September 2 – September 8 – This Week in Rock


Elvis makes his Grand Old Opry debut. Elvis Presley makes his first appearance at the Grand Old Opry. The audience hated the show and the manager of the Opry told Elvis that he should go back to truck driving – September 4, 1954 


Freddie King: September 3, 1934 (blues guitarist and vocalist) 

Memphis Slim: September 3, 1915 (blues pianist and composer) 

Al Jardine: September 3, 1942 (singer, Beach Boys) 

Gene Parsons: September 4, 1944 (drums, The Byrds) 

Gary Duncan: September 4, 1946 (guitar, Quicksilver Messenger Service) 

Greg Elmore: September 4, 1946 (drums, Quicksilver Messenger Service) 

Sunnyland Slim: September 5, 1906 (blues pianist) 

Buddy Miles: September 5, 1947 (drums, Jimi Hendrix) 

Dweezil Zappa: September 5, 1969 (guitarist, son of Frank Zappa) 

Freddie Mercury: September 5, 1946 (vocalist, Queen) 

Buddy Bolden: September 6, 1877 (ragtime cornetist) 

Roger Waters: September 6, 1943 (bass, Pink Floyd) 

Little Milton: September 7, 1934 (blues guitarist and vocalist) 

Buddy Holly: September 7, 1936 (vocals and guitar, The Crickets) 

Benmont Tench: September 7, 1954 (keyboards, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers) 

 Ron “Pigpen” McKernan: September 8, 1945 (bass, Grateful Dead) 

Benjamin Orr: September 8, 1947 (bass, The Cars) 


Alan Wilson: September 3, 1970 (guitar and vocals, Canned Heat) 

Jo Jones: September 3, 1958 (jazz drummer) 

David Brown: September 4, 2016 (guitar, Santana) 

Tom Fogerty: September 6, 1990 (guitar, Creedence Clearwater Revival) 

Keith Moon: September 7, 1978 (drums, The Who)   

Warren Zevon: September 7. 2003 (singer-songwriter) 

Walter Becker: September 3, 2017 (guitar, Steely Dan) 

Ernie Ball: September 9, 2004 


Rod Stewart gets first #1 hit with “You Wear It Well”: September 2, 1972 

The Beatles’ “Help!” is certified gold: September 2nd, 1965 

Donovan’s “Sunshine Superman” hits #1, a track featuring guitarist Jimmy Page: September 3, 1966 

The Beatles’ “Hey Jude” is certified gold: September 3, 1968 

Rush releases “Roll The Bones” their 14th studio album: September 3, 1991 

The album Fleetwood Mac hits #1: September 4, 1976 

Steve Miller Band’s “Abracadabra” hits #1: September 4, 1982 

“House of the Rising Sun” by The Animals hits #1: September 5, 1964 

Fleetwood Mac’s The Dance hits #1: September 7, 1997 

Marvin Gaye’s “Let’s Get It On” hits #1: September 8, 1973 

The Allman Brother’s Band’s Brothers and Sisters hits #1: September 8, 1973 

The Rolling Stones release Get Yer Ya-Ya’s Out: September 4, 1970 

Imagine is released in the US: September 9, 1971 

Jim Croce’s You Don’t Mess Around With Jim goes to #1: September 9, 1972 


The Rolling Stones record the classic Willie Dixon-penned blues tune “Little Red Rooster” at the the Regent Sound Studios in London –  September 2, 1964 

A little-known band called The Doors record their very first demo at the World Pacific Jazz Studios in Los Angeles. In a few years they would break on through to the mainstream and become one of the biggest bands in the world – September 2, 1965 

A then-unknown art-rock / prog rock band called Genesis runs an ad in Melody Maker magazine seeking a hot shot drummer. Furthermore, This attracts the likes of Phil Collins, who not only becomes the band’s drummer but took over lead vocal duties from Peter Gabriel when the latter exited the band – September 2, 1970 

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame opens

Ozzy Osbourne, lead vocalist of Black Sabbath, was arrested for threatening the life of his wife Sharon. Ozzy was released on condition that he enter a detox program. The happy couple reconciled, and the charges were dropped: September 2, 1989 

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame opens in Cleveland, Ohio. Performers at the ceremony included Bob Dylan, Chuck Berry, James Brown and many more: September 2, 1995 

The Human Rights Now! tour begins! The first show is performed at Wembley Stadium in London. The impressive lineup includes megastars like Sting, Bruce Springsteen, and Peter Gabriel, along with other noted musicians like Tracey Chapman and Youssou n’Dour: September 2, 1998 

Paul McCartney names his new band “The New Beatles” – just kidding, he named it “Wings” – September 3, 1971 

In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina Fats Domino is rescued from New Orleans – September 3, 2005 

Elvis makes his Grand Old Opry debut. Elvis Presley makes his first appearance at the Grand Old Opry. The audience hated the show and the manager of the Opry told Elvis that he should go back to truck driving – September 4, 1954 

The Beatles begin their first formal recording session by rehearsing their songs “Love Me Do” and “Please Please Me” – September 4, 1962 

B.B. King Hollywood Walk of Fame

The Rolling Stones record “Get Off of My Cloud” – September 5, 1965 

At Abbey Road studios in London, The Beatles begin recording “I Am the Walrus”. Goo goo g’ joob. – September 5, 1967 

The Doors are guests on the show Top of the Pops and play their hit song “Hello I Love You” – September 5, 1968 

B.B. King receives a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame: September 5, 1990 

Eric Clapton records the famous (and un-credited) guitar solo on “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” – September 6, 1968 

Jimi Hendrix makes his last ever stage appearance before his tragic death. Furthermore, the performance was at the Open-Air Love and Peace Festival in Germany – September 6, 1970 

Elton John re-records “Candle in the Wind” with new lyrics as a tribute to the recently deceased Princess Diana of Wales. The track shattered records and became the best-selling single ever: September 6, 1997  

The “New Yardbirds” give their first ever live performance, in Denmark. They, of course, would later change their name to the much more original “Led Zeppelin” – September 7, 1968 

David Bowie began recording his iconic album the rise and fall of Ziggy stardust and the spiders from mars – September 7, 1971 

Research finds that rock stars have a much greater chance of dying young in addition to non-rock stars – September 7, 2007 

That’s all for This Week in Rock History! Be sure to check back next week for the latest Rock history tidbits!