Friday, September 9, 2016

This Date in Rock Music History: September 10

1963:  Andrew Loog Oldham, manager of the Rolling Stones, invited Paul McCartney and John Lennon to the Studio 51 Jazz Club in London where the Stones were rehearsing.  The two Beatles were working on the song "I Wanna' Be Your Man", and finished it at the rehearsal when they found out the Rolling Stones needed another song.  The  Stones recorded it for their album. .
1963:  The Beatles received the award for Top Vocal Group of the Year from the Variety Club of Great Britain at a luncheon at the Savoy Hotel in London.
1964:  Nineteen year-old Rod Stewart recorded his first single "Good Morning, Little Schoolgirl" with the Hoochie Koochie Men.  Future Led Zeppelin bassist John Paul Jones played on the song.
1964:  The Kinks had the top song in the U.K. with "You Really Got Me".
1965:  The Byrds spend a second session recording the song "Turn!  Turn!  Turn!" at Columbia Studios in Los Angeles. (They began recording on September 1 and finished the song with three more sessions September 14-16.)
1965:  Revolver by the Beatles shot up from #45 to #1 to leave no doubt which was the top album.  

                      The Hollies had this great song in the Top 10...

1966:  The Supremes scored their seventh #1 song out of 17 released with "You Can't Hurry Love".  Donovan barely had time to get comfortable at the position with "Sunshine Superman", which fell to #2.  The Beatles had hit #45 in their first three years with "Yellow Submarine".  The Happenings fell with "See You In September" while the former #1 "Summer In The City" from Lovin' Spoonful was song #5.  The rest of the Top 10:  Wilson Pickett & "Land of 1,000 Dances", "Sunny" from Bobby Hebb, Lee Dorsey remained at 8 with "Working In The Coal Mine", the Hollies popped from 18 to 9 with "Bus Stop" and "Guantanamera" by the Sandpipers moved into the Top 10.
1968:  The Beatles posted their 15th #1 song in the U.K. with "Hey Jude".
1970:  Michael Nesmith of the Monkees celebrated the birth of his daughter Jessica.

1975:  KISS released the double album Alive, which featured live performances of tracks on their first three albums, on Casablanca Records.

1975:  KISS released the single "Rock & Roll All Nite".  (Note:  some websites incorrectly report the release as October 14.  It is physically impossible for a song that debuts on the charts to be released that day.)
1975:  Bob Dylan recorded "Hurricane", "Oh Sister" and "Simple Twist Of Fate" for the television special The World of John Hammond, Hammond being the man who signed him to Columbia Records, to be broadcast on December 13.

1977:  The Sanford Townsend Band had the only new entry in the Top 10 on this date--"Smoke From A Distant Fire".
1977:  Carly Simon ("Nobody Does It Better") took over the #1 spot on the Adult chart from then-husband James Taylor ("Handy Man"), believed to be the only time in the Rock Era that an artist has replaced their spouse at #1.

1977:  The album Rumours by Fleetwood Mac tied the existing Rock Era record for weeks at #1, set in 1967 by the album More of the Monkees.  On this date, the two were tied for that mark with 18. 
1979:  Patti Smith ("Because The Night" from 1978) told an audience of 85,000 in Florence, Italy she was retiring from live performances.  She wanted to spend more time with husband Fred "Sonic" Smith of MC5.
1980:  Peter Comita replaced Tom Peterson in Cheap Trick.

1983:  Michael Sembello, formerly the guitarist for Stevie Wonder, completed a charge up to #1 with "Maniac", taking the place of "Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This)" from the Eurythmics.  Men Without Hats had song #3--"The Safety Dance" while Taco was "Puttin' On The Ritz".  The rest of the Top 10:  Billy Joel's "Tell Her About It" from the album An Innocent Man, the Police with their former #1 "Every Breath You Take", Donna Summer with her 24th career hit "She Works Hard For The Money", Bonnie Tyler moved from 15-8 with her great song "Total Eclipse Of The Heart", Michael Jackson was at 9 with "Human Nature" and Culture Club fell with "I'll Tumble 4 (sic) Ya".
1983:  The album Thriller by Michael Jackson regained the #1 position to notch week #20 at the top spot. 

1984:  The comeback train was full steam ahead and on this date Tina Turner released the single "Better Be Good To Me". 
1988:  Phil Collins reached #1 in the U.K. with "A Groovy Kind Of Love".

1988:  The song with that unforgettable guitar open--"Sweet Child O' Mine" from Guns N' Roses was the new #1 song with Robert Palmer's "Simply Irresistible" and "Perfect World" from Huey Lewis & the News trailing.  "Monkey" slid down for George Michael and Van Halen had song #5 with "When It's Love".  The rest of the Top 10:  "Fast Car" from Tracy Chapman, Taylor Dayne was up with "I'll Always Love You", #8 belonged to the New Edition and "If It Isn't Love", Bobby McFerrin was all smiles with "Don't Worry Be Happy", which moved from 15-9, and Kenny Loggins collected his 18th hit with "Nobody's Fool".
1988:  Def Leppard registered a fifth week at #1 on the Album chart with Hysteria, now in its 56th week.  It was an interesting test of endurance as Guns N' Roses had the #2 album Appetite for Destruction, which was in its 55th week.

1990:  Will Smith made his television debut in The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.
1993:  Prince released the box set The Hits/The B-Sides on Paisley Park and Warner Brothers Records.  (Note:  some websites report the box set was released September 14.  Although there are no reliable sources for either date, our best research indicates it was released September 10.)
1994:  Boyz II Men remained at #1 on the R&B chart for a fourth week with "I'll Make Love To You".

1995:  Cyndi Lauper received an Emmy Award for her guest appearance on the television show Mad About You.
1996:  Ray Coleman died of cancer at the age of 59 in Shepperton, England.  Coleman was a prominent journalist with the U.K. weekly magazine Melody Maker throughout the career of the Beatles and into the mid-'70s, and was nearing completion of a biography on Phil Collins.  (Note:  several websites claim Coleman died on September 11.  He died on September 10, according to the newspaper 'The New York Times'.)
1998:  Gary Glitter ("Rock And Roll, Pt. 2" from 1973) appeared in court on child pornography charges.  The predatory paedophile was convicted not only this time but several other times of committing obscene acts with underage girls.  
2003:  Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck postponed their wedding because of a media frenzy.  (Note:  some websites report the postponement occurred September 11.  News reports were published that day, but 'People' magazine, which broke the story, reported the news September 10.)
2005:  Alicia Keys, Kelly Clarkson, John Mellencamp, Usher, Coldplay, Green Day, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, the Dave Matthews Band, Rob Thomas, Nine Inch Nails, Kanye West and Beck were among those who performed in a four-hour benefit ReAct Now:  Music And Relief event on the MTV channels for victims of Hurricane Katrina.  
2005:  Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown, session guitarist who recorded with Eric Clapton, Ry Cooder, Frank Zappa and others, died of lung cancer at the age of 81 in Orange, Texas. 
2007:  Girls Aloud broke the U.K. record for consecutive Top 10 songs by a female act when "Sexy" gave the group their 16th in a row.  The group later extended that streak to 20.
2008:  Peter Gabriel was given the Ambassador of Conscience Award from Amnesty International in London at the Hard Rock Cafe in London.
2009:  Newspapers reported that Phil Collins would have to give up drumming for medical reasons.  However, Collins later clarified his situation on the Genesis website:  "There isn't any drama regarding my 'disability' and playing drums," Collins writes. "Somehow during the last Genesis tour I dislocated some vertebrae in my upper neck and that affected my hands. After a successful operation on my neck, my hands still can't function normally," Collins said.   "Maybe in a year or so it will change, but for now it is impossible for me to play drums or piano. I am not in any 'distressed' state, stuff happens in life."  (Note:  some websites somehow claim the news of Collins not being able to drum again was reported on April 25, 2008.  So not only do people get it wrong; they can't even get the news of the false rumors right!  The news appeared in the newspapers 'The Guardian', 'The Mirror' and 'The Daily Mail'.)

Born This Day:
1898:  Waldo Semon, the inventor of vinyl in 1926, the substance used to make LP and 45 records, was born in Demopolis, Alabama; died May 26, 1999 at the age of 100 in Hudson, Ohio.

1942:  Danny Hutton of Three Dog Night was born in Buncrana, Donegal, Ireland.

1945:  Jose Feliciano was born in Lares, Puerto Rico.
1949:  Barriemore Barlow, drummer and percussionist of Jethro Tull, was born in Birmingham, Warwickshire, England.

1950:  Joe Perry, elite guitarist of Aerosmith, was born in Lawrence, Massachusetts.
1950:  Don Powell, drummer of Slade ("Run Runaway"), was born in Bilston, Staffordshire, England  (Note:  some sites show birth year as 1946; his official website shows 1950.)
1951:  Pete Tolson, bass guitarist for Pretty Things, was born in Bishops Stortford, Hertsfordshire, England.
1955:  Pat Mastelotto, drummer with Mr. Mister, was born in Chico, California.
1956:  Johnnie Fingers of the Boomtown Rats  (Note:  some websites claim Johnny Fingers of the Boomtown Rats was born on this date.  There has never been a member of the group by that name.  The correct spelling is Johnnie.)
1957:  Siobhan Fahey of Bananarama was born in Dunshaughlin, County Meath, Ireland, near Dublin. 
1957:  Carol Decker, lead singer of T'Pau ("Heart And Soul"), was born in Huyton, Lancashire, England.
1966:  Robin Goodridge, drummer of Bush, was born in Crawley, Sussex, England.
1966:  Miles Zuniga, songwriter, singer and guitarist with Fastball, was born in Laredo, Texas.
1968:  Big Daddy Kane of the Juice Crew was born in Brooklyn, New York.
1980:  Mikey Way, bass guitarist for My Chemical Romance, was born in Newark, New Jersey.

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