Sunday, August 31, 2014

This Date in Rock Music History: September 1

1953:  Buddy Holly and Bob Montgomery auditioned for KDAV's Sunday Party in Lubbock, Texas.  The duo began a Sunday afternoon slot that became The Bob and Buddy Show.
1956:  Jerry Lee Lewis (19 years old at the time) pulled up to Sun Records in Memphis, Tennessee hoping for an audition with owner Sam Phillips.  Phillips was on vacation so Lewis recorded some demos to pass on to Phillips when he got back.
1957:  Buddy Holly & the Crickets, the Everly Brothers, the Drifters and Frankie Lymon performed as The Biggest Show of Stars tour began at the Paramount in Brooklyn, New York.  
1958:  "Little Star" from the Elegants was #1 on the R&B chart.  
1965:  Glen Campbell, the Kinks, James Brown and Booker T. & the M.G.'s appeared on Shindig!.
1966:  The Byrds began an 11-day run at the famous Whisky a Go Go in Los Angeles.

1967:  Boz Scaggs joined the Steve Miller Band.
1967:  The Beatles met at Paul McCartney's house in London to decide strategy following the death of manager Brian Epstein.  The group decided to postpone their trip to India and instead begin the already-delayed production of the movie Magical Mystery Tour.
1967:  Roy Orbison and Sheb Wooley starred in the movie The Fastest Guitar Alive, which opened on this date.
1973:  Elton John and Steely Dan shared a bill at Balboa Stadium in San Diego, California.
1973:  Rod Stewart rose to the top of the U.K. Album chart with Sing It Again.
1973:  "Let's Get It On" from Marvin Gaye remained #1 for a fourth week on the R&B chart.

1973:  Some of The Top Albums of 1973* were out on this date.  Chicago VI remained at #1, Pink Floyd moved back up to #2 with The Dark Side of the Moon, Foreigner from Cat Stevens was fourth while the Allman Brothers Band moved from 13 to 4 with the biggest album they would ever have--Brothers and Sisters.  The rest of the Top 10:  Touch Me in the Morning from Diana Ross, A Passion Play from Jethro Tull dropped from 2, Machine Head by Deep Purple had been out a year and was moving up to #7, We're An American Band from Grand Funk moved from 15 to 8, Made in Japan by Deep Purple was #9 and Fresh by Sly & the Family Stone completed the list.
1974:  The Osmonds were on top in the U.K. with "Love Me for a Reason".
1977:  Blondie signed a recording contract with Chrysalis Records.
1977:  The Eagles played at the Alpine Music Theater in East Troy, Michigan.
1978:  Styx released the album Pieces of Eight on A&M Records.

1979:  INXS appeared live for the first time at the Oceanview Hotel in Toukley, New South Wales, Australia.

1979:  U2 released the EP U2-3 in Ireland.  (Note:  one website claims the EP was released September 22, but according to both the official website for U2 and the book 'Breaking Records:  100 Years of Hits' by William Ruhlmann, the album was released September 1.) 
1979:  Van Morrison, Talking Heads, Squeeze and the Undertones performed at the  Royal Highland Exhibition Centre during the Edinburgh Rock Festival in Scotland.

1979:  Chic registered week #6 at #1 on the R&B chart with "Good Times".

                                         The Cars' second album hit the Top 3...

1979:  Get the Knack by the Knack occupied the top spot on the Album chart for the fourth week.  The former #1 album Breakfast in America by Supertramp spent its ninth straight week at either #2 or #3 since it fell, highly impressive.  Candy-O by the Cars remained at 3 while I Am by Earth, Wind & Fire came in fourth.  The rest of the Top 10:  Million Mile Reflections from the Charlie Daniels Band, the great album Discovery from ELO, Risque by Chic moved from 32 to 7, Rust Never Sleeps from Neil Young & Crazy Horse, meanwhile, was up just one, Donna Summer's former #1 album Bad Girls was now at 9 and Midnight Magic from the Commodores entered the Top 10.
1979:  Maxine Nightingale scored a seventh week at #1 on the Adult Contemporary chart with "Lead Me On".

1979:  The 42nd career hit for Dionne Warwick was her first Top 10 in five years, launching a big comeback for her.  On this date, "I'll Never Love This Way Again" moved from 14 to 10.
1980:  Stevie Wonder opened a six-night sold-out series of shows at Wembley Arena in London.  Paul McCartney was one of the many fans in the audience.
1980:  Fleetwood Mac finished a nine-month tour at the Hollywood Bowl in California.
1983:  Lead guitarist Mick Jones was fired from the Clash.
1984:  Lionel Richie's third #1 Adult Contemporary song from his album Can't Slow Down, "Stuck On You", landed its fifth week at the top.


1984:  Tina Turner scored one of the biggest comebacks of the Rock Era, hitting #1 on this date with "What's Love Got To Do With It".  It had been 13 years since she and former husband Ike had hit the Top 10 with their remake of the CCR song "Proud Mary".  John Waite moved up to #2 with "Missing You", Lionel Richie was stuck on 3 with "Stuck On You" and Ray Parker, Jr. dropped with his former #1 "Ghostbusters".  Prince's former #1 "When Doves Cry" was at position #5.  The rest of the Top 10:  Newcomer Cyndi Lauper with "She Bop", Corey Hart came in seventh with "Sunglasses At Night", Prince had another Top 10--"Let's Go Crazy", which moved from 16 all the way to 8, Huey Lewis & the News posted their fourth straight Top 10 from the album Sports ("If This Is It") and Peabo Bryson remained at 10 with "If Ever You're In My Arms Again".
1988:  Eric Clapton and Mark Knopfler of Dire Straits, who had just played several successful dates in London in January, began an American tour together at the Startplex Amphitheatre in Dallas, Texas  (Note:  some sources  state the start of the tour was September 10.  Although no credible sources exist for either date, our best research indicates it started September 1.)
1990:  Fleetwood Mac performed at Wembley Stadium in London.
1990:  Prince topped the U.K. Album chart with Graffiti Bridge.
1990:  The fastest-rising song on this date was "Unchained Melody" by the Righteous Brothers, a song which had reached #4 25 years previously, but had gained newfound popularity after being featured in the movie Ghost.
1992:  Gloria Estefan and husband Emilio organized a relief organization for victims of Hurricane Andrew in Miami, Florida.

1995:  The United States Postal Service honored Louis Armstrong with his own postage stamp.  
1995:  The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum opened in Cleveland, Ohio with a seven-hour concert featuring dozens of artists.
1998:  David Bowie opened Bowienet, which offers basic Internet services and keeps fans informed with Bowie news and releases.

1999:  Van Morrison was the first inductee into the Irish Music Hall of Fame in Dublin.
2000:  A judge awarded Herb Reed of the Platters an injunction against another group posing as the Platters.
2002:  Atomic Kitten began four weeks at #1 in the U.K. with their remake of the Blondie smash "The Tide Is High".
2002:  Coldplay had control of the U.K. album chart with A Rush of Blood to the Head.
2003:  Elton John had the top U.K. song with "Are You Ready for Love".
2005:  Barry Cowsill, bassist for the Cowsills, died from injuries suffered during Hurricane Katrina at the age of 51.  His body was not recovered until December 28 from Chartres Street Wharf in New Orleans, Louisiana.  He had left several urgent phone messages for his sister Susan on September 1.
2008:  Likable musician ("Amos Moses" and "When You're Hot, You're Hot") and actor (Smokey and the Bandit) Jerry Reed died at the age of 71 from complications from emphysema in Brentwood, Tennessee.
2009:  Jake Brockman, keyboardist with Echo and the Bunnymen, died at the age of 53 when his motorbike collided with an ambulance on the Isle of Man.

2012:  Hal David, who with Burt Bacharach was one of the most successful songwriters of the Rock Era, died of a stroke at the age of 91 in Los Angeles.  David and Bacharach's hits include "(They Long To Be) Close To You", "Raindrops Keep Fallin' On My Head", "This Guy's in Love With You", "One Less Bell To Answer", "What The World Needs Now Is Love", "The Look Of Love", "Do You Know The Way To San Jose", "I'll Never Fall In Love Again" and "Walk On By".  David was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1972.

Born This Day:

1927:  Tommy Evans of the Drifters
1933:  Marshall Lytle, double bassist and guitarist with Bill Haley & His Comets, was born in Old Fort, North Carolina; died of lung cancer May 25, 2013 in New Port Richie, Florida.
1944:  Archie Bell of the Drells ("Tighten Up") was born in Henderson, Texas.
1946:  Barry Gibb of the Bee Gees was born in Douglas, the Isle of Man, United Kingdom.  (Note:  'Billboard' magazine and other websites claim Gibb was born in Manchester, England.  According to the book 'The Bee Gees:  The Biography' by David N. Meyer, Barry was born in Douglas, then moved with his family to Manchester in 1955.)  
1948:  Greg Errico, drummer of Sly & the Family Stone, and later a producer, was born in San Francisco, California.

1957:  Gloria Estefan was born in Havana, Cuba.
1984:  Joseph Mark Trohman, singer, songwriter, guitarist and producer of Fall Out Boy, was born in Hollywood, Florida.

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