Classic Rock Almanac October 1, 2016


2009-Following one out-of-town warm-up gig, the original lineup of Mott the Hoople — reunited for the first time in more than 35 years — begins a run of reunion shows at London’s Hammersmith Apollo.

2004-The Vote for Change tour gets under way in Pennsylvania, with Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, John Fogerty and R-E-M playing in Philadelphia, Pearl Jam in Reading, Dave Matthews Band and Ben Harper in State College, Jackson Browne and Bonnie Raitt in Erie and John Mellencamp in Wilkes-Barre.

2002-The Rolling Stones release a career-spanning hits collection, 40 Licks.

2001-George Harrison records his last song, “A Horse to the Water.” Written with his son Dhani, it features Jools Holland and appears on the former Squeeze pianist’s Small World, Big Band album.

1984-U2 releases The Unforgettable Fire in the U-K and begins a European tour in Rotterdam, Holland.

1979-Elton John plays the first of eight straight sold-out shows at New York’s Madison Square Garden.

1977-Elton John becomes the first rock star in New York’s Madison Square Garden Hall of Fame.

1976-Styx release Crystal Ball. The album will eventually go gold even though its first single, “Madamoiselle” barely scratches the Top 40 and its second, its title track, doesn’t make the Hot 100.

1973-John Lennon and Yoko Ono begin an 18-month separation, a period later ironically referred to as Lennon’s “Lost Weekend.” He heads for L-A to begin recording Rock and Roll, his album of oldies covers, with producer Phil Spector.

1970-Jimi Hendrix is buried at Greenwood Memorial Park in Renton in his home state of Washington.

1962-The Beach Boys‘ first album, Surfin’ Safari, is released by Capitol Records.


Jerry Martini – 73 years old
The Family Stone/ex-Sly and the Family Stone saxophonist. His horn really soars on “Dance to the Music.” Born in 1943.



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