Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Today in Music History...September 13, 2017 (Now with more info & links)

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Music History: September 13th:

2013 Hozier releases "Take Me to Church," the lead single from his self-titled debut album.

2013 After winning a landmark lawsuit, The Village People lead singer Victor Willis regains the copyright to 33 songs he co-wrote for the band. Willis is the first songwriter to go public with his case, which deals with a 1978 law that reverts copyrights to songs back to their original owners 35 years after. Like many songwriters, Willis had signed away the rights to his songs.

2011 After an eight-year absence, Anthrax release their 10th studio album, Worship Music. Joey Belladonna, who hasn't been with the band since 1992, returns to handle lead vocals.

2010 John Mayer shuts down his Twitter account with 3.7 million followers. Once an avid Tweeter, Mayer has shied away from social media after oversharing in a Playboy interview. He does eventually return to Twitter, but in moderation. "It does rewire your brain," he says.

2009 Katy Perry and Russell Brand meet at the MTV Video Music Awards, which Brand is hosting. The pair begin dating soon after.

2008 Come Dancing, a musical devoted to the music of The Kinks, opens in London.

2005 Jimi Hendrix's boyhood home in Seattle is saved from destruction after his estate and the city agree to renovate the building and turn it into a community center.

2003 Dave Clark Five lead singer Mike Smith suffers a tragic fall from a ladder at his home in Spain, leaving him without any movement in three limbs. He would remain a near-quadriplegic until his death in 2008 from pneumonia, a complication of the original injury.

1994 The Notorious B.I.G. releases his debut solo album, Ready to Die. It's the first album issued on Sean Combs' Bad Boy label.

1993 Max Weinberg, drummer with Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band, begins his new job as bandleader for NBC-TV's new show Late Night With Conan O'Brien.

1990 Eddie Vedder does some surfing, writes some lyrics, and adds his vocals to three instrumental tracks recorded by the guys he would later join in Pearl Jam. The songs become "Alive," "Once" and "Footsteps."

1988 N.W.A founder Eazy-E releases his debut solo album, Eazy-Duz-It.

1986 The Communards hit #1 in the UK with their cover of "Don't Leave Me This Way," an American #1 for Thelma Houston in 1977. Their version becomes the top-selling UK single of 1986.

1985 MTV debuts Club MTV, their contemporary and far more lascivious version of American Bandstand.More

1980 The TV series Solid Gold premieres. Like its genre-mates American Bandstand and Soul Train, the show consists of Top-40 music (mostly recorded) in a studio with a dance stage and floor. A feature of the show is a specialty crew of "Solid Gold dancers" who bump and grind to the tunes. Dionne Warwick is the host for the first season, but the show rotates through numerous hosts during its course. The show runs almost eight seasons before discontinuing in 1988.

1979 ABBA starts their first and only tour of North America with a show at the Edmonton Sports Arena.

1977 Pop/rock singer Fiona Apple is born in Manhattan, New York City, to singer Diane McAfee and actor Brandon Maggart.

1976 Lynyrd Skynyrd releases their first live album, One More from the Road. It's the only live album the band releases before a 1977 plane wreak ends the original lineup and puts the band out of commission entirely for fourteen years.

1976 Bob Dylan releases Hard Rain.

1975 The Isley Brothers' LP The Heat Is On hits #1.

1975 Bruce Springsteen's LP Born To Run enters the charts.

1975 Janis Ian's "At Seventeen," a song about dealing with unrealistic standards of beauty (not typical hit song material at the time), peaks at #3 on the Hot 100 for the first of two weeks.

1973 The New York Dolls perform "Trash" and "Personality Crisis" on The Midnight Special television program.

1971 Paul McCartney and wife Linda welcome a daughter: Stella Nina McCartney. Stella, who will grow up to be a fashion designer, joins older sister Mary and half-sister Heather (Linda's daughter from a previous marriage).

1969 Santana's LP Santana hits #1.

1969 John Lennon introduces the Plastic Ono Band at the Rock and Roll Revival Show in Toronto. The set is later released as the Live Peace In Toronto 1969 album. Basically a supergroup with revolving members headed by John and Yoko, they are credited for the single "Give Peace A Chance."

1968 The Beatles record "Glass Onion."

1968 Clarence Carter's "Slip Away" is certified gold.

1967 Steve Perkins (drummer for Jane's Addiction) is born in Los Angeles, California.

1967 Joe Tex records "Skinny Legs And All."

1965 Ringo Starr's son Zak Starkey is born.

1965 The ill-fated variety program The Steve Lawrence Show, starring the big band singer and featuring guest star Lucille Ball, debuts on CBS-TV.

1965 The Beatles win their first Grammys, for Best New Artist and Best Album (for A Hard Day's Night), at the awards ceremony in New York.

1965 The Beatles release "Yesterday."

1964 To prevent the spate of stage-rushing going on at recent frenzied Rolling Stones concerts, Liverpool's Empire Club hires two dozen rugby players to act as a human shield; the crowd of 5,000 washes right over them.

1964 Murray The K's latest rock and roll show at the Brooklyn Paramount Theatre ends after ten days, featuring Marvin Gaye, Smokey Robinson & The Miracles, Martha and the Vandellas, The Shangri-Las, and Jay and the Americans.

1963 Shirley Ellis records "The Nitty Gritty."

1963 The Hollies' Graham Nash (later of CSNY) falls out of his touring van after a Scottish gig, leaning on an unlocked door and tumbling out at 40 mph. 36 years later to the day, the singer breaks both legs in a boat accident off the coast of Hawaii.

1962 Frank Sinatra begins filming the movie Come Blow Your Horn, adapted from the hit Neil Simon play.

1961 Dave Mustaine (lead singer/guitarist for Megadeth) is born in La Mesa, California.

1960 A movement to ban Ray Peterson's new single "Tell Laura I Love Her" begins in the UK when it is feared that the song's powerful story of a stock-car driver who dies young while racing for his girl's love will inspire a "death cult" amongst teens.

1960 The FCC bans "payola," the controversial practice of paying DJs for playing songs, as a result of the scandal involving, among others, Dick Clark and Alan Freed.

1959 Elvis Presley meets his future wife Priscilla Beaulieu at a party at his house in Germany, where he is serving in the US Army. They hit it off that night, with Elvis playing her some songs on guitar.

1958 Cliff Richard performs "Move It" on the UK TV show Oh Boy!, marking his TV debut.

1957 R&B singer Joni Sledge (of Sister Sledge) is born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

1954 Doo-wop singer Den Hegarty (of Darts) is born in Dublin, Ireland.

1952 Rocker Don Was is born Donald Fagenson in Detroit, Michigan.

1952 Jo Stafford's "You Belong To Me" hits #1.

1944 Peter Cetera (bassist/vocalist for Chicago) is born in Chicago, Illinois.

1943 Ray Elliot (keyboardist/saxophonist/flautist for Them) is born in Belfast, Co Antrim, Northern Ireland.

1941 David Clayton-Thomas is born in England. He would grow up in Canada and become the lead singer in Blood, Sweat, Tears, bringing with him their biggest hit, "Spinning Wheel."

1939 Saxophonist/composer Dave Quincy (of Manfred Mann) is born in the UK.

1925 Jazz singer Mel Tormé, aka The Velvet Fog, is born in Chicago, Illinois. He would begin his professonal music career at age 4, singing "You're Driving Me Crazy" with the Coon-Sanders Original Nighthawk Orchestra.

1922 Peruvian soprano Yma Sumac is born Zoila Augusta Emperatriz Chávarri del Castillo in Callao, Peru.

1922 Blues singer Charles Brown is born Tony Russell Brown in Texas City, Texas.

1918 Actor/singer Dick Haymes is born in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Co-starred in the 1945 musical State Fair and recorded a string of duets with swing singer Helen Forrest during WWII.

1911 Bluegrass pioneer Bill Monroe is born near Rosine, Kentucky, becoming the youngest of eight children in the Monroe family.

1874 Composer/painter Arnold Schoenberg is born in the Leopoldstadt district of Vienna, Austria.

1814 Francis Scott Key is inspired to write "The Star Spangled Banner" during the British attack of Fort McHenry on September 13, 1814, and the courageous defense made by American force. 

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1997 Elton John's rewritten version of "Candle In The Wind" that he played at Princess Diana's funeral a week earlier is released as a single. It sells a record 600,000 copies the first day in Britain alone, where it becomes the best selling single of all time. Worldwide, it sells over 30 million copies, which is second only to "White Christmas."More

1996 Tupac Shakur, age 25, dies six days after being shot while riding in a car driven by his label boss, Suge Knight. No arrests are made in the case.

1969 At the Toronto Rock and Roll Revival festival, host Kim Fowley starts a rock tradition when he asks the crowd to hold up lighters for Eric Clapton and John Lennon.More

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