Rock 'n' Roll History for
September 6






1963 - ClassicBands.com

September 6
Cilla Black signed a management contract with Beatles' manager Brian Epstein, who changed her stage name to Black from her real name, Cilla White, after a misprint in a favorable review in the music paper Mersey Beat.

1967 - ClassicBands.com

September 6
Engelbert Humperdinck had his second and final UK #1 single with "The Last Waltz", which would stay on top for five weeks. In America, the song could only make it to #25 on the Hot 100, although it did make the Top Ten on the Easy Listening Chart.

1968 - ClassicBands.com

September 6
Eric Clapton records the guitar solo for the Beatles' "While My Guitar Gently Weeps", becoming the first non-Beatle to appear on one of their recordings. George Harrison later said that Clapton's presence had another effect on the band: "It made them all try a bit harder; they were all on their best behavior."

1969 - ClassicBands.com

September 6
After a show in the Memphis Mid-Southern Coliseum, James Brown announces his retirement from live performing, effective July 4, 1970. The Godfather of Soul says he's tired. At the same time, he's fighting a paternity suit filed by a one-time president of the local James Brown fan club.

September 6
Bob Dylan's "Lay Lady Lay" peaks at #7 on the Billboard singles chart. Departing from his usual high pitched, nasal style, Dylan's low-key vocal also pushed the song to #5 in the UK.

1970 - ClassicBands.com

September 6
Jimi Hendrix makes his last major concert appearance at the Love and Peace Festival in Puttgarden, Germany.

1975 - ClassicBands.com

September 6
Glen Campbell topped the Billboard Pop chart with "Rhinestone Cowboy", selling over 4 million copies in the process. The record gained three Grammy nominations and was the Country Music Association's Song of the Year for 1976. In the UK, it reached #4. Glen had cracked the US Top Ten twice before with "Wichita Lineman" in 1968 and "Galveston" in 1969.

1980 - ClassicBands.com

September 6
"Upside Down" by Diana Ross goes to number one on the Billboard Hot 100 where it will stay for four weeks, becoming her biggest solo hit.

1989 - ClassicBands.com

September 6
Neil Young's "This Note's For You" was named Best Video of the Year at the sixth annual MTV Rock Video Awards. The video had been initially banned by the music video station because it mentioned corporate sponsors by name.

September 6
The Pittsburgh Steelers are stopped from practicing on their own field, Three Rivers Stadium, because The Rolling Stones are rehearsing for their upcoming concert.

1990 - ClassicBands.com

September 6
48 year old Tom Fogerty, rhythm guitarist for Creedence Clearwater Revival, died of respiratory failure. A lack of opportunity to sing and record his own songs led him to leave the band in 1971. He continued to tour and turn out new music until his death.

1994 - ClassicBands.com

September 6
Session pianist Nicky Hopkins passed away at the age of 50. He had worked with The Rolling Stones, Jeff Beck, The Beatles, The Who, Small Faces and many others.

1997 - ClassicBands.com

September 6
While an estimated 2.5 billion people watched on television, Elton John sings a re-worked version of "Candle In The Wind" at the funeral of England's Princess Diana. After the song is re-recorded and released as a single, it would become the largest selling record in history since UK and US singles charts began in the 1950s, with sales topping 33 million.

2001 - ClassicBands.com

September 6
Earth, Wind And Fire announced that Viagra would sponsor their forthcoming 30th anniversary American tour.

2006 - ClassicBands.com

September 6
Victor Willis, the policeman in Village People was handed three years probation for drugs offences after pleading no contest to the charges, dating from March 2006. .

2010 - ClassicBands.com

September 6
John Lennon's killer, Mark David Chapman, was once again denied parole, nearly 30 years after gunning down the former Beatle outside New York City's Dakota apartment building. It was Chapman's sixth appearance before the board since becoming eligible for parole in 2000.

2011 - ClassicBands.com

September 6
A California judge ruled that Madonna does not hold a trademark over the phrase "Material Girl" for her line of clothing just because she wrote a song by that name in 1985. An L.A. retailer called LA Triumph has been using the name "Material Girl" clothing and has registered it as a trademark.






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