Music History: September 25th:
2012 Two con artists, Alpha Lorenzo Walker and Tamara Diaz, are sentenced to 292 days in jail and 3 years' probation after an attempt to blackmail Stevie Wonder. The pair had somehow obtained or created a video portraying Wonder in a negative light and were demanding $5 million under threat of releasing it to the public. The pair were caught in a sting operation.
2010 Bush perform at the second Epicenter Music Festival in Fontana, California. This concert marks the band's first live appearance since 2002.
2008 MySpace Music, the all-in-one music service/social network, finally becomes a reality as it launches after agreeing to a deal with EMI, the last major label holdout.
2007 Bruce Springsteen releases Magic.
2003 Indie rocker Matthew Jay dies at age 24 from an unexplained fall from a London apartment building.
2001 Rapper Erick Sermon sustains serious injuries when, according to his publicist, he is involved in an auto accident. It is announced by police one week later that the injuries are actually the result of a plunge out a third-story window.
2001 For the first time ever, the Recording Academy agrees to accept a downloadable single for Grammy consideration. Virgin Records releases two singles: "Dig In," by Lenny Kravitz and "God Gave Me Everything" by Mick Jagger, which are released to digital retailers via Liquid Audio.
2001 The voice of Bob Marley ushers satellite radio onto the air, promising listeners greater variety on the dial - for a price - with the launch of XM Satellite Radio. It is the first worldwide broadcast of a satellite radio station.
1993 The US Postal Service issues a Patsy Cline commemorative stamp.
1991 Simon Le Bon's wife, Yasmin, gives birth to a daughter, Saffron, in London. She is the second child for the Duran Duran lead singer and his wife.
1990 Mercer University Drive in Macon, Georgia, is renamed "Little Richard Penniman Boulevard" after the famous singerwho grew up there.
1990 Dave Grohl replaces Chad Channing in Nirvana, becoming the fifth (and final) drummer for the band.
1985 Diana Ortiz (of Dream) is born in San Fernando Valley, California.
1975 Jackie Wilson has a heart attack while performing "Lonely Teardrops" at the Dick Clark "Good Ol' Rock 'n' Roll" revue in Cherry Hill, New Jersey. When he falls, he hits his head and goes into a coma for four months. He regains consciousness but suffers brain damage that leaves him unable to walk or talk. Wilson dies in 1984.
1973 The Allman Brothers release "Ramblin' Man."
1971 Cat Stevens releases "Peace Train."
1970 The Partridge Family's self-titled TV show debuts on ABC.
1970 Janis Joplin records "Me And Bobby McGee" at Sunset Sound Studios in Hollywood. She dies nine days later from a drug overdose at age 27.
1970 Ringo Starr releases Beaucoups Of Blues.
1969 John Lennon records "Cold Turkey."
1967 The Beatles begin recording "The Fool On The Hill."
1965 The cartoon The Beatles, starring animated versions of the Fab 4 (and soundalike voiceover artists), debuts on ABC. The show lasts three seasons.
1965 Barry McGuire's "Eve Of Destruction" hits #1, where it will stay for one week.
1964 Beatles manager Brian Epstein is offered three and one-half million pounds for the group's contract. Epstein declines.
1964 The Temptations record "My Girl."
1961 Bob Dylan plays a show at Gerde's Folk City in New York that earns him a glowing review in the New York Times, giving him his first major media exposure.
1956 Elvis Presley's "Love Me Tender" becomes the first single to sell a million copies before its release.
1955 Zucchero is born Adelmo Fornaciari in Roncocesi, a small village near Reggio Emilia, Italy.
1954 Elvis Presley performs live on Grand Ole Opry, singing "Blue Moon Of Kentucky."
1954 Rosemary Clooney's "Hey There" hits #1 in America.
1945 Onnie McIntyre (guitarist for The Average White Band) is born in Lennoxtown, Scotland.
1943 Gary Jules Alexander (of The Association) is born in Chattanooga, Tennessee.
1936 Delta blues musician Roosevelt "Booba" Barnes is born in Longwood, Mississippi.
1934 Henry Busse records "Hot Lips."
1933 Erik Darling (of The Weavers, The Tarries, Rooftop Singers) is born in Baltimore, Maryland.
1932 Canadian pianist Glenn Gould is born in Toronto.
1683 Baroque composer Jean-Philippe Rameau is born in Dijon, France.
University Of Miami Bans "Dixie"
1968 No more whistling "Dixie" for University of Miami students as the school becomes the first university to ban the controversial Confederate anthem from being played at public events.
2017 At the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles, Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers play their last concert, as Petty dies a week later. The show is the last stop on their 40th Anniversary tour.
1981 The Rolling Stonesstart their US tour with a concert at JFK Stadium in Philadelphia, where they play to a crowd of 90,000. The tour is sponsored by musk maker Jovan, establishing a new paradigm for corporate involvement.
1980 Led Zeppelin drummer John Bonham dies at age 32 of asphyxiation from vomiting after a night of heavy drinking. The band decides to break up instead of replacing him.
1979 Andrew Lloyd Webber's musical Evita makes its debut on Broadway with Patti LuPone after a successful year on London's West End.
1968 Will Smith is born and raised in West Philadelphia. On the playground is where he spends most of his days.
1967 Little-known country singer Dolly Partonmakes her first appearance on The Porter Wagoner Show, singing two songs from her debut album: "Dumb Blonde" and "Something Fishy." She becomes the full-time replacement for the program's longtime singer, Norma Jean. Parton stays on the show for seven years and records string of popular duet albums with Wagoner.