October 1 – Today In Rock Music History

Happy Birthday Scott McKenzie!

Musicians Born On October 1

1930 Richard Harris (Macarthur Park)
1932 Albert Collins (US blues singer/guitarist)
1935 Julie Andrews (actress/singer)
1944 Scott McKenzie (San Francisco)
1945 Donny Hathaway (Where Is the Love)

Deaths On October 1

1975 Al Jackson (Booker T. and the MGs)

Number 1 In The Charts On October 1

1977 Meco: ‘Star Wars Theme’ US 45
1983 Bonnie Tyler: ‘Total Eclipse of the Heart’ US 45
1988 Bon Jovi: ‘New Jersey’ UK LP
1994 Luther Vandross : Songs : UK LP
1994 Eric Clapton : From The Cradle To The Grave : US LP

Various Music Events On October 1

1954 First ‘New Musical Express’ Top 20 singles chart published in UK. Frank Sinatra is No. 1 with ‘Three Coins in the Fountain’

1956 Bill Haley’s ‘Rock and Roll Stage Show’ LP released in UK

1960 ‘Eddie Cochran Memorial Album’ hits UK chart

1967 Traffic make their stage debut at the Saville theatre in London

1970 Funeral of Jimi Hendrix held in Seattle, Washington

1970 Two thousand Italian fans go on the rampage after failing to get into a Rolling Stones concert at Sports Palace, Milan. Sixty-three are arrested

1970 Curtis Mayfield leaves Impressions

1971 Gene Vincent records last session before his death, for Radio 1 at BBC Maida Vale studios

1971 John Lennon’s ‘Imagine’ goes gold

1979 Elton John performs first of eight shows at Madison Square Garden

1983 By reaching No. 7 in US with ‘Metal Health’, Quiet Riot achieve most successful debut LP in heavy metal history to date

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