This Day in Rock Music History: September 19

    1955:  Frank Sinatra sang "Love and Marriage" on the "Producer's Showcase" production of the play Our Town on NBC-TV.
    1957:  Cliff Richard, 16 years old and known by his real name (Harry Webb), joined the Dick Teague Skiffle Group.
    1958:  Elvis Presley left Brooklyn to sail to Germany for assignment with his army unit.
    1960:  Hank Ballard and the Midnighters became the first group to own three songs in the Top 100 simultaneously--"Finger Poppin' Time", "Let's Go Let's Go Let's Go" and "The Twist".  After the group refused to perform "The Twist" on television, Dick Clark suggested Chubby Checker do the song. 
    1960:  "Kiddio" by Brook Benton was #1 on the R&B chart for the fourth week. 

    1960:  "The Twist" worked its way to #1 for Chubby Checker.
    1961:  The Beatles played a show during lunchtime at the Cavern Club in Liverpool, England.
    1963:  Jimmy Dean premiered his prime time television show on ABC.
    1964:  Dean Martin notched week #8 on top of the Easy Listening chart with "Everybody Loves Somebody".

    1964:  An excellent Top 10 on this date--The Animals held on to #1 for a third week with "The House of the Rising Sun".  The Newbeats happy-go-lucky song about staples "Bread and Butter" was #2 while the Supremes' former #1 "Where Did Our Love Go" was on its way down.  Quite the opposite for Roy Orbison, who moved from 10 to 4 with "Oh Pretty Woman".  The rest of the Top 10:  Ronny & the Daytonas had #5--"G.T.O.", good ol' Dean Martin was at 6 with "Everybody Loves Somebody", the Shangri-Las were back with "Remember (Walkin' in the Sand)", the Dave Clark Five had "Because", Manfred Mann owned one of the hottest songs of the year with "Do Wah Diddy Diddy", which jumped from 31-9 while Martha & the Vandellas couldn't match that but were close (25-10) with "Dancing in the Street".
    1966:  John Lennon flew to Spain to begin filming How I Won the War.

    1968:  Steppenwolf was awarded a gold record for the single "Born to be Wild".
    1969:  CCR sat on top in the U.K. with "Bad Moon Rising".
    1970:  The Rolling Stones released the live album Get Yer Ya Ya's Out, which was recorded during their 1969 North American tour.
    1970:  Anne Murray enjoyed her fourth week at #1 on the Easy Listening chart with her first hit "Snowbird".
    1970:  Newcomer James Taylor's great song "Fire and Rain" moved from 83 to 50.

    1970:  Diana Ross had her 13th #1 but her first as a solo artist with "Ain't No Mountain High Enough".
    1970:  The great LP Cosmo's Factory by CCR remained at #1 for the fifth week, trailed by the Soundtrack to "Woodstock" and Joe Cocker's Mad Dogs & EnglishmenTommy by the Who moved up to #4 while Chicago II was at position #5.  The rest of the Top 10:  Blood, Sweat & Tears 3, Stage Fright from the Band, Live at Leeds by the Who, Grand Funk Railroad came in ninth with Closer to Home and Neil Diamond/Gold moved from 16 to 10.
    1971:  The Jackson 5 starred in the television special "Goin' Back To Indiana" on NBC.
    1973:  Gram Parsons of the Byrds and Flying Burrito Brothers died of drugs in Joshua Tree, California.
    1974:  Max Weinberg debuted as drummer for Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band.

    1974:  Bad Company's debut album was certified gold.
    1975:  Queen signed John Reid, manager of Elton John, to be their manager as well.
    1975:  Eric Clapton was awarded a gold record for the single "I Shot the Sheriff".
    1977:  Chicago released the single "Baby, What a Big Surprise".
    1977:  The Bee Gees released "How Deep Is Your Love".
    1978:  Linda Ronstadt released the album Living in the U.S.A.
    1979:  The Doobie Brothers, Tom Petty, James Taylor, Bruce Springsteen, Carly Simon, Stephen Stills, David Crosby, Jackson Browne, Poco and Bonnie Raitt appeared at the first No Nukes concert in New York City.

    1981:  Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel recorded The Concert in Central Park before 750,000 fans in New York City for an HBO special.
    1981:  The Rolling Stones moved from 8 to 1 with their album Tattoo You.  They didn't mean it literally.
    1981:  Lionel Richie & Diana Ross remained at #1 for a third week on the Adult Contemporary chart with "Endless Love".
    1981:  Ross & Richie spent a fifth week at #1 on the R&B chart.

    1981:  Great singer/songwriter Dan Fogelberg had one of the big movers of the week, rising from 45 to 29 with "Hard to Say".
    1983:  Billy Joel released the single "Uptown Girl".
    1985:  A United States Senate committee heard testimony on labeling and rating of rock music, initiated by the Parents Music Resource Center.  The procedures were put into place but only work if parents pay attention to them.
    1987:  Farm Aid took place in Omaha, Nebraska.

    A Momentary Lapse of Reason.
    1987:  Michael Jackson moved to #1 on the R&B chart with "I Just Can't Stop Loving You".

    1987:  The Soundtrack to "Dirty Dancing" was the new #1 album, taking the place of Tunnel of Love from Bruce Springsteen.  Bad by Michael Jackson fell to 3 followed by Whitesnake's self-titled release and A Momentary Lapse of Reason from Pink Floyd.  The rest of the Top 10:  Hysteria by Def Leppard, The Lonesome Jubilee from John Cougar Mellencamp, Whitney by Whitney Houston, The Joshua Tree by U2 at #9 and Billy Idol moved into the list with Vital Idol.
    1987:  Whitney Houston climbed to #1 on the AC chart with "Didn't We Almost Have It All".

    Los Lobos was down to 3 with "La Bamba" and Whitesnake remained at 4 with "Here I Go Again".  The rest of the Top 10:  ABC and "When Smokey Sings", Huey Lewis & the News and "Doing it All for My Baby", Dan Hill with Vonda Sheppard--"Can't We Try", Bananarama had song #8--"I Heard a Rumour", Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam moved from 16-9 with "Lost in Emotion" and Grateful Dead had their only Top 10 of their career--"Touch of Grey".
    1988:  Bon Jovi released the album New Jersey.
    1989:  Janet Jackson released her album Rhythm Nation 1814.
    1989:  Bob Dylan released the album Oh Mercy.

    1992:  Don Henley & Patti Smyth had the new #1 AC song on this date with "Sometimes Love Just Ain't Enough".
    1992:  This was week #6 for Boyz II Men at #1 with "End of the Road", one of the Top Songs of the Rock Era*.

    1996:  George Benson was awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
    1997:  A "Storytellers" concert featuring Elton John from the House of Blues in New Orleans, Louisiana was aired on VH1.
    1998:  Fabian married his third wife, who is a former Miss Pennsylvania and a Miss West Virginia.
    1998:  Robbie Williams grabbed his first #1 song in the U.K. with "Millennium".

    1998:  Lauryn Hill had the top album with The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill.
    1999:  Edward Cobb, singer, songwriter ("Tainted Love" for Soft Cell in 1981) and producer, member of the Four Preps ("Big Man" in 1958), died at the age of 61 from leukemia.
    1999:  Eiffel 65 from Italy had the #1 song in the U.K., Austria, Finland, Germany, Denmark and Norway ("Blue (Da Ba Dee").
    2004:  Members of the Fugees reunited at Dave Chappelle's block party in Brooklyn.  Joining them at the show were Kanye West, Erykah Badu and Big Daddy Kane.
    2000:  Madonna released the album Music.
    2000:  Glenn Frey released his compilation 20th Century Masters -The Millennium Collection.

    2003:  Jack Bruce, bass guitarist of Cream, underwent a successful liver transplant.

    2004:  Skeeter Davis, who gave us the great song "The End of the World" from 1963 and others, died at the age of 72.
    2004:  Embrace had the top U.K. album with Out of Nothing
    .2005:  In today's episode of Inmates Run Rap Music, Lil' Kim began a sentence of 366 days in prison for perjury.
    2005:  Willie Hutch, who wrote "I'll Be There" for the Jackson 5 among others, died at the age of 59 in Dallas, Texas.
    2006:  Ian McCulloch of Echo & the Bunnymen was found 
    guilty of breaching the peace in Glasgow, Scotland.
    2006:  Danny Flores, who wrote "Tequila" while a member of the Champs, died of pneumonia at the age of 77.

    2008: Earl Palmer, session musician for the Beach Boys, Frank Sinatra, the Monkees, the Righteous Brothers, Ike and Tina Turner, Neil Young, Little Richard, Fats Domino and many others, died.

    2009:  Arthur Ferrante, half of the amazing piano duo Ferrante & Teicher ("Exodus", "Theme from 'The Apartment'", "Midnight Cowboy" and "Tonight), known as "The Grand Twins of the Twin Grands", died of natural causes at his home in Longboat Key, Florida at the age of 83.
    2009:  Whitney Houston returned to #1 on the album chart for the first time in 17 years with I Look To You.
    2010:  Joey Dee was honored in his hometown of Passaic, New Jersey as "Joey Dee & the Starliters Square" was dedicated.
    2010:  A bust of Frank Zappa was dedicated at a library in his hometown of Baltimore, Maryland.

    Born This Day:
    1921:  Bill Ward of the Dominoes; died February 16, 2002

    1931:  Brook Benton was born in Camden, South Carolina; died April 9, 1988.

    1934:  Brian Epstein, manager of the Beatles, was born in Liverpool, England; died August 27, 1967.
    1935:  Nick Massi, bass singer and bass guitarist of the 4 Seasons, was born in Newark, New Jersey.
    1936:  Gene Dinwiddie, saxophone player with Paul Butterfield Blues Band, was born in Louisville, Kentucky.

    1940:  Bill Medley of the Righteous Brothers and later a successful solo star, was born in Santa Ana, California. 1942:  Danny Kalb of the Blues Project was born in Mount Vernon, New York.
    1940:  Paul Williams, successful songwriter of tunes such as "We've Only Just Begun" and "Rainy Days and Mondays" for the Carpenters, "An Old Fashioned Love Song" for Three Dog Night and "Evergreen" for Barbra Streisand, was born in Omaha, Nebraska.

    1941:  Lee Dorman, bass guitarist of Iron Butterfly, was born in St. Louis, Missouri.

    1943:  Cass Elliott of the Mamas & Papas was born in Baltimore, Maryland. 1945:  Freda Payne, who gave us "Band of Gold" in 1970, was born in Detroit, Michigan.
    1945:  David Bromberg, guitarist, fiddler and mandolin player who worked with Bob Dylan, was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

    1946:  John Coghlan, drummer of Status Quo, was born in Dulwich, England.
    1947:  Lol Creme of 10cc and Godley & Creme ("Cry") was born in Prestwich, Lancashire, England.
    1951:  Daniel Lanois, producer of The Joshua Tree for U2, Peter Gabriel, Bob Dylan, Robbie Robertson and many others, was born in Hull, Quebec.

    1952:  Nile Rodgers of Chic, who became a prolific producer, was born in New York City.
    1956:  Rex Smith ("You Take My Breath Away") was born in Jacksonville, Florida.

    1958:  Lita Ford was born in London.1969:  Candy Dulfer, saxophone player ("Lily Was Here" with David Stewart) was born in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.
    1977:  Ryan Dusick, drummer of Maroon 5, was born in Los Angeles.
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