18 September

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2013 Roger Pope (frequent drummer for Elton John) dies of cancer in Southampton, England, at age 66, just hours after marrying his longtime companion, Sue Tresidder.

2012 Annie Lennox, formerly of the bands The Tourists and Eurythmics, gets hitched to her third husband, a London doctor named Mitch Besser.

2008 The Village People get a star on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame at 6529 Hollywood Blvd.

2006 Willie Nelson's tour bus is stopped near Lafayette, Louisiana, and Nelson, along with four members of his band, are arrested for possession of marijuana and psychedelic mushrooms.

2005 Dashboard Confessional donates proceeds from its Toronto show to Hurricane Katrina relief efforts.

2004 The Fugees reunite for a concert hosted by the comedian Dave Chappelle on a corner in Brooklyn. Other performers at the show, which is later released as the film Dave Chappelle's Block Party, include Kanye West, Erykah Badu, Jill Scott and The Roots.

2001 Tori Amos releases Strange Little Girls, a concept album where she sings from the perspective of the female characters in songs written by males, including Eminem's "'97 Bonnie And Clyde," Neil Young's "Heart Of Gold," The Beatles' "Happiness Is A Warm Gun," and The Stranglers' "Strange Little Girl."

2000 Papa Roach release their breakthrough single, "Last Resort." The track goes on to top the US Modern Rock Tracks chart.

1998 On the Grand Ole Opry, Jett Williams pays tribute to her late father, Hank Williams, who would have been 75 the day before. Daughter salutes father by performing "Your Cheatin' Heart," a song released after his death on New Year's Eve, 1952. "He never sang the song on the Opry. He never sang it live," Williams tells the audience.

1997 Jump blues singer Jimmy Witherspoon dies of throat cancer in Los Angeles, California, at age 77.

1992 Earl Van Dyke, keyboardist for Funk Brothers, Motown's in-house band, dies of prostate cancer at age 62.

1985 The Gladys Knight/Flip Wilson sitcom Charlie And Company premieres on CBS.

1981 The Doors Greatest Hits album is certified Platinum.

1980 The tenth anniversary of Jimi Hendrix' untimely death is marked by a multimedia event, featuring Experience members Noel Redding and Mitch Mitchell, held at the Paradise Club in Amsterdam.

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Genesis Release "Abstract" Album Abacab

1981

Genesis release their "abstract" album, Abacab, in the UK.

Their third album without Peter Gabriel, Abacab is a move away from the ornate musical and lyrical stylings of their past. Starting fresh, it's the first one they produce themselves, which ensures complete creative freedom. The band - Phil Collins, Tony Banks and Mike Rutherford - wrote seven of the ten tracks together, including the title song, which was named after its structure in working form: A (verse) B (chorus) A (verse) C (bridge) A (verse) B (chorus) By the time the song was finished, the structure had become something unpronounceable, but the name stuck, since it didn't mean anything - all the better to thwart perceptions. The lyric is intentionally inscrutable, with senseless lines like "When they turn on the pillow" and "Wake and find you're covered in cellophane." A search for meaning is futile. Released shortly after the emergence of MTV, Genesis finds a new fanbase in America thanks to the videos for "Abacab" and "No Reply At All," consumed by a younger set with no knowledge of the group's prog-rock past. "No Reply At All," the first US single, features the Earth, Wind & Fire horn section - a rare appearance by outside musicians on a Genesis song. The album sets the stage for American dominance by the band and their offshoots. By the end of 1986 the album has sold over 2 million copies in that country, Phil Collins and Peter Gabriel have succeeded as solo artists, and Mike Rutherford has scored hits with his other band, Mike + The Mechanics.

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