Wednesday, September 24, 2008

This Date In Music History- September 24


Gerry Marsden of Gerry & the Pacemakers ("Don't Let The Sun Catch You Crying") turns 66.

Barbara (1940) and Jiggs (1942) Allbut of the Angels ("My Boyfriend's Back") are born-- same day, different years.


Jimi Hendrix and Chas Chandler, former bassist with the Animals, flew from New York to London in 1966. There, Hendrix will form a new band and Chandler will become the manager of the Jimi Hendrix Experience. En route, they decide to change the guitarist's name from Jimmy to Jimi.

The late Linda McCartney ("Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey" with husband Paul) was born in 1942.

Alan Freed's "Mr. Rock 'n' Roll" movie, with appearances by Chuck Berry, Frankie Lymon, LaVern Baker, Little Richard and others, premiered in New York City in 1957.

John Lennon appeared as a guest on The Dick Cavett Show in 1971.

Memphis played host to the first Elvis Presley convention in 1977.

Nirvana's "Nevermind" was released in 1991.

Fleetwood Mac`s "Don`t Stop" peaked at #3 in 1977. However, an Arkansas fan, Bill Clinton, revives the song using as his presidential campaign theme song in '92.

Stamps designed by John Lennon to support a strike by postal workers were sold for $2,000 in 2003, double the pre-sale estimate, according to auctioneers at Sotheby's.

London`s Wembley Arena was the site of the 50th birthday party for the Fender Stratocaster guitar in 2004. Paul Rodgers, Joe Walsh and David Gilmour are among those who attended. Proceeds from the event went to the Nordiff-Robbins Music Therapy charity.

In 1962, Elvis Presley received an invitation to appear at the Royal Variety Performance, a gala evening held annually in the United Kingdom which was attended by senior members of the British Royal Family. Presley's manager, Colonel Tom Parker graciously declined, citing motion picture commitments. The real reason was that Parker was an illegal Dutch immigrant living in the United States who feared he may not be allowed to return if he left the country.

The Association had their first number one single with "Cherish" in 1966. The song had been released in August and within two months would be a million seller, remaining at the top of the US Pop charts for nearly a month. Oddly, it did not do well overseas, perhaps because of poor distribution. Only when the song was re-recorded by David Cassidy in 1971, did "Cherish" become an international hit.

In 1988, Bobby McFerrin's a cappella tune, "Don't Worry, Be Happy" hit the top of the record charts, not only in the US but in almost every country in the world. The song would go on to win Grammy Awards for both Record of the Year and Song of the Year. It made #2 in the UK. During his career, McFerrin has become a ten-time Grammy Award winner.

Elvis Presley was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1998.

Judy Garland made her TV debut on the "Ford Star Jubilee" on CBS in 1955.

After suing for wrongful dismissal, Guns N' Roses drummer Steven Adler collects a $2.5 million settlement from the band in 1993. He alleged that his bandmates threw him out of the group for his heroin habit, after encouraging him to take the drug in the first place. That'll teach 'em.

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