Steve Kline Ages of Rock
September 21, 1968
September 21, 1968
September 16, 2006
Bob Dylan is at #1 on the U.S. album chart with Modern Times. The album enters U.S. charts at #1, making it Dylan’s first album to reach that position since 1976’s Desire, 30 years prior. At 65, Dylan becomes the oldest living musician to top the Billboard albums chart. (85 year-old Tony Bennett breaks this record in 2011 with his Duets album). The record also reaches #1 in Australia, Canada, Denmark, Ireland, New Zealand, Norway and Switzerland. Thunder on the Mountain is the big hit from Modern Times, but the one that lives and never stops playing in my heart and soul is Workingman’s Blues #2.
September 13, 1965
Yesterday by The Beatles, featuring Paul McCartney vocals, acoustic guitar and string quartet, is released as a single in the U.S. Of course, it hits #1 not long after. It is the band’s first solo performance, and band members veto its release as a single in the U.K. However, it is released as a single there in 1976. It becomes the most-covered song in pop history.
September 12, 1931
Born this day in Nashville, Tennessee: Country superstar George Jones. Nicknamed Possum, his signature song is He Stopped Loving Her Today, a track about love and death. He is married to Tammy Wynette between 1969 and 1975 and the pair records several songs together in the 1970s. Jones dies on April 26, 2013 at the age of 81.
September 5, 1964
The Animals start a three-week run at #1 on the U.S. singles chart with House of the Rising Sun. When first released, the time of the song is listed at three minutes, even though it is actually four minutes long. Record execs think if they are truthful about the length of the song, it won’t get any airtime on the radio.
September 4, 1969
The film Easy Rider starring Jack Nicholson, Peter Fonda and Dennis Hopper opens at The Classic in London, England. The movie’s soundtrack features The Band, The Jimi Hendrix Experience and Steppenwolf.