This Day in Rock Music History: September 12

    1960:  The song had only been out nine weeks and five of those were at #1 for Elvis Presley--"It's Now or Never".  Waiting in the runner-up position was "The Twist" from Chubby Checker.
    1963:  The Beatles reached #1 in the U.K. with "She Loves You".
    1964:  How's this for an amazing concert?  The Supremes, Marvin Gaye, the Temptations, Dusty Springfield, the Miracles, the Shangri-La's, Little Anthony and the Imperials and Millie Small shared a bill at the Fox Theater in Brooklyn, New York.

               Ronnie & the Daytonas in a much better time

    1964:  The Animals registered a second week at #1 with "The House of the Rising Sun".  The Supremes' former #1 "Where Did Our Love Go" was still at #2.  The Dave Clark Five were at 3 with "Because" while Dean Martin grabbed the #4 position with "Everybody Loves Somebody".  The rest of the Top 10:  "Bread and Butter" by the Newbeats, Bobby Freeman and "C'mon and Swim", Ronny & the Daytonas were singing the virtues of the "G.T.O.", the Beatles were at #8 with their former #1 "A Hard Day's Night", the Shangri-Las became a member of the Top 10 with "Remember (Walkin' in the Sand)" and Roy Orbison shot up from 27 to 10 with "Oh Pretty Woman".
    1966:  Johnny Rivers released the single Poor Side of Town".
    1966:  The Roger Miller Show premiered on ABC-TV.
    1966:  The Beatles were awarded a gold record for the single "Yellow Submarine".
    1966:  The Monkees television series debuted on NBC-TV.
    1967:  The Beatles continued filming of the movie Magical Mystery Tour.  The bus headed for Widecombe on the Moor but was stuck on a bridge and had to drive in reverse for half a mile before turning around.  The group then headed for Plymouth followed by a 20-car caravan of members of the media.
    1968:  The first world tour of Led Zeppelin took them to Stora Scenen in Stockholm, Sweden.
    1970:  Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, Pete Seeger and Arlo Guthrie performed at the Woody Guthrie Memorial Concert at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles.
    1970:  Smoky Robinson and the Miracles had the top U.K. song with "The Tears of a Clown".
    1970:  CCR scored a #1 album in the U.K. with Cosmo's Factory.

    1970:  Ronnie Milsap first appeared on the chart as his initial single release "Loving You is a Natural Thing" debuted on this date.
    1970:  James Taylor released his first single on September 7, and on this date, "Fire and Rain" debuted on the chart.
    1970:  Anne Murray made it three weeks at #1 on the Easy Listening chart with her first hit "Snowbird".

    1970:  R. Dean Taylor moved from 86 to 45 with "Indiana Wants Me".
    1972:  The Faces performed at Madison Square Garden in New York City.
    1974:  Bob Dylan began recording for his album Blood on the Tracks.
    1975:  Pink Floyd released the album Wish You Were Here.
    1977:  B.T. Express performed at the White House for U.S. President Jimmy Carter.
    1977:  Paul & Linda McCartney celebrated the birth of son James Louis.
    1979:  Gary Numan had the #1 song in the U.K. with "Cars".  He was followed by Cliff Richard and "We Don't Talk Anymore", the Crusaders with "Street Life", ELO's "Don't Bring Me Down" and Dollar with "Love's Gotta' Hold On Me".
    1980:  An in-depth investigation into the death of Elvis Presley by the ABC-TV show 20/20 raised so many questions that the official case was reopened.
    1981:  Meat Loaf had the #1 album in the U.K. with Dead Ringer.
    1981:  "Endless Love" from Diana Ross & Lionel Richie remained #1 for a fourth week on the R&B chart.
    1981:  Journey posted the only #1 album of their career on this date--Escape.  Bella Donna from Stevie Nicks was #2 with 4 from Foreigner trailing.  Pat Benatar's great album Precious Time was fourth followed by Don't Say No from Billy Squier.

    1981:  Diana Ross & Lionel Richie teamed up for a fifth week at #1 with "Endless Love" and the Pointer Sisters held on to #2 for a third week with "Slow Hand".  Christopher Cross roared into the Top 10 with "Arthur's Theme (Best That You Can Do)".
    1983:  Lionel Richie released the single "All Night Long".
    1986:  Justin Hayward of the Moody Blues required hospitalization after collapsing in Los Angeles from exhaustion.
    1987:  Morissey left the Smiths to pursue a solo career.
    1987:  Michael Jackson began his world tour at Korakuen Stadium in Tokyo, Japan.
    1987:  Michael Jackson owned the top album in the U.K. with Bad.
    1987:  Michael Jackson & Siedah Garrett spent a third week at #1 on the Adult Contemporary chart with "I Just Can't Stop Loving You".
    1989:  Aerosmith released the album Pump.
    1990:  Stevie Nicks and Christine McVie announced they were done touring with Fleetwood Mac.

    1992:  Sun Valley, Idaho's Peter Cetera remained at #1 on the Adult Contemporary chart with "Restless Heart".
    1992:  Boyz II Men held on to #1 on the R&B chart for a fourth week with "End of the Road".
    1996:  Oasis canceled all dates on an upcoming tour of the United States, citing "internal differences".

    1997:  Stig Anderson, manager of ABBA and founder of Polar Records, died of a heart attack at the age of 66.  Anderson co-wrote hits such as "Waterloo", "Mamma Mia", "S.O.S.", "Fernando", "Dancing Queen", "Knowing Me, Knowing You" and "The Name of the Game".  Anderson's funeral was broadcast live on Swedish television.
    2000:  Christina Aguilera released an album in Spanish, Mi Reflejo, which included Spanish versions of her debut as well as new songs.
    2000:  The family of Jimi Hendrix released The Jimi Hendrix Experience, a four-CD boxed set that included 56 rare tracks.
    2001:  Garth Hudson, keyboardist with the Band, filed for bankruptcy.
    2003:  Olivia Newton-John and Neil Finn joined a PETA protest against the ritual torture of elephants in Thailand.
    2003:  Mike Smith of the Dave Clark Five was paralyzed due to a fall on his estate in Spain.

    2003:  Johnny Cash, who crossed over to the rock charts several times, died of respiratory failure at the age of 71 in Nashville, Tennessee.
    2004:  The Pet Shop Boys performed a soundtrack composed for the Russian movie Battleship Potemkin in Trafalgar Square in London.
    2004:  Brian McFadden rose to #1 on the U.K. chart with "Real To Me".
    2004:  Tim McGraw had the top album with Live Like You Were Dying.
    2004:  Kenny Buttrey, drummer on the albums Tapestry by Carole King, Harvest by Neil Young and Bob Dylan's Nashville Skyline and who also worked with Elvis Presley, George Harrison, Dan Fogelberg and Donovan, died of cancer at the age of 59.
    2007:  The surviving members of Led Zeppelin announced they would reunite for the first time in 19 years for a tribute to the late Ahmet Ertegun, founder of Atlantic Records.  Jason Bonham, son of the famous Zeppelin drummer John Bonham, took his place for the one-of-a-kind concert at the O2 Arena in London November 26.  
    2009:  Colbie Caillat had the top album with Breakthrough.
    2010:  Ides of March Way was dedicated in the group's ("Vehicle" from 1970) hometown of Berwyn, Illinois.
    2011:  Aretha Franklin was given the Founders Award from the Thelonius Monk Institute of Jazz.

    Born This Day:
    1940:  Jewel Akens ("The Birds and the Bees") was born in Houston, Texas.
    1940:  Tony Bellamy of Redbone ("Come and Get Your Love" from 1973) ;died January 10, 2010 of liver failure at the age of 69.

    1943:  Maria Muldaur ("Midnight at the Oasis") was born in Greenwich Village, New York.

    1944:  Barry White was born in Galveston, Texas.
    1944:  Colin Young of the Foundations ("Build Me Up Buttercup")

    1952:  Neil Peart, drummer of Rush, was born in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada

    1952:  Gerry Beckley of America was born in Fort Worth, Texas.
    1956:  Brian Robertson, guitarist of Thin Lizzy, was born Glasgow, Scotland.
    1956:  Barry Andrews, vocalist and keyboardist of XTC, was born in West Norwood, London, England.
    1957:  Pat Dinizio, lead singer and songwriter of the Smithereens, was born in Scotch Plains, New Jersey.
    1965:  Norwood Fisher, bassist and founder of Fishbone

    1966:  Ben Folds of Ben Folds Five was born in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.
    1968:  Larry LaLonde, guitarist of Primus, was born in Oakland, California.
    1981:  Jennifer Hudson was born in Chicago, Illinois.
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