HC's Rock Rewind — August 27 - September 9
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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
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