Here’s what happened on October 2nd in rock history, from the home of music and games, Rock My World.
- 1965 –The Who made their debut on U.S. TV on the show “Shindig!”
- 1967 – The Grateful Dead, all six members, were arrested for possession of marijuana. They were released six hours later on bail.
- 1971, Rod Stewart started a five week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Maggie May / Reason To Believe’, his first solo No.1. Stewarts album ‘Every Picture Tells A Story’ also started a four-week run on this day at No.1 on the UK and US chart.
- 1977 – Gene Simmons of Kiss received a platinum record for his solo album.
- 1986 – The Everly Brothers were given a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
- 1994 – John Mellencamp announced that it was true that he had suffered a mild heart attack.
- 2000 – Radiohead’s fourth album “Kid A” was released.
- 2002, Robbie Williams signed the most lucrative British record deal in history when he signed with EMI records for £80m. Asked what he was going to do with money Robbie said, “I’m going to count it all.”
- 2009, Mumford & Sons released their debut album ‘Sigh No More’ in the UK. It peaked at No. 2 on 20 February 2011, in its 72nd week on the chart following its Album of the Year win at the 2011 BRIT Awards. In early 2011, the album peaked at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 in the US. In the United States, it was the 3rd most digitally-downloaded album of 2011, selling 761,000 copies
Born on this day
- 1945, Born on this day, Don McLean, US singer, songwriter, (1971 US & 1972 UK No.1 single ‘American Pie’, a song inspired by the death of Buddy Holly).
- 1951, Born on this day, Sting, (Gordon Sumner), singer, songwriter, The Police(1983 UK & US No.1 single ‘Every Breath You Take’, plus 4 other UK No.1 singles). Solo, (1990 UK No.15 single ‘Englishman In New York’ plus over 15 other UK Top 40 singles). One time member of Last Exit.
- 1955, Born on this day, Phil Oakey vocals, Human League, (1981 UK No.1 & 1982 US No.1 single ‘Don’t You Want Me’ plus over 15 other UK Top 40 singles).