This Day in Rock Music History: September 15

    1956:  Elvis Presley's monumental double-sided hit "Hound Dog"/"Don't Be Cruel" was the #1 song on the R&B chart.
    1961:  The Pendletones of Hawthorne, California recorded the song "Surfin'" at Hite Morgan's recording studio in Los Angeles.  The song would have a big influence on their career as the Beach Boys, as they were later known.

    1962:  "Ramblin' Rose" by Nat King Cole was #1 on the Easy Listening chart.
    1962:  "Green Onions" from Booker T. & the MG's was #1 on the R&B chart.

    1962:  The 4 Seasons set a then-chart record by moving from #11 to #1 with "Sherry"--it still is the fifth-biggest jump to #1 in the Rock Era.  "Sheila" by Tommy Roe had to take a back seat to "Sherry".  Nat King Cole's "Ramblin Rose" was #3 and the former #1 from Little Eva--"The Loco-Motion" was #4.  The rest of the Top 10:  Booker T. & the MG's moved from 22-5 with their incredible instrumental "Green Onions", Elvis Presley was at 6 with his 57th hit "She's Not You", Rick Nelson shorted his name but not his career as he was up to #7 with "Teen Age Idol", Ray Charles slipped with "You Don't Know Me", Dickey Lee had song #9--"Patches" and Baby Cortez reached the Top 10 with "Rinky Dink".
    1964:  The Beatles were ordered off the stage at the Public Auditorium in Cleveland, Ohio by authorities so the screaming crowd could calm down.
    1965:  Frankie Avalon was on The Patty Duke Show on ABC.
    1966:  Small Faces had the #1 song in the U.K. with "All Or Nothing".
    1968:  The Doors were forced to perform without Jim Morrison in Amsterdam, Holland after their lead singer collapsed while dancing during Jefferson Airplane's show.
    1968:  Lou Rawls hosted the television special Soul with guests Martha and the Vandellas on NBC.
    1968:  Barbra Streisand starred in the television special A Happening in Central Park on CBS.
    1969:  Deep Purple performed "Concerto for Rock Band and Orchestra" with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra at Royal Albert Hall in London.
    1970:  Republican Vice-President Spiro Agnew of the United States said in a speech that the youth of America were being "Brainwashed into a drug culture" by rock music, movies, books and underground newspapers.
    1972:  The Eagles were live at the Sportatorium in Miami, Florida.
    1973:  Marvin Gaye held on to #1 on the R&B chart for a fifth week with "Let's Get It On".

    1973:  Helen Reddy moved to #1 with "Delta Dawn".
    1974:  Gary Thain of Uriah Heap barely escaped electrocution on stage during a Heap concert in Dallas, Texas.
    1975:  Pink Floyd released the album Wish You Were Here in the U.K.
    1975:  John Denver released the great album Windsong.
    1975:  Linda Ronstadt released the album Prisoner in Disguise.
    1975:  After several false starts amid being improperly hyped, Bruce Springsteen finally released his first single "Born to Run" on this date--Monday, September 15, 1975.
    1977:  The Rolling Stones released the album Love You Live.
    1978:  Bob Dylan began a 62-city tour in Augusta, Maine.

    1979:  Bob Dylan released one of the best albums of his career--Slow Train Coming.
    1979:  In Through the Out Door took just two weeks to get to #1, jumping from 10 to 1 for Led Zeppelin.  One of the group's finest career albums toppled Get the Knack from the Knack.  Candy-O by the Cars came in third while Breakfast in America hadn't fallen further than #4 in its 25th week.  The rest of the Top 10:  Million Mile Reflections from Charlie Daniels Band, Chic & Risque, I Am by Earth, Wind & Fire, Midnight Magic, the breakthrough album by the Commodores, speaking of breakthroughs, Michael Jackson moved from 23-9 with Off the Wall and the hilarious Robin Williams had #10 with Reality...What a Concept.

                     The CDB reached #1 in several markets

    1979:  The Knack tightened their grip on #1 with "My Sharona".  Earth, Wind & Fire edged up to 2 and the Charlie Daniels Band reached #3 with "The Devil Went Down to Georgia".  ELO remained at 4 with "Don't Bring Me Down" while Maxine Nightingale had song #5--"Lead Me On".  The rest of the Top 10:  Robert John and "Sad Eyes", the Little River Band with "Lonesome Loser", Dionne Warwick was up to #8 with "I'll Never Love This Way Again", Chic tumbled with "Good Times" and the Commodores reached the Top 10 for the sixth time with "Sail On".
    1980:  With immeasurable help from Barry Gibb of the Bee Gees, Barbra Streisand released her great album Guilty.
    1982:  Queen was in concert at the Inglewood Forum in Inglewood, California.
    1984:  Tina Turner had the #1 song for the third week with "What's Love Got to Do With It".
    1984:  Purple Rain, which had taken over from Born in the U.S.A. by Bruce Springsteen, was #1 for the seventh week for Prince.  Sports was #3 after 50 weeks, Private Dancer #4 for Tina Turner, the Cars stopped at 5 with Heartbeat City and Lionel Richie at #6 with Can't Slow Down.  They do not get better than that top six--you can compare them to nearly any other time in the Rock Era.  The rest of the Top 10:  Out of the Cellar from Ratt, 1100 Bel Air Place by Julio Iglesias, the Soundtrack to "Ghostbusters" and Victory by the Jacksons.
    1986:  Sun Valley, Idaho's Peter Cetera teamed up with Amy Grant for the release of the single "Next Time I Fall".
    1988:  Though they were to reform three years later, Mark Knopfler announced the end of Dire Straits.
    1990:  Bruce Hornsby filled in on keyboards for the Grateful Dead after the death of Brent Mydland.
    1990:  Steve Miller had the #1 song in the U.K. with "The Joker", which had been released 17 years previously but had recently been featured in ads for jeans.
    1990:  George Michael's great album Listen Without Prejudice was on top in the U.K.

    1990:  Alias moved from 84 to 61 with "More Than Words Can Say".
    1990:  Wilson Phillips had the top AC song with "Release Me".

    1990:  Wilson Phillips climbed the final rung to #1 with "Release Me".
    1994:  A reel to reel tape which captured the Quarrymen live at St. Peter's Parish Church in Liverpool, England in July of 1957 sold for $125,000 at a Sotheby's auction.
    1998:  Coolio was arrested for possessing marijuana and carrying a concealed weapon.
    2002:  The Dixie Chicks owned the top album with Home.
    2003:  ABBA overtook Elvis Presley and the Beatles as the most tributed act in the Rock Era with more ABBA tribute acts performing than for any other artist.
    2004:  Johnny Ramone, guitarist for the Ramones, died of prostate cancer in Los Angeles at the age of 55.
    2004:  Alan Jackson had the #1 album with What I Do.
    2006:  The Casbah Coffee Club in Liverpool, England was given a Grade II listed building status as recommended by the English Heritage.  The Casbah was where the Beatles performed in their early years.  You see, Europe preserves its famous buildings rather than tear them down.
    2008:  Rick Wright, founding member and keyboardist for Pink Floyd, died at the age of 65 from cancer.
    2009:  Bobby Rydell was arrested for driving under the influence after he crashed his car in Lower Merion, Pennsylvania.

    Born This Day:
    1928:  Cannonball Adderley ("Mercy, Mercy, Mercy") was born in Tampa, Florida; died August 8, 1975.
    1933:  Pat Barrett of the Crewcuts
    1938:  Jimmy Gilmer ("Sugar Shack") was born in Chicago, Illinois.
    1941:  Signe Anderson, the original lead singer of Jefferson Airplane, was born in Seattle, Washington.
    1941:  Les Braid, bass guitarist of the Swinging Blue Jeans ("Hippy Hippy Shake") was born in Liverpool, England.
    1942:  Lee Dorman of Iron Butterfly was born in St. Louis, Missouri.
    1946:  Ola Brunkert, drummer of ABBA, was born in Orebro, Sweden; was found dead in his home in Majorca, Spain on March 17th, 2008 after hitting his head against a glass door in the dining room. 
    1955:  Steve Berlin, saxophonist and keyboardist of Los Lobos, and as either a session musician or producer has worked with Sheryl Crow, R.E.M., Rickie Lee Jones, the Crash Test Dummies, John Lee Hooker, Faith No More, the Smithereens and others, was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. 
    1960:  Mitch Dorge, drummer with the Crash Test Dummies ("Mmmm Mmm Mmm Mmm"), was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.
    1976:  Ivette Sosa of Eden's Crush was born in Perth Amboy, New Jersey.
    1977:  Paul Thomson, drummer of Franz Ferdinand, was born in Glasgow, Scotland.
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