September 20th: On this day
1964, At the end of the North American tour The Beatles played a Charity concert at the Paramount Theatre in New York City, the 3,682 audience each paid $100 a ticket.
1968, Led Zeppelin (recording under the name of The Yardbirds) started recording their debut album at Olympic Studios, Barnes, London, England. The album took only about 36 hours of studio time to complete at a cost of around £1,782, with most of the tracks being recorded ‘live’ in the studio with very few overdubs.
1969, During a meeting in London between John Lennon, Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr, Lennon announced he was leaving The Beatles.
1969, Based on the comic-book TV series Archie and his friends The Archie’s started a four-week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with Sugar Sugar. It became the longest running One Hit Wonder in the UK after spending eight weeks at the top of the charts.
1969, Blind Faith started a two-week run at No.1 on the UK chart with their self-titled debut album. The only release from the Eric Clapton, Steve Winwood, Ginger Baker & Rick Grech line-up also reached No.1 in the US. The only UK gig was in Hyde Park, London on 7th Jun 1969.
1969, UK music paper Melody Maker readers poll results were published. Winners included Eric Clapton who won best musician, Bob Dylan best male singer and best album for ‘Nashville Skyline’. Best group went to The Beatles, Best single went to Simon and Garfunkel for ‘The Boxer’ and Janis Joplin won Best female singer.
1970, The Rolling Stones live album ‘Get Your Ya-Yas Out’ started a two-week run at No.1 on the UK chart. Recorded at New York’s Madison Sq Gardens on 27th & 28th Nov 1969, featuring ‘Jumpin Jack Flash’, ‘Honky Tonk Woman’ and ‘Midnight Rambler’.
1970, Jim Morrison of The Doors was acquitted on charges of lewd and lascivious behavior, but was found guilty of exposing himself during a concert at The Dinner Key Auditorium in Coconut Grove a year and a half earlier. At his trial at the Dade County Courthouse in Miami, Judge Goodman sentenced Morrison to six months hard labor and a $500 (£270), fine for public exposure and sixty days hard labor for profanity. The sentence was appealed, but Morrison was never brought to trial, as he would die in Paris France on July 3, 1971.
1972, Paul and Linda McCartney were arrested for the second time in four weeks for possession of cannabis this time at their Scottish farmhouse in Campbeltown.
1973, On his way to perform his second concert of the day, US singer, songwriter Jim Croce was killed with five others when his chartered aircraft hit a tree on take off in Louisiana.
1975, ‘Fame’ gave David Bowie his first No.1 in the US. The song was co-written with John Lennon. Lennon’s voice is heard towards the ending of the song repeating the words: “Fame, Fame, Fame” from a fast track, through a regular track, to a slow track, before Bowie finished the lyrics.
1975, The Bay City Rollers made their US TV debut when they appeared on the ‘Saturday Night Variety Show’.
1975, Winners in this year’s Melody Makers Readers poll included, Robert Plant who won Best singer, Joni Mitchell, Best female singer, Yes won Best band, Genesis won Best live act, Best single, ‘I’m Not In Love, by 10cc, Best album Physical Graffiti, Led Zeppelin, and Brightest hope went to Camel.
1976, The first of the two night 100 Club Punk Festival, Oxford St, London, featuring the Sex Pistols, The Clash, Sub Way Sect, Suzie (spelling on the poster), And The Banshees, The Buzzcocks, Vibrators and Stinky Toys. Admission £1.50.
1976, AC/DC released their third studio album ‘Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap’. The album has been certified 6x Platinum in the United States, which means that it has sold at least 6 million copies, becoming the third highest sold album by AC/DC in the US after ‘Highway To Hell’ and ‘Back In Black’.
1980, Kate Bush scored her first UK No.1 album with ‘Never For Ever.’ It was the first ever album by a British female solo artist to top the UK album chart as well as being the first album by any female solo artist to enter the chart at No.1.
1986, Huey Lewis and the News started a three week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Stuck With You’, a No.12 hit in the UK.
1993, Just back from a tour of Japan, keyboard player with The Charlatans Rob Collins was out with an old friend. They stopped at an off-licence and his friend went in, half-jokingly saying he could rob the place. When he came out with a loud bang, Collins stupidly picked him up. The police arrested the pair the next day and charged them both with attempted robbery and possession of a firearm (it was a replica gun).
1994, The Dave Matthews Band released ‘Under the Table and Dreaming’, the album featured their first commercial hits ‘What Would You Say,’ ‘Satellite,’ and ‘Ants Marching.’ The album was dedicated to Matthews’ older sister Anne, who was killed by her husband in 1994 in a murder-suicide.
1995, The Daily Mirror ran a front page story ‘ban this sick stunt’ referring to the new single from Pulp ‘Sorted For E’s & Wizz.’ The artwork showed how to fold a ‘speed’ wrap, the sleeve was changed, the single entered the UK chart at No.8.
1997, Elton John started a six week run at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Something About The Way You Look Tonight’, and ‘Candle In The Wind 97.’ A re-write of his 1974 hit about Marilyn Monroe. This version was raising funds for the Diana, Princess of Wales charity, following her death in Paris. It went on to become the biggest selling single in the world ever.
1997, Pearl Jam’s ‘Jeremy’ video was cited as one of the reasons American teenager Barry Loukaitis had snapped into a violent rage that left three people dead. Defence attorneys took the unprecedented step of playing the video in a Washington court.
2005, Canadian JD Fortune, beat two other finalists to become the new lead singer with INXS after a worldwide search to replace the late Michael Hutchence. INXS held auditions in six continents as part of a reality TV series.
2007, Stereophonics singer Kelly Jones was admitted to hospital when he was injured during an altercation with a member of a club’s security team. The band had gone to a west London club after appearing at the Vodafone Live Music Awards.
2009, Muse went to No.1 on the UK album chart with ‘The Resistance’ the bands fifth studio album.
2012, The former north London home of the original band members of Pink Floyd was bought by a Singaporean developer. Sham Masterman, who admitted not being a big fan of the rock band, bought the Highgate house and the one next door for £1.2m each. Roger Waters, Nick Mason, Richard Wright and Syd Barrett had all lived in the house in the 1960s. The previous owner, lighting technician Mike Leonard, was landlord and friend to the band and even inspired their earliest name, Leonard’s Lodgers.
September 20th: Born on this day
1945, Born on this day, Sweet Pea Atkinson, Was Not Was, (1992 UK No.4 single ‘Shake Your Head’).
1946, Born on this day, Michael Oldroyd, Manfred Mann’s Earth Band, (1978 UK No.6 single Davy’s On The Road Again’).
1949, Born on this day, Chuck and John Panozzo, bass and drums, Styx. John Panozzo died on 16th July 1996. (1979 US No.1 & 1980 UK No.6 single ‘Babe’).
1959, Born on this day, Alannah Currie Vocals, sax, The Thompson Twins, (1984 UK No.2 single ‘You Take Me Up’, 1984 US No.3 single ‘Hold Me Now’).
1960, Born on this day, David Hemmingway, The Housemartins, (1986 UK No.1 single ‘Caravan Of Love’), The Beautiful South (1990 UK No.1 single ‘A Little Time’ plus over fifteen other UK Top 40 singles).
1960, Born on this day, Robert Wiggins, Grandmaster Flash And The Furious Five. (1982 UK No.8 single ‘The Message’). Died of a heart attack 8th September 1989.
1966, Born on this day, Nuno Bettencourt, Extreme, (1991 US No.1 & UK No.2 single ‘More Than Words’).
1967, Born on this day, Matthew and Gunnar Nelson, twin sons of 60’s singer Ricky Nelson, (1990 US No.1 & UK No.54 single, ‘Can’t Live Without Your Love and Affection).
1968, Born on this day, Ben Shepherd, Soundgarden, (1994 UK No.12 single ‘Black Hole Sun’).
1979, Born on this day, Rick Woolstenhulme, drummer, Lifehouse, (2001 US No.10 & UK No.25 single ‘Hanging By A Moment’).
1981, Born on this day, Keith Semple, One True Voice, (2002 UK No.2 single ‘Sacred Trust/After You’re Gone’).