Almanac: September 1, 2016

Birthdays
  • 1927 - Tommy Evans (Ravens, Drifters) (88)
  • 1931 - Boxcar Willie (born Lecil Martin) (d. 1999)
  • 1933 - Conway Twitty (born Harold Jenkins) (d. 1993)
  • 1944 - Archie Bell (Archie Bell & the Drells) (72)
  • 1946 - Barry Gibb (Bee Gees) (70)
  • 1948 - Greg Errico (Sly & the Family Stone) (68)
  • 1949 - Russ Field (Showaddywaddy) (67)
  • 1950 - Peter Hewson (Chicory Tip) (66)
  • 1955 - Bruce Foxton (Jam, Stiff Little Fingers) (61)
  • 1957 - Gloria Estefan (59)
  • 1963 - Grant-Lee Phillips (53)
  • 1964 - Charlie Robison (52)
  • 1965 - Craig McLachlan (51)
  • 1970 - DJ Spigg Nice (Lost Boyz) (46)
  • 1973 - J.D. Fortune (INXS) (43)
  • 1976 - Babydaddy (born Scott Hoffman) (Scissor Sisters) (40)
  • 1976 - Peter Brown (Wheatus) (40)
  • 1976 - Angaleena Presley (Pistol Annies) (40)
  • 1984 - Joe Trohman (Fall Out Boy) (32)
  • 1985 - Charlie Worsham (31)
  • 1989 - Bill Kaulitz (Tokio Hotel) (27)
  • 1989 - Tom Kaulitz (Tokio Hotel) (27)
Deaths
  • 1977 - Ethel Waters (80)
  • 2005 - R.L. Burnside (78)
  • 2005 - Barry Cowsill (Cowsills) - Drowned during hurricane Katrina (50)
  • 2009 - Jake Brockman (Echo & the Bunnymen) - Motorcycle accident (53)
  • 2012 - Hal David - Stroke (91)
On This Day
  • 1950 - Merle Travis became the host of WRVA's (Richmond, VA)  Old Dominion Barn Dance.
  • 1952 - Ray Charles' record contract with Swingtime Records was purchased by Atlantic Records.
  • 1953 - Buddy Holly and Bob Montgomery auditioned for radio station KDAV in Lubbock, TX, winning a Sunday afternoon show.
  • 1956 - Jerry Lee Lewis recorded demos at Sun Studios in Memphis, TN.
  • 1956 - Elvis Presley bought his mother a pink  Cadillac.  
  • 1957 - The package tour, The Biggest Show of Stars, had its first show in New York with the Drifters, the Everly Brothers, Buddy Holly & the Crickets and Frankie Lymon.
  • 1967 - The Beatles met for the first time since the death of manager Brian Epstein to discuss where to take their career. They delayed production of their Magical Mystery Tour movie.
  • 1967 - The film  Fastest Guitar Alive  with Roy Orbison and Sheb Wooley is released.
  • 1967 - Boz Scaggs rejoined Steve Miller's band where he would be included on the albums  Children of the Future  and  Sailor.
  • 1976 - Lou Adler, president of Ode Records, and employee Neil Silver were kidnapped and not released until a $25,000 ransom was paid.
  • 1977 - Blondie signed with Chrysalis Records.
  • 1979 - INXS performs live for the first time in Sydney, Australia.
  • 1980 - Fleetwood Mac finished a nine-month tour at the Hollywood Bowl.
  • 1982 - Blondie cancelled their tour due to poor ticket sales.
  • 1983 - Mick Jones was fired from the Clash.
  • 1986 - Madness announced their split.
  • 1989 - Adam Clayton of U2 pleads guilty to a marijuana possession charge in Dublin and is able to dispense with any penalties by donating money to a local women's center.
  • 1995 - A U.S. postage stamp is issued honoring Louis Armstrong.
  • 1998 - Ian Gillan of Deep Purple is accused of assault and battery for allegedly striking a security guard with his microphone during an August concert.
  • 1998 - David Bowie opened his Bowienet site.
  • 2000 - Herb Reed of the Platters wins an injunction against a group calling themselves the Platters without any tie to the original group.
  • 2004 - Ruben Blades became Minister of Tourism for Panama.
  • 2006 - Taylor Swift made her first appearance at the Grand Ole Opry.  
  • 2010 - Apple launched Ping, their musician social network.
Marriages
  • 1970 - Barry Gibb and Linda Ann Gray
  • 2001 - Stevie Wonder and Kai Millard Morris
  • 2007 - Usher and Tameka Foster
  • Released
  • 1956 - A Rose and a Baby Ruth - George Hamilton IV (single)
  • 1958 - The Ten Commandments of Love - Moonglows (single)
  • 1967 - Love You Til Tuesday - David Bowie (single)
  • 1969 - Johnny Cash at San Quentin - Johnny Cash
  • 1972 -  ohn, I'm Only Dancing - David Bowie (U.K. single)
  • 1977 - Your Generation - Generation X (debut single)
  • 1979 - U2-3 - U2 (debut EP)
  • 1981 - Heart of Mine - Bob Dylan (Europe-only single)
  • 1986 - Press to Play - Paul McCartney
Broadcasts
  • 1965 - Shindig  - James Brown, Booker T. & the MG's
Number Ones – U.S. Singles
  • 1958 - Nel Blu Dipinto Di Blu (Volare) - Domenico Modugno (4 weeks)
  • 1962 - Sheila - Tommy Roe (2 weeks)
  • 1984 - What's Love Got to Do With It - Tina Turner (3 weeks)
  • 1990 - If Wishes Came True - Sweet Sensation (1 week)
Number Ones – U.S. Albums
  • 2007 - High School Musical 2  - Soundtrack (4 weeks)

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