SEPTEMBER 23 – 29 – THIS WEEK IN ROCK!

THE ANSWER TO THIS WEEK’S QUESTION:

The White Stripes try something different and become the first band to webcast a concert. Their show in Maryland was streaming live on NPR.Org – September 27, 2005

BORN THIS WEEK IN ROCK HISTORY:

John Coltrane: September 23, 1926 (jazz sax)

Ray Charles: September 23, 1930 (R&B pianist, vocalist, songwriter)

Roy Buchanan: September 23, 1939 (blues guitarist)

Bruce Springsteen: September 23, 1949 (vocals and guitar, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band)

Linda McCartney: September 24, 1941 (vocals and keyboards, Wings)

Blind Lemon Jefferson: September 24, 1893 (early blues musician)

Steve Mackay: September 25, 1949 (sax, The Stooges)

Bryan MacLean: September 25, 1946 (singer/guitar, Love)

Bryan Ferry: September 26, 1945 (vocals and keyboards, Roxy Music)

Craig Chaquico: September 26, 1954 (Guitar, Jefferson Starship)

Shannon Hoon: September 26, 1967 (vocals, Blind Melon)

Earring George Mayweather: September 27, 1927 (blues harmonica)

Randy Bachman: September 27, 1943 (vocals and guitar, The Guess Who and Bachman-Turner Overdrive)

Meat Loaf: September 27, 1947 (rock vocalist)

Ross Kunkel: September 27, 1948 (drummer, multiple artists)

Ed Sullivan: September 28, 1901 (Television Host)

Nick St Nicholas: September 28, 1943 (bass, Steppenwolf)

Jerry Lee Lewis: September 29, 1935 (Pioneering Rock and Roll Musician)

Jean Luc Ponty: September 29, 1942 (jazz violinist)

Mark Farner: September 29, 1948 (vocals and guitar, Grand Funk Railroad)

Les Claypool: September 29, 1963 (bass, Primus)

DIED THIS WEEK IN ROCK HISTORY:

Etta Baker: September 23, 2006 (Piedmont blues guitarist)

Buckwheat Zydeco: September 24, 2016 (zydeco accordion player)

John Bonham: September 25, 1980 (drums, Led Zeppelin)

Bessie Smith: September 26, 1937 (blues vocalist)

Shawn Lane: September 26, 2003 (rock guitarist)

Cliff Burton: September 27, 1986 (bass, Metallica)

Miles Davis: September 28, 1991 (Jazz Trumpeter)

Tommy Moore: September 29, 1981 (drums, Beatles)

Phil Woods: September 29, 2015 (jazz Sax)

RELEASED THIS WEEK IN ROCK HISTORY:

Buddy Holly’s “That’ll Be The Day” hits #1: September 23, 1957

The Doors, releases “People Are Strange” on September 23, 1967

Steely Dan releases hit album “Aja” on September 23, 1977

Rolling Stones releases “Bridges to Babylon” by the on September 23, 1997

Elvis’s hit song “Jailhouse Rock” releases as a single on September 24, 1957

Styx, releases “Come Sail Away” on September 24, 1977

The Eagles releases “The Long Run” on September 24, 1979

Nirvana’s iconic record “Nevermind” is released – September 24, 1991

Red Hot Chili Peppers release “Blood Sugar Sex Magik” – September 24, 1991

“Goats Head Soup” by the Rolling Stones goes Gold – September 25, 1973

The Kinks 

The Kinks, release “You Really Got Me” on September 26, 1964

The Beatles’ release “Abbey Road” on September 26, 1969

John Lennon releases his album “Walls and Bridges” on September 26, 1974

Gladys Knight releases “I heard it through the grapevine” on September 28, 1967

The Beatles’ “Hey Jude” hits #1 – September 28, 1968

Bad Company by Bad Company hits #1 – September 28, 1974

“Green Onions” by Booker T & Mg’s hits the #3 spot – September 29, 1962

Gladys Knight and the Pips, release “I Heard It Through the Grapevine” – September 29, 1967

Grand Funk Railroad’s “We’re An American Band” hits #1 – September 29, 1973

Rush releases All the World’s a Stage – September 29, 1976

THIS WEEK IN ROCK HISTORY:

In New York City’s Battery Park, a massive crowd chants “Hell no, we won’t glow” at an anti-nuke rally that lasted five hours. Crosby, Stills, and Nash, and Bonnie Raitt were some of the performers – September 23, 1979.

International reggae legend Bob Marley plays his final concert ever. The venue is Pittsburgh’s Stanley Theater. – September 23, 1980

Neil Young is announced as Artist of The Year at the Americana Honors and Awards show in Nashville – September 23, 2006

Guitarist Jimmy James makes the decision to change his name to Jimi Hendrix on a trip from New York to London, accompanied by his new manager Chas Chandler – September 24, 1966

 Bobby McFerrin’s “Don’t Worry Be Happy” becomes the first a cappella song to reach the #1 spot on the Billboard Hot 100 list – September 24, 1988

“Love Me Tender” by Elvis Presley is the first single in history to sell a million copies even before it was released – September 25, 1964

The Rolling Stones record a concert at JFK Stadium in Philadelphia that is used in the upcoming concert film Let’s Spend the Night Together. The film is a flop – September 25, 1981

Dave Grohl officially becomes the drummer of Nirvana – September 25, 1990

The Beatles earn the Order of the British Empire Honors from Queen Elizabeth II. The band is recommended for the honors by Prime Minister Harold Wilson. Wilson believed that The Beatles had a positive effect on Britain’s youth. The Beatles are thrilled, and also, they get high in the bathroom before the ceremony. However, many prior honorees protested giving the honor to The Beatles by returning theirs. In another twist, John Lennon would also later give his back in protest of the Vietnam War – September 26, 1965

The White Stripes

The White Stripes try something different and become the first band to webcast a concert. Their show in Maryland was streaming live on NPR.Org – September 27, 2005

Albert Grossman, who manages Janis Joplin, announces that Joplin would be leaving the band Big Brother and the Holding Company. She would go on to have a successful but much too short solo career -September 28, 1968

New York radio DJ Murray the K becomes the first American DJ to play a Beatles record on the radio. The song is “She Loves You” and Murray plays it for 2 weeks, but the response is weak – September 28, 1963

David Bowie sells out a gig at Carnegie Hall due to the publicity from his previous Ziggy Stardust concerts. He becomes an overnight sensation in the United States – September 28, 1972

Phil Spector, legendary rock and roll producer is charged with the murder of actress Lana Clarkson – September 28, 2004

The first Rolling Stones British tour begins. They open for Bo Diddley, Little Richard, and the Everly Brothers at the New Victoria Theatre in London – September 29, 1963

Jimi Hendrix meets Noel Redding at London’s Birdland club. Redding was there to audition for the new lineup of The Animals. However, Redding would become the bassist for The Jimi Hendrix Experience – September 29, 1966

The Rolling Stones split from their manager, Andrew Loog Oldham – September 29, 1967

Mickey Hart, drummer, joins the Grateful Dead – September 29, 1967

The JB’s, the backing band for James Brown, quit on the legendary funk singer during the middle of a tour, just before the start of a show in Hallandale, Florida. The band felt they were being underpaid. Although most of the band members wound up finishing the tour, it leads to a shakeup in Brown’s band in the aftermath.- September 29, 1977

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

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