Music History: September 7th:
2010 The xx take home the 2010 Mercury Prize.
2003 Rock singer/songwriter Warren Zevon dies of cancer (peritoneal mesothelioma) in Los Angeles, California, at age 56.
2001 Michael Jackson plays the first of two concerts at Madison Square Garden as part of his 30th anniversary tribute. Performers honoring Jackson include Slash, 'N Sync and Britney Spears. The concerts are edited and aired as a special on CBS.
2001 Ryan Adams shoots the video for his song "New York, New York" with the World Trade Center in the background. Four days later, the buildings are destroyed in terrorist attacks; when the video is released, it is dedicated to the victims.
1994 Weezer release their breakthrough single, "Buddy Holly," named for the rock 'n roll icon. It's featured on the band's debut album, Weezer (aka The Blue Album).
1988 Barry Sadler is shot while riding in a Guatemala City taxi (he will die from his injuries 14 months later).
1986 Mike Nesmith joins the other three Monkees onstage during their reunion tour concert in Los Angeles.
1985 For the first time in the Rock Era, the top three songs on the Hot 100 were all written for movies:
#1: "St. Elmo's Fire (Man In Motion)" by John Parr
#2: "The Power of Love" by Huey Lewis & the News (from Back to the Future)
#3: "We Don't Need Another Hero" by Tina Turner (from Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome)
1985 "St. Elmo's Fire (Man In Motion)" hits #1 in the US. David Foster and John Parr wrote the song for the film St. Elmo's Fire, but they wrote it about Rick Hansen, who went around the world in his wheelchair raising money for spinal cord research on his "Man In Motion" tour.
1985 Ringo Starr becomes the first Beatles grandfather when his son Zak's child is born.
1984 With most of her family (including her parents) on the road with The Jacksons' Victory tour, 18-year-old Janet Jackson elopes with James DeBarge from the group DeBarge. The marriage would end eight months later.
1978 Keith Moon of The Who dies at age 32 after overdosing on medication that is supposed to help him overcome his alcoholism.
1975 The Guess Who perform their final concert (before the inevitable reunion), in Montreal.
1970 Chad Sexton (drummer/percussionist for 311) is born in Lexington, Kentucky.
1963 Eric "Eazy-E" Wright (member of N.W.A., founder of Ruthless Records, executive producer) is born in Compton, California.
1957 Sam Cooke releases "You Send Me."
1953 Benmont Tench (keyboardist for Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers) is born Benjamin Montmorency Tench III in Gainesville, Florida.
1951 Chrissie Hynde (of The Pretenders) is born in Akron, Ohio.
1949 Disco queen Gloria Gaynor is born Gloria Fowles in Newark, New Jersey.
1946 Disco/soul singer Alfa Anderson (of Chic) is born in Augusta, Georgia.
1935 Country/pop singer Ronnie Dove is born in Herndon, Virginia. Known for a popular cover of Wanda Jackson's "Right or Wrong."
1920 Guitarist Al Caiola, a frequent session musician in the '50s, is born in Jersey City, New Jersey.
1914 Jazz composer/pianist Graeme Bell is born in Richmond, Victoria, Australia.
1996Rap star Tupac Shakur is shot five times in a drive-by following a boxing match in Las Vegas. He dies six days later at age 25.
2008 MTV makes up for trotting out a lethargic Britney Spears to open their previous year's Video Music Awards by giving her three awards for "Piece Of Me." Kanye West also debuts "Love Lockdown" on the show.
2008 While performing the song "Morning Glory" at the V Festival in Toronto, Noel Gallagher of Oasis is attacked by a concert-goer who rushes the stage and pushes him into his monitor. The band continues the show, but Gallagher is taken to a hospital that night to treat injuries to his ribs. He suffers a fractured rib and ligament damage, which forces the cancellation of several Oasis concerts.
2000 Rage Against The Machine bass player Tim Commerford interrupts the MTV Video Music Awards when he climbs up the backdrop on stage, baffling the crew as well as Limp Bizkit, who are accepting the Best Rock Video award for "Break Stuff." Rage was nominated in the category for "Sleep Now in the Fire."More
1987 Michael Jackson releases "Bad," the title track to his first album since Thriller. The song was supposed to be a duet with Prince, but the Purple One turned down the offer.
1936 Buddy Holly is born. He lives just 22 years but influences many of the biggest stars of the '60s, including The Beatles. Don McLean's "American Pie" is about his death.