Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Today in Music History...September 6, 2016

Music History: September 6



1925: Jimmy Reed
1940: Jackie Trent
1942: Dave Bargerdon (Blood Sweat & Tears)
1943: Roger Waters (Pink Floyd)
1947: Sylvester
1948: Claydes Smith (Kool and the Gang)
1954: Banner Thomas (Molly Hatchet)


1978: Tom Wilson
1984: Ernest Tubb
1985: Johnny Desmond
1990: Tom Fogerty
1994: Nicky Hopkins


1955: So many Elvis Presley fans crowd into the high school gym in Bono, AR, that the floor collapses under their weight. Fortunately, there are no injuries.
1957: Utilizing the latest technology in plastics, Nestle releases the world's first "flexi-disc" as a free giveaway with its latest candy bar.
1958: Georgia Gibbs capitalizes on the latest fad by singing "The Hula Hoop Song" on CBS' Ed Sullivan Show.
1961: Bob Dylan makes his New York City stage debut, performing at the Gaslight Cafe in Greenwich Village.
1963: Jerry Lee Lewis' contract with Sun expires, and, with the label refusing to release his latest records due to ongoing scandals, Lewis decides to sign with the Smash label, eventually gaining a whole new career as a country artist. 
 1967: Director D.A. Pennebaker's epochal movie about Bob Dylan, Don't Look Back, widely considered one of the greatest rockumentaries of all time, premieres in New York.
1968: George Harrison's friend Eric Clapton, also his neighbor in the UK county of Esher, gives George a lift to Abbey Road studios. Unhappy with the Beatles' infighting and his own attempts at a guitar solo for his latest song, "While My Guitar Gently Weeps," George asks that Eric come into the studio and lay down a track. Clapton at first refuses, correctly noting that "nobody (famous) ever plays on the Beatles records!" but George insists. The invitation has its intended effect: the band members are completely professional and Eric's solo sounds great. But listening to the playback, the ex-Yardbird decides the result isn't "Beatle-y enough," so the solo is run through the Leslie rotating speaker of the Hammond B-3 organ cabinet, an effect the lads had been using at least as far back as "Tomorrow Never Knows."
1969: Declaring "I'm tired, man," James Brown announces after tonight's Memphis gig that his last live performance will be on July 4, 1970. Needless to say, he changes his mind.
1969: David Bowie gets his first big break as his psychedelic single "Space Oddity" enters the UK charts.
1970: Jimi Hendrix makes what is to be his last appearance on stage, performing at the Open Air Love and Peace Festival in Fehmarn, Germany. Just twelve days later, Jimi would die from complications of an overdose of sleeping pills.
1988: Elton John famously declares that he will never wear his trademark outrageous costumes again, auctioning off 2,000 pieces of wardrobe at Sotheby's in London. The auction would be memorialized in the title and cover of his next album, Reg Strikes Back.
1989: The NFL's Pittsburgh Steelers actually agree to practice somewhere besides their home, Three Rivers Stadium, after the Rolling Stones take it over in preparation for an upcoming concert.
2000: Michael Jackson is invited to give a speech to the Oxford University debating society,a and does so as a means of promoting his new charity, Heal The Kids. "Tonight I come before you less as an icon of pop," he says, "and more as an icon of a generation, a generation that no longer knows what it means to be children."
2001: Viagra sponsors its first pop music tour -- Earth, Wind and Fire's 30th anniversary jaunt.
2006: Village People lead singer Victor Willis is given three years probation in San Francisco for cocaine possession.




1957: Elvis Presley: "My Wish Came True," "White Christmas," "Here Comes Santa Claus," "Silent Night," "Don't"
1967: The Beatles: "I Am the Walrus," "The Fool on the Hill," "Blue Jay Way"
1968: The Beatles, "While My Guitar Gently Weeps"


1952: Eddie Fisher's "Wish You Were Here" hits #1
1975: Glen Campbell's "Rhinestone Cowboy" hits #1
1975: Jefferson Starship's LP Red Octopus hits #1



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