Wednesday, September 14, 2011

This Date in Rock Music History: September 15

1956:  Elvis Presley's monumental double-sided hit "Hound Dog"/"Don't Be Cruel" was the #1 song on the R&B chart.
1961:  The Pendletones of Hawthorne, California recorded the song "Surfin'" at Hite and Dorinda Morgan's recording studio in Los Angeles.  The song would have a big influence on their career as the Beach Boys, as they were later known.

1962:  "Ramblin' Rose" by Nat King Cole was #1 on the Easy Listening chart.
1962:  "Green Onions" from Booker T. & the MG's was #1 on the R&B chart.

1962:  The 4 Seasons set a then-chart record by moving from #11 to #1 with "Sherry"--for years it was one of the biggest leaps to #1 in the Rock Era.  With less competition in the last 15 years or so, it has become quite easy to jump dozens of spots to #1.  On this date in 1962, "Sheila" by Tommy Roe had to take a back seat to "Sherry".  Nat King Cole's "Ramblin Rose" was #3 and the former #1 from Little Eva--"The Loco-Motion" was #4.  The rest of the Top 10:  Booker T. & the MG's moved from 22-5 with their incredible instrumental "Green Onions", Elvis Presley was at 6 with his 57th hit "She's Not You", Rick Nelson shorted his name but not his career as he was up to #7 with "Teen Age Idol", Ray Charles slipped with "You Don't Know Me", Dickey Lee had song #9--"Patches" and Baby Cortez reached the Top 10 with "Rinky Dink".
1964:  The Beatles were ordered off the stage midway through their concert at the Public Auditorium in Cleveland, Ohio by authorities so the screaming crowd could calm down.
1965:  Frankie Avalon was on The Patty Duke Show on ABC.
1966:  Small Faces had the #1 song in the U.K. with "All Or Nothing".
1968:  The Doors were forced to perform without Jim Morrison in Amsterdam, Holland after their lead singer collapsed from drugs while dancing during Jefferson Airplane's show.  Ray Manzarek filled in on lead.
1968:  Lou Rawls hosted the television special Soul with guests Martha and the Vandellas on NBC.
1968:  Barbra Streisand starred in the television special A Happening in Central Park on CBS, Barbra's fourth.

1969:  The 5th Dimension released the single "Wedding Bell Blues".
1970:  Republican Vice-President Spiro Agnew of the United States said in a speech that the youth of America were being "...brainwashed into a drug culture" by Rock music, movies, books and underground newspapers.
1972:  The Eagles were live at the Sportatorium in Pembroke Pines, Florida. (Note:  several websites are confused as to where the Sportatorium is, saying it is alternately in Miami, Miami Beach or Hollywood, Florida. The Sportatorium was at 17171 Pines Boulevard (the original address was 16661 West Hollywood Boulevard, which is in Pembroke Pines.)
1973:  Marvin Gaye held on to #1 on the R&B chart for a fifth week with "Let's Get It On".

1973:  Helen Reddy moved to #1 with "Delta Dawn".
1974:  Gary Thain of Uriah Heap barely escaped electrocution on stage during a Heap concert at the Moody Coliseum in Dallas, Texas.

1975:  The Captain & Tennille re-released the single "The Way I Want To Touch You".  The song had been released the year before on two independent labels as well as on A&M, but was re-released to follow the monster hit "Love Will Keep Us Together".  This time, "The Way I Want To Touch You" became a hit.
1975:  John Denver released the great album Windsong.
1978:  Bob Dylan began a 62-city tour of North America at the Augusta Civic Center in Augusta, Maine.

1980:  Pat Benatar released the single "Hit Me With Your Best Shot".

                            Led Zep shows great versatility here on "Hot Dog"...

1979:  In Through the Out Door took just two weeks to get to #1 on the Album chart, jumping from 10 to 1 for Led Zeppelin.  One of the group's finest career albums toppled Get the Knack from the Knack.  Candy-O by the Cars came in third while Breakfast in America hadn't fallen further than #4 in its 25th week.  The rest of the Top 10:  Million Mile Reflections from Charlie Daniels Band, Chic & Risque, I Am by Earth, Wind & Fire, Midnight Magic, the breakthrough album by the Commodores, speaking of breakthroughs, Michael Jackson moved from 23-9 with Off the Wall and the hilarious Robin Williams had #10 with Reality...What a Concept.

                                  The CDB reached #1 in several markets...

1979:  The Knack tightened their grip on #1 with "My Sharona".  Earth, Wind & Fire edged up to 2 with "After The Love Has Gone" and the Charlie Daniels Band reached #3 with "The Devil Went Down To Georgia".  ELO remained at 4 with "Don't Bring Me Down" while Maxine Nightingale had song #5--"Lead Me On".  The rest of the Top 10:  Robert John and "Sad Eyes", the Little River Band with "Lonesome Loser", Dionne Warwick was up to #8 with "I'll Never Love This Way Again", Chic tumbled with "Good Times" and the Commodores reached the Top 10 for the sixth time with "Sail On".
1982:  Queen was in concert at the Inglewood Forum in Inglewood, California.

1983:  Huey Lewis & the News released the album Sports on Chrysalis Records.

1984:  Tina Turner had the #1 song for the third week with "What's Love Got To Do With It".
1984:  Purple Rain, which had taken over from Born in the U.S.A. by Bruce Springsteen, was #1 on the Album chart for the seventh week for Prince.  Sports by Huey Lewis and the News was #3 after 50 weeks on the chart, Private Dancer #4 for Tina Turner, the Cars stopped at 5 with Heartbeat City and Lionel Richie at #6 with Can't Slow Down.  They do not get better than that top six--you can compare them to nearly any other time in the Rock Era.  The rest of the Top 10:  Out of the Cellar from Ratt, 1100 Bel Air Place by Julio Iglesias, the Soundtrack to "Ghostbusters" and Victory by the Jacksons.

1987:  Glass Tiger released the single "Someday".
1988:  Though they were to reform three years later, Mark Knopfler announced the end of Dire Straits.
1990:  Bruce Hornsby became a regular keyboardist for the Grateful Dead after the death of Brent Mydland, performing with the group at Madison Square Garden.  Hornsby first played with the group on September 7 in Richfield, Ohio, and performed on stage with them until 1992.
1990:  Steve Miller had the #1 song in the U.K. with "The Joker", which had been released 17 years previously but had recently been featured in ads for jeans.
1990:  George Michael's great album Listen Without Prejudice was on top in the U.K.

1990:  Alias moved from 84 to 61 with "More Than Words Can Say".
1990:  Wilson Phillips had the top AC song with "Release Me".

1990:  Wilson Phillips climbed the final rung to #1 on the Popular chart as well with "Release Me".
1994:  A reel to reel tape which captured the Quarrymen live at St. Peter's Parish Church in Liverpool, England in July of 1957 sold fo£69,000 or about $125,000 at a Sotheby's auction.
1998:  Coolio was arrested for possessing marijuana and carrying a concealed weapon.
2002:  The Dixie Chicks owned the top album with Home.
2003:  ABBA overtook Elvis Presley and the Beatles as the most tributed act in the Rock Era with more ABBA tribute acts performing than for any other artist.
2004:  Johnny Ramone (real name John Cummings), guitarist for the Ramones, died of prostate cancer in Los Angeles at the age of 55.
2004:  Alan Jackson had the #1 album with What I Do.
2006:  The Casbah Coffee Club in Liverpool, England was given a Grade II listed building status as recommended by the English Heritage.  The Casbah was where the Beatles performed in their early years.  You see, Europe preserves its famous buildings rather than tear them down.
2008:  Rick Wright, founding member and keyboardist for Pink Floyd, died in London at the age of 65 from lung cancer.
2009:  Bobby Rydell was arrested for driving under the influence after he crashed his car in Lower Merion, Pennsylvania.

Born This Day:
1928:  Cannonball Adderley ("Mercy, Mercy, Mercy") was born in Tampa, Florida; died of a stroke on August 8, 1975 in Gary, Indiana.
1933:  Pat Barrett of the Crewcuts
1938:  Sylvia Moy, who wrote "I Was Made To Love Her" and "My Cherie Amour" for Stevie Wonder, "This Old Heart Of Mine" (with Holland-Dozier-Holland) for the Isley Brothers, co-wrote "It Takes Two" for Marvin Gaye and Kim Weston and "Honey Chile" for Martha and the Vandellas, was born in Detroit, Michigan; died April 15, 2017 of complications of pneumonia in Dearborn, Michigan.
1940:  Jimmy Gilmer ("Sugar Shack") was born in Chicago, Illinois.
1941:  Signe Anderson, the original lead singer of Jefferson Airplane, was born in Seattle, Washington; died of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease in Beaverton, Oregon.  
1941:  Les Braid, bass guitarist of the Swinging Blue Jeans ("Hippy Hippy Shake") was born in Liverpool, Lancashire, England; died July 31, 2005 of lung cancer in Liverpool, now in the county of Merseyside.
1942:  Lee Dorman, bassist and keyboardist of Iron Butterfly and also a member of Captain Beyond, was born in St. Louis, Missouri; died December 21, 2012 in Laguna Niguel, California of natural causes.
1946:  Ola Brunkert, drummer of ABBA, was born in Örebro, Sweden; was found dead in his home in Arta on the island of Majorca, Spain on March 16th, 2008 after hitting his head against a glass door in the dining room.  Brunkert, who suffered numerous cuts in the neck, had wrapped a towel around his neck and ran out to seek help but collapsed in his garden. 
1960:  Mitch Dorge, drummer with the Crash Test Dummies ("Mmmm Mmm Mmm Mmm") and a producer, was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.
1969:  Kay Gee (real name Keir Gist) of Naughty by Nature was born in East Orange, New Jersey.
1976:  Ivette Sosa of Eden's Crush was born in Perth Amboy, New Jersey.  (Note:  some websites claim Sosa was born in Edison, New Jersey.  She was born in Perth Amboy and later relocated to Edison.)
1976:  Paul Thomson, drummer of Franz Ferdinand, was born in Edinburgh, Scotland.

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