This Month in Music History – October

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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 number one.

October 31

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

 

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