October 9th: John Lennon, Alan Parsons Project, Paul McCartney and more ...

On This Day in Rock

1940: Former Beatle John Lennon was born - 35 years from the day his son Sean would be born. John was shot and killed in front of his New York City apartment building on December 8, 1980 at 40.

1965: The Beatles started a four week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with the Paul McCartney ballad 'Yesterday', giving the group their tenth US No.1. The track was not released as a single in the UK until 1976.

1970: Pink Floyd released their fourth album Atom Heart Mother which went on to top the UK charts.

1971: Rod Stewart was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Maggie May', (first released as a B side to 'Reason To Believe'). The first of six UK No.1's for Stewart, spent five weeks at the top of the chart.

1971: The Who played a small, low-key show at the University of Surrey, Guildford, with guest John Sebastian joining in on harmonica on ‘Magic Bus’ ‘ the only outside musician ever to jam with The Who on stage. Backstage, the group celebrated John Entwistle’s 27th birthday.

1981: During a North American tour, The Rolling Stones played the first of two nights at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in Los Angeles, California. Support act was Prince, who dressed in his controversial bikini briefs and trench coat ran off stage after 15 minutes due to the crowd booing and throwing beer cans at him.

1982: Eye In The Sky by the Alan Parsons Project peaks at Number Seven on the album chart, where it stays for six weeks.

1985: Marking what would have been John Lennon's 45th birthday, Yoko Ono formally opened the three and a half acre garden at the Strawberry Fields site in New York's Central Park. The area was planted with trees, shrubs and flowers gathered from across the world and with a $1m donation from Yoko.

1993: Nirvana entered the US album chart at No.1 with 'In Utero', their third and final studio album. Kurt Cobain had originally wanted to name the album 'I Hate Myself and I Want to Die.'

2008: Paul McCartney, (a vegetarian for 30 years), was said to be furious when he heard that a Liverpool branch of McDonald's restaurant displayed his picture, accusing them of using it to attract customers. Paul was quoted as saying "What sort of morons do McDonald's think Beatles fans are?"

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