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SEPT 29: Today in 1984, Prince was at #1 with "Let's Go Crazy". It was on the Purple Rain soundtrack. The song would stay at the top for two weeks, but would re-charted in 2016 due to Prince's untimely passing.
SEPT 30: Today in 1988, John Lennon was posthumously awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. His star is located at 1750 Vine St.🌟🌟🌟
OCT 1: Today in 1971, Rod Stewart was at #1 with "Maggie May". The song was inspired by Stewart's real-life experiences relationship with an older woman.
OCT 2: Two years ago today, Tom Petty passed away.😢 During his career, he sold more than 80 million records! Petty would drop out of school at 17 to pursue his dreams. His first band to have any success was Mudcrutch with future Heartbreakers Mike Campbell and Benmont Trench. The band broke up and everyone went their separate ways - for a minute until they got back together to form the first Heartbreakers lineup. In the late 1970s, they would release three albums that would produce several hits. During the 1980s and 90s, Petty and the Heartbreakers would continue to record and tour. Petty would also have a solo career, as well becoming a member of supergroup the Traveling Wilburys. In 2002, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. On the morning of October 2, 2017, Petty was found unresponsive in his home and in cardiac arrest. He later passed away at UCLA Medical Center. RIP😢
OCT 3: Happy 70th birthday to Lindsey Buckingham, born today in 1949!🎂🎸 Best known as the lead guitarist and one of the lead vocalists of Fleetwood Mac. Buckingham joined the group in 1975. He is a self-taught guitar player and does not read music. After he joined Fleetwood Mac, the band would see it's most commercial and successful period. During the 1980s, he would do some solo recording and left Fleetwood Mac in 1987. He rejoined in 1997 and was fired in 2018. Earlier this year, Buckingham underwent open heart surgery and has been recovering.
OCT 4: Sadly, today in 1970 Janis Joplin was found deceased after a heroin overdose.😢 In 1966, she was recruited by Big Brother and the Holding Company to be their lead singer. Joplin headed to San Francisco. The band would get their big break after performing at the 1967 Monterey Pop Festival. At the end of 1968, Joplin would leave the band. She formed a new backup band for her solo effort, the Kozmic Blues Band. Most famously, she is known as being one of the performers at the Woodstock festival in 1969. In the Fall of 1970, she was in the midst of recording a new album, Pearl. The album would be released posthumously. In 1996, Joplin was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. RIP😢
OCT 5: Happy birthday to Brian Johnson of AC/DC, born today in 1947!🎂🎤 After the death of Bon Scott in 1980, Johnson became the lead singer of the heavy rock band. In the 1970s, he played with the band Geordie and as a solo act. Bon Scott of AC/DC had spoke about seeing Johnson sing with Geordie, so after Scott's passing when AC/DC was looking for a new lead singer Johnson's name came up. He was asked to audition and was hired. That same year the band released their most successful album, Back in Black. Johnson has been plagued with hearing issues since 2016 and departed the band that same year. In 2019, it was announced that he is scheduled to be back with AC/DC. In addition to rock and roll, he is a huge racing fan and enjoys his vintage racing cars.
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