Tuesday, September 6, 2016

This Date in Rock Music History: September 7

1957:  Sam Cooke released the single "You Send Me" on Keen Records.
1958:  Georgia Gibbs and Johnnie Ray appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show(Note:  some websites claim the performances were on September 6.  The show aired Sundays on CBS.  In 1958, Sunday fell on September 7.)
1959:  Frankie Avalon, the Coasters, Lou Rawls, Bobby Rydell and Annette Funicello performed on closing night of their four-day appearance at the Michigan State Fair as part a tour organized by Dick Clark.
1959:  Lloyd Price moved back up to #1 on the R&B chart with "I'm Gonna' Get Married".

1959:  Paul Anka glided up from #67 to #41 with "Put Your Head On My Shoulder".
1963:  The Beatles had the top song in the U.K. with "She Loves You".
1963:  Bobby Vinton took over #1 on the Easy Listening chart with "Blue Velvet".
1963:  Little Stevie Wonder remained at #1 on the R&B chart for the sixth straight week with "Fingertips Pt. 2".

                                                    Charlie and Inez Foxx...

1963:  The Angels remained at #1 with "My Boyfriend's Back".  Allan Sherman laughed it up with "Hello Mudduh, Hello Fadduh!" and Trini Lopez reached #3 with "If I Had A Hammer".  Bobby Vinton jumped from 11 to 4 with "Blue Velvet" while the 4 Seasons had song #5--"Candy Girl".  The rest of the Top 10:  Martha & the Vandellas moved from 14-6 with "Heat Wave", Inez & Charlie Foxx came in at #7 with "Mockingbird", Major Lance entered the list with "The Monkey Time", Peter, Paul & Mary were on their way down with the former #1 "Blowin' In The Wind" and Freddie Scott climbed into the Top 10 with "Hey, Girl".
1966:  Roy Orbison and Sam the Sham began filming The Fastest Guitar Alive in Culver City, California.

1968:  Creedence Clearwater Revival first appeared on the chart as their first single release "Suzie Q" debuted.
1968:  Sergio Mendes & Brasil '66 reached #1 on the Easy Listening chart with their remake of the Beatles' song "The Fool On The Hill".
1969:  The Beatles Saturday morning cartoon show aired for the final time.  The show debuted on September 25, 1965.

1970:  Simon & Garfunkel released "El Condor Pasa" from the album Bridge Over Troubled Water.
1973:  Mike Curb, president of MGM Records, resigned at the age of 28, going on to become the Lieutenant Governor of California.
1974:  Soul great Barry White assumed the #1 spot on the R&B chart with "Can't Get Enough Of Your Love, Babe".

                                                     Chaka Khan and Rufus were up to #3...

1974:  Paul Anka made it three weeks at the top with "(You're) Having My Baby" but Eric Clapton was poised to take over with "I Shot The Sheriff".  Rufus had their biggest career hit--"Tell Me Something Good" at #3 and Andy Kim was up nicely with "Rock Me Gently".  The rest of the Top 10:  Donny & Marie Osmond with "(I'm Leaving It (All) Up To You", Barry White was up to 6 with "Can't Get Enough Of Your Love, Babe", Billy Preston moved from 12 to 7 with "Nothing From Nothing", the former Paper Lace #1 "The Night Chicago Died" was at #8, Helen Reddy edged up with "You And Me Against The World" and a collaboration between Dionne Warwick & the Spinners reached the Top 10 on this date--"Then Came You".

1975:  The Eagles released the single "Lyin' Eyes".
1975:  The Guess Who played their final concert before breaking up in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.
1976:  Paul McCartney paid tribute to Buddy Holly on what would have been his 40th birthday by organizing "Buddy Holly Week" in England.
1978:  Keith Moon, drummer of the Who, died in London after overdosing (32 tablets) on the prescription drug Heminevrin at the age of 32.  (Note:  several websites incorrectly say that Moon died after taking Hemenephirin.  There is no such drug.  Moon died after taking himinevrin, according to 'Billboard' magazine.  Himinevrin contains the active ingredient Clomethiazol, used to combat the effects of acute alcohol withdrawal, according to the book 'GC/MS in Clinical Chemistry' by Petra Gerhards, Ulrich Bons, and Jürgen Sawazki.)
1979:  Yusuf Islam (formerly known as Cat Stevens) married Fauzia Ali at the Regent's Park Mosque in London.  (Note:  many websites claim the marriage was September 9 at the Kensington Mosque.  The correct date is September 7, and the two were married at the Regent's Park Mosque in London, according to the newspaper 'The Muslim Observer'.  Several websites also misspell both his Islamic name as Yusef and that of his wife as Fouzia.  The correct spellings are Yusuf and Fauzia.)
1979:  The Bee Gees performed on the first of three nights at Madison Square Garden in Manhattan, New York.

1983:  Madonna released her first career single "Holiday".
1985:  Ringo Starr became the first Beatle to be a grandfather as his son Zak celebrated the birth of a son.
1985:  Newcomer John Parr hit #1 on this date with "St. Elmo's Fire (Man In Motion)", overtaking "The Power Of Love" from Huey Lewis & the News.  Tina Turner had #3--"We Don't Need Another Hero", swapping places with Aretha Franklin's "Freeway Of Love".  The rest of the Top 10:  Bryan Adams from Reckless with "Summer Of '69", Dire Straits with their biggest hit since "Sultans Of Swing" in 1979--"Money For Nothing", Kool & the Gang and "Cherish", Phil Collins with his fifth consecutive Top 10 song "Don't Lose My Number" and Prince registered his 16th hit "Pop Life", with exactly half of those reaching the Top 10.
1985:  Kool & the Gang remained at #1 on the Adult Contemporary chart with the classic "Cherish".
1986:  Michael Nesmith reunited with the other original members of the Monkees for the first time since the band broke up in 1969 at the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles.
1988:  Barry Sadler ("The Ballad Of The Green Berets") was shot at his home in Guatemala City, Guatemala.  The former Vietnam hero suffered brain damage and would die from those injuries the next year.
                                                     The Scorpions with their timeless song...

1991:  A pretty good Top 10 on this date--something you usually didn't find after about 1986--Bryan Adams scored week #5 at the top with "(Everything I Do) I Do It For You", Paul Abdul moved up to challenge with "The Promise Of A New Day" and Boyz II Men were up from 9 to 3 with "Motownphilly".  C+C Music Factory had the #4 song--"Things That Make You Go Hmmmm..." and KLF had song #5 with "3 A.M. Eternal".  The rest of the Top 10:  Color Me Badd moved from 15 to 6 with "I Adore Mi Amor", Seal's first release "Crazy" hit #7, the Scorpions owned the #8 position with "Wind Of Change", Michael Bolton enjoyed his 11th hit "Time, Love And Tenderness" and Hi-Five dropped with "I Can't Wait Another Minute".
1991:  Bryan Adams had one of the top Adult Contemporary songs of the 1990's as his song from the movie Robin Hood--"(Everything I Do) I Do It For You" was #1 again for the sixth straight week.

1992:  P.M. Dawn released the single "I'd Die Without You".  (Note:  some naive websites report that the song was released October 9.  According to 'Billboard' magazine, the single debuted on September 12.  It is physically impossible for a song to debuted on the Singles chart if it has not been released as a single.)
1993:  David Crosby appeared on The John Larroquette Show.
1994:  After a Pink Floyd concert at Stadion Strahov in Prague that drew 110,000, Czech Republic President Vaclav Havel invited the group to dinner.

                                                        Donna Lewis had a strong #2 hit...

1996:  Los Del Rio had the #1 song for a sixth week with "Macarena" and Donna Lewis remained at #2 with "I Love You Always Forever".  Alanis Morissette had the only new song in the Top 10 with the double-sided hit "You Learn"/"You Oughta' Know".
2000:  Timothy Commerford of Rage Against the Machine was arrested and ordered to jail.  Commerford decided to climb a scaffold during the MTV Music Awards Show at Radio City Music Hall in New York City, delaying the show by over 20 minutes.
2000:  Family members of Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes of TLC were concerned after she missed a family barbecue and a press conference in Las Vegas.

2001:  Michael Jackson performed in the first of two 30-year anniversary concerts at Madison Square Garden in New York City.  (Note:  several sources incorrectly report the date of this concert as being October 5, but the first was September 7, as you can see from the poster above.  There was a second concert on September 10.  Both shows were recorded by CBS-TV for airing in November.)

2003:  Warren Zevon ("Werewolves Of London") died in his sleep in Los Angeles at the age of 56 from mesothelioma.  (Note:  news reports at the time of his death claimed Zevon died from lung cancer, but according to the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization, Warren died of mesothelioma caused by exposure to asbestos.)
2003:  The Black Eyed Peas had the top song in the U.K.--"Where Is the Love".
2003:  The Darkness topped the U.K. Album chart with Permission to Land.
2004:  Franz Ferdinand captured Britain's Mercury Music Prize given for the British or Irish debut album of the year at the Grosvenor House hotel in London.
2005:  Kanye West debuted at #1 on the Album chart with Late Registration.

2005:  Aretha Franklin was given a Lady of Soul award for career achievement at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium in Pasadena, California. 
2007:  Connie Stevens began filming Saving Grace, her debut as a movie director, in Arrow Rock, Missouri. (Note:  some websites report that Connie began filming the movie in Boonville, Missouri.  Although Stevens spent time filming in Boonville, she began filming the movie at the Arrow Rock Country Store in Arrow Rock, according to the newspaper 'The Marshall-Democrat News'.)

2012:  Dorothy McGuire of the McGuire Sisters ("Sincerely" from 1955 and "Sugartime" from 1958) and noted actress for roles in Gentleman's Agreement, A Summer Place, Three Coins in the Fountain, Old Yeller, The Greatest Story Ever Told and Swiss Family Robinson, among others, died at age 84 of cardiac arrest after suffering from Parkinson's disease in Paradise Valley, Arizona.  (Note:  one website claims McGuire died on September 14.  The respected newspaper 'The New York Times' and 'CBS News' both reported that McGuire died on September 7.)

Born This Day:
1934:  Little Milton (Campbell) was born in Inverness, Mississippi; died August 4, 2005 after suffering a stroke in Memphis, Tennessee.

1936:  Buddy Holly (real name Charles Holley) was born in Lubbock, Texas; died February 3, 1959 in a crash of a light plane in Clear Lake, Iowa.
1939:  Latimore ("Let's Straighten It Out") was born in Charleston, Tennessee.
1940:  Ronnie Dove was born in Herndon, Virginia.
1946:  Alfa Anderson, vocalist for Chic and backup singer for Bryan Adams, was born in New York City, New York.
1947:  Morris Albert ("Feelings" from 1975) was born in São Paulo , Brazil.
1949:  Gloria Gaynor ("I Will Survive" from 1978) was born in Newark, New Jersey.

1951:  Chrissie Hynde, singer-songwriter, guitarist and leader of the Pretenders, was born in Akron, Ohio.
1954:  Benmont Tench, keyboard player of Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, was born in Gainesville, Florida.
1957:  Margot Chapman of the Starland Vocal Band was born in Honolulu, Hawai'i.
1960:  Brad Houser, bassist of Edie Brickell & the New Bohemians, was born in Dallas, Texas.
1970:  Chad Sexton, drummer of 311, was born in Lexington, Kentucky.

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