This Day in Rock Music History: September 30

    1961:  After hearing Bob Dylan play harmonica in the studio for Carolyn Hester, producer John Hammond signed Dylan and scheduled a recording session in October.
    1963:  Sid Bernstein contacted Beatles manager Brian Epstein, which eventually led to Bernstein promoting the famous Beatles concert at Shea Stadium in New York City.
    1964:  The Who were in concert at the Town Hall in Greenwich, South London.
    1965:  Donovan, the Hollies the Turtles and the Dave Clark 5 appeared on the television show Shindig!
    1967:  Paul McCartney and John Lennon appeared on The David Frost Show.
    1967:  "Funky Broadway" by Wilson Pickett set the pace on the R&B chart.

    1967:  Frank Sinatra remained at #1 on the Easy Listening chart for the fifth week with "The World We Knew (Over and Over)".
    1968:  Hunter Davies published The Beatles, the band's first biography.

    1968:  Cream released the single "White Room".

    1968:  Steppenwolf released the single "Magic Carpet Ride".

    1969:  The album Crosby, Stills & Nash went gold
    1969:  David Crosby's girlfriend Christine Gail Hinton was killed in an automobile accident.
    1971:  Yes began a tour in England with keyboardist Rick Wakeman aboard.

    1972:  The album Chicago V had been out nine weeks with six of those at #1.  Never a Dull Moment by Rod Stewart was second followed by Big Bambu from Cheech & Chong.  Leon Russell's Carney and Moods by Neil Diamond remained at 4 and 5, respectively.  The rest of the Top 10:  Trilogy from Emerson, Lake & Palmer, Three Dog Night was next with Seven Separate Fools, Elton John edged up to 8 with Honky Chateau, Carlos Santana & Buddy Miles!  Live!  was #9 and Gilbert O'Sullivan-Himself took #10.
    1972:  Mac Davis spent a third week at #1 on the Easy Listening chart with "Baby, Don't Get Hooked On Me".

                 Ode to New York City from 1972 (LP version is only one on YouTube...)

    1972:  There was no doubt that Cashman & West had a hot song, moving from 90 to 63 with "American City Suite".

                   The Main Ingredient had a smash hit

    1972:  "Baby, Don't Get Hooked On Me" by Mac Davis continued as the #1 song with Three Dog Night's "Black & White" and Chicago's "Saturday in the Park" behind.  The O'Jays were persistent with "Back Stabbers" while Michael Jackson hit #5 with "Ben".  The Main Ingredient's great song "Everybody Plays the Fool" was #6.  The rest of the Top 10:  The Raspberries moved to 7 with "Go All the Way", Bill Withers climbed into the list with "Use Me", Elvis Presley achieved his 38th and final Top 10 with "Burning Love" and Hot Butter were up to 10 with "Popcorn".
    1974:  Harry Chapin released one of The Most Important Songs of the Rock Era*--"Cat's In the Cradle".
    1977:  Foghat played a charity concert to raise money for the New York City Public Library to buy a collection of rare blues records.
    1977:  Mary Ford, who had a string of hits with husband Les Paul, including "Hummingbird" in 1955, died of cancer at the age of 53.
    1978:  Sonny Bono appeared on the popular ABC-TV series The Love Boat.
    1978:  Olivia Newton-John and John Travolta had the #1 song in the U.K. with "Summer Nights".
    1978:  Funkadelic moved into the #1 slot on the R&B chart with "One Nation Under a Groove".
    1978:  Gerry Rafferty's "Right Down the Line" returned to #1 on the Easy Listening chart.
    1978:  Foreigner moved from 67 to 38 with "Double Vision".

    1978:  The classic "Kiss You All Over" by Exile moved to #1, tapping "Boogie Oogie Oogie" by A Taste of Honey on the shoulder to move.  Olivia Newton-John remained in the third position with "Hopelessly Devoted To You" and it had been six weeks since the Commodores were at #1 with "Three Times a Lady" but they were still at #4.  The rest of the Top 10:  "Summer Nights" by Olivia Newton-John & John Travolta, Boston's "Don't Look Back", Nick Gilder edged up with "Hot Child in the City", the Little River Band was up to 8 with "Reminiscing", John Paul Young reached the Top 10 with "Love Is in the Air" and Andy Gibb closed out the list with "An Everlasting Love".  
    1982:  Roy Orbison filmed his upcoming cable television special "A Black & White Night", with Bruce Springsteen and Jackson Browne.
    1987:  Bruce Springsteen, Roy Orbison, Bonnie Raitt, Elvis Costello and Tom Waits taped the television special A Black and White Night at Coconut Grove in Los Angeles.

    1988:  John Lennon received a star posthumously on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
    1989:  The Rolling Stones filmed the video for "Rock and a Hard Pace" at Foxboro-Sullivan Stadium in Massachusetts.

    1989:  Neil Young performed "Rockin' in the Free World" on Saturday Night Live.
    1989:  Tina Turner was on top of the U.K. album chart with Foreign Affair.
    1989:  Cher topped the Adult Contemporary chart with "If I Could Turn Back Time".

    1991:  Guns N' Roses released the albums Use Your Illusion I and Use Your Illusion II.
    1993:  Kate Pierson of the B-52's was arrested for her part in a sit-in at the offices of Vogue magazine in New York City.  Pierson was protesting the use of fur in ads and clothing.
    1993:  David Crosby and George Harrison were on the season premiere of The Simpsons.

    1994:  Michael Stipe from R.E.M. inked a movie deal with New Line Cinema.
    1995:  "Fantasy" by Mariah Carey was the new #1 R&B song.
    1995:  Cracked Rear View by Hootie & the Blowfish returned to #1 for the fifth time (and eighth week total), believed to be the only time in the Rock Era that this feat has occurred.

    1997:  Bob Dylan released the album Time Out of Mind.
    1997:  The Rolling Stones released the album Bridges To Babylon.
    1998:  Johnny Lang Slash of Guns N' Roses, Joey Ramone and Rick Nielson of Cheap Trick auditioned to be lead guitarist for the band in The Drew Carey Show.

    2003:  Dido released the album Life for Rent.

    2003:  Sting released the album Sacred Love.
    2003:  Elton John auctioned off items from his London home (including an oil painting and a 19th-century portrait of Lieutenant George Dyer) at Sotheby's.  
    2003:  In today's Dangerous Inmates Run Rap Music feature, rapper C-Murder was fund guilty of second degree murder after a nightclub shooting and was sentenced to life behind bars.  Next.
    2004:  Ciara had the #1 song with "Goodies".
    2006:  Isaac Hanson of the group Hanson married Nicole Dufresne in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
    2007:  The Foo Fighters owned the top album in the U.K.--Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace.
    2009:  Wanda Jackson ("In the Middle of a Heartache" from 1961) was honored with a street ("Wanda Jackson Way") dedicated to her by the City of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

    Born This Day:
    1933:  Cissy Houston, mother of Whitney, member of the Sweet Inspirations, the Drinkard Singers (with niece Dionne Warwick), and a backup singer with Elvis Presley, Aretha Franklin, Luther Vandross and Chaka Khan, was born in Newark, New Jersey.

    1935:  Johnny Mathis was born in Gilmer, Texas.
    1935:  Jill Corey ("Love Me to Pieces" from 1957) was born in Avonmore, Pennsylvania.

    1940:  Dewey Martin, drummer with Buffalo Springfield, was born in Chesterville, Ontario, Canada; found dead at his home in Van Nuys, California, believed to have passed away of natural causes on January 31, 2009. 

    1942:  Frankie Lymon was born in Harlem, New York City; died February 27, 1968 from drugs.

    1942:  Gus Dudgeon, sound engineer with Bruce Channel, the Zombies ("She's Not There") and John Mayall's Bluesbreakers, and who was Elton John's main producer during his peak and also produced many other artists including the Beach Boys and Chris Rea, was born in Surrey, England; died July 21, 2002 in a car accident in which both Gus and his wife died.

    1943:  Marilyn McCoo of the 5th Dimension and later part of a duo with her husband Billy Davis, Jr., was born in Jersey City, New Jersey.
    1945:  Mike Harrison of Spooky Tooth
    1946:  Sylvia Peterson of the Chiffons
    1946:  Moses Dillard, session guitarist for Al Green and James and Bobby Purify among others, was born in Greenville, South Carolina.
    1947:  Marc Bolan, outrageous lead singer of T. Rex, was born in Hackney, London, England; died September 16, 1977 in a car accident.
    1952:  John Lombardo, founding member and chief songwriter of 10,000 Maniacs was born in Jamestown, New York.
    1954:  Patrice Rushen ("Forget Me Nots") was born in Los Angeles, California.

    1959:  Basia ("Time and Tide") was born in Jaworzno, Poland.
    1964:  Elite Guitarist Trey Anastasio of Phish was born in Fort Worth, Texas.
    1984:  Keisha Buchanan of the Sugababes was born in London.
    1964:  Robby Takac, founding member and bassist of the Goo Goo Dolls, was born in Buffalo, New York.
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