Saturday, September 01, 2012

On this Day in Rock History

September issue of  Classic Rock Magazine

On this day, September 1, in rock music history...

2008 – The Verve started a two week run at No.1 on the UK album chart with their final album ‘Forth’.
2007 – Hilly Kristal, founder of the New York punk club CBGB died from complications arising from lung cancer at the age of 75. 
2006 – Emo pin-ups Panic! at the Disco win Video of the Year at the MTV VMAs for “I Write Sins Not Tragedies".
2005 – Blondie and Public Enemy perform at a rally to save punk landmark CBGB, whose lease expires today.
2005 – Soldier-turned-singer/songwriter James Blunt tops the U.K. singles and an album charts with his debut Back to Bedlam and the song “You’re Beautiful.”
2004 – Carl Wayne, the former lead vocalist for the hit-making ’60s U.K. band the Move and the latter-day singer for the Hollies, dies at his home in England after a battle with cancer. He is 61.
2004 – Joe Barry,a leading exponent of the “swamp pop” scene who scored a 1960 hit with “”I’m a Fool to Care,” dies in New Orleans. He was 65.
2004 – Bassist Carrie Smith announces she’s leaving Detroit rockers the Von Bondies following their show at London’s Astoria. The band say she will be replaced by Yasmeen Smith. 
2003 – Elton John never struck us as the motorbiking type, but he plays the 100th birthday celebrations of Harley-Davidson in Milwaukee anyway, along with Tim McGraw and Kid Rock.
2003 – Poison vow to carry on with their tour after a fire in a transport trucks destroys their instruments and stage equipment.
2002 – Steve Wariner receives the 2002 Minnie Pearl Humanitarian Award during the Grand Ole Opry’s tribute to Minnie Pearl.
2002 – Lionel Hampton, one of the last of the jazz giants, dies from complications of old age and a recent heart attack in New York City at the age of 94. Hampton, an innovative vibraphonist and bandleader, had been in failing health for several years after a series of strokes.
2000 – Songwriter Harold Clayton, who co-wrote the SOS Band hit “Take Your Time (Do It Right),” is killed in a hit-and-run accident in Los Angeles. He is 53.
1999 – Bluesman R.L. Burnside undergoes heart surgery in Memphis. The 72-year-old singer/songwriter/guitarist had recently canceled two shows due to shortness of breath and exhaustion; after extensive tests, it was determined that he required angioplasty surgery.
1999 – Megadeth release Risk. Their ninth album also continues their commercial decline, only peaking at No. 14 in the Billboard charts.
1998 – On the verge of launching, Bowie hosts several online concerts by performers including Ani DiFranco and the Jesus & Mary Chain.
1997 – The Microsoft Network webcasts U2′s performance in Dublin.
1995 – The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum opens in Cleveland.
1991 – Metallica’s self-titled album debuts at No. 1 on Chart Toppers’s pop album chart.
1987 – Michael Jackson’s “Bad” video is televised for the first time on CBS-TV.
1976 – A judge says George Harrison is guilty of “unconscious plagiarism.” The melody of his hit “My Sweet Lord” was deemed to be a little too close to the Chiffons’ “He’s So Fine” for comfort.
1974 – The Rolling Stones release Goat’s Head Soup. It’s not remembered as one of their classics, but goes to No. 1 on the back of the hit single “Angie.”
1974 - John Lennon testifies that President Richard Nixon tried to have him deported after he joined anti-war demonstrations outside the 1972 Republican National Convention.
1974 – Rolling Stone Keith Richards was quoted as saying; ‘I gave up drugs when the doctor told me I had six months to live.’
1969 – during a North American tour Led Zeppelin appeared at the Texas International Pop Festival in Lewisville.
1967 – Four days after the death of Brian Epstein, the Beatles announce that they will now be handling their own managerial affairs.
1965 – The Beatles’ current American tour winds up at San Francisco’s Cow Palace.
1963 – The Ronettes enter the charts with “Be My Baby.” The Phil Spector production becomes their first and biggest hit, going to No. 2.
1957 – Elvis Presley appeared at the Empire Stadium in Vancouver, Canada.
1945 – Van Morrison is born in Belfast, Ireland. His biggest hit is the top 10 song “Domino,” released in 1970.
1944 – Roger Dean, English artist. Designed album covers for Yes, Atomic Rooster, Uriah Heep, Gentle Giant, Greenslade, Steve Howe, Asia.
1940 – Born on this day, Wilton Felder, The Crusaders, (1979 UK No.5 & US No.36 single ‘Street Life’).


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