This Month in Music History – October

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This Month in music history

October 2
•    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
October 3
•    1967: Woody Guthrie dies at the age of 55
•    1954: Stevie Ray Vaughan is born
October 4
•    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
•    1954: Humanitarian and Boomtown Rats leader Bob Geldof is born
•    1949: Brian Johnson of AC/DC is born
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
•    1940: John Lennon is born
October 10
•    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
•    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 Paul Simon is born
October 16
•    1977: John Mayer is born
•    1962: Flea of The Red Hot Chili Peppers is born Michael Balzary
•    1947: Bob Weir of The Grateful Dead is born
October 17
•    1974: Eminem is born Bruce Marshall Mathers III
October 18
•    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 an overdose at the age of 28
October 25
•    1991: Concert promoter Bill Graham dies in a helicopter crash
October 27
•    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 undergoing 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

Compiled from the archives of Rock & Roll Library www.rocklibrary.com

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