On This Day in Rock and Roll History, October 2

Here’s what happened on this day in Rock History, October 2:


All six members of The Grateful Dead are busted for possession of marijuana at the group’s 710 Ashbury Street House in San Francisco. After six hours, they are all released on bail.

Here’s an interview with The Dead in the historic 710 Ashbury house. 


Motown Records files a $4 million lawsuit against the songwriting team of Holland-Dozier-Holland for failing to write any new material for the company for the past year. 

Here’s just one of their many hits from earlier years: 


John Lennon’s “Imagine” LP enters the Billboard Hot 200 album chart, where it will reach #3. 

Soul Train, a new, weekly TV show that showcased current R&B artists, makes its debut in the US. The first broadcast featured Gladys Knight And The Pips, Eddie Kendricks and The Honey Cone. 

The audio on this video isn’t good, but it is a historic video nevertheless!


John Belushi joins Joe Cocker on Saturday Night Live during the performance of “Feeling Alright”. Belushi performs his exaggerated imitation of Cocker and the audience loves it. After the show, Cocker says he’s happy with Belushi’s impression of him.

You’ve probably seen that sketch a million times. But have you seen this? It’s super cool.  

Rod Stewart’s “Tonight’s The Night” is released. It will become his second US #1 hit and reach #5 in the UK. The song features whispers from Britt Ekland who was Stewart’s girlfriend at the time. (Editorial note, those whispers still creep me out.)


“Jack and Diane” by John Cougar led the Billboard singles chart, while his earlier release, “Hurts So Good” was still at number ten.

Check out the super cool early video editing.  Ooooh, SQUARES. 😉


42-year-old John Mellencamp confirms he recently had a mild heart attack brought on by an 80-cigarettes-per-day habit and a cholesterol level of 300. 


Tom Petty, who achieved sixteen Billboard Top 40 hits between 1978 and 1995, died following multisystem organ failure at the age of 66. 

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