This Week in Music History: Oct. 3 – 5

Fleetwood MacThis week in music history features some of your favorite musicians’ births, and sadly a death. Either way, these important individuals kept rock and roll alive in their time, and continue to influence it today.

Born on October 5th, 1943 was American rock n’ roller Steve Miller in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The guitarist and singer scored three number one singles with his band, the

Steve Miller Band, including “Abracadabra,” “Rock’n Me” and the beloved “The Joker.”

They also achieved a number two hit single with 1976’s “Fly Like an Eagle.” The band was formed in 1967 in San Francisco. The the band never had a number one album, four of their records have gone multi-platinum.

Another birth from this week was Lindsey Buckingham, born October 3rd, 1947. Buckingham joined Fleedwood Mac, along with Stevie Nicks, in 1975, a few years after the band was formed in 1967. Buckingham and Nicks helped bring the band great commercial and critical success, the pinnacle being their 1977 number one album Rumours. Aside from Fleetwood Mac, Buckingham has enjoyed a successful solo career as well.

October 4th, 1970 was a sad day in rock and roll history. On this day, another star died far too soon. Janis Joplin was found dead at the Landmark Hotel Hollywood due to a heroin overdose, not long after being a headliner at Woodstock. The celebrated American singer had a number one single, “Me and Bobby McGee” and a number one album “Pearl” after her death.

By Anthony Canton Heinze

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