BORN THIS WEEK IN ROCK HISTORY

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

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

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

Eric Bell: September 3, 1947 (founder/guitarist, Thin Lizzy)

Don Brewer: September 3, 1948 (drummer, Grand Funk Railroad)

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

Danny Gatton: September 4, 1945 (telemaster)

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)

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

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

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

Buddy Bolden: September 6, 1877 (ragtime cornetist)

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

Dolores O’Riordan: September 6, 1971 (singer, Cranberries)

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)

Otis Redding: September 9, 1941

John Blackwell: September 9, 1973 (drummer, Prince)

 

 

 

DIED THIS WEEK IN ROCK HISTORY

Jo Jones: September 3, 1958 (jazz drummer)

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

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

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)

Ernie Ball: September 9, 2004

 

MUSIC RELEASES AND TOP OF THE CHARTS…

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

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

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

 

AND HERE’S THE GOOD STUFF: THIS WEEK IN ROCK HISTORY…

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

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. 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 found that rock stars have a much greater chance of dying young than non-rock stars: September 7, 2007

Zippo, they of famous lighters, conducted a survey to find out what song people though was the greatest put your “lighter in the air” songs were. The top three?

  1. “I Would Do Anything for Love (But I Won’t Do That)” by Meatloaf
  2. “Stairway to Heaven” by Led Zeppelin
  3. “Bohemian Rhapsody” by Queen

– September 7, 2010

 

 

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