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Welcome back to the August 31st edition of This Week in Rock History. Let’s dive right in!

Born this Week in Rock History

Freddie King: September 3, 1934 (blues guitarist and vocalist)
Gene Parsons: September 4, 1944 (drums, The Byrds)
Gary Duncan: September 4, 1946 (guitar, Quicksilver Messenger Service)
Greg Elmore: September 4, 1946 (drums, Quicksilver Messenger Service)
Freddie Mercury: September 5, 1946 (vocalist, Queen)
Roger Waters: September 6, 1943 (bass, Pink Floyd)
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)

Died this Week in Rock History

Alan Wilson: September 3, 1970 (guitar and vocals, Canned Heat)
Tom Fogerty : September 6, 1990 (guitar, Creedence Clearwater Revival)
Keith Moon: September 7, 1978 (drums, The Who)|
Warren Zevon: September 7. 2003 (singer-songwriter)


Music releases and top of the charts…

The Rolling Stones, “Street Fighting Man” was released: August 31st, 1968
Paul McCartney and Wings’ “Live And Let Die” is certified gold: August 31, 1974
Metallica by Metallica hits #1: August 31, 1991
The Who’s “I’m a Boy” hits #2 on the charts: September 1, 1966
U2 release their first record, the U2-3 EP: September 1, 1979
The Beatles’ “Help!” is certified gold: September 2nd, 1965
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
The album Fleetwood Mac hits #1: September 4, 1976
“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


And here’s the good stuff: this week in rock history…

The Rolling Stones record the classic Willie Dixon-penned blues tune “Little Red Rooster” at the the Regent Sound Studios in London: September 2, 1964

A little known band called The Doors record their very first demo at the World Pacific Jazz Studios in Los Angeles. In a few years they would break on through to the mainstream and become one of the biggest bands in the world: September 2, 1965

A then-unknown art-rock / prog rock band called Genesis runs an ad in Melody Maker magazine seeking a hot shot drummer. This will attract the likes of Phil Collins, who not only became the band’s drummer but took over lead vocal duties from Peter Gabriel when the latter exited the band: September 2, 1970

The Human Rights Now! tour begins! The first show is performed at Wembley Stadium in London. The impressive lineup includes megastars like Sting, Bruce Springsteen, and Peter Gabriel, along with other noted musicians like Tracey Chapman and Youssou n’Dour: September 2, 1998

Ozzy Osbourne, lead vocalist of Black Sabbath, was arrested for threatening the life of his wife Sharon. Ozzy was released on condition that he enter a detox program. The happy couple reconciled and the charges were dropped: September 2, 1989

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame opens in Cleveland, Ohio. Performers at the ceremony included Bob Dylan, Chuck Berry, James Brown and many more: September 2, 1995

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

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 for 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?

3. “I Would Do Anything for Love (But I Won’t Do That)” by Meatloaf

2. “Stairway to Heaven” by Led Zeppelin

1. “Bohemian Rhapsody” by Queen

– September 7, 2010

And there you have it, rock fans.

– Tribut Apparel