Rock 'n' Roll History for
September 24






1961 - ClassicBands.com

September 24
Dick And Dee Dee, comprised of Dick St. John and Dee Dee Sperling, enjoy their biggest hit when "The Mountain's High" peaks at #2 on the Billboard Pop chart. They would go on to place four more songs in the Top 40 over the next three years, including "Thou Shalt Not Steal" (#13) in early 1965.

1962 - ClassicBands.com

September 24
Elvis Presley receives an invitation to appear at the Royal Variety Performance, a gala evening held annually in the United Kingdom which is attended by senior members of the British Royal Family. Presley's manager, Colonel Tom Parker graciously declines, citing motion picture commitments. The real reason was that Parker was an illegal Dutch immigrant living in the United States who feared he may not be allowed to return if he left the country.

1966 - ClassicBands.com

September 24
The Association had their first number one single with "Cherish". The song had been released in August and within two months would be a million seller, remaining at the top of the US Pop charts for nearly a month. Oddly, it did not do well overseas, perhaps because of poor distribution. Only when the song was re-recorded by David Cassidy in 1971, did "Cherish" become an international hit.

September 24
The Beatles' "Eleanor Rigby" peaks at #11 on Billboard's Hot 100 singles chart. It was the first Beatles' release that none of the group played instruments on, although John and George did contribute harmony vocals. A string section of studio musicians, composed of four violins, two cellos and two violas, performed a score composed by producer George Martin. Paul wrote most of the song, but it was Ringo who came up with "Writing the words of a sermon that no one will hear."

September 24
Jimi Hendrix moved from the United States to the UK, where he would spend the next nine months touring and recording before returning home to play the Monterey International Pop Festival in California. One of the first things he does after arriving in England is to legally change his name from James to Jimi.

1968 - ClassicBands.com

September 24
The Vogues received a Gold record for "Turn Around Look at Me", which reached #7 on the Billboard Pop chart.

1970 - ClassicBands.com

September 24
Ringo Starr releases his second solo album, "Beaucoups of Blues", which will reach #65 on the Billboard Hot 200 during a 15 week stay. British fans virtually ignored the Country flavored effort, and the LP failed to chart at all in the UK.

1977 - ClassicBands.com

September 24
The first Elvis Presley convention is held in Memphis, Tennessee.

September 24
Fleetwood Mac's "Don't Stop" peaks at #3 on the US singles chart while E.L.O.'s "Telephone Line" reaches #7. "Best Of My Love" by The Emotions held down the top spot.

1983 - ClassicBands.com

September 24
The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) certifies ZZ Top's seventh album, "Eliminator" as Platinum. The LP reached number 9 on the US album chart and number 3 in the UK.

September 24
Billy Joel's "Tell Her About It" hits #1 on the Billboard Pop chart. It reached #4 in the UK.

September 24
Culture Club's "Karma Chameleon" leads the UK chart in the first of a six week stay. The song would also reach the top of the Billboard chart next February and would be Number One in sixteen countries worldwide.

1988 - ClassicBands.com

September 24
While brandishing a shotgun, James Brown bursts into an insurance office next to his and demands to know which of the forty-odd salesmen used his personal washroom. Police were called and a two-state car chase ensued, during which nearly two dozen shots were fired into Brown's pick-up. He was eventually arrested in Georgia without further incident. Although he was offered a deal to plead guilty and spend ninety days in jail, he refused and was sentenced instead to two concurrent six-year terms. He was paroled on February 27th, 1991.

September 24
Bobby McFerrin's a cappella tune, "Don't Worry, Be Happy" hit the top of the record charts, not only in the US but in almost every country in the world. The song would go on to win Grammy Awards for both Record of the Year and Song of the Year. It made #2 in the UK. During his career, McFerrin became ten-time Grammy Award winner.

September 24
The Hollies went to the top of the UK singles chart with "He Ain't Heavy He's My Brother" after the song was used in a UK TV beer commercial. The record was originally a hit for them in 1969.

1993 - ClassicBands.com

September 24
John Denver agreed to give a benefit concert as punishment for driving while impaired. It was his second such conviction and he could have spent a year in jail.

1994 - ClassicBands.com

September 24
Steve Martin welcomed Eric Clapton on the season premiere of Saturday Night Live where he performs "Tore Down" and "Five Long Years".

1998 - ClassicBands.com

September 24
Elvis Presley is inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame.

2003 - ClassicBands.com

September 24
Gordon Lightfoot was inducted into the Canadian Songwriter Hall of Fame. Gord placed six songs on the Billboard Top 40 and several more on the Canadian charts.

2015 - ClassicBands.com

September 24
Kenny Rogers announced that he was planning on retiring after his next world tour. Speaking on NBC's Today show, Rogers said "I've done this long enough. There's a fine line between being driven and being selfish, and I think I crossed that line when I was younger. I really want to be there with my kids and my wife. I don't see enough of them. And I have some things on my bucket list."






 MORE INTERVIEWS