Saturday, September 8, 2018

More Music History for September 8, 2018 (Elvis Presley is presented with the Bing Crosby Award + others)

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1954 - 

September 8 
Radio personality Alan Freed begins broadcasting on New York's WINS at an annual salary of $75,000. Although the phrase "rock and roll" had been around since the 1940s, Freed is generally given credit for making it popular. 

1956 - 

September 8 
Eddie Cochran signs with Liberty Records where he will have three US Top 40 hits, "Sittin' In The Balcony" (#18), "Summertime Blues" (#8) and "C'mon Everybody" (#35). 

1962 - 

September 8 
Dickey Lee cracks the Billboard Top 40 for the first time with a song called "Patches". Despite being banned by some U.S. radio stations for its teen suicide theme, the record would climb to #6 on the Hot 100 and enjoy an eleven week stay. 

1971 - 

September 8 
The National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences presents Elvis Presley with the Bing Crosby Award, given to performers who "during their lifetimes, have made creative contributions of outstanding artistic or scientific significance to the field of phonograph records." 

1972 - 

September 8 
Actress Carrie Snodgrass gives birth to Neil Young's son, Zeke. 

1973 - 

September 8 
The Allman Brothers started a five week run at the top of the US album chart with "Brothers And Sisters", the group's only US #1 LP. 

September 8 
Marvin Gaye enjoyed his second #1 hit on the Billboard Pop chart with "Let's Get It On". He would place 7 more records on the list by 1982, giving him a total of 40. 

1976 - 

September 8 
Disco band Wild Cherry's self-titled album, which includes their number one single, "Play that Funky Music", is certified Gold. 

1977 - 

September 8 
Guitarist Jimmy McCulloch quits Paul McCartney And Wings to join a reformed line-up of the Small Faces. Sadly, he died on September 27th, 1979 in his flat in Maida Vale, North West London at the age of 26. 

1988 - 

September 8 
Elton John holds an auction of his stage costumes in London, England and nets $6.2 million. 

2002 - 

September 8 
Gordon Lightfoot undergoes an emergency stomach operation in a suburban Toronto hospital. He would eventually recover. 

2011 - 

September 8 
Jury selection began for the involuntary manslaughter trial of Michael Jackson's doctor, Conrad Murray. Prospective jurors were asked to fill out a 30-page questionnaire to determine their level of knowledge of the case and any strong views about Jackson or Murray. 

2014 - 

September 8 
Cher was forced to postpone the second leg of her Dressed to Kill tour due to an acute viral infection. 

2015 - 

September 8 
The Who postponed four shows of their 50th Anniversary Tour to give singer Roger Daltrey time to recover from an unspecified virus. 

2017 - 

September 8 
Don Williams, the renowned Country singer who scored a #24 hit on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1980 with "I Believe In You", died after a short illness at the age of 78. During his career, Williams reached the top of the Country And Western chart seventeen times.

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