Monday, September 19, 2016

Today in Music History...September 19, 2016

Music History: September 19



1931: Brook Benton
1934: Brian Epstein
1935: Nick Massi (The Four Seasons)
1936: Brother Gene Dinwiddie (Paul Butterfield Blues Band)
1940: Bill Medley (The Righteous Brothers)
1940: Paul Williams
1941: Lee Dorman (Iron Butterfly)
1941: Cass Elliot
1945: Freda Payne
1945: Austin Roberts
1945: David Bromberg
1946: John Coghlan (Status Quo)
1947: Lol Creme (10cc)
1949: Twiggy
1952: Nile Rodgers (Chic)


1973: Gram Parsons
1998: Red Foley
1999: Ed Cobb (The Four Preps)
2004: Skeeter Davis
2005: Willie Hutch
2006: Danny Flores (The Champs)
2008: Earl Palmer


1955: Pat Boone gains everlasting notoriety when his cleaned-up version of Fats Domino's "Ain't That a Shame" goes to the top of the charts, kicking off a string of bland copies of rock and roll hits that will deprive black artists of exposure in the still-segregated world of radio.
1957: Cliff Richard, only 16 and still going by his birth name of Harry Webb, gets his first break when he joins the Dick Teague Skiffle Group. 
 1960: Now at the peak of their popularity, Hank Ballard and the Midnighters become the first artists to have three songs in the Billboard Hot 100 at the same time: "Finger Poppin’ Time," "Let’s Go, Let’s Go, Let’s Go," and "The Twist" recently given more exposure by Chubby Checker's hit version.
1966: Also at the height of their popularity, Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass give a command performance for Princess Grace of Monaco at her palace.
1967: The beleaguered Beatles search desperately for a place in which to wrap filming on their trouble-plagued Magical Mystery Tour film. Having forgotten to book their primary choice, Surrey's Shepperton Film Studios, in advance, the band settles on an abandoned US Air Force station in Kent, filming most of the uncompleted movie on and around the grounds over the next week.
1970: The first Glastonbury rock festival is held, with a lineup consisting of Marc Bolan, Quintessence, Jethro Tull leader Ian Anderson, and others.
1971: A major component in the band's sudden fame, the Jackson 5's Goin' Back to Indiana TV special airs on ABC, featuring Diana Ross and Bobby Darin.
1974: Drummer Max Weinberg joins the E Street Band, playing with them onstage for the first time at the Main Point in Philadelphia.
1975: After a notorious and ugly split with their original manager, Norman Sheffield, and after an abortive attempt by Led Zeppelin's Peter Grant to represent them, Queen sign a new contract with Elton John's manager, John Reid.
1976: Promoter Sid Bernstein, who had brought the Beatles to America and presented them in Shea Stadium, attempts to get the band to reunite as a "symbol of hope" by placing a full-page ad in the New York Times. Three years later to the day, the New York Post, excited by another Bernstein reunion appeal, this time to benefit the "boat people" of Kampuchea, runs a headline declaring "The Beatles are Back!"
1978: An unprecedented two million advance orders are placed for Linda Ronstadt's new album, Living in the U.S.A., ensuring it will ship double platinum.
1979: Madison Square Garden hosts the No Nukes benefit against nuclear power, featuring performances by Bruce Springsteen, The Doobie Brothers, Jackson Browne, Tom Petty, Carly Simon, Poco, Stephen Stills and David Crosby, and James Taylor.
1981: Simon and Garfunkel play their first concert since breaking up in 1970, a free show in Central Park that was so successful it spawned a hit live album and a planned year-long tour. Unfortunately, the reunion doesn't last that long.
1991: In Pasadena, an all-star benefit concert honoring Ray Charles features performances of Ray songs by Stevie Wonder, Willie Nelson, Michael McDonald and more. Entitled Ray Charles: 50 Years in Music, Uh-Huh!, the concert (and accompanying TV show) benefits the Starlight and Starbright Pavilion Foundations for terminally ill children.
1993: Ex-Mamas and Papas' vocalist Michelle Phillips is robbed by an unknown gunman outside a West Hollywood restaurant.
2003: Former Cream bassist Jack Bruce, diagnosed with liver cancer, undergoes a successful liver transplant in Los Angeles.
2004: With their latest hit, "You'll Come Around," Status Quo become the artists with the most all-time chart hits in the UK, an amazing 61 charted singles from 1968's "Pictures of Matchstick Men" (their only US hit).


1970: Neil Young, After the Gold Rush


1968: The Beatles, "Piggies"
1968: Diana Ross and the Supremes, "Love Child"
1974: Bob Dylan: "Buckets of Rain," "Simple Twist of Fate"


1960: Chubby Checker's "The Twist" hits #1
1964: Chad and Jeremy's "A Summer Song" enters the charts
1970: Diana Ross' "Ain't No Mountain High Enough" hits #1


1968: Steppenwolf's "Born to be Wild" is certified gold

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