Wednesday, September 12, 2012

September 16

1925: B.B. King (Riley B. King) (Blues Guitarist & Singer / Songwriter)
1941: Joe Butler (Lead Vocals for The Lovin' Spoonful)
1944: Betty Kelly (Singer in Martha and the Vandellas)
1948: Kenney Jones (Drummer for The Small Faces & The Who)
1948: Ron Blair (Bass for Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers)
1953: Earl Klugh (Jazz Pianist / Guitarist)
1954: Colin Newman (Guitar & Vocals for Wire)
1961: Bilinda Butcher (Guitar & Vocals for My Bloody Valentine)
1963: Richard Marx (Singer / Songwriter)
1964: David “The Snake” Sabo (Guitar for Skid Row)
1968: Marc Anthony (Marco Antonio Muñiz ) (Latin American Singer)
1969: Justine Frischmann (Guitar & Vocals for Elastica)
1977: Musiq Soulchild (Taalib Johnson) (R&B Singer)
1988: Teddy Geiger (Singer / Songwriter)
1992: Nick Jonas (Singer / Songwriter)

1959: Dick Clark's first "Caravan of Stars" tour opens in New York, featuring The Coasters, The Drifters, Lloyd Price, LaVern Baker, Duane Eddy, Paul Anka and Annette Funicello.

1963: Currently the #1 song in England, the Beatles' "She Loves You" is released by the tiny Swan label in America, but the stateside public has no idea who the group is, and the single fails to chart. Four months later, after "I Want To Hold Your Hand" and the attendant Beatlemania, a re-released "She Loves You" single will reach #1 in the US as well.

1964: ABC-TV premieres the musical variety show Shindig!, featuring the Everly Brothers, the Righteous Brothers, and Bobby Sherman.

1965: NBC-TV premieres The Dean Martin Show, featuring the theme song (and recent hit) "Everybody Loves Somebody," and, later, a chorus of beautiful showgirls named The Golddiggers. The famously laid-back and largely improvised show, which made stars of Dom DeLuise, Charles Nelson Reilly, Tom Bosley, and Nipsey Russell, would run for a full decade.

1966: Tom Drilberg, MP of Barking, England, asks the House of Lords to censure a magistrate who'd recently spoken out against the Rolling Stones as "complete morons (who) wear their hair down to their shoulders, wear filthy clothes and act like clowns."

1966: Pete Quaife, bassist for the Kinks, leaves the band after injuries from a recent car crash threaten his ability to play. He will eventually return and stay with the band through 1969.

1970: Jimi Hendrix takes the stage at an Eric Burdon and War concert at London club Ronnie Scott's, marking the last time the guitarist will ever play in public.

1972: Former Herd and Humble Pie guitarist Peter Frampton plays his first solo gig, opening for the J. Geils Band in New York.

1977: Marc Bolan (Singer & Guitar for T. Rex) was a passenger in a purple Mini 1275GT driven by Gloria Jones as they headed home from Mortons drinking club and restaurant in Berkeley Square, London. Jones lost control of the car and it struck a sycamore tree after failing to negotiate a small humpback bridge near Gipsy Lane on Queens Ride, Barnes, southwest London.  Bolan died instantly at 29 years old.

1979: The first rap single was released, The Sugarhill Gang's 'Rapper's Delight' at 14:59 minutes long.

1988: Former Clash drummer Topper Headon was released from jail after serving 10 months of a 15-month sentence on a narcotics charge.

1988: Singer Fish (Derek William Dick) leaves rock group Marillion.

1991: Willie Nelson and makeup artist Ann-Marie D'Angelo got married. It's his fourth marriage.

1993: Grace Slick's (Jefferson Airplane / Starship) home was destroyed by fire.

1998: The members of Mott The Hoople played together for the first time in 24 years at the Virgin Megastore on London's Oxford Street.

2004: Weather Girls singer Izora Armstead died aged 62 of heart failure at a hospital in San Leandro, East San Francisco. Also member of Two Tons O' Fun featured on four Sylvester albums, including '(You Make Me Feel) Mighty Real.'

2006: Bob Dylan's new album Modern Times goes to #1 in Billboard's album chart, making the 65-year-old the oldest musician to ever hold that honor until 2011’s Tony Bennett Album “Duet’s II”.

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