Friday, September 29, 2017

Today in Music History...September 29, 2017 (Now with more info & links) (StarWars Theme/Cantina Band)

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Music History: September 29th:




2013 Keith "Sabu" Crier (bass player for GQ) dies at age 58. Known for the 1979 hit "Disco Nights (Rock-Freak)."

2012 Patrick Stump of Fall Out Boy marries longtime girlfriend Elisa Yao.

2011 Sylvia Robinson, a singer and rap impresario who brought us "Rapper's Delight," dies at age 75.

2009 After playing a gig at Club Academy in Manchester, England, tens of thousands of pounds worth of Noah and the Whale’s equipment is stolen from a locked trailer in a car park near the venue. In December, police recover most of the gear, including items of great sentimental value to the band, nearly 100 miles away in a barn where the perpetrators had been storing it.

2009 Lynyrd Skynyrd releases Gods & Guns, their thirteenth studio album.

2003 Country singer Wesley Tuttle dies of heart failure at age 85. Known for the 1945 hits "Detour" and "With Tears in My Eyes." He also yodeled for Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs' "Silly Song."

2003 DMX guest stars on an episode of the UPN sitcom Eve. Starring fellow rapper Eve, the series is set in Miami, where DMX's character plays "the best tattoo artist in Miami."

2002 Country/pop songwriter Mickey Newbury dies in Springfield, Oregon, after a battle with emphysema at age 62.

2001 Lorrie Morgan marries her fifth husband, fellow country singer Sammy Kershaw. They divorce in 2007.

2001 With her song "I'm Real" at #1 in America, Jennifer Lopez marries the dancer Cris Judd. The couple get divorced in June 2002.

1997 The Verve's critically acclaimed album Urban Hymns is released.

1997 Blues Traveler bassist Bobby Sheehan is arrested for cocaine possession in Winnipeg. He is later released on $5,000 bond.

1997 Epic's Sons of the Desert are caught in a hotel fire during the group's first trip to New York City. The group's bassist, Doug Virden, sees smoke and flames and reports the blaze at the front desk.

1997 The Clinton White House awards Don Henley a National Medal of the Humanities for his work on the Walden Woods Project, which was set up to preserve the area in Massachusetts where Henry David Thoreau did his writing.

1996 Alanis Morissette finishes her first US tour in Houston, Texas.

1994 The Pointer Sisters receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. The star on Hollywood Boulevard was originally set to be unveiled in January, but an earthquake struck Los Angeles three days before the scheduled ceremony. The Pointers are the first African-American female music group to receive the honor.

1994 Oasis temporarily split during their first US tour, with guitarist Noel Gallagher walking off stage mid-show in Los Angeles. During a lackluster performance, singer Liam hits his brother over the head with a tambourine. After being tracked down in Las Vegas, Noel is persuaded to return and rejoins the band in Minneapolis.

1992 Paul Jabara dies of AIDS-related causes in Los Angeles, California, at age 44. Wrote the Donna Summer disco hit "Last Dance."

1989 Bruce Springsteen drops in at Matt's Saloon in Prescott, Arizona, and jams with the local act The Mile High Band for about an hour. A few weeks later, Matt's bartender Brenda receives a $100,000 check from Springsteen to help cover her medical bills.

1984 "Let's Go Crazy" by Prince and the Revolution hits #1 for the first of two weeks.

1980 Kurtis Blow releases his self-titled debut album. Released on Mercury Records, it's the first rap album issued on a major label.

1977 In the middle of a tour, James Brown's backup band, the JBs, walk out before a gig in Hallendale, Florida, complaining of being underpaid. Most of the band would return to complete the tour.

1977 David Bowie sets up a trust fund for Rolan Bolan, the son of the recently deceased Marc Bolan, Bowie's close friend and frontman of glam rock band T. Rex.

1976 At his 41st birthday party, a drunk Jerry Lee Lewis attempts to shoot a soda bottle with his .357 Magnum and instead hits his bass player, Norman Owens, twice in the chest. Owens makes a full recovery.

1976 Rush release their first live album, the double LP All The World's A Stage.

1973 Grand Funk score their first #1 record when "We're An American Band" tops the Billboard Hot 100.

1969 Merle Haggard releases "Okie From Muskogee," a song that protests Vietnam war protesters. The single goes on to reach #1 on the Country chart and #43 on the Billboard hot 100.


1968 The Supremes go casual to perform "Love Child" on The Ed Sullivan Show. Diana Ross wears a sweatshirt, which is in line with the character in the song.More

1968 Bassist Brad Smith (of Blind Melon) is born in West Point, Mississippi.

1967 The Beatles record "I Am The Walrus" and "Your Mother Should Know."

1967 The Rolling Stones formally split from longtime manager Andrew Loog Oldham.

1967 Mickey Hart joins Grateful Dead as its new drummer.

1967 John Lennon flips on the radio while working on "I Am The Walrus" and hears a BBC broadcast of the Shakespeare play King Lear, which he decides to mix into the song.

1966 Jimi Hendrix meets the final member of the Jimi Hendrix Experience, bassist Noel Redding, when Redding unsuccessfully auditions for Eric Burdon's new Animals lineup at the Birdland club in London.

1964 The Beatles record "Every Little Thing," "I Don't Want To Spoil The Party," and "What You're Doing."

1963 Primus singer/bassist Les Claypool is born in Richmond, California.

1963 The Rolling Stones begin their first British tour at the New Victoria Theatre in London. They are the support act on a bill with the Everly Brothers and Bo Diddley.

1962 After a wildly successful six-and-a-half-year run, the musical My Fair Lady closes on Broadway.

1959 Little Anthony & The Imperials record "Shimmy Shimmy Koko Bop" (Anthony is quoted as saying the song is "stupid").

1958 Tommy Edwards' "It's All In The Game" hits #1, where it stays for six weeks.

1956 RCA Victor Co. announces that it has received over 856,327 advance orders for Elvis Presley's next single, "Love Me Tender."

1956 The Gale Storm Show, starring the singer as a cruise ship director who makes lots of musical interludes, debuts on CBS.

1954 The original musical version of A Star Is Born, featuring Judy Garland, opens in Hollywood. The first non-musical version debuted in 1932 as What Price Hollywood?, starring Constance Bennett.

1948 Guitarist Mike Pinera (of Iron Butterfly) is born in Tampa, Florida.

1948 Mark Farner (lead singer/guitarist for Grand Funk) is born in Flint, Michigan.

1947 Dizzy Gillespie makes his Carnegie Hall debut.

1944 Composer Mike Post is born Leland Michael Postil in Berkeley, California. Composed many TV theme songs, including Law & Order, NYPD Blue, The Rockford Files, L.A. Law, Quantum Leap, Magnum, P.I., and Hill Street Blues.

1944 Tommy Tate (vocalist/drummer for The Imperial Show Band) is born in Homestead, Florida.

1944 Folk singer Anne Briggs is born in Toton, Beeston, Nottinghamshire, England.

1942 Virtuoso violinist/composer Jean-Luc Ponty is born in Avranches, France.

1939 Songwriter Tommy Boyce (Boyce & Hart) is born Sidney Thomas Boyce in Charlottesville, Virginia. Co-wrote the Monkees' "Last Train to Clarksville."

1935 Rock and roller Jerry Lee Lewis is born in Ferriday, Louisiana.

1930 Bing Crosby marries his first wife, Dixie Lee. The couple had 4 sons together before her death in 1952.
 

Disco-Flavored "Star Wars Theme/Cantina Band" Hits #1

 
1977#1 on the Hot 100 is "Star Wars Theme/Cantina Band" by Meco. It's a 15-minute song made up of Star Wars music set to a disco beat. There's even an R2-D2 bleeping solo.
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2003 "Stacy's Mom" by Fountains of Wayne is released. The song will go on to peak at #21 in the US and #11 in the UK. It will also be nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Vocal Pop Performance. The song's infamous music video stars model/actress Rachel Hunter, who plays Stacy's mom and the obsession of her teenage daughter's friend.

1991 MTV plays the "Smells Like Teen Spirit" video for the first time, giving most Americans their first look at the band. A little over a month later, the song is #1 on the Hot 100.

1990 Nelson (Rick Nelson's twin sons, Gunnar and Matthew) top Billboard magazine's Hot 100 with "(Can't Live Without Your) Love and Affection," becoming the second generation of Nelsons to top the charts. Their grandfather, Ozzie Nelson, may have been the most popular of the bunch as a band leader in the '30s and '40s.

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