Sunday, September 4, 2016

Today in Music History...September 4, 2016

Music History: September 4



1942: Gene Parsons (The Byrds, The Flying Burrito Brothers)
1942: Bubba Knight (Gladys Knight and the Pips
1946: Ronald LePread (The Commodores)
1946: Gary Duncan (Quicksilver Messenger Service)
1946: Greg Elmore (Quicksilver Messenger Service)
1951: Martin Chambers (Pretenders)


1991: Dottie West


1952: At the birthday party for her cousin Bubba, eight-year-old gospel vocalist Gladys Knight forms a secular singing group The Pips, including Bubba and (eventually) two other cousins. They name themselves the Pips after their cousin (and manager) James Woods, who was nicknamed Pip.
1957: Baltimore's local dance program The Buddy Deane Show, premieres on WJZ-TV, becoming a regional institution and a major inspiration behind Baltimore native John Waters' film Hairspray.
1959: Dick Clark's first package tour opens at the Michigan State Fair, featuring The Coasters, LaVern Baker, Duane Eddy, Jan and Dean, Frankie Avalon, and Annette Funicello. 
 1959: After 17-year-old gang member Salvador Agron fatally stabs two teens in New York, station WCBS bans the Bobby Darin hit "Mack the Knife."
1962: The Beatles enter EMI's Abbey Road studios for their first formal recording session, rehearsing "Love Me Do" and "Please Please Me." Producer George Martin likes the former, but also insists the band record a song by Mitch Murray, "How Do You Do It." Unhappy with the song, which they feel inferior to their own, the Beatles tape it anyway; Martin later relents after the band revamps "Please Please Me," and "How Do You Do It" will become a #1 hit for Gerry and the Pacemakers -- but only after "Please Please Me" takes the top spot. It's then knocked off the #1 spot by another Lennon-McCartney original, "From Me To You."
1964: The Animals make their US stsge debut at Brooklyn's Paramount Theatre.
1965: While buying a guard dog for protection at England's Battersea Dog's Home, the Who's equipment van, parked just outside, is ironically stolen.
1968: The Beatles visit Twickenham Film Studios in London to film videos for "Hey Jude" and "Revolution," the two sides of their latest single. In order to cirsumvent union rules against lip-synching, John and Paul sing over the backing tracks for their respective songs.
1968: Anticipating a protest firestorm at the upcoming Democratic National Convention, Chicago bans the new Rolling Stones single, "Street Fighting Man," from its airwaves. The song calls for "fighting in the street" and a "palace revolution."
1969: In a notorious incident, the Youngbloods are canceled from NBC's Tonight Show at the last minute. The band was there to play a track off their new album, Elephant Mountain, as a replacement for CSNY, who'd just canceled due to Neil Young abruptly leaving the group. The Youngbloods tell the press they left because the show went back on their promise, instead ordering them to play their 1967 hit "Get Together." Host Johnny Carson, for his part, famously went on air that night and gave his side of the story: "They complained about the set, the lighting, the sound, the show -- everything. So we wiped their noses, told them they'd been in show business a day and a half, and sent them home." It would be years before the show would book another rock band.
1972: John Lennon and Yoko Ono appear on Jerry Lewis' nationally syndicated institution, the Muscular Dystrophy Telethon. Lennon performs "Imagine" and "Give Peace a Chance."
1986: The Allman Brothers' leader, Gregg Allman, is arrested for drunk driving in Florida, notable mainly because he'd just gotten his license back after a five year suspension for another such incident.
2008: The very first Fender Strat that Jimi Hendrix set on fire while performing is auctioned off at Sotheby's in London for approximately half a million dollars.
2008: Michael Jackson's funeral, a relatively small affair, is held at Forest Lawn in Los Angeles, with attendees including Quincy Jones, Berry Gordy, and ex-wife Lisa Marie Presley. The gold-plated coffin is borne by the surviving five Jackson brothers.


1967: Sam and Dave, "Soul Man"
1967: The Rascals, "How Can I Be Sure"
1967: Lulu, "To Sir With Love"
1970: George Harrison, "My Sweet Lord"
1970: The Rolling Stones, Get Yer Ya-Ya's Out!
1972: Johnny Nash, "I Can See Clearly Now"




1952: Jo Stafford's, "You Belong To Me" hits #1
1961: The Highwaymen's "Michael" hits #1
1961: The Marvellettes' "Please Mr. Postman" enters the charts
1961: The Beatles' "Help!" hits #1
1971: Paul McCartney's "Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey" hits #1
1976: The Bee Gees' "You Should Be Dancing" hits #1
1976: The album Fleetwood Mac hits #1



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