Wednesday, 14 September 2016
Today in rock history September 15th
1941 – Signe Anderson is born in Seattle. She went on to be the original female vocalist in Jefferson Airplane before Grace Slick arrived in 1966. 1942 – Bassist Lee Dorman of Iron Butterfly and Captain Beyond is born in St. Louis. 1960 – Mitch Dorge, drummer with Crash Test Dummies (“Mmm Mmm Mmm Mmm”), is born. 1963 – The Rolling Stones perform at the Great Pop Prom at London’s Royal Albert Hall. 1966 – John Lennon makes his first appearance away from the Beatles in the role of Private Gripweed in Richard Lester’s film ‘How I Won the War’. He writes “Strawberry Fields Forever” during the filming. 1969 – Jon Lord’s ego is indulged as Deep Purple record Concerto for Rock Band and Orchestra with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra at London’s Royal Albert Hall. It’s awful. 1969 – Ed Sullivan, a great patron of rock, makes his own stab at musical stardom with his recording “The Sulli-Gulli.” Credited to the Ed Sullivan Singers & Orchestra, it fails to chart. 1974 – In an onstage accident in Denver, Uriah Heep’s Gary Thain is nearly electrocuted. Fortunately, the bassist survives. 1979 – Bob Dylan releases his album Slow Train Coming. 1982 – Queen performs at the Great Western Forum in Inglewood, California, in what turns out to be their last U.S. concert. 1998 – The Band’s tenth and final studio album, ‘Jubilation,’ is released on the River North label. Original members Levon Helm, Rick Danko and Garth Hudson are joined by such friends as Eric Clapton and John Hiatt. 2003 – Country legend Johnny Cash is buried next to his wife June Carter Cash in Hendersonville, Tenn 2003 – Billy Corgan announces his post-Smashing Pumpkins project Zwan are no more. “”There’s not enough time to tell you what happened” he says. 2004 – Johnny Ramone, guitarist in New York City punk rock pioneers the Ramones, dies at home in Los Angeles, California. He is 55 and had been suffering from prostate cancer. 2006 – The Knack sue Run-D.M.C. for sampling their “My Sharona” on the hit “It’s Tricky.” 2008 - Pink Floyd keyboardist Richard Wright died of an undisclosed form of cancer at his home in the U.K. He was 65 years old.