This Week in Music History No2


Christian Lapsey, Writer

Monday September 7th


Birthdays/deaths: Buddy Holly was born in 1936. Holly  died on a plane crash on February 3rd 1959. He was with “The Big Bopper” and Ritchie Valens who were also killed in the crash.Gloria Gaynor an American singer best known in the Seventies disco era was born today in 1947. Chrissie Hynde who is best known as a founding member of the rock band The Pretenders was born today in 1951. Benmont Tench was born in 1954 he was on keyboards for Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers. Eazy-B who was a rapper and a member of NWA was born today in 1964. He died on 26th March 1995. Keith Moon, the drummer of The Who, died of an overdose in 1978 due to heminevrin prescribed to combat his severe alcoholism. A post-death autopsy confirmed there were 32 tablets in his system, 26 of which were undissolved.Blue Smith was born in 1986 he was the  singer from American R&B/hip hop group Pretty Ricky. US singer, songwriter, Warren Zevon died in 2003. He was the piano player and band leader for the Everly Brothers.


Events: The Beatles recorded an appearance on the BBC radio program in 1963. Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, John Paul Jones and John Bonham made their live appearance as Led Zeppelin but billed as The New Yardbirds in 1968. ABBA hit No.1 on the UK singles chart in 1976 with their song Dancing Queen. The first Buddy Holly week was held by UK fans in London in 1976.David Bowie and Mick Jagger were at No.1 on the UK singles chart in 1985 with their version of the 1964 hit ‘Dancing In The Street. John Parr started his two week run for No.1 on the US singles chart in 1985 with his song St Elmo’s Fire (man in motion). Michael Jackson played the first date on his History World Tour in 1996, this was his third solo world concert tour. Michael Jackson reunited onstage with Jackson Five for their 30th Anniversary Celebration in 2001. Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody was voted the greatest ‘‘lighter in the air song of all time’’ Led Zeppelin’s Stairway To Heaven, was voted into 2nd and Meat Loaf’s I Would Do Anything For Love (But I Won’t Do That) was at No. 3 in 2010.


Record anniversaries: Queensryche released The Warning in 1984. Pink Floyd finished A Momentary Lapse of Reason in 1987.


Wednesday september 9th


Birthdays: Otis Redding an American singer-songwriter and record producer was born in 1941. Freddy Weller was born in 1947 he was a member of the rock group Paul Revere and the Raiders. American singer, songwriter, guitarist, record producer, and multi-instrumentalist John McFee was born today in 1950 he played alongside The Doobie Brothers. Stuart Price a British electronic musician, songwriter, producer, remixing as born today in 1977, he worked with artists including Madonna, Missy Elliott, The Killers, Gwen Stefani, Seal and Keane. Magnus Larsson, a bassist with the Danish band Lukas Graham was born in 1990. US guitar maker Ernie Ball died in 2002 after a series of long illnesses.


Events: Elvis Presley made his first appearance on ‘The Ed Sullivan show in 1956. The Beatles hit No.1 with She Loves You and Please Please Me in 1963.The Rolling Stones nailed the No.1 spot in the UK with (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction, giving the band their 4th UK No.1 single in 1965. While at Abbey Road studios George Harrison ran around the studio holding a flaming ashtray above his head in 1968. David Bowie appeared on Marc Bolan’s ITV show during 1977 and sang Heroes. New Kids On The Block received their second US No.1 single in 1989 with Hangin Tough. Nirvana’s Krist Novoselic was hurt during his MTV music and video awards after being hit one by a guitar after throwing it up in the air in 1992. A conference devoted to the life, work, and influence of Bruce Springsteen is held at Monmouth University in 2005. 50 Cent was arrested by police for unsafe driving in New York and received citations in 2006. He was also driving with an expired permit, driving without insurance and driving without vehicle registration. A man was charged with assault after an attack on the Oasis guitarist Noel Gallagher during the V Festival in Canada 2008. Eminem hit No.1 on the UK chart with his tenth studio album Kamikaze in 2018


Record anniversaries: Fleetwood Mac finished Then Play On in 1969. Rush released Signals in 1982. Neil Young came out with Ragged Glory in 1990


Friday September 11th


Birthdays: Richard Jaeger,was born in 1947  he was a percussionist and Worked with Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Crosby Stills Nash & Young, The Pointer Sisters. He died on 27th August 2000. Tommy Shaw was born in 1953 and was the guitarist for Styx. Jonny Buckland the guitarist for Coldplay was born in 1977. Country music singer-songwriter member of Lady Antebellum, Charles Kelley was born in 1981.


Events:Ahmet Ertegun began recording his newest singer, 21 year old Ray Charles at Atlantic Records in 1952. The Beatles started their nine-week run for No.1 on the US album chart with Help! in 1965. Filming began for The Beatles Magical Mystery Tour in 1967. NME’s Keith Allston interviewed Jimi Hendrix in 1970. The interview turned out to be Hendrix’s last as he died 7 days later. The animated Jackson Five series premiered on TV in the US in 1971. David Bowie recorded a guest appearance on Bing Crosby’s Merrie Olde Christmas TV show in 1977. Chicago started a two week run for No.1 in the US singles chart with ‘Hard To Say I’m Sorry’ during 1982. Michael Jackson appeared in Liverpool, England on his Bad World Tour in 1988. Mariah Carey started a eight week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with Dreamlover in 1993.b Noel Gallagher walked out on the rest of Oasis half way through their American tour after starting a fight with his brother Liam in 1996. Mark Ronson’s hit Uptown Funk! became the fifth biggest-selling single in British chart history 2010.


Record anniversaries: Janis Joplin released I Got Dem Ol’ Kozmic Blues Again Mama! In 1969. Bruce Springsteen published his album The Wild, the Innocent and the E Street Shuffle during 1973. Foreigner released Head Games in 1979. Bob Dylan´s Under the Red Sky was released in 1990.