Music History: September 20th:
2014 Lauryn Hill turns up an hour-and-a-half late for her show at the Brixton Academy, performs speeded-up remixes of her songs, and is booed by the crowd.
2010 Leonard Skinner, the namesake of the band Lynyrd Skynyrd, dies of Alzheimer's disease at age 77. As a gym teacher at Robert E. Lee High School in Jacksonville, Florida, he sent Ronnie Van Zant to the principal's office because his hair was too long.
2008 R&B singer Nappy Brown dies of a combination of ailments in Charlotte, North Carolina, at age 78. Known for the '50s hits "Don't Be Angry" and "Night Time Is the Right Time."
2005 The benefit concert "From The Big Apple To The Big Easy" is held in New York's Madison Square Garden in order to raise funds for the Gulf Coast cities and towns devastated by Hurricane Katrina. Among others, Simon & Garfunkel, Elvis Costello, Lenny Kravitz and Elton John perform at this charity concert.
2004 Billy Joel gets a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
2004 Green Day releases American Idiot in the UK.
2003 Howard Jones plays a sold out concert at the Shepherds Bush Empire, London. The concert marks 20 years since the release of his first single, "New Song."
2003 Fire destroys a lodge on Chuck Berry's Wentzville, Missouri, estate (arson is the cause, but no one is ever arrested for the crime).
2001 Jennifer Lopez does her first full set as a headliner when she plays a show in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
2000 Traditional country music singer and yodeler Don Walser receives the National Endowment for the Arts' National Heritage Award during ceremonies at the Russell Senate Office Building in Washington, D.C.
1997 Music Festival of India, a touring gala celebrating the 50th anniversary of India's independence gets under way at Cleveland's Masonic Temple.
1997 Nicholas Traina (lead singer for Link 80) dies of a self-administered morphine overdose in San Francisco, California, at age 19. Traina was the son of bestselling romance author Danielle Steel.
1995 Ex-10,000 Maniacs frontwoman Natalie Merchant kicks off her first solo tour in New Orleans with her first solo album Tigerlilyat #15 on The Billboard 200.
1994 Liz Phair releases her sophomore album, Whip-Smart, featuring the Grammy-nominated hit "Supernova."
1992 Pearl Jam play a free concert at Magnuson Park in Seattle where they register thousands of fans to vote in the upcoming election between Bill Clinton and George H.W. Bush.
1984 Folk singer/songwriter Steve Goodmandies of leukemia in Seattle, Washington, at age 36.
1980 With a re-released "Modern Girl" reaching #8 in the UK, Sheena Eastonbecomes one of the few British female singers to place two songs in the Top 10 simultaneously ("9 To 5" is also on the charts.)
1979 Rick Woolstenhulme Jr. (drummer/percussionist for Lifehouse) is born in Gilbert, Arizona.
1977 Ringo Starr releases Ringo The 4th.
1976 Captain & Tennille's regular-season ABC-TV show begins its six-month run.
1975 Bay City Rollers make inroads in America when they appear on the debut of Howard Cossell's ill-fated Saturday Night TV show on ABC, appropriately performing their hit "Saturday Night."
1972 Paul McCartney is arrested for growing marijuana on his farm in Scotland. The judge in his case has never seen a cannabis plant, so he takes a good look at it and fines McCartney 100 pounds.
1971 Peter Frampton leaves Humble Pie to begin a solo career.
1970 A Miami judge finds Jim Morrison guilty of indecent exposure after The Doors singer dropped his pants onstage at a concert in March.
1969 The self-titled album by Blind Faith, the supergroup of Eric Clapton, Steve Winwood, Ric Grech and Ginger Baker, hits #1 in America, where it stays for two weeks. The band play their last show on September 29, and never re-form.
1968 Ben Shepherd (bass player for Soundgarden) is born Hunter Benedict Shepherd in Okinawa, Japan, but would be raised in Bainbridge Island, Washington.
1967 Identical twins Matthew and Gunnar Nelson (of Nelson) are born to teen idol Ricky Nelson and actress Kristin Harmon in Santa Monica, California.
1967 Arlo Guthrie releases Alice's Restaurant.
1966 Nuno Bettencourt (lead guitarist for Extreme) is born in Praia da Vitória, Terceira, Azores, Portugal. He would be raised in Hudson, Massachusetts.
1965 The Animals record "It's My Life."
1957 Finnish composer Jean Sibelius dies of a brain hemorrhage at age 91.
1957 Alannah Currie (of Thompson Twins) is born in Auckland, New Zealand.
1955 "Tennessee" Ernie Ford records "Sixteen Tons."
1951 Frank Capra's musical comedy Here Comes the Groom, starring Bing Crosbyand Jane Wyman, debuts in theaters. It features the comedic number "In The Cool, Cool, Cool Of The Evening," which goes on to win the Academy Award for Best Original Song.
1948 The fraternal twin brothers Chuck and John Panozzo are born in Chicago. Along with James Young, Dennis DeYoung and John Curulewski, they form the band Styx, where they are the rhythm section, Chuck on bass and John on drums.
1946 Sylvia Peterson (of The Chiffons) is born in the Bronx, New York.
1924 Pop singer Gogi Grant is born Myrtle Audrey Arinsberg in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Known for her 1956 hit cover of "The Wayward Wind."
Gram Parsons Burns In The Desert
The body of The Byrds guitarist Gram Parsons is stolen and taken to Joshua Tree National Park, where it is set on fire.
2014 Meghan Trainor's "All About That Bass" hits #1 for the first of eight weeks, replacing "Shake It Off" by Taylor Swift (a Size 2!).
1979 The Clash bass player Paul Simonon, frustrated because the crowd at The Palladium in New York City isn't standing, smashes his instrument on stage. The photo is later used as the cover of their London Calling album.
1973 Jim Croce is killed in a plane crash in Natchitoches, Louisiana, at age 30.
1969 John Lennon leaves The Beatles but agrees to not make an official announcement. The recording of "I Want You (She's So Heavy)" marks the last time all four Beatles were together in the same studio.
1969 The cartoon group The Archies claim the top spot in America with "Sugar, Sugar," which spends four weeks at #1.