Music History: September 11th:
2014Cosimo Matassa, who recorded Little Richard and Fats Domino at his New Orleans studio, dies at age 88.
2014Songwriter Bob Crewe dies at age 83 in Scarborough, Maine, four years after suffering a brain injury from a fall. A prolific hit-maker, he was known for songs like "Sherry," "Big Girls Don't Cry" and "Can't Take My Eyes Off You," by Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons.
2012Johnny Perez (drummer, songwriter for the Sir Douglas Quintet) dies at age 69 of complications from cirrhosis of the liver.
2009Punk musician Jim Carroll dies of heart attack in Manhattan, New York City, at age 60.
2007Singer/keyboardist Willie Tee dies of colon cancer at age 63.
2003Jewel cancels her North American tour after Terome "T-Bone" Hannon, her bassist of three years, dies suddenly of a brain aneurysm at age 39.
2001On the afternoon of the terrorist attacks against the country, a group of US senators and congressmen gather on the Capitol steps to sing Irving Berlin's "God Bless America." The song is invoked many times in the following days.
2001Amid the chaos of terrorist attacks, PJ Harvey wins the Mercury Prize (an annual award given to the best album from the UK and Ireland) for Stories From The City, Stories From The Sea. She recalls: "It was very strange, particularly since we were in Washington. I woke up to people hammering on the door, saying the Pentagon was on fire – which we could see from our hotel. Sadly I didn't I feel at all present in terms of winning the Mercury Prize. And it was an honor for me to receive it."
2000Huey Lewis and Gwyneth Paltrow release a cover of Smokey Robinson's "Cruisin'" as a duet. The single reaches #1 on the adult contemporary chart for a week and also appears in the 2000 film Duets, which stars the pair.
1987Reggae musician Peter Tosh is shot and killed at age 42 during a robbery in his home.
1987Actor/musician Lorne Greene, known for his starring role on the western TV series Bonanza, dies of complications from pneumonia in Santa Monica, California, at age 72.
1977Rapper Ludacris is born Christopher Brian Bridges in Champaign, Illinois. He would be raised in Atlanta, Georgia.
1977Jon Buckland (lead guitarist for Coldplay) is born in Islington, London, but he would be raised in Pantymwyn, North Wales.
1975Brad Fischetti (of LFO) is born in New York City, New York.
1973Bruce Springsteen releases his second album, The Wild, The Innocent And The E Street Shuffle.
1971Richard Ashcroft (lead singer for The Verve) is born in Billinge Higher End, Wigan, England.
1967Crooner Harry Connick, Jr. is born Joseph Harry Fowler Connick Jr. in New Orleans, Louisiana.
1967The Beatles begin filming Magical Mystery Tour.
1965The Beatles' Help! album hits #1 in America and stays for nine weeks.
1965Electronica musician Moby is born Richard Melville Hall in Harlem, New York City.
1962Neil Sedaka marries his wife, Leba.
1962The Beatles record their first British singles: "Love Me Do" and "P.S. I Love You."
1960Tommy Sands marries Nancy Sinatra(they divorce five years later).
1958Lloyd Price records the original, uncensored version of "Stagger Lee."
1958LaVern Baker records "I Cried A Tear."
1957Jon Moss (drummer for Culture Club) is born in Wandsworth, South London, England.
1945Dennis Tufano (original lead singer for The Buckinghams) is born Dennis Stanley Joseph Tufano in Chicago, Illinois.
1943Mickey Hart (one of the drummers for Grateful Dead) is born Michael Steven Hartman in Brooklyn but would be raised in Long Island, New York.
1935Composer Arvo Pärt is born in Paide, Järva County, Estonia. Created the tintinnabuli style of composition.
1896Folklorist Francis Child, known for his collection of Child Ballads, dies at age 71.
Terrorist Attacks Silence Songs, But Not For Long
Most radio stations simulcast news after terrorists attacks in America bring down the World Trade Center. Music proves vital when the healing begins.
1982Frank Zappa's "Valley Girl" reaches its chart peak of #32 on the Hot 100. It's the only Top 40 hit for the eccentric singer, who releases over 60 albums in his lifetime. His daughter, Moon Unit Zappa, plays the Valley Girl in the song.
1982John Mellencamp becomes the first male solo artist with a #1 album (American Fool) and two Top 10 singles, all at the same time ("Hurts So Good" at #8; "Jack & Diane" at #4).
1977David Bowie appears on Bing Crosby's Merrie Olde Christmas special. Bowie refuses to sing "Little Drummer Boy" with Crosby, so his part is rewritten as "Peace On Earth." Crosby dies a month later, and the duet becomes a Christmas classic, growing even more popular when MTV starts playing the clip a few years later.
1974WROV-AM in Roanoke, Virginia, starts playing the The Doobie Brothers album cut "Black Water" in honor of a local tributary of the same name. The resounding response from listeners prompts a single release the following month and "Black Water" becomes a #1 hit.
1971The Jackson 5 cartoon series, called The Jackson 5ive, debuts on ABC. Each episode shows various adventures with animated versions of the group, along with Michael's pet mice Ray and Charles, and his snake Rosie. The cartoon runs from 1971-1973.
1967Frank Sinatra, who is playing at The Sands casino in Las Vegas, gets in a fight when he is denied credit as part of a policy put in by the new owners. He breaks two teeth in the altercation and soon takes his talents (and money) to Caesar's Palace.
1953Tommy Shaw of Styx is born in Montgomery, Alabama.