2022-10-09

ROCKTOBER 9th
On his 40th birthday, John Lennon releases “Starting Over.” The “Double Fantasy” single is Lennon’s first record in five years. 1980
Bruce Springsteen peers down the “Tunnel Of Love.” His eighth studio album is later ranked #25 on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the 100 greatest albums of the 1980s. 1987
Kid Rock releases “Rock N Roll Jesus” with the single, “So Hott.” Co-produced by Rock and Rob Cavallo, the album features Rock’s longtime backing group, the Twisted Brown Trucker Band. 2007
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The Beatles founder and leader, John Winston (later “Ono”) Lennon enters the world. 1940
The Who’s late bassist, John Entwistle, is born. 1944
Singer/songwriter Jackson Browne has a birthday. 1948
Ozzy’s better half (that wouldn’t be difficult), manager and mother of his children, Sharon Osbourne, is born in Brixton (London). She’s daughter of Rock and Roll entrepreneur Don Arden and becomes a co-founder (with Ozzy) of Ozzfest. 1952
BoDeans guitarist, Kurt Neumann, enters the world. 1961
“Hit The Road Jack,” by Ray Charles, is the #1 song in the U.S. for the first of two weeks. 1961
Paul McCartney’s “Yesterday” (though credited to The Beatles) knocks off the McCoys “Hang On Sloppy” to become the #1 song in the U.S. It has a four-week run at the top. 1965
The Rolling Stones take their first stab at recording live. It’s a disaster. That a record label would foist these muddy tapes of girls screaming out as “Got Live If You Want It” shows a remarkable contempt for the Stones’ audience. 1966
Bridgeport, England has a new resident, Polly Jean (PJ) Harvey. It’s her birthday. 1969
“In The Court Of The Crimson King” is out. It’s King Crimson’s debut studio album.  1969
Elvis and Priscilla Presley divorce after six years and one child, Lisa Marie. Despite the divorce Priscilla becomes the “keeper of the flame” reviving the Presley estate and turning Graceland into a tourist attraction. She also has a moderately successful acting career. 1973
Boz Scaggs’ “Lowdown” is kept out of the top slot on the pop chart (stuck at #3) by not one, but two novelty songs. They are Walter Murphy’s disco take on Classical, “A Fifth Of Beethoven” and DJ Rick Dees’ “Disco Duck (Part 1).” The latter defies description. 1976
Though he was a one-time model for The Gap, Alexander Greenwald is better known as the frontman for Phantom Planet. It’s his birthday. 1979
Styx release “Babe.” The ballad is a major pop hit but thoroughly alienates much of their audience. 1979
On what would have been John Lennon’s 45th birthday his widow, Yoko Ono, opens Strawberry Fields in New York City’s Central Park. Ono donated $1 million to the memorial.  1985
“Seasons In The Abyss” arrives.  The Slayer album peaks at #40 on the Billboard chart, the group’s best showing to date, and goes gold three years later.  1990
Melissa Etheridge’s “Yes I Am” enters the U.S. album chart at #16. 1993
Linkin Park’s “In The End” is released.  Lead singer Chester Bennington initially dislikes the song and doesn’t want it included on “Hybrid Theory.”  However, the fourth single from that album goes to #1 on the Billboard Mainstream Rock chart and #2 on the Billboard Hot 100. 2001
Alter Bridge unfurl their sophomore effort “Blackbird.” Lead single, “Rise Today,” is the theme song for a pay-per-view pro wrestling event titled Unforgiven. 2007
Sting (The Police) is named music’s worst lyricist by Blender magazine. According to the magazine his lyrics are “mountainous pomposity (and) cloying spirituality.” Rush drummer Neil Peart lands at #2 on the list.
Imagine Peace Tower is dedicated in Reykjavik, Iceland. Built in honor of John Lennon, it’s unveiled on what would have been the late Beatle’s 67th birthday. Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr attend the ceremony. 2007
George Harrison’s solo catalog is available via iTunes. He’s the last Beatle to have his music go on sale digitally. 2007
Def Leppard perform before the Detroit Red Wings raise their Stanley Cup Championship banner. When the band’s Joe Elliot is handed the Stanley Cup he inadvertently places it upside down on a nearby table. Hockey fans are appalled. 2008
Marilyn Manson’s original bassist, Gidget Gein (Brad Stewart), dies of an apparent drug overdose in Burbank, CA. Although substance-abuse problems led to his departure in ’93, Gein contributed to Manson’s ’94 debut album, “Portrait Of An American Family.” He was 39. 2008
Paul McCartney marries for a third time (the late Linda Eastman and Heather Mills were his first two wives). The ex-Beatle weds American Nancy Shevell. Former bandmate Ringo Starr attends. 2011
Ataris’ Rob Felicetti officially quits the group following an incident two nights earlier when the drummer was accused of being too drunk to play. Felicetti admits to having “an off night” but flatly denies he has a drinking problem. “Never have I felt more violated or betrayed,” says Felicetti. 2012
Paul McCartney receives a BMI Million-Air Award to honor over 4-million U.S. broadcast performances of his James Bond film song, “Live And Let Die.” 2012
Of Mice & Men cancel the remaining dates on its European headlining tour due to (singer) Austin Carlile’s illness. “It became increasingly obvious that we were not able to continue and that we need to focus on Austin’s health,” reads a band statement.  Carlile is later hospitalized suffering from Marfan syndrome. 2016
Following the televised debate between presidential candidates Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, Royal Blood tweet “Donald Trump + Hilary Clinton = Nickelback.” Nickelback responds with “Nickelback jokes are like Royal Blood – they were a lot cooler a couple of years ago. Don’t drink and tweet fellas. Stay safe.”  2016
Tom Petty’s “Greatest Hits” is #2 on the Billboard chart in the week following Petty’s death.  The ’94 compilation is lodged behind Country singer Shania Twain’s comeback album “Now.”  2017
Lindsey Buckingham, the former Fleetwood Mac singer and guitarist, files a lawsuit in Los Angeles County Superior Court.  He claims that being kicked out of the band cost him at least $12 million in tour proceeds and asks unspecified damages, attorney’s fees and interest on money Buckingham claims he’s owed as a legal “partner” of the act. He had been a part of Fleetwood Mac on and off for 33 years.  2018