Music History: September 9th:
2014 Vance Joy releases his debut studio album, Dream Your Life Away, four days after its release in his native Australia.
2008 Former Raspberries lead and solo star Eric Carmen is arrested in his hometown of Cleveland on DUI charges. He will be sentenced to six months in jail but will only serve 30 days.
2007 During a performance by Alicia Keys at the MTV Video Music Awards, Tommy Lee and Kid Rock get in a fight, prompting presenter Jamie Foxx to decry the "white on white violence."
2007 Rock guitarist Hughie Thomasson (of The Outlaws and Lynyrd Skynyrd) dies of a heart attack in Brooksville, Florida, at age 55.
2005 Despite numerous fan protests, the City of Liverpool, England, declares its intention to go ahead and demolish Ringo Starr's birthplace on Madryn Street, which the famous drummer lived in until the age of 5.
2004 Music entrepreneur Ernie Ball dies after a lengthy illness in San Luis Obispo, California, at age 74.
2003 John Mayer releases his second studio album, Heavier Things. The disc's title is a response to some critics who believed his previous songs were too soft. The album debuted at #1 on the US Billboard 200 chart.
2002 Peter Tetteroo (lead singer for The Tee Set) dies from liver cancer in Delft, Netherlands, at age 55.
2000 Duets, starring Gwyneth Paltrow and Huey Lewis, is released at the Toronto Film Festival. The film is a critical and box-office flop, but Paltrow and Lewis's duet cover of "Cruisin'" reaches #1 on the Adult Contemporary chart.
1996 Bluegrass singer/songwriter Bill Monroe dies at age 84 in Springfield, Tennessee, several months after suffering a stroke.
1995 Kyuss perform their last-ever show, at Festa Dell Unita, in Reggio Emilia, Italy.
1994 Green Day play a free concert at the Hatch Shell in Boston. A few songs into their set, many in the crowd cross the line from moshing to rioting, and police order an end to the show. With their album Dookie climbing the charts, the band has been playing to exuberant crowds, which causes problems when casual fans find themselves engulfed in mosh pits.
1992 During a performance at the MTV Video Music Awards, Nirvana plays "Lithium," which culminates in bassist Krist Novoselic tossing his instrument high into the air. But when he tries to catch it, he misses and the bass whacks him in the head. Still, it's a pretty awesome performance.
1982 The Broadway musical Your Arms Too Short To Box With God, which is based on the Book of Matthew, is revived at the Alvin Theatre in New York with Al Green and Patti LaBelle in the cast.
1982 Coming off of the monstrous success of Moving Pictures, Rush releases Signals, their ninth studio album. It features "Subdivisions," a song that becomes a regular part of their live repertoire. The album hits platinum status only two months after release.
1979 Two years after converting to Islam, Yusuf Islam (formerly Cat Stevens) enters into an arranged marriage with Fauzia Ali. The couple raise five children, strictly adhering to the Muslim faith.
1978 The Rolling Stones release "Beast Of Burden."
1978 The Who's LP Who Are You enters the charts.
1978 A Taste Of Honey's "Boogie Oogie Oogie" hits #1 for the first of three weeks.
1975 Paul McCartney and Wings begin their historic 13-month world tour. US performances will be recorded as the double LP Wings Over America. The group plays to over two million fans total during the course of the tour.
1975 The TV series Welcome Back, Kotter debuts on ABC. The theme song," written by John Sebastian of The Lovin' Spoonful fame, goes to #1 in America in 1976. Kotter also gives John Travolta, who plays a high school delinquent on the show, his big break; he goes on to star in Saturday Night Fever and Grease.
1973 Following up on his plan to use the concert audience for the background vocals on the left stereo channel for his song "Sons Of 1984," Todd Rundgren records the crowd at a show in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park, which is disrupted because of a pot bust. The right channel vocals came from a show in New York.
1972 Jim Croce's LP You Don't Mess Around With Jim hits #1.
1971 John Lennon releases Imagine in the US.
1970 Rapper Dray (of Das EFX) is born Andre Weston in Teaneck, New Jersey. Featured on Ice Cube's 1993 hit, "Check Yo Self."
1970 Elvis Presley kicks off his first concert tour in nine years at a show in Phoenix, Arizona.
1968 The Beatles record "Helter Skelter."
1967 Sam and Dave release "Soul Man."
1967 Brenton Wood's "Gimme Little Sign" enters the charts.
1967 The Spider-Man animated series debuts on ABC. The iconic theme song inspires a range of covers from the Ramones to Aerosmith to Michael Buble.
1966 James Darren's TV series Time Tunnel premieres on ABC.
1957 Paul Anka's "Diana" hits #1, where it will stay for one week.
1956 Elvis Presley makes the first of three contracted appearances on The Ed Sullivan Show. Sullivan had previously announced he would never have such an act on, but ratings prevailed and Sullivan offered Elvis a record $50,000 for the three shows. Charles Laughton hosts, filling in for an ailing Sullivan as Elvis performs "Don't Be Cruel," "Love Me Tender," "Ready Teddy" and "Hound Dog" but is shot from the waist up only to avoid scandal. The show draws a staggering 54 million viewers.
1955 Seeburg introduces their latest jukebox, which not only holds a record 100 singles but is also capable of playing the same number of EPs.
1954 Rising young star Elvis Presley performs at the opening of Memphis' Lamar-Airways shopping mall, and, afterward, meets audience member Johnny Cash for the first time.
1952 Dave Stewart (of Eurythmics) is born in Sunderland, England.
1950 John McFee (guitarist, violinist for The Doobie Brothers) is born in Santa Cruz, California.
1948 Pamela Des Barres, perhaps the most famous groupie of all time, is born. She boasts liaisons with Jimmy Page, Mick Jagger and Keith Moon, and even joins a band made up of groupies, The GTO's, in 1969. In 2013 she starts her own fashion label: "Groupie Couture."
1947 Freddy Weller (guitarist for Paul Revere and the Raiders) is born Wilton Frederick Weller in Atlanta, Georgia. Co-wrote Tommy Roe's 1970 hit, "Jam Up and Jelly Tight."
1946 Soul singer Inez Foxx is born in Greensboro, North Carolina.
1946 Doug Ingle (vocalist/organist for Iron Butterfly) is born in Omaha, Nebraska.
1946 Bruce Palmer (bassist for Buffalo Springfield) is born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
1946 Trevor Leslie Oaks (guitarist for Showaddywaddy) is born in Leicester, Leicestershire, England.
1946 Two months after making her TV debut on the BBC's Cabaret Cartoons, 13-year-old Petula Clark begins hosting her first television series, titled Petula Clark.
1945 R&B singer Dee Dee Sharp is born Dione LaRue in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Known for early-'60s hits like "Mashed Potato Time" and "Slow Twistin" (the latter with Chubby Checker).
1942 Soul singer Luther Simmons (of The Main Ingredient) is born. Known for the 1972 hit, "Everybody Plays the Fool."
1941 Otis Redding is born Otis Ray Redding Jr. in Dawson, Georgia. He would be raised in nearby Macon.
1941 Duffy Power is born Raymond Leslie Howard in Fulham, London, England. The blues/rock 'n roll singer was known for his covers of hits like Bobby Darin's "Dream Lover" and The Beatles' "I Saw Her Standing There."
1940 Joe Negroni (of Frankie Lymon and the Teenagers) is born in New York City, New York.
1926 Jake Carey (bass singer for The Flamingos) is born in Pulaski, Virginia.
1926 The Radio Corporation of America, later known as RCA, launches its new radio network, the National Broadcasting Company (later known as NBC).
2014Who doesn't like a free gift? Apparently, about 500 million iTunes users who create an uproar when U2's latest album, Songs of Innocence, shows up sans charge and sans permission in their personal libraries.
2006 "SexyBack," the lead single from Justin Timberlake's second solo album, FutureSex: LoveSounds, hits #1 in America, where it stays for seven weeks. Timbaland and Nate "Danja" Hills are the producers - they're red hot, coming off Nelly Furtado's #1 "Promiscuous."
2003 Simon & Garfunkel make it official, announcing plans to reunite and tour for the first time in 20 years. They get more per ticket than any other tour that year: $136.90. They donate $1 million to The Children's Health Fund at the end.