1965, The Who go into IBC Studio A in London for a midnight session to record their next single. The final release version of “My Generation” is laid down as well as “The Kids Are Alright.” The next day Glyn Johns makes mono mixes of the two songs plus the UK B-side to “My Generation,” “Shout and Shimmy,” that had been recorded in April. He also prepares the 2:42 edited version of “The Kids Are Alright” that will ultimately be released in the US.

1965, The Beatles begin and complete “Drive My Car” in four takes plus overdubs, during the recording of the album Rubber Soul at Abbey Road studios.

1967, Pink Floyd performed at The Pavilion in Weymouth England. The concert was presented by The Steering Wheel Clubs, supported by Freddie Mack & the Mack Sound, and Denise Scott & The Soundmen. The setlist was: Astronomy Domine / Reaction In G’ / Set The Controls For The Heart Of The Sun / Matilda Mother / Interstellar Overdrive / Pow R Toc H.

1967, Cream performed at the Grande Ballroom in Detroit, Michigan.

1968, The Grateful Dead played at the famed Avalon Ballroom in San Francisco.

1970, Janis Joplin’s ashes were scattered at Stinson Beach in Marin County, California.

1970, The Allman Brothers Band appeared at the South Georgia College Gym, Douglas, Georgia.

1970, Clothing and pieces of equipment from The Who are included in one of the first Rock collectibles auction at The Fillmore East. The items include a pair of broken drumsticks, a shard of one of Pete’s guitars, Roger’s suede fringe jacket from the Isle Of Wight concert and a disposable lighter Keith had thrown away.

1970, The Who performed at Locarno Ballroom in Leeds, West Yorkshire, England.

1971, King Crimson played at Town Hall, Birmingham, England.

1971, Yes played at City Hall, Sheffield, England.

1972, King Crimson appeared at Zoom Club, Frankfurt, Germany.

1973, Queen appeared at Underground, Bad Godesberg, Bonn, Germany.

1973, The Rolling Stones started a four week run at number one on the US album chart with “Goats Head Soup” the group’s fourth US chart topper.

1974, David Bowie played at the MECCA Arena in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

1974, Roxy Music appeared at Winter Gardens, Bournemouth, England.

1974, TV host Ed Sullivan died. Leader of the Ed Sullivan Singers and Orchestra. He introduced The Beatles and other UK acts to American audiences via his Ed Sullivan TV show, from New York City, which ran from June 20, 1948 to June 6, 1971, on CBS every Sunday night at 8pm. The Beatles appearance on February 9, 1964 is considered a milestone in American pop culture and the beginning of the British Invasion in music. The broadcast drew an estimated 73 million viewers.

1975, Roxy Music performed at City Hall, Newcastle, England.

1975, Neil Young underwent an operation at a Los Angeles hospital to remove an object from his vocal cords.

1976, The Who appeared at Memorial Coliseum in Portland, Oregon.

1976, Aerosmith performed at the Empire Theatre, Liverpool, England.

1977, 32 year old Shirley Brickley of The Orlons was shot and killed by an intruder in her Philadelphia home. The Orlons had five US top 20 hits in the ’60s including “The Wah Watusi,” “Don’t Hang Up,” and “South Street.”

1977, Rush played at City Bank Coliseum, Lubbock, Texas.

1978, Bob Dylan performed at The Olympia, Detroit, Michigan.

1978, Genesis appeared at the Uptown Theater in Chicago.

1979, Michael Jackson went to the top on the US singles chart with “Don’t Stop Till You Get Enough,” his second US solo number one, and a number three hit in the UK.

1979, Reggatta De Blanc, the second album from The Police started a four-week run at number one.

1980, Frank Zappa performed at the Celebrity Theatre, Phoenix, Arizona.

1980, Black Sabbath appeared Memorial Auditorium, Buffalo, New York.

1981, The Grateful Dead played at Walter Kobel Halle, in Russelsheim, Germany.

1982, Van Halen played at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, Uniondale, New York, while The Who appeared at nearby Shea Stadium in Queens.

1984, Stevie Wonder started a three week run at number one on the singles chart with “I Just Called To Say I Love You.”

1984, U2 scored their second number one album with The Unforgettable Fire. The album was produced by Brian Eno and Daniel Lanois and featured the single “Pride (In The Name Of Love.”)

1990, George Michael went to number one on the US singles chart with “Praying For Time,” his sixth US solo number one song, and his the last solo single to occupy the top of the charts in the US.

2001, Australian singer songwriter Peter Doyle died of throat cancer aged 52. Solo artist and a member of The New Seekers. Scored the hits, “What Have They Done To My Song Ma,” “Never Ending Song of Love,”and “I’d Like to Teach the World to Sing” with The New Seekers.

2002, UK rock band Muse took legal action against Celine Dion after she announced her forthcoming Las Vegas show would be called Muse. Singer Matt Bellamy from the band said “We don’t want anyone to think we’re Celine Dion’s backing band.”

2004, The US Internal Revenue Service charged 63-year-old Ronald Isley, lead singer of the Isley Brothers, with tax evasion for failing to report income from royalties and performances by the band between 1997 and 2002. He was later found guilty and sentenced to three years in prison.

2009, Al Martino, a crooner who scored over ten hits including “I Love You Because”, “Spanish Eyes” and ‘I Love You More And More Every Day,” died at the age of 82. He was often remembered for playing the Frank Sinatra-type role of Johnny Fontane in The Godfather. Martino was at number one on the first ever UK pop chart published on November 8, 1952 by the New Musical Express.

2011,  Maroon 5 were on the top 10 of the UK singles chart with “Moves Like Jagger,” featuring Christina Aguilera. Its lyrics referred to a male’s ability to impress a female with his dance moves, which he compared to those of Mick Jagger. The video featured old video footage of Jagger and his iconic dance moves. “Moves Like Jagger” was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance at the 54th Grammy Awards.

Born on October 13: Chris Farlowe, singer, Colosseum, Atomic Rooster (1940); Paul Simon (1941) Robert Lamm, Chicago (1944);  Sammy Hagar (1947); Alan Wakeman, sax, clarinet, Soft Machine (1947); John Ford Coley, England Dan & John Ford Coley (1948); Simon Nicol, guitar, Fairport Convention (1950); Marie Osmond (1959); Joey Belladonna, singer-songwriter, Anthrax (1960); Justin Peroff, drummer, Broken Social Scene (1977)

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