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HC's Rock Rewind

A look back at the past two weeks in Rock History


by Team HC

Week of August 28th - 3rd


From the release of Michael Jackson's seminal Bad to the Fab Four playing their final official public show, the tail end of August and early September brings many milestone musical moments. Keep reading for some major events, historic record releases and notable births and deaths happening August 28 through September 3.




1965 - Bob Dylan performs "Desolation Row" for the first time at the Forest Hills Music Festival in Queens, New York.



1966 - The Beatles perform their fourth American tour at Candlestick Park in San Francisco, California. It turns out to be their final proper public concert.

1977 - Blondie sign their first major record company contract with Chrysalis.

1979 - INXS take the stage for the first time in Sydney, Australia.

1983 - The movie "Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence" opens in U.S. theaters. David Bowie stars in the flick.

1984 - Pushing more than one million ticket sales in just two months, the Jacksons' reunion tour, "Victory," is deemed the most successful concert tour of all time.

1991 - Dottie West is in a car accident while on her way to perform at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, Tennessee. She passes away five days later.

1993 - Billy Joel serves as the debut musical guest on CBS-TV's "The Late Show with David Letterman" when the show kicks off.

1995 - The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum ribbon cutting ceremony happens in Cleveland, Ohio.

2009 - Oasis breaks up, and brothers Liam and Noel Gallagher go their separate ways.



Roy Orbison, Oh, Pretty Woman, 1964

Bob Dylan, Highway 61 Revisited, 1965

The Byrds, Sweetheart of the Rodeo, 1968

The Rolling Stones, Get Yer Ya Ya's Out, 1970

The Rolling Stones, Goats Head Soup, 1974

Styx, Pieces of Eight, 1978

George Strait, Strait Country, 1981

Michael Jackson, Bad, 1987

Alabama, I'm in a Hurry (and Don't Know Why), 1992

Oasis, Definitely Maybe, 1994





Guy Stevens (music producer/manager), August 28, 1981

Adam "DJ AM" Goldstein, August 28, 2009

Thomas "Papa Dee" Allen (War), August 30 1988

Sterling Morrison (The Velvet Underground), August 30, 1995

Jerry Reed, September 1, 2008

Alan Wilson (Canned Heat), September 3, 1970

Major Lance, September 3, 1994





Danny Seraphine, (original drummer for Chicago), 1948

Wayne Osmond, (The Osmonds), August 28, 1951

Shania Twain, August 28, 1965

LeAnn Rimes, August 28, 1982

Sterling Morrison (The Velvet Underground), August 29, 1942

Dick Halligan (Blood, Sweat & Tears), August 29, 1943

Rick Downey (Blue Oyster Cult), August 29, 1953

Michael Jackson, August 29, 1958



Kyle Cook (Matchbox Twenty), August 29, 1975

David Desrosiers (Simple Plan), August 29, 1980

“Papa” John Phillips (The Mamas & The Papas), August 30, 1935

Micky Moody (Whitesnake), August 30, 1950

Van Morrison, August 31, 1945

Guitarist Rudolf Schenker (Scorpions), August 31, 1948

Gina Schock (The Go-Go's), August 31, 1957

Jeff Russo (of Tonic), August 31, 1969

Debbie Gibson, August 31, 1970

Greg Errico (Sly and the Family Stone), September 1, 1946

Barry Gibb (The Bee Gees), September 1, 1946

Gloria Estefan, September 1, 1957

Rosalind Ashford (Martha and the Vandellas), September 2, 1943

Billy Preston, September 2, 1946

Mik Kaminski (Electric Light Orchestra), September 2, 1951

Fritz McIntyre (Simply Red), September 2, 1956

Steve Porcaro (Toto), September 2, 1957

Freddie King, September 3, 1934

Al Jardine (The Beach Boys), September 3, 1942

George Biondo (Steppenwolf), September 3, 1945

Eric Bell (Thin Lizzy), September 3, 1947

Donald Brewer (Grand Funk Railroad), September 3, 1948

Steve Jones (The Sex Pistols), September 3, 1955

Perry Bamonte (The Cure), September 3, 1960


Week of September 4th - 10th


From the release of John Lennon's seminal Imagine album in the U.S. to the births of Freddie Mercury and Roger Waters, early September offers a plentiful amount of historical musical moments. Read on for some major events, historic record releases and notable births and deaths happening September 4 through September 10.





1956 - Elvis Presley appears on The Ed Sullivan Show for the first time.

1964 - The Animals rock America for the first time with a gig at New York's Paramount Theatre.

1968 - The members of Led Zeppelin perform their last show as a band, going under the name The New Yardbirds. The show was at a club in a suburb of Copenhagen, Denmark.

1970 - Jimi Hendrix performs his last concert at the Open Air Love & Peace Festival in Fehmarn, Germany on Sept. 6. He passes away Sept. 18 in London.

1976 - Fleetwood Mac's self-titled studio album hits No. 1 a year after its initial release. 

1976 - Lynyrd Skynyrd guitarist Gary Rossington hits an oak tree with his Ford Torino and is severely injured.

1995 - Joan Jett sings the National Anthem before the Baltimore Orioles game against the California Angels.

1997 - Elton John performs a new version of "Candle in the Wind" at Princess Diana's funeral. The new version becomes the best-selling single of all time.





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

1971 - John Lennon: Imagine



1973 - Frank Zappa: Over-Nite Sensation

1974 - Judas Priest: Rocka Rolla

1975 - Kiss: Alive! (live album)

1979 - Siouxsie and the Banshees: Join Hands

1982 - Rush: Signals

1984 - Queensryche: The Warning

1987 - Pink Floyd: A Momentary Lapse of Reason

1989 - Soundgarden: Louder Than Love

1990 - Neil Young and Crazy Horse: Ragged Glory

1990 - Warrant: Cherry Pie

1991 - Guns N' Roses, Use Your Illusion I and Use Your Illusion II

1991 - Nirvana: "Smells Like Teen Spirit" (single)

1992 - Ugly Kid Joe: America's Least Wanted

1995 - Blur: The Great Escape

1996 - R.E.M.: New Adventures in Hi-Fi

1998 - Hole: Celebrity Skin

2005 - The Rolling Stones: A Bigger Bang

2006 - Audioslave: Revelations

2014 - U2: Songs of Innocence




Keith Moon, September 7, 1978

Tom Fogerty (Creedence Clearwater Revival), September 6, 1990

Nicky Hopkins (session musician), September 6, 1994

Warren Zevon, September 7, 2003

Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown, September 10, 2005

Robert Young (Primal Scream), September 9, 2014





Jimmy Reed, September 6, 1925

Patsy Cline, September 8, 1932

Buddy Holly, September 7, 1936

Otis Redding, September 9, 1941

Danny Hutton (Three Dog Night), September 10, 1942

Roger Waters, September 6, 1943

Mickey Hart (The Grateful Dead), September 11, 1943

Ron McKernan (The Grateful Dead), September 8, 1945

Buddy Miles September 5, 1946

Freddie Mercury, September 5, 1946

Benjamin Orr (The Cars), September 8, 1947

Joe Perry, September 10, 1950

Chrissie Hynde (The Pretenders), September 7, 1951

Dave Stewart, September 9, 1952

Benmont Tench (Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers), September 7, 1954

Kim Thayil (lead guitarist for Soundgarden), September 4, 1960

LeRoi Moore (Dave Matthews Band), September 7, 1961

Brad Wilk (Rage Against The Machine) - September 5, 1968

Delores O'Riordan (The Cranberries), September 6, 1971

Richard Ashcroft (The Verve), September 11, 1971

Jonny Buckland (Coldplay), September 11, 1977

Mikey Way (My Chemical Romance), September 10, 1980

Matthew Followill (Kings of Leon), September 10, 1984






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