Thursday, September 15, 2016

This Date in Rock Music History: September 16

1960:  Johnny Burnette recorded "You're Sixteen".
1963:  "She Loves You" by the Beatles was released by Swan Records in the United States and, despite being #1 in the U.K., was ignored until 1964 when the Beatles' invasion was well underway.
1964:  The Everly Brothers, the Righteous Brothers, Sam Cooke, Bobby Sherman, the Wellingtons and comedian Alan Sues helped premiere the series Shindig! on ABC-TV.
1965:  The Dean Martin Show premiered on ABC-TV.  It would last 10 years.
1965:  The Rolling Stones, the Everly Brothers, the Byrds and the McCoys opened the second season of Shindig!
1966:  Bassist Pete Quaife left the Kinks temporarily after suffering severe injuries in a car crash.  Quaife left the group for good in 1969.
1967:  The Beatles recorded "Your Mother Should Know" at EMI Studios, the third of four recordings of the song.  The version was not used at the time on the Magical Mystery Tour album, but was later included on the compilation Anthology 2.

                              Eddie Brigati gave one of the great vocal performances of the Rock Era...

1967:  The Young Rascals moved up big (80 to 43) with "How Can I Be Sure".
1969:  The Debbie Reynolds Show premiered on CBS-TV.  (Note:  some websites claim the show premiered on August 16, but it was on September 16, according to the book 'The Complete Directory to Prime Time Network and Cable TV Shows, 1946-Present' by Tim Brooks and Earle F. Marsh.)  


1970:  Jimi Hendrix performed for the final time, appearing with Eric Burdon and War at Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club (47 Frith Street) in London.
1971:  Led Zeppelin played at the Honolulu Civic Auditorium in Hawai'i.
1972:  The Eagles were in concert at the Curtis Hixon Convention Hall in Tampa, Florida.
1972:  Rod Stewart topped the U.K. Album chart with Never A Dull Moment.
1972:  Mac Davis reached #1 on the Easy Listening chart with "Baby Don't Get Hooked On Me".

                                                    Chicago had a hot song...

1972:  Three Dog Night jumped from 9 to 1 with their 10th Top 10 and 14th hit--"Black And White".  Mac Davis was up with "Baby Don't Get Hooked On Me" and Gilbert O'Sullivan finally relinquished the #1 spot after six weeks with "Alone Again (Naturally)".  Chicago jumped from 10 to 4 with "Saturday In The Park".  The rest of the Top 10:  "Back Stabbers" from the O'Jays, the Hollies were on their way down with "Long Cool Woman (In A Black Dress), Gary Glitter and "Rock And Roll Part 2", Looking Glass was at 8 with "Brandy (You're A Fine Girl)", Elton John scored another Top 10 hit with "Honky Cat" and Al Green had "I'm Still In Love With You".

1973:  Charlie Rich released the single "The Most Beautiful Girl".
1974:  Bob Dylan began recording his album Blood on the Tracks(Note:  the magazine 'Uncut' reports that recording began on September 12.  They don't have their facts straight.  According to Glenn Berger (the only one besides Dylan present that day that is still alive), assistant to Phil Ramone, Dylan began recording on the beginning of the Jewish New Year Rosh Hashanah, which in 1974 began September 16.)
1977:  The Rolling Stones released the album Love You Live in the U.S.  (Note:  some sources report the release as September 23.--The album was much-delayed before the newspaper 'The New York Times' reported it was scheduled to be released September 8.  The release date was further delayed after that article and our best information indicates it was released September 15 in the U.K. and September 16 in the United States.)
1977:  Marc Bolan, the wild frontman of T. Rex, died in a car accident in Barnes, London at the age of 29. (Barnes, London.)
1978:  Blondie performed in two shows at the Hammersmith Odeon in London.

1979:  Don't Look Back reached #1 on the Album chart for Boston.  They jumped over the Rolling Stones album Some Girls like it was standing still (which it was).  Foreigner stayed at 3 with Double Vision while the "Grease" Soundtrack was #4.
1989:  U2 jammed with B.B. King on a boat that had been rented for King on his 64th birthday in Sydney Harbour in Australia.

                                     Madonna with one of her biggest career hits...

1989:  Gloria Estefan had the #1 song with "Don't Wanna' Lose You", Milli Vanilli had #2--"Girl I'm Gonna' Miss You" and Warrant was at 3 with "Heaven".  The rest of the Top 10:  New Kids on the Block and "Hangin' Tough", Surface with "Shower Me With Your Love", Paula Abdul's former #1 "Cold Hearted" was at #6, Cher's comeback song "If I Could Turn Back Time", Skid Row with "18 And Life", the Jeff Healey Band had song #9 with "Angel Eyes" and Madonna hit the Top 10 with "Cherish".

1989:  11 years after Saturday Night Fever and 31 years after they began their career, the Bee Gees reached #1 on the Adult Contemporary chart with "One".
1991:  Willie Nelson married makeup artist Ann-Marie D'Angelo.
1992:  Barbra Streisand performed for the first time in six years at a fundraiser in Hollywood, California for the Democratic Party in the United States.
1993:  The home of Grace Slick of Jefferson Starship was destroyed by a fire in Corte Madera, California. 
1993:  Thomas Kaye, singer-songwriter and keyboard player for Jay & the Americans and later a producer, died in Warwick, New York after taking an overdose of painkillers.  (Note:  some websites report Kaye died September 14.  Although there are no credible sources for either date, our best research indicates he died September 16.)

1996:  Sheryl Crow released the single "If It Makes You Happy".  (Note:  one naive website claims the song was released September 20.  "If It Makes You Happy" debuted on the Singles chart on September 21.  The deadline for radio stations to report new songs on their playlists to have them counted for the new Singles chart on Saturdays is Wednesday.  In 1996, Wednesday fell on September 18, making a release date of September 20 physically impossible.)
1997:  Usher released his second album My Way on LaFace Records.

1998:  Mott the Hoople reunited for the first time in 24 years for a performance at the Virgin Megastore on Oxford Street in London.
2003:  Sheb Wooley ("The Purple People-Eater") died of leukemia in Nashville, Tennessee at the age of 82.
2004:  Green Day performed their rock opera American Idiot during their show at the Pantages Theater in Hollywood, California.
2004:  Izora Rhodes Armstead of the Weather Girls died of heart failure at the age of 62 in San Leandro, California.  She also sang backup for C+C Music Factory and Sylvester.  
2004:  The coroner's report revealed that Rick James ("Superfreak") had nine drugs in his system when he died in August, including cocaine, methamphetamine, Valium and Vicodin.
2006:  Bill Berry, the original drummer of R.E.M., joined the band onstage in Atlanta for a performance honoring their induction into the Georgia Music Hall of Fame.
2006:  Bob Dylan went to #1 on the Album chart with Modern Times.
2008:  Norman Whitfield, songwriter and producer on such hits as "I Heard It Through The Grapevine", "Cloud Nine", "War", "Papa Was A Rolling Stone" and many others, died at age 68 of diabetes and other illnesses in Los Angeles.

2009:  Mary Travers of Peter, Paul and Mary died of leukemia at the age of 72 in Danbury, Connecticut.

Born This Day:

1925:  B.B. King was born on a cotton plantation between Itta Bena and Indianola, Mississippi; died in Las Vegas, Nevada May 14, 2015 two weeks after being placed in home hospice care of dehydration.  
1941:  Joe Butler, drummer and a founding member of Lovin' Spoonful, was born in Glen Cove, New York.  (Note:  some naive websites report Butler was born in Long Island, New York.  Long Island is neither a city nor a county and you will never see it listed on an official birth certificate.  He was born in Glen Cove, New York.)
1942:  Bernie Calvert, bass guitarist for the Hollies, was born in Brierfield, Lancashire, England.  (Note:  one website reports Calvert was born in Nelson, England while another says he was born in Burnley, England.  According to the newspaper 'The Manchester Beat', he was born in Brierfield.) 
1944:  Betty Kelley (stage name Betty Kelly) of Martha and the Vandellas was born in Attalla, Alabama.
1948:  Ron Blair, bass guitarist with Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, was born in San Diego, California.

1948:  Kenney Jones, drummer for the Faces and later the Who, was born in Whitechapel, London.  (Note:  one website reports Jones was born in Whitechapel, East London, England.  Another says he was born in Stepney, London.  According to the book 'Had Me A Real Good Time:  The Faces Before, During and After' by Andy Neill, Kenney was born in Whitechapel Hospital in London.)

1950:  David Bellamy of the Bellamy Brothers ("Let Your Love Flow" from 1976) was born in Darby, Florida.

1963:  Richard Marx was born in Chicago, Illinois.

1968:  Marc Anthony (real name Marco Antonio Muñiz) was born in New York City.
1976:  Tina Barrett of S Club 7 was born in Hammersmith, London, England.
1977:  Musiq Soulchild (Talib Johnson) was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
1992:  Nick Jonas of the Jonas Brothers was born in Dallas, Texas.

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