September 13th: On this day
1958, Cliff Richard made his British TV debut on Jack good’s ‘Oh Boy’, performing ‘Move It’. Before he was allowed to appear on the show, Richard was ordered to remove his sideburns.
1960, The Federal Communications act in the USA was amended to outlaw payments of cash or gifts in exchange for airplay of records.
1960, A campaign was started in the UK to ban the American hit ‘Tell Laura I Love Her’ by Ray Peterson. The song was being denounced in the press as likely to inspire a teen-age “glorious death cult.” The story told of a lovesick youngster who drives in a stock car race to win the hand of his sweetheart. He crashes and just before dying, groans out the words of the title.
1963, Graham Nash fell out of The Hollies van after a gig in Scotland. Nash checked to see if the door was locked, it wasn’t and he fell out as it travelled at 40 m.p.h.
1964, During a UK tour two dozen rugby players were hired as ‘a human crash barrier’ at a Rolling Stones gig at the Liverpool Empire. The ‘human chain’ disappeared under a wave of 5,000 fans as the Stones took to the stage.
1965, The Paul McCartney song ‘Yesterday’ was released as a Beatles single in the US. McCartney’s vocal and acoustic guitar together with a string quartet essentially made for the first solo performance of the band. The final recording was so different from other works by The Beatles that the band members vetoed the release of the song as a single in the United Kingdom. (However, it was issued as a single there in 1976.)
1967, The Beatles formed an electronics company called Fiftyshapes, Ltd. appointing John Alexis Mardas (Magic Alex) to be the company’s director. Alex claimed he could build a 72-track tape machine, instead of the 4-track at Abbey Road (this never materialised). One of his more outrageous plans was to replace the acoustic baffles around Ringo Starr’s drums with an invisible sonic force field. George Harrison later said that employing Mardas was “the biggest disaster of all time.”
1969, John Lennon & Yoko Ono flew to Canada to perform at the Rock & Roll Revival Show in Toronto, Canada. The band members Eric Clapton, Klaus Voormann and drummer Alan White were put together so late that they had to rehearse on the plane from England. Also making an appearance at the concert were Chuck Berry, Gene Vincent, Bo Diddley, The Doors and Alice Cooper. Lennon later released his performance as the Live Peace in Toronto 1969 album.
1969, The first day of the 3 day Rugby Bag Blues Festival in Warwickshire, England with Pink Floyd, The Nice, Taste, Free, Third Ear Band, Ralph McTell, Roy Harper, King Crimson, The Strawbs, Edgar Broughton, Spirit of John Morganand John Martyn, tickets from 12/6.
1985, ‘We Are The World’ won Best Group Video and the Viewer’s Choice at the MTV Video Music Awards in New York. Don Henley’s ‘The Boys Of Summer’ video won four trophies, including Best Video. Bruce Springsteen’s ‘I’m On Fire’ gets the nod for Best Male Video and Tina Turner won Best Female Video for ‘What’s Love Got To Do With It’.
1986, Berlin went to No.1 on the US singles chart with the Giorgio Moroder written and produced ‘Take My Breath Away’. On the B side, The Righteous Brothers ‘You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’, both songs were featured in the film ‘Top Gun’.
1986, The Communards were at No.1 on the UK with the singles chart with ‘Don’t Leave Me This Way’, which had been a hit for Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes in 1975 and later a hit for Thelma Houston.
1987, Michael Jackson started a five-week run at No.1 on the UK album chart with ‘Bad’, his follow up to the Thriller album It stayed at No.1 on the US chart for six weeks.
1991, Geffen Records threw a party to launch Nirvana’s single ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’. The band ended up being thrown out of their own party after starting a food fight.
1996, American rapper Tupac Amaru Shakur died after being shot six days earlier when he was driving through Las Vegas. 13 bullets were fired into his BMW. The incident was blamed on East and West Coast Gang wars. Shakur was a convicted sex offender, guilty of sexual abuse. After serving eleven months of his sentence he was released from prison on an appeal financed by Marion “Suge” Knight, the CEO of Death Row Records.
1996, Both Noel and Liam Gallagher arrived back in the UK on separate flights from the US amid rumours that Oasis were splitting. A statement from the record company said there would be no live gigs but the band would continue to record.
1997, The Verve scored their first and only UK No.1 single with ‘The Drugs Don’t Work’, taken from their third album, Urban Hymns. The track became the band’s most successful single in the United Kingdom.
2000, Elton John threw a tantrum when he was set to appear at a sell-out show at the Estoril Casino near Lisbon. Elton was unhappy after the audience were slow in leaving a VIP dinner before the concert, Elton left the building and flew home on his private jet without playing a note.
2005, The home where Jimi Hendrix grew up in Seattle was saved from demolition after a new location was agreed at the last minute. The James Marshall Hendrix Foundation and the City of Seattle agreed to renovate the building into a community centre opposite the cemetery where the guitarist was buried in 1970.
2005, The Sex Pistols were among new names added to a celebrity Walk of Fame in Covent Garden London. Other musical celebrities to immortalised on the Avenue of the Stars include Bob Geldof, Tom Jones, Gracie Fields and Bob Hope.
2009, Vera Lynn went to No.1 on the UK album chart with ‘We’ll Meet Again: The Very Best of Vera Lynn’. At the age of 92 it made her the oldest living artist to achieve this feat with an album. The previous oldest living artist to top the charts was Bob Dylan, who at 67 saw his album ‘Together Through Life’ become number one in the UK earlier this year.
2010, George Michael was sent to jail for eight weeks after being convicted of driving under the influence of drugs and possessing cannabis in Hampstead, north London last July. He smiled in disbelief as the sentence was passed and he was led away to the cells.
2013, Morrissey halted plans to release his autobiography, three days before it was due to be published. The memoirs were set to give details about the 54-year-old’s life growing up in Manchester and his relationship with former songwriting partner Johnny Marr. But a statement on his fan website said there had been a “last minute content disagreement” with its publisher. The book was published the following month.
2015, Gary Richrath, lead guitarist and songwriter for REO Speedwagon died at the age of 65. Richrath recorded 12 albums with the band before leaving in 1989 and released his own solo album in 1992.
September 13th: Born on this day
1939, Born on this day, Dave Quincy, Manfred Mann, (1964 UK & US No.1 single ‘Do Wah Diddy Diddy’).
1941, Born on this day, David Clayton-Thomas, Blood Sweat & Tears, (1969 US No.2 single ‘Spinning Wheel’, 1969 US No.12 & UK No.35 single ‘You’ve Made Me So Very Happy’).
1943, Born on this day, Ray Elliot, Them, (1965 UK No.2 single ‘Here Comes The Night’).
1944, Born on this day, Peter Cetera, singer, Chicago (1976 US & UK No.1 single ‘If You Leave Me Now’), solo (1986 US No.1 & UK No.3 single ‘Glory Of Love’).
1952, Born on this day, Don Was, Producer, Was Not Was, (1992 UK No.4 single ‘Shake Your Head’).
1952, Born on this day, Randy Jones, The Village People, (1978 US No.2 & 1979 UK No.1 single ‘YMCA’).
1954, Born on this day, Dan Hegarty, The Darts, (1978 UK No.2 single ‘Boy From New York City’).
1954, Born on this day, Steven John Kilbey, lead singer-songwriter and bass guitarist with Australian band The Church.
1963, Born on this day, Dave Mustaine, guitarist, Megadeth and one time member of Metallica.
1965, Born on this day, Zak Starkey, drummer, (son of Ringo). Formed his own band The Face and has worked with The Who, Oasis, Johnny Marr and the Spencer Davis Group.
1967, Born on this day, Stephen Perkins, Jane’s Addiction, (1991 UK No.34 single ‘Been Caught Stealing’) & Porno For Pyros.
1967, Born on this day, Timothy S. Owens, singer, Judas Priest, Iced Earth.
1975, Born on this day, Joe Rooney, guitarist, Rascal Flatts, (2004 US country No.2 single ‘I Melt’, 2006 US No.1 album ‘Me And My Gang’).
1977, Born on this day, Fiona Apple, US singer, songwriter, (1996 album ‘Tidal’).
1983, Born on this day, James Bourne, singer, songwriter, Busted (2003 UK No.1 single ‘You Said No’).
1985, Born on this day, Brent Kutzle, bass guitar and cello with OneRepublic. Had the 2013 UK No.1 hit ‘Counting Stars’.
1993, Born on this day, Niall Horan, from English-Irish pop boy band One Direction who formed after finishing third in the seventh series of The X Factor in 2010. Scored the 2011 UK No.1 single ‘What Makes You Beautiful’ and the 2013 No.1 ‘One Way or Another (Teenage Kicks)’.