Timeline: October

This Month In Bass History October
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John EntwistleThis Month In Bass History October

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2ND Gordon Sumner—better known as Sting—is born. 1951

3RD Benjamin Orr of the Cars dies of cancer in his Atlanta home at the age of 53. 2000

4TH Jim Fielder of Blood Sweat & Tears is born. 1947 • Roger Waters and Pink Floyd play the first of four nights at the Roman Amphitheater in Pompeii, Italy for their Live in Pompeii album. 1971 • Anchored by John Deacon’s iconic bass line, Queen’s “Another One Bites the Dust” starts a 3-week run at No. 1 of the U.S. singles charts. 1980 • Bruce Palmer of the Buffalo Springfield and Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young dies of a heart attack. 2004

6TH Tommy Stinson of the Replacements and Guns N’ Roses is born. 1966

8TH After 741 weeks on the Billboard Hot 200 Album chart, Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon is finally eclipsed. 1988

9TH John Entwistle is born. 1944

13TH The Who records “My Generation,” featuring a bass solo by John Entwistle on a Danelectro bass. 1965

16TH Bachman Turner Overdrive’s Fred Turner is born. 1943 • Michael Balzary—better known as Flea—is born. 1962

18TH Paul McCartney plays his first gig with John Lennon and the Quarrymen at New Clubmoor Hall in Liverpool. 1957

20TH Mark King is born. 1958 • Three days after the release of their album Street Survivors, the members of Lynyrd Skynyrd go down in a plane crash that seriously injures bassist Leon Wilkeson and kills his bandmates Ronnie Van Zant, Steve Gaines, and Cassie Gaines. 1977 • Paul Raven of Killing Joke, Ministry, and Prong dies of a heart attack while recording in Geneva, Switzerland. 2007

21ST Elvis Presley bassist Bill Black dies at the age of 39 of complications following brain surgery. 1965 • Curtis Mayfield’s Super Fly soundtrack starts a four-week run at No. 1 of the US album chart. 1972

23RD Humble Pie’s Greg Ridley is born. 1943 • Robert Trujillo is born. 1964

24TH Bill Wyman is born. 1936

26TH William “Bootsy” Collins is born. 1951

27TH Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band bassist Garry Tallent is born. 1949