16/09/2017

Bob Dylan

September 16th 2006, Bob Dylan was at No.1 on the US album chart with ‘Modern Times.’ Entering the U.S. charts at No.1, making it Dylan's first album to reach that position since 1976's Desire, 30 years prior. At 65, Dylan became the oldest living musician to top the Billboard albums chart. (85 year-old Tony Bennett broke this record in 2011 with his Duets album). The record also reached number one in Australia, Canada, Denmark, Ireland, New Zealand, Norway and Switzerland.

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Jimi Hendrix

September 16th 1970, Jimi Hendrix joined Eric Burdon on stage at Ronnie Scotts in London for what would become the guitarist's last ever public appearance.

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Led Zeppelin

September 16th 1970, Led Zeppelin won 'best group' in the Melody Maker readers Poll. This was the first time in eight years that The Beatles hadn't won 'best group.'

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Jimi Hendrix Exp.

September 16th 1967, Jimi Hendrix's debut LP, Are You Experienced? entered the Billboard Hot 200 album chart, where it stayed for 106 weeks, including 77 weeks in the Top 40. In 2003, Rolling Stone magazine ranked it No.15 on their 500 Greatest Albums of All Time and two years later it was selected for permanent preservation in the National Recording Registry at the Library of Congress in the United States.

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Marc Bolan

16th Sept 1977, 29-year-old former T Rex singer Marc Bolan was killed instantly when the car driven by his girlfriend, Gloria Jones, left the road and hit a tree in Barnes, London. Miss Jones broke her jaw in the accident. The couple were on the way to Bolan's home in Richmond after a night out at a Mayfair restaurant. A local man who witnessed the crash said, 'When I arrived a girl was lying on the bonnet and a man with long dark curly hair was stretched out in the road - there was a hell of a mess.'

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15/09/2017

Richard William "Rick" Wright

Today we remember the passing of the great Richard William "Rick" Wright (28 July 1943 – 15 September 2008)

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Bob Dylan

September 15th 1978, Bob Dylan kicked off his longest and most continuous US tour of his career in Augusta, Maine, playing the first of sixty-five gigs in sixty-two cities.

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Ola Brunkert

September 15th 1946, Born on this day, Ola Brunkert, drummer with the Swedish group ABBA.Was a member of the Slim Blues Gang, Science Poption and jazz-rock combo Opus III before joining Abba. He played on every Abba album and toured with the group. He was found dead with his throat cut at his home in Majorca, Spain on March 17th 2008 after he hit his head against a glass door in the dining room at his home.

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Steve Miller Band

September 15th 1990, The Steve Miller Band had a UK No.1 with 'The Joker' 16 years after it's first release. The song topped the US Billboard Hot 100 in early 1974. More than 16 years later, it reached No.1 in the UK Singles Chart after being used in "Great Deal", a Hugh Johnson-directed television advertisement for Levi's, thus holding the record for the longest gap between transatlantic chart-toppers.

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Led Zeppelin

September 15th 1979, Led Zeppelin scored their sixth US No.1 album when In Through The Out Door started a seven-week run at the top of the charts. The eighth studio album by Zeppelin, was their final album of entirely new material.

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14/09/2017

Eric Clapton

September 14th 1974, Eric Clapton scored a US No.1 with his version of the Bob Marley song 'I Shot The Sheriff' which was first released in 1973 on The Wailers' album Burnin'. Clapton's version was included on his 1974 album 461 Ocean Boulevard.

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Steve Berlin

September 14th 1955, Born on this day, Steve Berlin, Los Lobos, (1987 UK & US No.1 single 'La Bamba').

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Paul Kossoff

September 14th 1950, Born on this day, Paul Kossoff, guitar, Free (1970 UK No.2 & US No.4 single 'All Right Now'). Formed Back Street Crawler. Kossoff died of a heart attack on 19th March 1976 during a flight from Los Angeles to New York.

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13/09/2017

The Beatles

13th Sept 1965, The Paul McCartney song 'Yesterday' was released as a Beatles single in the US. McCartney's vocal and acoustic guitar together with a string quartet essentially made for the first solo performance of the band. The final recording was so different from other works by The Beatles that the band members vetoed the release of the song as a single in the United Kingdom. (However, it was issued as a single there in 1976.)

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Dave Mustaine

September 13th 1963, Born on this day, Dave Mustaine, guitarist, Megadeth and one time member of Metallica.

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Peter Cetera

September 13th 1944, Born on this day, Peter Cetera, singer, Chicago (1976 US & UK No.1 single 'If You Leave Me Now'), solo (1986 US No.1 & UK No.3 single 'Glory Of Love').

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The Verve

September 13th 1997, The Verve scored their first and only UK No.1 single with 'The Drugs Don't Work', taken from their third album, Urban Hymns. The track became the band's most successful single in the United Kingdom.

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John Lennon & Yoko Ono

September 13th 1969, John Lennon & Yoko Ono flew to Canada to perform at the Rock & Roll Revival Show in Toronto, Canada. The band members Eric Clapton, Klaus Voormann and drummer Alan White were put together so late that they had to rehearse on the plane from England. Also making an appearance at the concert were Chuck Berry, Gene Vincent, Bo Diddley, The Doors and Alice Cooper. Lennon later released his performance as the Live Peace in Toronto 1969 album.

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12/09/2017

Pink Floyd

Arriving in record stores today in 1975, wrapped in opaque black plastic, was Pink Floyd's latest album, Wish You Were Here. As a (fairly reluctant) concession to the record company and retailers, a sticker - designed by Hipgnosis artist George Hardie - was added to the cover, depicting the elements and including the artist and title, alongside the handshake.

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Neil Peart

September 12th 1952, Born on this day, Neil Peart, drummer, Rush, (1980 UK No.13 single 'Spirit Of Radio' 1982 US No. 21 single 'New World Man'). Peart was made an Officer of the Order of Canada on May 9, 1996. The trio was the first rock band to be so honored, as a group.

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