Music History: September 19th:
Tom Waits and wife/collaborator Kathleen Brennan, along with John Prine, receive the PEN Lyric Award Prize, given in partnership with the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum.
James Blunt marries Sofia Wellesley, granddaughter of the 8th Duke of Wellington, at a private ceremony in Majorca, Spain.
Fiona Apple is arrested when her tour bus is stopped in the West Texas town of Sierra Blanca, the same place where Willie Nelson and Snoop Dogg were previously busted. Border patrol agents find four grams of hash on the bus, which Apple says is hers. She spends a night in jail before being released on bail.
The Dave Matthews Band sees their album Away From the World debut at #1 on the Billboard albums chart. This continues the band's unbroken winning streak of six #1 albums on the Billboard 200.
Arthur Ferrante, half of the piano-playing duo Ferrante and Teicher, dies at age 88.
Roc Raida (of X-Ecutioners) dies of a heart attack at age 37, weeks after sustaining a Krav Maga-related injury.
Blink-182 drummer Travis Barker and DJ AM are seriously injured when the plane they are riding in hurtles off the end of a runway in South Carolina and hits a highway embankment.
Ten years after getting arrested for lewd behavior in a Los Angeles public bathroom, George Michael is arrested on drug charges in a restroom north of London. "I want to apologise to my fans for screwing up again, and to promise them I'll sort myself out," the singer says. "And to say sorry to everybody else, just for boring them."
2006Saxophonist Danny Flores (writer of The Champs' "Tequila") dies of complications from pneumonia at age 77.
Fergie, along with her group The Black Eyed Peas, appears on the "Viva Las Vegas" episode of Las Vegas, where she meets the show's star, Josh Duhamel. They get married in 2009.
Country singer Skeeter Davis, known for the 1962 crossover hit "The End of the World," dies of breast cancer at age 72.
A week after his death at the age of 71, country legend Johnny Cash is bestowed with artist, song and album of the year awards at the Americana Music Awards ceremony in Nashville. Cash wins Song of the Year for his cover of Nine Inch Nails' "Hurt" and Album of the Year for American IV: The Man Comes Around, the fourth in a series produced by Rick Rubin.
Australian country singer Slim Dusty, real name David Gordon Kirkpatrick, dies of kidney and lung cancer at age 76.
Jazz saxophonist Frank Lowe dies of lung cancer at age 60.
It's "Kenny Chesney Day" in the singer's hometown of Luttrell, Tennessee. Chesney returns to Gibbs High School, where the
faculty tells stories about his exploits.
Fabian marries his third wife, Andrea (a former Miss Pennsylvania and Miss West Virginia).
The VH1 show Storytellers airs live for the first time with an episode featuring Elton John from the House of Blues in New Orleans.
Christian singer-songwriter Rich Mullinsdies in an automobile accident in Illinois while en route to a benefit concert at Wichita State University in Kansas. Mullins, age 41, was thrown from the vehicle and hit by an oncoming semi-trailer truck.
George Benson gets a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Frankie Kennedy (flautist/tin whistle player for Altan) dies of cancer (Ewing's sarcoma) in Belfast, Ireland, at age 38.
Michelle Phillips of The Mamas & The Papas is robbed at gunpoint outside a West Hollywood restaurant.
Lenny Kravitz releases his debut album, Let Love Rule.
The Erasure releases "A Little Respect."
Michael Jackson's duet with Siedah Garrett, "I Just Can't Stop Loving You," hits #1, becoming the first of five singles from the Bad album to top the chart.
Frank Zappa, John Denver and Dee Snider of Twisted Sistertestify at a Senate hearing where the Parents Music Resource Center (PMRC) argue for a ratings system on music. The musicians explain that this is censorship, but the PMRC wins a victory and warning labels are ordered on albums containing explicit lyrics.
Simon & Garfunkel reunite for a free concert in New York's Central Park.
The Jackson 5's Goin' Back To Indiana TV special airs on ABC.
Diana Ross, after leaving The Supremes, gets her first #1 solo hit with "Ain't No Mountain High Enough."
Barbra Streisand transitions from Broadway to the big screen in her first film role as Fanny Brice in Funny Girl. The singer, who originated the part on stage, wins the Oscar for Best Actress, sharing the title with Katharine Hepburn for The Lion in Winter.
Herb Alpert performs for Princess Grace Kelly at her Monaco
Country singer Trisha Yearwood is born Patricia Lynn Yearwood in Monticello, Georgia.
Ann-Margret lends her voice to an episode of The Flintstones, where she appears as "Ann-Margrock."
Elvis Presley sails for West Germany with the US Army.
Lita Ford is born in London. She joins the all-female rock group The Runaways as a teenager and has a hit with "Kiss Me Deadly" in 1988.
Singer/actor Rex Smith is born in Jacksonville, Florida. He makes his Broadway debut in 1978 playing Danny Zuko in Grease, a role John Travolta makes famous in the movie.
1951Record producer/musician Daniel Lanois is born in Hull, Quebec. Produced albums for an array of artists, including Bob Dylan, Peter Gabriel, Neil Young, and Emmylou Harris, and for bands like U2 (notably The Joshua Tree).
Rocker Lol Creme (of 10cc) is born Laurence Neil Creme in Prestwich, England.
R&B singer Freda Payne is born in Detroit, Michigan.
Musician/songwriter David Bromberg is born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, but would be raised in Tarrytown, New York. Co-wrote "The Holdup" with George Harrison in 1972.
Cass Elliot (of The Mamas & The Papas) is born Ellen Naomi Cohen in Baltimore, Maryland.
Singer/songwriter Paul Williams is born in Omaha, Nebraska. A TV fixture in the '70s and '80s, he also writes many popular songs, including Three Dog Night's "An Old Fashioned Love Song," the Carpenters' "We've Only Just Begun," and David Bowie's "Fill Your Heart."
Blue-eyed soul singer Bill Medley (of The Righteous Brothers) is born in Los Angeles, California.
Brian Epstein (Beatles manager) is born in Liverpool, Lancashire, England.
Pop/R&B singer Brook Benton is born Benjamin Franklin Peay in Lugoff, South Carolina.
R&B singer Billy Ward (of The Dominoes) is born Robert L. Williams in Savannah, Georgia.
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James Taylor, Jackson Browne, The Doobie Brothers, Graham Nash and Bonnie Raitt perform at Madison Square Garden for the first of five "no nukes" concerts.
Michael Jackson is a guest voice on The Simpsons, where he plays a mental patient Homer befriends named Leon Kompowski.
Eddie Vedder is selected as lead vocalist of what will become Pearl Jam after Jeff Ament, Stone Gossard and Mike McCready hear his demo tape where he added vocals to three instrumental tracks the band had recorded.
The Grateful Deadhit #10 on the US Hot 100 with "Touch Of Grey," the only hit song for the band.
At a whistle-stop in Hammonton, New Jersey, campaigning president Ronald Reagan praises singer Bruce Springsteen, saying: "America's future rests in a thousand dreams inside your hearts; it rests in the message of hope in songs so many young Americans admire: New Jersey's own Bruce Springsteen. And helping you make those dreams come true is what this job of mine is all about."
This leads to widespread criticism in the press because Springsteen's recent hit, "Born In The U.S.A.," is in fact a bitter cry of outrage at how poorly the United States treats its veterans, which Reagan had apparently mistaken for a straight-forward patriotic anthem - an easy mistake to make if you listen to the chorus only and not the lyrics.
Gram Parsons of The Byrds dies at age 26 after taking a shot of liquid morphine in his room at Joshua Tree Inn. Parsons had been recovering from drug and alcohol addiction, but relapsed during his trip to Joshua Tree National Park. "He was clean and took a strong shot," his friend Keith Richards says. "It's the one mistake you don't want to make."
Chubby Checker's version of "The Twist" goes to #1 in America, while the original version by Hank Ballard & The Midnightersreaches its peak chart position of #28. Checker's version tops the chart again in 1962.
Chic guitarist Nile Rodgers is born in New York City.