2004-U2 make up their own rules at Saturday Night Live by playing three songs to close the show. The band starts a final song as the credits roll.
2003-Boston‘s self-titled debut album is certified 17-times platinum, and Simon & Garfunkel‘s Greatest Hits is certified 14-times platinum.
1994-David Crosby undergoes a liver transplant.
1990-Chuck Berry is found not guilty of felony child abuse charge, but pleads guilty to misdemeanor marijuana possession. He gets a six-month jail sentence, two years probation and has to donate $5,000 to a local hospital.
1976-George Harrison guests on Saturday Night Live and performs “Here Comes the Sun” with Paul Simon. (He declines an offer of union scale wages to reform The Beatles for the show.)
1972-Elton John releases “Crocodile Rock” in the U.S. It will become his first number-one hit here.
1967-The Beach Boys release Smiley Smile.
1965-The Who releases “My Generation” as a single in the U.S. It will peak at number-74 on the Billboard Hot 100.
1961-Bob Dylan does the first of two recording sessions for his self-titled first album. The album is completed in a session two days later.
Joe Walsh – 70 years old
The former James Gang guitarist and singer replaced Bernie Leadon in the Eagles in 1975 and helped steer the band in the harder-edged direction symbolized by “Hotel California” and “Heartache Tonight.” Walsh also enjoyed a solo hit in ’78 with “Life’s Been Good.” Born 1947.
Duane Allman – Died in 1971
The Tennessee-born slide guitarist, who founded The Hourglass and then The Allman Brothers Band with his brother Gregg, played with Eric Clapton on “Layla” and on Clarence Carter‘s “Slip Away.” He died in a Macon, Georgia motorcycle accident October 29th, 1971 at 24. Born 1946.