Classic Rock Almanac October 8, 2016


2005-The original lineup of REM reunites at the wedding of their long-time guitar tech Dewitt Burton. Michael Stipe, Peter Buck, Mike Mills and Bill Berry play a seven-song set at a bowling alley in Athens, Georgia.

2002-Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers release The Last DJ.

1997-Jo Bruce, keyboardist with Afro-Celt Sound System and son of former Cream bassist Jack Bruce, dies after an asthma attack at 28.

1988-Cheap Trick‘s “Don’t Be Cruel” peaks at number-four on the pop singles chart.

1988-Pink Floyd‘s Dark Side of the Moon drops off the Billboard album chart after a record-setting 741 weeks.

1977-Billy Joel‘s breakthrough album, The Stranger, makes its chart debut.

1971-John Lennon‘s Imagine album is released in Britain one day before his 31st birthday.

1970-Led Zeppelin III goes gold.


C. J. Ramone (Christopher Ward) – 51 years old
Los Gusanos/ex-Ramones bassist-singer. Born in 1965.

Hamish Stuart – 67 years old
Ex-Paul McCartney Band/ex-Easy Pieces/ex-Average White Band guitarist-singer. Born in 1949.

Johnny Ramone (Cummings) – Died in 2004
The Ramones guitarist died of prostate cancer September 15th, 2004 at 55. Born in 1948.


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