Tuesday, September 5, 2017

This Date in Rock Music History: September 6

1959:  "Bad Boys" by the Miracles was the first single on Barry Gordy's newly-formed Motown Records.
1960:  Sam Cooke's daughter, Tracy, was born.
1961:  Bob Dylan performed at the Gaslight Cafe in New York City.

1965:  Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass released the single "A Taste Of Honey".

1968:  Eric Clapton recorded the guitar solo for the Beatles' song "While My Guitar Gently Weeps" at the Abbey Road Studios in London.
1969:  James Brown announced his retirement following a live performance at the Mid-Southern Coliseum in Memphis, Tennessee.

                                              The timeless "Get Together"...

1969:  The Rolling Stones held on to #1 for a third week with "Honky Tonk Women".  Johnny Cash couldn't get past them with "A Boy Named Sue".  The Archies remained poised to move with "Sugar, Sugar" and CCR was up well with "Green River".  The rest of an excellent Top 10:  The Youngbloods with "Get Together", Jackie DeShannon's "Put A Little Love In Your Heart", Bob Dylan and "Lay Lady Lay", Three Dog Night was up from 13-8 with "Easy To Be Hard", Neil Diamond slipped with "Sweet Caroline" and Tom Jones had song #10--"I'll Never Fall In Love Again".

1971:  Cher released the single "Gypsys, Tramps & Thieves".
1972:  John Lennon appeared on the Jerry Lewis Muscular Dystrophy Telethon.
1975:  The Carpenters hit #1 on the Easy Listening chart with their remake of the great Neil Sedaka song "Solitaire".

1975:  "Mr. Jaws" from Dickie Goodman was the highest debuting song at #49.

1975:  Glen Campbell had the top song on this date with "Rhinestone Cowboy".  Hamilton, Joe Frank & Reynolds were still hanging around at #2 with "Fallin' In Love".  K.C. and the Sunshine Band's former #1 "Get Down Tonight" was at #3 with Janis Ian moving up three with "At Seventeen".  The rest of the Top 10:  James Taylor's "How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You)", the Bee Gees with their former #1 "Jive Talkin'", David Bowie with his biggest career hit "Fame" at #7, the Isley Brothers and "Fight The Power", Barry Manilow's adaptation of Frederic Chopin ("Could It Be Magic") moved into the Top 10 and the former #1 from the Eagles--"One of These Nights" was #10.

1975:  Red Octopus completed an amazing comeback for Jefferson Starship, rising to the #1 album.  Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy by Elton John fell to 2 while Janis Ian enjoyed the biggest album of her career with Between the Lines.  The Eagles held steady at #4 with One of These Nights.

1976:  Meanwhile, a rock act from Boston, Massachusetts finally found a record label after being rejected by all of the other major labels.  Boston released the single "More Than A Feeling".

1976:  The Bee Gees released the single "Love So Right".
1978:  Tom Wilson, producer of the Bob Dylan album Highway 61 Revisted, died of a heart attack at the age of 47 in Los Angeles.
1980:  Diana Ross remained at #1 for a fourth week on the R&B chart with "Upside Down".

1980:  The 24th hit from Diana Ross became her fifth solo #1--"Upside Down".

1982:  Crosby, Stills & Nash released the single "Southern Cross". 

1983:  Cyndi Lauper released the single "Girls Just Want To Have Fun", although it wouldn't become a hit until months later.
1986:  Gloria Loring & Carl Anderson reached #1 on the Adult Contemporary chart with "Friends And Lovers".
1990:  Paul Anka was naturalized as a U.S. citizen.

1990:  Tom Fogerty, rhythm guitarist of CCR, died of AIDS at the age of 48 in Scottsdale, Arizona.  Fogerty had contracted HIV when he had blood transfusions for his back ailments. 
1993:  Don Henley, Elton John, Sting, Aerosmith and Jimmy Buffett performed in a benefit concert that Henley arranged in Boston for Walden Woods.

1994:  Nicky Hopkins died at the age of 50 in Nashville, Tennessee after complications following an operation for a stomach ailment.  Hopkins played piano for the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, Rod Stewart, John Lennon and the Kinks.  (Note:  some websites claim Hopkins died in London, but according to the official website for Hopkins, he died in Nashville.)
1995:  Bruce Hornsby and Branford Marsalis performed the U.S. National Anthem in Camden Yards in Baltimore Maryland prior to the baseball game in which the great Cal Ripken, Jr. of the Baltimore Orioles set the all-time record for consecutive games played.
1997:  Elton John sang an updated version of "Candle In The Wind" at the funeral of England's Princess Diana at Westminster Abbey in London.  The song, which was named "Candle In The Wind '97"  would go on to become one of the top-selling singles of all-time.
1999:  Scott Weiland of the Stone Temple Pilots was sentenced to one year in jail for violating parole.
2008:  The Eagles performed at the BOK in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
2010:  Jane's Addiction announced that bass guitarist Duff McKagan was leaving the group.

Born This Day:
1942:  Dave Bargeron, trombone player of Blood, Sweat & Tears, was born in Athol, Massachusetts.

1944:  Roger Waters of Pink Floyd was born in Great Bookham, Surrey, England.
1956:  Banner Thomas, bassist with Molly Hatchet ("Flirtin' With Disaster"), was born in Orange Park, Florida; died April 10, 2017 of pneumonia in Jacksonville, Florida.
    1961:  Pal Waaktaar, guitarist and songwriter with A-Ha, was born in Oslo, Norway.
    1969:  CeCe Peniston ("Finally") was born in Dayton, Ohio.
    1971:  Dolores O'Riordan, lead singer of the Cranberries, was born in Limerick, Ireland.
    1974:  Nina Persson of the Cardigans ("Lovefool") was born in Orebro, Narke, Sweden.
    1978:  Foxy Brown was born in New York City.

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