More than ten years after the death of their dynamic lead singer Jim Morrison, The Door’s “Greatest Hits” album receives the highest honor by going platinum. In fact, the album went on to achieve platinum status a total of three times! This album features a number of our favorite Door’s tunes including “LA Woman,” “Light My Fire,” and “People Are Strange.” All these years later and we still can’t help but love this band!

 

BORN THIS WEEK IN ROCK HISTORY:

B.B. King: September 16, 1925 (blues singer and guitarist)

Donald Byrd: September 16, 1925 (jazz guitarist)

Earl Klugh: September 16, 1954 (jazz guitarist)

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

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

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

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

Leonard Cohen: September 21, 1934

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

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

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

 

DIED THIS WEEK IN ROCK HISTORY

Marc Bolan: September 16, 1977 (guitar and vocals, T. Rex)

Willie “Big Eye” Smith: September 16, 2011 (electric blues singer)

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)

 

 

NEW RELEASES & TOP OF THE CHARTS

The Jimi Hendrix Experience’s LP Are You Experienced? enters the charts: September 16, 1967

Boston’s “Don’t Look Back” Hits #1: September 16, 1978

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

 

 

THIS WEEK IN ROCK HISTORY

 The Beatles topped the Melody Maker fan poll of the top rock acts every single year for 8 straight years in the mid to late 1960’s. In 1970, however, they were knocked from the top spot by none other than Led Zeppelin. Blues-rock, hard rock, and future heavy metal fans rejoiced: September 16, 1970

 Bob Dylan becomes the oldest person to top Billboard charts when his album Modern Times releases when he was 65: September 16, 2006

 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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