Thursday, September 30, 2010

This Date In Music History - September 30


Soul singer Cissy Houston, and mother of Whitney Houston. Member of Sweet Inspirations, The Drinkard Singers, (with Dionne Warwick), back-up singer with Elvis Presley, Aretha Franklin, Chaka Khan, Luther Vandross. (1933)

Johnny Mathis - His 'Greatest Hits' album spent over nine years on the US chart (1935)

Dewey Martin - The Dillards, Buffalo Springfield (1942)

Marilyn McCoo - 5th Dimension (1943)

Sylvia Peterson - Chiffons (1946)

John Lombardo - 10,000 Maniacs (1952)

Robby Takac - Goo Goo Dolls (1964)

Trey Anastasio - Phish (1964)

Steve Klein - New Found Glory (1979)

Keisha Buchanan - Sugababes (1984)

They Are Missed:

Born on this day in 1942, Frankie Lymon, singer, Frankie Lymon & the Teenagers. He died from a drug overdose on February 28, 1968 (age 25).

Born today in 1942 Gus Dudgeon, producer. Best known for his work with Elton John. Also produced David Bowie, The Beach Boys, Zombies, Kiki Dee, Strawbs, XTC and Joan Armatrading. Dudgeon was killed in a car accident on July 21, 2002 (his wife, Sheila, was also killed in the accident).

Born on this day in 1947, Marc Bolan, guitarist, singer-songwriter, member of T Rex. Bolan was killed in a car accident on September 16, 1977.

Mary Ford died from cancer in 1977, after being in a diabetic coma for 54 days. One-half of the husband-and-wife musical team, Les Paul and Mary Ford. Between 1950 and 1954, the couple had 16 top-ten hits; in 1951 alone, they sold six million records.


The show "Porgy and Bess" opened for the first time in Boston in 1935.

The Beatles performed at the Indra Club, Grosse Freiheit, Hamburg, West Germany in 1960.

In 1961, unknown Bob Dylan played harmonica for the recording of Caroline Hester's first Columbia album. Producer John Hammond is so impressed, he signed Dylan to a contract with Columbia Records.

In 1965, Donovan made his US television debut on Shindig! along with The Hollies, The Turtles and the Dave Clark Five.

BBC Radio 1 was launched in the UK in 1967. Former Radio Caroline DJ Tony Blackburn was the first presenter on air. The Move's "Flowers In The Rain," was the first record played.

Van Morrison's "Brown-Eyed Girl" peaked at #10 on the pop chart in 1967.

On the David Frost Show in 1967, John Lennon and Paul McCartney promoted transcendental meditation and the teachings of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. They are true believers, for awhile. Ohmmmmm.....

Christine Hinton, the girlfriend of David Crosby, was killed in a car crash near San Francisco in 1969. Crosby spends years trying to cope with the tragedy.

In 1971, Rick Wakeman made his live debut with Yes at The De Montford Hall, Leicester at the start of a 23-date UK tour.

Columbia Records announced that they were closing down four Hollywood studios in 1972.

Ringo Starr released the album "Ringo The Fourth" in 1977.

In 1977, Foghat played a benefit concert in New York for the preservation of rare Blues recordings. Since Foghat built their reputation recycling Blues riffs, it`s an appropriate payback.

David Cassidy was at #1 on the UK singles chart in 1972 with "How Can I Be Sure." It was the star from the US TV series the Partridge Family's first UK #1 and the cut was originally recorded by The Young Rascals in 1967.

In 1974, police were called to a Lynyrd Skynyrd and Blue Oyster Cult concert after a fight broke out between two sound engineers. The Skynyrd roadie claimed that the sound had been deliberately turned off during the bands set.

Exile started a four week run at #1 on the US singles chart in 1978 with "Kiss You All Over."

Roy Orbison's cable TV special 'A Black and White Night' was filmed in 1982, with Bruce Springsteen, Jackson Browne, K.D. Lang and?? Bonnie Raitt, Jennifer Warnes, Elvis Costello, Tom Waits, T Bone Burnett (and others) backing up the legend.

In 1988, John Lennon was awarded a posthumous star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Bette Midler was awarded $400,000 in a lawsuit against the Ford Motor Company in 1989 over their use of a soundalike singer in their commercials.

Neil Young appeared on "Saturday Night Live" in 1989 and performed "Rockin' In The Free World."

The Rolling Stones recorded the video for "Rock And A Hard Place" at Foxboro-Sullivan Stadium in 1989.

Singer Steve Earle was arrested in Nashville in 1992 after he failed to report for jury service.

Kate Pierson from The B-52's was charged with criminal mischief and trespassing during an anti-fur protest at 'Vogue's' New York City offices in 1993.

David Crosby and George Harrison appeared on the fifth season premiere of "The Simpsons" in 1993. Homer recounts his brief pop success as a member of the B-Sharps. Following a bitter break-up, the B-Sharps reunite on the rooftop of Moe`s Tavern to sing their one hit "Baby On Board." George drives by in a limo and intones "it`s been done."

Mariah Carey made chart history in 1995 when she started an eight week run at #1 on the US singles chart with "Fantasy," making her the first female act to enter the chart in top position.

The Bob Dylan album 'Time Out of Mind' was released in 1997.

The Rolling Stones released 'Bridges To Babylon' in 1997.

Jonny Lang, Slash (Guns 'n' Roses), Joey Ramone (Ramones) and Rick Nelson (Cheap Trick) and others appeared on "The Drew Carey Show" in 1998. All the musicians were trying out for lead guitarist of Carey's band.

In 2004, Bono called on Europe and the United States to commit more resources to stemming poverty and AIDS in Africa. He addressesed the annual conference of the United Kingdom`s governing Labour Party in Brighton, England. "This is not about charity, this is about justice," says U2’s frontman. And we thought he was just a singer.....

Justin Timberlake started a two week run at #1 on the US album chart in 2006 with his second solo album ‘FutureSex/LoveSounds’ which also became the biggest album ever for pre-orders on iTunes.

Billy Joel puts his Long Island home on the market in 2006. Frustrated by legal barriers preventing him from constructing a dock in the harbor to store three boats, Joel’s asking price for the 14,000-square-foot mansion, a guest cottage and a beach house is a mere $37.5 million. I'll write a check...

The 21st edition of Farm Aid was in Camden, NJ in 2006, with performances by founders Neil Young, John Mellencamp and Willie Nelson. Gov't Mule and the legendary Jerry Lee Lewis also take the stage. The event grossed $1.1 million in ticket sales for US family farmers. "It is unfortunate that we have to continue doing this," says Young. "I really hope that we don't have to do Farm Aid forever." Meanwhile on the left coast... Jackson Browne and ex-Doobie Brothers singer-keyboardist Michael McDonald headline the fourth annual Ventura Hillsides Music Festival in Ventura, Calif. Proceeds from the event benefit the Ventura Hillsides Conservancy.

Country music singer Keith Urban crashed his motorcycle in 2007 on the way to an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting. The 39-year-old, who was not injured, said he was being followed by a photographer when the accident happened near his home in Sydney, Australia.

Reba McEntire was at #1 on the US album chart in 2007 with 'Reba: Duets.'

“Nightmare Revisited” was released in 2008. Marilyn Manson, KoRn, Rise Against, Flyleaf and Evanescence singer Amy Lee reworked songs from Tim Burton's ‘93 movie 'The Nightmare Before Christmas.'

Alice Cooper had to tone down his performance on CBS' Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson in 2008 after network officials deemed a planned segment too graphic. Cooper initially intended to re-enact a scene from his "Vengeance Is Mine" video by pretending to strangle a female audience member with a scarf. That was a no-go. Why didn’t he just hang himself like in the old days?

In 2009, Bruce Springsteen played the first of 5 sold-out shows to close out the life of Giants Stadium (in NJ). At each concert, Springsteen performs one of his classic albums – “Born To Run” (2x), “Darkness On The Edge Of Town” and “Born In The U.S.A.”(2x) – in its entirety.

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