This Month in Music History – October


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
October 3
•    1967: Woody Guthrie dies 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 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 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
October 8
•    1980: Bob Marley collapses during a concert in Pittsburgh and will never perform again
October 9
•    1975: Sean Ono Lennon is born to John Ono Lennon and Yoko Lennon Ono
•    1940: John Lennon is born
October 12
•    1997: John Denver is killed when the plane he is piloting crashes over Monterey Bay, Calif.
• 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 16
•    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
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 25
•    1991: Concert promoter Bill Graham dies in a helicopter crash
October 29
•    1971: At the age of 24, Duane Allman dies while 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

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