Music History: September 24th:
2014 George Hilliard (of the Philadelphia soul group The Tymes) dies at age 73.
2009 Leonard Cohen performs a controversial concert at Ramat Gan Stadium in Tel Aviv, Israel. After announcing all proceeds from the concert will go to a charitable fund organized through Amnesty International, the group withdraws all involvement and Cohen is forced to make other arrangements. He dubs the performance "A Concert for Reconciliation, Tolerance and Peace" and creates a new charity of the same name, run by both Israelis and Palestinians, to distribute all profits to groups focused on coexistence in Israel.
2003 Gordon Lightfoot is inducted into the Canadian Songwriter Hall of Fame.
2002 Blues singer-songwriter Tim Rose ("Hey Joe," "Morning Dew,") dies of a heart attack during a stomach operation at age 62.
1999 Sting releases Brand New Day.
1999 Hank Williams is the subject of the first-ever country music symposium at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. "A Tribute To Hank Williams" begins with Lucinda Williams, Kim Richey, Kathy Mattea, and Steve Earle performing the works of the late country music godfather.
1998 The film SLC Punk! premieres. Set in the unlikely location of Salt Lake City, Utah, the film documents the '80s punk movement in the western US through the eyes of a narrator. The film becomes a favorite in punk culture for being one of the accurate, if stylized, portrayals of the genre. The soundtrack includes songs by the Ramones, Blondie, The Velvet Underground, Dead Kennedys, and Generation X.
1998 Former Guns N' Roses drummer Steven Adler, 33, is sentenced to 150 days in jail for beating two women he dated and for violating his probation from an earlier domestic violence conviction.
1997 One-hit-wonder Larry Hall, known for the 1959 hit "Sandy," dies of cancer at age 57.
1996 "That Thing You Do," the title track to That Thing You Do!, a musical film directed by and starring Tom Hanks, is released. The track is written by Adam Schlesinger, bass player for Fountains of Wayne, and performed by fictional band The Wonders.
The song goes on to peak at #41 in America and is nominated for Best Original Song at the Academy Awards and Golden Globes. It loses out on both occasions to Madonna's "You Must Love Me," from Evita.
1996 Weezer release their second album, the self-produced Pinkerton.
1993 Guns N' Roses founding member Steven Adler agrees to a $2.5 million settlement in a lawsuit brought against the band and their managers. Adler signed away his interest in the band when he left in 1990 but claimed he was seriously impaired at the time and was taken advantage of.
1990 AC/DC releases The Razor's Edge. The only album by the band to feature Chis Slade on drums, it reaches #2 on the US Albums chart and #4 in the UK.
1989 Bob Dylan plays flute and recorder at the "L'Chaim - To Life!" telethon, backing up the band Chopped Liver with his son-in-law Peter Himmelman, who is married to Dylan's daughter Maria.
1988 The Hollies go to the top of the UK singles chart with "He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother" after the song was used in a UK TV beer commercial. The record was originally a hit for them in 1969.
1988 James Brown leads police on an hour-long, two-state car chase starting in Augusta, Georgia. Brown is arrested and eventually serves two years for a variety of charges.
1988 Graham Parker opens a solo acoustic tour at the University of Rhode Island.
1987 The Cosby Show begins its fourth season, introducing a new, jazzy version of the theme song performed by Bobby McFerrin. It finishes the season as the highest-rated show on TV.
1979 The Eagles release The Long Run.
1978 Ruth Etting, a popular singer and actress throughout the '20s and '30s, dies at age 80. Her life inspired the 1955 fictionalized biopic Love Me or Leave Me, starring Doris Day and James Cagney.
1977 Barely a month after his untimely death, the first national Elvis Presley convention takes place in Memphis.
1977 Styx release "Come Sail Away."
1975 Rush release their third album, Caress of Steel. The album doesn't sell as well as its predecessor, Fly by Night, and is poorly received by critics. Rush chalks up the album's lack of focus and quality to copious amounts of marijuana consumed during its making. The audacious ambition of the album, however, is an important step in the band's evolution, another step forward on an artistic path that will find fruit a year later with 2012.
1974 James Brown plays to 80,000 in Zaire, closing out a festival timed to coincide with the Ali-Foreman "Rumble In The Jungle," which has been postponed.
1971 Marty Cintron (of No Mercy) is born in the Bronx, New York City.
1971 The Jackson 5 appear on the cover of Lifemagazine, with the headline "Rock Stars At Home With Their Parents."
1970 Smokey Robinson and the Miracles releases "Tears Of A Clown."
1967 The Beatles film the dance scene to their song "Your Mother Should Know" for their film Magical Mystery Tour. Paul McCartneystokes the rumors that he is dead by wearing a black carnation while the other guys wear red.
1966 The Association's "Cherish" hits #1 for the first of three weeks.
1962 Cedric Dent (of Take 6) is born in Detroit, Michigan.
1960 Hank Ballard and the Midnighters' "Let's Go, Let's Go, Let's Go" enters the Hot 100, joining their songs "Finger Poppin' Time" and "The Twist" (the original version) on the chart. It's the first time an act has had three songs on the Hot 100 at the same time.
1958 The Donna Reed Show, starring Shelley Fabares and Paul Petersen, debuts on ABC. It runs for seven seasons.
1958 The Platters record "Smoke Gets in Your Eyes."
1957 The movie Mister Rock And Roll, starring the famous disc jockey Alan Freed, debuts in America. In the film, Freed tells the story of Rock and Roll, with performances by Little Richard, Chuck Berry, Frankie Lymon and Brook Benton.
1955 Judy Garland makes her television debut on CBS' variety show Ford Star Jubilee, breaking all previous ratings records.
1954 Sarah Vaughan records "Make Yourself Comfortable."
1946 Jerry Donahue (of Fairport Convention) is born in Manhattan, New York City.
1942 Jiggs Allbut (The Angels)
1942 Gerry Marsden (Gerry and the Pacemakers)
1942 Bandleader Glenn Miller makes his last radio broadcast on CBS' Moonlight Serenade program before leaving to enlist in the Army.
1941 Linda McCartney (Wings) is born Linda Eastman in New York City.
1940 Barbara Allbut (of The Angels) is born in Orange, New Jersey.
1940 Bob Chester records "Flinging A Wing-Ding."
1933 Mel Taylor (drummer for The Ventures) is born in New York City to a family that will include future Canned Heat bassist Larry Taylor.
1931 Anthony Newley is born in London, England. The actor will also write a string of popular ballads with songwriting partner Leslie Bricusse, including "Feeling Good."
Nirvana Unleash Nevermind
Nirvana's breakthrough album Nevermind is released.
2007The Big Bang Theory premieres on CBS with a theme song written and recorded by Barenaked Ladies.
1991The Red Hot Chili Peppers release Blood Sugar Sex Magik in the US. Containing the hits "Under the Bridge" and "Give It Away," the album sells over 10 million copies worldwide and makes the group bona-fide headliners.More
1988Bobby McFerrin's "Don't Worry Be Happy" becomes the first a cappella song to hit #1 on the Billboard Hot 100.
1983Billy Joel hits #1 in America with "Tell Her About It," a song inspired by his future wife Christie Brinkley.
1964The Supremes make their first national TV appearance, performing "Where Did Our Love Go" on The Steve Allen Show.
1936Jim Henson is born in Greenville, Mississippi. Renowned for his work on Sesame Street and The Muppets, he also lands two chart hits: "Rubber Duckie" (as Ernie - #16 in 1970) and "Rainbow Connection" (as Kermit the Frog - #25 in 1979).