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Rock and Roll History

August 31st to September 6th

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

1953 - ClassicBands.com

September 1
The popular Lubbock, Texas duo of
Buddy Holly and Bob Montgomery audition for radio station KDAV's Sunday Party. They will earn a time slot on Sunday afternoon that becomes known as The Bob and Buddy Show.

1954 - ClassicBands.com

September 4
To coincide with the release of his second Sun single, "Good Rockin' Tonight", Elvis Presley, along with Bill Black and Scotty Moore, make their first appearance at The Grand Old Opry. Audience reaction is so poor, the Opry's manager Jim Denny suggests that Elvis go back to driving a truck.

1955 - ClassicBands.com

August 31
A London judge fined Sidney Turner three pounds, ten shillings for "creating an abominable noise" after Turner threatened his neighbors by saying, "I will drive you mad." Turner played Bill Haley And His Comets' "Shake Rattle & Roll" as loud as possible from 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

September 1
Alan Freed's First Anniversary Rock 'n Roll Party kicks off at the Paramount Theater in Brooklyn, New York. Among those appearing on the bill are Chuck Berry, Tony Bennett, The Nutmegs, The Rhythmettes, The Cardinals and The Four Voices.

September 3
Bill Haley And His Comets turn down a $2,000 offer for a 15 date tour of Australia because of their fear of flying.

September 3
Billboard magazine reports that independent record manufacturers are continuing to expand at an unprecedented rate. They took in $20 million last year.

September 3
Band leader Mitch Miller had the number one tune on the Billboard pop chart with "The Yellow Rose Of Texas", a song that was written in 1853. Although he was a powerful A&R man and a brilliant producer, Miller made no secret of the fact that he hated Rock 'n' Roll.

September 3
"Moments To Remember" by The Four Lads becomes the first of their twelve Billboard chart entries and will prove to be their biggest hit, reaching #2 and staying on the chart for an amazing 25 weeks. It was a rare accomplishment for a Canadian vocal group in the 1950s.

1956 - ClassicBands.com

September 1
19 year old Jerry Lee Lewis arrives at Sun Records hoping for an audition, only to find that owner Sam Phillips is on vacation in Florida. Producer and engineer Jack Clement has Jerry Lee record some demos that Phillips will hear when he gets back and Jerry Lee will begin recording as a solo artist and session musician in early December.

September 5
Elvis Presley surprises his mother with a gift of a pink Cadillac, even though she doesn't drive. The car will remain in the Presley family and eventually goes on display at Graceland.

1957 - ClassicBands.com

August 31
Elvis Presley appeared in concert outside of the United States for the last time when he performed at Empire Stadium in Vancouver, Canada, in front of 26,000 fans. Ticket prices ranged between $1.50, $2.50 and $3.50.

September 4
The Buddy Deane Bandstand debuts on WJZ-TV in Baltimore. The two hour Rock 'n' Roll show gave viewers a chance to call in and talk to celebrity performers, which tied up lines so badly the phone company was forced to ask Deane to desist.

1958 - ClassicBands.com

August 31
Ricky Nelson kicks off his musical concert career by appearing at Steel Pier in Atlantic City, New Jersey, where he sets an all time attendance record for the venue by performing in front of 44,221 people, spread out over two days. His fee for the gig was $10,000 and his supporting acts were comedian Henny Youngman and The Four Preps.

1959 - ClassicBands.com

September 4
Following the stabbing deaths of two teenagers by a 17 year old and other similar incidents of violence in New York City, WCBS radio in the Big Apple bans all versions of "Mack the Knife".

September 4
Dick Clark's traveling show opens at the Michigan State Fair. The line-up includes Frankie Avalon, Annette Funicello, Duane Eddy, The Coasters, LaVern Baker and Jan And Dean.

1960 - ClassicBands.com

September 5
Annette Funicello's "Pineapple Princess" entered the Billboard Pop chart, where it will reach #11.

1961 - ClassicBands.com

September 4
Sitting at the top of the Billboard Hot 100 was The Highwaymen's "Michael" (row the boat ashore). The traditional song can be traced back to the 19th century when it was sung by slaves who lived on islands off the coast of Georgia.

1962 - ClassicBands.com

September 1
Tommy Roe had his first number one hit when "Sheila" reached the top of the US Pop chart. The tune was a re-recorded version of a song that was first released in 1960 when Roe was part of a group called The Satins. Roe's recording success would continue until 1971, during which time he had five more Top 10 hits.

September 4
John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr begin recording together for the first time at EMI's St. John Studio. They laid down six songs including "Love Me Do" and "P.S. I Love You", which will ultimately become their first single. Producer George Martin had originally wanted to release the Mitch Murray composition, "How Do You Do It", but the band's lack of enthusiasm was clear in the recording and the song remained unreleased until it appeared on "Anthology 1" in 1995.

1963 - ClassicBands.com

August 31
The Angels become the first white girl group to have a US number one hit when "My Boyfriend's Back" topped the Billboard Hot 100.

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.

1964 - ClassicBands.com

September 5
The Animals had their only number one hit on Billboard's Hot 100 when "House of the Rising Sun" reached the top. The band would continue to turn out hits like "We Gotta Get Out of This Place", "It's My Life", "Don't Bring Me Down", "Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood", "Monterey" and "San Franciscan Nights" before splitting up at the end of the decade.

September 5
"And I Love Her" by The Beatles peaks at #12 on the US singles chart while "If I Fell" stalled at #53.

1965 - ClassicBands.com

September 1
James Brown and Booker T. & the MG's appear on TV's Shindig! The Godfather of Soul performed "Papa's Got a Brand New Bag".

September 2
The Beatles receive a Gold record for John Lennon's biographical composition, "Help!", which was still rising up the charts.

September 2
The Beatles release "Yesterday", on which only Paul is actually playing. More than 2,500 cover versions of the song exist, making it one of the most recorded songs in history.

September 4
The Who have their equipment van stolen outside the Battersea Dog's Home in England while they are inside purchasing a guard dog. The empty van was eventually recovered.

September 5
The Rolling Stones fly to Los Angeles to record "Get Off My Cloud". In a later interview, Keith Richards would say "I never dug it as a record. The chorus was a nice idea, but we rushed it as the follow-up" (to "Satisfaction).

1966 - ClassicBands.com

September 3
Donovan enjoyed his only US number one hit, "Sunshine Superman", which featured then Yardbird and future Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page. The single wouldn't be released in the UK for another five months, but when it was, it rose to number 3.

September 3
A New Jersey quartet called The Happenings saw their first Billboard chart entry, "See You In September", peak at #3.

September 3
Question Mark And The Mysterians' "96 Tears" makes its debut on Billboard's Hot 100, where it will eventually reach number one.

September 3
The last Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet TV show , with son Rick Nelson, airs on ABC.

September 5
After having his Beatle haircut chopped off and donning his once hated wire framed glasses, John Lennon started work on his role as Private Gripweed in the film How I Won The War. Shooting began on location in Hamburg, Germany before moving on to Almeria in southern Spain. John showed natural acting talent and many would later say that he could have easily taken up a successful movie career.

1967 - ClassicBands.com

September 1
Following the death of their manager, Brian Epstein, The Beatles meet at Paul's house in St. John's Wood to discuss their future. Paul told the others about his idea for a movie that they would make themselves based on their song, "Magical Mystery Tour". They later tell the press that they will handle their own affairs from now on.

September 1
Boz Scaggs joins the Steve Miller Band. He would stay with the group for two albums, "Children of the Future" and "Sailor", before leaving for a successful solo career in 1969.

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

August 31
Cream's "Fresh Cream" enters the Billboard LP chart where it would climb to #39. It faired much better in the UK, reaching #6.

August 31
Decca Records releases what has been called The Rolling Stones most political song, "Street Fighting Man". The number was written after Mick Jagger attended a March 1968 anti-war rally at London's US embassy, during which mounted police attempted to control a crowd of 25,000. The single proved to be very popular, but was kept out of the US Top 40 (reaching #48) because many radio stations refused to play it based on what were perceived as subversive lyrics.

September 2
The Doors are forced to perform as a trio at a concert in Amsterdam after lead singer Jim Morrison collapses while dancing during the Jefferson Airplane's performance.

September 3
After a two week absence, Ringo Starr rejoins The Beatles. He had quit the band when he found out that Paul McCartney had been erasing his drum tracks for "The White Album" and replacing them with his own. Upon Ringo's return to the studio, he found his drum kit covered with flowers to welcome him back.

September 4
The Rascals are presented with two Gold albums. The first was for their two year old debut disc, "The Young Rascals" and the second for their greatest hits collection, "Time Peace".

September 5
Tiny Tim, whose real name was Herbert Khaury, sues Bouguet Records for $1 million in damages when the record label releases some of his early recordings without permission.

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

August 31
Bob Seger files for divorce from his wife, Sandy, after just ten months of marriage.

August 31
Bob Dylan makes his first paid appearance since his motorcycle accident three years earlier at England's Isle of Wight Pop Festival. He's backed by The Band and pockets 38,000 Pounds for the one hour show.

September 4
The Youngbloods do not appear on The Tonight Show as scheduled. Johnny Carson says in his monologue, "They complained about the set, the lighting, the sound, the show... everything. So we wiped their noses, told them they'd been in show business a day and a half and sent them home." Youngblood's guitarist / pianist Lowell Levinger retorted, "We weren't treated like guests..."

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 3
England's Dave Clark Five, who scored a dozen hits during the British Invasion of the mid-1960s, announce that they are disbanding.

September 3
While his band mates wait for him at Los Angeles Airport, Canned Heat's guitarist, 27 year old Al Wilson is found dead in his sleeping bag in Topanga Canyon, California, with a bottle of barbiturates next to him.

September 3
At the Palermo Pop '70 Festival in Italy, Arthur Brown is arrested and put in solitary confinement for four days after he set fire to his helmet and stripped naked during his stage performance. The audience threw all sorts of things at him. While in solitary, he was given a note signed by over 200 locals telling him to get out of Italy and stay out.

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

1971 - ClassicBands.com

September 2
The Grateful Dead's second 'live' LP is given the unimaginative title of "Grateful Dead", but Rolling Stone magazine reports that leader Jerry Garcia originally wanted to call it "Starfuck". It would become the band's first Top 25 album.

September 2
The Grateful Dead track down Lenny Hart, the group's ex-manager, and have him arrested for embezzling $70,000 from the group.

September 4 - ClassicBands.com
The New York Times says that Sly Stone's West Hollywood landlord is suing the Rock star for $3 million, complaining that his building is inundated with "loud, noisy, boisterous persons," and wants Sly out.

September 4
Motown's The Undisputed Truth had their only hit on Billboard's Top 40 chart when "Smiling Faces Sometimes" peaks at #3. Future singles wouldn't make it any higher than #63.

September 4
Paul McCartney scores his second solo, number one hit in the US with "Uncle Albert / Admiral Halsey". Paul would later explain that "Uncle Albert" was based on his real-life uncle. "He's someone I recall fondly and when the song was coming, it was like a nostalgia thing... As for Admiral Halsey, he's one of yours, an American admiral", referring to Admiral William "Bull" Halsey.

1972 - ClassicBands.com

September 1
The O'Jays receive a Gold record for their first single, "Backstabbers", which made it to #3 on Billboard's Pop chart.

September 4
John Lennon and Yoko Ono appear on Jerry Lewis' Muscular Dystrophy Telethon.

1973 - ClassicBands.com

August 31
Paul McCartney receives a Gold record for "Live and Let Die".

September 1
Paul and Linda McCartney along with Denny Laine begin recording tracks for Wings' upcoming album "Band On The Run" at EMI studios in Lagos, Scotland.

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.

1976 - ClassicBands.com

August 31
George Harrison is found guilty of subconscious plagiarism of the song "He's So Fine" in writing his hit, "My Sweet Lord". He would eventually pay the copyright holder, Bright Tunes, $587,000 in damages.

September 1
Ode Records president Lou Adler and employee Neil Silver are kidnapped at Adler's house in Malibu. The two are released after paying a $25,000 ransom. A week later, a California couple is charged with the crime, but a third accomplice got away.

September 4
"You Should Be Dancing" becomes The Bee Gees third US number one single. It was this song that launched the trio into Disco stardom and is the first chart-topper in which Barry Gibb used his now familiar falsetto.

September 4
Kiss releases the Soft-Rock ballad, "Beth", which will rise to #7 and become their only US Top 10 hit. The song was originally titled "Beck", written about a woman named Rebecca, the wife of one of Peter Criss' former band mates. Because Criss dedicated the number to his wife Lydia at each performance, many mistakenly thought the song was about her.

September 4
Blue Oyster Cult's biggest hit, "(Don't Fear) The Reaper", cracks the Billboard Top 40 on its way to #12.

September 5
Dean Martin surprises his former partner, Jerry Lewis, by walking on stage during Jerry's Labor Day muscular dystrophy telethon, ending a 20-year separation.

1977 - ClassicBands.com

September 1
The Rock group Blondie, featuring former Playboy Bunny Debra Harry, sign their first major record company contract with Chrysalis Records.

September 1
Despite being embroiled in bitter feuds between themselves, The Beach Boys played a free concert in New York's Central Park to an estimated crowd of over 150,000.

September 3
Just weeks after his death, record buyers in Great Britain were scooping up Elvis Presley discs. The king had the number one album, "Moody Blue" and the number one single, "Way Down", as well as 26 other albums and 8 more singles in the Top 100.

1978 - ClassicBands.com

September 2
George Harrison marries Olivia Trinidad Arias, a secretary at his Dark Horse record company.

September 2
Teddy Pendergrass, the former lead singer of Harold Melvin And The Blue Notes, promotes his latest album "Life Is A Song Worth Singing" by performing a concert for women only. The gimmick is so successful, further shows of similar nature play to sold out audiences.

September 5
Joe Negroni, vocalist for Frankie Lymon And The Teenagers, died of a brain hemorrhage just four days shy of his 38th birthday.

1980 - ClassicBands.com

September 1
Fleetwood Mac ends a nine-month tour with a performance at the Hollywood Bowl. Lindsay Buckingham announces on stage, "This is our last show for a long time."

September 2
Karen Carpenter marries California real estate developer, Thomas Burris. They would separate a year later.

September 4
A new version of Yes, with Chris Squire, Steve Howe, Alan White, Geoff Downes and Trevor Horn, sell out a three night stand at New York's 19,000 seat Madison Square Garden.

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.

1981 - ClassicBands.com

September 3
The Techno-Pop duo of Marc Almond and David Ball, who call themselves Soft Cell, perform their current UK #1 hit "Tainted Love" on Top Of The Pops. In the US, the tune will reach #8 and spend a total of 43 weeks on the charts.

September 5
Stevie Nick's solo LP, "Bella Donna", reached the top of Billboard's album chart with the help of a pair of duet singles, "Stop Draggin' My Heart Around" with Tom Petty and "Leather and Lace" with Eagles' drummer, Don Henley.

1982 - ClassicBands.com

September 3
Steve Wozniak, the founder of the Apple Computer Company, sponsors a three day music Festival in San Bernardino, California, featuring The Grateful Dead, Jackson Browne, Eddie Money, Talking Heads, Fleetwood Mac, Dave Edmunds, Santana, the B-52's, The Kinks, The Police, The Cars, Tom Petty and others. Even though the event was attended by over 400,000 people and took in $10 million, the concert still ended up losing money.

September 4
Just as its six week run at the top of the Billboard Hot 100 was ending, "Eye Of The Tiger" by Survivor climbs to number one in the UK for the first of four weeks.

1984 - ClassicBands.com

September 1
It had been twenty-four years since Tina Turner had been on Billboard's Hot 100 with a song she recorded with her husband Ike called "A Fool In Love". Now she was back with the number one song in the US, "What's Love Got To Do With It". The record would go on to win Grammy Awards for Record Of The Year, Pop Vocal Performance - Female and Rock Vocal Performance - Female.

1985 - ClassicBands.com

August 31
Twenty years after it originally topped the UK chart for Sonny And Cher, "I Got You Babe" was a number one hit all over again for UB40 and Chrissie Hynde.

1986 - ClassicBands.com

September 4
After just getting his license back after a five-year suspension, Gregg Allman is arrested in Florida for drunk driving.

1987 - ClassicBands.com

August 31
The largest pre-order of albums in the history of CBS Records occurred as 2.25 million copies of Michael Jackson's "Bad" album were shipped to record stores. The LP followed the Jackson album, "Thriller", the biggest Jackson-seller of all time. The "Bad" album went on to sell 13 million copies.

September 5
The US Rock 'n' Roll TV show American Bandstand was officially cancelled after 30 years on ABC-TV.

1989 - ClassicBands.com

September 2
Paula Abdul had the number one song in the US with "Cold Hearted". In the UK however, the record stalled at #46.

September 2
Ozzy Osbourne was charged with threatening to kill his wife, Sharon. He was released on the condition that he immediately enter into detox and the case was latter dropped when the couple decide to reconcile.

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

August 31
At a memorial service for guitarist Stevie Ray Vaughan, Jackson Browne, Bonnie Raitt and Stevie Wonder sing "Amazing Grace".

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, living comfortably off his Creedence royalties.

1991 - ClassicBands.com

September 3
Ike Turner was released from prison, having served 18 months of a four year prison term. Ike had been arrested ten other times and in an interview with Variety magazine, he claimed to have spent over $11 million on cocaine.

September 5
Eagles' drummer Don Henley was a bright spot at the MTV Video Music Awards when he performed his solo hit "The Heart Of The Matter". The rest of the show was mostly Rap and Metal.

1994 - ClassicBands.com

September 3
Major Lance, who had many hits on the US R&B charts as well as placing "Um, Um, Um, Um, Um, Um" and "Monkey Time" on the Pop charts, died of heart failure at the age of 55.

Sept 5
Rod Stewart and his wife Rachael Hunter become parents to son Liam McAllister.

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.

1995 - ClassicBands.com

September 2
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame opened in Cleveland, Ohio, with Bob Dylan, Chuck Berry, Aretha Franklin, Al Green, Booker T and the MGs, Little Richard, The Allman Brothers, Boz Scaggs, James Brown and Martha Reeves making contributions.

1996 - ClassicBands.com

September 4
Cat Stevens emerges from seclusion in London, England to sign copies of his first album in 18 years. The LP, titled "The Life of the Last Prophet" was mostly spoken-word and was released under his Muslim name, Yusuf Islam. He was born Steven Demetre Georgiou and people close to him during his career always referred to him as Steve.

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.

2000 - ClassicBands.com

September 2
Madonna's newest CD, "Music", rises to number one in England, making her the first female to top the UK album chart ten times.

2001 - ClassicBands.com

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

2002 - ClassicBands.com

September 3
The original version of the peer to peer file swapping program Napster officially died on September 3rd when an attempted buyout by Bertelsmann Entertainment Group (BEG), which owns several record labels, including Arista Records, failed to go through bankruptcy court. Napster subsequently laid off all its employees and the Web site's home page sported the Napster logo with "Napster Was Here" written below. Napster has now re-appeared in a pay-per-song for format.

September 3
The longstanding battle between the sixties girl group The Ronettes and Rock 'n' Roll impresario Phil Spector was on the docket of New York State Court of Appeals in Albany. The Ronettes, led by Phil Spector's then-wife Ronnie Spector, recorded 28 songs for Spector from 1963 to 1967. Under a 1963 contract, they received a one-time payment of $14,482. Group members contend that the contract didn't cover the royalties for Ronettes' songs used in movies, TV shows and advertising. The Ronettes' big hit, "Be My Baby" was featured in the movie Dirty Dancing. In November 2001, a lower state court said the Ronettes were entitled to nearly $3 million. Spector's lawyers countered that the 1963 contract gives him ownership of all the group's recordings. The court battle between Spector and the Ronettes started in 1988.

September 5
Peter Tetteroo, vocalist for The Tee Set, died of cancer at the age of 55. The Dutch band reached number five on the Billboard Pop chart in 1970 with "Ma Belle Amie".

September 5
Paul McCartney's wife, Heather Mills, accepted 50,000 Pounds for libel damages over an article in The Sunday Mirror, which had suggested that Mills had acted dishonestly over cash collected for an earthquake appeal.

2003 - ClassicBands.com

September 4
Nearly 26 years after the death of Elvis Presley, BMG / RCA, unearthed a never-before-heard song called "I'm A Roustabout". The song was originally commissioned and written for the film Roustabout (1964) by long-time Presley collaborators Winfield Scott and Otis Blackwell, but was never used. Instead, a completely different song written by the team Giant / Baum / Kaye was recorded for the film and eventually became the title song for both the movie and the album. Winfield Scott found the original acetate in the basement of his New Jersey home and BMG / RCA added the track to the album "Elvis, 2nd to None".

2004 - ClassicBands.com

August 31
Carl Wayne, the lead singer of the influential 1960s Pop group, The Move, died of esophageal cancer at the age of 61.

September 2
66 year old Tyrone Davis, who scored a number one R&B hit in 1970 with "Turn Back the Hands of Time", suffered a stroke and was admitted to Mount Sinai Hospital in Chicago, after feeling ill at a Labor Day weekend concert in New Orleans. He would never recover and died on the 9th of February, 2005.

2005 - ClassicBands.com

September 1
77 year old Fats Domino was rescued from the flooding in New Orleans caused by Hurricane Katrina. He had earlier told his agent that he planned to remain in his home despite the order to evacuate.

September 1
Barry Cowsill, bass guitarist for The Cowsills, died on or about September 1st from injuries believed to be caused by Hurricane Katrina. His body was not recovered until December 28th, 2005, from the Chartres Street Wharf, New Orleans. He was 51.

2006 - ClassicBands.com

September 1
The Isley Brothers leader, Ronald Isley, was sentenced to 37 months in prison for evading federal income taxes. The 65 year old singer was found guilty of five counts of tax evasion and one count of willful failure to file an tax return on millions of dollars in income.

September 1
While awaiting trial for the murder of actress Lana Clarkson and with lawsuits and counter suits revolving around him, 65-year-old Phil Spector marries 26-year-old Rachelle Marie Short during a small ceremony. The newlyweds would spend just over two and a half years together before Phil was found guilty and sentenced to 19 years to life in the California state prison system. He will be 88 years old before becoming eligible for parole.

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.

2008 - ClassicBands.com

September 1
Jerry Reed, whose hits included "Amos Moses" (#8 in 1971) and "When You're Hot, You're Hot" (#9 in 1971), died of complications from emphysema at the age of 71. He is also remembered for his 1977 co-starring role in Smokey And The Bandit with Burt Reynolds, Jackie Gleason and Sally Field, in which his song "East Bound and Down" was featured.

2009 - ClassicBands.com

September 1
Elton John's keyboard player, Guy Babylon, died of a heart attack while swimming in his pool at his home in Los Angeles, California.

Sept 5
Mickey Jones, the original bassist and founding member of the '70s Rock band Angel, passed away after a long battle with liver cancer. He was 57.

2010 - ClassicBands.com

August 31
Elton John and Leon Russell issued the first single from their upcoming collaborative album, "The Union". Titled "If It Wasn't For Bad", the song features vocals from both artists as well as Sir Elton on piano and guest appearances by Brian Wilson and Neil Young on vocal harmonies and Booker T on the Hammond B-3. The single would later be nominated for Best Pop Collaboration With Vocals at the 53rd Annual Grammy Awards.

September 1
The Bee Gees' Robin Gibb was given the all-clear after undergoing gastrointestinal surgery to correct the same health crisis that cost his twin brother Maurice his life seven years ago. Robin had been rushed to hospital after suffering crippling stomach aches a few days earlier.

September 3
Mike Edwards, a founding member of The Electric Light Orchestra was killed while driving in southwest England when a 600-kilogram bale of hay rolled down a field and crushed his van. The 62-year-old cellist died instantly.

September 5
Critics in Denmark panned a series of paintings by Bob Dylan which were on display at a museum in Copenhagen. One professor claimed "Bob Dylan paints like any other amateur. He is what we used to call a Sunday painter."

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.

2012 - ClassicBands.com

September 1
Hal David, the lyricist who teamed with Burt Bacharach on dozens of timeless songs for movies, television and a variety of recording artists, died at the age of 91.

September 2
Starship guitarist Mark Abrahamian died after suffering a heart attack following a concert performance in Nebraska. He was 46.

September 4
'Live' recordings by Rory Storm And The Hurricanes, with future Beatles' drummer Ringo Starr, came to light after being discovered in Storm's sister's basement. Although the quality of the tapes were described as leaving "a bit to be desired", plans were underway to round them into the group's first and only album. Storm passed away on September 27th, 1972.

September 5
Joe South, the singer / songwriter who penned dozens of hit songs in the '60s and '70s, died at the age of 72. South wrote Deep Purple's "Hush", Lynn Anderson's "Rose Garden" and Billy Joe Royal's "Down In The Boondocks", as well as his own hits "Games People Play" and "Walk A Mile In My Shoes",

2013 - ClassicBands.com

September 2
Elton John received the first-ever Brits Icon award for artists who have had a "lasting impact" on U.K. culture. Rod Stewart presented the citation to Sir Elton, calling him "the second best Rock singer ever."

September 3
The British Phonographic Industry announced that The Beatles' "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" would finally be certified Platinum in the United Kingdom. Although the album has sold over five million copies in Great Britain since it was issued in 1967, the Platinum designation has only been around since 1994 and requires sales of 300,000.

Our Featured Interview

He enjoyed the first of two Billboard #1 hits
when "Sheila" topped the chart
this week in 1962.

Be sure to read Gary James'
interview with Tommy Roe

In The News

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    Former Jethro Tull Bass Player Glenn Cornick Dies

    Former Kiss guitarist Ace Frehley nets his highest-charting album ever

    Sammy Hagar Faces Revived Libel Suit From Ex-Playboy Bunny

    Sirius XM Has Good Week in Important Legal Battle Over Pre-1972 Music

    John Lennon's killer denied parole for eighth time

    Paul McCartney tops wealthiest bassists list with $1.2 billion net worth

    MPs to quiz BBC and police bosses over Cliff Richard raid

    Bob Seger to Release First Album in Eight Years This Fall

    Jimi Hendrix's 'The Cry of Love' and 'Rainbow Bridge' to Be Reissued

    Ace Frehley tells KISS "Maybe You Should Focus on Your Records a Little More"

    Bob Dylan's Lost Lyrics Interpreted by T Bone Burnett and Friends, Set for Release

    Elvis Presley: See Never-Before-Published Photos of the King

    Neil Young, Willie Nelson Host Nebraska Farm Concert to Protest Pipeline

    Madonna Refuses to Let Instagram Ruin Her Nipple Pic Birthday Fun

Rock and Roll Birthdays

August 31st - ClassicBands.com

1938 - Jerry Allison
- drummer for Buddy Holly and The Crickets ("Peggy Sue")
1945 - Van Morrison
("Brown Eyed Girl")
1952 - Bruce Soboroff
- keyboards for The Buckinghams ("Kind Of A Drag")
1960 - Tony DeFranco
- lead vocals for the DeFranco Family ("Heartbeat- It's A Lovebeat")

September 1st - ClassicBands.com

1927 - Tommy Evans
- vocalist for The Drifters ("Save The Last Dance For Me")
1933 - Conway Twitty
("It's Only Make Believe")
1941 - Roy Head
("Treat Her Right")
1944 - Archie Bell
("Tighten Up")
1946 - Barry Gibb
- guitar / vocals for The Bee Gees ("Jive Talkin'")
1946 - Greg Errico
- drummer for Sly and the Family Stone ("Everyday People")
1957 - Gloria Estefan
("Don't Wanna Lose You")

September 2nd - ClassicBands.com

1925 - Hugo Montenegro
("The Good The Bad And The Ugly")
1939 - Bobby Lee Dickey
of James and Bobby Purify ("I'm Your Puppet")
1940 - Jimmy Clanton
("Venus In Blue Jeans")
1943 - Joe Simon
("Drowning In The Sea Of Love")
1943 - Rosalind Ashford
- singer for Martha and the Vandellas ("Heat Wave")
1946 - Marty Grebb
- keyboards for The Buckinghams ("Kind Of A Drag")
1946 - Billy Preston
- ("Will It Go 'Round In Circles")
1951 - Mik Kaminksi
- Violin for The Electric Light Orchestra ("Livin' Thing")
1957 - Steve Porcaro
- keyboards for Toto ("Rosanna")

September 3rd - ClassicBands.com

1942 - Al Jardine
- rhythm guitarist for The Beach Boys ("Help Me Rhonda")
1944 - Gary Leeds
- drummer for The Walker Brothers ("The Sun Ain't Gonna Shine Anymore")
1947 - Eric Bell
- guitarist for Thin Lizzy ("Whisky In The Jar")
1948 - Don Brewer
- drummer for Grand Funk Railroad ("Some Kind Of Wonderful")
1955 - Steve Jones
- guitarist and vocalist for The Sex Pistols ("God Save The Queen")

September 4th - ClassicBands.com

1942 - Merald "Bubba" Knight
of Gladys Knight and The Pips ("Midnight Train To Georgia")
1946 - Gary Duncan
- guitarist for Quicksilver Messenger Service
1946 - Greg Elmore
- drummer for Quicksilver Messenger Service
1950 - Ronald LaPread
- bassist for The Commodores ("Brickhouse")

September 5th - ClassicBands.com

1938 - John Stewart
- guitar / vocals for The Kingston Trio ("Where Have All The Flowers Gone")
1943 - Joe "Speedo" Frazier
- vocalist for The Impalas ("Sorry (I Ran All the Way Home)")
1945 - Al Stewart
("The Year Of The Cat")
1946 - Buddy Miles
- drummer for The Electric Flag ("Killing Floor")
1946 - Freddie Mercury
- vocalist for Queen ("Crazy Little Thing Called Love")
1946 - Loudon Wainwright III
("Dead Skunk")

September 6th - ClassicBands.com

1942 - Mel McDaniel
("Baby's Got Her Blue Jeans On")
1944 - Roger Waters
- bassist for Pink Floyd ("The Wall")
1948 - Claydes Smith
- guitarist for Kool and the Gang ("Joanna")

Who sang that song that you have stuck in your head?
How high did it climb on the charts and in what year?
You can find out in our Who Sang That Hit? Section
Explore the facts behind the deaths
of some of the music world's biggest stars
Read all about Rock and Roll's Unsolved Mysteries


This Week's Best Selling Singles

  In The USA  
August 31st to September 6th

1956 Hound Dog Elvis Presley
1957 Tammy Debbie Reynolds
1958 Volare (Nel Blu Dipinto Di Blu) Domenico Modugno
1959 The Three Bells The Browns
1960 It's Now Or Never Elvis Presley
1961 Michael The Highwaymen
1962 The Loco-Motion Little Eva
1963 Hello Mudduh, Hello Fadduh Allan Sherman
1964 The House Of The Rising Sun The Animals
1965 Help! The Beatles
1966 Sunshine Superman Donovan
1967 Ode To Billie Joe Bobbie Gentry
1968 People Got To Be Free The Rascals
1969 Honky Tonk Women The Rolling Stones
1970 War Edwin Starr
1971 Take Me Home, Country Roads John Denver
1972 Brandy (You're A Fine Girl) Looking Glass
1973 Let's Get It On Marvin Gaye
1974 Tell Me Something Good Rufus
1975 Fallin' In Love Hamilton, Joe Frank and Reynolds
1976 You Should Be Dancing The Bee Gees
1977 Best Of My Love The Emotions
1978 Three Times A Lady The Commodores
1979 My Sharona The Knack
1980 Sailing Christopher Cross
1981 Endless Love Diana Ross and Lionel Richie
1982 Abracadabra The Steve Miller Band
1983 Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of These) The Eurythmics
1984 What's Love Got To Do With It Tina Turner
1985 The Power Of Love Huey Lewis And The News

  In The United Kingdom  

August 31st to September 6th

1956 Whatever Will Be Will Be Doris Day
1957 Diana Paul Anka
1958 When The Kalin Twins
1959 Living Doll Cliff Richard And The Drifters
1960 Apache The Shadows
1961 Johnny Remember Me John Leyton
1962 I Remember You Frank Ifield
1963 Bad To Me Billy J. Kramer And The Dakotas
1964 Have I The Right The Honeycombs
1965 I Got You Babe Sonny And Cher
1966 Yellow Submarine / Eleanor Rigby The Beatles
1967 San Francisco Scott McKenzie
1968 Do It Again The Beach Boys
1969 In The Year 2525 Zager And Evans
1970 The Wonder Of You Elvis Presley
1971 I'm Still Waiting Diana Ross
1972 You Wear It Well Rod Stewart
1973 Young Love Donny Osmond
1974 Love Me For A Reason The Osmonds
1975 Sailing Rod Stewart
1976 Don't Go Breaking My Heart Elton John and Kiki Dee
1977 Way Down Elvis Presley
1978 Three Times A Lady The Commodores
1979 We Don't Talk Anymore Cliff Richard
1980 Start The Jam
1981 Tainted Love Soft Cell
1982 Eye Of The Tiger Survivor
1983 Red Red Wine UB40
1984 Careless Whisper George Michael
1985 I Got You Babe UB40 and Chrissie Hynde