Wednesday, September 8, 2010

September 8 - Today In Rock Music History

We Miss You Pigpen! Your Spirit Lives On...

Rod 'Pigpen' McKernan, Pigpen, Grateful Dead

Musicians Born On September 8

1897 Jimmie Rodgers (country singer)
1925 Peter Sellers (Goodness Gracious Me)
1932 Patsy Cline (Crazy)
1941 Dante Drowty (Dante and the Evergreens)
1942 Sal Valentino (Beau Brummels)
1945 Kelly Groucott (ELO)
1946 Rod 'Pigpen' McKernan (Grateful Dead)
1946 Dean Daughtry (Atlanta Rhythm Section)
1960 David Steele (Fine Young Cannibals)

Number 1 In The Charts On September 8

1973 Marvin Gaye: 'Let's Get it On' US 45
1973 Allman Brothers: 'Brothers and Sisters' US LP
1979 Led Zeppelin: 'In Through the Out Door' UK LP
1984 Stevie Wonder: 'I Just Called to Say I Love You' UK 45`
1990 Jon Bon Jovi : Blaze Of Glory : US single
1990 Pavarotti, Domingo, Carreras, : In Concert : UK LP
1997 The Verve : The Drugs Don't Work : UK single

Various Music Events On September 8

1957 Brunswick Records release Jackie Wilson's first solo single, 'Reet Petite' - a song co-written by Berry Gordy.

1957 Major rock-and-roll /skiffle concert at the Royal Albert Hall features Lonnie Donegan, Terry Dene, King Brothers, Nancy Wilson and John Barry Seven

1962 'Monster Mash' enters US chart at No. 85 for Bobby 'Boris' Pickett and Crypt Kickers

1965 Ad appears in Los Angeles 'Daily Variety': 'Madness! Running parts for four Insane Boys age 17-21'. 437 youngsters (among them Stephen Stills) audition for parts in TV series 'The Monkees'. Paul Williams, Danny Hutton and Charles Manson also audition. (Micky Dolenz, Davey Jones, Peter Tork and Mike Nesmith get the parts)

1968 Moody Blues play to 300,000 people in Paris

1972 Ann Arbor Jazz and Blues Festival (in memory of Otis Spann) features Dr. John, Muddy Waters, Junior Walker, Bobby Bland and Bonnie Raitt

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