Archive for the ‘September’ Category

September 30

1964, The Beatles continued recording sessions at Abbey Road for their fourth UK album Beatles For Sale, recording various takes of ‘Every Little Thing’, ‘What You’re Doing’ and ‘No Reply’, which became the opening track on Beatles For Sale.

1965, Donovan made his US television debut on Shindig! along with The Hollies, The Turtles and the Dave Clark Five.

1965, The Rolling Stones performed at the Gaumont Theatre in Hanley, Staffordshire, UK. Also on the bill were The Moody Blues, The Spencer Davis Group, The End and The Habits. Bill Wyman produced singles and the debut album of The End, for Decca Records.

1967, The UK’s first National pop radio station, BBC Radio 1 was launched in the UK to take over from the very successful pirate radio stations, which had been forced off-air by the Government. Former pirate DJ Tony Blackburn, from Radio Caroline, was the first presenter on air, with The Move’s Flowers In The Rain the first record to be played.

1967, Pink Floyd appeared at The Imperial Ballroom, Nelson, England. The Imperial was a regular venue in the North West of England during the 1960s that saw many acts appearing, including The Beatles, The Who, The Jimi Hendrix Experience and Cream.

1972, David Cassidy was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘How Can I Be Sure.’ It was the star from the US TV series the Partridge Family’s first UK No.1. It was originally recorded by The Young Rascals in 1967.

1974, Police were called to a Lynyrd Skynyrd and Blue Oyster Cult concert after a fight broke out between two sound engineers. The Skynyrd roadie claimed that the sound had been deliberately turned off during the bands set.

1977, Mary Ford died from cancer after being in a diabetic coma for 54 days. One-half of the husband-and-wife musical team, Les Paul and Mary Ford. Between 1950 and 1954, the couple had 16 top-ten hits; in 1951 alone, they sold six million records.

1978, John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John had their second UK No.1 from the film ‘Grease’ with ‘Summer Nights.’ Seven weeks at No.1 it became the second best selling single of 1978, beaten by ‘Saturday Night Fever’.

1984, The music division of Thorn EMI once said to be the greatest recording organisation in the world reported a world-wide loss of almost $5 million during the last six months.

1992, US singer Steve Earle was arrested in Nashville after he failed to report for jury service.

1993, Kate Pierson from The B-52’s was charged with criminal mischief and trespassing during an anti-fur protest at ‘Vogue’s’ New York City offices.

1994, T.A.F.K.A.P. launched music channel VH1 in the UK, which gave the first airing of his new video ‘Dolphin.’

1995, Mariah Carey made chart history when she started an eight week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Fantasy’, making her the first female act to enter the chart in pole position.

1995, Simply Red scored their first UK No.1 single when ‘Fairground’ started a four-week run at the top of the charts. It was their 15th UK Top 40 hit.

1999, Chris de Burgh’s web site was closed down after countless obscene messages were posted on the guestbook. One message consisted entirely of two four-letter words repeated 3500 times.
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2003, An auction of the contents of Sir Elton John’s London home raised more than £1.4 million. An oil painting, entitled Madison Square Park, sold for £67,200, and a 19th Century portrait of Lieutenant George Dyer, painted by James Northcote in 1817, fetched £55,200. Sir Elton sold off the items so he could redecorate his home in a more modern style.

2004, Mick Jagger held a press conference with Dave Stewart at Essex House in New York City, USA, to promote the soundtrack to the movie Alfie. The re-make of the 1966 film also featured Joss Stone, Sheryl Crow and Nadirah Nadz Seid. The track ‘Old Habits Die Hard’ from the soundtack by Mick Jagger and David A. Stewart won the BFCA Award, Golden Globe, Sierra Award and the World Soundtrack Award.

2006, Justin Timberlake started a two week run at No.1 on the US album chart with his second solo album ‘FutureSex/LoveSounds’ which also became the biggest album ever for pre-orders on iTunes.

2007, Country music singer Keith Urban crashed his motorcycle on the way to an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting. The 39-year-old, who was not injured, said he was being followed by a photographer when the accident happened near his home in Sydney, Australia.

2007, Foo Fighters went to No.1 on the UK album chart with ‘Echoes Silence Patience & Grace’ the bands sixth studio album and second UK No.1. Reba McEntire was at No.1 on the US album chart with Reba: Duets.

2011, American guitarist and songwriter Marv Tarplin died aged 70. He was best known as the guitarist for the Miracles from the 1950s through the early 1970s who co-wrote several of their biggest hits, including the 1965 Grammy Hall Of Fame inducted ‘The Tracks of My Tears’. Tarplin also worked with Marvin Gaye, The Marvelettes and The Supremes.
September 30th: Born on this day

1933, Born on this day, Soul singer Cissy Houston, and mother of Whitney Houston. Member of Sweet Inspirations, The Drinkard Singers, (with Dionne Warwick), back-up singer with Elvis Presley, Aretha Franklin, Chaka Khan, Luther Vandross.

1935, Born on this day, Johnny Mathis, US singer, 1976 UK No.1 single ‘When A Child Is Born’, plus 10 other UK Top 40 singles. 1978 US No.1 single ‘Too Much Too Little Too Late’ and over 15 other Top 40 singles). His Greatest Hits album spent over nine years on the US chart.

1942, Born on this day, Dewey Martin, The Dillards and Buffalo Springfield, who had the 1967 US No.17 single ‘For What It’s Worth’. Martin died on 31st Jan 2009, aged 68.

1942, Born on this day, Frankie Lymon, singer, Frankie Lymon & the Teenagers, (1956 UK No.1 & US No.6 single ‘Why Do Fools Fall In Love’). He died from a drug overdose on 28th February 1968 aged 25.

1942, Born on this day, Gus Dudgeon, producer. Best known for his work with Elton John. Also produced David Bowie, The Beach Boys, Zombies, Kiki Dee, Strawbs, XTC and Joan Armatrading. Dudgeon was killed in a car accident on 21st July 2002, his wife, Sheila, was also killed in the accident.

1943, Born on this day, Marilyn McCoo, singer, 1977 US No.1 & UK No.7 single ‘You Don’t Have To Be A Star’. Also a member of The 5th Dimension.

1946, Born on this day, Sylvia Peterson, The Chiffons, (1963 US No.1 single ‘He’s So Fine’, 1972 UK No.4 single ‘Sweet Talking Guy’, first released in 1966).

1947, Born on this day, Marc Bolan , guitarist, UK singer, songwriter, T Rex, (1971 UK No.1 single ‘Hot Love’, plus over 20 other UK Top 40 singles, 1972 US No.10 single Bang A Gong, (Get It On). Bolan was killed in a car accident on 16th September 1977.

1952, Born on this day, John Lombardo, 10,000 Maniacs, (1993 UK No.47 single ‘Candy Everybody Wants’).

1954, Born on this day, Lesley Beach, sax, Amazulu, (1986 UK No.5 single ‘Too Good To Forgotten’).

1959, Born on this day, Basia Trzetrzelewska, singer, Matt Bianco, (1988 UK No.11 single ‘Don’t Blame It On That Girl’).

1964, Born on this day, Robby Takac, bass, Goo Goo Dolls (1999 UK No. 26 single ‘Iris’, 2002 US No.3 album ‘Gutterflower’).

1964, Born on this day, Trey Anastasio, American guitarist, and singer with Phish.

1984, Born on this day, Keisha Buchanan, singer, Sugababes, (2002 UK No.1 single, ‘Round Round’, 2002 UK No.2 album ‘Angels With Dirty Faces’).

1986, Born on this day, Ben Lovett, English musician,who plays guitar, accordion, percussion, keyboard and piano with Mumford & Sons. Their second studio album ‘Babel’ released in 2012 debuted at number one on both the UK Albums Chart and the US Billboard 200. It became the fastest selling album of 2012 in the UK.

September 29

September 29th: On this day
1956, Bill Haley had five songs in the UK Top 30; ‘Rockin Through The Rye’, ‘Saints Rock n’ Roll’, ‘Rock Around the Clock’, ‘Razzle Dazzle’, and ‘See You Later Alligator’.
1959, Berry Gordy’s first release on the newly established Motown Records, ‘Bad Girl’ by The Miracles, entered the Billboard Pop chart.
1960, Ricky Valance was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Tell Laura I Love Her’, making him the first Welsh singer to top the charts, and a One-hit Wonder.
1961, Robert Shelton, wrote a glowing review of Bob Dylan’s support slot at Gerde’s Folk City in the New York Times, calling him ‘One of the most distinctive stylists to play Manhattan in months’. On the same day Dylan played harmonica at a recording session produced by John Hammond.
1967, Working at Abbey Road in London, The Beatles mixed the new John Lennon song ‘I Am the Walrus’, which included the sound of a radio being tuned through numerous stations, coming to rest on a BBC production of William Shakespeare’s “King Lear”. Lennon composed the song by combining three songs he had been working on. When he learned that a teacher at his old primary school was having his students analyse Beatles’ lyrics, he added a verse of nonsense words.
1971, On the last night of their first ever Japanese tour Led Zeppelin appeared at Osaka Festival Hall. Near the end of the set the group played a medley of songs during an extended version of ‘Whole Lotta Love’, including ‘Let That Boy Boogie’, ‘I Gotta Know’, ‘Twist and Shout’, ‘Fortune Teller’, ‘Good Times Bad Times’ and ‘You Shook Me’.
1973, Grand Funk Railroad went to No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘We’re An American Band’, the group’s first of two US chart toppers.
1976, Enjoying his own birthday celebrations singer Jerry Lee Lewis accidentally shot his bass player Norman Owens in the chest. Lewis had been blasting holes in an office door. Owens survived but sued his boss.
1979, The Police had their first UK No.1 single with ‘Message In A Bottle’ the group’s third Top 20 hit. The song was released as the first single from Reggatta de Blanc and also topped the charts in Ireland and reached No.5 in Australia. Despite its popularity in the UK, the single only reached No.74 in the United States.
1984, Prince and the Revolution started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Let’s Go Crazy’, his second US No.1, and a No.7 hit in the UK. It was the opening track on both the album and the film Purple Rain.
1987, Pink Floyd’s thirteenth studio album A Momentary Lapse Of Reason was on the UK chart. The shoot for the album cover involved dragging 800 hospital beds onto Saunton Sands in Devon, but rain interrupted the session and they had to repeat the exercise two weeks later. A hang glider can be seen in the sky, a possible reference to the track Learning to Fly. Photographer Robert Dowling won a gold award at the Association of Photographers’ Awards for the image, which took about two weeks to create.
1989, While travelling on his motorbike from Los Angeles, Bruce Springsteen called in at Matt’s Saloon in Prescott, Arizona and jammed with the house band. Bruce played a bunch of rock and roll classics, including Elvis Presley’s ‘Don’t Be Cruel,’ and Chuck Berry’s ‘Sweet Little Sixteen’ and ‘Route 66.’ Bruce also donated $100,000 to a barmaid’s hospital bill.
1990, Maria McKee was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Show Me Heaven’ the song featured in the Tom Cruise film ‘Days Of Thunder’.
1992, American singer, songwriter Paul Jabara died from lymphoma related to AIDS at the age of 44. He wrote Donna Summer’s Oscar and Grammy Award-winning hit ‘Last Dance’ and Barbra Streisand’s ‘The Main Event/Fight’ and co-wrote the Weather Girls hit, ‘It’s Raining Men’ with Paul Shaffer.
1999, The Manic Street Preachers were given a bill for £28.000 after smashing up equipment during their show at Scotland’s T In The Park festival.
2004, Keith Moon’s five-piece drum kit, custom-made for The Who drummer in 1968, sold for £120,000 pounds ($215,772) in London to an American collector, setting a world auction record for a set of drums.
2004, The Sun reported that Michael Jackson had a secret fourth child who was now 19. The story claimed that Norwegian Omar Bhatti was born after a one night stand and had stayed with Jackson at his Neverland home in California.
2007, US rapper 50 Cent was beaten by rival rap star Kanye West in the stand-off to claim the best-selling album in the US. West’s Graduation shifted 957,000 copies in its first week of sales while 50 Cent’s album, Curtis, only sold 691,000. Before the albums went on sale 50 Cent vowed he would retire from making solo albums if he was outsold by West. 50 Cent axed his forthcoming European tour and a performance at London Mobo Awards the Vodafone Live Music Awards in London, as well as at an MTV show in Germany.
2012, The UK press reported that there really was a girl who works down the chip shop and swears she’s Elvis’ daughter, after Lisa Marie Presley was spotted serving up deep-fried treats on a mobile motor called Mr Chippy. The 44-year-old, offspring of Elvis and actress Priscilla, donned an apron and cooked battered cod for the locals. Kim Scales, who owned the business, said: “Lisa Marie likes to see how we live and experience British life. We were laughing because the customers didn’t know who she was. She really enjoyed it.” The singer, had moved to the quaint village of Rotherfield, East Sussex, two years ago from Los Angeles.
2015, The original contract signed by The Beatles and manager Brian Epstein sold at Sotheby’s for £365,000, ($548.000). The 1962 document was said to be one of the most important contracts in popular music, marking the beginning of the band’s journey to international fame.
September 29th: Born on this day
1907, Born on this day, Gene Autry, America’s singing cowboy. During his career Autry scored 25 successive Top 10 Country hits. He died on 2nd October 1998 aged 91.
1921, Born on this day, Franny Beecher who was the lead guitarist for Bill Haley & His Comets from 1954 to 1962. He died on February 24, 2014.
1935, Born on this day, Jerry Lee Lewis, US singer, keyboards, (1958 UK No.1 & US No.1 single ‘Great Balls Of Fire’, 1957 multi million seller ‘Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On’).
1937, Born on this day, Joe ‘Guitar’ Hughes, US blues guitarist, died May 20th 2003 aged 65. Worked with T-Bone Walker, B.B. King, Big Joe Turner.
1939, Born on this day, Tommy Boyce, singer, songwriter. 1968 US No 8 single with Bobby Hart, ‘I Wonder What She’s Doing Tonite’. Wrote ‘Last Train To Clarksville’, ‘I’m Not Your Stepping Stone’ and ‘Scooby-Doo Where Are You.’ Sold over 40m records. Boyce committed suicide on 23rd November 1994.
1943, Born on this day, Manuel Fernandez, Los Bravos, (1966 UK No.2 & US No.4 single ‘Black Is Black’). First Spanish rock band to have a UK & US hit single.
1948, Born on this day, Mark Farner, Grand Funk Railroad, (1974 US No.1 single ‘The Locomotion’). Most successful US Heavy Metal band of the 70’s selling over 20m albums.
1948, Born on this day, Mike Pinera, Blues Image, (1970 US No.4 single, ‘Ride Captain Ride’).
1957, Born on this day, Mari Wilson, UK singer, (1982 UK No.8 single ‘Just What I Always Wanted’).
1958, Born on this day, Mick Harvey, Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds, (1996 UK No.36 single with PJ Harvey ‘Henry Lee’).
1965, Born on this day, Ian Baker Keyboards with English group Jesus Jones who had the 1990 US No.2 hit with ‘Right Here Right Now’ and the 1991 UK No.7 single ‘International Bright Young Thing’.
1966, Born on this day, Tony Foster, guitarist, worked with Julian Cope and Olive, (1997 UK No.1 single ‘You’re Not Alone).
1967, Born on this day, Brett Anderson, vocals, Suede, (1994 UK No.3 single ‘Stay Together’). After Suede disbanded in 2003, he briefly fronted The Tears, and has released four solo albums.
1968, Born on this day, Matt & Luke Goss, Bros, 1988 UK No.1 single ‘I Owe You Nothing’ plus 10 other UK Top 40 singles).
1969, Born on this day, Donald DeGrate, (DeVante Swing), Jodeci, vocals, (1995 UK No.17 single ‘Freak ‘N’ You’).
1981, Born on this day, Suzanne Shaw, vocals, Hear’Say, (2001 UK No.1 single, ‘Pure and Simple).
1987, Born on this day, Joshua Farro, guitarist, Paramore, 2009 UK No.1 album ‘Brand New Eyes’ and their 2013 self-titled fourth studio album hit No.1 on the US chart.

September 28

September 28th: On this Day

1962, The Beatles performed a lunchtime show at The Cavern Club Liverpool. That night they performed aboard the vessel MV Royal Iris on the River Mersey. The Beatles’ third and final “Riverboat Shuffle”.

1965, The Rolling Stones played the first of two nights at the Capitol Theatre, Cardiff, Wales. During the 1960s The Capitol Theatre saw all the major acts of the era performing here including The Beatles and The Kinks.

1968, American radio DJ Dewey Phillips died of heart failure aged 42. He was one of rock ‘n’ roll’s pioneering disk jockeys. In July 1954, he was the first DJ to play the young Elvis Presley’s debut record, ‘That’s All Right/Blue Moon Of Kentucky.’

1968, The Beatles started a nine week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Hey Jude’. The Paul McCartney song written about Lennon’s son Julian gave the group their 16th US No.1 and the biggest selling single of 1968. In 1996, Julian paid £25,000 for the recording notes to the song at an auction.

1968, Bruce Springsteen and a local folk rock group The Founders appeared at the Off Broad Street Coffee House in Red Bank, New Jersey.

1974, Bad Company went to No.1 on the US album chart with their self-titled debut album. Paul Rodgers and Simon Kirke had come out of Free while Mick Ralphs had played guitar with Mott The Hoople and Boz Burrell was bass player for King Crimson before the group formed in 1973. They produced six albums together before disbanding in 1983.

1974, Canadian singer Andy Kim went to No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Rock Me Gently’, it made No.2 in the UK. Kim was the co-writer of The Archies Sugar Sugar.

1976, A&M Records sued George Harrison for $6 million over non-delivery of a new album after he missed the deadline by two months.

1976, Stevie Wonder released his eighteenth studio album Songs in the Key of Life, an ambitious double LP with a four-song bonus EP. It debuted at No.1 on the Billboard Chart on October 8, 1976, becoming only the third album in history to achieve that feat and the first by an American artist.

1980, The Police were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Don’t Stand So Close To Me’ the group’s third No.1. Taken from their album ‘Zenyatta Mondatta’ and the best selling single of 1980.

1985, Kate Bush scored her second UK No.1 album with ‘Hounds Of Love’. The singers second No.1 album featured the tracks ‘Running Up That Hill’, ‘Cloudbusting’, ‘Hounds of Love’ and ‘The Big Sky’.

1987, U2 played the first of two nights at Madison Square Garden in New York City during their Joshua Tree world tour.

1991, American jazz trumpeter, bandleader, and composer Miles Davis died of a stroke and pneumonia. His 1959 album ‘Kind of Blue’, is a major influence on jazz music. Davis is considered one of the most influential musicians of the 20th century.
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1991, Bryan Adams was awarded the Order of Canada and the Order of British Columbia. Other Canadian musicians who have been given the award include Bryan Adams, Leonard Cohen and the members of Rush.

1991, Garth Brooks went to No.1 on the US album chart with ‘Ropin’ The Wind’. The album spent a total of eighteen weeks at the No.1 position and 70 weeks on the chart selling over 11m copies.

1991, Guns N’ Roses released 2 albums ‘Use Your Illusion I’ and ‘Use Your Illusion II’ which debut at number 1 and number 2 on the UK album chart. Both albums make No.1 & No.2 in the US.

1991, On the week of their album Nevermind being released, Nirvana made an appearance at the Tower Records store in New York City and then played a show at The Marquee Club in New York. Their single ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’ had also entered the US Top 20 this week.

2002, Madonna was voted the greatest female singer of all-time by 75,0000 music fans in a VH1 poll. But critics and music fans were unhappy with the position of Kylie Minogue who was voted into second place beating Diana Ross, (12th) and Annie Lennox, (14th). The highest placed UK act was Kate Bush who was voted No. 10.

2002, Tina Turner’s hometown, made famous in her song ‘Nutbush City Limits,’ named a stretch of State Highway 19 the ‘Tina Turner Highway.’ Turner lived in Nutbush, a small town about 50 miles northeast of Memphis, until she was 17.

2003, Muse were at No.1 on the UK album chart with ‘Absolution’ the bands fourth album and first No.1.

2004, Producer Phil Spector was charged with the murder of actress Lana Clarkson in an unsealed indictment. Spector was in attendance at a Los Angeles court as the indictment about the slaying of 40-year-old Clarkson was read. He remained free on $1 million bail.

2007, The John Lennon Northern Lights Festival was held in Durness, Scotland, the most northwesterly and remote village on mainland Britain. Lennon spent his childhood holidays between the ages of nine and 13 in the village and returned with his son Julian, Yoko Ono and her daughter Kyoko in 1969.

2007, An ad for P Diddy’s Unforgivable Woman perfume range, featuring a lingerie-clad model cavorting with the rapper in a New York hotel stairwell, was shown on Channel 4 in the UK. The ad had been banned in the US by the Federal Communications Commission, for being too sexually explicit for US audiences.

2007, Michael Jackson’s spokeswoman, Raymone Bain, denied that the Pop star had married his children’s nanny, Grace Rwaramba. A statement issued to the press read: “Wide-spreading reports regarding Michael Jackson being married are not true. Documents stating otherwise are a hoax.” Jackson had already been married twice and had three children, Prince Michael I, Paris and Prince Michael II.

2009, Adam Goldstein (DJ AM.), American club DJ and musician died of an accidental drug overdose at home in New York City aged 36. Had worked with Blink 182, Crazy Town and Madonna Goldstein had survived a plane crash along with Blink 182 drummer Travis Barker in September 2008.

2009, Lucy Vodden, the childhood pal of John Lennon’s son Julian, passed away at the age of 46 after losing her battle with auto-immune disease lupus. She was the inspiration for The Beatles track ‘Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds’, written mostly by John after Julian showed his father a nursery school drawing he called Lucy – in the sky with diamonds, depicting his classmate.

2010, Souvenir hunters were being condemned for “wanton vandalism” after sections of masonry were hacked off the house of Ringo Starr’s birthplace. Fans who were campaigning to halt town hall plans to demolish 9 Madryn Street, found that chunks of brickwork had been removed from the house.

2015, American rock and roll and rhythm and blues singer Frankie Ford, whose 1959 hit ‘Sea Cruise’ reached No.14 on the Billboard Hot 100, died of natural causes at the age of 76.
September 28th: Born on this day

1902, Born on this day, Ed Sullivan, TV host, The Ed Sullivan Singers and Orchestra. Introduced The Beatles and other UK acts to America via his Ed Sullivan TV show. The Beatles appearance on February 9th 1964 is considered a milestone in American pop culture; the broadcast drew an estimated 73 million viewers. Sullivan died on 13th October 1974.

1938, Born on this day, Ben E King, (Benjmin Earl Nelson), soul and R&B singer with The Drifters who had the 1960 US No.1 & UK No.2 single ‘Save The Last Dance For Me’, and the 1987 UK No.1 solo single ‘Stand By Me’, (first released in 1961). King died at the Hackensack University Medical Center on April 30, 2015, at the age of 76.

1943, Born on this day, Nick Nicholas, Steppenwolf, (1969 US No.2 & UK No.30 single ‘Born To Be Wild’).

1946, Born on this day, Helen Shapiro, UK Singer, (1961 UK No.1 single ‘Walking Back To Happiness’).

1947, Born on this day, Peter Hope Evans, Medicine Head, (1973 UK No.3 single ‘One And One Is One’).

1950, Born on this day, Paul Burgess, drums, 10cc, (1975 UK No.1 & US No.2 single ‘I’m Not In Love’, plus 10 other UK Top 30 hits including two No.1’s).

1952, Born on this day, Andy Ward, Marillion, (1985 UK No.2 single ‘Kayleigh’)

1953, Born on this day, Jim Diamond, singer, songwriter, (solo UK No.1 single ‘I Should Have Know Better’), PHD, (1982 UK No.3 single ‘I Won’t Let You Down’). He died on 8 October 2015.

1960, Born on this day, Jennifer Rush, singer, (1985 UK No.1 single ‘The Power Of Love’).

1962, Born on this day, Peter Hooton, The Farm, (1990 UK No.4 single ‘All Together Now’).

1966, Born on this day, Kenny Wilson, (Ginger Fish), drums, Marilyn Manson, (1998 US No.1 album, ‘Mechanical Animals’

1977, Born on this day Young Jeezy, (Jay Jenkins), US rapper, (2006 US No.1 album ‘The Inspiration’).

1984, Born on this day, Melody Thornton, singer, The Pussycat Dolls, (2005, US No.2 & UK No.1 with their debut single ‘Don’t Cha’ featuring Busta Rhymes). The Pussycat Dolls became only the fourth ever girl band to enter the UK charts at No.1 with their debut single. (The other’s being the Spice Girls, B*Witched and Girls Aloud).

1987, Born on this day Hilary Duff, US singer, actress, star of Lizzie McGuire TV show, (2003 US No.1 album ‘Metamorphosis’ and 2005 US No.1 album ‘Most Wanted’).

September 17

1963, The Rolling Stones appeared at the Floral Hall Ballroom in Morecambe, Lancashire with The Merseybeats, Dave Beery & the Cruisers and The Doogle-bugs.

1964, The Beach Boys made their TV debut on ‘The Ed Sullivan Show’ on US TV where they performed ‘I Get Around’ and ‘Wendy’.

1967, Working on new songs The Beatles recorded various parts for the new John Lennon song ‘I Am the Walrus’, and the new Paul McCartney song ‘Fool On The Hill.’

1968, Pink Floyd appeared at the Queen’s Hall in Dunoon, Scotland. Due to bad weather, all the ferries to Dunoon were cancelled, so Pink Floyd hired their own boat from Gourock and risked the rough seas to make the crossing, eventually appearing in front of 400 fans.

1972, Rory Storm singer from UK 60’s group Rory Storm and the Hurricanes died aged 32 after taking an overdose of sleeping pills in a suicide pact with his mother. Ringo Starr played drums with Storm before joining The Beatles.

1978, Eric Clapton sponsored a West Bromwich Albion UEFA cup-tie against Galatasarey of Turkey. After the game, Eric presented each player with a gold copy of his latest album ‘Slowhand”

1979, Scottish guitarist Jimmy McCullough died from a heroin overdose in his flat in Maida Vale, London, aged 26. Member of Stone The Crows, Thunderclap Newman and Wings (1974 to 1977). When ‘Something in the Air’ by Thunderclap Newman went to No.1 in 1969, it made McCulloch the youngest guitarist to ever play on a UK No.1 single, as he was was just sixteen years old at the time.

1980, David Bowie scored his fourth UK No.1 album with ‘Scary Monsters And Supercreeps’. The album featured the singles ‘Ashes to Ashes and ‘Fashion’.

1986, Metallica bass player Cliff Burton was crushed to death after the bands tour bus crashed between Stockholm and Copenhagen. During a European tour members from the band drew cards for the most comfortable bunk on the tour bus, Burton had won the game with an Ace of Spades and was asleep when the tour bus ran over a patch of black ice and skidded off of the road. He was thrown through the window of the bus, which fell on top of him.

1986, The Beatles track ‘Twist and Shout’ re-entered the US singles chart over twenty-five years after it first appeared, after the song was featured in the film Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.

1990, Dee Dee Ramone of the Ramones was arrested for possessing marijuana during a drug bust in New York’s Greenwich Village.

1998, The Manic Street Preachers scored their first UK No.1 album with their fifth album ‘This Is My Truth Tell Me Yours’.

2000, Thieves broke into Jerry Hall’s Richmond home and stole jewellery worth £7000 and a laptop computer. Two of Jerry’s children were asleep at the time while the ex Mrs Jagger was on stage appearing in the West End Show, The Graduate.

2003, Kylie Minogue called in police to investigate a series of threatening letters. The singer became concerned after receiving 700 letters at her home and office. The letters started as ordinary fan mail but became increasingly aggressive.

2004, Legendary record producer Phil Spector was formally charged with murder in the February 3rd, 2003 shooting of actress Lana Clarkson. He was convicted in April, 2009 and sentenced to 19 years to life in the California State prison system.

2006, Jamie Lyons, lead singer of Music Explosion, died of a heart attack at the age of 57. The band scored the garage-band classic ‘Little Bit o’ Soul’, which spent 16 weeks on the Billboard Pop chart in 1967, peaking at #2.

2008, Pink Floyd’s manager Bryan Morrison died after spending over two years in a coma. Morrison suffered severe brain injuries in a polo accident at the Royal Berkshire Polo Club, England in 2006, and never recovered. He also managed The Pretty Things and was a music publisher for Syd Barrett, The Bee Gees, Elton John, The Jam T-Rex and Wham!

2008, Metallica started a three-week run at No.1 on the US album chart with ‘Death Magnetic’, the bands ninth studio album.

2011, Tony Bennett became the oldest living person to top the US album chart when the 85-year-old’s ‘Duets II’ album went to No.1. The record, which featured collaborations with Amy Winehouse and Lady Gaga, was also his first US No.1 in his 60 year career. The previous oldest performer to top the chart was Bob Dylan in 2009 with ‘Together Through Life’. At the time he was 67-years old.
September 27th: Born on this day

1943, Born on this day, Randy Bachman, Guess Who, (1970 US No.1 & UK No.19 single ‘American Woman’). Bachman Turner Overdrive, (1974 US No.1 & UK No.2 single ‘You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet’).

1944, Born on this day, Shane Fenton, (Alvin Stardust), UK singer, 1974 UK No.1 single ‘Jealous Mind’, plus 10 other UK Top 40 singles). Stardust died on 23 October 2014

1947, Born on this day, Barbara Dickson, singer, actress, 1985 UK No.1 single with Elaine Paige, ‘I Know Him So Well’).

1947, Born on this day, Meat Loaf (Marvin Lee Aday), 1993 UK & US No.1 single ‘I’d Do Anything For Love But I Won’t Do That’, record breaking 1978 album ‘Bat Out Of Hell’, spent 457 weeks on the UK album chart).

1953, Born on this day, Greg Ham, Men At Work, (1983 UK and US No.1 single ‘Down Under’).

1953, Born on this day, Robbie Shakespeare, session bass player, as Sly and Robbie worked with Peter Tosh, Robert Palmer, Jimmy Cliff, Grace Jones, Joe Cocker, (1987 UK No.12 single ‘Boops, Here To Go’).

1958, Born on this day, Shaun Cassidy, singer, actor, (1977 US No.1 single ‘Da Doo Ron Ron’, Shaun is the half brother of David Cassidy).

1966, Born on this day, Stephan Jenkins, Third Eye Blind, (1997 US No.4 & UK No. 33 single ‘Semi-Charmed Life’).

1970, Born on this day, Mark Calderon, Color Me Bad, (1991 UK No.1 single ‘I Wanna Sex You Up’, 1991 US No.1 single ‘I Adore Mi Amor’).

1975, Born on this day, Lee Brennan, vocals, 911, (1998 UK No.2 single ‘More Than A Woman’).

1978, Born on this day, Bradley Kirk Arnold, singer, 3 Doors Down. (2003 US No.4 single ‘When I’m Gone’, 2005 US No.1 album ‘Seventeen Days’).

1982, Born on this day, Lil Wayne, (Dwayne Michael Carter, Jr.), US rapper, member of the Hot Boys, 2004 US No.5 solo album Tha Carter.

1984, Born on this day, Avril Lavigne, Canadian singer, (2002 US & UK No.3 single ‘Complicated’, 2002 US No.2 & UK No.1 album ‘Let Go’, 2007 worldwide No.1 single ‘Girlfriend’). Lavigne is the youngest female to top the charts aged 17 years and 3 months.

September 25

September 25th: On this day
1954, Elvis Presley released his second single on Sun Records, ‘Good Rockin’ Tonight,’ a song made popular in 1948 by Wynonie Harris.
1964, The Temptations begin recording ‘My Girl’ which went on to be their first US number one and the first of fifteen US Top Ten hits.
1965, The Beatles cartoon series premiered on ABC TV in the US. The first story was titled ‘I Want To Hold Your Hand’ and had the group exploring the ocean floor in a diving bell where they met a lovesick octopus.
1967, The Beatles began recording the new Paul McCartney song ‘The Fool on the Hill’ at Abbey Road, London. John and George played harmonicas, Paul played a recorder and recorded his lead vocal and Ringo played drums.
1968, Welsh singer Mary Hopkin was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Those Were The Days’. Hopkins had signed to The Beatles Apple label after appearing on UK TV talent show Opportunity Knocks.
1969, John Lennon recorded the track ‘Cold Turkey’, with Eric Clapton, Ringo Starr, Klaus Voorman and Yoko. Lennon presented the song to Paul McCartney as a potential single by The Beatles, but was refused and released it as a Plastic Ono Band single with sole writing credits to him.
1970, The first episode of The Partridge Family was shown on US TV, featuring Shirley Jones, David Cassidy, Susan Dey and Danny Bonaduce.
1971, Deep Purple went to No.1 on the UK chart with their sixth album ‘Fireball’.
1972, Black Sabbath released their fourth studio album, ‘Black Sabbath Vol. 4’. The album which features a monochrome photograph of Ozzy Osbourne with hands raised, taken during a Black Sabbath concert was originally to be titled ‘Snowblind’, after one of several songs referring to the band’s cocaine use.
1975, Jackie Wilson had a heart attack while performing live on stage at the Latin Casino, New Jersey. Wilson collapsed into a coma suffering severe brain damage. Ironically, he was in the middle of singing one of his biggest hits, ‘Lonely Teardrops’ and was two words into the line, “….my heart is crying” when he collapsed to the stage, striking his head heavily. Wilson died on 21st January 1984. Van Morrison wrote the song ‘Jackie Wilson Said’, covered by Dexy’s Midnight Runners.
1976, Paul McCartney and Wings played a charity concert in St Marks Square, Venice to raise funds for the historic city. The night was a success but the weight of the equipment used by the group caused more damage to the square.
1980, John Bonham, drummer with Led Zeppelin, died aged 32 after a heavy drinking session. ‘Bonzo’ was found dead at guitarists Jimmy Page’s house of what was described as asphyxiation, after inhaling his own vomit after excessive vodka consumption, (40 shots in 4 hours). During live sets his drum solo, ‘Moby Dick,’ would often last for half an hour and regularly featured his use of his bare hands. In 2007, Ludwig issued a limited edition drum kit in Bonham’s memory.
1980,
1982, Queen made a guest appearance on US TV’s Saturday Night Live, where they performed ‘Crazy Little Thing Called Love’ and ‘Under Pressure’.
1990, Drummer Dave Grohl auditioned for Nirvana and was instantly given the job. Grohl’s last band Scream had recently split-up.
1992, Two fans were stabbed and 20 arrests were made after trouble broke out at a Ozzy Osbourne gig in Oklahoma City. The sale of alcohol at the concert was blamed for the incident.
1993, Jazzy Jeff and The Fresh Prince started a two week run at No.1 in the UK with the single ‘Boom! Shake The Room’. Featuring Will Smith who was a rapper and actor starring in TV show The Fresh Prince of Belle Aire in 1993.
1993, Nirvana went to No.1 on the UK album chart with ‘In Utero’ the bands first UK No.1 album.
1993, Madonna played the first of two sold-out nights at Wembley Stadium, London, England. The first night of her 39-date Girlie Show World Tour.
1995, Courtney Love was given a one-year prison sentence, suspended for two years, fined $1000 and ordered to attend a anger management course after being found guilty of assaulting Bikini Kill singer Kathleen Hanna.
1999, Oasis singer, Liam Gallagher was stopped by customs officials at Heathrow airport and made to pay £1300 after not declaring a fur coat he had bought in America.
1999, Stephen Canaday of The Ozark Mountain Daredevils was killed when the vintage WW II plane he was flying in, rolled, inverted and crashed into a tree. The pilot failed to maintain speed which resulted in a stall.
1999, Former Rolling Stone Bill Wyman became the first major artist to release an album on his own personalised digital MP3 player. The matchbox-sized device with no moving parts was one of the smallest of its kind in the world and featured encryption software designed in the UK to prevent piracy.
2000, Ozzy Osbourne formally requested that Black Sabbath be removed from the nomination list for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Calling the inclusion “meaningless”, Osbourne went on to say “Let’s face it. Black Sabbath have never been media darlings. We’re a people’s band and that suits us just fine.”
2006, ‘I Don’t Feel Like Dancin’ by the Scissor Sisters was at No.1 on the UK singles chart, ‘Sexyback’ by Justin Timberlake was at No.1 on the US charts and Sandi Thom had the Australian No.1 single with ‘I Wish I Was a Punk Rocker (with Flowers in My Hair).
2011, The New York Post reported that Sly Stone was living in a van, parked in the notoriously rough Los Angeles neighborhood of Crenshaw. The 68-year-old was quoted as saying “I like my small camper. I just do not want to return to a fixed home. I cannot stand being in one place. I must keep moving.”
2013, Kurt Cobain’s childhood home in Aberdeen, Washington went on the market. Cobain’s mother Wendy O’Connor and sister Kim Cobain put up for sale the East 1st St. house, where he was raised, for $500,000, in hopes of connecting with someone who would turn it into a museum.
September 25th: Born on this day
1939, Born on this day, Joseph Russell, The Persuasions, acappella group, worked with Joni Mitchell, Stevie Wonder,Don McLean.
1943, Born on this day, Gary Alexander guitar, vocals, The Association, (1967 US No.1 single ‘Windy’).
1943, Born on this day, John Locke, Spirit, (1969 US No.25 single ‘I Got A Line On You’).
1945, Born on this day, Onnie Mcintyre, Average White Band, (1975 US No.1 & UK No.6 single ‘Pick Up The Pieces’).
1946, Born on this day, Bryan MacLean, guitar, vocals, Love, 1966 US No.33 single ‘7 And 7 Is’, 1968 UK No.24 album Forever Changes. He died of a heart attack on 25th December 1998.
1946, Born on this day Jerry Penrod, bass player, Iron Butterfly. The 17-minute ‘In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida’, the title track of their 1968 album, became a Top Thirty hit in the US.
1947, Born on this day, John Fiddler, Medicine Head, (1973 UK No.3 single ‘One And One Is One’).
1947, Born on this day, Cecil Womack, American R&B singer, songwriter and record producer. He was one of the musical Womack brothers, and had success both as a songwriter and recording artist, notably with his wife Linda as Womack and Womack. In later years he took the name Zekkariyas. Womack died on February 1, 2013.
1949, Born on this day, American tenor saxophone player Steve Mackay who worked with the Stooges, Violent Femmes, Snakefinger, Commander Cody and others. Mackay died on 10 October 2015 from sepsis at a hospital in Daly City, California at the age of 66.
1955, Born on this day, Steve Severin, bass, Siouxsie and the Banshees, (1983 UK No.3 single ‘Dear Prudence’).
1955, Born on this day, Zucchro, (Adelmo Fornaciari), Italian singer, (1991 UK No. 4 with Paul Young, ‘Senza Una Donna’).
1968, Born on this day, Will Smith, actor, singer, DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince, (1993 UK No.1 single ‘Boom! Shake The Room’). Solo (1997 UK No.1 single ‘Men In Black’).
1974, Born on this day, Richie Edwards, bass, The Darkness, replacing Frankie Poullain in June 2005. Edwards had worked as a guitar technician for the band and was also once a member of Onion Trump.
1975, Born on this day, Declan Donnelly, P.J. & Duncan, actor, singer, 1994 UK No.9 single ‘Lets Get Ready To Rhumble’). TV presenter.
1980, Born on this day, Clifford Joseph Harris Jr. (T.I. and also by his alter ego T.I.P.) American Grammy Award-winning rapper, songwriter, actor. (2007 US No.1 album T.I. vs T.I.P.). Featured on the 2013 worldwide hit Blurred Lines with Robin Thicke.

September 24

September 24th: On this day
1957, The Elvis Presley classic, ‘Jailhouse Rock’ was released. It became his ninth US number one single and stayed on the Billboard chart for nineteen weeks. The film clip from the movie where he sang the song is considered by many historians to be the first rock video.
1961, John Leyton was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Johnny Remember Me.’ The UK singers only UK No.1 and producer, Joe Meek’s first No.1 hit.
1962, Elvis Presley received an invitation to appear at the Royal Variety Performance in the UK which is attended by members of the British Royal Family. Presley’s manager, Colonel Tom Parker graciously declined, citing motion picture commitments. The real reason was that Parker was an illegal Dutch immigrant living in the United States who feared he might not be allowed to return if he left the country.
1965, The Rolling Stones kicked of a 24-date UK tour at The Astoria, London with The Spencer Davis Group, Unit Four + 1 and The Checkmates. Tickets 12/6.
1966, Jimi Hendrix arrived in London with manager Chas chandler on a flight from New York City. With only the clothes he was wearing, Hendrix had sold his other belongings to pay a hotel bill in New York. One of the first things he does after arriving in England is to legally change his name from James to Jimi.
1966, The Association started a three week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Cherish’. The New Christy Minstrels almost recorded the track but Association member and songwriter, Terry Kirkman, held onto ‘Cherish’ instead of selling it for $1000. The finished recording played for 3 minutes and 25 seconds, but the single’s label listed the time as 3:00 so that DJs wouldn’t be discouraged from playing a ‘long song.’
1967, Traffic made their live debut when they appeared at Saville Theatre in London, featuring Steve Winwood.
1967, Filming continued for The Beatles ‘Magical Mystery Tour’ at West Malling Air Station, Maidstone, Kent with the shooting of the ‘Your Mother Should Know’ ballroom finale. With The Beatles all dressed in white suits and shoes, gliding down a glittery staircase as 160 members of Peggy Spencer’s dance team swirled round about.
1975, Rod Stewart was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Sailing’. The song became a hit after it was used in a TV documentary series.
1980, The mixing of the forthcoming John Lennon and Yoko Ono album Double Fantasy moved from the Hit Factory in New York City to Record Plant East. During this session, John Lennon gave one of last ever interviews to Lisa Robinson from 97-FM in Buffalo.
1983, Billy Joel went to No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Tell Her About It’, the former boxers second US No.1, a No.4 hit in the UK.
1984, Culture Club had their second UK No.1 single with ‘Karma Chameleon’, which stayed at the top of the charts for six weeks and became the best-selling single of 1983. The harmonica part was played by Judd Lander, who had been a member of Merseybeat group The Hideaways in the 1960s.
1988, Bobby McFerrin started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Don’t Worry Be Happy’, the first a-cappella record to be a No.1. It made No.2 in the UK. ‘Don’t Worry, Be Happy, was also included in the movie, Cocktail. The song would go on to win Grammy Awards for both Record of the Year and Song of the Year.
1988, The Hollies were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘He Ain’t Heavy He’s My Brother’ after the song was used on a UK TV beer commercial, the song was originally a hit in 1969 and featured a young Elton John on piano.
1990, AC/DC released ‘The Razors Edge’ their 11th internationally released studio album. The only studio album to feature drummer Chris Slade, reached No.2 on the US chart and #4 in the UK.
1991, Nirvana’s album Nevermind was released in America, entering the chart at No. 144 on its first week. The album which peaked at No. 1 in January 1992 has now sold over 30m copies world wide. The idea for the now iconic front cover shot of the baby swimming came after Kurt Cobain and drummer Dave Grohl saw a TV documentary on water babies.
1995, The Charlatans were arrested by 24-armed police after a flight to New York. The band were accused of trying to disrupt the planes flight path, passengers complained of the group being drunk, spitting and interfering with in flight TV sets.
1997, Barry Loukaitis was convicted of shooting and killing two pupils and a teacher at a school in Washington. His defence team claimed he had copied scenes from Pearl Jam’s video ‘Jeremy’.
2000, Madonna started a two-week run at No.1 on the UK album chart with ‘Music’, the singers seventh UK No.1 album.
2003, Singer-songwriter Matthew Jay died aged 24 after falling from a seventh-storey window in London. Released the 2001 album ‘Draw’ and toured with The Doves, Stereophonics, Dido and Starsailor.
2003, The Dave Matthews Band played at Central Park in New York City, in front of almost 100,000, the band’s largest audience to date. The Central Park Concert was later released as an album.
2004, The Strat Pack: Live in Concert was held at Wembley Arena in London marking the 50th Anniversary of the Fender Stratocaster guitar. The concert featured Ronnie Wood, Joe Walsh, Gary Moore, Brian May, David Gilmour, Albert Lee, Andy Fairweather-Low, Hank Marvin and many more.
2006, Scissor Sisters topped the UK album and singles charts. The New Yorkers’ second album, ‘Ta-Dah’, entered in the top spot, while the single ‘I Don’t Feel Like Dancin’ spent a third week at number one.
2012, Mumford & Sons released their second studio album ‘Babel’ which debuted at number one on both the UK Albums Chart and the US Billboard 200. It became the fastest selling album of 2012 in the UK and was nominated in the category of “Album of the Year” for both a Brit Award and Grammy Award, winning the latter.
September 24th: Born on this day
1931, Born on this day, Anthony Newley, UK singer, actor, (1960 UK No.1 single ‘Why’). Newley died on 14th April 1999.
1933, Born on this day, Mel Taylor, drums, The Ventures, (1960 US No.2 & UK No.8 single ‘Walk Don’t Run.’ Taylor died of lung cancer on 11th August 1996.
1938, Born on this day, American saxophonist and flautist Steve Douglas who recorded with Duane Eddy, Aretha Franklin, Elvis Presley Willy DeVille, Bob Dylan Ramones and others. On April 19, 1993, while warming up with Ry Cooder, Douglas collapsed and died. Heart Failure was the official cause of death. He was 54.
1940, Born on this day, Barbara Allbut, The Angels, (1963 US No.1 & UK No.50 single ‘My Boyfriend’s Back’). The Angels were the first white girl group to have a US number one hit.
1942, Born on this day, Gerry Marsden, Gerry and the Pacemakers, (1963 UK No.1 single ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’ 1965 US No.6 single ‘Ferry Across The Mersey’).
1942, Born on this day, Linda McCartney, (Linda Eastman). Wife of Paul McCartney. Photographer, animal rights campaigner, launched her own brand of vegetarian food. Played keyboards with Wings and solo McCartney records. 1971 Paul and Linda McCartney UK No.1 album ‘Ram’. She died of breast cancer on 17th April 1998.
1946, Born on this day, American comics creator and musician Carson Osten. He played in the band Woody’s Truck Stop, before forming the rock group Nazz with Todd Rundgren in 1967.
1946, Born on this day, American guitarist and producer Jerry Donahue from UK folk group, Fairport Convention, (1969 UK No.21 single ‘Si Tu Dois Partir’). And has also been a member of Fotheringay.
1946, Born on this day, Kjell Asperud, Titanic, (1971 UK No.5 single ‘Sultana’).
1969, Born on this day, Shawn Crahan more commonly known by his stage persona “Clown”, American musician best known as one of the two custom percussionists and co-founder of the Grammy-winning heavy metal band Slipknot.
1971, Born on this day, Marty Cintron III, No Mercy, (1997 UK No.2 single ‘Where Do You Go’).
1971, Born on this day, Peter Salisbury, drums, The Verve, (1997 UK No.1 single ‘The Drugs Don’t Work’) and Black Rebel Motorcycle Club.

September 23

September 23rd: On this day
1957, The Crickets went to No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘That’ll Be The Day.’ The title being taken from a phrase used by John Wayne in the film ‘The Searchers.’
1965, The Walker Brothers were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with the Burt Bacharach song, ‘Make It Easy On Yourself’, the trio’s first of two UK No.1’s.
1966, The ‘Rolling Stones 66’ 12 date UK tour kicked off at the Royal Albert Hall London. Supported by Long John Baldry, Ike & Tina Turner and The Yardbirds, (Jimmy Page was playing bass, with Jeff Beck on guitar). Michelangelo Antonioni attended this concert and asked The Yardbirds to appear in his forthcoming film Blow Up. Also both Keith Moon and John Entwistle from The Who were in the audience.
1967, The Box Tops started a four week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘The Letter’, a No.5 hit in the UK. The record went on to sell over four million copies and receive two Grammy nominations. It was also a Top Ten hit for Joe Cocker in 1970.
1967, Pink Floyd appeared at the Saturday Scene, Corn Exchange, Chelmsford, England. During the same month The Soul Trinity, Keith West and the Tomorrow and The Crazy World of Arthur Brown all appeared at the club.
1968, Working on new songs for their forthcoming The White Album, The Beatles recorded a new John Lennon song ‘Happiness Is A Warm Gun In Your Hand’, (working title of ‘Happiness Is A Warm Gun’). The title came from the cover of a gun magazine that producer George Martin showed Lennon. Jim Morrison from The Doors came to visit The Beatles in the studio and watched them recording.
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1969, The Northern Star newspaper of Northern Illinois University ran a story claiming that Paul McCartney had been killed in a car crash in 1966 and had been replaced by a look-a-like. Russell Gibb of WKNR-FM in Detroit picked up on the claim and the story went worldwide. By late October 1969 the hoax was so well entrenched, that McCartney came out of seclusion at his Scottish farm to deny the story. When McCartney was asked to comment by a reporter visiting Macca’s farm, he replied, “Do I look dead, I’m as fit as a fiddle.”
1970, Mick Jagger met Bianca Macias for the first time after a Rolling Stones concert at the Paris Olympia. The couple later married.
1974, Robbie McIntosh founder member of the Average White Band died of a heroin overdose at a Hollywood party, (after he inhaled a white powder thought to be cocaine but was actually pure heroin). AWB scored the No.1 single ‘Pick up the Pieces’ which was nominated for a Grammy Award in 1975.
1977, David Bowie released “Heroes” as a single. Co-written by Bowie and Brian Eno, the track features King Crimson guitarist Robert Fripp and has gone on to become one of Bowie’s signature songs.
1978, 10cc had their third and final UK No.1 single with ‘Dreadlock Holiday.’ The lyrics, about a white man lost in Jamaica, were based on a true event that happened to Moody Blues vocalist Justin Hayward and Eric Stewart from 10cc in Barbados.
1980, Bob Marley collapsed on stage during a concert at the Stanley Theater in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Marley had collapsed in New York’s Central Park while jogging, two days before and was told to immediately cancel the US leg, but flew to Pittsburgh to perform one final performance. This was the last time Marley ever appeared on stage performing, Marley died of cancer on in May 1981.
1989, Milli Vanilli started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Girl I’m Gonna Miss You’, the duo’s second US No.1 a No.2 hit in the UK. Also today the duo went to No.1 on the US album chart with ‘Girl You Know It’s True’.
1995, Jamaican Ragga singer Shaggy scored his second No.1 UK single when ‘Boombastic’ went to the top of the charts for one week. Also a US No.1.
1997, The Rolling Stones kicked off the North American leg of their Bridges To Babylon tour playing the first of two nights at Soldier Field in Chicago.
2000, As part of their UK ‘Under A Big Top Tour’, Radiohead played the first of three sold nights at London’s Tower Hamlets, Victoria Park.
2001, Kylie Minogue started a five-week run at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Can’t Get You Out Of My Head.’ The Australian singers 6th No.1 was written and produced by Cathy Dennis and former Mud guitarist Rob Davis, for which the pair won an Ivor Novello Award for the most performed song of the year. ‘Can’t Get You Out Of My Head’ also charted at No.1 in 40 countries.
2002, Musical winners at this years Oscars included, Sting who won Best Musical Performance for ‘Sting In Tuscany…All This Time’ and the Best Reality TV Show went to The Osbournes.
2004, Slipknot’s Corey Taylor issued a statement denying he was dead. Rumours started after a shock jock in Des Moines broadcast the announcement that the singer had died of a drug overdose, which then became a fatal car crash.
2004, A bodyguard for rapper Lil’ Kim was sentenced to 12 years in prison after admitting firing at least 20 times in a shoot-out with a rival gang. The judge sentencing Suif Jackson, said society needed protection from a gun-toting man with five convictions. The shooting took place when the entourages of Lil’ Kim and Capone-N-Noreaga crossed at a New York radio station.
2006, Neil Young was named artist of the year at the Americana Honors and Awards at the fifth annual event in Nashville, Tennessee. The 60-year-old singer-songwriter released the protest album Living With War this year.
2009, A Blue Plaque was unveiled on the building where Cargo Studios used to be on Kenion Street in Rochdale, England. The plaque was to recognise the part the building played in the British music scene between 1978 and 2000. In the early years as a home to Cargo Studios and Tractor Music then later Suite 16 Studios. Factory producer Martin Hannett spent a great deal of time in Cargo recording Joy Division, OMD, Durutti Column, Section 25 & Nico amongst others.
2013, Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California was shut down for a 15-song set by Paul McCartney on the roof of the El Capitan Theatre. An estimated crowd of 10,000 listened from the street. The show followed his appearance on TV’s Jimmy Kimmel Live show.
September 23rd: Born on this day
1930, Born on this day, Ray Charles, singer songwriter, (1962 UK & US No.1 single ‘I Can’t Stop Loving You’ plus over 30 US Top 40 singles, 2005 US No.1 album ‘Genius Loves Company’). Charles died on 10th June 2004 aged 73.
1939, Born on this day, Roy Buchanan, US guitarist, first worked with Dale Hawkins, released over 15 solo albums. Died after hanging himself by his own shirt on 14th Aug 1988 in Fairfax County Adult Detention Center, Virginia after being arrested for drunkenness.
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1943, Born on this day, John Banks, The Merseybeats, (1964 UK No.5 single ‘I Think Of You’).
1943, Born on this day, Julio Iglesias, Spanish singer, (1981 UK No.1 single ‘Begin The Beguine’. Iglesias has sold over 100m albums).
1943, Born on this day, Steve Boone, The Lovin Spoonful, (1966 US No.1 & UK No.8 single ‘Summer In The City’).
1943, Born on this day, Toni Basil, US singer actress and dancer, (1982 US No.1 & UK No.2 single ‘Mickey’). Basil worked as David Bowie’s choreographer on his Diamond Dogs tour in 1974 and on his Glass Spider tour of 1987.
1943, Born on this day, Walter and Wallace Scott, The Whispers, (1980 UK No.2 & US No.19 single ‘And The Beat Goes On’).
1949, Born on this day, US singer, songwriter, Bruce Springsteen, ‘The Boss’, who had the 1985 US No.2 & UK No.4 single ‘Dancing In The Dark’, 1994 UK No.2 single ‘Streets of Philadelphia’. His most successful studio albums, Born in the U.S.A. and Born To Run showcase a talent for finding grandeur in the struggles of daily American life; he has sold more than 65 million albums in the United States and more than 120 million worldwide.
1979, Born on this day, Erik-Michael Estrada, O-Town, winners of US TV show ‘Making The Band’, (2001 US No. 3 single ‘All Or Nothing’.
1985, Born on this day, Diana Oritz, Dream, (2001 US No.3 & UK No.17 single.

September 22

1958, After receiving special permission from the US Army, Elvis Presley gave one last press conference at the Military Ocean Terminal in Brooklyn. He then joined the rest of the 3rd Armored Division on the USS General Randall for a voyage to Bremerhaven, Germany.

1962, The Springfields (Dusty Springfield her brother Tom and their friend, Tim Field) had ‘Silver Threads and Golden Needles’, enter the US Top 20 and became the first British vocal group to chart that high in America.

1964, Herman’s Hermits were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with the Carole King & Gerry Goffin song ‘I’m Into Something Good’, the group’s only UK No.1.

1965, San Francisco band The Great Society, featuring Grace Slick and her then-husband Jerry Slick on drums, made their live debut at The Coffee Gallery, North Beach, California.

1967, The Doors appeared on the Murray the K show on WPIX-TV in New York City performing ‘People Are Strange’ and ‘Light My Fire.’

1969, A new weekly TV show ‘The Music Scene’ aired on ABC in the US for the first time. Stevie Wonder, Crosby Stills Nash & Young, Tom Jones, Cass Elliot, James Brown, Janis Joplin and Sly and the Family Stone were all booked to appear on the show.

1969, The Band released their self-titled album, which peaked at No.9 on the US chart, and included Rag Mama Rag, Up on Cripple Creek and The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down. In 2009, the album was preserved into the National Recording Registry because the album was ‘culturally, historically, or aesthetically important, and reflects life in the United States.’

1972, David Bowie kicked of the North American leg of his Ziggy Stardust world tour at the Music Hall in Cleveland, Ohio.

1973, The Rolling Stones scored their eighth UK No.1 album when ‘Goats Head Soup’ started a two-week run at the top of the charts. Also a US No.1.

1979, Gary Numan had his second and final UK No.1 single with ‘Cars’. Also on this day Gary Numan went to No.1 on the UK album chart with ‘The Pleasure Principle.’

1979, Def Leppard had their first major live review when UK music weekly Melody Maker reviewed a gig the band had played in Wolverhampton. With a 15 year-old drummer the band had just released their debut 3-track single.

1981, American composer Harry Warren died aged 88. He wrote over 800 songs including ‘I Only Have Eyes For You’, (a hit for The Flamingos and Art Garfunkel), ‘You Must Have Been a Beautiful Baby’, ‘Jeepers Creepers’, ‘That’s Amore’ and ‘Chattanooga Choo Choo’. Warren’s songs have been featured in over 300 films.

1984, Former lead singer of the Babies, John Waite went to No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Missing You’.

1985, The first Farm Aid benefit concert was held before a crowd of 80,000 people at the Memorial Stadium in Champaign, Illinois. Organized by Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp and Neil Young, the event had been spurred on by Bob Dylan’s comments at Live Aid earlier in that year that he hoped some of the money would help American farmers. The star studded line-up of country stars included: Alabama, Hoyt Axton, Glen Campbell, Johnny Cash, Charlie Daniels Band, John Denver, Bob Dylan, John Fogerty, Vince Gill, Merle Haggard, Emmylou Harris, Waylon Jennings, George Jones, Kris Kristofferson, Loretta Lynn, Roger Miller, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Willie Nelson, Charley Pride, Bonnie Raitt, Kenny Rogers.

1990, Garth Brooks album ‘No Fences’ entered the US album chart. It went on to become the biggest selling country album of all time and sold over 13m copies in the first five years of release.

1990, Nirvana played their biggest gig to date when they appeared at the Motor Sports International Garage in Seattle. Drummer Dave Grohl who would audition for the band in a few days time was in the audience of 15,000 people.

1991, Bryan Adams made chart history when ‘(Everything I Do), I Do It For You’, had its twelfth consecutive week as the UK No.1 single.

1992, Def Leppard were forced to cancel two US shows after their sound-equipment truck was found abandoned, after one of the bands driver’s had attempted to rob a store. The driver was later charged of possessing drugs and criminal damage.

1999, Diana Ross was arrested on Concorde after an incident at Heathrow Airport. The singer claimed that a female security guard had touched her breasts when being frisked; Ross retaliated by rubbing her hands down the security guard.

1999, Screaming Lord Sutch’s Official Monster Raving Loony Party honoured his memory with a two-minute scream at a pub in Ashburton, Devon.

2001, ‘A Tribute to Heroes’ was aired commercial-free on most of the major US TV networks. The live program was organised to raise money following the terrorist attacks on the Pentagon and New York’s World Trade Center. Neil Young, Tom Petty, Paul Simon, Billy Joel, U2,Limp Bizkit, Bruce Springsteen and Pearl Jam all performed. Manning the telephones to take pledges were celebrities including Jack Nicholson, Jim Carrey, Whoopi Goldberg, Goldie Hawn, Robin Williams, Meg Ryan, Cuba Gooding Jr., Kurt Russell, Adam Sandler and many more.

2004, Britney Spears admitted she had not married Kevin Federline, saying she had not yet sent off their marriage licence and until they did, they were not married in the eyes of Californian law.

2004, Cat Stevens, who now went by the name of Yusuf Islam, was escorted from a diverted transatlantic flight and refused entry into America by FBI agents. His name showed up on a US watch list after United Airlines Flight 919 had taken off from London. The flight landed in Maine where Islam, who was traveling with his 21-year-old daughter, was detained and questioned.

2005, Jimmy Page was made an honorary citizen of Brazilian city Rio de Janeiro for his work helping its street children. The Led Zeppelinguitarist had opened Casa Jimmy (Jimmy’s House) in 1998 which had so far supported more than 300 children.
2007, The Game was given a conditional discharge at Manhattan’s Criminal Court after being charged with impersonating a police officer. Police said the star told a cab driver he was an undercover officer, ordering him to run several red lights. The rapper (real name Jayceon Taylor), claimed the cab driver noticed they were being followed and asked who was in the car, He said he told the driver they were the hip-hop police, and the driver decided on his own to run the red lights.

2007, Britney Spears was charged with hit-and-run and driving without a valid licence after she was accused of hitting a parked car and driving away from a Los Angeles car park on 6 August. The owner of the car filed an accident report on 9 August at the North Hollywood Community Police Station. The city attorney’s office did not know whether Ms Spears’ car had been damaged, nor did he know the extent of damage to the other car.

2011, Research conducted by car maker SEAT found that Queen’s ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ was the song most likely to be found on British iPods, with more than 40% of owners having the hit on their players. The Beatles had four songs in the list, a feat also matched by Coldplay. Other favourites included U2, The Killers and Rihanna.
September 22nd: Born on this day

1951, Born on this day, David Coverdale, English rock singer with Whitesnake who scored the 1987 US No.1 & UK No.9 single ‘Here I Go Again’). Coverdale was the lead singer of Deep Purple from late 1973 to 15 March 1976.

1952, Born on this day, Mark Panker, Guitar, American Music Club, (1993 album ‘Mercury’).

1953, Born on this day, Richard Fairbrass, singer, Right Said Fred, (1991 US No.1 & UK No.2 single ‘I’m Too Sexy’, 1993 UK No.1 album ‘Up’).

1956, Born on this day, Debby Boone, US singer. Daughter of 50’s singer Pat Boone. Ten weeks at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘You Light Up My Life’, in 1977. The longest stay at the top of the charts since Guy Mitchell’s ‘Singing The Blues. A No.48 in the UK.

1957, Born on this day, Nick Cave, Australian singer, songwriter, (1995 UK No.11 single with Kylie Minogue, ‘Where The Wild Roses Grow’. Cave fronted the Birthday Party, one of the most extreme and confrontational post-punk bands of the early 1980s. In 2006, he formed the garage rock band Grinderman.

1957, Born on this day, Peter Jones, Public Image Ltd, (1983 UK No.5 single ‘This Is Not A Love Song’).

1958, Born on this day, Nelson, New Model Army, (1985 UK No.28 single ‘No Rest’).

1958, Born on this day, Joan Jett, American rock guitarist, singer, songwriter, producer. Founding member of The Runaways and with Joan Jett & the Blackhearts scored the 1982 US No.1 & UK No.4 single ‘I Love Rock ‘n’ Roll’. She is also known as the Godmother of Punk.

1965, Born on this day, Adam Cairns, guitar, vocals, Therapy? (1993 UK No.9 single ‘Screamager’).

1975, Born on this day, Mystikal, (Michael Tyler), US rapper, (2001 US No.1 & UK No.7 single ‘Stutter’).

1982, Born on this day, Billie, UK singer, actress, (1998 UK No.1 single ‘Because We Want To’). Once married to former Radio 1, Virgin radio DJ and TV presenter Chris Evans.

1983, Born on this day, Will Farquarson, bass and guitar with Bastille who won a Brit award and had a No.1 U.K. album with Bad Blood.

September 21

1961, The Beatles played a lunchtime show at The Cavern Club in Liverpool. In the evening they appeared at Litherland Town Hall in Liverpool with Gerry & the Pacemakers, and Rory Storm & the Hurricanes, admission price was 3 shillings (15 pence).

1963, Bobby Vinton started a three week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Blue Velvet’. The single became a hit in the UK 27 years later when it reached No.2.

1968, Deep Purple made No.4 on the US singles chart with their debut single ‘Hush’, also a hit for Kula Shaker in 1997.

1968, Jeannie C Riley went to No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Harper Valley PTA’. Jeannie won a Grammy for the best female country singer of 68.

1968, Madame Tussaud’s Waxworks in London gave The Beatles their fifth image change of clothes and hair in four years.

1970, Freda Payne was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Band Of Gold’, the singers only UK No.1 which spent six weeks at the top of the chart.

1971, The first edition of the new BBC TV music show ‘The Old Grey Whistle Test’ was aired. Presented by Richard Williams, the show included; film clips of Jimi Hendrix from Monterey Festival playing ‘Wild Thing’, Bob Dylan playing ‘Maggies Farm’, plus America and Lesley Duncan ‘live’ in the studio. The influential show went on to enjoy a run from 1971 to 1987. According to presenter Bob Harris, the programme derived its name from a Tin Pan Alley phrase from years before. When they got the first pressing of a record they would play it to people they called the old greys—doormen in grey suits. The songs they could remember and whistle, having heard it just once or twice, had passed the old grey whistle test.

1974, Barry White went to No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Can’t Get Enough Of Your Love Baby’, the singers first and only US solo chart topper. It made No.8 in the UK.

1974, Carl Douglas was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Kung Fu Fighting.’ The song was recorded in 10 minutes, had started out as a B-side and went on to sell over 10 million and made Douglas a One Hit Wonder.

1980, During a North American tour, Bob Marley collapsed while jogging in New York’s Central Park. After hospital tests he was diagnosed as having cancer. Marley played his last ever concert two nights later at the Stanley Theater in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

1981, Adam And The Ants were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with their second No.1 ‘Prince Charming’.

1985, Madonna scored her first UK No.1 album with ‘Like A Virgin’, ten months after its release. The album spent a total 152 weeks on the UK chart.

1985, With the help Of heavy MTV exposure ‘Money For Nothing’ gave Dire Straits their first US No.1 single.

1986, The National Inquirer Magazine featured a picture of Michael Jackson in an oxygen chamber with a story claiming that Jackson had a bizarre plan to live until he was 150 years old.

1987, American jazz bassist Jaco Pastorius died from injuries sustained in a fight. Pastorius was trying to enter the Midnight Bottle Club in Wilton Manors, Florida, (where he’d been banned), and became involved in a fight with a bouncer, Pastorius fell into a coma and was put on life support. In 2006, Pastorius was voted “The Greatest Bass Player Who Has Ever Lived” by readers in Bass Guitar magazine. Was a member of Weather Report and worked with various acts including Joni Mitchell and Herbie Hancock.

1991, Status Quo put themselves in the Guinness Book Of Records by appearing four venues in one day, Sheffield, Glasgow, Birmingham and London, performing all four in a 12-hour period.

1992, Parlophone Records released ‘Creep’ by Radiohead. as their debut single. The single didn’t chart but featured in the majority of critics lists at the end of the year and later appeared on their first album, Pablo Honey.

1996, The Fugees scored their second UK No.1 single with ‘Ready Or Not’. The chorus in the song is based on ‘Ready or Not Here I Come (Can’t Hide from Love)’ by The Delfonics. The Fugees previous single ‘Killing Me Softly,’ was so successful that the track was ‘deleted’ and no longer supplied to retailers whilst the track was still in the Top 20 to make way for the next single ‘Ready or Not’.

2002, Pink went to No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Just Like A Pill’, the American singers first UK No.1.

2007, Snoop Dogg was sentenced to three years probation and 160 hours of community service after pleading guilty to carrying a collapsible baton. The rapper was arrested in September 2006 after the baton was found in his bag at John Wayne Airport in Orange County, California. In April 2007 he was given five years probation and 800 hours community service after pleading no contest to gun and drug charges in a Californian court.

2011, A contract revealing that The Beatles refused to perform in front of a segregated audience at the Cow Palace in Daly City, California on August 31st, 1965, sold for $23,033 at an auction in Los Angeles. In addition to the desegregation clause, the contract guaranteed the band $40,000 and at least 150 police officers to provide security at the show.

2015, Trumpeter Ben Cauley, a member of the Stax Records group The Bar-Kays and the only survivor of the 1967 plane crash that killed Otis Redding died at the age of 67. The Bar-Kays appeared as the backing band on numerous recordings for Stax artists such as Carla Thomas, Isaac Hayes, Rufus Thomas, The Staple Singers and Sam and Dave.
September 21st: Born on this day

1923, Born on this day, Jimmy Young, UK singer (and BBC radio presenter until 2003). Scored the 1955 UK No.1 single ‘Unchained Melody’ plus ten other UK Top 40 hit singles.

1934, Born on this day, Leonard Cohen, Canadian singer, songwriter, musician, painter, poet, and novelist. Cohen is a Companion of the Order of Canada, the nation’s highest civilian honor. He wrote “Hallelujah” which was first released on Cohen’s studio album Various Positions in 1984 which was covered by John Cale, which formed the basis for a later cover by Jeff Buckley.

1936, Born on this day, Dickey Lee, US singer, (1962 US No.6 single ‘Patches’). Had several US pop hits, then turned to country music in 1971 and had four top-ten country hits, including Rocky, No.1 in 1975.

1943, Born on this day, David Hood, American bassist best known as part of the studio backing band known as the Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section of Alabama. He has played with many artists including, Cat Stevens, Paul Simon, Bob Seger, Traffic, The Staple Singers, Frank Black, Odetta, John Hiatt, Etta James and Willie Nelson.

1947, Born on this day, Don Felder, guitar, vocals, The Eagles, (1977 US No.1 & UK No.8 single ‘Hotel California’, plus 5 US No.1 albums. ‘Greatest Hits 1971-1975’ is the second biggest selling album in the world with sales over 30m).

1954, Born on this day, Phil Taylor, Motorhead, (1980 UK No.15 single ‘Ace Of Spades’). Taylor died on 11th Nov 2015 aged 61.

1959, Born on this day, Corinne Drewery, singer, Swing Out Sister, (1986 UK No.4 single ‘Breakout’).

1967, Born on this day, Faith Hill, singer, (1993 US country No.1 ‘Wild One’, 1998 UK No. 13 single ‘This Kiss’.

1967, Born on this day, Timmy T, US singer, (1991 US No.1 single ‘One More Try’, not a hit in the UK).

1967, Born on this day, Tyler Stewart, drums, Barenaked Ladies, (1998 US No.1 & UK No.5 single ‘One Week’).

1968, Born on this day, Jon Brooks, drums, The Charlatans, (1990 UK No.9 single ‘The Only One I Know’, 1996 UK No.3 single ‘One To Another’, plus 3 UK No.1 albums).

1968, Born on this day, Trugoy, (David Jude), De La Soul, (1990 UK No.7 single ‘The Magic Number’).

1972, Born on this day, David Silveria, drums, Korn, (1998 UK No.23 single ‘Got The Life’, 1998 US No.1 album ‘Follow The Leader’).

1972, Born on this day, Liam Gallagher, vocals, Oasis, first single was the 1994 UK No.31 ‘Supersonic’. Their 1994 UK No.1 album Definitely Maybe became the fastest selling UK debut album ever. Now fronts Beady Eye with Gem Archer, Andy Bell and Chris Sharrock.

1973, Born on this day, Jimmy Constable, 911, (1998 UK No.2 single ‘More Than a Woman’)

1977, Born on this day, Sam Rivers, bass, Limp Bizkit, (2001 UK No.1 single ‘Rollin’ & US & UK No.1 album ‘Chocolate Starfish and the Hotdog Flavoured Water’).

1984, Born on this day, Wale (Olubowale Victor Akintimehin), American rapper who had the 2014 US No.1 album The Gifted.

1989, Born on this day, American singer-songwriter, actor and dancer, Jason Derulo, who had the hits ‘Wiggle’, ‘In My Head’, ‘Whatcha Say’ and ‘Talk Dirty’. Since the start of his career Derulo has sold over 50 million singles.

September 20

1964, At the end of the North American tour The Beatles played a Charity concert at the Paramount Theatre in New York City, the 3,682 audience each paid $100 a ticket.

1968, Led Zeppelin (recording under the name of The Yardbirds) started recording their debut album at Olympic Studios, Barnes, London, England. The album took only about 36 hours of studio time to complete at a cost of around £1,782, with most of the tracks being recorded ‘live’ in the studio with very few overdubs.

1969, During a meeting in London between John Lennon, Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr, Lennon announced he was leaving The Beatles.

1969, Based on the comic-book TV series Archie and his friends The Archie’s started a four-week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with Sugar Sugar. It became the longest running One Hit Wonder in the UK after spending eight weeks at the top of the charts.

1969, Blind Faith started a two-week run at No.1 on the UK chart with their self-titled debut album. The only release from the Eric Clapton, Steve Winwood, Ginger Baker & Rick Grech line-up also reached No.1 in the US. The only UK gig was in Hyde Park, London on 7th Jun 1969.

1969, UK music paper Melody Maker readers poll results were published. Winners included Eric Clapton who won best musician, Bob Dylan best male singer and best album for ‘Nashville Skyline’. Best group went to The Beatles, Best single went to Simon and Garfunkel for ‘The Boxer’ and Janis Joplin won Best female singer.

1970, The Rolling Stones live album ‘Get Your Ya-Yas Out’ started a two-week run at No.1 on the UK chart. Recorded at New York’s Madison Sq Gardens on 27th & 28th Nov 1969, featuring ‘Jumpin Jack Flash’, ‘Honky Tonk Woman’ and ‘Midnight Rambler’.

1970, Jim Morrison of The Doors was acquitted on charges of lewd and lascivious behavior, but was found guilty of exposing himself during a concert at The Dinner Key Auditorium in Coconut Grove a year and a half earlier. At his trial at the Dade County Courthouse in Miami, Judge Goodman sentenced Morrison to six months hard labor and a $500 (£270), fine for public exposure and sixty days hard labor for profanity. The sentence was appealed, but Morrison was never brought to trial, as he would die in Paris France on July 3, 1971.

1972, Paul and Linda McCartney were arrested for the second time in four weeks for possession of cannabis this time at their Scottish farmhouse in Campbeltown.

1973, On his way to perform his second concert of the day, US singer, songwriter Jim Croce was killed with five others when his chartered aircraft hit a tree on take off in Louisiana.

1975, ‘Fame’ gave David Bowie his first No.1 in the US. The song was co-written with John Lennon. Lennon’s voice is heard towards the ending of the song repeating the words: “Fame, Fame, Fame” from a fast track, through a regular track, to a slow track, before Bowie finished the lyrics.

1975, The Bay City Rollers made their US TV debut when they appeared on the ‘Saturday Night Variety Show’.

1975, Winners in this year’s Melody Makers Readers poll included, Robert Plant who won Best singer, Joni Mitchell, Best female singer, Yes won Best band, Genesis won Best live act, Best single, ‘I’m Not In Love, by 10cc, Best album Physical Graffiti, Led Zeppelin, and Brightest hope went to Camel.

1976, The first of the two night 100 Club Punk Festival, Oxford St, London, featuring the Sex Pistols, The Clash, Sub Way Sect, Suzie (spelling on the poster), And The Banshees, The Buzzcocks, Vibrators and Stinky Toys. Admission £1.50.

1976, AC/DC released their third studio album ‘Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap’. The album has been certified 6x Platinum in the United States, which means that it has sold at least 6 million copies, becoming the third highest sold album by AC/DC in the US after ‘Highway To Hell’ and ‘Back In Black’.

1980, Kate Bush scored her first UK No.1 album with ‘Never For Ever.’ It was the first ever album by a British female solo artist to top the UK album chart as well as being the first album by any female solo artist to enter the chart at No.1.

1986, Huey Lewis and the News started a three week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Stuck With You’, a No.12 hit in the UK.

1993, Just back from a tour of Japan, keyboard player with The Charlatans Rob Collins was out with an old friend. They stopped at an off-licence and his friend went in, half-jokingly saying he could rob the place. When he came out with a loud bang, Collins stupidly picked him up. The police arrested the pair the next day and charged them both with attempted robbery and possession of a firearm (it was a replica gun).

1994, The Dave Matthews Band released ‘Under the Table and Dreaming’, the album featured their first commercial hits ‘What Would You Say,’ ‘Satellite,’ and ‘Ants Marching.’ The album was dedicated to Matthews’ older sister Anne, who was killed by her husband in 1994 in a murder-suicide.

1995, The Daily Mirror ran a front page story ‘ban this sick stunt’ referring to the new single from Pulp ‘Sorted For E’s & Wizz.’ The artwork showed how to fold a ‘speed’ wrap, the sleeve was changed, the single entered the UK chart at No.8.

1997, Elton John started a six week run at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Something About The Way You Look Tonight’, and ‘Candle In The Wind 97.’ A re-write of his 1974 hit about Marilyn Monroe. This version was raising funds for the Diana, Princess of Wales charity, following her death in Paris. It went on to become the biggest selling single in the world ever.

1997, Pearl Jam’s ‘Jeremy’ video was cited as one of the reasons American teenager Barry Loukaitis had snapped into a violent rage that left three people dead. Defence attorneys took the unprecedented step of playing the video in a Washington court.

2005, Canadian JD Fortune, beat two other finalists to become the new lead singer with INXS after a worldwide search to replace the late Michael Hutchence. INXS held auditions in six continents as part of a reality TV series.

2007, Stereophonics singer Kelly Jones was admitted to hospital when he was injured during an altercation with a member of a club’s security team. The band had gone to a west London club after appearing at the Vodafone Live Music Awards.

2009, Muse went to No.1 on the UK album chart with ‘The Resistance’ the bands fifth studio album.

2012, The former north London home of the original band members of Pink Floyd was bought by a Singaporean developer. Sham Masterman, who admitted not being a big fan of the rock band, bought the Highgate house and the one next door for £1.2m each. Roger Waters, Nick Mason, Richard Wright and Syd Barrett had all lived in the house in the 1960s. The previous owner, lighting technician Mike Leonard, was landlord and friend to the band and even inspired their earliest name, Leonard’s Lodgers.
September 20th: Born on this day

1945, Born on this day, Sweet Pea Atkinson, Was Not Was, (1992 UK No.4 single ‘Shake Your Head’).

1946, Born on this day, Michael Oldroyd, Manfred Mann’s Earth Band, (1978 UK No.6 single Davy’s On The Road Again’).

1949, Born on this day, Chuck and John Panozzo, bass and drums, Styx. John Panozzo died on 16th July 1996. (1979 US No.1 & 1980 UK No.6 single ‘Babe’).

1959, Born on this day, Alannah Currie Vocals, sax, The Thompson Twins, (1984 UK No.2 single ‘You Take Me Up’, 1984 US No.3 single ‘Hold Me Now’).

1960, Born on this day, David Hemmingway, The Housemartins, (1986 UK No.1 single ‘Caravan Of Love’), The Beautiful South (1990 UK No.1 single ‘A Little Time’ plus over fifteen other UK Top 40 singles).

1960, Born on this day, Robert Wiggins, Grandmaster Flash And The Furious Five. (1982 UK No.8 single ‘The Message’). Died of a heart attack 8th September 1989.

1966, Born on this day, Nuno Bettencourt, Extreme, (1991 US No.1 & UK No.2 single ‘More Than Words’).

1967, Born on this day, Matthew and Gunnar Nelson, twin sons of 60’s singer Ricky Nelson, (1990 US No.1 & UK No.54 single, ‘Can’t Live Without Your Love and Affection).

1968, Born on this day, Ben Shepherd, Soundgarden, (1994 UK No.12 single ‘Black Hole Sun’).

1979, Born on this day, Rick Woolstenhulme, drummer, Lifehouse, (2001 US No.10 & UK No.25 single ‘Hanging By A Moment’).

1981, Born on this day, Keith Semple, One True Voice, (2002 UK No.2 single ‘Sacred Trust/After You’re Gone’).

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