Macon, Ga.

October 30

• 1986: License To Ill by The Beastie Boys becomes the first rap album to reach #1

October 31

• 1966: King Ad-Rock of The Beastie Boys is born Adam Horovitz

Complied from the archives of Rock & Roll Library

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