Carter Alan’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Diary: October 5 in Classic Rock History

Happy birthday to Steve Miller! Although he became a star in the San Francisco area, where was he born?

ANSWER: Milwaukee

What else happened on this day in rock n’ roll history? Here’s the Rock N’ Roll Diary for October 5, from the College of Classic Rock Knowledge – 100.7 WZLX!

  • Happy birthday to Steve “Guitar” Miller, who celebrates with singer Brian Johnson of AC/DC and Sir Bob Geldof of the Boomtown Rats & Live-Aid fame.
  • On this day in 1969, The Who appeared on the Ed Sullivan Show.
  • Also in 1969, “Monty Python’s Flying Circus” debuted on BBC-TV. The series began airing in the U.S on public television in 1974.
  • Elton John released his “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road” album in 1973. It became his third consecutive #1 album in the U.S
  • In 1993, “The Beatles 1962-66” and “1967-1970” albums, often known as the “Red” and “Blue” albums, came out on compact disc.
  • And in 1999, Paul McCartney released his first album since the April ’98 death of his wife Linda.  “Run Devil Run” was a collection of rock and roll oldies and some new songs.
  • In the WZLX ticket stash, Jackson Browne and Bonnie Raitt played the Orpheum in 1973.
  • Rick Wakeman of Yes did two performances of his “Journey to the Center of the Earth” solo album at the Music Hall in 1974.
  • Peter Gabriel played The Paradise on his first solo tour of the U.S. in 1978.
  • In 1980, Bob Seger was at the Boston Garden.
  • And in 1985, Joe Cocker played the Lowell auditorium.

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