Miles Davis wasn’t just a trumpet player. He was a musical innovator that spanned and defined several genres and styles. Starting off in several jazz big bands, Davis got his biggest start in Charlie Parker’s jazz group. He then went on to start his own band that hosted some of the most notable names in jazz, including John Coltrane and Herbie Hancock. He even helped jump start the careers of many young musicians as well. Davis never sat still and was never locked into one specific sound. Once one style was growing old and tired, he started with something fresh and new. He was a pioneer of Cool Jazz as well as jazz fusion which combines the hard elements of rocks and melds them with traditional jazz. Music would look a lot different without Miles Davis. For that reason, we honor him today.

 

BORN THIS WEEK IN ROCK HISTORY:

John Coltrane: September 23, 1926 (jazz sax)

Ray Charles: September 23, 1930 (R&B pianist, vocalist, songwriter)

Roy Buchanan: September 23, 1939 (blues guitarist)

Bruce Springsteen: September 23, 1949 (vocals and guitar, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band)

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

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

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

Craig Chaquico: September 26, 1954 (Guitar, Jefferson Starship)

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)

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)

 

 

DIED THIS WEEK IN ROCK HISTORY:

Etta Baker: September 23, 2006 (Piedmont blues guitarist)

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)

Phil Woods: September 29, 2015 (jazz Sax)

 

RELEASED THIS WEEK IN ROCK HISTORY:

Buddy Holly’s “That’ll Be The Day” hits #1: September 23, 1957

The Doors, “People Are Strange” was released: September 23, 1967

Steely Dan’s hit album “Aja” is released: September 23, 1977

“Bridges to Babylon” by the Rolling Stones is released: September 23, 1997

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

 

THIS WEEK IN ROCK HISTORY:

 

In New York City’s Battery Park, a massive crowd chants “Hell no, we won’t glow” at an anti-nuke rally that lasted five hours. Crosby, Stills, and Nash, and Bonnie Raitt were some of the performers: September 23, 1979

 

International reggae legend Bob Marley plays his final concert ever. The venue is Pittsburgh’s Stanley Theater. September 23, 1980

 

Neil Young is announced as Artist of The Year at the Americana Honors and Awards show in Nashville: September 23, 2006

 

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

 
Patrick Ortiz

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