Music History: September 15th:
2015REO Speedwagon guitarist Gary Richrath, who wrote their hits "Ridin' the Storm Out" and "Take It On The Run," dies at age 65 after a long bout with alcoholism.
2013Doo-wopper Bobby Mansfield (lead singer of The Wrens) dies in The Bronx, New York, at age 76. Known for the 1955 hit "Come Back My Love."
2013Jackie Lomax (hand-picked by The Beatles to be Apple Records' first big vocal star, but that never happened) dies of cancer while visiting near Liverpool, England, at age 69. Known for the 1968 single "Sour Milk Sea."
2010Calypso/soca musician Alphonsus "Arrow" Cassell dies at age 60 in Montserrat, West Indies, after a two-year battle with cerebral cancer.
2008Rick Wright (keyboardist for Pink Floyd) dies of cancer in London, England, at age 65.
2004Guitarist/songwriter Johnny Ramone (of The Ramones) dies of prostate cancer at his home in Los Angeles, California, at age 55.
2003Madonna's first children's book is published in 42 languages in more than 100 countries. The release of The English Rosesby Callaway Editions and Penguin Group, in association with various publishers around the world, is touted as the largest simultaneous worldwide release of a book in history.
2000For the first time since learning he has Primary Sclerosing Cholangitis (PSC), country singer Chris LeDoux returns to the stage while he awaits the necessary liver transplant.
1998Reba McEntire gets a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in front of the Johnny Grant Building at 7018 Hollywood Boulevard.
1998Coolio is arrested in Lawndale, California, and cited for driving on the wrong side of the road with an expired license. He is also charged with carrying a concealed weapon and possession of marijuana. His trouble with the law doesn't hurt his TV career, as he makes frequent appearances on shows like Fear Factor and Hollywood Squares.
1993Steamboat Springs, Colorado, names their "James Brown Soul Center of the Universe Bridge" after the singer.
1988Mark Knopfler announces that Dire Straits has disbanded. He re-forms the group in 1991.
1982At the Los Angeles Forum, Queen play their last American concert with Freddie Mercury, who dies nine years later. Michael Jackson joins the band backstage before the show. On Queen's subsequent tours with Mercury, they skip America.
1980David Bowie debuts on Broadway in The Elephant Man.
1979Led Zeppelin's LP In Through The Out Door hits #1 in the US.
1976Pop singer Ivette Sosa (of Eden's Crush) is born in Edison, New Jersey. Known for the 2001 hit "Get Over Yourself."
1973The protest singer Victor Jara is brutally murdered in Chile under orders by the country's new dictator, Augusto Pinochet. The incident inspires Calexico's 2008 track "Victor Jara's Hands."
1973Helen Reddy's "Delta Dawn" hits #1 in America, where it will stay for one week.
1972John Lennon and Yoko Ono release Some Time In New York City in the UK.
1970Spiro Agnew, Vice President of the US, claims that "The youth of America are being brainwashed into a drug culture of rock music, movies, books and tabloid newspapers."
1969DJ Kay Gee (of Naughty by Nature) is born Keir Gist in East Orange, New Jersey.
1969Ed Sullivan releases "The Sulli-Gully."
1968Jim Morrison collapses during Jefferson Airplane's set at a concert in Amsterdam, forcing The Doors, who are sharing the bill, to go on as a trio.
1968Martha And The Vandellas appear on the NBC-TV special Soul, hosted by Lou Rawls.
1965Frankie Avalon appears on an episode of The Patty Duke Show on ABC-TV.
1962The Four Seasons' "Sherry" hits #1 for the first of five weeks.
1960Mitch Dorge (drummer/percussionist for Crash Test Dummies) is born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.
1956Elvis Presley's "Don't Be Cruel" is certified gold.
1946Ola Brunkert (session drummer for ABBA) is born in Orebro, Sweden.
1945Lee Dorman (bass guitarist for Iron Butterfly) is born Douglas Lee Dorman in St. Louis, Missouri.
1945Austrian composer/conductor Anton Webern is killed outside his home by a US Army soldier during the Allied occupation of Austria. The soldier, wracked with guilt, would die of alcoholism in 1955.
1941Les Braid (bassist/keyboardist for The Swinging Blue Jeans) is born William Leslie Braid in West Derby, Liverpool, England.
1941Signe Anderson, the original lead singer of Jefferson Airplane, is born in Seattle, Washington. She is raised in Portland, Oregon.
1940Rock 'n Roller Jimmy Gilmer (of Jimmy Gilmer and the Fireballs) is born in Chicago, Illinois, but would be raised in Amarillo, Texas. Known for the 1963 hit "Sugar Shack."
1938Motown songwriter Sylvia Moy ("Uptight (Everything's Alright)," "It Takes Two") is born in Detroit.
1933Pop singer Pat Barrett (of The Crew-Cuts) is born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Known for the 1954 hit "Sh-Boom," a cover of the Chords' song.
1928Jazz alto saxophonist Julian "Cannonball" Adderley is born in Tampa, Florida. Known for the 1966 hit "Mercy Mercy Mercy."
1924Cabaret singer/pianist Bobby Short is born in Danville, Illinois.
1903Country singer Roy Acuff is born in Maynardville, Tennessee. Along with Fred Rose, he founded the Acuff-Rose music publishing company and signed Hank Williamsand Roy Orbison, among others.
Albums Go Mobile With 8-Track Players In Cars
Ford offers factory-installed 8-track tape players in its Mustang, Thunderbird and Lincoln models. This marks the first time 8-track players are widely available, so you can only get the tapes in auto parts stores or Ford dealers. The players have a tendency to chew up the tapes, leading to 8-track roadkill as drivers throw the tangled tapes out their windows.
2014Barbra Streisand appears on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, performing selections from her duets album with the host standing in for her various duet partners. It marks her first late-night interview since 1967, when she appeared on Johnny Carson's Tonight Show.
2003Johnny Cash is buried in the Cash family cemetery in Hendersonville, Tennessee, next to his wife, June Carter Cash. Among the mourners at the private ceremony: Al Gore, Emmylou Harris and Sheryl Crow.
1998 Marilyn Manson release their third album, Mechanical Animals. Target, Walmart and some other retailers refuse to stock it because of the cover, which depicts the group's frontman in naked female form.
1998Brandy and Monica, who have been lighting up the chatrooms on AOL, perform their duet "The Boy Is Mine" at the MTV Video Music Awards amid rumors that the young divas have serious beef. Clearing things up, their managers issue a statement saying: "The fact is that Brandy and Monica did interviews together, had their picture taken together, had adjoining dressing rooms, sat together at the show, and held hands and prayed together prior to going on stage to perform."
1983 Huey Lewis and the News release the album Sports, which sells over 7 million copies. The album features the singles "I Want a New Drug," "The Heart of Rock 'n Roll" and "If This Is It."