Saturday, September 3, 2011

This Date in Rock Music History: September 3

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1955:  Bill Haley & the Comets refused an offer to tour Australia because of a fear of flying.
1955:  Chuck Berry logged a third week at #1 on the R& B chart with "Maybellene".
1962:  Bobby "Boris" Pickett released the single "Monster Mash".
1962:  The Crystals came out with "He's a Rebel" on this date.
1963:  Frank Sinatra's Reprise Records was absorbed by Warner Brothers Records.
1966:  The Supremes stood on top of the R&B chart with "You Can't Hurry Love".
1966:  What Now My Love gave Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass their third #1 album out of six released.  
1966:  The great song "Born Free" was #1 on the Easy Listening chart for Roger Williams.
1966:  The Association were making their move as "Cherish" jumped from #66 to #27.

1966:  Donovan's "Sunshine Superman" took over #1 from the Lovin' Spoonful, which dropped to 2 with "Summer in the City".
1967:  The Anni-Frid Four, led by Anni-Frid Lynstad who would later join Abba, won a talent contest on the Swedish television show Hyland's Corner.
1970:  The Dave Clark Five broke up.

1970:  Alan Wilson, guitarist of Canned Heat, died in Topanga Canyon, California. 
1976:  The Grateful Dead, the Marshall Tucker Band and the New Riders of the Purple Sage performed before 110,000 in Old Bridge, New Jersey.
1977:  "Handy Man" by James Taylor ruled the Adult Contemporary chart.

          The Brothers Johnson brightened up the Top 10

1977:  "Best of My Love" by the Emotions was the #1 song again for the third week.  Andy Gibb's former #1 "I Just Want to Be Your Everything" refused to fall further and that meant Rita Coolidge couldn't advance with "(Your Love Has Lifted Me) Higher and Higher".  The Commodores ("Easy) and James Taylor ("Handy Man") were stuck as well.  The rest of the Top 10:  The Floaters and "Float On", Crosby, Stills & Nash with "Just a Song Before I Go" at #7, Fleetwood Mac's "Don't Stop", the Brothers Johnson edged up with "Strawberry Letter 23" and ELO landed their 11th hit and second Top 10 with "Telephone Line".

      "I Don't Want to Know", one of the great tracks on Rumours...

1977:  Rumours by Fleetwood Mac spent its 17th week at #1 on the album chart, one shy of the all-time Rock Era record by More of the Monkees.  CSN, the solid release from Crosby, Stills & Nash, was #2 followed by the Soundtrack to "Star Wars".  JT from James Taylor was fourth and Moody Blue by Elvis Presley moved from 24 to 5 following his passing on August 16.  
1979:  Monday, the date for new releases, fell on this date and Foreigner provided "Dirty White Boy" while Kenny Rogers released "You Decorated My Life".
1982:  Fleetwood Mac, the Police, Pat Benatar and the Talking Heads performed at the three-day US Festival in San Bernadino, California.  The Festival attracted 400,000 people.
1983:  Metallica wrapped up their first tour.
1983:  Laura Branigan reached #1 on the Adult Contemporary chart with "How Am I Supposed to Live Without You".

1983:  The Eurythmics scored the only #1 of their career--"Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)".  Michael Sembello's "Maniac" from the movie Flashdance edged up and the Police finally fishtailed from #1 after eight weeks with "Every Breath You Take".  Taco was "Puttin' on the Ritz" while Donna Summer swapped places with "She Works Hard for the Money".  The rest of the Top 10:  newcomer Men Without Hats and "The Safety Dance" moved from 11 to 6, Billy Joel's 21st hit "Tell Her About It" was right behind, Men at Work were at position #8 with "It's a Mistake", Culture Club saw "I'll Tumble 4 (sic) Ya" stay at #9 and Michael Jackson made it six Top 10 songs in a row from the album Thriller with "Human Nature".

1983:  It was seven straight weeks for the great album Synchronicity by the Police at #1.  Thriller by Michael Jackson was still at #2 after 37 weeks and the Soundtrack to "Flashdance" was #3.  Def Leppard had a hot album as well with Pyromania.  The rest of the Top 10:  The Wild Heart from Stevie Nicks, Staying Alive by the Bee Gees, Billy Joel moved from 18 to 7 with An Innocent Man, Asia's follow-up Alpha was at #8, Jackson Browne slipped into the Top 10 with Lawyers in Love and Reach the Beach was the #10 album by the Fixx.

1988:  Peter Cetera of Sun Valley, Idaho enjoyed a huge Adult Contemporary hit as "One Good Woman" reached #1.
1988:  The album Hysteria had already spent three weeks at #1 and now, Def Leppard rose to #1 for the third time--55 weeks after its release!  Tracy Chapman had to relinquish the spot with her debut and Guns N' Roses edged up with Appetite for Destruction.

1990:  INXS released the single "Suicide Blonde".


1990:  New group Alias released the song "More Than Words Can Say" to radio stations.
1992:  David Bowie appeared on the cover of Architectural Digest.
1993:  Kenny G & Peabo Bryson combined for the #1 Adult Contemporary hit on this date--"By the Time This Night Is Over".

1994:  Brian Setzer (Stray Cats and solo performer) married Christine Schmidt.
1994:  Crosby, Stills and Nash released After the Storm.

1994:  Major Lance ("Um, Um, Um, Um, Um, Um") died of heart failure at the age of 55.
1994:  The Soundtrack to "The Lion King" held on to #1 for the eighth straight week while the Soundtrack to "Forrest Gump" sat at #2.  The Sign from Ace of Base was third with Stone Temple Pilots taking the #4 position with their album Purple.  The rest of the Top 10:  The great album Dookie from Green Day, August and Everything After by the Counting Crows, Regulate...G Funk Era by Warren G, the self-titled Candlebox, Sleeps With Angels from Neil Young & Crazy Horse debuting at #9 and Smash from Offspring at #10.

1994:  Boyz II Men could not be stopped as "I'll Make Love to You" remained #1 on the R&B chart for the third week.
2003:  The Rolling Stones performed at Glasgow, Scotland.
2003:  Kyle Norman of Jagged Edge turned himself in to authorities in Decatur, Georgia to face charges of drugs and weapons possession.
2003:  Mary J. Blige had the top album with Love and Life.

2010:  Mike Edwards of ELO was killed in Devon, England when a giant bale of hay fell down a hill and crashed into his van.

Born This Day
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1934:  Freddie King, one of the elite guitarists of the Rock Era, was born in Gilmer, Texas.
1940:  Shadow Morton (George Morton), who wrote "Remember (Walking In The Sand" and "Leader of the Pack" for the Shirelles and worked with the Who, Jimi Hendrix, Iron Butterfly, Janis Ian and Vanilla Fudge, was born in Richmond, Virginia; died February 14, 2013 in Laguna Beach, California after a long battle with cancer.

1942:  Al Jardine of the Beach Boys was born in Lima, Ohio.
1944:  Gary Leeds of the Walker Brothers ("The Sun Ain't Gonna' Shine Anymore") was born in Glendale, California.
1945:  George Biondi of Steppenwolf
1945:  Mike Harrison, keyboardist of Spooky Tooth, was born in Carlisle, England.

1947:  Eric Bell of Thin Lizzy


1948:  Don Brewer, drummer of Grand Funk Railroad, was born in Flint, Michigan.
1955:  Steve Jones of the Sex Pistols was born in London.

  1973:  Jennifer Paige ("Crush") was born in Marietta, Georgia.

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