1966, Johnny Kidd was killed in a car crash while on UK tour in Radcliffe, Manchester. He was 27. Kidd had the 1960 UK number one single “Shakin’ All Over.” The Guess Who covered it in 1965, and the following year it became a number one hit in Canada, and a number twenty-two hit in the US.
1966, Smiley Lewis, New Orleans R&B singer, died of stomach cancer. He wrote “One Night” covered by Elvis Presley and “I Hear You Knocking,” a 1955 US number two for Gale Storm, plus a UK number one and a US number two for Dave Edmunds.
1967, Cass Elliot from The Mamas And The Papas spent the night in a London jail after being accused of stealing from a hotel. A TV and concert appearance had to be cancelled.
1967, The Beatles rejected an offer of $1 million (£625,000) from promoter Sid Bernstein to make a second appearance at New York’s Shea Stadium. Bernstein had originally brought the group to Shea in August 1965.
1967, Pink Floyd performed at the Victoria Rooms in Bristol, England.
1968, Jose Feliciano performed a controversial version of The Star Spangled Banner before the fifth game of the World Series between the Detroit Tigers and the St. Louis Cardinals. As a result of his slow, Bluesy delivery, many radio stations refused to play his songs, and his career suffered.
1970, The Rolling Stones performed at Grugahalle, Essen, Germany.
1970, The Who appeared at the Free Trade Hall in Manchester, England.
1971, The Allman Brothers Band headlines at Santa Fe Downs in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Cowboy, along with Cheech and Chong were support.
1971, Fairport Convention played at the Auditorium Theatre in Chicago.
1971, The Moody Blues performed at the St. Louis Arena in St. Louis, Missouri.
1972, David Bowie played at the Auditorium Theatre, Chicago.
1973, The Allman Brothers Band appear at the State Fairgrounds, Hamilton, New Jersey.
1974, Rick Wakeman plays the Maple Leaf Gardens, Toronto.
1975, Gary Wright performed at Maple Leaf Gardens, Toronto
1976, John Lennon was awarded his “Green Card,” permanent residency status, at a hearing in New York which overturned previous efforts by the US Government to deport him. The three judge panel of the US Court of Appeals ruled that his 1968 arrest in Britain for possession of marijuana was “contrary to US ideas of due process, and was invalid as a means of banishing the former Beatle from America.”
1976, The Who perform at the Sports Arena in San Diego. Mothers Finest is the opening act.
1977, The Grateful Dead plays the University Arena, also known as “The Pit” at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque.
1977, Aerosmith performed at the Memorial Coliseum, Fort Wayne, Indiana.
1978, US Music magazine Billboard reported that Marvin Gaye had twice filed bankruptcy papers earlier in the year, with debts of $7 million.
1978, The film soundtrack to Grease, featuring John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John started a 13 week run at number one on the UK chart.
1979, Van Halen performed at The Forum, Inglewood , California.
1980, Blue Oyster Cult appeared at Wings Stadium, Kalamazoo, Michigan.
1981, The Rolling Stones played at Jack Murphy Stadium, San Diego, California.
1982, Led Zeppelin’s Jimmy Page was given a 12-month conditional discharge after being found guilty of possessing cocaine.
1983, ZZ Top appeared at The Summit, Houston, Texas.
1984, Rod Stewart performed at the Hollywood Sportatorium, Pembroke Pines, Florida.
1995, Alanis Morissette went to number one on the US album chart with Jagged Little Pill. The album went on to become the biggest selling album ever by a female artist with sales over 30 million units.
2002, Mick Jagger donated £100,000 ($150,000) to his old grammar school in Dartford to help pay for a music director and buy musical instruments. The new center was also named after Mick Jagger.
2007, Bruce Springsteen went to number one on the UK album chart with Magic, the singer-songwriter’s 15th studio album and 7th UK chart topper. It was also number one on the US charts.
2009, Barbra Streisand surprised many music industry watchers when she topped the Billboard Hot 200 for the ninth time with her latest release, “Love Is the Answer.” The CD extended Streisand’s lead as the female act with the most chart toppers in the history of the Billboard Hot 200.
Born on October 7: Al Marino, singer (1927); Colin Cooper, Climax Blues Band (1939); Kevin Godley 10cc, Godley & Creme (1945); David Hope, Kansas (1949); John Cougar Mellencamp (1951); Tico Torres, drums, Bon Jovi (1953); Yo-Yo Ma, cellist (1955); David Taylor, Edison Lighthouse (1959); Simon Cowell (1959); Toni Braxton (1967) Thom Yorke, Radiohead (1968); Taylor Hicks (1976)