October 14th : 2009, Paul McCartney was named Songwriter of The Year at the 29th Annual ASCAP Awards in London. The awards honored songwriters and publishers of the most performed works in the US during 2008.
October 15th : 1965, Jimi Hendrix signed his first recording contract in the UK, where he would received $1 and a 1% Royalty on all of his recordings.
October 16th : 2006, CBGB, the legendary New York punk club credited with discovering Patti Smith and Ramones, closed after a final gig by Smith herself. Blondie and Talking Heads also found fame after performing at the club, which helped launch US punk music. The venue first opened in December 1973, its full name CBGB OMFUG standing for "country, bluegrass, blues and other music for uplifting gormandizers".
October 17th : 1972, Born on this day, Eminem, US Rapper, (Marshall Bruce Mathers III).
October 18th : 2008, Adele appeared on Saturday Night Live. The show earned its highest ratings in 14 years with a total of 17 million viewers. Adele who performed 'Chasing Pavements' and 'Cold Shoulder', topped the iTunes charts the following day and the singers debut album jumped 35 places to No.11 on the US chart the next week.
October 19th : 1998, Oasis guitarist Noel Gallagher made a surprise appearance at the launch party of the new London venue Sound Republic. He jammed onstage with Pete Townshend, Ocean Colour Scene and Boo Radleys.
October 20th : 1950, Born on this day, Tom Petty, American singer and songwriter. Frontman of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, a founding member of the late 1980s supergroup the Traveling Wilburys and Mudcrutch. Throughout his career he has sold over 60 million albums. Petty died on October 2 2017.