Music History: September 12th:
2017 Stevie Wonder, Demi Lovato and Dave Matthews are among the performers at the "Hand in Hand" telethon, which benefits victims of hurricanes Harvey and Irma.
2016The #HotInHerreStreamingParty hashtag takes off as Nelly fans try to help him out of a $2.4 million tax debt by repeatedly streaming his hit "Hot In Herre." Based on an estimated Spotify royalty of $0.007 per stream, it will take about 342,857,142 listens to play off the debt.
2014Joe Sample (pianist of The Jazz Crusaders) dies of mesothelioma at age 75.
2013Ray Dolby (sound engineer who invented the noise-reduction system which bears his name) dies of leukemia in San Francisco, California, at age 80.
2012After years of mainstream popularity, considerable airplay, and being nominated for numerous awards, Matchbox Twenty finally get their due on the charts with a #1 debut on the Billboard albums chart. North is their first top-charting album and their fifth studio album in the 16 years the band has been together.
2011Ed Sheeran's debut album, +, is released in the UK, where it will top the albums chart.
2011Suffering from Alzheimer's disease, Glen Campbell performs "It's Your Amazing Grace" on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. Campbell's memory is shot, but on stage he's able to perform, reading the lyrics from a teleprompter. He had just started his Goodbye Tour, which continues for more than a year, until his condition deteriorates to the point where he can no longer perform.
The 2010 MTV Video Music Awards ceremony is broadcast live from the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles, on MTV, with Chelsea Handler hosting the event. Lady Gagatakes Video of the Year for "Bad Romance."
2008Metallica release Death Magnetic, produced by Rick Rubin.
2007R&B singer Bobby Byrd (member of The Famous Flames with James Brown) dies of cancer near Atlanta, Georgia, at age 73.
2006Marianne Faithfull announces she has breast cancer (seven weeks later she says she has made a "full recovery").
2000Barenaked Ladies release their fifth studio album, Maroon.
2000Lynyrd Skynyrd releases Christmas Time Again, their first Christmas album.
1998Green Day frontman Billie Armstrong's second child with wife Adrienne is born: son Jakob Danger.
1995Lenny Kravitz releases his fourth studio album, Circus.
1993Kelsea Ballerini is born in Mascot, Tennessee.
1987The syndicated TV series Showtime at the Apollo makes its debut. During its 1093-episode run, hosts include Whoopi Goldberg, Martin Lawrence, Sinbad, Steve Harvey, and Mo'Nique.
1985Rolling Stonepublishes their interview with Prince, who has not spoken to the press in three years. He remains elusive, but explains why he made up stories in his early years to appease and confound reporters: "I used to tease a lot of journalists early on, because I wanted them to concentrate on the music."
1980ABC-TV's 20/20 program airs a report questioning the official cause of Elvis Presley's death.
1978Ruben Studdard is born in Frankfurt, Germany, where his father is stationed with the US Army, but grows up in Birmingham, Alabama. He goes on to win Season 2 of American Idol.
1977Paul McCartney's son, James, is born.
1977B.T. Express perform for US President Jimmy Carter at the White House.
1975Pink Floyd releases Wish You Were Here.
1974Country singer Jennifer Nettles (of Sugarland) is born in Douglas, Georgia.
1970The Woody Guthrie tribute concert takes place at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles. Performers include Bob Dylan, Judy Collins, Richie Havens and Joan Baez.
1969The Rolling Stones release Through The Past, Darkly.
1966Singer/pianist Ben Folds is born in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.
1966The Roger Miller Show, starring the country singer, debuts on NBC.
1960Nina Simone's "Nobody Knows When You're Down and Out" peaks at #93, where it will stay for one week.
1957Film composer Hans Zimmer is born in Frankfurt am Main, Germany. Known for award-winning scores for The Lion King (1994), Gladiator (2000) and The Dark Knight (2008), to name a few.
1957Larry Williams records "Bony Maronie."
1956Barry Andrews (keyboardist for XTC) is born in West Norwood, London, England.
1952Neal Peart (drummer/lyricist for Rush) is born near Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.
1952Folk rocker Gerry Beckley (of America) is born in Fort Worth, Texas.
1948Giving up her job at the Tupelo Garment Company in Mississippi, Gladys Presley and her husband Vernon move to Memphis with their son, Elvis.
1946Blue Cheer singer/bassist Dickie Peterson is born in Grand Forks, North Dakota.
1944R&B singer Barry White is born Barry Eugene Carter in Galveston, Texas. He would be raised in South Central Los Angeles, California.
1943Frank Sinatra starts his film career when he signs a 7-year contract with RKO Pictures.
1938Soul/gospel singer Judy Clay is born Judith Grace Guions in St. Pauls, North Carolina.
1933Folk-blues singer Maria Muldaur is born Maria Grazia Rosa Domenica D'Amato in Greenwich Village, New York City.
1931Country singer George Jones is born in Saratoga, Texas.
The Monkees TV show makes its debut, with four actors chosen to portray a pop band based on The Beatles. While The Monkeesare a fictional band, they become very real and eventually play on their own recordings instead of studio musicians.
2007Led Zeppelin announce a reunion concert, with 18,000 tickets priced at $255 each doled out in an online lottery. At least a million registrations come in for the show, which is scheduled for November 26 but postponed to December 10 when Jimmy Page breaks his finger.
2006Britney Spears gives birth to her second child, Jayden James Federline, born just 363 days after her first son, Sean. In ensuing years, the kids enjoy many lavish joint birthday parties.
2006Justin Timberlake releases his second solo album, FutureSex: LoveSounds. Impelled by the lead single "SexyBack," it goes to #1 in the US and sells over 9 million copies.
2003Johnny Cash dies of complications from diabetes in Nashville, Tennessee, at age 71.
1998Lauryn Hill's solo album The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill debuts at #1 in the US.
1996Jack Gillis marries Meg White. He takes her last name, and the couple forms The White Stripes. They tell reporters they are brother and sister, which goes over until a reporter for the Detroit Free Press uncovers their marriage license in 2001.