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Classic Rockers In The News - Rock & Roll Birthdays - Number One Records



1931 - ClassicBands.com

Sept 17
The first long-playing record, a 33 1/3 rpm recording, was demonstrated at the Savoy Plaza Hotel in New York by RCA-Victor. The venture was doomed to fail however due to the high price of the record players, which started around $95 (about $1375 in today's dollars) and wasn't revived until 1948.

1955

Sept 17
Actor
James Dean made a public information film for TV, urging teenagers to drive safely. At the end of the month he would be killed in a high speed car crash.

Sept 19
Pat Boone has his first US #1 hit with a cover version of Fats Domino's "Ain't It A Shame", re-named "Ain't That A Shame". Boone would continue recording cleaned-up versions of R&B hits and would enjoy a string of five US chart toppers over the next two years.

1956 - ClassicBands.com

Sept 15
Elvis Presley is presented with a Gold record for "Don't Be Cruel", which has just taken over from "Hound Dog" as the best selling single in the US. When the song was recorded on July 2nd, Elvis, along with Scotty Moore, Bill Black, D.J. Fontana and The Jordanaires ran through 28 takes of "Don't Be Cruel" before he was satisfied.

Sept 17
The BBC announces the removal of Bill Haley And His Comets' "Rockin' Through The Rye" from its play list because they feel the song went against traditional British standards. The record, based on an 18th century Scottish Folk tune, stood at #5 on the UK chart and included the lyrics "All the lassies rock with me when rockin' through the rye."

Sept 18
A fight broke out during a Fats Domino concert at the Naval base in Newport, Rhode Island, where several are injured and arrested. Rock and Roll music would be banned at the club for a month.

1957 - ClassicBands.com

Sept 18
A record hop style show called The Big Record premieres on CBS-TV. Hostess Patti Page welcomed her guests, Sal Mineo, Billy Ward And The Dominos and Tony Bennett.

Sept 19
16 year old Cliff Richard, still known by his real name, Harry Webb, joins the Dick Teague Skiffle Group, which will soon begin playing at UK venues around Ware, Cheshunt and Hoddesdon.

1959 - ClassicBands.com

Sept 16
The first package tour organized by Dick Clark and veteran Rock 'n' Roll promoter Irvin Feld kicks off a 52 day run with Paul Anka, Lloyd Price, The Coasters, Duane Eddy, The Drifters, Annette Funicello and LaVern Baker.

1960 - ClassicBands.com

Sept 16
Johnny Burnette records the original version of "You're 16", which will rise to #8 in the US. Fourteen years later, Ringo Starr would take the same song to #1.

Sept 18
On his twenty-first birthday, Frankie Avalon is given $600,000 that he earned as a minor.

Sept 19
Chubby Checker's version of "The Twist" reached the top of the Billboard Pop chart for a one week stay. The same record would make a return to number one in January, 1962, becoming the first single in history to accomplish that feat.

1961 - ClassicBands.com

Sept 15
A group from Hawthorne, California called The Pendletones, attend their first real recording session at Hite Morgan's studio in Los Angeles. The band lays down "Surfin'", a song that would kick start their career as The Beach Boys.

Sept 18
Bobby Vee scores his third US Top Ten hit and his only number one with "Take Good Care Of My Baby". The song reached #3 on the UK chart.

Sept 18
15 year old English actress Hayley Mills sees her US debut recording "Let's Get Together" enter the Billboard charts, where it will reach #8. Concentrating mostly on her film career, she would have just one more hit next year when "Johnny Jingo" reached #21.

1962 - ClassicBands.com

Sept 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.

Sept 15
The Four Seasons had their first number 1 hit when "Sherry" reached the top of both the Billboard Hot 100 and the Cashbox Best Sellers list. The song was originally titled "Terry", but after considering other names, including "Jackie", after Jackie Kennedy, the group changed the lyrics to "Sherry" after Cheri Spector, the daughter of one of Bob Crewe's best friends. Over their career the Seasons would add three more chart toppers, "Rag Doll", "Walk Like a Man" and "Big Girls Don't Cry" to their list of eleven Top 10 hits.

Sept 15
Brian Epstein brings The Beatles to an interview with Peter Jones of the London Daily Mirror. Jones concludes they are "a nothing group."

Sept 15
A Chinese newspaper reports what it calls "ugly displays", as teens have been seen dancing The Twist in Maoming Cultural Park.

1963 - ClassicBands.com

Sept 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.

Sept 16
"She Loves You", with its flip side, "I'll Get You" by The Beatles is released by Swan Records in the US. Although it is currently number one in the UK, "She Loves You" is ignored Stateside until 1964 when it would reach the top of the US Pop chart.

1964 - ClassicBands.com

Sept 15
At Cleveland's Public Auditorium, police inspector Carl Bear takes the microphone from John Lennon while he is still singing and The Beatles are asked to leave the stage for fifteen minutes so that the screaming crowd can calm down.

Sept 16
The Rock and Roll show Shindig debuts on ABC-TV with The Righteous Brothers, Sam Cooke, The Everly Brothers and Bobby Sherman.

Sept 17
On what was supposed to be their day off, The Beatles were paid a then record $150,000 for a concert in Kansas.

Sept 19
"A Summer Song" by the British duo of Chad And Jeremy enters the Billboard chart on its way to #7. Although they would place a total of seven hits in the US Top 40, this will be their only Top 10 entry.

1965 - ClassicBands.com

Sept 15
The Ford Motor Company becomes the first auto maker to offer an 8-track tape player as an option for their entire line of vehicles. Tapes were initially only available at auto parts stores, as home 8-track equipment was still a year away.

1966 - ClassicBands.com

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

Sept 16
Member of Parliament Tom Drilberg asks Britain's House of Commons to officially "deplore" the action of a magistrate who'd earlier called The Rolling Stones "complete morons...who wear filthy clothes."

Sept 19
Herb Alpert And The Tijuana Brass perform for Princess Grace (Kelly) at her Monaco palace.

1967 - ClassicBands.com

Sept 16
A British radio station mistakenly announces that Engelbert Humperdinck died in a car crash. In fact, he was alive and well and touring in support of his current UK #1 single, "The Last Waltz".

Sept 16
Jimi Hendrix's debut LP, "Are You Experienced?" enters the Billboard Hot 200 album chart, where it will stay for 106 weeks, including 77 weeks in the Top 40. In 2003, Rolling Stone magazine ranked it #15 on their 500 Greatest Albums of All Time and two years later it was selected for permanent preservation in the National Recording Registry at the Library of Congress in the United States.

Sept 17
The Doors perform on The Ed Sullivan Show. Even though he agreed to change some of the words to "Light My Fire", Jim Morrison sings "Girl, we couldn't get much higher" anyway. A furious Sullivan vowed that the band would never appear on his show again.

1968 - ClassicBands.com

Sept 14
Roy Orbison's two sons, Roy Jr. and Tony, are killed in a fire at his Hendersonville, Tennessee home while he is on tour in England.

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

Sept 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.

Sept 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.

Sept 15
NBC-TV airs a new music program called Soul, a completely Black production both in front of and behind the cameras. Featured guests are Lou Rawls and Martha And The Vandellas.

Sept 17
Diana Ross records "Love Child" without the other two Supremes, Florence Ballard and Mary Wilson.

Sept 17
The Fifth Dimension are awarded their second Gold record for their rendition of Laura Nyro's "Stoned Soul Picnic". The song reached #3 on the Billboard Pop chart and #2 on the R&B chart.

Sept 19
Steppenwolf earn a Gold record for their US #2 hit, "Born to be Wild". It reached #18 in the UK. Although the song is often used in films about biker gangs, it was originally written by Mars Bonfire as a slow ballad.

1969 - ClassicBands.com

Sept 15
Ed Sullivan releases his first and only Rock 'n' Roll record, "The Sulli-Gulli", credited to The Ed Sullivan Singers and Orchestra. The single failed to crack the Billboard Top 40.

Sept 17
Radio and print media on both sides of the Atlantic are full of stories that say Paul McCartney is dead. He was supposedly killed in a car accident in Scotland on November 9th, 1966 and that a double has been taking his place for public appearances. In fact, Paul and his girlfriend Jane Asher were on vacation in Kenya at the time. When a reporter contacted Paul at his Scottish farm, McCartney's reaction was, "Do I look dead? I'm fit as a fiddle." You can read more about The Paul McCartney Death Hoax in our Rock and Roll Mysteries section.

Sept 17
Tiny Tim announces his engagement to Victoria May Budinger. 40 million viewers would watch him tie the knot with 17-year-old Miss Vicki on The Tonight Show on December 17, 1969. The union produced a daughter named Tulip, but ended when Vicki filed for a divorce on March 6, 1972 and was granted in 1977.

Sept 19
Creedence Clearwater Revival scored their only UK #1 single with "Bad Moon Rising".

Sept 20
Although the record label gave credit to a fictional band called The Archies, it was singer Ron Dante who led a group of studio musicians to the top of the US pop chart with "Sugar Sugar".

Sept 20
Associated TV spends a million pounds to gain control of The Beatles' music publishing company, Northern Songs.

Sept 20
Blind Faith's self-titled album hits #1 on both the US and UK charts, selling more than half a million copies in the first month of its release.

1970 - ClassicBands.com

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

Sept 15
US Vice-President Spiro Agnew says the youth of America are being "brainwashed into a drug culture" by Rock music, movies, books and underground newspapers.

Sept 16
England's Rock and Roll magazine, Melody Maker named Led Zeppelin as England's "Best Group", replacing The Beatles, who had held that honor for eight years. Melody Maker stopped publication in December, 2000 after 73 years.

Sept 16
Jimi Hendrix makes his final public appearance, jamming with Eric Burdon And War at Ronnie Scott's club in London.

Sept 18
Freda Payne tops the UK chart for the first of six weeks with "Band Of Gold", a song that she was reluctant to record because she thought it was more appropriate for a much younger woman. The record would go on to reach #3 in America and sell over a million copies.

Sept 18
After scoring 12 US number one hits with The Supremes, Diana Ross has her first solo US chart topper with "Ain't No Mountain High Enough". It made #6 in the UK.

Sept 18
27 year old Rock legend Jimi Hendrix died. He was in an ambulance after taking too many sleeping pills when he choked to death on his own vomit and was pronounced D.O.A. at the hospital. His death was ruled an accident, but in 1993 an investigation was re-opened by Scotland Yard. When no new evidence was unearthed, the matter was dropped.

Sept 20
Jim Morrison of The Doors is acquitted on charges of lewd and lascivious behavior, but is 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 Jim to six months of hard labor and a $500 fine for public exposure and sixty days of 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.

1971 - ClassicBands.com

Sept 18
Bobby Sherman's TV sitcom Getting' Together premieres on ABC. It would be cancelled after just 14 episodes.

Sept 19
The Jackson 5's Goin' Back To Indiana TV special aired on ABC-TV. With guests Tommy Smothers, Bill Cosby, Bobby Darin and Diana Ross, the show also produced a 'live' soundtrack album that featured the hit single "I Want You Back".

1972 - ClassicBands.com

Sept 16
Three Dog Night reach number one on the Billboard Hot 100 for the third time with a song written in 1955 called "Black and White". In the UK however, the record failed to chart at all.

Sept 16
Former Humble Pie guitarist Peter Frampton makes his solo debut in New York City, opening for The J. Geils Band.

Sept 20
Paul and Linda McCartney were arrested for the second time in four weeks for possession of cannabis, this time for growing it at their Scottish farmhouse near Campbeltown.

1973 - ClassicBands.com

Sept 15
Helen Reddy reached the top spot on the Billboard Pop chart for the second time with "Delta Dawn". Her recording beat out a rendition by Bette Midler that was released at the same time and an earlier version by country singer Tanya Tucker, who took the song to number 72.

Sept 15
Rod Stewart endures a rare flop record when his version of Sam Cooke's "Twisting The Night Away" stalls at #59 on the US Pop chart.

Sept 19
26 year old Gram Parsons, formerly of The Byrds and The Flying Burrito Brothers, died under mysterious conditions in Joshua Tree, California. His death is attributed to heart failure, but later is officially announced as due to a drug overdose. His coffin was stolen by two of his associates, manager Phil Kaufman and Michael Martin, a former roadie for The Byrds, and is taken to Cap Rock in the California desert where it's set afire, they say in accordance to Parson's wishes. The two were later arrested by police.

Sept 20
30 year old Jim Croce was killed in a plane crash on September 20th, after playing a concert at North-western State University, Natchitoches, Louisiana. His small charter plane, a Beechcraft D-18, hit a tree just after take-off in bad weather. He and Maury Muehleisen, his lead guitarist, both died in the crash, along with the members of the plane's crew. Only a week before, Croce finished recording his third album, "I Got a Name".

1974 - ClassicBands.com

Sept 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.

Sept 15
Uriah Heep bassist Gary Thain is nearly electrocuted onstage during a show in Dallas. He survives, but says that the other band members didn't show enough concern over the accident and leaves the group soon after.

Sept 18
John Lennon appears as a guest D.J. on New York radio station WNEW-FM.

1975 - ClassicBands.com

Sept 20
David Bowie had the top tune on Billboard's singles chart with "Fame", a song co-written by John Lennon, who can be heard singing near the end of the record.

Sept 20
The Bay City Rollers appeared on the Saturday Night Variety Show and performed their just released record, "Saturday Night", which would climb to number one in the US by the first week of January.

1976 - ClassicBands.com

Sept 18
"Play That Funky Music" by Wild Cherry topped the Billboard Pop chart. It was the first of five chart singles for the Ohio band who took their name from a box of cough drops.

Sept 18
Boston's "More Than A Feeling" is released in the US, where it will reach #5. In the UK, the song topped out at #22.

Sept 20
The Captain and Tennille musical variety show premiered on ABC TV. After just one season however, the duo felt they could no longer keep up with the heavy work load and asked to be released from their contract.

1977 - ClassicBands.com

Sept 16
Marc Bolan of T. Rex was killed when a car driven by his girlfriend, Gloria Jones, left the road and hit a tree. An investigation would later blame the accident on mechanical failure. Bolan was just weeks away from his 30th birthday.

Sept 17
"20 Golden Greats" by Diana Ross And The Supremes started a seven week run at #1 on the UK album chart. The compilation included two tracks that had never been hit singles in the UK: "My World Is Empty Without You" and "Love Is Like an Itching in My Heart".

1978 - ClassicBands.com

Sept 19
Linda Ronstadt's latest release, "Living in the U.S.A." is issued with advance orders of two million units, making it a Double Platinum LP before it even hit the stores.

Sept 20
The Who's "Who Are You" LP goes Gold. The single of the same name would later be used as the theme for the popular US TV show C.S.I.

1979 - ClassicBands.com

Sept 15
Bob Dylan had a double edged sword on his hands when he released an album of religious songs called "Slow Train Coming". A single called "Gotta Serve Somebody" won a Grammy Award, but the LP alienated many of his long time fans.

Sept 15
"The Devil Went Down To Georgia", a Country / Rock tune by The Charlie Daniels Band, peaks at #3 on the US Pop singles chart. The original line in the song "I done told you once, you son of a bitch, I'm the best that's ever been" was altered to "I done told you once, you son of a gun, I'm the best that's ever been" in order to gain radio air play.

Sept 16
The first Rap record makes it onto vinyl when the Sugar Hill Gang's "Rapper's Delight" was recorded over the instrumental break from Chic's "Good Times". The single becomes a Disco smash, selling two million copies in the US. Rap has gone on to open up a whole new industry for people who can't sing, write music or play an instrument.

Sept 18
Greg Arama, bassist for The Amboy Dukes on their 1968 hit, "Journey To The Center Of The Mind", was killed in a motorcycle accident. He was 29 years old.

Sept 19
The New York Post runs a front-page headline reading "The Beatles Are Back!" and reports that the Fab Four will play a benefit concert for the Kampuchean boat people. Paul McCartney was reported as saying that "if the Beatles ever did reform, we'd have to rehearse for six months." The reunion of course, never takes place.

1981 - ClassicBands.com

Sept 18
More than ten years after Jim Morrison's death, The Doors' "Greatest Hits" album goes Platinum.

Sept 19
Simon And Garfunkel got back together for a concert in New York's Central Park, eleven years after splitting up. The concert was so successful, the duo decided to embark on a year-long, world tour. During the tour, tensions mounted between the pair and they split again after it was completed.

Sept 19
On the strength of the single "Start Me Up", The Rolling Stones album "Tattoo You" started a nine week run at #1 on the Billboard album chart. Primarily composed of out-takes from previous recording sessions, some dating back a decade, it is the last Rolling Stones album to reach the top position of the US charts.

1983 - ClassicBands.com

Sept 18
KISS appeared in public for the first time without their make-up when they guested on MTV, promoting the release of their newest album, "Lick It Up".

1984 - ClassicBands.com

Sept 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

Sept 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.

Sept 19
A US Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation convenes to discuss the "contents of music and the lyrics of records" following pressure from the Parents Music Resource Center. Despite passionate pleas from John Denver, Frank Zappa and many others, the recording industry will eventually agree to implement parent advisory stickers on certain records.

1986 - ClassicBands.com

Sept 20
Huey Lewis And The News started a three week run at the top of the US singles chart with "Stuck With You", a #12 hit in the UK.

1987 - ClassicBands.com

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

Sept 19
Michael Jackson and Siedah Garrett teamed up to have the top song on the Billboard pop chart with "I Just Can't Stop Loving You", the first release from Michael's album "Bad".

1990 - ClassicBands.com

Sept 15
Bruce Hornsby begins filling in on keyboard for The Grateful Dead following the death of Brent Mydland.

Sept 15
A trio called Wilson Phillips topped the Billboard singles chart for the second time with a self-penned song called "Release Me". The group is made up of Carnie and Wendy Wilson, the daughters of Beach Boys leader Brian Wilson, along with Chynna Phillips, the daughter of Mamas and Papas founder, John Phillips.

1991 - ClassicBands.com

Sept 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.

Sept 18
Rob Tyner, lead singer of the MC5, died of heart failure at the age of 46. The band's 1969 album "Kick Out The Jams" was ranked number 295 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.

Sept 19
Pasadena, California hosts Ray Charles: 50 Years in Music, Uh-Huh!, a benefit concert that features Stevie Wonder, Willie Nelson, Michael Bolton, Randy Travis, Michael McDonald and James Ingram in a series of duets with Ray Charles.

1993 - ClassicBands.com

Sept 19
Michelle Phillips of The Mamas And The Papas was robbed at gunpoint outside a West Hollywood restaurant.

1994 - ClassicBands.com

Sept 15
A reel to reel tape of The Quarry Men appearing at St Peter's Parish Church garden party in July, 1957, sells for $125,000 at Sotheby's.

Sept 20
The Temptations receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

1995 - ClassicBands.com

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

1996 - ClassicBands.com

Sept 18
At Sotheby's in London, Julian Lennon successfully bids just over $39,000 for the recording notes for a song that Paul McCartney wrote for him, "Hey Jude". At the same event, John Lennon's scribbled lyrics to "Being For The Benefit Of Mr. Kite" sold for $103,500.

1997 - ClassicBands.com

Sept 17
Fleetwood Mac kick off their reunion tour in Hartford, Connecticut, in support of their LP, "The Dance".

1998 - ClassicBands.com

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

Sept 18
Charlie Foxx, a guitarist and vocalist who teamed up with his sister Inez on the 1963 Billboard #7 hit "Mockingbird", died of leukemia at the age of 68.

1999 - ClassicBands.com

Sept 18
Carl Perkins Day is celebrated in the state of Tennessee.

Sept 19
Ed Cobb of The Four Preps died of leukemia at the age of 61. The group placed seven songs on the Billboard Top 40 between 1958 and 1961, including "26 Miles (Santa Catalina)", "Down By The Station" and "Big Man".

2001 - ClassicBands.com

Sept 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.

2003 - ClassicBands.com

Sept 15
Gerry Marsden of Gerry And The Pacemakers underwent triple bypass heart surgery at Broad Green hospital in Liverpool.

Sept 16
Sheb Wooley, best remembered for his 1958 #1 hit, "The Purple People Eater", died of leukemia at the age of 82. As an actor, he appeared in more than 60 films, including High Noon and Giant. He also appeared as Pete Nolan in the US television series Rawhide.

2004 - ClassicBands.com

Sept 15
Johnny Ramone, co-founder of The Ramones, passed away after a five year battle with prostrate cancer. The 55 year old guitarist's real name is John Cummings.

Sept 19
Skeeter Davis, most often remembered for a pair of 1963 Top Ten hits, "The End Of The World" and "I Can't Stay Mad At You", died of breast cancer after a 16 year battle with the disease. She was 73.

Sept 19
The Guinness World Records released figures that showed that Status Quo have had more hit singles on the UK chart than any other band history. The group made the chart 61 times, dating from "Pictures of Matchstick Men" in 1968 to "You'll Come Around" in 2004. Queen was second with 52 hits, while The Rolling Stones and UB40 had 51 hits each.

2005 - ClassicBands.com

Sept 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.

2006 - ClassicBands.com

Sept 16
65 year old Bob Dylan held the #1 spot on the US album chart with "Modern Times", making him the oldest living musician to ever top the Billboard album chart.

Sept 19
Danny Flores, who played saxophone on The Champs' 1958, number one hit, "Tequila" passed away at the age of 77.

2007 - ClassicBands.com

Sept 15
Prince announced plans to sue YouTube and other major Web sites for unauthorized use of his music in a bid to "reclaim his art on the Internet."

Sept 17
Barry Manilow cancelled his plans to appear on the TV talk show The View because he did not want to be interviewed by its conservative co-host Elisabeth Hasselbeck, an abortion opponent and supporter of the Iraq war. Manilow had requested to speak only with co-hosts Joy Behar, Barbara Walters or Whoopi Goldberg, but the show's producers refused to comply with what they called Manilow's "completely disrespectful" demands.

2008 - ClassicBands.com

Sept 15
Rick Wright, keyboardist and founding member of Pink Floyd died of cancer at the age of 65. Wright wrote a number of songs for the band in their early years, including "Paint Box", "Remember A Day" and "Summer '68" and also contributed prominent vocals to the band's 1971 classic, "Echoes". He will be remembered primarily for "The Great Gig In The Sky", his stately song on 1973's million-selling "Dark Side Of The Moon".

Sept 16
Motown Records producer Norman Whitfield died from complications of diabetes at the age of 65. Whitfield also co-wrote such Motown standards as "I Heard It Through the Grapevine", "War", "Just My Imagination", "Cloud Nine", "Papa Was A Rolling Stone" and "Ain't Too Proud to Beg".

2009 - ClassicBands.com

Sept 16
Mary Travers, the striking blonde in the Folk trio Peter, Paul And Mary, passed away after suffering from leukemia for several years. She was 72. Mary's lead vocal can be heard on the group's biggest hit, 1969's "Leaving On A Jet Plane".

2010 - ClassicBands.com

September 15
The New York Parole Board released the transcript of Mark David Chapman's parole hearing in which he told the board that he had also considered killing either Johnny Carson or Elizabeth Taylor, but John Lennon was "top of the list" the day he gunned down the former Beatle. Chapman agreed with a parole board member that he did the killing for "instant notoriety."

September 15
Michael Jackson's mother and his three children filed a wrongful death lawsuit against AEG Live, the promoters of a series of planned concerts by the King Of Pop before his death last year. The civil lawsuit accused the company of "putting its desire for massive profits" over the health and safety of Michael.

September 19
John Lennon's son Julian told the press that he has ended his long-running feud with his half-brother Sean and his step-mother Yoko Ono, which started after the former Beatle was murdered in December, 1980. The trio battled in court for a share of the singer's estate, but Julian now says "Things are good between us. Whenever I'm in New York, we all get together."

September 20
Leonard Skinner, the Florida school teacher who inspired a group of high school students to use his mis-spelled name during their rise to fame as the Rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd, passed away at a nursing home at the age of 77. Although the band did not get along with Mr. Skinner when he was their teacher, they eventually became friends.

2011 - ClassicBands.com

September 17
The estate of Jimi Hendrix gave the go-ahead for another round of archival releases nearly 41 years to the day after the singer's death. The four new products included an expanded version of his landmark Winterland concerts in 1968, a revamp of a 1972 live compilation, an upgraded DVD of his final U.K. festival gig, and a DVD reissue of some old talk- show appearances.

2012 - ClassicBands.com

September 18
Using a survey of more than 160,000 readers, British music magazine NME named John Lennon as Rock's ultimate icon. Former Oasis frontman Liam Gallagher placed second, followed by David Bowie, Arctic Monkeys star Alex Turner and late Nirvana icon Kurt Cobain.

September 19
Randy Bachman, of Bachman-Turner Overdrive, was named to Canada's Walk of Fame for the second time. He was also inducted in 2001 as a member of The Guess Who.

September 20
The family of the late Dan Hamilton, of Hamilton, Joe Frank and Reynolds, won a significant jury verdict against publisher Music Force, who allegedly failed to pay hundreds of thousands of dollars in royalty payments for the 1975, number one hit, "Fallin' In Love".

2013 - ClassicBands.com

September 15
English vocalist Jackie Lomax, who worked with The Beatles and enjoyed a long solo career, died after a brief battle with cancer at the age of 69.

September 16
Former Village People vocalist Victor Willis won a legal battle that began in 2011 to reclaim the rights to more than 30 of the Disco group's hit songs. Willis, who portrayed a traffic cop in the band, left the group in 1979 and transferred his rights to 33 tracks, including "Y.M.C.A." and "In the Navy", to his publisher. After having a change of heart, he filed suit to win back ownership of the tunes.

September 19
The Recording Academy named Carole King as the MusiCares person of the year. The presentation would be made during the 2014 Grammy Awards week.

September 20
Testimony ended in a long-running lawsuit claiming the promoter of Michael Jackson's planned comeback concerts was negligent in hiring the doctor convicted of causing the death of the superstar.











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The "Paul McCartney is dead" rumor
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Rock and Roll Birthdays


September 14th - ClassicBands.com

1941 - Ivory Tilmon
- vocalist for The Detroit Emeralds ("Baby Let Me Take You In My Arms")
1946 - Pete Agnew
- bass guitarist for Nazareth ("Love Hurts")
1947 - John "Bowser" Bauman
- bass vocalist for Sha Na Na
1949 - Steve Gaines
- guitarist for Lynyrd Skynyrd ("Sweet Home Alabama")
1950 - Paul Kossoff
- guitarist for Free ("All Right Now")
1954 - Barry Cowsill
- bass guitarist for The Cowsills ("The Rain, The Park and Other Things")
1955 - Steve Berlin
- sax and keyboards for Los Lobos ("La Bamba")

September 15th - ClassicBands.com

1928 - Cannonball Adderley
("Mercy, Mercy, Mercy")
1933 - Pat Barrett
- tenor for The Crew Cuts ("Sh-Boom")
1939 - Jimmy Gilmer
("Sugar Shack")
1941 - Les Braid
- bassist for The Swinging Blue Jeans ("Hippy Hippy Shake")
1942 - Lee Dorman
- bassist for Iron Butterfly ("In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida")

September 16th - ClassicBands.com

1925 - B.B. King
("The Thrill Is Gone")
1942 - Bernie Calvert
- bassist for The Hollies ("Bus Stop")
1943 - Joe Butler
- drummer for The Lovin' Spoonful ("Summer In The City")
1944 - Betty Kelly
- vocalist for Martha and the Vandellas ("Jimmy Mack")
1948 - Kenny Jones
- drummer for The Small Faces ("Itchycoo Park")
1950 - David Bellamy
- vocals / guitar for The Bellamy Brothers ("If I Said You Had A Beautiful Body")
1954 - Frank Reed
- lead vocalist for The Chi-Lites ("Oh Girl")

September 17th - ClassicBands.com

1926 - Bill Black
- bassist for Bill Black's Combo ("White Silver Sands")
1939 - Lamonte McLemore
- vocalist for The Fifth Dimension ("Up, Up and Away")
1950 - Mike Hossack
- drummer for The Doobie Brothers ("China Grove")

September 18th - ClassicBands.com

1933 - Jimmie Rodgers
("Kisses Sweeter Than Wine")
1939 - Frankie Avalon
("Venus")
1946 - Alan King
- guitarist for Ace ("How Long")
1949 - Kerry Livgren
- guitarist for Kansas ("Carry On Wayward Son")

September 19th - ClassicBands.com

1931 - Brook Benton
("A Rainy Night In Georgia")
1934 - Brian Epstein
- The Beatles' manager
1935 - Nick Massi
- bass guitar / vocals for The Four Seasons ("Big Girls Don't Cry")
1940 - Bill Medley
- vocalist for the Righteous Brothers ("You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'")
1940 - Paul Williams
- songwriter ("We've Only Just Begun", "Old Fashioned Love Song")
1941 - Cass Elliot
- vocalist for the Mamas & the Papas ("Dream A Little Dream")
1945 - Freda Payne
("Band Of Gold")
1945 - Austin Roberts
("Something's Wrong With Me")
1946 - John Coghlan
- drummer for Status Quo ("Pictures Of Matchstick Men")

September 20th - ClassicBands.com

1924 - Gogi Grant
("The Wayward Wind")
1925 - Billy Nunn
- vocalist for The Coasters ("Charlie Brown")
1949 - John Panozzo
- drummer for Styx ("Babe")
1949 - Chuck Panozzo
- bassist for Styx ("The Best Of Times")






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This Week's Best Selling Singles

  In The USA  
September 14th to September 20th

YearSongArtist
1956 Don't Be Cruel Elvis Presley
1957 Tammy Debbie Reynolds
1958 Volare (Nel Blu Dipinto Di Blu) Domenico Modugno
1959 The Three Bells The Browns
1960 The Twist Chubby Checker
1961 Take Good Care Of My Baby Bobby Vee
1962 Sherry The Four Seasons
1963 My Boyfriend's Back The Angels
1964 The House Of The Rising Sun The Animals
1965 Like A Rolling Stone Bob Dylan
1966 You Can't Hurry Love The Supremes
1967 Ode To Billie Joe Bobbie Gentry
1968 Harper Valley P.T.A. Jeannie C. Riley
1969 Sugar, Sugar The Archies
1970 Patches Clarence Carter
1971 Smiling Faces Sometimes The Undisputed Truth
1972 Long Cool Woman (In A Black Dress) The Hollies
1973 Delta Dawn Helen Reddy
1974 Can't Get Enough Of Your Love, Babe Barry White
1975 At Seventeen Janis Ian
1976 Play That Funky Music Wild Cherry
1977 Don't Stop Fleetwood Mac
1978 Boogie Oogie Oogie A Taste Of Honey
1979 My Sharona The Knack
1980 Upside Down Diana Ross
1981 Endless Love Diana Ross and Lionel Richie
1982 Abracadabra The Steve Miller Band
1983 Puttin' On The Ritz Taco
1984 Missing You John Waite
1985 St. Elmo's Fire (Man In Motion) John Parr


  In The United Kingdom  

September 14th to September 20th

1956 Whatever Will Be Will Be Doris Day
1957 Diana Paul Anka
1958 When The Kalin Twins
1959 Only Sixteen Craig Douglas
1960 Apache The Shadows
1961 Johnny Remember Me John Leyton
1962 She's Not You Elvis Presley
1963 She Loves You The Beatles
1964 You Really Got Me The Kinks
1965 (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction The Rolling Stones
1966 All Or Nothing The Small Faces
1967 The Last Waltz Engelbert Humperdinck
1968 Hey Jude The Beatles
1969 Bad Moon Rising Creedence Clearwater Revival
1970 Band Of Gold Freda Payne
1971 Hey Girl, Don't Bother Me The Tams
1972 Mama Weer All Crazee Now Slade
1973 Young Love Donny Osmond
1974 Love Me For A Reason The Osmonds
1975 Sailing Rod Stewart
1976 Dancing Queen ABBA
1977 Way Down Elvis Presley
1978 Three Times A Lady The Commodores
1979 We Don't Talk Anymore Cliff Richard
1980 Feels Like I'm In Love Kelly Marie
1981 Prince Charming Adam And The Ants
1982 Eye Of The Tiger Survivor
1983 Red Red Wine UB40
1984 I Just Called To Say I Love You Stevie Wonder
1985 Dancing In The Streets Davie Bowie and Mick Jagger




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