Thursday, September 20, 2012

September 20


1948: Chuck and John Panozzo (Bass and Drums for Styx)
1957: Alannah Currie (Vocals & Sax for The Thompson Twins)
1960: Dave Hemmingway (Lead Vocals for The Housemartins)
1960: Robert Wiggins (Cowboy Rapper in Grandmaster Flash And The Furious Five)
1966: Nuno Bettencourt (Guitar & Singer / Songwriter for Extreme)
1967: Gunnar & Matthew Nelson (Vocalists for Nelson)
1968: Ben Shepherd (Bass for Soundgarden)
1979: Rick Woolstenhulme (Guitar for Lifehouse)


1955: Tennessee Ernie Ford records the Merle Travis-written "Sixteen Tons" at the Capitol Recording Studio on Melrose Avenue in Hollywood.

1966: George Harrison went to India for his first visit to Maharishi Mahesh Yogi.

1969: During a meeting in London between John Lennon, Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr, Lennon announced he was leaving The Beatles.

1969: Blind Faith started a two-week run at No.1 on the UK chart with their self-titled debut album. The only release from the Eric Clapton, Steve Winwood, Ginger Baker & Rick Grech line-up also reached No.1 in the US. The only UK gig was in Hyde Park, London on 7th Jun 1969.

1970: Jim Morrison of The Doors was acquitted on charges of lewd and lascivious behavior, but was found guilty of exposing himself during a concert at The Dinner Key Auditorium in Coconut Grove a year and a half earlier. At his trial at the Dade County Courthouse in Miami, Judge Goodman sentenced Morrison to six months hard labor and a $500 fine for public exposure and sixty days hard labor for profanity. The sentence was appealed, but Morrison was never brought to trial, as he would die in Paris France on July 3, 1971.

1971: Peter Frampton quit Humble Pie to follow a solo career.

1972: Paul and Linda McCartney were arrested for the second time in four weeks for possession of cannabis this time at their Scottish farmhouse in Campbeltown.

1973: On his way to perform his second concert of the day, US singer / songwriter Jim Croce was killed with five others when his chartered aircraft hit a tree on take off in Louisiana.  He was 30 years old.

1973: A day after Gram Parsons died, his body is stolen during transfer at the Los Angeles International Airport, then taken to Joshua Tree, where it is burned, in accordance with his request. Road manager Phil Kaufman is among two charged with the crime.

1973: The Sunset Strip's legendary Roxy club opens in Los Angeles with a performance by Neil Young and his band Crazy Horse. The opening acts were Elton John, Carole King and Jackson Browne.

1975: 'Fame' gave David Bowie his first No.1 in the US, the song was co-written with John Lennon.

1975: The Bay City Rollers made their US TV debut when they appeared on the 'Saturday Night Variety Show' with host Howard Cosell.

1976: The Captain and Tennille musical variety show premiered on ABC TV in the US.

1980: Kate Bush scored her first UK No.1 album with 'Never For Ever.' It was the first ever album by a British female solo artist to top the UK album chart as well as being the first album by any female solo artist to enter the chart at No.1.

1980: Queen started a five-week run at No.1 on the US album chart with 'The Game', the group's only US No.1 album.

1982: A seriously ill Karen Carpenter, now weighing only 77 pounds due to her anorexia, is admitted to Lenox Hill Hospital in New York and fed intravenously in order to get her weight back to normal.

1993: Just back from a tour of Japan, keyboard player with The Charlatans Rob Collins was out with an old friend. They stopped at a liquor store and his friend went in, half-jokingly saying he could rob the place. When he came out with a loud bang, Collins stupidly picked him up. The police arrested the pair the next day and charged them both with attempted robbery and possession of a firearm (it was a replica gun).

1994: The Dave Matthews Band released ‘Under the Table and Dreaming’, the album featured their first commercial hits ‘What Would You Say,’ ‘Satellite,’ and ‘Ants Marching.’ The album was dedicated to Matthews' older sister Anne, who was killed by her husband in 1994 in a murder-suicide.

1994: The Temptations are awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 7060 Hollywood Blvd.

2002: Lynchburg, Virginia, names a street after hometown boy Phil Vassar when he performs in the city. Lynchburg also proclaims Phil Vassar Day, and presents him with a key to the city.

2003: Nelly Furtado gave birth to a daughter, Nevis, at a hospital in Toronto, Canada.

2005: Canadian JD Fortune, beat two other finalists to become the new lead singer with INXS after a worldwide search to replace the late Michael Hutchence. INXS held auditions in six continents as part of a reality TV series.

2007: Stereophonics singer Kelly Jones was admitted to hospital when he was injured during an altercation with a member of a club's security team. The band had gone to a west London club after appearing at the Vodafone Live Music Awards.

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