14 September

Pick a Day


In Music History

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1968 The Archies Saturday morning cartoon TV show debuts.

1968 Roy Orbison loses two of his three sons - Roy Jr. (age 10) and Tony (age 6) - when his home in Hendersonville, Tennessee, burns down. Orbison was on tour in Europe at the time.

1968 Rolling Stone reports that The Who's Pete Townshend is working on a "rock opera" about a boy who is deaf, dumb, and blind. This ends up being their album Tommy.

1968 Big Brother and the Holding Company's LP Cheap Thrills enters the charts.

1967 The Rolling Stones part ways with their longtime manager Andrew Loog Oldham. The group assumes management duties themselves.

1964 The Bing Crosby Show sitcom, starring the title singer, premieres on ABC (it lasts one season).

1963 Pete Seeger, who has been blacklisted from network TV after being found in contempt by the the House Un-American Activities Committee in 1955, agrees to appear on the ABC variety show Hootenanny but refuses when the network asks him to sign a loyalty oath.

1959 Morten Harket, lead singer of the synthpop group a-ha, is born in Kongsberg, Norway.

1955 Keyboardist/saxophonist Steve Berlin (of Los Lobos) is born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

1955 Little Richard records "Tutti Frutti" in New Orleans for Specialty Records. Originally "Tutti Frutti, Good Booty," a female lyricist at the label rewrites it to take out the prurient references.

1954 Barry Cowsill (drummer, then bassist for The Cowsills) is born in Newport, Rhode Island.

1950 Rock guitarist Paul Kossoff (of Free) is born in Hampstead, London, England.

1949 Steve Gaines (guitarist/songwriter for Lynyrd Skynyrd) is born in Seneca, Missouri, but would be raised in Miami, Oklahoma.

1949 MC5 guitarist Fred "Sonic" Smith is born in West Virgina, raised in Detroit. In 1980, he marries fellow punk pioneer Patti Smith.

1947 Jon "Bowzer" Bauman (of Sha Na Na) is born in Brooklyn, New York.

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