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HC's Rock Rewind

A look back at the past two weeks in Rock History


by Team HC


These past two weeks involve some of the most memorable milestones to ever hit music. From the birth of pop great Michael Jackson to the Beatles playing their final official public show, the end of August and beginning of September offer many cornerstone musical moments. Read on for some major events, historic record releases and notable births and deaths happening August 29 through September 4th. Rock it!


Week of August 27th - September 2nd



1942 - Frank Sinatra began his career as a solo singer.



1958 - George Harrison became part of the group Quarrymen. John Lennon and Paul McCartney were also in the band.

1964 - The Animals performed for the first time in the U.S. in Brooklyn, New York, at the Paramount Theater.

1966 - The Beatles played their fourth American tour at Candlestick Park in San Francisco, California. It ended up being their final proper public concert.

1974 – The final episode of "The Partridge Family" television show aired.

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

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

1983 - The movie "Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence" opened in U.S. theaters. David Bowie starred in the film.

1986 – What was once the "American Bandstand" studio was positioned on the National Register of Historic Places.

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

1993 - Billy Joel was the debut musical guest on CBS-TV's "The Late Show with David Letterman" when the show started.

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



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



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

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

Jerry Reed, September 1, 2008



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, Goat's 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


Week of September 3rd - 9th


This week we celebrate the birth of two music icons - Buddy Holly and Freddie Mercury. It was also during this week in 1970 that Jimi Hendrix played his last show. In 1991 Nirvana released "Smells Like Teen Spirit" and completely turned the rock scene upside down. Read on for more exciting events from the rock history vault!





1956 - Elvis Presley appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show for the first time. The King played "Don't Be Cruel," "Love Me Tender" and "Ready Teddy."

1968 - The members of Led Zeppelin played their first show as a band, although at this time they went under the name The New Yardbirds. The gig took place at a club in a suburb of Copenhagen, Denmark.

1970 - Jimi Hendrix played his last concert. It took place at the Open Air Love & Peace Festival in Fehmarn, Germany on September 6, twelve days before his death on September 18 in London.

1976 - Lynyrd Skynyrd guitarist Gary Rossington hit an oak tree with his Ford Torino, suffering severe injuries. The accident went on to inspire the lyrics to the Skynyrd classic "That Smell."

1997 - As a marketing tool to promote the reissue of Led Zeppelin's back catalogue, "Whole Lotta Love" was released as a single - their first ever in the UK.

1998 - Aerosmith had their first (and so far only) US number one hit single with "I Don't Want to Miss a Thing." The song, which was written by Diane Warren, was the lead song on the soundtrack to the film Armageddon.





1964 - Manfred Mann: The Five Faces of Manfred Mann

1971 - Poco: From the Inside

1971 - John Lennon: Imagine

1973 - Frank Zappa: Over-Nite Sensation

1973 - Bruce Springsteen: The Wild, the Innocent & the E Street Shuffle

1974 - Judas Priest: Rocka Rolla 

1975 - Kiss: Alive! (live album) 

1976 - Electric Light Orchestra: A New World Record 

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 - 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 

2000 - Ryan Adams: Heartbreaker

2001 - P.O.D.: Satellite 

2003 - John Mayer: Heavier Things

2004 - The Black Keys: Rubber Factory

2005 - The Rolling Stones: A Bigger Bang

2006 - Audioslave: Revelations

2010 - Stone Sour: Audio Secrecy

2012 - Chris Robinson Brotherhood: The Magic Door 

2014 - U2: Songs of Innocence

2015 - Hollywood Vampires: Hollywood Vampires





Alan Wilson (Canned Heat), September 3, 1970

Major Lance, September 3, 1994

Keith Moon - September 7, 1978

Peter Tosh (The Wailers) - September 11, 1987

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





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

Gene Parsons (The Byrds, The Flying Burrito Brothers), September 4, 1944

Martin Chambers (The Pretenders), September 4, 1952

Kim Thayil (Soundgarden), September 4, 1960

Beyoncé Knowles, September 4, 1982

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

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





Anne Erickson holds years of bylines in Gannett Media publications, as well as music magazines Premier Guitar, Guitar Edge and more. She also hosts radio shows with iHeartRadio and has been syndicated in Seattle, Dayton, Central Coast California and beyond. Anne is a loyal Spartan and holds a Master’s degree from MSU. She resides in Lansing, Michigan.A


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