Music History: September 18th:
Roger Pope (frequent drummer for Elton John) dies of cancer in Southampton, England, at age 66, just hours after marrying his longtime companion, Sue Tresidder.
Annie Lennox, formerly of the bands The Tourists and Eurythmics, gets hitched to her third husband, a London doctor named Mitch Besser.
The Village People get a star on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame at 6529 Hollywood Blvd.
Willie Nelson's tour bus is stopped near Lafayette, Louisiana, and Nelson, along with four members of his band, are arrested for possession of marijuana and psychedelic mushrooms.
Dashboard Confessional donates proceeds from its Toronto show to Hurricane Katrina relief efforts.
Papa Roach release their breakthrough single, "Last Resort." The track goes on to top the US Modern Rock Tracks chart.
On the Grand Ole Opry, Jett Williams pays tribute to her late father, Hank Williams, who would have been 75 the day before. Daughter salutes father by performing "Your Cheatin' Heart," a song released after his death on New Year's Eve, 1952. "He never sang the song on the Opry. He never sang it live," Williams tells the audience.
Jump blues singer Jimmy Witherspoondies of throat cancer in Los Angeles, California, at age 77.
Earl Van Dyke, keyboardist for Funk Brothers, Motown's in-house band, dies of prostate cancer at age 62.
The Gladys Knight/Flip Wilson sitcom Charlie And Company premieres on CBS.
Genesis release their "abstract" album, Abacab, in the UK.
1981The Doors Greatest Hits album is certified Platinum.
The tenth anniversary of Jimi Hendrix' untimely death is marked by a multimedia event, featuring Experience members Noel Redding and Mitch Mitchell, held at the Paradise Club in Amsterdam.
Greg Arama (bass player for The Amboy Dukes) dies in a motorcycle accident at age 29.
The albums Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley, Ace Frehley, and Peter Criss all hit stores on the same day.
WKRP in Cincinnati, a TV series about a radio station that switches format from easy listening to rock, makes its debut on CBS. It lasts four seasons, enjoying support from real radio professionals who recognize the quirky characters (incompetent general manager Arthur Carlson, disheveled morning jock Johnny Fever) in their co-workers.
Boston releases "More Than A Feeling."
Pink Floyd becomes the first rock act to perform at Montreux, Switzerland's Classical Music Festival.
The ill-fated Bobby Sherman sitcom Getting Together premieres on ABC-TV.
The Beatles record "Birthday."
Ricky Bell (of Bell Biv DeVoe) is born in the Roxbury neighborhood of Boston, Massachusetts.
The Beach Boys release Smiley Smile.
The Beatles journey to the Raymond Revue bar in London to film the notorious "striptease" scene in Magical Mystery Tour. Accompanying stripper Jan Carson is The Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band, playing a song called "Death Cab For Cutie."
Ian "Spike" Spice (drummer for Breathe) is born in England. Known for the 1988 hit "Hands to Heaven."
The James Bond movie Goldfinger, with a theme song by Shirley Bassey, is released.
Synthpop singer Joanne Catherall (of The Human League) is born in Sheffield, England.
Dee Dee Sharp records "Ride!"
Hayley Mills' "Let's Get Together" enters the charts.
Bobby Vee's "Take Good Care Of My Baby" hits #1 for the first of three weeks.
The Tab Hunter Show premieres on NBC-TV (it lasts one season)
Teen idol Frankie Avalon turns 21, making him an adult and therefore eligible to claim the over $600,000 he earned while underage.
The first "Dick Clark Caravan Of Stars" tour kicks off with Lloyd Price, Duane Eddy, Paul Anka, Bobby Rydell, The Coasters and more.
The Big Record, CBS-TV's answer to American Bandstand, premieres with host Patti Page and guests Billy Ward & the Dominoes and Tony Bennett.
Rock shows are banned at the US Naval Station in Newport, Rhode Island, after a fight breaks out during a Fats Domino concert.
CBS-TV's popular variety show Toast Of The Town is renamed what many people had been calling it all along, The Ed Sullivan Show.
Keith Morris (frontman for Black Flag and Circle Jerks) is born in Hermosa Beach, California.
Dee Dee Ramone (Ramonesbassist/songwriter) is born Douglas Glenn Colvin in Fort Lee, Virginia; he's raised in Berlin, Germany.
Kerry Livgren (songwriter/guitarist/keyboardist for Kansas) is born in Topeka, Kansas.
The first-ever country music presentation is held at Carnegie Hall, featuring Ernest Tubb and Roy Acuff.
Alan "Bam" King (lead guitarist for Ace) is born in Kentish Town, London, England.
Singer/actor Frankie Avalon is born Francis Thomas Avallone in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Jazz/pop singer Teddi King is born Theodora King in Boston, Massachusetts. Known for the mid-'50s singles "Mr. Wonderful," "Married I Can Always Get" and "Say It Isn't So."
The Copyright Office receives Scott Joplin's "Maple Leaf Rag."
Francesca Caccini, composer and performer in the early Baroque era, is born in Florence, Tuscany, Italy.
Jimi Hendrix Dies
Jimi Hendrix is found dead in his basement. He had taken nine pills of the barbiturate Vesparax, that along with alcohol, caused a fatal overdose.
2011At the Austin City Limits festival, Awolnation lead singer Aaron Bruno does a little crowd surfing, using a boogie board to actually surf on top of the crowd before performing their apropos hit "Sail."
After completing her set at a concert in Minneapolis, Lucinda Williams marries her manager, Tom Overby, on stage. After exchanging vows, they do an encore, starting with "Happy" by The Rolling Stones.
Britney Spears marries her fiance, dancer Kevin Federline, in a surprise ceremony held at a private home in the Studio City area with 20 to 30 people attending. The ceremony lasts about five minutes; it is Spears' second marriage in nine months.
The United States Postal Service issues the Billie Holiday stamp to honor the singer.
Cameron Crowe's film Singles hits theaters in the US. While at first glance, the movie could be seen as an epilogue to all those teen angst films of the '80s with the cast of offbeat and quirky rebels and outcasts moving through early adulthood with no less angst than before, it quickly proves to be much more than a post-adolescent coming-of-age flick. Pearl Jamand Soundgarden appear.
Kiss make their first public appearance without their trademark make-up when they show up on MTV to promote their new album - and single - "Lick It Up."