September 20 was a big day in Beatles history:
In 1964, at the end of the North American tour, The Beatles played a Charity concert at the Paramount Theatre in New York City, the 3,682-member audience each paid $100 a ticket. You probably weren’t among that crowd but did you catch the Fab 4 this summer?
1966 George Harrison went to India for his first visit to Maharishi Mahesh Yogi.
In 1973, Jim Croce was killed in a plane crash on his way to Sherman, TX for a concert. Maury Muehleisen and four others were also killed.
In 1975, ‘Fame’ gave David Bowie his first No.1 in the US. The song was co-written with John Lennon. Lennon’s voice is heard towards the ending of the song repeating the words: “Fame, Fame, Fame” from a fast track, through a regular track, to a slow track, before Bowie finished the lyrics. David Bowie fans can
Also in 1975 , the main competitor for the new late-night NBC sketch show Saturday Night, an ABC program entitled Saturday Night Live with Howard Cosell, debuts with a performance by England’s newest rage, The Bay City Rollers. Though their performance of “Saturday Night,” the song, will eventually push the single to #1, the show itself fizzles out after six months, at which point NBC’s Saturday Night renames itself Saturday Night Live.
1976: The first of the two night 100 Club Punk Festival, Oxford St, London, featuring the Sex Pistols, The Clash, Sub Way Sect, Suzie (spelling on the poster), And The Banshees, The Buzzcocks, Vibrators and Stinky Toys. Admission is £1.50.
In other news on this day in 1976, AC/DC released their third studio album ‘Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap’. The album has been certified 6x Platinum in the United States, which means that it has sold at least 6 million copies, becoming the third highest sold album by AC/DC in the US after ‘Highway To Hell’ and ‘Back In Black’.
1994: The Temptations are awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 7060 Hollywood Blvd. Ten years later in 2004, Billy Joel gets a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
In 1998, The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum paid tribute to Robert Johnson with eight days of activities. Johnson only recorded 29 songs before dying in August of 1938. Robert Johnson is credited by some with being the first member of the “27 Club”.
2005, Canadian JD Fortune, beat two other finalists to become the new lead singer with INXS after a worldwide search to replace the late Michael Hutchence. INXS held auditions in six continents as part of a reality TV series.
2010 Capitol releases Lady Antebellum’s single “Hello World” to radio
2011 Vince Gill and Sting shoot an edition of “CMT Crossroads” at the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York City. Included in the set list: “Liza Jane,” “Whenever You Come Around” and “Let It Be Me”
In 2014, Cape Cod native Meghan Trainor hit # 1 with “All About That Bass” for the first of eight weeks, replacing “Shake It Off” by Taylor Swift.
90s fans will appreciate today’s birthdays:
- 1966 Nuno Bettencourt, Extreme, (1991 US No.1 & UK No.2 single ‘More Than Words’).
- 1967 Matthew and Gunnar Nelson, twin sons of 60’s singer Ricky Nelson, (1990 US No.1 & UK No.54 single, ‘Can’t Live Without Your Love and Affection).
- 1968 Ben Shepherd of Soundgarden, (1994 UK No.12 single ‘Black Hole Sun’).