Almanac: October 11, 2015
- 1932 - Dottie West (d. 1991)
- 1943 - Gene Watson (72)
- 1946 - Daryl Hall (69)
- 1946 - Gary Mallabar (Steve Miller Band) (69)
- 1949 - Greg Douglas (Steve Miller Band) (66)
- 1950 - Andrew Woolfolk (Earth, Wind & Fire) (65)
- 1952 - Paulette Carlson (Highway 101) (63)
- 1952 - Claude Morrison (Nylons) (63)
- 1957 - Jon Moss (Culture Club) (58)
- 1957 - Blair Cunningham (Haircut One Hundred, Pretenders, Paul McCartney) (58)
- 1962 - Andy McCoy (born Antti Hulkko) (Hanoi Rocks) (53)
- 1962 - Scott Johnson (Gin Blossoms) (53)
- 1966 - Todd Snider (49)
- 1971 - MC Lyte (born Lana Moorer) (44)
- 1971 - Petra Haden (Decemberists, Tito & Tarantula) (44)
- 1973 - Brendan B. Brown (Wheatus) (42)
- 1973 - Mike Smith (Snot, Limp Bizkit) (42)
- 1979 - Gabe Saporta (Cobra Starship) (36)
- 1963 - Edith Piaf - Liver cancer (47)
- 1985 - Tex Williams - Pancreatic cancer (68)
- 1955 - Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash and Carl Perkins opened an 11-date tour in Abilene, TX.
- 1960 - Aretha Franklin played live for the first time at the Village Vanguard in New York.
- 1962 - The Beatles appeared for the first time on any chart when they entered the U.K. singles with Love Me Do.
- 1969 - Muddy Waters is injured in an auto accident that takes the lives of three others.
- 1976 - Kitty Wells and Paul Cohen were inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame.
- 1982 - Marty Robbins, Lefty Frizell and Roy Horton were inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame.
- 1989 - Michael Jackson attended the dedication of the Michael Jackson Auditorium in a Hollywood, CA elementary school. The name would stay for 14 years until parents demanded it be removed.
- 1990 - Dave Grohl played with Nirvana for the first time.
- 1991 - Apple Corporation, the Beatles entity and Apple Computers settled a lawsuit over their respective logos with Apple Computers reportedly paying $29 million.
- 1995 - Suge Knight posted $1.4 million bail for Tupac Shakur in exchange for a three record deal.
- 1997 - A tribute to Muddy Waters at the Kennedy Center in Washington included performances from Bo Diddley, Greg Allman, Buddy Guy, John Hiatt and Keb' Mo'.
- 1999 - Tommy Lee of Motley Crue was arrested for inciting a riot at a show in North Carolina by pouring a drink over a guards head and urging the crowd to attack him.
- 2001 - 98 Degrees were sued by their former management company who alleged that they found and built the groups career only to be wrongfully terminated.
- 2005 - Rod Stewart received his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
- 2006 - Madonna adopted a one-year-old boy in Malawi.
- 2006 - Lead singer Justin Hawkins left the Darkness to continue drug rehabilitation.
- 2010 - George Michael was released from a Suffolk, England prison after serving four weeks for driving under the influence of drugs.
- 2009 - Ronnie Wood and Jo Wood.
- 1965 - Yesterday - Marianne Faithfull
- 1965 - Roll Over Beethoven - Beatles (single)
- 1989 - Hot in the Shade - KISS