Music History: September 30th:
2012 Faith Hill becomes the first country artist to debut a song on Twitter when she posts "American Heart."
2011 Pearl Jam wrap up a week-long tribute to Pink Floyd on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon with a performance of "Mother."
2011 Marv Tarplin (of The Miracles) dies in Las Vegas, Nevada, at age 70.
2010 After 10 years, the first ever John Lennonmuseum closes. Located outside of Tokyo, it shuts down because Yoko Ono wants Lennon's spirit to remain in motion, saying, "If the Museum which houses his spirit never moved, it would be a grave, not a Museum."
2008 Hot on the heels of the mega-successful Evolution of Robin Thicke, Robin Thicke's third solo album, Something Else, debuts at #3 on the Billboard 200. The album moves 140,000 copies in the first week.
2008 Disney releases Nightmare Revisited, a cover album of songs from The Nightmare Before Christmas. The new album commemorates the fifteenth anniversary of the film's original 1993 release and features new arrangements by KoRn, Amy Lee of Evanescence, and Marilyn Manson.
2006 Shine On, Jet's sophomore album, is released to mixed reviews. Most notably the indie music website Pitchfork's review is nothing but a video of a chimpanzee urinating into its own mouth. The title track and third single from the record, "Shine On," is a tribute to Nic and Chris Chester's dad, who died from cancer in 2004.
2006 Farm Aid co-founders Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp and Neil Young are joined by Dave Matthews (The Dave Matthews Band), Steel Pulse, Gov't Mule, Jerry Lee Lewis, Steve Earle and Allison Moorer for the organization's 21st anniversary concert at the Tweeter Center in Camden, New Jersey.
2003 Rockabilly performer Ronnie Dawson dies of throat cancer in Dallas, Texas, at age 64.
2002 Faith Hill releases "Cry," the title track from her latest country pop album. It's another crossover success for the country singer, landing at #1 on the Adult Contemporary chart and giving her a second win for Best Female Country Vocal Performance (the first being for "Breathe").
2002 Pianist Ellis Larkins dies of pneumonia at age 79.
2002 Pat Boone guests on the TV series Seventh Heaven.
2002 The Rolling Stones release Forty Licks.
1997 U2 cause controversy during its show in Tel Aviv, Israel, with frontman Bono appealing for the release from imprisonment of nuclear secrets traitor Mordechai Vanunu.
1997 Patty Loveless releases Long Stretch of Lonesome.
1997 Randy Travis becomes the first artist to ink a deal with DreamWorks Records Nashville. His signing instantly raises the stock of the new country label.
1997 Fleetwood Mac's reunion show at the Continental Airlines Arena in East Rutherford, New Jersey, grosses a house record of $1,094,520.
1991 Liza Minnelli receives a star on Hollywood's Walk of Fame at 7000 Hollywood Blvd. Her mother, Judy Garland, has three stars on the famous boulevard.
1989 Neil Young performs "Rockin' In The Free World" on Saturday Night Live.
1988 John Lennon is awarded a posthumous star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 1750 Vine St.
1982 Bruce Springsteen releases Nebraska, an album made up of tunes Bruce recorded on a 4-track tape machine in his home studio.
1977 Mary Ford dies after eight weeks in a diabetic coma in Arcadia, California, at age 53.
1977 Exile's "Kiss You All Over" hits #1 on the Hot 100, where it stays for four weeks. The group doesn't place another song higher than #40 ("You Thrill Me"), but returns as a country act in the '80s and scores ten country chart-toppers.
1971 Isaac Hayes releases "Theme From Shaft."
1967 BBC Radio One goes on the air. The first song played is "Flowers In The Rain" by The Move.
1965 Donovan appears on US television for the first time when he shows up on Shindig.
1965 Elvis Presley meets Tom Jones for the first time, on the set of the King's Paradise, Hawaiian Style movie. The two become fast friends.
1964 Trey Anastasio of Phish is born in Fort Worth, Texas.
1964 Robby Takac (bassist/vocalist for The Goo Goo Dolls) is born in Buffalo, New York.
1964 The Beatles record "Every Little Thing," "What You're Doing," and "No Reply."
1957 The Louis Armstrong album Louis Armstrong Plays King Oliver is recorded at Radio Recorders studio in Hollywood, marking the first stereo album recorded in America.
1956 Singer/songwriter Basia is born Barbara Trzetrzelewska in Jaworzno, Poland. Known for the '80s hits "Time and Tide" and "Cruising for Bruising."
1954 R&B performer Patrice Rushen is born in Los Angeles, California. Known for her 1982 single "Forget Me Nots," which earned her a Grammy Nomination for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance.
1954 Patsy Cline signs a contract with Four Star Music Sales.
1954 Julie Andrews makes her Broadway debut in The Boy Friend.
1953 Country singer Deborah Allen is born Deborah Lynn Thurmond in Memphis, Tennessee. Known for the 1983 crossover hit "Baby I Lied."
1952 John Lombardo (guitarist for 10,000 Maniacs) is born in Jamestown, New York.
1947 Marc Bolan (frontman for T. Rex) is born Mark Feld in Stoke Newington, London, England.
1943 R&B singer Marilyn McCoo (of The 5th Dimension) is born in Jersey City, New Jersey.
1942 R&B singer Frankie Lymon is born Franklin Joseph Lymon in Harlem, New York.
1942 Gus Dudgeon, frequent producer for Elton John, is born Angus Boyd Dudgeon in Woking, Surrey, England.
1941 The Larry Clinton Orchestra records "That Solid Old Man."
1940 Dewey Martin (drummer for Buffalo Springfield) is born Walter Milton Dwayne Midkiff in Chesterville, Ontario, Canada.
1935 Johnny Mathis is born John Royce Mathis in Gilmer, Texas. He is raised in San Francisco.More
1935 The Gershwin musical Porgy and Bessopens at Boston's Colonial Theatre. While not commercially successful, a revival in 1942 will turn it into one of the longest-running musicals in history.
1933 Gospel/soul singer Cissy Houston is born Emily Drinkard in Newark, New Jersey. She gives birth to future superstar Whitney Houston in 1963.
1933 WLS radio in Chicago's popular program The National Barn Dance, one of the first country music radio programs, goes national with a move to NBC radio.
1922 Oscar Pettiford, jazz double bassist and cellist, is born in Okmulgee, Oklahoma.
James Dean Dies While Rock Is Born
James Dean is killed in a car accident at age 24. Dean dies around the same time rock and roll comes alive (the #1 song the day he dies: Pat Boone's cover of "Ain't That A Shame" - clearly America is at a crossroads).
2016 Mary J. Blige debuts her Apple Music talk show, The 411, and welcomes Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton as her first guest. Halfway through the intimate conversation, Blige bursts into a rendition of Bruce Springsteen's protest anthem "American Skin (41 Shots)" in a bid to address the rash of police brutality against African Americans. The attempt falls flat with viewers, who heckle the singer on social media.More
1998 On The Drew Carey Show episode "In Ramada Da Vida," Slash, Lisa Loeb, Dusty Hill of ZZ Top, Dave Mustaine, Jonny Lang, Joey Ramone, Joe Walsh and Cheap Trickguitarist Rick Nielsen audition for Drew's band, which has a gig at the Ramada Inn. Walsh gets the job.
1995 Mariah Carey's "Fantasy" becomes just the second single to debut at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 (the first was Michael Jackson's "You Are Not Alone"). It stays at the top spot for eight weeks.
1993 George Harrison and David Crosby play their animated selves on the Season 5 premiere of The Simpsons, "Homer's Barbershop Quartet."
1989 Bette Midler is awarded $400,000 in her lawsuit against the Ford Motor Company, which had her former backing singer Ula Hedwig sing Midler's hit "Do You Want To Dance" in a 1985 commercial for the Mercury Sable. The verdict means that companies can't purposely imitate the vocals of a famous singer in advertisements without consent.
1987 Roy Orbison's comeback picks up speed at a Los Angeles concert filmed for the Cinemax special Roy Orbison and Friends, A Black and White Night. Bruce Springsteen, Tom Waits, Elvis Costello, Jackson Browne, and J.D. Souther all perform at the show, which is fittingly filmed in black and white.