Music History: September 16th:
2014 At a pop-up shop in New York City that re-creates the Central Perk coffee shop from the TV show Friends, Danny Wilde and Phil Solem of The Rembrandts reunite to perform the show's theme song. The event marks the 20th anniversary of the show's first episode.
2011 Bluesman Willie "Big Eyes" Smith dies following a stroke at age 75.
2010 Country singer Justin Townes Earle is arrested in Indianapolis after storming offstage and trashing a green room. Reports say Earle was also intoxicated and he allegedly punched a woman backstage. Earle is forced to pay $200 in damages to the venue but is released from jail on a $150 bond.
2009 Mary Travers (of Peter, Paul and Mary) dies of leukemia in Danbury, Connecticut, at age 72.
2008 Motown songwriter/producer Norman Whitfield dies from diabetic complications in Los Angeles, California, at age 68. Co-wrote the hits "Ain't Too Proud to Beg" and "I Heard It Through the Grapevine," among many others.
2006 After their triumph with "Hard Rock Hallelujah" at Eurovision, Finland's leading monster Rock band Lordi record a live concert DVD Bringing Back The Balls To Stockholm in neighboring Sweden. Naturally, the band perform in (and are cheered in) English.
2003 Sheb Wooley (known for the 1958 novelty song "Purple People Eater") dies of leukemia in Nashville, Tennessee, at age 82.
1998 Lou Reed plays at a White House reception for Czech Republic President Vaclav Havel.
1994 Producer/singer/songwriter Thomas Kaye (composer for Jay and the Americans, Three Dog Night) dies of an overdose of painkillers in Warwick, New York.
1988 Phil Collins lands his first leading role in a film, playing real-life criminal Buster Edwards in the box-office bomb Buster. Musically, the movie isn't a bust, with two #1 hits on the soundtrack: "A Groovy Kind Of Love" and "Two Hearts."
1979 Flo Rida is born Tramar Lacel Dillard in, you guessed it, Florida (Carol City, to be exact).
1978 Boston's LP Don't Look Back hits #1.
1978 The Stranglers headline an open-air gig at Battersea Park, over Peter Gabriel, who is one of the day's special guests. During a rendition of their early classic "Nice and Sleazy," a group of strippers join The Stranglers on stage.
1977 Marc Bolan of T. Rex dies in a car accident at age 29.
1974 Bob Dylan records "Meet Me In The Morning."
1972 Former Herd and Humble Pie guitarist Peter Frampton plays his first solo gig, opening for The J. Geils Band in New York.
1972 Three Dog Night's "Black And White" hits #1, where it will stay for one week.
1970 Jimi Hendrix jams with Eric Burdon and War at the London club Ronnie Scott's two days before his death. It's the last time he would play music.
1969 Elastica frontwoman Justine Frischmann is born in London. With the hit single "Connection," hers is one of the few female voices heard during the Britpop movement.
1968 Salsa artist Marc Anthony is born Marco Antonio Muñiz in New York City.
1968 The Beatles record "I Will."
1968 The composer Michael Carr, co-writer of "South of the Border (Down Mexico Way)," dies in London at age 67.
1965 The Dean Martin Show makes its debut, with Martin using his hit "Everybody Loves Somebody" as the theme song. The popular variety show runs until 1975 and introduces us to a group of backup dancers called The Golddiggers. Martin coins a new nickname for guest Frank Sinatra when he refers to his pal as "Chairman of the Board."
1965 The Beatles' "Eight Days a Week" is certified gold.
1964 The musical variety show Shindig! premieres in America on ABC with performances by Sam Cooke and The Everly Brothers.
1963 Pop rocker Richard Marx is born in Chicago, Illinois.
1963 Currently the #1 song in England, The Beatles' "She Loves You" is released by the tiny Swan label in America, but the Stateside public has no idea who the group is, and the single fails to chart. When Capitol releases "I Want To Hold Your Hand," Beatlemania ensues and the song hits #1. A re-released "She Loves You" single follows it to the top.
1960 Johnny Burnette records "You're Sixteen."
1959 Dick Clark's first "Caravan of Stars" tour opens in New York, featuring The Coasters, The Drifters, Lloyd Price, LaVern Baker, Duane Eddy, Paul Anka and Annette Funicello.
1959 Vicki Blue (Victory Tischler-Blue) is born in Newport Beach, California. In 1977 she joins The Runaways after bassist Jackie Fox leaves, and plays on their fourth album. After the breakup of the band, Blue goes on to forge a career as an actress: playing Cindy in the 1984 mockumentary movie This is Spinal Tap.
1954 Frank Reed (lead singer for The Chi-Lites) is born in Omaha, Nebraska.
1950 Country singer David Bellamy (of The Bellamy Brothers) is born in Darby, Florida.
1948 Rock drummer Kenney Jones (of The Small Faces and The Who) is born in Whitechapel, East London, England.
1948 Ron Blair (original bassist for Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers) is born in San Diego, California.
1944 R&B singer Betty Kelly (of Martha and the Vandellas) is born in Attalla, Alabama.
1943 Pop rocker Joe Butler (of The Lovin' Spoonful) is born in Long Island, New York.
1942 Bernard Calvert (bass guitarist/keyboardist for The Hollies) is born in Brierfield, Lancashire, England.
1941 Joe Butler (drummer/vocalist for The Lovin' Spoonful) is born in Long Island, New York.
1925 Guitarist Charlie Byrd is born in Suffolk, Virginia. Brought bossa nova to the mainstream with his 1962 album, Jazz Samba, a collaboration with Stan Getz.
1984The TV series Miami Vice makes its debut with a two-hour episode that includes a scene featuring the Phil Collins hit "In The Air Tonight."
2006 65-year-old Bob Dylan becomes the oldest person to top Billboard's Albums chart when Modern Times goes to #1.
1993 Janet Jackson appears shirtless on the cover of Rolling Stone. Her arms are in the air, with her boobs supported by a pair of hands that belong to her husband, Rene Elizondo.More
1979 "Rapper's Delight" by The Sugarhill Gang is released. It becomes the first rap song to chart on the the Hot 100.
1970 After eight straight years, The Beatles are finally knocked from their perch as England's top act in the Melody Maker fan poll... by Led Zeppelin.
1925 Bluesman B.B. King is born Riley B. King near Berclair, Mississippi.