Let's have a look at what happened the week of October 3 - 9 in rock history! Events include both the birth of John Lennon and the death of Janis Joplin. The Jimi Hendrix Experience played together for the first time, and Dire Straits released their debut album. It was also during this week in 1962 that the Beatles released their first single. Read on for more exciting rock happenings!

Events

1958 - Cliff Richard and The Shadows played their first show. It took place at Victoria Hall in Hanley, England.

1962 - "Love Me Do," the first single from the Beatles, was released in the UK.

1966 - Jimi Hendrix, Noel Redding and Mitch Mitchell, better known as The Jimi Hendrix Experience, played together for the first time in London.

Jimi Hendrix

1968 - The Beatles' Abbey Road album reached number one on the UK charts.

1985 - Strawberry Fields - a three and a half acre garden in New York’s Central Park opened on what would have been John Lennon's 45th birthday. The garden, which also feature a mosaic with the word "Imagine" at its center, was made possible with the help of a donation from Yoko Ono.

John Lennon

1988 - Pink Floyd's The Dark Side of the Moon dropped out of the US Billboard Chart after an unprecedented run of 741 weeks.

1995 - Alanis Morissette reached the top of the US charts with Jagged Little Pill. It is still one of the biggest selling rock albums by a female artist.

Releases

1963 - The Beach Boys: Little Deuce Coupe

1968 - Muddy Waters: Electric Mud

1970 - Led Zeppelin: Led Zeppelin III

Led Zeppelin

1973 - Elton John: Goodbye Yellow Brick Road

1973 - Three Dog Night: Cyan

1974 - John Lennon: Walls and Bridges

1975 - The Who: The Who By Numbers

1977 - ELO: Out of the Blue

1978 - Dire Straits: Dire Straits

1978 - Judas Priest: Killing Machine

1979 - The Who: Quadrophenia

The Who

1980 - The Police: Zenyatta Mondatta

1983 - Genesis: Genesis

1986 - Slayer: Reign in Blood

1987 - Bruce Springsteen: Tunnel of Love

1988 - Keith Richards: Talk Is Cheap

Keith Richards

1991 - Soundgarden: Badmotorfinger

1992 - R.E.M.: Automatic for the People

1992 - Soul Asylum: Grave Dancers Union

1994 - The Cranberries: No Need to Argue

1997 - Kenny Wayne Shepherd: Trouble Is...

1999 - Live: The Distance to Here

2000 - Green Day: Warning

2002 - Bon Jovi: Bounce

2005 - Nickelback: All the Right Reasons

2006 - The Killers: Sam's Town

2007 - Kid Rock: Rock N Roll Jesus

2013 - Cage the Elephant: Melophobia

2014 - Sixx:A.M.: Modern Vintage

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Deaths

Johnny Kidd - October 7, 1966

Janis Joplin - October 4, 1970

Woody Guthrie - October 3, 1967

Benjamin Orr (The Cars) - October 3, 2000

Eddie Kendricks (The Temptations) - October 5, 1992

Mike Gibbins (Badfinger) - October 4, 2005

Philip Chevron (The Pogues) - October 8, 2013

Births

Eddie Cochran - October 3, 1938

John Lennon - October 9, 1940

Chubby Checker - October 3, 1941

Steve Miller - October 5, 1943

John Entwistle - October 9, 1944

Brian Connolly (Sweet) - October 5, 1945

Brian Johnson - October 5, 1947

Johnny Ramone - October 8, 1948

Jackson Browne - October 9, 1948

Lindsey Buckingham - October 3, 1949

Eddie Clarke (Motörhead) - October 5, 1950

Bob Geldof - October 5, 1951

John Mellencamp - October 7, 1951

Tico Torres (Bon Jovi) - October 7, 1953

Stevie Ray Vaughan - October 3, 1954

Kevin Cronin (REO Speedwagon) - October 6, 1954

David Bryson (Counting Crows) - October 5, 1961

Tommy Lee - October 3, 1962

Tommy Stinson (The Replacements) - October 6, 1966

Thom Yorke (Radiohead) - October 7, 1968

Gwen Stefani - October 3, 1969

Polly Jean "PJ" Harvey - October 9, 1969

William Butler (Arcade Fire) - October 6, 1982