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Rock Birthdays/Today In Rock: October

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Rock Birthdays
Oct. 7: Tico Torres (Bon Jovi) - 59

Oct. 10: David Lee Roth (Van Halen) - 57
Eric Martin (Mr. Big) - 52

Oct. 12: Jeff Keith (Tesla) - 54

Oct. 13: Sammy Hagar (Chickenfoot/ex-Van Halen/ex-Montrose/HSAS) - 65

Oct. 14: A.J. Pero (Twsited Sister) - 53

Oct. 18: Dan Lilker (ex-Anthrax) - 49

Oct. 20: Fred Coury (Cinderella) - 46

Oct. 22: Bobby Blotzer (Ratt) - 54

Oct. 23: Robert Trujillo (Metallica) - 47
Michael Burston (ex-Motorhead) - 63

Oct. 24: Bill Wyman (Rolling Stones) - 76
Jerry Edmonton (Steppenwolf) - 65
Ted Templeman - Producer - 68

Oct. 25: Glenn Tipton (Judas Priest) - 65
Jon Anderson (Yes) - 68
Matthias Jabs (Scorpions) - 57
Chad Smith (Red Hot Chili Peppers) - 50

Oct. 26: Leslie West (Mountain) - 66

Oct. 27: K.K. Downing (ex-Judas Priest) - 61
Scott Weiland (Stone Temple Pilots) - 45

Oct. 29: ”Ricochet” Reynolds (Black Oak Arkansas) - 64
Steven Sweet (Warrant) - 47
Kevin DuBrow (Quiet Riot - b. 1955, died November 19, 2007 at 52 years old)

Oct. 30: Joey Belladonna (Anthrax) - 52
Chris Slade (Uriah Heep, AC/DC, The Firm, Manfred Mann) - 65
Gavin Rossdale (Bush) - 44

October 31: Larry Mullen (U2) - 51

Today In Rock History
Oct. 3
1967: Woody Guthrie died at the age of 52. He was suffering from Huntington’s Chorea and had spent almost ten years in the hospital.
1970: Janis Joplin listened to a playback of her instrumental song “Buried Alive in the Blues,” for which she intended to cut a vocal to for her album Pearl. She died the next day.
1970: Cream’s Jack Bruce teamed up with John McLaughlin, Larry Young and Tony Williams to form the fusion group Lifetime.
1976: Victoria Spivey died in New York. She was 69. The singer gave Bob Dylan one of his first jobs when she asked him to perform on the 1962 album Victoria Spivey and Her Blues.
1978: The world’s first sculpted album sleeve was for the release of Squeeze’s “Goodbye Girl” single.
1981: The Kinks played Madison Square Garden in New York.
1988: The documentary Imagine: John Lennon, compiled from over 240 hours of unreleased footage, premiered in Hollywood. Leonard Maltin said, “Not exactly a puff job, but a bit discomforting given the obvious calculation that went into the project.”
1989: David Bowie released his GRAMMY-winning box set Sound + Vision. The box was packed with rarities.
1994: In Montreal, Eric Clapton began a tour which was dominated by his blues material.
1996: David Lee Roth was given the sack from Van Halen after rejoining the band in June. Roth later claimed that he was only welcomed back by the band as a publicity stunt for that year’s MTV Video Music Awards.
2000: New York corrections officials denied John Lennon’s killer, Mark Chapman, parole after interviewing him and considering a letter from Yoko Ono.
2000: Benjamin Orr, bassist and vocalist with The Cars, died of cancer in Atlanta. He was 53.
2003: School of Rock, which starred actor-comedian and Tenacious D-member Jack Black, opened in theaters around the country. Black played a would-be rock god who used his position as a substitute teacher to teach his students how to rock. Among the memorable quotes: “In the words of AC/DC: We roll tonight, to the guitar bite. And for those about to rock, I salute you.”
2006: The U.S. Supreme Court threw out a lawsuit by Vinnie Vincent against his former bandmates in Kiss. Vincent alleged he was owed royalties from the 1983 album Lick It Up.

Oct. 4
1963: The Yardbirds invited Eric Clapton to replace their old guitarist Anthony “Top” Topham. Clapton was an art-college friend of vocalist Keith Relf.
1965: The Beatles’ “Yesterday” topped the singles chart.
1968: At Trident Studios, Paul McCartney recorded “Martha My Dear” for The Beatles’ self-titled double album, better known as The White Album.
1968: Cream began their farewell tour at California’s Oakland Coliseum.
1970: Janis Joplin was discovered dead in Hollywood’s Landmark Hotel from an apparent overdose of heroin and alcohol. She was 27.
1973: Those in the audience at a show by Stephen Stills & Manassas got a special treat. First, David Crosby and Graham Nash joined him. Then, Neil Young emerged from the wings. The gig at San Francisco’s Winterland was the first CSNY performance in two years.
1975: Pink Floyd’s Wish You Were Here album went to number one.
1980: In California, Mick Fleetwood, Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks of Fleetwood Mac presented the USC Trojan Marching Band with a platinum record for their contribution to the Tusk album.
1984: Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble performed at Carnegie Hall with guests that included Dr. John and Stevie Ray’s brother, Jimmie Vaughan.
1996: A day after firing David Lee Roth, Van Halen announced that Extreme’s Gary Cherone would be their new lead singer.
2005: Michael Gibbins, drummer for Badfinger died in his sleep at age 56. Badfinger was best known for their hit “Without You.”

Oct. 5
1968: The Who, Small Faces, Joe Cocker and the Crazy World of Arthur Brown began their tour of the British Isles in London.
1969: The Who appeared on the The Ed Sullivan Show.
1970: Violinist Papa John Creach joined Jefferson Airplane.
1970: Prince Rupert Lowenstein was made The Rolling Stones’ financial advisor.
1991: Guns N’ Roses entered the album charts with not one, but two albums. Use Your Illusion II grabbed the number-one spot, with Use Your Illusion I charting second.
1992: The Temptations’ Eddie Kendricks died of lung cancer in his hometown of Birmingham, Alabama. He was 52.
1993: The Beatles two hits compilations, 1962 – 1966 and 1967 –
1970, popularly known as the red album and the blue album, were released on CD.
1999: Paul McCartney released Run Devil Run. The collection of rock ‘n’ roll covers, originally recorded by artists like Carl Perkins and Elvis Presley, was his first album since the death of his wife, Linda McCartney, in 1998.
2003: Ted Nugent became the star of his own reality show, Surviving Nugent, which aired on Vh1. On the program, “The Nuge” introduced a bunch of city slickers to his outdoor lifestyle.
2004: The man who shot John Lennon was denied parole for a third time. The New York State Division of Parole said that Mark David Chapman showed “extreme malicious intent” in killing the former Beatle in December 1980.

Oct. 6
1966: Big Brother & The Holding Company performed at the Love Pageant Rally in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park.
1967: California police closed down San Francisco’s Matrix club during a performance by Big Brother & The Holding Company.
1968: The Doors documentary The Doors Are Open was screened on British TV.
1969: The Beatles released their first single written by George Harrison. “Something” went to number three in the United States.
1978: Mick Jagger issued an apology to the Reverend Jesse Jackson for the lyrics to the song “Some Girls.” Jackson said they were racist.
1979: Fleetwood Mac rush-released their double album Tusk as tracks began being leaked to radio stations.
1980: In Dublin, former Sex Pistols singer John Lydon (a-k-a Johnny Rotten) was arrested after getting involved in a barroom brawl. He was later acquitted on appeal.
1985: Jimmy Page started work on The Firm’s second and final album.
1998: Bruce Springsteen was in British court in an attempt to prevent Masquerade Music from selling a CD called Before the Fame. As the title implied, the album contained recordings made before Bruce signed to Columbia Records. He later won the case.
2003: One-time Van Halen frontman David Lee Roth dropped his lawsuit against the band. Roth was seeking more than 200-thousand dollars in unpaid royalties.
2003: School of Rock, starring burly Tenacious D comic Jack Black as a metalhead-turned-substitute teacher, topped the U-S box office.
2005: A Rolling Stones concert at the University of Virginia was stopped after the venue received a bomb threat. The concert continued after bomb-sniffing dogs surveyed the stage.

Oct. 10
1970: Pink Floyd released their album Atom Heart Mother. On Los Angeles' Sunset Boulevard, the Harvest label promoted the album with 30-foot-high billboards of the album’s cover star, a cow.
1976: The Who and The Grateful Dead played the second of their two co-headlining shows at the Oakland-Alameda County Stadium.
1978: Steve Perry joined Journey as their new lead singer.
1978: A cherry bomb was thrown onstage while Aerosmith performed in Philadelphia, injuring both singer Steve Tyler and guitarist Joe Perry. The band decided to thereafter play behind a chain-link fence.
1979: Los Angeles declared it Fleetwood Mac Day as the band received their star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
1980: A memorial service was held for the late Led Zeppelin drummer John Bonham at his Old Hyde Farm in England. The service was attended by Paul McCartney and Jeff Lynne, among others.
1993: Eddie Vedder went on the radio with Howard Stern and gave out his home phone number, telling fans to call him with questions. They did, and the Pearl Jam singer’s line was jammed for weeks.
2001: Styx’s Dennis DeYoung sued the rest of the band for going on tour without him and for allegedly misusing the Styx logo.

Oct. 11

Oct. 12
1965: George Harrison used a sitar on a Beatles recording for the first time.
1966: The Jimi Hendrix Experience was formed with bassist Noel Redding and drummer Mitch Mitchell.
1967: At De Lane Lea Music Recording Studios, The Beatles recorded “Shirley’s Wild Accordion” with John Lennon acting as producer for the first time.
1968: John Sebastian quit The Lovin’ Spoonful to launch his solo career. His lone top 40 hit was in 1976 with the song “Welcome Back,” the theme tune to ABC’s Welcome Back, Kotter.
1969: On the Detroit radio station WKNR, DJ Russ Gibb was told by a phone caller to play The Beatles’ “Revolution #9” backwards for his listeners. When he did, Gibb thought he heard a voice saying, “Turn me on, dead man,” and concluded it referred to Paul McCartney.
1969: Yoko Ono left King’s College Hospital in London after suffering a miscarriage three days earlier.
1970: Promoter Bill Graham held an auction of rock memorabilia at the Fillmore East in New York. Proceeds went to peace campaigns. Among the lots was a guitar smashed by Pete Townshend.
1975: Rod Stewart played his final gig with The Faces at New York’s Nassau Coliseum.
1978: Sid Vicious was discovered unconscious and Nancy Spungeon found dead at New York’s Chelsea Hotel. Spungeon had been stabbed several times in the abdomen. Vicious was later charged with her murder and was imprisoned.
1979: A fan tossed singer Ian Anderson a rose during Jethro Tull’s concert at Madison Square Garden. The rose stem struck Anderson in the face and a thorn tore his eye.
1980: A crazed concertgoer stabbed seven fans at a Blood Sweat & Tears concert in Los Angeles.
1982: The Clash supported The Who at Shea Stadium in New York. It was the first night of The Who’s “farewell” tour.
1983: Number one in the singles chart was Paul McCartney and Michael Jackson with “Say Say Say.”
1985: B-52’s guitarist Ricky Wilson died of complications arising from AIDS. He was 32.
1994: MTV aired Jimmy Page and Robert Plant’s Unplugged session, renamed Unledded. The London Metropolitan Orchestra and a group of Egyptian musicians helped out the duo.
1996: Having suppressed the film for 27 years, The Rolling Stones finally agreed to the release of their 1968 TV special The Rolling Stones Rock and Roll Circus.

Oct. 13
1963: ”Beatlemania” began as The Beatles appeared on the BBC’s Sunday Night at the Palladium show. Fifteen-million people watched on TV, with thousands crowding the streets around the London theatre to get a look at the band.
1965: The Beatles began recording “Drive My Car.” Brian Epstein flew to the United States to see footage from The Beatles’ first performance at Shea Stadium.
1968: John Lennon recorded “Julia,” the last song for album The Beatles – a-k-a The White Album. It was the only solo recording Lennon made for the group.
1969: Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr went to London’s Savoy Theatre to see Mary Hopkin perform. McCartney produced her hit “Those Were the Days.”
1978: Led Zeppelin began rehearsing in preparation for a new album. The band released In Through the Out Door in 1979.
1989: Billy Joel released the album Storm Front. Featuring the singles “We Didn’t Start the Fire” and “I Go to Extremes,” the album went to number one.
1992: The Supreme Court turned down a request to reinstate a lawsuit against Ozzy Osbourne which charged him with encouraging two teens to commit suicide.
1998: Eric Clapton’s Crossroads Center in Antigua opened. The addiction recovery center charged nine-thousand dollars for a 29-day recovery program. The next year, Clapton auctioned off his collection of guitars to benefit the center.
2006: Lead singer Justin Hawkins announced he was leaving mock rockers The Darkness (“I Believe in a Thing Called Love”). He blamed his addictions to drugs and alcohol for the decision.

Oct. 14
1957: Elvis Presley released “Jailhouse Rock.” The single went to number one.
1963: The London papers were filled with coverage of The Beatles’ performance the previous night on the British variety show, Sunday Night at the Palladium. More than 15-million people watched the show.
1966: At London’s All Saints Hall, Pink Floyd played their first set made up entirely of their psychedelic originals after a band decision to dump their R&B direction.
1967: The Who released the single “I Can See For Miles” in Britain and in the U-S. Pete Townshend was so sure he had a number one on his hands that he was described as being “crushed” when the single only reached number 12 in Britain.
1971: John Fogerty was sued by the owners of the Specialty Records label. Their suit accused Fogerty of plagiarizing the song “Good Golly, Miss Molly” in his song “Travelin’ Band.” The suit was later dropped.
1972: In Adelaide, Australia, Joe Cocker and six members of his band were arrested after police allegedly discovered marijuana and heroin in their dressing rooms. Cocker was later released on bail.

Oct. 17
1993: Savatage co-founder and guitarist Criss Oliva died when an oncoming car crossed the median and struck Criss' 1982 Mazda RX-7 head-on, killing him instantly and seriously injuring his wife, Dawn. The drunk driver with seven prior DUIs served a mere 18 months for vehicular homicide.

Oct. 19
1997: Glen Buxton, one of the founding members and the lead guitarist of the original Alice Cooper band, died of pneumonia. Glen co-wrote “Schools Out,” “I’m Eighteen” and “Elected.”

Oct. 20
1964: The Rolling Stones played Paris for the first time. The gig ended with a riot, during which 150 people were arrested.
1966: In New York, The Yardbirds with Jimmy Page recorded a jingle for the Great Shakes beverage, which utilized the riff from their song “Over Under Sideways Down.”
1969: The Who played the first of six nights at New York’s Fillmore East, playing the entirety of their Tommy rock opera.
1969: John Lennon and Yoko Ono released The Wedding Album in the United States. Highlights included “John and Yoko,” in which the couple yelled each other’s name for 25 minutes.
1973: The Rolling Stones enjoyed their first American number one with “Angie,” which was rumored to be about Angela Bowie.
1973: The Steve Miller Band released “The Joker.”
1976: The Song Remains the Same, a film that mixed Led Zeppelin performance footage with fantasy sequences, premiered in Manhattan. Jimmy Page said of the screening, before guests like Mick Jagger and Carly Simon, “The film lived for the first time and you could see people getting off on things, applauding and laughing at the right times, generally vibing.”
1977: Lynyrd Skynyrd’s vocalist Ronnie Van Zant, guitarist Steve Gaines, his sister Cindy and a backing singer died when their rented plane crashed in Mississippi. The other four members of the band were badly injured. Skynyrd were flying to Baton Rouge, where they were due to play Louisiana State University. Their label, MCA, later pulled the cover of their latest album, Street Survivors, which saw the band standing in flames.

Oct. 21
1974: John Lennon began producing his Rock ‘n’ Roll album himself at the Record Plant Studios.
1975: Elton John’s star was added to the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
1976: The Who performed at Toronto’s Maple Leaf Garden. It was the last North American show with Keith Moon on drums. He died in September 1978.
1992: Elton John sued the TV tabloid show Hard Copy, claiming it falsely reported he moved to Atlanta to be close to a noted AIDS-treatment center.
1995: Shannon Hoon, the 28-year-old singer with Blind Melon, died in New Orleans from an overdose of cocaine.
2003: A judge ordered former Hole frontwoman Courtney Love out of her Beverly Hills home so her daughter Frances Bean Cobain could continue living there. Love was involved in a custody battle over her daughter following a drug-related arrest a few weeks earlier.
2003: AC/DC re-opened the refurbished Hammersmith Apollo in London with a hit-heavy set and the inevitable “For Those About to Rock (We Salute You)” finale.

Oct. 22
1968: Jimi Hendrix “All Along the Watchtower” hits UK chart

Oct. 23
1970: Santana “Abraxas” hits #1 in U.S

Oct. 24
1964: The Rolling Stones kicked off their second American tour at the New York Academy of Music.
1970: Speaking to radio broadcasters during a White House conference, President Nixon urged that they screen rock lyrics and ban songs that promoted drug use.
1973: At the Marlborough Street Magistrate Court in London, Rolling Stone Keith Richards was slapped with a 500-dollar fine and was given a conditional discharge on three firearm offenses and four drug charges. His girlfriend at the time, Anita Pallenberg, was given a conditional discharge after she was found in possession of 25 Mandrax tablets. The pair was busted at their London home the previous June.
1973: John Lennon sued the U-S government and accused them of tapping his phone.
1975: At Long Island’s Nassau Coliseum, James Taylor, Pete Seeger and John McLaughlin performed at the First Planetary Celebration to promote awareness of global responsibility. The gig attracted 45-hundred fans.
1975: Bob Dylan re-recorded “Hurricane,” his song about imprisoned boxer Rubin “Hurricane” Carter, who was misidentified by a bystander and wrongly convicted of shooting two men in a bar. It was Dylan’s final session for the Desire album.
1978: In Toronto, Keith Richards pled guilty to heroin possession. The judge gave him a one-year suspended sentence and ordered him to play a benefit for the Canadian National Institute for the Blind.
1979: The September release of In Through the Out Door, Led Zeppelin’s first new album in three years, increased sales of their back catalog. All nine of their albums were among Billboard’s top 200 albums. Led Zeppelin IV occupied the number 90 spot, with In Through the Out Door at number one.
1980: Paul McCartney was the recipient of a rhodium disc from the Guinness Book of World Records. The award celebrated his status as the world’s best-selling songwriter.
1989: The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame announced that it was inducting The Who, Simon & Garfunkel, The Kinks, The Platters, Carole King, Hank Ballard, Bobby Darin, The Four Seasons, The Four Tops, Holland-Dozier-Holland, Carole King and Gerry Goffin.
2003: Bruce Springsteen pledged money to help save The Bottom Line, a New York club faced with eviction. In the past, the folk venue had played host to such names as Neil Young, Stevie Wonder, Bonnie Raitt and, of course, Springsteen himself.
2005: Poison guitarist C.C. DeVille was sentenced to 80 days behind bars after he pleaded no contest to a DUI and causing injury. DeVille was arrested after running into a parked car in August.

Oct. 25
1960: 17-year-old Mick Jagger met his old school chum Keith Richards on a train. The two bonded together again over a mutual love of R&B records and later joined a band called Little Boy Blue & the Blue Boys.
1962: The Beatles did their first-ever interview for the radio station at Cleaver and Clatterbridge Hospital. Paul McCartney revealed, “John Lennon is the leader of the group.”
1963: The Beatles began their first tour of Sweden in Karlstad.
1964: The Rolling Stones made their first appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show. When the audience went nuts, Sullivan fumed, “I promise you they’ll never be back on our show. It took me 17 years to build this show; I’m not going to have it destroyed in a matter of weeks.”
1968: John Lennon and Yoko Ono announced that their first child would be born sometime in January, but Yoko miscarried.
1969: Led Zeppelin played to their largest indoor crowd to date. At the Boston Garden, they performed before a crowd of 17-thousand and raked in 45-thousand dollars. Support came from The MC5 and Johnny Winter.
1974: John Lennon completed his self-produced sessions for the Rock ‘n’ Roll LP.
1978: At New York’s Bottom Line Club, Keith Richards joined Rockpile for a jam onstage. The day before he pleaded guilty to heroin possession in Toronto, and was given a one-year suspended sentence.
1986: Bon Jovi “Slippery When Wet” hits #1 in U.S.
1991: Promoter Bill Graham, the former mime troup cohort who owned the storied Fillmore venues and became one of the greatest concert promoters in music history, died in a helicopter crash. He was 60.
2003: Papa Roach drummer Dave Buckner married Mia Tyler in Las Vegas during a performance by her dad's band, Aerosmith.
2003: Crosby Stills Nash & Young, Dave Matthews Band, Pearl Jam, Willie Nelson, Incubus, Dashboard Confessional and Wilco were among the performers at the 17th annual Bridge School Benefit in Mountain View, California.
2006: Ronnie James Dio announced he was reuniting with his old Black Sabbath chums – Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler and Bill Ward – as Heaven and Hell.

Oct. 26
1961: Bob Dylan signed with Columbia Records after attracting the notice of the revered A&R man John Hammond.
1970: The mother of Meredith Hunter, the man slain at the ill-fated Altamont Festival, sued The Rolling Stones.
1973: John Lennon released his “Mind Games” single in the United States. It peaked at number 18.
1975: Elton John performed at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, dressed in a sequined Dodgers uniform. It was the last date on his sold-out American tour.
1978: The Police played their first American show at Boston’s Rat Club.
1980: During a recording session, Jefferson Airplane’s Paul Kantner suffered a stroke. He made a full recovery after spending two weeks in a Los Angeles hospital.
1981: David Bowie and Queen recorded “Under Pressure” in Montreux, Switzerland.
1992: Pearl Jam sets a first week sales record by selling 950,000 copies of the “Vs.” album

Oct. 27
1962: In London, The Rolling Stones made their first recordings at Curly Clayton Studios. The band, which at the time consisted of Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Brian Jones, pianist Ian Stewart and drummer Tony Chapman, cut Muddy Waters’ “Soon Forgotten,” Jimmy Reed’s “Close Together” and Bo Diddley’s “You Can’t Judge a Book (By Looking at the Cover).”
1969: Ringo Starr began recording his album Sentimental Journey. Following the completion of Abbey Road, he became the first Beatle to formally embark on a solo album.
1975: Bruce Springsteen appears on the cover of ”Time” and “Newsweek”
1980: Mark David Chapman purchased the five-shot Charter Arms .38 special he used just more than a month later to kill John Lennon.
1996: Bruce Springsteen performed at a rally in Westwood, California against Proposition 209 to end affirmative action.
2003: Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers received the Legend Award at the 2003 Radio Music Awards, despite Petty's album The Last DJ, which slammed the state of the radio industry.
2003: Stone Temple Pilots singer Scott Weiland was arrested for a DUI in Los Angeles after allegedly driving his BMW into a parked van.

Oct. 28
1956: Elvis Presley made his second appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show. He performed “Don’t Be Cruel,” “Love Me Tender,” “Hound Dog” and “Love Me.” After the performance, Sullivan gave him a gold record for the sales success of “Love Me Tender.”
1961: In a Liverpool record shop, a customer asked clerk Brian Epstein for “My Bonnie,” a single by The Beatles. Epstein didn’t have it, but after a second customer requested the record, he ordered it and tracked the group down to the Cavern Club. Epstein later became the band’s manager.
1962: The Beatles played their first major gig at the Liverpool Empire after they released their first single “Love Me Do.” The bill also included Little Richard.
1964: The TAMI Show was filmed in Santa Monica, California. The concert movie featured Chuck Berry, The Beach Boys, Marvin Gaye, Jan & Dean, The Supremes, The Rolling Stones and James Brown.
1968: A court ruled in favor of Cynthia Lennon in her divorce settlement case with John Lennon.
1972: The Who’s “Join Together” became the official theme song of the United States Council for World Affairs.
1977: The Sex Pistols’ Never Mind the Bollocks Here’s the Sex Pistols was released in the U-S.
2003: Courtney Love turned herself in to the Los Angeles police to face charges of illegally possessing the prescription painkillers hydrocodone and oxycodone.
2003: David Bowie and his wife Iman signed with Tommy Hilfiger as the clothing designer's new spokesmodels.
2003: Tonight’s the Night, a musical based around the songs of Rod Stewart, opened in London's West End.

Oct. 29
1971: R.I.P. Duane Allman - co-founder of the southern rock group The Allman Brothers Band. He is best remembered for his brief but influential tenure in that band, his expressive slide guitar playing and improvisational skills. While in the western part of Macon, Georgia on October 29, 1971 during a band break from touring and recording, Allman was riding his motorcycle at high speed toward an intersection as a flatbed truck carrying a lumber crane approached. The flatbed truck stopped suddenly in the intersection, forcing Duane to swerve his Harley Davidson Sportster motorcycle sharply to the left to avoid a collision. As he was doing so, he struck either the back of the truck or the ball on the lumber crane and was immediately thrown from the motorcycle. The motorcycle bounced up in the air and landed on Allman and proceeded to skid another ninety feet with Duane pinned underneath, crushing his internal organs. Though he was still alive when he arrived at the hospital, despite emergency surgery, he died several hours later from massive internal injuries. He was just weeks from his 25th birthday.
1983: Pink Floyd’s “Dark Side of the Moon” becomes the longest charting LP of all time, with its 491st week on U.S. top 200. It dethroned Johnny Mathis’ “Greatest Hits” (April 1958-July 1968)

Oct. 30
1993: Meatloaf’s “Bat Out of Hell II: Back Into Hell” hits #1 in U.S.

Oct. 31
1967: Rolling Stones guitarist Brian Jones was ordered to spend nine months in jail after pleading guilty to marijuana possession. He appealed the judge’s decision and was released on bail.
1970: Led Zeppelin’s “III” hits #1 in U.S.
1974: Led Zeppelin officially launched their own Swan Song label with a party at England’s Chislehurst Caves. Other attendees included Bill Wyman, Groucho Marx and The Pretty Things, who were signed to Swan Song.
1975: The Marshall Tucker Band performed at a campaign fundraiser for presidential candidate Jimmy Carter.
1975: Queen release “Bohemian Rhapody”
1993: Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea watched his friend River Phoenix die after he collapsed outside Hollywood’s Viper Room.
1998: Kiss kicked off their Psycho Circus Tour at Los Angeles’ Dodger Stadium.
2003: The London Times named Sir Paul McCartney the richest man in pop, with annual earnings of over 40-million pounds. Madonna topped the list of females.

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