This week in Rock and Roll HistorySeptember 2, 2021
This Week in Rock and Roll History, Sept 12-18September 15, 2021
It’s Throwback Thursday! Here’s what happened this week in Boss rock n’ roll history.
In 1956, Elvis Presley surprised his mother with a gift of a pink Cadillac. In 1964, The Animals started a three-week run at No. 1 on the U.S. singles chart with “House of the Rising Sun.” In 1970, Janis Joplin started recording her version of the Kris Kristofferson and Fred Foster song, “Me and Bobby McGee.” And in 1946, Queen’s Freddy Mercury was born!
In 1970, Jimi Hendrix made his final live appearance when he appeared at the Isle of Fehmarn in Germany. In 1997, Elton John recorded a new version of “Candle in the Wind” after performing the song live at the funeral of Diana, Princess of Wales. The track went on to become the biggest-selling single of all time.
In 1985, David Bowie and Mick Jagger were at No. 1 on the UK singles chart with their version of the Martha and the Vandellas 1964 hit “Dancing in the Street.” In 2001, Michael Jackson was reunited onstage with the Jackson Five at his 30th Anniversary Celebration in Madison Square Garden, ending his 11-year hiatus from performing in the U. S. In 2007, a new study revealed that rock stars were twice as likely to die early as the rest of us, calling rock a “high-risk” industry.
In 1984, Stevie Wonder had his first U.K. No. 1 with “I Just Called to Say I Love You.” In 2020, composer, singer, songwriter, arranger, producer, saxophonist, and co-founding member of Kool & the Gang, Ronald Bell, died age 68. He wrote and produced many of Kool & the Gang’s songs, including “Celebration,” “Cherish,” “Jungle Boogie” and “Summer Madness.” And in 1932, the great Patsy Cline was born.
In 1956, Elvis Presley made his first appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show, performing “Don’t Be Cruel,” “Love Me Tender” and “Ready Teddy.” In 1941, Otis Redding, singer, songwriter, and record producer, was born. After appearing at the 1967 Monterey Pop Festival, Redding wrote and recorded his iconic “(Sittin’ on) The Dock of The Bay” with Steve Cropper. The song became the first posthumous No. 1 record on the Billboard Hot 100 after Redding died in 1967.
In 1962, the BBC banned Bobby ‘Boris’ Pickett and the Crypt Kickers’ single “Monster Mash,” saying it was offensive. The single went on to be a U.K. No. 3 hit in 1973. In 1966, The Supremes started a two-week run at No. 1 on the U.S. singles chart with “You Can’t Hurry Love,” the group’s sixth U.S. No. 1.
In 2001, walking to work in New York (as a comic book illustrator) Gerard Way witnessed the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center. The day’s events inspired him to start a band, and Way became My Chemical Romance’s lead singer. Born today in 1981 was American country music singer-songwriter and founding member of Lady Antebellum, Charles Kelley.