Music Almanac - September 4

Birthdays
  • 1905 - Meade Lux Lewis (d. 1964)
  • 1915 - Dick Thomas (d. 2003)
  • 1942 - Merald "Bubba" Knight (Gladys Knight & the Pips)
  • 1944 - Gene Parsons (Byrds, Flying Burrito Brothers)
  • 1945 - Danny Gatton (d. 1994)
  • 1946 - Gary Duncan (Quicksilver Messenger Service) (d. 2019)
  • 1946 - Greg Elmore (Quicksilver Messenger Service)
  • 1946 - Don Potter (musician and producer)
  • 1950 - Ronald LaPread (Commodores)
  • 1951 - Martin Chambers (Pretenders)
  • 1956 - Blackie Lawless (born Steven Duren) (W.A.S.P.)
  • 1958 - George Hurley (Minutemen)
  • 1960 - Kim Thayil (Soundgarden)
  • 1963 - Sami Yaffa (Hanoi Rocks, New York Dolls)
  • 1970 - Igor Cavalera (Sepultura)
  • 1971 - Ty Longley (Great White) (d. 2003)
  • 1972 - Guto Pryce (Super Furry Animals)
  • 1974 - Carmit Bachar (Pussycat Dolls)
  • 1974 - Nona Gaye
  • 1975 - Mark Ronson
  • 1977 - Lucie Silvas
  • 1980 - Dan Miller (O-Town)
  • 1981 - Beyonce (born Beyonce Knowles)
  • 1981 - Tom Gossin (Gloriana)
  • 1981 - Lacey Sturm (Flyleaf)
  • 1990 - James Bay

Deaths
  • 1991 -  Dottie West - Car accident (58)
  • 2000 -  David Brown (Santana) - Liver and kidney failure (50)

On This Day
  • 1943 -  Curley Williams & his Georgia Peach Pickers debuted on the Grand Ole Opry.
  • 1952 - Gladys Knight & the Pips were formed during Bubba Knight's 10th birthday party. Gladys was only eight at the time.
  • 1954 - Elvis Presley made his first and only appearance at the Grand Ole Opry.
  • 1959 - WCBS radio in New York banned Bobby Darin's Mack the Knife after two teenagers are stabbed.
  • 1964 - The Animals performed live for the first time in the U.S. at the Paramount Theater in Brooklyn.
  • 1965 - The Who had their van stolen with all their equipment. It was later recovered.
  • 1968 - The Beatles made promotional videos for Hey Jude and Revolution at Twickenham Film Studios.
  • 1968 - The Rolling Stones' single Street Fighting Man is banned in Chicago during the Democratic National Convention.
  • 1972 - A concession worker was killed in Texas at a Wishbone Ash concert because he wouldn't give a concert goer a free sandwich.
  • 1986 - Gregg Allman was arrested for DUI. He had just gotten his license back after a five-year suspension.
  • 1987 - Drummer Mike Joyce quit the Smiths.
  • 1996 - Cat Stevens was in London for his first autograph session since 1977.
  • 1997 - Pat Smear announced that he was leaving the Foo Fighters and that Franz Stahl would be replacing him.
  • 2002 - Kelly Clarkson became the first American Idol.
  • 2003 - The Spin Doctors announced they were reforming.
  • 2007 - Sammy Kershaw began his run for the lieutenant governor of Louisiana.

Marriages
  • 2004 - Juvenile and Shadonna Jones
  • 2009 - The-Dream and Christina Milian

Recorded
  • 1924 - Ernest V. Stoneman's first recording session.
  • 1962 -  Love Me Do, Please Please Me and 4 others - Beatles (first formal session at Abbey Road studios)

Released
  • 1948 -  It's Too Soon to Know - Sonny Til & the Orioles (debut single)
  • 1970 -  Get Your Ya-Ya's Out - Rolling Stones
  • 1970 -  My Sweet Lord - George Harrison (single)
  • 1976 -  Beth - Kiss (single)
  • 1976 - Fernando - ABBA (single, US release)
  • 1981 -  Strait Country - George Strait

Awards
  • 1996 - MTV Video Music Awards
    • Video of the Year -  Tonight Tonight - Smashing Pumpkins
    • Male Video -  Where It's At - Beck
    • Female Video, New Artist -  Ironic - Alanis Morissette
    • Group Video -  Big Me - Foo Fighters
    • Hard Rock Video -  Until It Sleeps - Metallica
    • R&B Video -  Killing Me Softly - Fugees
    • Rap Video -  Gangsta's Paradise - Coolio Featuring L.V.
    • Dance Video -  1, 2, 3, 4 (Sumpin' New) - Coolio
    • Alternative Video -  1979 - Smashing Pumpkins
  • 1997 - MTV Video Music Awards
    • Video of the Year -  Virtual Insanity - Jamiroquai
    • Male Video -  Devil's Haircut - Beck
    • Female Video -  You Were Meant For Me - Jewel
    • Group Video -  Don't Speak - No Doubt
    • New Artist -  Sleep to Dream - Fiona Apple
    • Rock Video -  Falling in Love (is Hard on the Knees) - Aerosmith
    • R&B Video -  I'll Be Missing You - Puff Daddy Featuring Faith Evans and 112
    • Rap Video -  Hypnotize - Notorious B.I.G.
    • Dance Video -  Wannabe - Spice Girls
    • Alternative Video -  What I Got - Sublime
    • Video Vanguard Award - LL Cool J, Mark Romanek

Broadcasts
  • 1957 -  The Buddy Dean Show (premier on WJZ-TV in Baltimore) (would be satirized in  Hairspray)
  • 1972 - Jerry Lewis Muscular Dystrophy Telethon - John Lennon and Yoko Ono
  • 1976 -  So It Goes (Granada TV) - Sex Pistols (television debut)

Number Ones - U.S. Singles
  • 1961 -  Michael - Highwaymen (2 weeks)
  • 1965 -  Help! - Beatles (3 weeks)
  • 1971 -  Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey - Paul & Linda McCartney (1 week)
  • 1976 -  You Should Be Dancing - Bee Gees (1 week)
  • 1982 -  Abracadabra - Steve Miller Band (1 week)
  • 1999 -  Bailamos - Enrique Iglesias (2 weeks)

Number Ones - U.S. Albums
  • 1976 - Fleetwood Mac - Fleetwood Mac (1 week)
  • 2004 -  Now That's What I Call Music 16 - Various Artists (1 week)

Number Ones - U.S. R&B Singles
  • 1948 - Messin' Around - Memphis Slim & His House Rockers (2 weeks)
  • 1954 - Oh What a Dream - Ruth Brown (8 weeks)
  • 1976 - Play That Funky Music - Wild Cherry (2 weeks)
  • 1982 - Jump To It - Aretha Franklin (4 weeks)

Number Ones - U.S. Country Singles
  • 1965 - The Bridge Washed Out - Warner Mack (1 week)
  • 1982 - Love Will Turn You Around - Kenny Rogers (1 week)
  • 1993 - Thank God For You - Sawyer Brown (2 weeks)

Number Ones - U.S. Adult Contemporary Singles
  • 1961 - Michael - Highwaymen (5 weeks)
  • 1965 - You Were On My Mind - We Five (5 weeks)
  • 1971 - The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down - Joan Baez (5 weeks)
  • 1976 - Summer - War (1 week)
  • 1999 - You'll Be In My Heart - Phil Collins (4 weeks)

Number Ones - British Singles
  • 1968 - I've Gotta Get a Message to You - Bee Gees (1 week)
  • 1976 - Dancing Queen - ABBA (6 weeks)
  • 1982 - Eye of the Tiger - Survivor (4 weeks)
  • 1999 - Mambo No. 5 (A Little Bit of...) - Lou Bega (2 weeks)
  • 2010 - Dynamite - Taio Cruz (1 week)

Number Ones - British Albums
  • 2004 - Always Outnumbered Never Outgunned - The Prodigy (1 week)
  • 2010 - Recovery - Eminem (1 week (6 previous weeks))

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