Saturday, September 19, 2015

This Date in Rock Music History: September 20

1957:  Buddy Holly released the single "Peggy Sue".  (Note:  one website reports the song was released in July.  According to the Buddy Holly Center in his birthplace--Lubbock, Texas, the song was released September 20.)

backed with "Everyday".
1964:  The Beatles appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show, a repeat (rerun) of their performance on February 16.
1964:  The Beatles wrapped up their first tour of North America with a charity concert at the Paramount Theatre in New York City.
1967:  Rick Nelson and wife celebrated the birth of twins Gunnar and Matthew, who would go on to form the group Nelson ("(Can't Live Without Your) Love And Affection").
1969:  During a band meeting in London, John Lennon announced he was leaving the Beatles.
1969:  The self-titled Blind Faith album was #1 in the U.K.
1969:  "Share Your Love With Me" by Aretha Franklin ran its winning streak to five weeks at #1 on the R&B chart.
1969:  Blind Faith rose to #1 on the Album chart in the U.S. with their self-titled release.  Johnny Cash at San Quentin fell and word of mouth was beginning to sell the great debut album Blood, Sweat & Tears.  The Soundtrack to "Hair" came in fourth, just ahead of the mind-blowing move from 127 to #5 for Green River by CCR.  The rest of the Top 10:  In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida by Iron Butterfly in its 62nd week, the Best of Cream, Smash Hits from the Jimi Hendrix Experience at #8, The Soft Parade from the Doors, and the compilation Through the Past, Darkly (Big Hits Volume 2) by the Rolling Stones entered the Top 10.

1969:  Elvis Presley had his biggest song in years and one of the fastest-risers as well--"Suspicious Minds", which moved from #77 to #36 on this date.
1969:  Oliver reached #1 on the Easy Listening chart with "Jean" from the movie The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie.
1969:  Today was the day that "Sugar, Sugar" by the Archies first hit #1, besting "Honky Tonk Women" by the Rolling Stones.
1970:  Jim Morrison was found guilty of indecent exposure and profanity in Miami, Florida.  The charges stemmed from Morrison's desperate attempt to gain attention near the end of his life when he exposed himself while on stage in Miami.  (Note:  one website falsely says Morrison was arrested in Miami on this date.  Morrison turned himself in to the Federal Bureau of Investigation on April 4, 1969.  On September 20, Morrison was found guilty of the charges, according to 'CNN' and numerous other reliable sources.)
1971:  Peter Frampton left the group Humble Pie to begin a solo career.
1973:  Elton John, Carole King, Jackson Browne and Neil Young & Crazy Horse opened the Roxy in style in Los Angeles.

1973:  The great Jim Croce, who was on the verge of superstardom, died at age 30 when his light plane crashed shortly after takeoff in Natchitoches, Louisiana.
1975:  The Bay City Rollers appeared on the show called  Howard Cosell's Saturday Night Live on ABC-TV.
1975:  Between the Lines by Janis Ian was the #1 album, displacing the Isley Brothers LP The Heat is On.  Two new entries in the Top 10:  Born to Run from Bruce Springsteen moved from #84 to #8 while Pick of the Litter gave the Spinners a Top 10 album.
1975:  Most will remember this gem from 1975--the #1 song on the R&B chart for Tavares--"It Only Takes A Minute".
1975:  John Denver owned the top Easy Listening song with "I'm Sorry".

1975:  Neil Sedaka and Elton John moved from 66 to 32 with "Bad Blood".
1976:  The Captain & Tennille began their variety show on ABC-TV.
1980:  Kate Bush owned the #1 album in the U.K. with Never for Ever.
1980:  The Game by Queen took over on the U.S. Album chart from the great album Hold Out by Jackson Browne.  Diana from Diana Ross was third with the Rolling Stones tumbling with their former #1 Emotional Rescue.  The Cars moved from 12-5 with their third album Panorama while the self-titled Christopher Cross was still at 6.  The rest of the Top 10:  George Benson's Give Me the Night, two great movie soundtracks, "Xanadu" and "Urban Cowboy" and Pat Benatar's breakthrough album Crimes of Passion moved from 16-10.

1980:  Dionne Warwick had one of The Top Adult Contemporary Songs of the 1980's*--"No Night So Long", which first reached #1 on this date.
1980:  Larry Graham had the only new Top 10 song on the Popular chart--"One In A Million You".
1983:  Eric Clapton and Steve Winwood performed at the ARMS benefit concert to raise money for multiple sclerosis research at Royal Albert Hall in London.
1986:  Oran "Juice" Jones hit #1 on the R&B chart with "The Rain".

1986:  The Soundtrack to "Top Gun" took over the #1 position on the Album chart from Madonna's True Blue.  Huey Lewis had the only new entry but it was a big one--the great album Fore! moved from #42 to #10 in its second week of release.
1986:  Huey Lewis & the News grabbed the #1 spot with "Stuck With You" but Gloria Loring & Carl Anderson were close behind with their song "Friends And Lovers".  Lionel Richie fell after peaking at 2 with "Dancing On The Ceiling".  The rest of the Top 10:  Run-D.M.C. with their remake of the Aerosmith classic "Walk This Way" (never remake classics...).  The rest of the Top 10:  Canada's Glass Tiger with "Don't Forget Me (When I'm Gone)", Daryl Hall's solo hit "Dreamtime", Janet Jackson had "When I Think Of You" which moved from 14 to 7, Stacey Q and "Two Of Hearts", Berlin was down with their former #1 "Take My Breath Away" and Billy Ocean's sixth but next-to-last Top 10 "Love Zone" was #10.
1986:  Huey Lewis & the News were on top of the AC chart with "Stuck With You".

1991:  Tom Cochrane released the single "Life Is A Highway". It did not become a hit until May of 1992.
1995:  Natalie Merchant began her first solo tour after she had left the group 10,000 Maniacs.
1997:  Elton John scored the #1 song in the U.K. with "Something About The Way You Look Tonight".

1997:  Jewel's masterpiece album Pieces of You was still in the Top 10 on this date after 82 weeks of release; in fact, it was moving back up to #5.
2002:  Nils Stevenson, former manager of Siouxsie and the Banshees and the Sex Pistols, died at the age of 49 in London.
2003:  Nelly Furtado gave birth to daughter Nevis at a hospital in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
2005:  J.D. Fortune of Canada won an audition to replace the late Michael Hutchence as the new lead singer of INXS.
2006:  The Rolling Stones continued their tour A Bigger Bang with the fall segment beginning at Gillette Stadium in Boston, Massachusetts.
2009:  Muse had the top U.K. album with The Resistance.

Born This Day:
1924:  Gogi Grant, who scored one of the biggest hits early in the Rock Era ("The Wayward Wind", #1 for eight weeks in 1956) and who dubbed Ann Blyth's vocals in The Helen Morgan Story, was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; died March 10, 2016 in Los Angeles.
1945:  Sweet Pea Atkinson of Was Not Was 
1946:  Mick Rogers (real name Michael Oldroyd), guitarist, singer and songwriter of Manfred Mann's Earth Band, was born in Dovercourt, Essex, England.  (Note:  some websites falsely spell the name Dover Court.  The correct spelling is Dovercourt.)
1948:  Not one but two sets of musical twins born today--Chuck Panozzo, bassist of Styx, was born in Chicago, Illinois.  (Note:  the birth years of both Chuck and John are reported as 1947 or 1949 by some websites.  According to the official website for fellow Styx member Tommy Shaw, the Panozzo's were born in 1948.)
1948:  John Panozzo, drummer of Styx, was born in Chicago.
1957:  Alannah Currie, saxophonist with the Thompson Twins, was born in Auckland, New Zealand.  (Note: reports the birth as September 28, but nearly every other source lists it as September 20.)
1960:  Robert Wiggins of Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five; died September 8, 1989 of a heart attack brought on by crack cocaine.
1960:  David Hemingway of the Housemartins was born in Kingston upon Hull, East Riding of Yorkshire, England.

1966:  Elite guitarist Nuno Bettencourt of Extreme was born in Praia da Vitória, Terceira, Açores, Portugal.
1967:  Gunnar Nelson of the group Nelson, and the son of Rick Nelson, was born in Santa Monica, California.
1967:  Matthew Nelson, Gunnar's twin brother and son of Rick, of the group Nelson was born in Santa Monica, California.
1968:  Ben Shepherd, bassist of Soundgarden, was born in Okinawa, Japan.
1979:  Rick Woolstenhulme, drummer of Lifehouse, was born in Gilbert, Arizona.

Friday, September 18, 2015

This Date in Rock Music History: September 19

1955:  Frank Sinatra sang "Love And Marriage" on the "Producer's Showcase" production of the play Our Town on NBC-TV.
1957:  Cliff Richard, 16 years old and known by his real name (Harry Webb), joined the Dick Teague Skiffle Group.
1960:  "Kiddio" by Brook Benton was #1 on the R&B chart for the fourth week. 
1960:  Hank Ballard and the Midnighters became the first group to own three songs in the Top 100 simultaneously--"Finger Poppin' Time", "Let's Go Let's Go Let's Go" and "The Twist".  After the group refused to perform "The Twist" on television, Dick Clark suggested Chubby Checker do the song.  He did, and... 
1960:  "The Twist" worked its way to #1 for Chubby Checker.
1963:  Jimmy Dean premiered his prime time television show on ABC.  It lasted three seasons.
1964:  Dean Martin notched week #8 on top of the Easy Listening chart with "Everybody Loves Somebody".

1964:  An excellent Top 10 on this date--The Animals held on to #1 for a third week with "The House Of The Rising Sun".  The Newbeats happy-go-lucky song about staples "Bread And Butter" was #2 while the Supremes' former #1 "Where Did Our Love Go" was on its way down.  Quite the opposite for Roy Orbison, who moved from 10 to 4 with "Oh Pretty Woman".  The rest of the Top 10:  Ronny & the Daytonas had #5--"G.T.O.", good ol' Dean Martin was at 6 with "Everybody Loves Somebody", the Shangri-Las were back with "Remember (Walkin' In The Sand)", the Dave Clark Five had "Because", Manfred Mann owned one of the hottest songs of the year with "Do Wah Diddy Diddy", which jumped from 31-9 while Martha & the Vandellas couldn't match that but were close (25-10) with "Dancing In The Street".
1966:  John Lennon flew to Spain to begin filming How I Won the War.  Lennon played Private Gripweed in the movie.

1968:  Steppenwolf was awarded a Gold record for the single "Born To Be Wild".
1969:  CCR sat on top in the U.K. with "Bad Moon Rising".

1969:  CCR released the double-sided smash "Fortunate Son"/"Down On The Corner" on Fantasy Records.
1970:  Anne Murray enjoyed her fourth week at #1 on the Easy Listening chart with her first hit "Snowbird".
1970:  Newcomer James Taylor's great song "Fire And Rain" moved from 83 to 50.

1970:  Diana Ross had her 13th #1 but her first as a solo artist with "Ain't No Mountain High Enough".
1970:  The great LP Cosmo's Factory by CCR remained at #1 for the fifth week, trailed by the Soundtrack to "Woodstock" and Joe Cocker's Mad Dogs & EnglishmenTommy by the Who moved up to #4 while Chicago II was at position #5.  The rest of the Top 10:  Blood, Sweat & Tears 3, Stage Fright from the Band, Live at Leeds by the Who, Grand Funk Railroad came in ninth with Closer to Home and Neil Diamond/Gold moved from 16 to 10.
1971:  The Jackson 5 starred in the television special "Goin' Back To Indiana", which aired on NBC.
1973:  Gram Parsons of the Byrds and Flying Burrito Brothers died of drugs at the age of 26 in Joshua Tree, California.
1974:  Max Weinberg debuted as drummer for Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band at the Main Point in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania.

1974:  Bad Company's debut album was certified Gold.
1975:  Queen signed John Reid, manager of Elton John, to be their manager as well.
1974:  Eric Clapton was awarded a Gold record for the single "I Shot The Sheriff".

1977:  The Bee Gees released the single "How Deep Is Your Love".
1978:  Linda Ronstadt released the album Living in the U.S.A, which had advance orders of two million copies.

1979:  The Doobie Brothers, Tom Petty, James Taylor, Bruce Springsteen, Carly Simon, Stephen Stills, David Crosby, Jackson Browne, Poco and Bonnie Raitt appeared in the first No Nukes Concert (the first of five nights) at Madison Square Garden in New York City.

1981:  An historic date in the history of the Rock Era.  Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel recorded The Concert in Central Park before 750,000 fans in New York City for an HBO special.
1981:  The Rolling Stones moved from 8 to 1 with their album Tattoo You.  They didn't mean it literally.
1981:  Lionel Richie & Diana Ross remained at #1 for a third week on the Adult Contemporary chart with "Endless Love".
1981:  Ross & Richie spent a fifth week at #1 on the R&B chart.

1981:  Great singer/songwriter Dan Fogelberg had one of the big movers of the week, rising from 45 to 29 with "Hard To Say".

1983:  Billy Joel released the single "Uptown Girl".  (Note:  one naive website claims the song was released September 29.  "Uptown Girl" debuted on the Singles chart on September 24.  It is physically impossible for a song to be included on the Singles chart if it has not been released as a single.)
1985:  A United States Senate committee heard testimony on labeling and rating of rock music, initiated by the Parents Music Resource Center.  The procedures were put into place but only work if parents pay attention to them.
1987:  The third annual Farm Aid benefit concert took place at Memorial Stadium in Lincoln, Nebraska with John Mellencamp, John Denver, Steppenwolf, Neil Young, Joe Walsh, and Lou Reed among the performers.
1987:  Michael Jackson moved to #1 on the R&B chart with "I Just Can't Stop Loving You".

1987:  The Soundtrack to "Dirty Dancing" was the new #1 album, taking the place of Tunnel of Love from Bruce Springsteen.  Bad by Michael Jackson fell to 3 followed by Whitesnake's self-titled release and A Momentary Lapse of Reason from Pink Floyd.  The rest of the Top 10:  Hysteria by Def Leppard, The Lonesome Jubilee from John Cougar Mellencamp, Whitney by Whitney Houston, The Joshua Tree by U2 at #9 and Billy Idol moved into the list with Vital Idol.
1987:  Whitney Houston climbed to #1 on the AC chart with "Didn't We Almost Have It All".

1987:  Los Lobos was down to 3 with "La Bamba" and Whitesnake remained at 4 with "Here I Go Again".  The rest of the Top 10:  ABC and "When Smokey Sings", Huey Lewis & the News and "Doing it All For My Baby", Dan Hill with Vonda Sheppard--"Can't We Try", Bananarama had song #8--"I Heard A Rumour", Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam moved from 16-9 with "Lost In Emotion" and Grateful Dead had their only Top 10 of their career--"Touch Of Grey".
1988:  Bon Jovi released the album New Jersey on Mercury Records.
1989:  Janet Jackson released her album Rhythm Nation 1814 on A&M Records.

1992:  Don Henley & Patti Smyth had the new #1 AC song on this date with "Sometimes Love Just Ain't Enough".
1992:  This was week #6 for Boyz II Men at #1 with "End Of The Road", one of the Top 500 Songs of the Rock Era*.

1996:  George Benson was awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame (7055 Hollywood Boulevard).
1997:  A "Storytellers" concert featuring Elton John from the House of Blues in New Orleans, Louisiana was aired on VH1.
1998:  Fabian married his third wife, Andrea Patrick, who is a former Miss Pennsylvania (1980) and Miss West Virginia (1983), at the Nemacolin Woodlands Resort and Spa in Farmington, Pennsylvania.
1998:  Robbie Williams grabbed his first #1 song in the U.K. with "Millennium".

1998:  Lauryn Hill had the top album with The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill.
1999:  Edward Cobb, singer, songwriter ("Tainted Love" for Soft Cell in 1981) and producer, and member of the Four Preps ("Big Man" in 1958), died at the age of 61 from leukemia in Honolulu, Hawai'i.
1999:  Eiffel 65 from Italy had the #1 song in the U.K., Austria, Finland, Germany, Denmark and Norway ("Blue (Da Ba Dee)").
2000:  Madonna released the album Music.
2000:  Glenn Frey released his compilation 20th Century Masters -The Millennium Collection on MCA Records.

2003:  Jack Bruce, bass guitarist of Cream, underwent a successful liver transplant.

 2004:  Skeeter Davis, who gave us the great song "The End Of The World" from 1963 and others, died in Nashville, Tennessee at the age of 72 after a long battle with cancer.
2004:  Embrace had the top U.K. album with Out of Nothing
2005:  In today's episode of Inmates Run Rap Music, Lil' Kim began a sentence of 366 days in prison for perjury.
2005:  Willie Hutch, who wrote "I'll Be There" and "Never Can Say Goodbye" for the Jackson 5, and also worked with Michael Jackson, Diana Ross, Marvin Gaye, and Smokey Robinson & the Miracles,  died at the age of 59 in Dallas, Texas.  (Note:  some websites claim Hutch was 60 when he died--according to 'Billboard', he was 59.)
2006:  Danny Flores, saxophone player of the Champs who wrote "Tequila" (and was the group member who shouted "Tequila" during the recording), died of pneumonia at the age of 77 in Huntington Beach, California.
2008: Earl Palmer, session drummer for the Beach Boys, Frank Sinatra, the Monkees, the Righteous Brothers ("You've Lost That Lovin' Feeling"), Ike and Tina Turner, Neil Young, Little Richard ("Tutti Frutti"), Fats Domino and many others, died at his home in Banning, California at the age of 83 after a long illness.

2009:  Arthur Ferrante, half of the amazing piano duo Ferrante & Teicher ("Exodus", "Theme from 'The Apartment'", "Midnight Cowboy" and "Tonight"), known as "The Grand Twins of the Twin Grands", died of natural causes at his home in Longboat Key, Florida at the age of 88.
2009:  Whitney Houston returned to #1 on the Album chart for the first time in 17 years with I Look To You.
2010:  Joey Dee was honored in his hometown of Passaic, New Jersey as "Joey Dee & the Starliters Square" was dedicated.
2010:  A bust of Frank Zappa was dedicated at a library in his hometown of Baltimore, Maryland.

Born This Day:
1921:  Bill Ward of the Dominoes was born in Los Angeles, California; died February 16, 2002 in Inglewood, California.

1931:  Brook Benton was born in Lugoff, South Carolina; died April 9, 1988 of pneumonia in Queens, New York.  (Note:  many sources report his birthplace as Camden.  Brook was born in Lugoff, and sang in choir in nearby Camden, according to 'The New York Times' and 'The Daily Item', a newspaper in nearby Sumpter.)

1934:  Brian Epstein, manager of the Beatles, was born in Liverpool, Lancashire, England; died of an overdose of Carbitrol, a form of sleeping pill, on August 27, 1967 in London.
1935:  Nick Massi, bass singer and bass guitarist of the Four Seasons, was born in Newark, New Jersey; died of cancer in Newark on December 24, 2000.
1936:  Gene Dinwiddie, saxophone player with Paul Butterfield Blues Band, was born in Louisville, Kentucky; died January 11, 2002 in Los Angeles, California.

1940:  Bill Medley of the Righteous Brothers and later a successful solo star, was born in Los Angeles, California.  (Note:  some sources report his birthplace as Santa Ana--according to his own website, he was born in Los Angeles and moved to Santa Ana.)
1942:  Danny Kalb of the Blues Project was born in Brooklyn, New York.  (Note:  sources are split on Kalb's birthday between the 9th and the 19th.  The most reliable ones show the 19th.  The latter sources also report that he was born in Brooklyn and moved to Mount Vernon, New York, while some sources report his birthplace as Mount Vernon.)
1940:  Paul Williams, successful songwriter of tunes such as "We've Only Just Begun" and "Rainy Days And Mondays" for the Carpenters, "An Old Fashioned Love Song" for Three Dog Night and "Evergreen" for Barbra Streisand, was born in Omaha, Nebraska.
1942:  Lee Dorman, bass guitarist of Iron Butterfly, was born in St. Louis, Missouri; died December 21, 2012 of natural causes in Laguna Niguel, California.  (Note:  some sources report birthday as September 15, but 'The New York Times' and '', among others, report his birthday as the 19th.

1943:  Cass Elliot (real name Ellen Cohen) of the Mamas & Papas was born in Baltimore, Maryland; died of a heart attack on July 19, 1974 in her hotel room in London after a concert series at the London Palladium.
1945:  Freda Payne, who gave us "Band Of Gold" in 1970, was born in Detroit, Michigan.
1945:  David Bromberg, guitarist, fiddler and mandolin player who worked with Bob Dylan and Willie Nelson, among others, was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
1946:  John Coghlan, drummer of Status Quo, was born in London, England.
1947:  Lol Creme of 10cc and Godley & Creme ("Cry") was born in Prestwich, Lancashire, England.  (Note:  some sources report the birthplace as Prestwich, Manchester, but that is incorrect.  Prestwich was not included in the county of Manchester until 1974 by virtue of the Local Government Act of 1972.  As that was 27 years after Creme was born, it is physically impossible for him to have been born in the county of Manchester.)
1951:  Daniel Lanois, producer of U2 (The Joshua Tree), Peter Gabriel, Bob Dylan, Robbie Robertson and many others, was born in Hull, Quebec, Canada.

1952:  Nile Rodgers, songwriter and guitarist of Chic, who became a prolific producer and arranger, was born in the Bronx, New York.
1956:  Rex Smith ("You Take My Breath Away") was born in Jacksonville, Florida.

1958:  Lita Ford, guitarist of the Runaways and a solo artist, was born in London.  (Note:  some sources report birth year as 1959.  According to 'Billboard', Lita was born in 1958.)
1969:  Candy Dulfer, saxophone player ("Lily Was Here" with David Stewart) was born in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.
1977:  Ryan Dusick, drummer of Maroon 5, was born in Los Angeles.

Thursday, September 17, 2015

This Date in Rock Music History: September 18

1954:  Elvis Presley was at Bellevue Park in Memphis, Tennessee.  (Note:  some websites claim the show was at the Eagle's Nest in Memphis.  According to the official website for guitarist Scotty Moore, Elvis played at Bellevue Park on this date.)
1957:  The Big Record debuted on CBS-TV, with Patti Page hosting.
1959:  The first Dick Clark Caravan of Stars tour began with Paul Anka, the Coasters, Lloyd Price, Duane Eddy, the Coasters and Bobby Rydell at Memorial Stadium in Baltimore, Maryland.
1960:  The Tab Hunter Show premiered on NBC-TV.
1960:  Frankie Avalon was given $600,000 on his 20th birthday as earnings accumulated when he was a minor.
1963:  The Patty Duke Show premiered on ABC-TV.  It would last three seasons.
1964:  The Beatles performed at Dallas Memorial Auditorium in Texas.
1965:  A new group was introduced to us as the Vogues first charted on this date with their first single "You're the One".
1965:  James Brown reigned on the R&B chart for the sixth week with "Papa's Got A Brand New Bag Part 1".
1965:  We Five were on top of the Adult chart for a third week with the great song "You Were On My Mind".

                                           The Turtles were crawling up the chart...

1965:  The Beatles made it three consecutive weeks at #1 with "Help!".  Barry McGuire edged up one spot closer with "Eve Of Destruction" while Bob Dylan slipped with "Like A Rolling Stone".  We Five had "You Were On My Mind" and the Dave Clark Five moved from 13-5 with "Catch Us If You Can".  The rest of the Top 10:  The instrumental "The 'In' Crowd" from the Ramsey Lewis Trio, the McCoys slipped into the Top 10 with "Hang On Sloopy", the Turtles were moving slower with "It Ain't Me Babe", Sonny & Cher's "I Got You Babe" came in ninth and the Yardbirds reached the list with "Heart Full Of Soul".
1966:  The Doors and the Seeds ("Pushin' Too Hard") were in concert at Bido Lito's in Hollywood, California.
1967:  The Beach Boys released the album Smiley Smile. (Note:  the Internet is all over the map on the date of release, with dates of September 5 and 11 reported.  The books 'Icons of Rock:  An Encyclopedia of the Legends Who Changed Music Forever' by Scott Schinder and Andy Schwartz, 'Heroes and Villains: Essays on Music, Movies, Comics, and Culture' by Steven S. Gaines, and Keith Badman's book 'The Beach Boys:  The Definitive Diary of America's Greatest Band On Stage and in the Studio' clear this up for them by confirming our report that the album was released September 18.)

1967:  The Doors released the single "People Are Strange".  (Note:  some sources incorrectly report the release date as September 25, the same day as the album 'Strange Days'.  It is quite common for the release date of singles to predate album releases.  Also, since "People Are Strange" first charted on September 23, that reported date of 9/25 is physically impossible.  A song cannot make the Singles chart if it has not yet been released as a single.)
1968:  Having returned from India, the Beatles recorded 20 takes of the track "Birthday" at Abbey Road Studios in London, with Mal Evans, a roadie, producing the handclaps and Patti Harrison and Yoko Ono on backing vocals.  

1970:  Jimi Hendrix died in his apartment from an overdose of sleeping pills in London at the age of 27.  Hendrix was pronounced dead on arrival at St. Mary Abbott's Hospital in London.  Hendrix had left a message on his manager's answering phone earlier in the evening--"I need help man."  Indeed.  
1971:  The Bobby Sherman show Getting Together premiered on ABC-TV.

1971:  Pink Floyd became the first rock act to appear at the Classical Music Festival (Festival de Musique Classique) on September 18-19 at the Pavilion de Montreux in Montreaux, Switzerland, performing songs from their album Atom Heart Mother(Note:  many sources incorrectly report the year as 1970.  Even though Pink Floyd's tour began in June of 1970, the Montreux dates were in 1971, as the album cover above clearly shows.)
1971:  The Who, the Faces, Mott the Hoople and Lindisfarne performed at Goodbye Summer, a fundraiser for famine victims of Bangla Desh, at the Oval Cricket Ground in Kennington, London.  (Note:  many sources incorrectly report the year as 1972, but first-hand accounts from members of the Faces and famous photographers who took pictures on that day indicate the year as 1971.)
1971:  The Who scored their only #1 album in the U.K. with Who's Next.

1971:  Joan Baez remained on top of the Easy Listening chart for the third week with "The Night They Drove Ol' Dixie Down".
1971:  Stanley, Idaho's Carole King dominated the Album chart once again as Tapestry was #1 for the 14th week in a row.  The Moody Blues remained in the runner-up spot with Every Good Boy Deserves Favour and Rod Stewart was next with Every Picture Tells a StoryWho's Next was next followed by Ram from Paul & Linda McCartney.  The rest of the Top 10:  The self-titled Carpenters, Mud Slide Slim and the Blue Horizon by James Taylor, the Soundtrack to "Shaft" by Isaac Hayes, Black Sabbath with Master of Reality and the epic What's Going On by Marvin Gaye.

1974:  John Lennon was a guest DJ on WNEW-FM in New York City.
1976:  The second annual Rock Music Awards, presented by promoter Don Kirshner, were televised on CBS.  Fleetwood Mac won awards for Best Group and Best Album (for their self-titled release).

1976:  Olivia Newton-John set a chart record that still stands when "Don't Stop Believin'" hit #1 on the Easy Listening chart.  That gave the incredible Australian songstress seven consecutive #1 songs in that format, surpassing the record of six set by fellow Australian Helen Reddy in 1975 and equaled by the Carpenters in 1976.
1976:  K.C. and the Sunshine Band returned to #1 on the R&B chart with "(Shake, Shake, Shake) Shake Your Booty".

1976:  The Spinners were shooting up the chart with "Rubberband Man", which moved from 84 to 62 on this date.
1976:  Newcomer Wild Cherry reached #1 with "Play That Funky Music", meaning K.C. and the Sunshine Band had a short stay at the top with "(Shake, Shake, Shake) Shake Your Booty".  England Dan & John Ford Coley were up with "I'd Really Love To See You Tonight".  Walter Murphy had song #4 with "A Fifth Of Beethoven" while Lou Rawls dropped after peaking at #2 with "You'll Never Find Another Love Like Mine".  The rest of the Top 10:  "Lowdown", the great song from Boz Scaggs, Cliff Richard, who had enjoyed dozens of hits in his native England, notched his first big hit with "Devil Woman", War's ode to "Summer" came in eighth, Chicago registered their 11th Top 10 with "If You Leave Me Now" and the Bee Gees' former #1 "You Should Be Dancing" came in #10.

1978:  KISS members Ace Frehley, Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley and Peter Criss all released solo albums.
1978:  Neil Young & Crazy Horse performed on the first of two nights at the Pine Knob Music Theatre on Sugar Mountain in Clarkston, Michigan.  (Note:  numerous sources incorrectly report the 'Rust Never Sleeps Tour' as starting September 18 at the Cobo in Detroit.  Young only performed at the Cobo in 1973, 1983 and 1986.  A review of Neil's show at the Pine Knob can be found in 'The Michigan Daily' on September 21.)

1979:  The Eagles released the single "Heartache Tonight".
1980:  The Paradise Club in Amsterdam hosted a two-day festival to celebrate the life of Jimi Hendrix on the 10th anniversary of his death.  1,100 fans showed up each night.  
1981:  Gary Numan ("Cars" from 1980) attempted a trip around the world in a single engine Cessna, beginning his ambitious trip taking off from London.  He was later forced to land in India and was arrested on suspicion of spying.  Gary Numan a spy?  You can't make this stuff up!

1982:  "Private Investigations" by Dire Straits was #2 in the U.K., beat out only by "Eye Of The Tiger" from Survivor.

1982:  Chicago landed at #1 for a second week with "Hard To Say I'm Sorry", holding off "Abracadabra" by the Steve Miller Band for the moment.  Survivor's #1 smash "Eye Of The Tiger" was third and John Cougar (Mellencamp) was on a roll with "Jack & Diane".  Melissa Manchester was up to 5 with "You Should Hear How She Talks About You".  The rest of the Top 10:  Air Supply and "Even the Nights Are Better", Fleetwood Mac's "Hold Me", John Cougar (Mellencamp's) "Hurts So Good", the Alan Parsons Project and the great "Eye In The Sky" and Sir Paul McCartney was at #10 with "Take It Away".
1983:  KISS released the album Lick It Up
.  That same day, members appeared on MTV without makeup.
1991:  Rob Tyner, lead singer of MC5, died of a heart attack at the age of 47 close to his hometown of Berkley, Michigan.
1992:  Earl Van Dyke of the Funk Brothers, who played keyboards on songs by the Temptations and the Miracles,   died of prostate cancer at age 62 in Detroit, Michigan.

1993:  Meat Loaf reached #1 in the U.K. with the album Bat Out of Hell II.
1993:  SWV (Sisters With Voices) owned the top song on the R&B chart with "Right Here/Human Nature".

                            Blind Melon's top five album...

1993:  Competition was so weak on the Album chart that two albums were able to debut at #1 and #2.  Garth Brooks grabbed the top spot with In Pieces while Mariah Carey moved right in to #2 with Music Box.  Billy Joel took a back seat with River of Dreams while Blind Melon fell to #4.  The rest of the Top 10:  The Soundtrack to "Sleepless in Seattle", Janet from Janet Jackson, Core by Stone Temple Pilots, Black Sunday was #8 from Cypress Hill, UB40 had Promises and Lies while "The Bodyguard" Soundtrack slipped to #10.  And those were the 10 best, mind you.
1996:  Consider yourself fortunate if you own lyrics to Beatles songs.  Julian Lennon was able to win the bid ($39,000) for the recording notes to "Hey Jude", the song that was written for him by Paul McCartney, at a Sotheby's auction at the Hard Rock Café in London.  Are we alone in wondering why the notes weren't just given to him?  John Lennon's lyrics to "Being For The Benefit Of Mr. Kite" sold for $103,500. 
1997:  The Rolling Stones performed at the Double Door Club in Chicago, Illinois.
1999:  Tennessee Governor Don Sundquis declared it "
Carl Perkins Day" in Tennessee a year after the star's death.

2002:  Bon Jovi performed at the Shepherd's Bush Empire in London before a Webcast audience of 375,000.
2004:  John Mellencamp, Neil Young, Jerry Lee Lewis, Dave Matthews and Willie Nelson performed at the 19th annual Farm Aid at the White River Amphitheatre in Auburn, Washington.
2004:  Members of the Fugees reunited at Dave Chappelle's Block Party in Brooklyn.  Joining them at the show were Kanye West, Erykah Badu and Big Daddy Kane.
2004:  Britney Spears married Kevin Federline in Studio City, California. 
2005:  Neil Young, Dave Matthews and Willie Nelson performed at the 20th anniversary Farm Aid in Tinley Park, Illinois.
2005:  "Don't Cha'" by the Pussycat Dolls topped the U.K. chart.
2005:  David Gray had the #1 album in the U.K. with Life In Slow Motion
2006:  Willie Nelson and four members of his band were charged with drug possession after their tour bus was stopped in Saint Martin Parish, Louisiana.

2006:  Sir Cliff Richard unveiled a Green Plaque at the 2 i's Coffee Bar at 59 Old Compton Street in London.  The tiny basement was said to have been the birthplace of British rock and roll in 1956.  The Shadows, Tornados and Tommy Steele were among the many acts who performed at the 2 i's.
2007:  Britney Spears was dropped by her management company one month after she hired them.  Seller's remorse.
2007:  The Elvis:  Viva Las Vegas documentary aired on ABC-TV.
2010:  Tommy James was given a day in his honor in Morristown, New Jersey prior to a concert by Tommy James & the Shondells that night at the Community Theatre.

Born This Day

1933:  Jimmy Rodgers ("Honeycomb" from 1957) was born in Camas, Washington.

1940:  Frankie Avalon was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
1945:  P.F. Sloan, who wrote such songs as "Eve Of Destruction" for Barry McGuire, "Secret Agent Man" for Johnny Rivers, "You Baby" and "Let Me Be" by the Turtles, "Where Were You When I Needed You" by the Grass Roots and "A Must To Avoid" by Herman's Hermits, was born in New York City; died of pancreatic cancer November 15, 2015 in Los Angeles.  
1946:  Alan King, lead guitarist of Ace ("How Long" from 1975), was born in London.  (Note:  one website claims King was born in Kentish Town, London.  Kentish Town is not a city nor a county; it is simply an area within the city of London.)

1949:  Kerry Livgren, songwriter, guitarist and keyboardist of Kansas, was born in Topeka, Kansas.
1951:  Dee Dee Ramone (real name Douglas Colvin), bass guitarist of the Ramones, was born in Fort Lee, Virginia; died of drugs June 5, 2002 in Hollywood, California.
1961:  Martin Beedle, drummer of the Cutting Crew, was born in North Ferriby, East Riding of Yorkshire, England. 

1962:  Joanne Catherall, singer with the Human League, was born in Sheffield, West Riding of Yorkshire, England.
1966:  Ian Spice ("Spike"), drummer of Breathe ("Hands To Heaven"); died in 2000.
1967:  Ricky Bell of Bell Biv Devoe and the New Edition was born in Boston, Massachusetts.  (Some websites naively say Bell was born in Roxbury, Massachusetts.  While Roxbury was once a city, it was annexed into Boston in 1868, nearly 100 years before Bell was born, and it is now simply a neighborhood.  Bell was born in Boston, and you will never see Roxbury listed as his City of Birth on an official birth certificate.)