This Day in Rock Music History: September 14

    1955:  Little Richard recorded "Tutti Frutti" in a New Orleans recording studio.

    1959:  Sandy Nelson made what still is the 20th-biggest leap of the Rock Era, jumping from 84 to 28, with "Teen Beat".
    1959:  "The Three Bells" from the Browns was #1 for the fourth week in a row.  The instrumental "Sleep Walk" came in #2 followed by Lloyd Price and "I'm Gonna' Get Married".  Phil Phillips had the original "Sea of Love" and the Everly Brothers were fifth with "('Til) I Kissed You".  The rest of the Top 10:  "Red River Rock", another instrumental, was #6 from Johnny & the Hurricanes, "Broken-Hearted Melody" from Sarah Vaughan, Fats Domino with "I Want to Walk You Home", Bobby Darin's "Mack the Knife" moved from 24-9 while Jan & Dean entered the list with "Baby Talk".
    1963:  Although most of us wouldn't know them until their hit "Back Stabbers" nine years later, the O'Jays first charted on this date with the single "Lonely Drifter".

    1963:  "She Loves You" by the Beatles became the #1 song in the U.K.  It would remain as the biggest-selling single until 1977.
    1963:  "Heat Wave" by Martha & the Vandellas took over at #1 on the R&B chart.
    1963:  The Ronettes moved from 55 to 20 with "Be My Baby".
    1966:  Otis Redding was in concert at the Orchid Ballroom in Purley, Surrey, England.
    1967:  The Jimi Hendrix Experience was on the British television show Top of the Pops.
    1968:  The Archies cartoon series debuted on CBS-TV.
    1968:  Pete Townshend of the Who told Rolling Stone magazine he was working on a rock opera about a deaf, dumb and blind boy.
    1968:  Roy Orbison's house in Nashville, Tennessee burned to the ground.  Orbison was touring the U.K. at the time but his two oldest songs both died in the fire.

    1968:  The Doors held on to #1 on the album chart with Waiting for the Sun.  Time Peace/The Rascals' Greatest Hits, Wheels of Fire from Cream and Feliciano! by Jose Feliciano were stuck in their respective positions.  The rest of the Top 10:  Realization by Johnny Rivers, the self-titled Steppenwolf, the former #1 album Disraeli Gears by Cream, now in its 41st week, Are You Experienced? by Jimi Hendrix Experience was #8, Aretha Now from Aretha Franklin was #9 and "The Graduate" Soundtrack moved back into the Top 10.

           The great group Deep Purple entered the Top 10

    1968:  The Rascals remained at the top spot with "People Got to Be Free", the fifth week at #1 for the song.  Jeannie C. Riley was determined with "Harper Valley P.T.A.", Jose Feliciano's version of "Light My Fire" peaked at #3 and Steppenwolf was down with "Born to Be Wild".  The rest of the Top 10:  "1,2,3, Red Light" by the sugary 1910 Fruitgum Company, Aretha Franklin and "The House That Jack Built", Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell edged up with "You're All I Need to Get By", Deep Purple was up strong (13-8) with "Hush", the Doors' former #1 "Hello, I Love You" and the Beatles made history with the highest debut ever (#10) for "Hey Jude".
    1969:  Genesis performed in concert for the first time in Surrey, England at the home of Peter Gabriel's Sunday school teacher.
    1970:  A new group was about to make some noise that would influence the Rock Era for decades.  On this date, the Jackson 5 released their first single "I'll Be There".
    1970:  Stevie Wonder married Syreeta Wright, a former secretary at Motown Records.
    1974:  Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, Joni Mitchell, Joe Walsh, the Band and Jesse Colin Young performed at Wembley Stadium in London.

    1974:  Olivia Newton John rose to #1 on the Easy Listening chart with "I Honestly Love You".

    1974:  Stevie Wonder's great album Fulfillingness' First Finale reached #1 after just six weeks.  The debut from Bad Company was #2 followed by the previous #1--461 Ocean Boulevard from Eric Clapton.  Endless Summer from the Beach Boys jumped from 9-4.  The rest of the Top 10:  Rags to Rufus from Rufus, Olivia Newton-John was up from 21 to 6 with If You Love Me, Let Me Know, Bachman-Turner Overdrive II was #7, Marvin Gaye Live! came in eighth, Chicago VII was up and Caribou by Elton John closed out the list.
    1976:  Bob Dylan starred in the television special Hard Rain on NBC.
    1976:  Jeff Beck was awarded a gold record for his album Wired.
    1978:  The Grateful Dead played a concert at the foot of the Great Pyramid in Egypt.

    1979:  Kenny Rogers earned a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
    1979:  The movie Quadrophenia, based on the Who's 1973 rock opera.
    1981:  Pink Floyd began work on the movie The Wall.
    1983:  Metallica debuted their new song "Disposable Heroes" at the Metal Hammer festival in Germany.

    1983:  Band leader Perez Prado ("Cherry Pink and Apple Blossom White" from 1955) died in Mexico City, Mexico at the age of 72.
    1985:  Bette Midler and Dan Aykroyd co-hosted the first MTV Awards.  You might wonder what MTV has to do with music?  Back then, it stood for "Music Television" instead of "Mundane Television".
    1985:  Kool & the Gang reached #1 on the R&B chart with "Cherish".

    1985:  "Cherish" by Kool & the Gang spent a fourth week at #1 on the Adult Contemporary chart.
    1987:  Michael Jackson
    1989:  Perez Prado ("Cherry Pink and Apple Blossom White" from 1955) died in Mexico City, Mexico at the age of 72.
    1991:  Metallica remained at #1 on the album chart with their self-titled album (commonly called The Black Album).  Natalie Cole was still at #2 with Unforgettable with Love while another great album from Bonnie Raitt--Luck of the Draw came in third.  C.M.B. from Color Me Badd was #4 and Boyz II Men were harmonizing their way up with Cooleyhighharmony.  The rest of the Top 10:  For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge by Van Halen, Bob Seger & the Silver Bullet Band debuted at #7 with The Fire Inside, Time, Love & Tenderness from Michael Bolton was #8, C+C Music Factory's Gonna' Make You Sweat and Paula Abdul was on her way down with Spellbound.

    1991:  Paula Abdul had released nine songs and "The Promise of a New Day" gave her the sixth #1 of her career on this date.  Color Me Badd was up strong with "I Adore Mi Amor".  Bryan Adams finally fell from the top after seven weeks there with "(Everything I Do) I Do It for You".  Boyz II Men dropped with "Motownphilly" and C+C Music Factory were at 5 with "Things That Make You Go Hmmmm...".  
    1991:  Adults made "(Everything I Do) I Do It for You" by Bryan Adams #1 for a seventh week on the AC chart.
    1992:  P.M. Dawn released the single "I'd Die Without You".
    1993:  Prince released the box set The Hits/The B-Sides.
    1993:  Thomas Kaye, keyboard player for Jay & the Americans, died in Warwick, New York.

    1994:  The Temptations received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
    1995:  Nine Inch Nails and David Bowie performed in Hartford, Connecticut.

    1995:  Earth, Wind & Fire received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
    1995:  The handwritten lyrics to the song "Getting Better" by the Beatles fetched $249,000 at a Sotheby's auction.

    1996:  Los Del Rio spent a seventh week at #1 with "Macarena" and it was nowhere near done.  The only new Top 10 song was "It's All Coming Back to Me Now" from Celine Dion, which moved from 12 to 7.
    1997:  Pete Townshend unveiled an English Heritage Blue Plaque at 23 Brook Street, Mayfair London, the location where Jimi Hendrix lived in 1968 and 1969.  Hendrix was the first rock star to be awarded with the Plaque.
    1998:  Metallica began work on the album Garage Inc.
    1999:  The Strokes debuted at the Spiral in New York City.
    2000:  Sheryl Crow, Paul Simon, Glenn Frey, Don Henley and Crosby, Stills & Nash performed at a fundraiser for Democratic presidential candidate Al Gore at Radio City Music Hall in New York City.
    2002:  Gwen Stefani of No Doubt married Gavin Rossdale of Bush at St. Paul's church in London.
    2003:  Britney Spears made a surprise appearance at Palms Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada.
    2003:  Gerry Marsden from Gerry & the Pacemakers had triple heart bypass surgery.
    2003:  Mary J. Blige had the #1 album with Love & Life.
    2005:  Kanye West had the top album with Late Registration.
    2006:  Marianne Faithfull announced she was being treated for breast cancer.
    2007:  The movie Across the Universe, inspired by the Beatles' song, opened in theaters.
    2008:  Metallica had the #1 album in the U.K. with Death Magnetic.
    2010:  Patti Labelle joined the cast of the musical Fella.

    Born This Day:
    1914:  Mae Boren Axton, who wrote "Heartbreak Hotel", was born in Bardwell, Texas.
    1946:  Pete Agnew of Nazareth was born in Dunfermline, Scotland.
    1947:  John "Bowser" Bauman of Sha Na Na was born in Brooklyn, New York.
    1949:  Steve Gaines, guitarist for Lynyrd Skynyrd, was born in Seneca, Missouri.

    1950:  Paul Kossoff of the group Free was born in Hampstead, England; died March 19, 1976 of drug-related heart problems while on a flight from Los Angeles to New York City.
    1954:  Barry Cowsill of the Cowsills was born in Newport, Rhode Island; died in September, 2005 in New Orleans, Louisiana as a result of Hurricane Katrina (Cowsill had been reported missing before his body was discovered December 28 from the Chartres Street Wharf.) 
    1955:  Steve Berlin of Los Lobos was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
    1959:  Morten Harket of A-Ha was born in Kongsberg, Norway.
    1969:  Kay Gee of Naughty by Nature
    1970:  Craig Montoya, bass guitarist of Everclear, was born in Spokane, Washington
    1973:  Nas was born in Long Island, Queens, New York.
    1981:  Ashley Roberts of the Pussycat Dolls was born in Phoenix, Arizona.
    1983:  Amy Winehouse was born in Southgate, London ; died July 23, 2011.Source URL:
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