BORN THIS WEEK IN ROCK HISTORY:

Hank Williams: September 17, 1923 (country singer-songwriter)

Kerry Livgren: September 18, 1949 (guitar, Kansas)

AJ Ghent: September 18, 1986 (blues slide player)

Brian Epstein: September 19, 1934 (Manager, The Beatles)

Cass Elliot: September 19, 1941 (singer, The Mamas and the Papas)

Lol Crème: September 19, 1947 (multi-instrumentalist/10cc)

Stanley Sheldon: September 19, 1950 (bass, Peter Frampton)

Nile Rodgers: September 19, 1952 (Guitar, Chic)

John Panozzo: September 20, 1948 (drummer, Styx)

Chuck Panozzo: September 20, 1948 (bass, Styx)

Leonard Cohen: September 21, 1934

Don Felder: September 21, 1947 (guitar, The Eagles)

Liam Gallagher: September 21, 1972 (Singer, Oasis)

David Coverdale: September 22, 1949 (singer, Whitesnake/deep purple)

Joan Jett: September 22, 1958 (guitar and vocals, Joan Jett & the Blackhearts)

John Coltrane: September 23, 1926 (pivotal jazz sax player)

Ray Charles: September 23, 1930

Roy Buchanan: September 23, 1939 (telecaster pioneer)

Bruce Springsteen: September 23, 1949

 

DIED THIS WEEK IN ROCK HISTORY

Jimi Hendrix: September 18, 1970 (greatest guitarist ever)

Jimmy Witherspoon: September 18, 1997 (jump blues singer)

Jim Croce: September 20, 1973 (singer-songwriter)

Jaco Pastorius: September 21, 1987 (jazz bassist)

Boz Burrell: September 21, 2006 (bass, King Crimson/Bad Company)

NEW RELEASES & TOP OF THE CHARTS

Boston, “More Than A Feeling” was released: September 18, 1976

“Play That Funky Music” hits the Billboard pop charts: September 18, 1976

The Doors’ LP Greatest Hits is certified platinum: September 18, 1981

The unofficial biker anthem “Born To Be Wild” by Steppenwolf is certified Gold: September 19, 1968

CCR gets UK # 1 single with “Bad Moon Rising” : September 19, 1969

Diana Ross’ “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” hits #1: September 19, 1970

David Bowie’s “Fame” hits #1: September 20, 1975

The Who’s LP Who Are You is certified gold: September 20, 1978

Jimi Hendrix, “All Along The Watchtower” was released: September 21, 1968

“Can’t Get Enough of Your Love” by Barry White hits number 1: September 21, 1974

Nirvana releases their album “In Utero”: September 21, 1993

The Band’s The Band was released: September 22, 1969

Steely Dan releases Aja: September 23, 1977

THIS WEEK IN ROCK HISTORY

 

 – The Doors appear on CBS-TV’s Ed Sullivan Show. Not wanting to offend their viewers, the network asks The Doors to change one of their lyrics from “Girl we couldn’t get much higher” to something more sanitary in their hit song “Light My Fire”. Jim Morrison agrees to the lyric change. Then, he goes and sings the original offending line anyway. They are banned from the show for life: September 17, 1967

– The Who perform “My Generation” on the CBS-TV show the Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour. Ever the prankster, Keith Moon enlists a stagehand to help him rig his drum kit to explode at the end of the performance. The stagehand was a little overzealous in the amount of fireworks that he decided to use. The resulting explosion injured Keith Moon’s leg and caused Pete Townshend to suffer permanent hearing loss. It’s all fun and games ‘til someone loses an ear, Keith: September 17, 1967

– Switzerland’s Montreux music festival, previously dedicated to classical music, is “crashed” by a rock band – Pink Floyd: September 18, 1971

– The Door’s greatest hits album reaches platinum status more than 10 years after their singer Jim Morrison’s death: September 18, 1981

– KISS appears for the first time ever publicly without their iconic makeup. The occasion was a promotional event on MTV for KISS’ new album Lick It Up: September 18, 1983

-Frank Zappa, John Denver and Dee Snider of Twisted Sister testify at a Senate hearing where the Parents Music Resource Center (PMRC) argue for a ratings system on music. The musicians explain that this is censorship, but the PMRC wins a victory and warning labels are ordered on albums containing explicit lyrics.

 

-Great jazz guitarist George Benson receives a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame: September 19, 1996

– The Roxy club in Los Angeles’ Sunset Strip opens. The inaugural act is Neil Young and Crazy Horse. Hey hey, my my, the Roxy club will never die: September 20, 1973

– The first ARMS (Action into Research for Multiple Sclerosis) concert is held in London. The show is a benefit for former Faces guitarist Ronnie Lane, who was suffering from Multiple Sclerosis. The impressive lineup included Jimmy Page, Jeff Beck, Steve Winwood, Eric Clapton, Charlie Watts, John Paul Jones and Kenney Jones: September 20, 1983

– Janis Joplin announces her upcoming split from her band Big Brother and the Holding Company. While she would go on to make incredible music without them, many people have felt that Big Brother was Joplin’s best backing band: September 21, 1968

– America: A Tribute to Heroes is a benefit concert that airs on television with the mission of raising funds for victims of 9/11. Included in the concert were performances by Bruce Springsteen, Billy Joel, Tom Petty, Willie Nelson, and Paul Simon: September 21, 2001

– Bob Dylan makes his Carnegie Hall debut. He’s part of an all-star folk concert: September 22, 1962

– The Great Society, a band featuring vocalist Grace Slick of future Jefferson Airplane fame, play their first show at a venue called The Coffee Gallery in San Francisco: September 22, 1965

– David Bowie debuts his Ziggy Stardust tour in America with a show in Cleveland: September 22, 1972

  • Geffen Records who had famous bands like Nirvana, Guns N Roses, Aerosmith and many more is founded: September 22, 1980

 

– The first ever Farm Aid concert is produced in Champaign, IL. The show features performances by organizer Willie Nelson, Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Billy Joel, Loretta Lynn, Roy Orbison, and more. $7 million is raised for struggling American family farmers, and the benefit concert is held every year since. This year’s lineup features the core four organizers – Willie Nelson, Neil Young, John Mellencamp and Dave Matthews plus blues rockers Alabama Shakes, alt-country crooner Sturgill Simpson, retro-soul band Nathaniel Rateliff and the Nightsweats and more: September 22, 1985

Patrick Ortiz

 

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