Music History: September 22nd:
2012 Taylor Swift's single "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together" notches its third week at #1 on the Hot 100. Swift is still considered a country artist (the song also hits #1 on the Country chart), which puts her in company with Kenny Rogers in terms of crossover appeal; the last country song to spend at least three weeks at #1 was Rogers' "Lady" back in 1980.
2011 The world's most prolific songwriter, Paul McCartney, adds another string to his bow when his ballet Ocean's Kingdom is performed in New York.
2010 Eddie Fisher, one of the biggest pop stars of the '50s, dies of complications from hip surgery in Berkeley, California, at age 82.
2007 Paul Rodgers (lead singer for Free and Bad Company) marries Cynthia Kereluk, former Miss Canada.
2006 The Big Bopper, who died in the plane crash with Buddy Holly, is honored with a historical marker in his home town of Beaumont, Texas.
2002 Sting receives an Emmy for his A&E documentary Sting in Tuscany: All This Time. He dedicates his award to his "dear late friend Timothy White."
2001 Isaac Stern, Soviet-born violinist and conductor, dies of congestive heart failure in New York City, at age 81.
2000 Bone Thugs-N-Harmony rapper Flesh-N-Bone (Stanley Howse) is sentenced in a Los Angeles court to 10 years in prison for assault with an AK-47 rifle and possession of a gun, which is illegal for an ex-convict. Howse faces nearly 20 years in prison but receives a lesser sentence after his attorneys present evidence that he was an abused child.
1999 Vince Gill competes with himself in the vocal event category at the Country Music Association Awards in Nashville. Gill is up with Patty Loveless for "My Kind of Woman/My Kind of Man" and with Sara Evans for "No Place That Far."
1999 Diana Ross is held in police custody at London's Heathrow Airport for several hours following an incident involving a member of the airport's security staff. Ross is arrested then cautioned and released following an allegation of assault on a female security officer during routine security checks prior to boarding a plane.
1998 White Zombie calls it a night. Bassist Sean Yseult confirms that the 13-year-old hard rock group has decided to break up.
1995 Time Warner and Turner Broadcasting System agree to a $7.5 million merger.
1992 Bruce Springsteen records a concert for MTV Unplugged, but plugs in after the first song and does the rest of the set electric. When the episode airs on November 11, it's billed as "MTV Plugged."
1992 Vice President Dan Quayle says that Tupac Shakur's 2Pacalypse Now album "has no place in our society" and calls on record stores to stop selling it. Quayle has beef with Tupac's lyrics about "dropping a cop," as heard in the track "Soulja's Story." Many of the rapper's songs deal with police racism and brutality.
1990 After parting with original drummer Chad Channing, Nirvana plays their one and only show with Dan Peters of Mudhoney on drums (at the Motor Sports International Garage in Seattle). He is replaced by Dave Grohl, who mans the kit henceforth.
1990 The N.W.A. EP 100 Miles and Runnin' (their first release without Ice Cube, who left the group several months earlier to pursue a successful solo career) debuts at #27 on the Billboard 200 chart.
1989 Composer/lyricist Irving Berlin dies at age 101 in New York City.
1980 Geffen Records is formed.
1979 Joe Walsh announces his bid for the US presidency (he obviously doesn't win).
1978 Leif Garrett plays dual roles on ABC-TV's Wonder Woman.
1969 Diana Ross, without The Supremes, is a guest on the comedy show Laugh In.
1967 The Beatles appear (as an abstract drawing) on the cover of Time magazine.
1965 The Supremes record "I Hear A Symphony."
1957 Johnette Napolitano (lead singer of Concrete Blonde) is born in Hollywood, California.
1957 Nicholas Edward "Nick" Cave, frontman of The Birthday Party and the Bad Seeds, is born in Warracknabeal, Australia, to teacher Colin Cave and librarian Dawn Cave.
1956 Debby Boone is born in Hackensack, New Jersey, to Pat Boone and Shirley Foley Boone (daughter of country singer Red Foley). She is the third of their four children (all girls), and becomes part of their gospel group, The Boone Family. Debby becomes an actress and recording artist like her dad, and scores the biggest hit of 1977 with "You Light Up My Life."
1953 Richard Fairbrass, singer for Right Said Fred, is born in Kingston upon Thames, Surrey, England.
1951 David Coverdale (lead singer for Whitesnake and Deep Purple) is born in Saltburn-by-the-Sea, Redcar and Cleveland, England.
1943 Toni Basil is born Antonia Christina Basilotta in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
1930 Traditional pop singer Joni James is born Giovanna Carmella Babbo in Chicago, Illinois. Among other hits, she's known for her 1953 cover of "Your Cheatin' Heart."
2015The "Happy Birthday" copyright is ruled invalid, sending the song into the public domain.
2003 Auditioning for the third season of American Idol, William Hung performs a lively, but stupefyingly bad rendition of the Ricky Martin hit "She Bangs."More
1985 The first Farm Aid concert plays in Champaign, Illinois, to benefit American farmers trying to survive amidst a national agricultural crisis.More
1964 The musical Fiddler on the Roof makes its Broadway debut at the Imperial Theatre.More
1958 Joan Jett is born Joan Marie Larkin near Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, raised in Rockville, Maryland. After joining the music scene as the guitarist for the all-girl punk band The Runaways, she goes on to form Joan Jett & the Blackhearts. Their debut album is turned down by the first 23 record labels it is offered to, despite containing the future #2 hit "I Love Rock And Roll."