Meat Loaf Rock History

Welcome back to another edition of your friendly neighborhood This Week in Rock History! Wishing Meat Loaf a very happy birthday, another successful Bat Out of Hell album, and the role of Batman in the next Batman film. That last one probably won’t happen but, hey, two out of three ain’t bad.

Born This Week in Rock History:

Ray Charles: September 23, 1930 (R&B pianist, vocalist, songwriter)
Bruce Springsteen: September 23, 1949 (vocals and guitar, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band)
Linda McCartney: September 24, 1941 (vocals and keyboards, Wings)
Bryan Ferry: September 26, 1945 (vocals and keyboards, Roxy Music)
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)
Jerry Lee Lewis: September 29, 1935 (Pioneering Rock and Roll Musician)
Mark Farner: September 29, 1948 (vocals and guitar, Grand Funk Railroad)

Died This Week in Rock History:

John Bonham: September 25, 1980 (drums, Led Zeppelin)
Bessie Smith: September 26, 1937 (blues vocalist)
Miles Davis: September 28, 1991 (Jazz Trumpeter)

Released This Week in Rock History:

The Doors, “People Are Strange” was released: September 23, 1967
Styx, “Come Sail Away” was released: September 24, 1977
The Eagles, The Long Run  was released: September 24, 1979
The Kinks, “You Really Got Me” was released: September 26, 1964
The Beatles’ “Hey Jude” hits #1: September 28, 1968
Bad Company by Bad Company hits #1: September 28, 1974
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:

International reggae legend Bob Marley plays his final concert ever. The venue is Pittsburgh’s Stanley Theater and the setlist includes classics like Natural Mystic, Them Belly Full (But We Hungry), Exodus, and Is This Love. Bob Marley would pass away the following May from cancer: September 23, 1980

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
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


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


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 formalled 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


On his 41st birthday, “Great Balls of Fire” rock & roller Jerry Lee Lewis has a bit too much to drink and makes an attempt to shoot a bottle of soda with his .357 Magnum. He missed the bottle but does hit his bass player, Norman Owens, in the chest. Twice. Owens survives and makes a full recovery: September 29, 1976.
That’s all she wrote.

– Brian M. Reiser,
Tribut / Joe Bonamassa Official Blog