Music History: September 11th:
2014 Cosimo Matassa, who recorded Little Richard and Fats Domino at his New Orleans studio, dies at age 88.
2014 Songwriter Bob Crewe dies at age 83 in Scarborough, Maine, four years after suffering a brain injury from a fall. A prolific hit-maker, he was known for songs like "Sherry," "Big Girls Don't Cry" and "Can't Take My Eyes Off You," by Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons.
2012 Johnny Perez (drummer, songwriter for the Sir Douglas Quintet) dies at age 69 of complications from cirrhosis of the liver.
2009 Punk musician Jim Carroll dies of heart attack in Manhattan, New York City, at age 60.
2007 Singer/keyboardist Willie Tee dies of colon cancer at age 63.
2003 Jewel cancels her North American tour after Terome "T-Bone" Hannon, her bassist of three years, dies suddenly of a brain aneurysm at age 39.
2001 On the afternoon of the terrorist attacks against the country, a group of US senators and congressmen gather on the Capitol steps to sing Irving Berlin's "God Bless America." The song is invoked many times in the following days.
2000 Huey Lewis and Gwyneth Paltrow release a cover of Smokey Robinson's "Cruisin'" as a duet. The single reaches #1 on the adult contemporary chart for a week and also appears in the 2000 film Duets, which stars the pair.
1987 Reggae musician Peter Tosh is shot and killed at age 42 during a robbery in his home.
1987 Actor/musician Lorne Greene, known for his starring role on the western TV series Bonanza, dies of complications from pneumonia in Santa Monica, California, at age 72.
1977 Rapper Ludacris is born Christopher Brian Bridges in Champaign, Illinois. He would be raised in Atlanta, Georgia.
1977 Jon Buckland (lead guitarist for Coldplay) is born in Islington, London, but he would be raised in Pantymwyn, North Wales.
1975 Brad Fischetti (of LFO) is born in New York City, New York.
1974 WROV-AM in Roanoke, Virginia, starts playing the The Doobie Brothers' LP cut "Black Water" in honor of a local tributary of the same name. The resounding response from listeners prompts a single release the following month and "Black Water" becomes a #1 hit.
1973 Bruce Springsteen releases his second album, The Wild, The Innocent And The E Street Shuffle.
1971 Richard Ashcroft (lead singer for The Verve) is born in Billinge Higher End, Wigan, England.
1967 Crooner Harry Connick, Jr. is born Joseph Harry Fowler Connick Jr. in New Orleans, Louisiana.
1967 The Beatles begin filming Magical Mystery Tour.
1965 Electronica musician Moby is born Richard Melville Hall in Harlem, New York City.
1962 Neil Sedaka marries his wife, Leba (and - as of 2016 - they're still together).
1962 The Beatles record their first British singles: "Love Me Do" and "P.S. I Love You."
1960 Tommy Sands marries Nancy Sinatra (they divorce five years later).
1958 Lloyd Price records the original, uncensored version of "Stagger Lee."
1958 LaVern Baker records "I Cried A Tear."
1957 Jon Moss (drummer for Culture Club) is born in Wandsworth, South London, England.
1953 Tommy Shaw (guitarist for Styx) is born in Montgomery, Alabama.
1945 Dennis Tufano (original lead singer for The Buckinghams) is born Dennis Stanley Joseph Tufano in Chicago, Illinois.
1943 Mickey Hart (one of the drummers for Grateful Dead) is born Michael Steven Hartman in Brooklyn but would be raised in Long Island, New York.
1935 Composer Arvo Pärt is born in Paide, Järva County, Estonia. Created the tintinnabuli style of composition.
1896 Folklorist Francis Child, known for his collection of Child Ballads, dies at age 71.
2001Most radio stations simulcast news after terrorists attacks in America bring down the World Trade Center. Music proves vital when the healing begins.
1982 Frank Zappa's "Valley Girl" reaches its chart peak of #32 on the Hot 100. It's the only Top 40 hit for the eccentric singer, who releases over 60 albums in his lifetime. His daughter, Moon Unit Zappa, plays the Valley Girl in the song.
1977 David Bowie appears on Bing Crosby's Merrie Olde Christmas special. Bowie refuses to sing "Little Drummer Boy" with Crosby, so his part is rewritten as "Peace On Earth." Crosby dies a month later, and the duet becomes a Christmas classic, growing even more popular when MTV starts playing the clip a few years later.
1971 The Jackson 5 cartoon series, called The Jackson 5ive, debuts on ABC. Each episode shows various adventures with animated versions of the group, along with Michael's pet mice Ray and Charles, and his snake Rosie. The cartoon runs from 1971-1973.
1967 Frank Sinatra, who is playing at The Sands casino in Las Vegas, gets in a fight when he is denied credit as part of a policy put in by the new owners. He breaks two teeth in the altercation and soon takes his talents (and money) to Caesar's Palace.