In Retrospect: October 1-14

We are halfway through the spookiest month of the year, so let’s take a look back on what’s unfolded in music history in the beginning of October. From Elvis’ debut performance to the Birth of Cardi B, here’s a timeline of a few more things from the past two weeks - in retrospect:


1928 film composer Ennio Morricone (The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly, The Untouchables, The Mission) is born

1939 BMI (Broadcast Music Incorporated) forms

1945 a 10-year-old Elvis Presley placed fifth in the Mississippi Alabama Dairy Show marking his first public performance

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

1966 The Jimi Hendrix experience forms

1967 Cass Elliot from folk group The Mamas & the Papas was arrested and jailed for stealing bed linens from a London hotel

1970 Janis Joplin passes away due to a heroin overdose at just 27 years old

1975 Saturday Night Live debuts on NBC

1977 an audience member throws an M-83 firecracker onstage during an Aerosmith concert – Steven Tyler and Joe Perry are injured


1985 on what would have been John Lennon’s 45th birthday, a section of Central Park in New York City is named “Strawberry Fields” in his memory

1985 Little Richard crashes a rented Nissan into a telephone pole in West Hollywood

1986 The Phantom of the Opera premieres in London; the musical was the most financially successful entertainment event until The Lion King surpassed it in 2014

1990 Eddie Vedder joins Pearl Jam

1991 Apple Computers reaches an agreement with The Beatles’ Apple Corps, paying $26.5 million for the rights to run music software

1992 Cardi B is born

1992 Linda McCartney releases a collection of her most memorable works as a rock photographer, including photos of The Rolling Stones, The Beatles, The Who, The Grateful Dead, The Doors, Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, Ray Charles, Otis Redding, B.B. King, and Aretha Franklin

1994 Pulp Fiction opens, reviving classic 60s songs such as “Misrilou”, “Son of a Preacher Man”, and “Girl, You’ll Be a Woman Soon”

1997 as Backstreet Boys mania increases, the group has to cancel a concert in Madrid when too many fans show up

1996 Madonna gives birth to her first child, Lourdes



2002 Jay-Z releases “03 Bonnie and Clyde”, featuring Beyonce (her first solo appearance since Destiny’s Child). It’s the first hint that the couple are dating, as Jay-Z declares them “the new Bobby and Whitney” on the track

2007 Radiohead takes an innovative approach to the release of “In Rainbows” – offering it as a pay-what-you-want download

2009 Michael Jackson’s from-the-vaults track “This Is It” is released – the first since his passing in June


2011 Queen’s “We are The Champions” was scientifically proven by musicologists to be the catchiest song ever written, surprising absolutely no one

2013 Lady Gaga makes her film debut in Machete Kills

2016 Bob Dylan wins a Nobel Peace Prize for literature

Anja ReeseIn Retrospect