4 September

Pick a Day

4 SEPTEMBER

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2014 All is well in Seattle as the Super Bowl champion Seahawks play the first game of the season, with local band Soundgarden performing during the pregame.

2009 The-Dream and Christina Milian elope in Las Vegas; they separate three months later, though the split is not made public until July 2010.

2007 The Bob Dylan "biographical" movie, I'm Not There: Suppositions On A Film Concerning Dylan, premieres at the Venice (Italy) Film Festival.

1997 Accepting the award for Best New Artist, 19-year-old Fiona Apple rages against the machine, saying: "This world is bulls--t. And you shouldn't model your life about what you think we think is cool, what we're wearing, and what we're saying."More

1991 Country singer Dottie West, 58, dies five days after getting in a car accident on her way to perform at the Grand Ole Opry.

1986 Gregg Allman is arrested in Belleview, Florida, when a police officer sees his 1985 Trans Am weaving on Route 441. He blows a .27 (legal limit: .10) and is charged with drunken driving and driving with an expired license. Allman is sentenced to five days in jail and ordered to do community service, which he serves by playing a drug-and-alcohol-free graduation party for area high schools. He does his time in January 1987, a month before his aptly titled solo album I'm No Angel is released.

1980 Pop singer Dan Miller (of O-Town) is born in Laconia, New Hampshire.

1972 John Lennon and Yoko Ono appear on Jerry Lewis' muscular dystrophy telethon.

1971 At a Bruce Springsteen show at the Student Prince in Asbury Park, New Jersey, the E Street Band comes together when sax player Clarence Clemons joins the band on stage for the first time, a story recounted in the song "Tenth Avenue Freeze-out."

1970 The Rolling Stones release Get Yer Ya-Ya's Out!

1969 The Youngbloods, a rare rock band scheduled to appear on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, are scratched. Carson says it's because they were being disrespectful; the band says they were slated to play two songs: a new one and their hit "Get Together," but when the show went long, the producers nixed the new song, so they walked.

1968 The Beatles play to a live audience for the first time in two years when they record promotional films for "Hey Jude" and "Revolution" at Twickenham Studios in front of an audience of about 100. It goes so well, they decide to make a documentary, which becomes Let It Be.

1965 While The Who shop for a guard dog, their van and $10,000 worth of equipment is stolen.

1964 The Animals play America for the first time with a show at New York's Paramount Theatre.

1960 Kim Thayil (lead guitarist for Soundgarden) is born in Seattle, Washington. He would be raised near Chicago in Park Forest, Illinois.

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Steve Miller Works His Magic

1982

"Abracadabra" by the Steve Miller Band hits #1 in the US, giving the veteran rocker his third chart-topper.

Miller, who enjoyed a run of hits in the '70 that included the #1s "The Joker" and "Rock 'N' Me," took four years off starting in 1977, returning in 1981 with Circle of Love, an album of "mood music" with one track taking up all of Side 2. He joins the '80s dance party with his next album, Abracadabra. The title track vaults to #1 and puts him back in the limelight, even getting the reclusive rocker on MTV (although he's barely in the video). When Miller sets out on tour, he finds that the magic is missing: only a few thousand fans are showing up at arenas he could easily fill in the '70s. "Abracadabra" fits right in with the '80s, but Miller does not, so he once again stops touring. Six years go by before classic rock radio starts picking up his earlier hits, and with his music back in vogue, he returns to the road, this time to much larger crowds.

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