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Wednesday, September 28, 2005

This Week In . . . 

This Week In
Rock and Roll History
September 25th to October 1st

1963 -
The Rolling Stones began their first tour of the United Kingdom.     They played 32 dates, opening for acts like The Everly Brothers, Bo Diddley and Little Richard.

1964 -
Roy Orbison's "Oh, Pretty Woman" reaches the top of the Billboard Hot 100.     It would be the last of a string of nine straight top ten records for The Big O.
Beatles manager Brian Epstein turns down a 3 1/2 million pound offer from a group of US businessmen who wanted to buy out his Beatles' management contract.
The Kinks release their first US hit, "You Really Got Me". The song will spend 10 weeks on the chart and rise to #7,

1965 -
"The Beatles", a half hour Saturday morning cartoon show featuring genuine Beatles songs but not their real voices, premieres on ABC. The show would run through September 7, 1969.
Bob Dylan appears at Carnegie Hall in New York and introduces his new touring band made up of guitarist Robbie Robertson, organist Garth Hudson, bassist Rick Danko, pianist Richard Manual and drummer Levon Helm.     They will become known simply as The Band.

1968 -
The Beatles had not only their biggest hit, but also the largest selling record of the 1960s when "Hey Jude" reached the top of the charts.     The song, written for John's son Julian, would stay at number one in the US for eight weeks.

1969 -
On September 30th, David Crosby's girlfriend Christine Gail Hinton is killed in a head-on auto accident north of San Francisco, the same day the "Crosby, Stills & Nash" album goes gold.
The Beatles release their 13th album in the UK, "Abbey Road".     It's released in the US a week later and is the last album they will ever make together as a group.     Within a month, the album begins an eleven week run on Billboard's Hot 200 album chart.
Carlos Santana had his first taste of success when his debut LP entered Billboard's album chart.     The disc contained his hit single "Evil Ways" and would eventually hit number 4, staying on the chart for over two years.     His 1999 album, "Supernatural" has sold in excess of ten million copies, as well as winning a Grammy Award for Best Performance By A Duo or Group With Vocals.

1970 -
Jimi Hendrix is buried in The Greenwood Cemetery at the Dunlop Baptist Church in his hometown of Seattle, Washington on October 1st.     His tombstone is inscribed: Forever In Our Hearts, James 'Jimi' Hendrix 1942 - 1970

1972 -
On September 27th, Rory Storm, the leader of one of Liverpool's earlier beat groups, takes his own life in what is presumed to be a suicide pact with his mother, who is also found dead at the scene.     Rory Storm and the Hurricanes are best remembered as the group that Ringo Starr left in 1962 to play drums for the Beatles.

1976 -
Jerry Lee Lewis, attempting to shoot a bottle with a .357 magnum, hits his bass player, Norman Owens twice in the chest.     Lewis is charged with shooting a firearm within the city limits.
Kenny Loggins and Jim Messina play their farewell concert in Hawaii at the end of a 34 city tour.

1979 -
The Eagles' LP, "The Long Run" is released.

1980 -
Led Zeppelin was rehearsing at Jimmy Page's house in preparation for an American tour, when on September 25, drummer John Bonham was found dead in his bed, following an all-day drinking binge.     The 32 year old Bonham had passed out and choked on his own vomit.     In December, Led Zeppelin would announce that they were disbanding, saying they could not continue without Bonham.

1981 -
Hall & Oates' "Private Eyes" LP enters the Billboard chart.     The album will go platinum and contains two #1 hits: "Private Eyes" and "I Can't Go For That."

1986 -
The Beatles' "Twist and Shout" re-enters the US pop singles chart over twenty-five years after it first appeared.     The song was featured in the films "Ferris Bueller's Day Off" and "Back To School".

1987 -
The Grateful Dead's "Touch Of Grey" peaks at #9 on the singles chart, becoming their biggest chart hit.

1988 -
John Lennon receives a posthumous star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

1993 -
Wilson Pickett is sentenced to one year in jail for hitting an 86 year-old man with his car while drinking.

1994 -
The London Daily Mirror prints a colour photo of Michael Jackson in a scoutmaster's uniform along with five young Boy Scouts.     The Boy Scouts of American later say that Jackson has no association with the organization.

1998 -
CCR's John Fogerty gets a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

2002 -
Barry White's record label, Def Jam Island Music Group, issued a statement that said the 58 year old singer is battling kidney failure brought on by years of high blood pressure.     White "has started a course of maintenance dialysis therapy.     Once stabilized, he will be a candidate for a kidney transplant."

2003 -
Robert Palmer, who reached number 14 in the US in 1979 with "Bad Case Of Loving You", died of a heart attack at the age of 54 on September 26th.

2004 -
Legendary record producer Phil Spector was formally charged with murder in the February 3rd 2003 shooting of actress Lana Clarkson.

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