Almanac: September 8, 2015

Birthdays
  • 1897 - Jimmie Rodgers (d. 1933)
  • 1927 - Harlan Howard (d. 2002)
  • 1932 - Patsy Cline (d. 1963)
  • 1939 - Guitar Shorty (76)
  • 1941 - Dante Drowty (Dante and the Evergreens) (74)
  • 1942 - Sal Valentino (Beau Brummels) (73)
  • 1942 - Brian Cole (Association) (d. 1972)
  • 1944 - Peter Bellamy (Young Tradition) (d. 1991)
  • 1945 - Ron "Pigpen" McKernan (Grateful Dead) (d. 1973)
  • 1945 - Kelly Groucutt (Electric Light Orchestra) (d. 2009)
  • 1946 - Dean Daughtry (Classic IV, Atlanta Rhythm Section) (69)
  • 1947 - Benjamin Orr (Cars) (d. 2000)
  • 1952 - Will Lee (session bassist) (63)
  • 1952 - Gary Baker (songwriter) (63)
  • 1956 - Fad Gadget (born Frank Tovey) (d. 2002)
  • 1958 - Michael Lardie (Great White, Night Ranger) (57)
  • 1958 - David Lewis (Atlantic Starr) (57)
  • 1960 - Aimee Mann (55)
  • 1960 - David Steele (Beat, Fine Young Cannibals) (55)
  • 1964 - Marc Gordon (LaVert) (51)
  • 1970 - Neko Case (45)
  • 1975 - Richard Hughes (Keane) (40)
  • 1979 - Pink (born Alicia Moore) (36)
  • 1980 - Slim Thug (born Stayve Thomas) (35)
  • 1987 - Wiz Khalifa (born Cameron Thomaz) (28)
  • 1988 - Gustav Schafer (Tokio Hotel) (27)

Deaths
  • 1989 - Keith "Cowboy" Wiggins (Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five) - Heart attack
  • 1997 - Derek Taylor (press officer for the Beatles) - Cancer (65)
  • 2010 - Rich Cronin (LFO) - Leukemia (36)

On This Day
  • 1935 - The Hoboken Four, with member Frank Sinatra, appeared on the Major Bowes Amateur Hour.
  • 1956 - Eddie Cochran signed a one-year contract with Liberty Records.
  • 1958 - Dick Clark signed a recording contract with ABC-Paramount Records. His first release is an album by the Bandstanders of current hits.
  • 1961 - Nashville Studio Musician Hank Garland was seriously injured in a car accident, ending his music career.
  • 1965 - An advertisement in Variety announced auditions for the Monkees. Among those who tried and failed were Stephen Stills, Danny Hutton, Paul Williams and Charles Manson.
  • 1974 - David Byrne, Tina Weymouth and Chris Frantz move into a loft in New York after graduating from a Rhode Island art school.
  • 1977 - Jimmy McCulloch left Wings to reform the Small Faces while Joe English left to join Sea Level.
  • 1995 - Annie Lennox gave a free concert in New York's Central Park.
  • 1996 - Tupac Shakur had his left lung removed in an attempt to save his life after he was shot the previous evening.
  • 1998 - In Philadelphia, PA, it's Garth Brooks Week.
  • 1999 - Sean Puffy Combs and bodyguard Paul Offered plead guilty to harassment in New York for threatening a record company executive.
  • 2002 - Bruce Dickinson of Iron Maiden became an pilot for Astraeus Airlines.
  • 2003 - David Bowie played the first interactive concert which was sent to 21 movie theaters in Europe. Audience members could talk to him via ISDN lines.
  • 2003 - Marilyn Manson was found not guilty of assault in St. Paul, MN. Three years earlier, he had rubbed his crotch against a security guards head during a show.
  • 2004 - It was Queen Day in Las Vegas.
  • 2005 - Rod Stewart was ordered to pay the Rio Hotel in Las Vegas $2 million for missing a New Years Eve concert in 2000. 
  • 2007 - Foxy Brown was sentenced to one year in prison for a probation violation.

Divorces
  • 2006 - Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown (filed)
  • 2009 - Peter Andre and Katie Pryce

Recorded
  • 1952 - Ray Charles' first recording session for Atlantic Records

Released
  • 1957 - Reet Petite - Jackie Wilson (single)
  • 1982 - Security - Peter Gabriel
  • 1997 - Whole Lotta Love - Led Zeppelin (first ever single in the U.K.)

Broadcasts
  • 1968 - Frost on Sunday (U.K.) - Beatles
  • 2013 - Sunday Night Football (NBC) - Carrie Underwood (debuts new theme song), George Strait

Number Ones – U.S. Singles
  • 1951 - Because of You - Tony Bennett (8 weeks)
  • 1973 - Let's Get it On - Marvin Gaye (1 week)
  • 1990 - Blaze of Glory - Bon Jovi (1 week)
  • 2001 - I'm Real - Jennifer Lopez Featuring Ja Rule (3 weeks)
  • 2007 - Big Girls Don't Cry - Fergie (1 week)

Number Ones – U.S. Albums
  • 1956 - Calypso - Harry Belafonte (4 weeks)
  • 1973 - Brothers and Sisters - Allman Brothers (5 weeks)
  • 2001 - Now - Maxwell (1 week)

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