This Month in Music History


This Month in music history

September 2

•            1995: The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame opens in Cleveland, Ohio

September 3

•            1977: Elvis Presley has 27 albums and 9 singles on the UK chart simultaneously

•            1967: Folk singer Woodie Guthrie dies in New York City at the age of 52

September 5

•            1987: After 30 years, the television show “American Bandstand” is cancelled

•            1946: Freddie Mercury of Queen is born Frederick Farookh Bulsara

September 6

•            1989: Neil Young wins Best Video at the MTV Music Awards for “This Note’s For You,” which was originally banned by the station

•            1985: After Paul McCartney suggests he invest in publishing rights, Michael Jackson outbids the surviving Beatles and purchases the ATV music catalog, which contains the rights to over 250 John Lennon/Paul McCartney songs, for $47 million, thus ending his friendship with McCartney

•            1961: Bob Dylan makes his live performance debut at The Gaslight Café in New York City

•            1944: Roger Waters of Pink Floyd is born

September 7

•            1996: Tupac Shakur and Marion “Suge” Knight are shot while driving in Knight’s Mercedes following a Mike Tyson fight in Las Vegas; Shakur will die six days later

•            1978: The Who’s Keith Moon dies of a drug overdose

•            1936: Buddy Holly is born Charles Hardin Holley

September 8

•            1932: Patsy Cline is born Virginia Patterson Hensley

September 9

•            1941: Otis Redding is born

September 10

•            1988: Guns N’ Roses’ “Sweet Child o’ Mine” hits #1 on the singles charts

•            1950: Joe Perry of Aerosmith is born

September 11

•            1987: Peter Tosh is murdered in his Jamaican home

•            1965: Moby is born Richard Melville Hall

September 12

•            1944: Barry White is born

September 13

•            1976: Fiona Apple is born

September 14

•            1984: The first MTV Music Awards takes place, with Herbie Hancock winning multiple categories

•            1968: Pete Townshend of The Who tells Rolling Stone magazine that he has an idea of creating a rock opera about a deaf, dumb and blind boy

September 16

•            1970: Jimi Hendrix makes his final public appearance when he joins Eric Burdon and WAR at a London club

•            1925: B.B. King is born Riley B. King

September 17

•            1967: Ed Sullivan requests that Jim Morrison change the lyrics “Girl we couldn’t get much higher” to “Girl we couldn’t get much better” during their performance; Morrison agrees but performs the original lyrics

September 18

•            1983: KISS appear on MTV without their makeup

•            1970: Jimi Hendrix dies in London

September 19:

•            1981: Simon and Garfunkel reunite to perform in New York City’s Central Park for over 400,000 fans

September 20

•            1970: Jim Morrison of The Doors is found guilty of indecent exposure during a Miami concert

September 21

•            1968: Trugoy of De La Soul is born David Jude Jolicoeur

September 22

•            1960: Joan Jett is born Joan Larkin

September 23

•            1974: Robbie McIntosh of The Average White Band dies when he mistakenly snorts pure heroin, thinking it was cocaine

•            1949: Bruce Springsteen is born

September 24

•            1993: Drummer Steven Adler of Guns N’ Roses is awarded $2.5 million from the band for being kicked out due to an ongoing heroin addiction

September 25

•            1980: Led Zeppelin’s John “Bonzo” Bonham dies of alcohol abuse

•            1976: Boston’s debut album enters the charts and will become the fastest selling debut album in history

September 26

•            1969: San Francisco’s concert hall, The Fillmore West opens

September 27

•            1947: Meat Loaf is born Marvin Lee Aday

September 28

•            1991: Jazz legend Miles Davis dies in New York at the age of 65

September 29

•            1935: Jerry Lee Lewis is born

September 30

•            1964: Trey Anastasio of Phish is born

•            1963: Jim Croce dies when his plane crashes into a tree upon takeoff

Complied from the archives of Rock & Roll Library

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