To say the week of September 25 through October 1 is a big one for rock history is an understatement. From the release of one of the most championed rock albums of all times (The Beatles’ Abbey Road) to the tragic death of John Bonham, this week is packed with significant events. Read on for a collection of major milestones, historic record releases and notable births and deaths happening September 25 through October 1.


1964 – The Beach Boys rocked “The Ed Sullivan Show” for the first time. The guys performed “I Get Around.”

1970 – The legendary Jimi Hendrix is buried at Greenwood Cemetery in Seattle. He died on Sept. 18, 1970.

1980 - Led Zeppelin drummer John Bonham suddenly dies at age 32 of asphyxiation from vomiting after an evening of drinking.

1984 – Prince unleashed his hit song “Purple Rain.”

1990 - Dave Grohl, former drummer of Scream, becomes a member of Nirvana.

1997 – Bob Dylan performs "Knocking on Heaven's Door" and "A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall" for Pope John Paul II during a concert and mass in Bologna, Italy.

1998 – MTV Russia aired for the first time.

2008 - MySpace Music is officially launched following an agreement with EMI, the last major label that wasn't on board.


George Gershwin, September 26, 1898

Joe Bauer (The Youngbloods), September 26, 1941

Olivia Newton-John, September 26, 1948

Craig Chaquico (Jefferson Airplane), September 26, 1954

Randy Bachman (The Guess Who and Bachman-Turner Overdrive), September 27, 1944

Meat Loaf, September 27, 1947

Stephan Jenkins (Third Eye Blind), September 27, 1966

Ed Sullivan, September 28, 1902

Ben E. King, September 28, 1938

Nick St. Nicholas (Steppenwolf), September 28, 1943

George Lynch (Dokken), September 28, 1955

Jerry Lee Lewis, September 29, 1935

Mark Farner (Grand Funk), September 29, 1948

Les Claypool, September 29, 1963

Brad Smith (Blind Melon), September 29, 1968

Johnny Mathis, September 30, 1935

Dewey Martin (Buffalo Springfield), September 30, 1940

Marc Bolan (T. Rex), September 30, 1947

Robby Takac (The Goo Goo Dolls), September 30, 1964

Julie Andrews, October 1, 1935

Jerry Martini (Sly and the Family Stone), October 1, 1943

Donny Hathaway, October 1, 1945

Michael "Cub" Koda (Brownsville Station), October 1, 1948

Kevin Griffin (Better than Ezra), October 1, 1968


John Bonham (Led Zeppelin), September 25, 1980

Mark Loomis (The Chocolate Watchband), September 26, 2014

Jimmy McCulloch (Paul McCartney’s Wings), September 27, 1979

Cliff Burton (Metallica), September 27, 1986

James Dean, September 30, 1955

Al Jackson Jr. (Booker T. & the MG’s), October 1, 1975

Bruce Palmer (Buffalo Springfield), October 1, 2004


The Beatles, Abbey Road, 1969


John Lennon, Walls and Bridges, 1974

John Lennon

Rush, All the World’s A Stage, 1976

Styx, Crystal Ball, 1976


Prince, Diamonds and Pearls, 1991

Prince, The Gold Experience, 1995

Nirvana, From the Muddy Banks of the Wishkah, 1996

Bob Dylan, Time Out of Mind, 1997

The Verve, Urban Hymns, 1997

The Rolling Stones, Forty Licks, 2002

Shine On, Jet, 2006

Bad Religion, The Dissent of Man, 2010

Thom Yorke (of Radiohead), Tomorrow's Modern Boxes, 2014