Music History: September 10th:
2010 Delta bluesman Foster "Mr. Tater" Wiley dies in Memphis, Tennessee, at age 63.
2009 Nine Inch Nails completes its Wave Goodbye Tour at Los Angeles' Wiltern Theater, with Trent Reznor declaring that the band is done performing live for "the foreseeable future." The band maintains its hiatus for roughly four years, returning on July 26, 2013, with their Twenty Thirteen Tour.
2008 Abingdon Street in Peoria, Illinois, is designated "Fogelberg Parkway" after their native son Dan Fogelberg. The street is where the events of his song "Same Old Lang Syne" took place.
1999 Standin' On The Corner Park opens in Winslow, Arizona. Inspired by the city's famous mention in the Eagles song "Take It Easy," the park features a statue of a man with a guitar standing on the corner. The park quickly becomes a popular photo op for folks passing through Winslow.
1996 Neil Peart employs some jazz-influenced traditional drum grip on Rush's 16th studio album, Test for Echo. It's the last album the band releases before the death of Peart's daughter, followed ten months later by the passing of his wife, lead the band to take a six-year recording hiatus.
1996 Blues guitarist Lee Baker (of Lee Baker & The Agitators) is murdered at age 53, along with his elderly aunt, in Memphis, Tennessee.
1988 "Sweet Child O' Mine" by Guns N' Roses hits #1 for the first of two weeks. The band is opening shows for Aerosmith at the time.
1984 Matthew Followill (lead guitarist for Kings Of Leon) is born Cameron Matthew Followill in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
1975 Bob Dylan performs three songs as tribute to the Columbia A&R man who discovered him during the PBS-TV special The World Of John Hammond.
1975 KISS releases Alive!
1975 Elton John's "Someone Saved My Life Tonight" is certified Gold.
1973 The BBC, predictably, bans The Rolling Stones' single "Star Star," which is better known as "Starf----r."
1972 At the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles, The Doors, who have continued as a trio since the death of Jim Morrison in July 1971, play their last concert. Their final song is "Light My Fire," the last song Morrison performed before his death.
1970 B.B. King plays for inmates at Cook County Jail in Chicago. The show is released the following year as the album Live at Cook County Jail.
1968 Rapper Big Daddy Kane is born Antonio Hardy in Brooklyn, New York City, New York. Known for 1988's "Ain't No Half-Steppin'."
1968 The Beatles record "Helter Skelter."
1967 Elvis Presley records "Guitar Man" and "Big Boss Man."
1966 Miles Zuniga (guitarist/vocalist for Fastball) is born in Laredo, Texas.
1966 Robin Goodridge (drummer for Bush) is born in Crawley, West Sussex, England.
1966 The Supremes' "You Can't Hurry Love" hits #1 for the first of two weeks.
1965 The Byrds record "Turn! Turn! Turn! (To Everything There Is a Season)."
1965 Beatles manager Brian Epstein begins negotiating for a cartoon series on ABC-TV bearing the name and likenesses of the group.
1964 Rod Stewart records "Good Morning Little Schoolgirl."
1963 While traveling in London, John Lennon and Paul McCartney encounter Rolling Stones manager Andrew Loog Oldham, who worked as a promoter for The Beatles earlier in the year. Oldham invites them to The Stones rehearsal, where Lennon and McCartney complete a song they were working on, "I Wanna Be Your Man," and give it to The Stones, which they use as their second UK single.
1962 The BBC bans Bobby "Boris" Pickett's Halloween novelty single "Monster Mash," finding it in poor taste. However, in 1973 the radio giant lifts the ban, sending a re-release of the holiday favorite to #3.
1960 David Lowery (lead singer for Cracker) is born in San Antonio, Texas.
1958 Siobhan Fahey (of Bananarama) is born in Dublin, Ireland.
1956 Johnnie Fingers (keyboardist for The Boomtown Rats) is born John Peter Moylett in Ireland.
1955 Chuck Berry's first hit, "Maybellene," reaches its peak chart position of #5 in the US.
1954 Elvis Presley records "I Don't Care If The Sun Don't Shine" and "Just Because."
1951 Pete Tolson (guitarist for The Pretty Things) is born in Bishops Stortford, Herts, England. David Bowie covered the group's "Don't Bring Me Down" for his 1973 album, Pin Ups.
1950 Joe Perry (lead guitarist for Aerosmith) is born Anthony Joseph Perry in Lawrence, Massachusetts.
1949 Barriemore Barlow (drummer/percussionist for Jethro Tull) is born in Birmingham, England.
1946 Don Powell (drummer for Slade) is born in Bilston, Wolverhampton, Staffordshire, England. He would become interested in drums as a Boy Scout.
1945 José Feliciano is born José Montserrate Feliciano García in Lares, Puerto Rico. Known for the Christmas classic "Feliz Navidad."
1942 Rock singer Danny Hutton (of Three Dog Night) is born in Buncrana, Donegal, Ireland.
1937 Country singer Tommy Overstreet is born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. He would be raised in Texas. His first hit was "Gwen (Congratulations)" in 1970.
1991Nirvana's "Smells Like Teen Spirit" is released as a single, forever changing the musical meaning of the word "Alternative."
2015 Craig David breaks his hiatus with a guest slot on BBC Radio 1Xtra during a takeover by spoof garage and grime collective Kurupt FM, made popular by the BBC mockumentary People Just Do Nothing (also featuring grime MCs Big Narstie, Stormzy and MC Vapour). The session goes viral and helps launch David's comeback alongside the rising grime scene.More
2001 Jo Dee Messina releases "Bring On The Rain," which becomes an anthem of grief and resilience after the terrorist attacks the next day.
1990 Starring a young rapper named Will Smith, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air debuts on NBC. Smith hones his acting skills during his six seasons on the show, which features guest appearances by his musical partner, DJ Jazzy Jeff.More
1966 The Beatles' Revolver hits #1 despite a firestorm over John Lennon's comments that the group is "more popular than Jesus now."