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This Week In Music History – September 15 – September 21

 

The_4_Seasons_(1966)On September 15, 1962, the Four Seasons scored their first #1 hit when “Sherry” reached the top of both the Billboard Hot 100 and the Cashbox Best Sellers list. The song was originally titled “Terry,” but after considering other names, including “Jackie,” (named for Jackie Kennedy) the quartet changed the lyrics to “Sherry;” after Cheri Spector, the daughter of one of Bob Crewe’s best friends. Over their career the Four Seasons would have 3 more #1 hits: “Rag Doll,” “Walk Like a Man” and “Big Girls Don’t Cry.”

 

 

 

1978_AMC_Matador_sedan_red_NC_detail_of_factory_AM-FM-stereo-8-track_unitOn September 15, 1965, the Ford Motor Company became the first automaker to offer an 8-track tape player as an option for their entire line of vehicles on sale in the US. Tapes were initially only available at auto parts stores, as home 8-track equipment was still a year away.

 

 

 

 

Huey_Lewis_&_the_News_-_SportsOn September 15, 1983, Huey Lewis and the News released the album ‘Sports.’ The album spawned four top 10 hits on the Billboard Hot 100: “Heart and Soul,” “I Want a New Drug,” “The Heart of Rock & Roll” and “If This Is It.” The LP reached the top spot on the Billboard 200 on June 30, 1984, and has been certified 7× Platinum by the RIAA.

 

 

 

 

 

 
220px-Beatles_She_Loves_YouOn September 16, 1963, “She Loves You” by the Beatles was released by Swan Records in the US. Although the song was currently at the top position in the UK, the now legendary pop song was ignored in the US, that is, until 1964 – when it would reach the top of the US Pop chart.

 

 

 

 

220px-SurferGirlCoverOn September 16, 1963, the Beach Boys album ‘Surfer Girl’ was released. The LP reached #7 in the US during a chart stay of 56 weeks. The front cover of Surfer Girl features (from left to right) Dennis Wilson, David Marks, Carl Wilson, Mike Love and Brian Wilson holding a surfboard from the same 1962 photo shoot that produced the cover of their album debut ‘Surfin’ Safari.’

 

 

 

 

ShindiglogoOn September 16, 1964, the rock and roll show Shindig debuts on ABC-TV with the Righteous Brothers, Sam Cooke, the Everly Brothers and Bobby Sherman. Later shows were taped in Britain with the Beatles as the guests and many popular performers of the day played on the show including Lesley Gore, Bo Diddley, Sonny and Cher, the Beach Boys, James Brown, the Supremes and the Ronettes; to name a few.

 

 

 

 

Vynil_vinil_92837841On September 17, 1931, RCA-Victor demonstrated the first long-playing record or LP, (33 1/3 rpm recording) at the Savoy Plaza Hotel in New York. The venture was doomed to fail however due to the high price of the record players, which started around $95 (about $1140 in today’s dollars) and wasn’t revived until 1948.

 

 

 

 

doorsOn September 17, 1967, the Doors were banned from the Ed Sullivan Show after Jim Morrison broke his agreement with the show’s producers. Morrison said before the performance that he wouldn’t sing the words, “Girl, we couldn’t get much higher,” from their hit 60′s anthem “Light My Fire;” but he did anyway. The Doors also performed their new single “People Are Strange.”

 

 

 

220px-Roger_Daltrey_-left_and_Keith_Moon-right_1967On September 17, 1967, the Who appeared on the Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour. An incident occurred with flash explosions that damaged Pete Townsend’s ears. Drummer Kieth Moon bribed a stage hand to put explosives in his drum kit, loading it with ten times the expected dose. The resulting detonation threw Moon off his drum riser while his arm was cut by flying cymbal shrapnel. Townshend’s hair was fried and his left ear left ringing, while a camera and studio monitor were destroyed by a blast.

 

 

 

220px-GnR--UseYourIllusion1On September 17, 1991, over 4 million copies of Guns N’ Roses album, ‘Use Your Illusion I’ and ‘Use Your Illusion II’ were simultaneously released for retail sale. The cover art of both ‘Use Your Illusion’ albums is a detail of Raphael’s painting The School of Athens. The highlighted figure, unlike many of those in the painting, has not been identified with any particular philosopher. Both covers are the work of Estonian-American artist Mark Kostabi.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gitarrlegenden Jimi HendrixOn September 18, 1970, James Marshall “Jimi” Hendrix was pronounced dead on arrival at St. Mary Abbot’s Hospital in London at the age of 27 from an overdose of sleeping pills. Hendrix left the message “I need help bad man,” on his managers answer phone earlier that night. Hendrix is widely regarded as one of the most influential electric guitarists in the history of popular music,and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame describes him as “arguably the greatest instrumentalist in the history of rock music.”

 

 

 

 

 

220px-Lick_it_up_coverOn September 18, 1983, the album ‘Lick It Up’ was released by KISS. On the day of its release, the band members appeared on MTV without their trademark makeup. It was the first public appearance without makeup by Kiss since their very early days. The title track is a fan favorite Kiss song and a staple of the band’s live performances. This is also the first Kiss album officially featuring new lead guitarist Vinnie Vincent.

 

 

 

 

 

 

220px-SgconcertincentralparkOn September 19, 1981, Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel recorded “The Concert in Central Park” live in New York’s Central Park for an HBO special. Among the songs performed were the classics “The Sound of Silence,” “Mrs. Robinson” and “The Boxer.”  The accompanying album was very successful peaking at #6 on the Billboard 200 album charts.

 

 

 

 

NoNukesAlbumOn September 19, 1979, the No Nukes concert was held at New York’s Madison Square Garden. Performers included Stephen Stills, David Crosby, Jackson Browne, Bonnie Raitt, the Doobie Brothers, Poco, Tom Petty, Carly Simon, James Taylor and Bruce Springsteen.

 

 

 

 

 

 
led-zep1On September 20, 1968, Led Zeppelin (recording under the name of the Yardbirds) started recording their debut album at Olympic Studios, Barnes, London, England. The album took only about 36 hours of studio time to complete at a cost of around £1,782. According to guitarist Jimmy Page, “The first album is a live album, it really is, and it’s done intentionally in that way. It’s got overdubs on it, but the original tracks are live.”

 

 

 
220px-DCalbumOn September 20, 1976, AC/DC released their third studio album ‘Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap.’ All songs were written by Angus Young, Malcolm Young and Bon Scott. The album has been certified 6x Platinum in the US

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

220px-All_Along_the_Watchtower_single_coverOn September 21, 1968, “All Along the Watchtower” was released by Jimi Hendrix. The single reached #5 in the British charts, and #20 on the Billboard chart, and Hendrix’s recording of the song appears at #47 on Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.  The song also had the #5 spot on Guitar World’s 100 Greatest Guitar Solos.

 

 

 

 

220px-Radiohead_original_creep_coverOn September 21, 1992, Radiohead released “Creep” as their debut single, later appearing on their first album, ‘Pablo Honey’ (1993). During its initial release, “Creep” was not a chart success. However, upon re-release in 1993, it became a worldwide hit.

 

This Week In Music History – September 1 – September 7

Rock-and-roll-hall-of-fame-sunsetOn September 1, 1995, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame opened in Cleveland, Ohio, with the ribbon being cut by an ensemble that included Yoko Ono and Little Richard, among others, before a crowd of more than 10,000 people. The following night an all-star concert was held at the stadium. It featured Chuck Berry, Bob Dylan, Al Green, Jerry Lee Lewis, Aretha Franklin, Bruce Springsteen, Iggy Pop, John Fogerty, John Mellencamp and many others. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum’s Library and Archives is the world’s most comprehensive repository of materials related to the history of rock and roll.

 

 

 

 
220px-Styx_-_Pieces_of_EightOn September 1, 1978, Styx released their eighth studio album ‘Pieces of Eight.’ The LP achieved triple-platinum certification, thanks to the hit singles “Sing for the Day,” “Blue Collar Man (Long Nights)” and “Renegade.” The album’s cover was done by Hipgnosis.

 

 

 

 

 

 
angelsOn September 2, 1963, the Angels become the first white all-female group to have a number-one record with the legendary girl group cut “My Boyfriend’s Back.”

 

 

 

 

 

ELM_52On September 2, 1972, the Erie Canal Soda Pop Festival was held over three days on Bull Island, near Griffin, Indiana. The promoters expected up to 50,000 music fans however, more than 200,000 attended the festival. Acts that appeared included Flash Cadillac & the Continental Kids, Black Oak Arkansas, Cheech and Chong, Foghat, Albert King, Brownsville Station, Canned Heat, Flash, Ravi Shankar, Rory Gallagher, Lee Michaels and Frosty, the Eagles, the Amboy Dukes, and Gentle Giant. Three concert goers drowned in the Wabash River and as the festival ended, the remnants of the crowd burned down the music stand.

 

 

 

 

 

usfest2On September 3, 1982, Steve Wozniak, the founder of the Apple Computer Company, sponsors a three day music Festival in San Bernardino, California, featuring The Grateful Dead, Jackson Browne, Eddie Money, Talking Heads, Fleetwood Mac, Dave Edmunds, Santana, the B-52′s, The Kinks, The Police, The Cars, Tom Petty and others. Even though the event was attended by over 400,000 people and took in $10 million, the concert still ended up losing money.

 

 

 

 

220px-96tearsalbumOn September 3, 1966, Question Mark And The Mysterians’ “96 Tears” made its debut on Billboard’s Hot 100, where it will eventually reach number one.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
BEATLES111On September 4, 1962, John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr begin recording together for the first time at EMI’s St. John Studio. They laid down six songs including “Love Me Do” and “P.S. I Love You.”

 

 

 

 

 
Ya-Ya's_Out!_The_Rolling_Stones_in_ConcertOn September 4, 1970, ‘Get Yer Ya-Ya’s Out!,’ a live album by the Rolling Stones, was released on Decca Records in the UK and on London Records in the US. It was recorded in New York and Maryland in November 1969. The title of the album was adapted from the song “Get Yer Yas Yas Out” by Blind Boy Fuller.

 

 

 

 

 
Paul_McCartney_during_a_Wings_concert,_1976On September 4, 1971, Paul McCartney scored his second solo, #1 hit in the US with “Uncle Albert / Admiral Halsey.” Paul explained that “Uncle Albert” was based on his real-life uncle. “He’s someone I recall fondly and when the song was coming, it was like a nostalgia thing… As for Admiral Halsey, he’s one of yours, an American admiral,” referring to Admiral William “Bull” Halsey.

 

 

 

 

 

 
the-doors-456-012913On September 5, 1968, on their first visit to the UK, the Doors appeared on Top of The Pops and performed their hit “Hello I Love You” live on the TV show.

 

 

 

 

 

Janis_Joplin_seated_1970On September 5, 1970, Janis Joplin started recording sessions that included recording a version of the Kris Kristofferson/Fred Foster song “Me and Bobby McGee.” Joplin’s version topped the US singles chart in 1971 after her death, making the song the second posthumous #1 single in US chart history after ‘(Sittin’ On) The Dock of the Bay’ by Otis Redding.

 

 

 

 

 

 

jimiOn September 6, 1970, Jimi Hendrix made his final concert appearance when he appeared at the Isle Of Fehmarn in Germany. The guitarist died on Sept 18, 1970.

 

 

 

 

 

Eric_Clapton2_in_1978On September 6, 1968, Eric Clapton recorded the guitar solo for the Beatles’ song “While My Guitar Gently Weeps.” George Harrison had asked his friend to add a lead guitar solo to the song. Clapton was reluctant; and said, “Nobody ever plays on the Beatles’ records,’ however Harrison convinced him and Clapton’s solo, using Harrison’s Gibson Les Paul electric guitar “Lucy” (a recent gift from Clapton), was recorded that evening.

 

 

 

 

 

 
Sam_Cooke_2On September 7, 1957, Sam Cooke released his first single “You Send Me.” The song has become a landmark record of the soul genre and was named as one of the 500 most important rock and roll recordings by the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.

 

 

 

 

 
Led-Zep-first-performance-7th-sept--1968On September 7, 1968, Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, John Paul Jones and John Bonham made their live debut as Led Zeppelin but were billed as the New Yardbirds at Teen Club in Gladsaxe (a suburb in the outskirts of Copenhagen, Denmark). Around 1,200 youngsters attended the show.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
moonOn September 7, 1978, Keith Moon, drummer for the Who, died in London after overdosing on Hemenephirin (prescribed to combat alcoholism) at the age of 31. Moon played on all the Who albums from their debut, 1965′s ‘My Generation’ to 1978′s ‘Who Are You.’

 

 

 

This Week In Music History – August 18 – August 24

ringo-starr_010On August 18, 1962, Ringo Starr made his debut with the Beatles at the horticultural society Dance, Birkenhead, England, having had a two-hour rehearsal in preparation. This was the first appearance of the Beatles as the world would come to know them: John, Paul, George, and Ringo.

 

 

 

 

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On August 18,1969, the Woodstock festival closes after morning performances by the Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Sha Na Na and finally, at 9 AM, Jimi Hendrix, who performs his rendition of “The Star Spangled Banner.”

 

 

 

 

 

220px-Bon_jovi_slippery_when_wetOn August 18, 1986, Bon Jovi released their third studio album, ‘Slippery When Wet,’ which peaked at #1 on the US charts, going on to sell over 28 million copies worldwide. The set featured two US chart toppers, “You Give Love A Bad Name” and “Livin’ On A Prayer.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bitches_brewOn August 19, 1969, at Columbia 30th Street Studios in New York City, jazz trumpeter Miles Davis began three days of recording sessions for the jazz-rock fusion album ‘Bitches Brew,’ which became his first Gold record. Chick Corea, Wayne Shorter and Joe Zawinul were among the musicians who took part in the groundbreaking recording. Upon release, it received a mixed response, due to the album’s unconventional style and revolutionary sound. Later, Bitches Brew gained recognition as one of jazz’s greatest albums and a progenitor of the jazz rock genre, as well as a major influence on rock and funk musicians.

 

 

 

The_Monkees_1966On August 19, 1968, the final “Monkees” TV show aired on NBC. The last song performed on the show was “Zor And Zam.” Since the its initial run, almost every major cable network has aired re-runs of the show, including a popular stint on CBS from 1969-1972 . The series was filmed by Screen Gems, and many of the same sets and props from the Three Stooges short films made by the studio were used on The Monkees.

 

 

 

 

Fleetwood_Mac_-_The_DanceOn August 19, 1997, Fleetwood Mac’s reunion album ‘The Dance’ was released. This was the last Fleetwood Mac album to feature Christine McVie, who departed the group a year after the album’s release. Debuting at #1 in the Billboard 200, the LPe became the fifth best-selling live album of all time in the US, with over 5 million copies sold. The concert was recorded for Fleetwood Mac’s MTV The Dance special at Warner Brothers Studios in Burbank, California on May 23, 1997, and features the University of Southern California Marching Band who perform on the tracks “Tusk” and “Don’t Stop.”

 

 

 

 

 

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On August 20, 1969, after finishing “I Want You, (She’s So Heavy),” the Beatles worked on the running order for the Abbey Road album. A preliminary master tape was compiled, the medley was originally slated for side one of the album, and the placement of “Octopus’s Garden” and “Oh! Darling” was reversed from the final version. The album was to end with the slashed guitar chord that finishes “I Want You (She’s So Heavy).” This was the last time all four Beatles were together in Abbey Road studios. (later three of the Beatles came together in the studio to overdub tracks from the ‘Let It Be’ sessions.)

 

 

 

On August 20240px-Mick_Jagger_in_red, 1973, the Rolling Stones released “Angie,” a Mick Jagger composition that is rumored to be written about David Bowie’s wife, Angela Barnett. In fact, the song was written almost entirely by Keith Richards, whose daughter Dandelion Angela had just been born, and the name was one of Richards’ contributions to the lyrics. Keith Richards has since written in his autobiography that Angie at the time was his nickname for heroin during his attempt to detox in Germany, to once and for all “say good by.” 

 

 

 

 

Prince_GraffitiOn August 20, 1990, Prince released his 12th studio album, the soundtrack for the Prince movie, ‘Graffiti Bridge.’ The album produced the hit singles “Thieves in the Temple” and “New Power Generation,” an anthem in two parts celebrating Prince’s newly created backing band, The New Power Generation.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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On August 21, 1961, Patsy Cline recorded the classic Willie Nelson song, “Crazy.” She was still on crutches after going through a car windshield in a head-on collision two months earlier. It spent 21 weeks on the chart and eventually became one of her signature tunes. Nelson wrote the song in early 1961; at the time he was a journeyman singer-songwriter who had written several hits for other artists but had not yet had a significant recording of his own. Cline’s version is #85 on Rolling Stone’s list of The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.

 

 

 

 

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On August 21, 1965, Barry McGuire’s “Eve Of Destruction” was released. The single was released by Dunhill Records. The accompanying musicians who recorded the legendary cut were top-tier LA session players: P. F. Sloan on guitar, Hal Blaine on drums, and Larry Knechtel on bass. The vocal track was thrown on as a rough mix and was not intended to be the final version, but a copy of the recording “leaked” out to a DJ, who began playing it. The song was an instant hit and as a result the more polished vocal track that was at first envisioned was never recorded. The single hit #1 on the US Billboard Hot 100, and #3 on the UK Singles Chart.

 

 

 

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On August 21, 1997, Oasis’ third album ‘Be Here Now’, became one of the fastest selling albums ever, selling over a million copies on the first day of release. As of 2008, the album had sold eight million copies worldwide.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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On August 22, 1906, the Victor Talking Machine Company of Camden, New Jersey began to manufacture the Victrola (record player). The hand-cranked unit, with horn cabinet, retailed for $200. Records were purchased separately, usually in the appliance stores that sold the machines, at a cost of between $1 and $7. Famed conductor John Philip Sousa predicted “a marked deterioration in American music” and said that generations of amateur musicians would give way to “canned music.”

 

 

 

 

Chipmunks_Beatles_USOn August 22, 1964, Liberty Records reported the album “The Chipmunks Sing the Beatles” was selling 25,000 copies a day. The stereo mix of the album mimics the stereo mixing of the early Beatles albums, with vocals predominantly in one channel and the instrumental backing in the other. In a December 1982 Goldmine magazine interview, Ross Bagdasarian, Jr. remembered that his father “thought it would be a cute idea for a Chipmunk record and he spoke with the Beatles. When he was in London, he even met the Beatles, who were very supportive of the idea.”

 

 

 

 

HeyjudealbumOn August 22, 1969, before filming a video for “The Long and Winding Road,” the Beatles held their last group photo shoot on the lawn of John Lennon and Yoko Ono’s home in Tittenhurst in Ascot, England. Three pictures from this session were used for the front and back covers of the compilation album ‘Hey Jude.’

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Beatles_-_She_Loves_YouOn August 23, 1963, the Beatles’ single “She Loves You” with “I’ll Get You” on the flip side is released in the UK. There was tremendous anticipation ahead of the release – thousands of fans had ordered the group’s next single as early as June, well before a title had been known. By the day before it went on sale, some 500,000 advanced orders had been placed for it. The single set several British sales records. It will enter the British charts on August 31st and remain there for thirty-one consecutive weeks, eighteen of those in the top three.

 

 

 

 

NothingsShockingOn Aug. 23, 1988,  Jane’s Addiction’s official studio debut ‘Nothing’s Shocking’ was released. It is often cited as the group’s best albums. But, despite this, it peaked at #103 on the Billboard 200. The single “Jane Says” reached #6 on the Billboard Modern Rock Tracks. The album was ranked #312 on Rolling Stone’s “500 Greatest Albums of All-Time.” Perry Farrell created the cover image which features a sculpture of a pair of nude female conjoined twins sitting on a sideways rocking chair with their heads on fire. Farrell said the image, like much of his artwork, came to him in a dream.

 

 

 

 

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On August 24, 1956, at the 20th Century Fox Stage 1 in Los Angeles, Elvis Presley recorded his immortal cut “Love Me Tender.” The song hit #1 on the Billboard charts the week ending November 3, 1956, remaining in the position for 5 weeks and reached #11 on the charts in the UK. “Love Me Tender” also reached number three for three weeks on the R&B chart. It was also an achievement as “Love Me Tender” succeeded another Presley single, “Hound Dog/Don’t Be Cruel” at #1. This occurrence marked two important events in Billboard history. During this time, Elvis accomplished another record; the longest consecutive stay at number one by a single artist, sixteen weeks, though this was tied by Boyz II Men in 1994 and stood for eight years until being surpassed by R&B singer Usher in 2004 who spent 19 weeks at the top of the charts.

 

 

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On August 24, 1966, the Doors started recording their first album at Sunset Sound Recording Studios, West Sunset Boulevard, Los Angeles, California.

 

 

 

 

 

On AuQueengust 24, 1975, Queen started recording “Bohemian Rhapsody” at Rockfield studio’s in Monmouth, Wales – the song was recorded over three weeks). Freddie Mercury had mentally prepared the song beforehand and directed the band throughout the sessions. Brian May, Mercury and Roger Taylor sang their vocal parts continually for 10 to 12 hours a day, resulting in 180 separate overdubs.