Thursday 1st October -
1932 – Albert Collins (US blues singer/guitarist) is born
1947 – Wishbone Ash bassist Martin Turner is born in Torquay, England.
1948 – Cub Koda, who wrote the memorable anthem “Smokin’ in the Boys’ Room” as part of Brownsville Station, is born in Detroit.
1967 – Pink Floyd land in New York to begin their first American tour
1967 – Traffic make their live debut at London’s Saville Theatre
1970 – Funeral of Jimi Hendrix held in Seattle, Washington
1970 – In Milan, 2,000 fans riot when they’re denied entry to a Rolling Stones concert.
1973 – Riding high on the success of Dark Side of the Moon, Pink Floyd begin sessions for their new album, declaring they intend to use only household objects to make the music. Very avant-garde. They later ditched the idea to record Wish You Were Here.
1977 – The Madison Square Garden Hall of Fame inducts its first rocker, Elton John.
1977 – Drummer Rat Scabies quits punk pioneers the Damned
1983 – By reaching No. 7 in US with ‘Metal Health’, Quiet Riot achieve most successful debut LP in heavy metal history to date on this day.
1983 – Robert Plant wraps up his first North American tour at Vancouver’s PNE Coliseum.
1988 – Bon Jovi: ‘New Jersey’ UK LP is no. 1
1995 – Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp, Neil Young, Hootie & The Blowfish and the Dave Matthews Band raise close to $1 million at the Farm Aid concert in Louisville.
1996 – The Nirvana live album, “From the Muddy Banks of the Wishkah,” is released, featuring performances recorded between 1989 to 1994.
2002 – The White Stripes play a free show in New York’s Union Square Park, treating a large lunchtime crowd to asset full of covers and nuggets from the group’s three albums.
2004 – Bruce Springsteen, R.E.M., John Fogerty and Bright Eyes kick off the Vote for Change tour in Philadelphia.
2011 – KISS army Gasp!… KISS rocker Gene Simmons tied the knot with his longtime girlfriend, Shannon Twee.