Rock 'n' Roll History for
September14






1955 - ClassicBands.com

September 14
At Specialty Records in Los Angeles, Little Richard records his debut album, "Here's Little Richard". It would prove to be his highest charting LP in America, reaching #13. The collection contained two of his biggest hits, "Long Tall Sally", which reached #6 in the US and "Jenny, Jenny", which reached #10.

1962 - ClassicBands.com

September 14
Tamla Motown Records releases Mary Wells' "You Beat Me To The Punch", The Marvelettes "Beachwood 4-5789" and The Contours' "Do You Love Me" on the Oriole / American label in the UK.

1963 - ClassicBands.com

September 14
The Beach Boys' "Surfer Girl", the first song ever written by Brian Wilson, peaks at #7 on the Billboard Pop chart. The single would achieve Gold Record status later in the year and reach #13 in the UK.

1966 - ClassicBands.com

September 14
Otis Redding performed at The Orchid Ballroom, Purley, Surrey, England. Admission was 10 shillings ($1.40).

1968 - ClassicBands.com

September 14
Roy Orbison's two sons, Roy Jr. (11) and Tony (6), are killed in a fire at his Hendersonville, Tennessee home while he is on tour in England. Capt. Bill Deering of the Gallatin Fire Department said "From what we've been able to piece together, the two children who were killed were playing with an aerosol can in the basement of the house when their grandfather, Orbie Orbison, warned them that was dangerous. The grandfather, we are told, pushed the spray on the can and, to demonstrate the danger, touched his cigarette lighter to the spray."

September 14
The Chambers Brothers' "Time Has Come Today" enters Billboard's Hot 100, where it will climb to number eleven.

September 14
The Archies cartoon show first aired on Saturday mornings on the CBS television network. The records that were credited to this make believe group were recorded by Ron Dante, Andy Kim, Jeff Barry and others. Their biggest hit would turn out to be a song called "Sugar, Sugar", that went to number one in 1969, selling over six million copies.

September 14
Big Brother And The Holding Company's LP, "Cheap Thrills" enters the Billboard LP chart, where it will stay for 29 weeks, including 8 at #1.

1970 - ClassicBands.com

September 14
20 year old Stevie Wonder marries 24 year old Syreeta Wright. They would split two years later.

1974 - ClassicBands.com

September 14
After a two year battle with heroin, Eric Clapton was back in a big way. His version of Bob Marley's "I Shot The Sheriff" hit the top of the Billboard chart, rejuvenating his career.

1984 - ClassicBands.com

September 14
The first MTV Video Music Awards are held at Radio City Music Hall in New York City. Michael Jackson wins three awards, including Best Overall Performance for "Thriller".

1985 - ClassicBands.com

September 14
Recording sessions for The Bangles' second album, "Different Light" wrap up at the Sunset Sound Studios in Hollywood, California. The LP will produce the band's first of three Billboard number one hits, "Manic Monday" which was written by Prince under the pen-name Christopher.

1987 - ClassicBands.com

September 14
American Bandstand becomes the longest running entertainment show in US TV history.

1991 - ClassicBands.com

September 14
The Temptations and Rod Stewart combined to take a single called "The Motown Song" to its peak position of number 10 in the US.

1995 - ClassicBands.com

September 14
Paul McCartney's hand written lyrics for "Getting Better" sell for $249,000 (161,000 Pounds) at a Sotheby's auction.

1998 - ClassicBands.com

September 14
Johnny Adams, who scored a US Top 30 hit with "Reconsider Me" in 1969, died of cancer at the age of 66.

2001 - ClassicBands.com

September 14
Clear Channel Communications, the largest owner of radio stations in the United States, released a list of "lyrically questionable" songs that stations may want to pull from their play lists, following the terrorist attacks on The World Trade Center and The Pentagon. That list includes such classic rock standards as: "Jet Airliner" by Steve Miller, "Dust in the Wind" by Kansas, "Knockin' on Heaven's Door" by Bob Dylan and "Eve of Destruction" by Barry McGuire.

2005 - ClassicBands.com

September 14
HMV stores in Canada removed all Bob Dylan CDs from their shelves to protest the singer's deal to only sell his new album at Starbucks.






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