October 4th: Janis Joplin, Pink Floyd, Van Halen, Gary Cherone and more ...

On This Day in Rock

1961: Bob Dylan played a showcase at New York's Carnegie Hall to 53 people.

1963: The Beatles made their first appearance on the UK ITV pop show 'Ready Steady Go!'

1966: The Byrds played the first of a 13 night run at The Village Gate, New York City.

1967: A 10-date package tour of the UK kicked off at London's Finsbury Park featuring Traffic, The Young Rascals, Vanilla Fudge, Art and Keith West.

1969: Creedence Clearwater Revival started a four week run at No.1 on the US album chart with 'Green River', the group's first US chart topper.

1969: The Beatles 'Abbey Road' album went to No.1 on the UK chart. The final studio recordings from the group featured two George Harrison songs 'Something' and 'Here Comes The Sun' plus 'Come Together', 'Sun King' and 'Golden Slumbers.' The cover supposedly contained clues adding to the ‘Paul Is Dead’ phenomenon: Paul is barefoot and the car number plate ‘LMW 281F’ supposedly referred to the fact that McCartney would be 28 years old if he was still alive. ‘LMW’ was said to stand for ‘Linda McCartney Weeps.’ And the four Beatles, represent; the priest (John, dressed in white), the Undertaker (Ringo in a black suit), the Corpse (Paul, in a suit but barefoot), and the Gravedigger (George, in jeans and a denim work shirt).

1970: US singer Janis Joplin was found dead at the Landmark Hotel Hollywood after an accidental heroin overdose. Joplin had the posthumous 1971 US No.1 single 'Me And Bobby McGee', and the 1971 US No.1 album 'Pearl'.

1971: Pink Floyd played the first of four nights at the Roman Ampitheater, Pompeii, Italy for their Live in Pompeii album.

1971: Stephen Stills joins David Crosby and Graham Nash at a show at Carnegie Hall in New York City.

1973: David Crosby, Graham Nash, and Neil Young join Stephen Stills & Manassas at a show at the Winterland Ballroom in San Francisco.

1975: David Essex was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Hold Me Close', the singers second and last UK No.1.

1975: Pink Floyd went to No.1 on the UK album chart with 'Wish You Were Here'. The album featured a tribute to ex band member Syd Barrett, 'Shine On You Crazy Diamond'. Also No.1 in the US.

1980: 'Another One Bites The Dust' by Queen hits Number One on the pop chart, where it stays for three weeks.

1980: 'Turn It On Again' by Genesis peaks at Number 58 on the pop chart.

1980: Reach For The Sky by the Allman Brothers Band peaks at Number 27 on the album chart.

1980: During halftime of a game at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, Fleetwood Mac's Mick Fleetwood, Lindsey Buckingham, and Stevie Nicks present the members of the USC Trojan Marching Band with a platinum album for their contribution to the album Tusk.

1986: 'Love Walks In' by Van Halen peaks at Number 22 on the pop chart.

1996: Edward and Alex Van Halen confirm that former Extreme vocalist Gary Cherone is the new lead singer in Van Halen.

1999: It was reported that the sister of Jimi Hendrix was planning to exhume her brothers body and move it to a pay-to view mausoleum. Other plans for the new site included a chance for fans to buy one of burial plots around the guitarist's new resting-place.

2007: The Rolling Stones set a new record for the top grossing tour of all time with their A Bigger Bang tour. The tour which ran from late 2005 to August 2007, earned the band $437m with The Stones playing to over 3.5 million people at 113 shows. The previous high was set by U2's Vertigo tour, which took place in 2005 and 2006, earning $389m.

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