Rocktober Birthdays: Celebrating The Icons of Rock Music
The month of October is more than just pumpkin spice lattes and falling leaves; it's a time to celebrate some of the greatest legends in rock music history. As the leaves change colors, so do the rhythms and melodies that have shaped the world of rock 'n' roll. From the unforgettable guitar riffs of Chuck Berry to the poetic brilliance of John Lennon, October boasts a lineup of birthdays that have left an indelible mark on the musical landscape. Join us as we dive into the lives and legacies of these rock pioneers, whose music continues to resonate with fans of all generations. Get ready to rock and roll as we honor the birthdates of these iconic rock legends in the month of October.
To begin our Rocktober Series enjoy a list of rock icons and their birthdays. Do you share an October birthday with a rock legend?
October 2, 1971 - Jim Root
Guitarist for the band Slipknot
October 3,1954 - Stevie Ray Vaughan
Solo artist and guitarist for the band Double Trouble
Would have been 69
October 3, 1962 - Tommy Lee
Drummer for the band Motley Crue
October 3, 1972 - Lajon Witherspoon
Singer for the band Sevendust
October 3, 1979 - Josh Klinghoffer
Guitarist for the bands Red Hot Chilli Peppers and Pearl Jam
October 5, 1947 - Brian Johnson
Singer for the band AC DC
October 7, 1951 - John Mellencamp
American singer-songwriter known for hits like "Jack and Diane" and "Pink Houses".
October 7, 1953 - Tico Torres
Drummer for the band Bon Jovi
October 8, 1948 - Johnny Ramone
Guitarist for the band Romones
Would have been 75
October 9, 1940 - John Lennon
English musician, singer, and songwriter, a member of The Beatles.
Would have been 83
October 9, 1944 - John Entwistle
English bass guitarist and member of The Who.
Would have been 79
October 10, 1954 - David Lee Roth
Singer for the band Van Halen
October 12, 1935 - Sam Moore
American R&B and soul singer, one half of the duo Sam & Dave.
October 12, 1958 - Jeff Keith
Singer for the band Tesla
October 13, 1947 - Sammy Haegar
Singer for the band Van Halen
October 13, 1960 - Joey Belladonna
Singer and drummer for the band Anthrax
October 15, 1938 - Fela Kuti
Nigerian musician and activist, known for pioneering Afrobeat.
Would have been 85
October 16, 1962 - Flea
Played bass for the band Red Hot Chilli Peppers
October 18, 1926 - Chuck Berry
American guitarist, singer, and songwriter, often called the "father of rock and roll".
Would have been 97
October 20, 1950 - Tom Petty
Singer and guitarist for the band Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers
Would have been 73
October 21, 1940 - Manfred Mann
South African-British keyboardist and leader of the band Manfred Mann's Earth Band.
October 22, 1952 - Jeff Goldblum
American actor and jazz pianist, occasionally performs with his band, The Mildred Snitzer Orchestra. Starred in movies such as Jurassic Park and Independence Day.
October 22, 1976 - Joe Foreman
Singer and guitarist for Switchfoot
October 23, 1964 - Robert Trujillo
Plays bass for the band Metallica
October 24, 1979 - Ben Gillies
Drummer for the band Silverchair
October 25, 1947 - Glenn Tipton
Guitarist for the band Judas Priest
October 25, 1961 - Chad Smith
Drummer for the band Red Hot Chilli Peppers
October 27, 1949 - Garry Tallent
American musician and founding member of Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band.
October 27, 1967 - Scott Weiland
Singer for the band Stone Temple Pilots, Velvet Revolver
Would have been 56
October 29, 1955 - Kevin DuBrow
Singer for the band Quiet Riot
Would have been 68
October 30, 1946 - Chris Slade
Drummer for the band AC DC
October 30, 1965 - Gavin Rossdale
Singer and guitarist for the band Bush
October 31, 1963 - Mikkey Dee
Drummer for the bands Motorhead and Scorpions
October 31, 1966 - Adam Horovitz
Rapper and guitarist for the band Beastie Boys
October 31, 1981 - Frank Iero
Guitarist and singer for the band My Chemical Romance