Music History: September 5th:
2014 Miranda Lambert and Blake Shelton open a bed and breakfast called The Ladysmith in Tishomingo, Oklahoma. It can be seen in Blake's video for "Sangria."
2014 Pop singer Simone Battle (of G.R.L.) dies of an apparent suicide in Los Angeles, California, at age 25.
2012 Country/folk musician Joe South dies of heart failure in Buford, Georgia, at age 72.
2007 Influential blogger Perez Hilton declares himself "obsessed" with the unsigned artist Eric Hutchinson, earning the singer 3,000 new MySpace friends and serious industry buzz, leading to a deal with Warner Bros. Records.
1998 R&B singer Sonny Knight dies at age 64 in Maui, Hawaii, two years after suffering a stroke. Known for the 1956 hit "Confidential."
1991 Guitarist C.C. DeVille is kicked out of Poison after he sabotages their performance at the MTV Video Music Awards by playing "Talk Dirty To Me" instead of "Unskinny Bop" as planned. DeVille rejoins the band five years later.More
1990 B.B. King receives a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
1987 American Bandstand airs on network TV for the last time. ABC picked up the show in 1957, and throughout its run on the network, Dick Clark was the host. The show continued another year in syndication and aired one season on the USA network in 1989.
1978 Rock-and-roll singer Joe Negroni (of Frankie Lymon and the Teenagers) dies of a cerebral hemorrhage in New York City, at age 37.
1972 Roberta Flack and Donny Hathaway's duet "Where Is The Love?" is certified Gold.
1971 While Wishbone Ash are on stage at an outdoor concert in Austin, Texas, hot dog vender Francisco Carrasco is shot dead. The tragedy inspires the song "Rock 'N' Roll Widow."
1969 Rock guitarist Dweezil Zappa is born Ian Donald Calvin Euclid Zappa in Los Angeles, California, to singer/songwriter Frank Zappa and his wife, Gail.
1969 Country blues singer Josh White dies during a surgery to replace heart valves in Manhasset, New York, at age 55. Known for the 1944 hit "One Meat Ball."
1968 Brad Wilk (drummer for Rage Against The Machine) is born in Portland, Oregon.
1968 Tiny Tim sues Bouget Records, his first label, for releasing some of his early recordings without permission.
1968 John Lennon flies to Germany for his role in the movie How I Won the War - the only major non-documentary film in which he would ever appear. His character wears glasses that he would use as the basis for his distinctive eyewear.
1967 The Beatles record "I Am The Walrus."
1966 R&B singer Terry Ellis (of En Vogue) is born in Houston, Texas.
1962 The Beatles' manager, Brian Epstein, visits producer George Martin's London office to listen to the acetate of the group's first recording, "Love Me Do."
1960 Annette Funicello's "Pineapple Princess" enters the charts.
1957 Elvis Presley, flush from his new fame, gives his mother, Gladys, his pink 1955 Cadillac Fleetwood.
1957 Elvis Presley records "Treat Me Nice" and "Blue Christmas."
1956 Elvis Presley records "Poor Boy" and "Let Me."
1949 Rock guitarist Dave "Clem" Clempson (of Humble Pie) is born in Tamworth, Staffordshire, England.
1946 Dean Ford (lead singer for Marmalade) is born Thomas McAleese in Coatbridge, Scotland.
1946 Rock drummer Buddy Miles (of The Electric Flag and Jimi Hendrix's Band Of Gypsys) is born George Allen Miles Jr. in Omaha, Nebraska. His grandmother would call him "Buddy" after jazz drummer Buddy Rich.
1946 Folk rocker Loudon Wainwright III is born in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, to Life magazine columnist/editor Loudon Wainwright Jr. and his yoga teacher wife, Martha.
1945 Folk rocker Al Stewart is born in Glasgow, Scotland. He would be raised in Wimborne Minster, Dorset, England.
1945 Boudleaux Bryant and Felice Scaduto get married. The couple become one of the most successful songwriting teams in pop music, with over 700 songs published, including "Wake Up Little Susie" and "Bye Bye Love."
1941 John Stewart (of The Kingston Trio) is born in San Diego, California. Wrote The Monkees' #1 hit "Daydream Believer."
1936 Blues guitarist Willie Woods (of Junior Walker & The All Stars) is born.
1912 Experimental composer John Cage is born in Los Angeles, California. Known for his composition "4'33," in which musicians were present but did not play their instruments. Instead, environmental sounds provided the music for the piece.
1791 Opera composer Giacomo Meyerbeer is born Jacob Liebmann Beer near Berlin, Germany.
1973The Jamaican cult classic film The Harder They Come is released in the US.
2008 The first Fender Stratocaster set alight on stage by Jimi Hendrix is auctioned. The guitar sells for $575,000 to collector Daniel Boucher - less than the $1 million predicted. It is one of only two guitars definitively burned by Hendrix - the other was at the Monterey Pop Festival in 1967.
1981 Soft Cell hits #1 in the UK with an electronic cover of "Tainted Love," a song originally released by the American soul singer Gloria Jones in 1964. The song also charts in America, reaching #8 in July 1982. It's the only hit for the duo in the States, but they have many more in their native UK.
1976 Garry Rossington of Lynyrd Skynyrd falls asleep at the wheel of his new Ford Torino and hits a tree and a house. The incident inspires their song "That Smell."
1964 A British group scores a #1 hit in America with a folk song about a New Orleans brothel when The Animals' "The House Of The Rising Sun" tops the chart.
1946 Farrokh Bulsara is born in Zanzibar (a set of islands off the coast of Africa). He would later take the name Freddie Mercury (after the Roman messenger to the gods) and become the frontman for Queen.