October 1st.

1944. Scott McKenzie born in Arlington, Virginia.

1944. Herbert Rhoad (Persuasions) born in Bamberg, South Carolina.

1944. Barbara Paritt (Toys) born in Wilmington, North Carolina.

1945. Donnie Hathaway born in Chicago.

1947. Martin Turner (Wishbone Ash) born in Torquay, Dorset.

1967. Traffic play their first concert at the Saville Theatre, London.

1970. Jimi Hendrix buried in Greenwood Cemetery in Seattle, Washington.

1970. Curtis Mayfield quits The Impressions for a solo career.

1970. 2,000 fans riot in Milan after being unable to get into a Rolling Stones concert.

1971. Gene Vincent's last recording session before his death. It's at the BBC studios in Maida Vale, London for Radio 1.

1977. Rat Scabies quits The Damned.


October 2nd.

1945. Don McLean born in New Rochelle, New York.

1946. Ron Griffiths (The Iveys/Badfinger) born.

1949. Richard Hell (Voidoids/Dim Stars) born Richard Myers in Lexington, Kentucky.

1950. Michael Rutherford (Genesis/Mike & The Mechanics) born in Guildford, Surrey.

1951. Sting born Gordon Sumner in Wallsend, Northumberland.

1952. John Otway born in Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire.

1955. Phil Oakey (Human League) born in Leicester, England.

1965. Manfred Mann become the first western rock band to tour the Soviet Union.

1967. Narcotics agents raid the Grateful Dead's communal house in San Francisco, arresting eleven people including Bob Weir and Pigpen. They then had to let everyone go as no-one had thought to get a warrant before smashing the front door in!

1977. Manchester's legendary punk venue, "The Electric Circus", closes.

1981. Terry Hall, Lynval Golding and Neville Staples quit The Specials to form Fun Boy Three.


October 3rd.

1926. British DJ Jimmy Saville born in Leeds, Yorkshire.

1938. Eddie Cochran born Edward Ray Cochran in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

1941. Chubby Checker born Ernest Evans in Philadelphia.

1947. Lindsey Buckingham born in Palo Alto, California.

1961. Robbie Jaymes (Modern Romance) born.

1967. Woody Guthrie dies of Huntingdon's Chorea.

1967. Keith Richards has his guard dogs blessed by a vicar.

1969. Nehemiah "Skip" James, one of the great acoustic country-bluesmen, dies of cancer in Philadelphia.

1976. Victoria Spivey dies in hospital in New York aged 69. Although a classic blues singer, she has her own place in rock history, having given Bob Dylan one of his first session jobs, playing harmonica and providing backing vocals.

1977. Stiff Records launches its "Bunch Of Stiffs" package tour.

1978. Squeeze release their new single, "Goodbye Girl" in the world's first sculpted sleeve.


October 4th.

1929. Country songwriter, Leroy Van Dyke born in Spring Fork, Missouri.

1944. Nona Hendryx born.

1944. Patti LaBelle born in Philadelphia.

1947. Jim Fielder (Mothers Of Invention) born.

1952. Jody Stevens (Big Star) born.

1964. Brian Epstein's book, "A Cellarful Of Noise" is published.

1968. Paul McCartney records Martha My Dear at Trident Studios.

1968. Cream start their farewell tour at Oakland Coliseum in California.

1970. Janis Joplin dies of a heroin overdose in Hollywood's Landmark Hotel.

1977. Jake Riviera, co-founder of Stiff Records quits the company to start his own label, Radar. He takes with him Elvis Costello and Nick Lowe.


October 5th.

1939. Abi Ofarim (Esther & Abi Ofarim) born.

1943. Steve Miller born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

1947. Brian Johnson (Geordie/AC-DC) born in Dunston, Tyne & Wear.

1949. Brian Connolly (Sweet) born in Hamilton, Scotland.

1954. Bob Geldof born in Dublin.

1957. Lee Thompson (Madness) born in London.

1962. The Beatles release their first single, "Love Me Do".

1970. Papa John Creach joins Jefferson Airplane.

1976. The Rezillos make their live debut, playing Edinburgh College Of Art.


October 6th.

1948. Millie Small, of "My Boy Lollipop" fame, born in Clarendon, Jamaica.

1951. Kevin Cronin (REO Speedwagon) born in Evanston, Illinois.

1958. A Billboard article published today gives the first hint of the payola scandal that will soon swamp the U.S. music scene.

1960. Richard Jobson (Skids/Armoury Show) born.

1967. San Francisco's Haight-Ashbury community hold a funeral service for the over-hyped, media inspired "hippie".

1980. John Lydon (a.k.a Johnny Rotten) is sentenced to three months in jail in Dublin following an assault charge. He appeals and is later aquitted.

1985. Nelson Riddle dies in Los Angeles. Although best known as orchestra leader for Nat King Cole and Frank Sinatra, he had spent the last two years working with Linda Ronstadt.


October 7th.

1870. "Uncle" Dave Macon, early star of The Grand Ole Opry, born in Smart Sation, Tennessee.

1941. Tony Sylvester (Main Ingredient) born.

1943. Dino Valenti (Quicksilver Messenger Service) born in New York.

1945. Kevin Godley born in Manchester, Lancashire.

1951. John Cougar Mellencamp born in Seymour, Indiana.

1964. Sam Brown born in Stratford, London.

1966. Johnny Kidd (born Frederick Heath), of Johnny Kid & The Pirates, dies in a car crash.

1966. Overton Amos Lemons, better known as R+B singer Smiley Lewis, dies of cancer in New Orleans.

1970. Janis Joplin is cremated at the West Village Mortuary, Los Angeles, prior to her ashes being scattered from an aircraft along the Marin County coast-line.

1970. The film Ned Kelly, starring Mick Jagger, is released.

1975. The U.S. Court Of Appeals overturns the Immigration Departments deportation order on John Lennon. This opens the way for him to apply for resident status.

1977. Steve Hackett quits Genesis for a solo career.


October 8th.

1934. Doc Green (The Crowns/The Drifters) born.

1941. George Bellamy (Tornados) born in Sunderland, Tyne & Wear.

1948. Johnny Ramone born John Cummings in Long Island.

1949. Hamish Stewart (Average White Band/Paul McCartney) born in Glasgow.

1950. Robert "Kool" Bell (Kool & The Gang) born.

1957. Jerry Lee Lewis records "Great Balls Of Fire" at Sun Studios in Memphis.

1960. Justice (World Famous Supreme Team) born.

1966. John Lennon meets Yoko Ono at the private view for her exhibition at London's Indica Gallery which opens to the public the next day.

1968. Ernesto "Che" Guevara dies in Bolivia.

1980. Bob Marley collapses during a concert in New York's Central Park and is rushed into hospital.


October 9th.

1937. Pat Burke (Foundations) born.

1940. John Lennon is born in Liverpool Maternity Hospital during an air-raid on the city.

1944. John Entwhistle (The Who) born in Chiswick, London.

1948. Jackson Browne born in Heidelberg, Germany.

1959. Bobby Darin starts his first residency at The Sands Hotel, Las Vegas. At only 21, he is the youngest artist to do so.

1966. Yoko Ono's exhibition at London's Indica Gallery opens to the public.

1973. Elvis and Priscilla Presley are divorced in Santa Monica, California.

1973. Sister Rosetta Tharpe dies in Philadelphia.

1975. Sean Ono Lennon is born to John Lennon and Yoko Ono in New York. He weighs 8lb 10oz.

1977. A bomb scare delays the start of a Clash concert in Sweden.

1978. Jacques Brel dies in Paris.

1980. Gary Glitter is declared bankrupt.

1980. John Lennon releases "Starting Over" on his fortieth birthday.


October 10th.

1914. Bluesman Ivory Joe Hunter is born.

1936. Nana Mouskouri born in Athens, Greece.

1943. Dennis Dalziel (The Honeycombs) born in Stepney, London.

1944. Trevor Morals (the Peddlers) born in Liverpool.

1946. Keith Reid (Procol Harum) born.

1953. James "Midge" Ure (Ultravox/Band Aid) born in Cambuslang, Scotland.

1955. David Lee Roth (Van Halen/solo) born in Bloomington, Indiana.

1958. Country star Tanya Tucker born in Seminole, Texas.

1959. Chris Lowe (Pet Shop Boys) born in Blackpool, Lancashire.

1959. Kirsty MacColl born in Croydon, Surrey.

1961. Martin Kemp (Spandau Ballet) born in North London.

1965. Earl Bostic dies.

1977. Someone sprays "Sign Siouxsie Now!" on the walls of ten record company offices in London. Neither Siouxsie nor The Banshees claim to know who did it.

1978. First issue of British pop magazine, "Smash Hits" published.

1978. Stiff Records launch "Be Stiff", their second package tour of the U.K.

1979. Los Angeles declares a Fleetwood Mac day and unveils a star for the band in Hollywood Boulevard's Walk Of Fame.


October 11th.

1931. Little Willie Littlefield, the R+B singer (probably best known for his version of "Kansas City") born in El Campo, Texas.

1941. Lester Bowie born in Frederick, Maryland.

1946. Gary Mallaber (Steve Miller Band) born.

1948. Daryl Hall born Daryl Franklyn Hohl in Pottstown, Philadelphia.

1950. Andrew Woolfolk (Earth, Wind & Fire) born in Texas.

1960. Aretha Franklin makes her live debut at New York's Vanguard Club.

1963. Edith Piaf dies in Paris at the age of 48.

1963. EMI Records announce sales of 1,000,000 copies of She Loves You in the U.K. The Beatles receive their first gold disc for it.

1969. Muddy Waters is seriously injured in a car crash in Illinois.

1975. Saturday Night Live is aired for the first time.


October 12th.

1935. Sam Moore (Sam & Dave) born in Miami.

1948. Rick Parfitt born Richard Harrison in Woking, Surrey.

1962. Ritchie Blackmore plays his last gig for Screamin' Lord Sutch in Putney, London.

1971. Gene Vincent dies, aged 36, of a heart attack in Newhall, California.

1974. Phil Spector launches the Warner=Spector record label.

1975. Rod Stewart and The Faces play their last concert together at Nassau Coliseum in Long Island.

1977. Alex Ferguson leaves Alternative T.V.

1977. Albie Slider leaves Sham 69.

1978. Nancy Spungeon is found stabbed to death in the bathroom of the apartment in New York's Chelsea Hotel that she shares with Sid Vicious. Sid is charged with her murder.

1979. The original line-up of Human League play their last concert at London's Lyceum.

1980. Seven fans are stabbed when a maniac runs amok at a Blood, Sweat & Tears concert in Los Angeles.

1982. The Clash open for The Who at Shea Stadium on the first night of their farewell tour.


October 13th.

1940. Chris Farlowe born John Deighton in Essex.

1941. Paul Simon born in Newark, New Jersey.

1944. Robert Lamm (Chicago) born in Brooklyn, New York.

1947. Sammy Hagar born in Monterey, California.

1950. Simon Nicol (Fairport Convention) born.

1959. Marie Osmond born.

1966. Jimi Hendrix plays his first gig with The Experience at Evreux, France.

1985. Ricky Wilson (B-52s) dies of lymph cancer.


October 14th.

1926. Songwriter Bill Justis born.

1930. R&B sax-player Robert Parker born in New Orleans.

1940. Cliff Richard born Harry Roger Webb born in Lucknow, India.

1944. Pete Moules (Unit 4+2) born in Barnet.

1945. Colin Hodgkinson (Whitesnake) born.

1946. Justin Hayward (Moody Blues) born in Swindon, Wiltshire.

1958. Thomas Dolby born Thomas Robertson in Cairo, Egypt.

1964. Charlie Watts marries Shirley Ann Shepherd in Bradford, Yorkshire.

1972. Joe Cocker and his band are charged with possession of drugs after their concert in Adelaide, Australia.

1977. Bing Crosby dies.


October 15th.

1906. Blues singer Victoria Spivey born in Houston, Texas.

1925. Micky "Guitar" Baker (Mickey & Sylvia) born in Louisville, Kentucky.

1935. Barry McCuire (New Christie Minstrels/"Eve Of Destruction") born in Oklahoma City.

1938. Marv Johnson, vocals on the first Tamla release born in Detroit.

1943. Ray Brown (Harmony Grass) born in Hertford.

1946. Richard Carpenter (The Carpenters) born in New Haven, Connecticut.

1947. Chris DeBurgh born Christopher John Davidson in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

1953. Tito Jackson (Jackson 5/Jacksons) born in Gary, Indiana.

1964. (Albert) Cole Porter, composer and lyricist (Everytime We Say Goodbye, Did You Evva?, etc), dies in Santa Monica during an operation for a kidney stone.

1964. Screamin' Lord Sutch stood for election to the British parliament for the first time. Since then he has contested every bi-election and stood at every general election. He has still to secure enough votes to win a seat.

1966. IT or International Times is launched at a London party with music provided by Pink Floyd and Soft Machine.

1966. Douglas Vipond (Deacon Blue) born in Johnstone, Scotland.

1969. Bluesman Howlin' Wolf suffers a heart attack but survives for another six years.


October 16th.

1922. Max "I wanna tell you a story..." Bygraves born in Rotherhithe, London.

1923. The king of "easy listening" Bert(hold) Kaempfert born in Hamburg, West Germany.

1937. Emile Ford born Emile Sweetman in Nassau, The Bahamas.

1942. Dave Lovelady (Foremost) born.

1945. Dave Hynes (Spencer Davis Group) born in London.

1947. Bob Weir (Grateful Dead) born in San Francisco.

1960. Gary Kemp (Spandau Ballet) born in North London.

1965. The first psychedelic dance, "A Tribute To Doctor Strange", was held at Longshoreman's Hall, San Francisco.

1969. Leonard Chess, co-founder of Chess Studios and record label dies of a heart attack in Chicago, aged 52.

1972. Creedence Clearwater Revival split up.

1973. Capital Radio, Britain's first legal comercial station goes on-air.


October 17th.

1928. The drummer Cozy Cole born.

1934. Ska trombonist Rico Rodriquez (The Specials) born in Kingston, Jamaica.

1941. Alan Howard (The Tremeloes) born in Dagenham, Essex.

1941. James Seals (Seals & Croft) born.

1942. Gary Puckett born in Hibbing, Minnesota.

1946. James Tucker (Turtles) born in Los Angeles.

1962. The Beatles make their first TV appearance on the Granada regional early evening show, "People & Places".

1973. Keith Richards and Anita Pallenberg get suspended sentences of one year and a fine of $ 1,100 each from a court in Nice, France for possession of drugs during a party at Ville-France-Sur-Mer, in 1971. Keith is also banned from France for two years.

1975. Maurice Gibb (Bee Gees) marries Yvonne Spencley.


October 18th.

1925. The Grand Ole Opry opens.

1926. Chuck Berry born in St. Louis.

1938. Ronnie Bright born.

1943. Russ Gigure (The Association) born.

1947. Laura Nyro born in New York.

1952. Keith Knudson (Doobie Brothers) born in Ames, Iowa.

1956. Tenpole Tudor born Dick Crippen in Malta.

1966. The premiere of "How I Won The War", featuring John Lennon, is held in London.

1968. John Lennon and Yoko Ono are arrested at home for possession of cannabis. They are charged but released on bail.

1968. Led Zeppelin play their first date under that name at London's Marquee Club.

1969. Paul Kantner is charged with possession of cannabis in Hawaii.

1973. Al Green is badly injured when Mary Woodson pours boiling grits over him for spurning her advances. She then shoots herself. This prompts Green to withdraw from showbiz and seek comfort in religion.

1979. Punk band Penetration slpit up.


October 19th.

1934. David Guard (Kingston Trio) born.

1940. Larry Chance (The Earls) born.

1944. Peter Tosh born Winston Hubert McIntosh in Westmoreland, Jamaica.

1945. Jeanie C. Riley born in Anson, Texas.

1947. Wilbert Hart (Delfonics) born in Philadelphia.

1960. Dan "Woody" Woodgate (Madness) born in Maida Vale, London.

1966. Sinitta born.


October 20th.

1890. Jelly Roll Morton born Ferdinand Joseph Lamothe (or Lemott) in Gulfport, Louisiana.

1937. Wanda Jackson born in New York.

1942. John Carter (Ivy League) born in Birmingham, England.

1945. Ric Lee (Ten Years After) born in Cannock, Staffordshire.

1953. Tom Petty born in Gainesville, Florida.

1958. Mark King (Level 42) born on the Isle Of Wight.

1964. The Rolling Stones play their first gig in Paris. A riot follows with 150 people arrested and 1,500 worth of damage done to the hall.

1970. Tiffany (Darwisch) born.

1977. Lynyrd Skynyrd members Ronnie Van Zandt, Steve Gaines and his wife Cassie plus roadie Dean Kilpatrick die in a plane crash. The other members of the band all sustain injuries.


October 21st.

1940. Manfred Mann born Michael Lubowitz in Johannesburg, South Africa.

1941. Steve Cropper (Booket T & The MGs) born in Missouri.

1947. Tetsu Yamauchi (Free/Faces) born in Fukuoka, Japan.

1954. Eric Faulkner (Bay City Rollers) born in Edinburgh Royal Infirmary.

1957. Julian Cope (Teardrop Explodes) born in Deri, Wales.

1958. Buddy Holly records in a studio for the last time prior to his death. The venue: Pythian Temple Studios, New York. The tracks: True Love Ways; Moondreams; Raining In My Heart; It Doesn't matter Anymore.

1965. Bill Black, Elvis' guitarist 1954-1957 dies in Memphis, Tennessee.

1971. A daughter, Jade, is born to Mick and Bianca Jagger in Paris.


October 22nd.

1942. Queen of the beach party, Annette Funicello, born in Utica, New York.

1945. Eddie Brigati (The Rascals) born in Garfield, New Jersey.

1945. Leslie West (Mountain/West, Bruce & Laing) born in New York.

1964. The High Numbers have a demo tape turned down by EMI Records. They soon changed their name to The Who and found success elsewhere.

1969. Paul McCartney releases an official denial to the rumours that he is dead. That still doesn't explain the Willie Campbell conspiracy theory!

1989. Folk singer Ewan MacColl dies in London.


October 23rd.

1939. Cahrlie Foxx (Charlie & Inez Foxx) born in Greensboro, North Carolina.

1939. Ellie Greenwich writer of many hits including "Be My Baby" and "River Deep, Mountain High" born in Long Island, New York.

1943. Gred Ridley (Spooky Tooth/Humble Pie) born in Carlisle, Cumberland.

1953. Pauline Black (The Selector) born in Coventry, Warwickshire.

1969. Tommy Edwards dies in Richmond, Virginia.

1972. Filming starts on the movie "That'll Be The Day".

1985. Merle Watson dies when a tractor he is driving overturns.


October 24th.

1911. Blues singer Sonny Terry born Saunders Terrell in Greenboro, North Carolina.

1930. J.P. Richardson (The Big Bopper) born in Sabine Pass, Texas.

1935. Bill Wyman born William Perks in Lewisham, London.

1944. Ted Templeman (Harper's Bizarre) born.

1946. Jerry Edmonton (Steppenwolf) born in Canada.

1947. (Robert) Edgar Broughton born in Warwick, England.

1948. Paul and Barry Ryan born in Leeds, Yorkshire.

1950. Dale Griffin (Mott The Hoople) born in Ross-On-Wye, Herefordshire.

1973. Keith Richards is fined 205 at Marlborough Street Magistrates Court in London for possession of marijuana, heroin and mandrax as well as a Smith and Wesson revolver and an antique shotgun, both held without a licence. Anita receives a conditional discharge.


October 25th.

1942. Helen Reddy born in Melbourne, Australia.

1944. Jon Anderson (Yes) born in Accrington, Lancashire.

1946. John Hall (The Equals) born in Islington, London.

1948. Glen Tipton (Judas Priest) born.

1950. Paul Hancox (The Mindbenders) born in Birmingham.

1956. Matthias Jabs (Scorpions) born.

1958. Cliff Richard makes his radio debut on the BBC's "Saturday Club".

1965. Nick Thorpe (Curiosity Killed The Cat) born.

1974. Nick Drake dies of a drug overdose. It is later ruled to have been deliberate.

1978. Keith Richards celebrates his freedom by joining Rockpile on-stage at New York's Bottom Line Club for a jam.

1985. Gary Holton (Heavy Metal Kids) dies in London.

1991. Rock promoter Bill Graham dies in a helicopter crash in Solano County, California.

1992. Country star Roger Miller dies in Los Angeles.


October 26th.

1911. Gospel singer Mahalia Jackson born in New Orleans.

1965. The Beatles receive their MBEs from The Queen at Buckingham Palace. Before the event, they stop off in the toilets for a calming joint.

1966. Alma Cogan dies in London.

1974. Keith Richards lodges a planning application with his local council to refurbish Redlands after the disasterous fire of 1973.


October 27th.

1933. Floyd Cramer born in Shrieveport, Louisiana.

1958. Hazel Dean born.

1958. Simon LeBon born in Bushey, Hertfordshire.

1975. Bruce Springsteen appears on the covers of "Time" and "Newsweek".

1980. Steve Peregrin Took dies.


October 28th.

1927. Jazz singer Cleo Laine born in Southall, Middlesex.

1941. Curtis Lee born.

1941. Hank B. Marvin born Brian Rankin in Newcastle, Northumberland.

1945. Wayne Fontana born Glyn Geoffrey Ellis in Manchester, Lancashire.

1948. Thelma Hopkins (Dawn) born.

1948. Rickie Reynolds (Black Oak Arkansas) born in Manilla, Arkansas.

1957. Stephen Morris (New Order) born in New York.

1959. Neville Henry (Blow Monkeys) born.

1961. Raymond Jones walks into a record shop in Whitechapel, Liverpool and asks the man behind the counter, Brian Epstein, for a single called "My Bonnie". He doesn't have it but decides to try and get it. The rest, as they say, is history.

1962. Randy Jackson (The Jacksons) born in Gary, Indiana.

1975. Saxophonist Oliver Edward Nelson dies of a heart attack in Los Angeles.


October 29th.

1940. Mickey Gallagher (Frampton's Camel/The Blockheads) born in Newcastle, Northumberland.

1944. Denny Laine (Moody Blues/Wings) born Brian Arthur Haynes.

1946. Peter Green(baum), founder of Fleetwood Mac, born in Bethnal Green, London.

1951. David Paton (Pilot/Keats) born in Edinburgh.

1954. Steve Luscombe (Blancmange) born in Hillingdon, Middlesex.

1964. The T.A.M.I. (Teen-age Music International) Show is filmed featuring The Rolling Stones, Ike & Tina Turner and others.

1966. Beale Street in Memphis is made a national landmark as "Home Of The Blues".

1967. The "Hippie" musical "Hair" opens in Greenwich Village prior to sweeping the world.

1971. Duane Allman (Allman Brothers/Derek And The Dominoes) dies in a motorcycle crash in Macon, Georgia.

1984. Wells Kelly (Orleans) dies.


October 30th.

1939. Songwriter Eddie Holland (Holland-Dozier-Holland) born in Detroit.

1943. Grace Slick (Jefferson Airplane/Starship) born Grace Wing in Chicago, Illinois.

1947. Timothy B. Schmidt (Poco/Eagles) born in Sacramento, California.

1960. Byron Burke (Ten City) born.

1982. The Jam announce they have broken up.

1982. Mari Wilson insures her bee-hive hair-do for 100,000.


October 31st.

1937. Folk singer Tom Paxton born in Chicago.

1944. Kinky Friedman born in Rio Duckworth, Texas.

1947. Russ Ballard (Argent/Barnet Dogs) born in Waltham Cross, Hertfordshire.

1951. John Ford Coley born in New York.

1952. Bernard Edwards (Chic) born in Greenville, USA.

1961. Lawrence "Larry" Mullen jnr (U2) born in Dublin.

1963. Johnny Marr (The Smiths) born in Manchester.

1965. Annabel Lwin (Bow Wow Wow) born Myant Myant Aye in Rangoon, Burma.

1965. The Mindbenders split from Wayne Fontana.

1966. "King Ad-Rock" Adam Horowitz (Beastie Boys) born in Manhattan, New York.

1967. Brian Jones is released on bail, of 750, from Wormwood Scrubs jail pending appeal.

1968. Alistair McErlaine (Texas) born in Glasgow, Scotland.