This Week in Music History: Oct. 9 – Oct. 11

KurtCobainIn this week in music history, one of the biggest bands ever was formed, and two of rock’s greatest heroes were born.

On October 11th, 1990, Nirvana performed with drummer Dave Grohl for the first time at the North Shore Surf Club in Olympia, Washington. The orinigal drummer was Bob McFadden, only for a month, followed by Aaron Burckhard in 1987. This is when they began writing material together as Nirvana. Dale Crover of the Melvins succeeded Burckhard on drums, followed by Dave Foster. Burchkhard then had another short run on drums, then Chad Channing. Nirvana went through another couple drummers before finally landing on Grohl. Bassist Krist Novoselic stated that “We knew in two minutes that he was the right drummer.” Obviously, the trio of Kurt Cobain, Novoselic, and Grohl stuk together to make history.

John Lennon was born on October 9th, 1940 in Liverpool, England. Lennon became one of the most influential people of the 20th century after forming the most influential band of all time, The Beatles. The group of Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr functioned as a band together between 1960-1970. After the end of The Beatles, Lennon continued with his solo career, always close to wife Yoko Ono. Lennon was murdered in 1980 in New York. Even after his death, his life continues to persuade us to “Give Peace A Chance” and “Imagine.”

Another famous rock star was born on October 9th, 1944. John Entwistle of The Who was born on this day in London, England. Entwistle is contantly regarded as one of the greatest bassists of all time. Entwistle was still working as a tax clerk when The Who was founded in 1964 with Roger Daltrey, Pete Townshend, and Keith Moon. Entwistle died in 2002 due to a heart attack induced by cocaine use, just before the start of a The Who reunion tour.

By Anthony Cantone Heinze

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