BORN THIS WEEK IN ROCK HISTORY:

Blind Lemon Jefferson: September 24, 1983 (early blues musician)

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

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

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

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

Tiran Porter: September 26, 1948  (bass, Doobie Brothers)

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)

Buddy Rich: September 30, 1917 (jazz drummer) 

Marc Bolan: September 30, 1947 (singer, T. Rex)

Trey Anastasio: September 30, 1964 (guitar/singer/phish)

Nick Curran: September 30, 1977 (blues guitarist)

 

DIED THIS WEEK IN ROCK HISTORY:

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)

Mary Ford: September 30 1977 (Duo with Les Paul)

 

RELEASED THIS WEEK IN ROCK HISTORY:

Elvis’s hit song “Jailhouse Rock” is released as a single: September 24, 1957

Styx, “Come Sail Away” was released: September 24, 1977

The Eagles, The Long Run was released: 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, “You Really Got Me” was released: September 26, 1964

The Beatles’ “Abbey Road: is released: September 26, 1969

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

“I heard it through the grapevine” is released by Gladys Knight: 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, “I Heard It Through the Grapevine” was released: 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

Bruce Springsteen releases Nebraska: September 30, 1982

Rolling Stones release Forty Licks: September 30, 2002

 

THIS WEEK IN ROCK HISTORY:

 

 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

 

“Don’t Worry Be Happy” written and performed by Bobby McFerrin 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 was 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 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 known for his “Wall of Sound” is formally 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 Hallendale, Florida. The band felt they were being underpaid. Although most of the band members wound up finishing the tour, it lead to a shakeup in Brown’s band in the aftermath: September 29, 1977

Fleetwood Mac’s reunion show at the Continental Airlines Arena in East Rutherford, New Jersey, grosses a house record of $1,094,520.: September 30, 1997

John Lennon is awarded a posthumous star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 1750 Vine St.: September 30, 1988

 

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