22 September

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22 SEPTEMBER

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2018 Chas Hodges of Chas & Dave dies at 74.

2018 Paul McCartney's album Egypt Station hits #1 in America, his first chart-topper on that tally since Tug of War in 1982.

2012 Taylor Swift's single "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together" notches its third week at #1 on the Hot 100. Swift is still considered a country artist (the song also hits #1 on the Country chart), which puts her in company with Kenny Rogers in terms of crossover appeal; the last country song to spend at least three weeks at #1 was Rogers' "Lady" back in 1980.

2011 The world's most prolific songwriter, Paul McCartney, adds another string to his bow when his ballet Ocean's Kingdom is performed in New York.

2010 Eddie Fisher, one of the biggest pop stars of the '50s, dies of complications from hip surgery in Berkeley, California, at age 82.

2007 Paul Rodgers (lead singer for Free and Bad Company) marries Cynthia Kereluk, former Miss Canada.

2006 The Big Bopper, who died in the plane crash with Buddy Holly, is honored with a historical marker in his hometown of Beaumont, Texas.

2002 Sting receives an Emmy for his A&E documentary Sting in Tuscany: All This Time. He dedicates his award to his "dear late friend Timothy White."

2001 Isaac Stern, Soviet-born violinist and conductor, dies of congestive heart failure in New York City, at age 81.

2000 Bone Thugs-N-Harmony rapper Flesh-N-Bone (Stanley Howse) is sentenced in a Los Angeles court to 10 years in prison for assault with an AK-47 rifle and possession of a gun, which is illegal for an ex-convict. Howse faces nearly 20 years in prison but receives a lesser sentence after his attorneys present evidence that he was an abused child.

1999 Vince Gill competes with himself in the vocal event category at the Country Music Association Awards in Nashville. Gill is up with Patty Loveless for "My Kind of Woman/My Kind of Man" and with Sara Evans for "No Place That Far."

1999 Diana Ross is held in police custody at London's Heathrow Airport for several hours following an incident involving a member of the airport's security staff. Ross is arrested then cautioned and released following an allegation of assault on a female security officer during routine security checks prior to boarding a plane.

1998 White Zombie calls it a night. Bassist Sean Yseult confirms that the 13-year-old hard rock group has decided to break up.

1998 The first Family Values Tour, created by Korn and featuring Limp Bizkit, Ice Cube and Rammstein, launches with a show in Rochester, New York.

1998 "Iris" hitmakers The Goo Goo Dolls release their smash album Dizzy Up The Girl, a 4-million seller that includes the ubiquitous City Of Angels ballad as well as the Top 20 singles "Slide," "Black Balloon" and "Broadway."More

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Fiddler On The Roof Opens On Broadway

1964

The musical Fiddler on the Roof makes its Broadway debut at the Imperial Theatre.

Written by playwright Joseph Stein and directed by Jerome Robbins, Fiddler on the Roof is the tale of a Jewish milkman named Tevye living in early-20th century Russia who desperately tries to hold onto his roots ("Tradition") as his country adopts an anti-Jewish stance. Tevye is losing the battle within his own family as his daughters mock traditional customs like arranged marriage ("Matchmaker, Matchmaker") and his eldest marries of her own accord ("Sunrise, Sunset"). As anti-Jewish sentiment grows, the threat of eviction from his village makes him contemplate his lot in life ("If I Were A Rich Man"). The show is a smash hit that almost never was. Investors are initially scared to back the production, fearing that mainstream audiences wouldn't flock to see a primarily Jewish story. But flock they do, making Fiddler the first musical to exceed 3,000 performances. It holds the record for the longest-running Broadway musical for nearly a decade until Grease ends its run in 1980 with 3,388 performances (a record later obliterated by The Phantom of the Opera). Fiddler also takes home nine Tony Awards, including Best Musical and Best Original Score for composer Jerry Bock and lyricist Sheldon Harnick. The show celebrates its fifth revival in 2015 with Bartlett Sher (known for other successful Broadway revivals like 2008's South Pacific) at the helm and Danny Burstein in the lead role. To connect the half-century-old show with current events, namely the global refugee crisis, Sher adds a subtle twist to his 2015 rendition by introducing Burstein dressed in modern clothing to deliver the prologue before he transforms into Tevye. He wears the modern garb again at the end when the villagers are forced out of their community.

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