Music History: September 6th:
2013 Soul musician/arranger Bobby Martin dies after a sudden illness in San Diego, California, at age 83. Worked with Philadelphia soul songwriters/producers Kenneth Gamble and Leon Huff.
2011 Bandleader/arranger Wardell Quezergue, known as the "Creole Beethoven," dies of congestive heart failure in Metairie, Louisiana, at age 81.
2007 Operatic tenor Luciano Pavarotti (of The Three Tenors) dies of pancreatic cancer in Modena, Italy, at age 71.
2005 The Rolling Stones release A Bigger Bang.
2002 With Ian Astbury on lead vocals and Stewart Copeland on drums, Ray Manzarek and Robby Krieger of The Doors perform their first concert as "The Doors of the 21st Century." The show is part of the Harley-Davidson Open Road Tour at the California Speedway in Fontana.
1994 Bad Religion release their eighth full-length studio album, Stranger Than Fiction, their only gold record in the United States and last recording with founding guitarist Brett Gurewitz until his return seven years later.
1988 New Kids On The Block release their breakout album, Hangin' Tough. The LP goes to #1 in America and spawns five hit singles, including the chart-topping title track and the #3 entry "You've Got It (The Right Stuff)."
1988 Elton John cleans house in what amounts to the greatest garage sale ever. A hoard of his belongings - over 2,000 pieces - are auctioned off at Sotheby's in London, bringing in $8 million. The giant boots he wore in the film Tommy go for $20,000.
1978 Rapper Foxy Brown is born Inga DeCarlo Fung Marchand in New York City, New York.
1974 Nina Persson (lead singer for The Cardigans) is born in Jönköping, Sweden.
1974 George Harrison launches his Dark Horse record label.
1971 Dolores O'Riordan (lead singer for The Cranberries) is born in County Limerick, Ireland.
1969 R&B singer Macy Gray is born Natalie Renée McIntyre in Canton, Ohio.
1969 Dance-pop artist CeCe Peniston is born Cecilia Veronica Peniston in Dayton, Ohio, but would be raised in Phoenix, Arizona. Known for the 1991 hit "Finally."
1968 Eric Clapton records the guitar solo for The Beatles' "While My Guitar Gently Weeps."
1960 Sam Cooke's daughter Tracy Samie is born.
1944 Roger Waters (bassist and co-lead vocalist for Pink Floyd) is born George Roger Waters in Great Bookham, Surrey, England.
1942 Trombonist/tuba player Dave Bargeron (of Blood, Sweat & Tears) is born in Athol, Massachusetts.1889 "April Showers" composer Louis Silvers is born in New York City.
Elton John Sings A New "Candle In The Wind" At Princess Diana's Funeral
Elton John sings a new version of "Candle In The Wind" at Princess Diana's funeral. The new version, which replaces "Goodbye Norma Jean" with "Goodbye England's Rose," becomes the best-selling single of all time.
1995 Joan Jett sings the National Anthem before the Baltimore Orioles game against the California Angels. The game marks Orioles shortstop Cal Ripken's 2,131st consecutive game, breaking the record held by Lou Gehrig. Jett, a huge Orioles fan and friend of Ripken, watches the rest of the game alongside a host of baseball legends, including Willie Mays and Joe DeMaggio.
1990 Tom Fogerty (rhythm guitarist for Creedence Clearwater Revival) dies from an AIDS-related tuberculosis infection in Scottsdale, Arizona, at age 48. The musician had contracted HIV from blood transfusions.
1989 Mötley Crüe frontman Vince Neil punches Guns N' Roses guitarist Izzy Stradlin in the face during the MTV Video Music Awards.More
1989 A week into their gig as opening act on The Rolling Stones' Steel Wheels tour, Living Colour wins MTV Video Music Awards for Best Group Video, Best Stage Performance and Best New Artist. Mick Jagger presents the group with the trophies backstage at their show in Pittsburgh.
1987 At the Starwood Ampitheater in Nashville, Lynyrd Skynyrd reunite for a tour to mark the 10th anniversary of the plane crash that killed lead singer Ronnie Van Zant and guitarist Steve Gaines.More
1976 Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis reunite after 20 years on Lewis' Labor Day Telethon to benefit the Muscular Dystrophy Association. Frank Sinatra surprises Lewis by bringing out Martin.More