Rock 'n' Roll History for
September 22






1956 - ClassicBands.com

September 22
Billboard magazine prints an article which says, "With new experiences to their credit, such as calling in riot squads, and with scars such as damaged seats, some arena and stadium officials have turned their thumbs down to Rock and Roll."

1958 - ClassicBands.com

September 22
After receiving special permission from the US Army, Elvis Presley gives one last press conference at the Military Ocean Terminal in Brooklyn. He then joins the rest of the 3rd Armored Division on the USS General Randall for a voyage to the seaport town of Bremerhaven, Germany.

September 22
"To Know Him Is To Love Him" by The Teddy Bears enters the Billboard Hot 100 at #88. Lead singer Annette Kleinbard was backed by Phil Spector on guitar, Marshall Leib on bass and last minute addition Sandy Nelson on drums. Although the recording session lasted only 20 minutes and cost just $75, the single would reach #1 in early December and sell over 1.4 million copies.

1963 - ClassicBands.com

September 22
The Jaynetts' version of "Sally Go Round The Roses" peaks at #2 on the Hot 100. Although it has been widely reported that future Electric Flag drummer Buddy Miles played on the track, producer Artie Butler said that he played all of the instruments on the recording except the guitars. The song's B-side was the instrumental track to "Sally Go Round The Roses" credited to Sing Along Without the Jaynetts.

1965 - ClassicBands.com

September 22
San Francisco Rock group, The Great Society, with Grace Slick on lead vocals, makes its stage debut at the Coffee Gallery in North Beach, California. The band would eventually evolve into Jefferson Airplane.

September 22
The Supremes record "I Hear A Symphony", which will go on to become their sixth US number one. In the UK however, it could only reach #39.

1966 - ClassicBands.com

September 22
The Lovin' Spoonful are awarded a Gold record for their fifth US Top Ten single and first number one hit, "Summer in the City".

1967 - ClassicBands.com

September 22
A cartoon image of The Beatles wearing colorful outfits appears on the cover of Time magazine, along with the line "The Beatles / Their New Incarnation."

1974 - ClassicBands.com

September 22
The Sonny (Bono) Comedy Revue debuts on ABC-TV. It would be cancelled four months later.

1980 - ClassicBands.com

September 22
John Lennon signs with Geffen Records after David Geffen promises to release his next album without even hearing any of the songs.

1982 - ClassicBands.com

September 22
The Who kick off what they say is their farewell tour, a 40 date trip that will gross $23 million. They would reunite in 1985.

1984 - ClassicBands.com

September 22
Queen's Freddie Mercury makes a mis-step at the Europhalle in Hanover, Germany and falls down some stairs. Despite badly injuring his knee, he finishes the rest of the show.

1985 - ClassicBands.com

September 22
80,000 fans watched the first Farm Aid concert, featuring Bob Dylan, John Mellencamp, Billy Joel, B.B. King, Roy Orbison, Loretta Lynn, Neil Young, Tom Petty, Willie Nelson and other performers who help raise $7 million. The annual event takes place every Fall to help the American family farmer.

1992 - ClassicBands.com

September 22
Bruce Springsteen plays an electric set for MTV's Unplugged show. The episode is renamed, MTV Plugged.

1999 - ClassicBands.com

September 22
Diana Ross was briefly held by police at Heathrow Airport in London, England after she allegedly assaulted a security officer. Ross had set off a metal detector at the airport and when a standard body search was started by a female guard, Ross resisted. After being released, she returned to New York.

2003 - ClassicBands.com

September 22
Mike Smith, lead vocalist for the Dave Clark 5, undergoes surgery to repair three broken vertebrae in his neck, suffered in a fall at his home in Spain.

2004 - ClassicBands.com

September 22
Cat Stevens, who now goes 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.

2010 - ClassicBands.com

September 22
Eddie Fisher, one of the most successful American singers of the 1950s, passed away at the age of 82. Fisher, who had ten Top 20 singles in the US between 1950 and 1967, is the father of actress Carrie Fisher, who played Princess Leia Organa in the original Star Wars trilogy.

2011 - ClassicBands.com

September 22
John Larson, trumpet player for The Ides Of March on their 1970 hit "Vehicle", died of cancer at the age of 61.

2015 - ClassicBands.com

September 22
A US District Judge ruled that the original copyright to "Happy Birthday" was invalid and the song would now be entirely in the public domain. The copyright was obtained by the Clayton F. Summy Co. from the song's writers, sisters Mildred and Patty Hill and bought for $15 million in 1988 by Warner / Chappell Music Inc.

September 22
The Songwriters Hall of Fame announced the addition of a new honor to its annual Induction & Awards Gala. Beginning in 2016, The Curtis Mayfield Award will recognize a promising singer / songwriter whose work reflects the inspiration, spirit and soul of the late R&B / Soul pioneer.

September 22
Three members of the classic lineup of The Bay City Rollers, Les McKeown, Stuart Wood and Alan Longmuir, revealed that they were reforming the band. Drummer Derek Longmuir, who was sentenced to 300 hours of community service after admitting to possessing child pornography in 2000, was not invited back.






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