You’re all Harper Valley hypocrites

Steve Kline Ages of Rock

September 21, 1968

Harper Valley PTAJeannie C. Riley goes to #1 on the U.S. singles chart with Harper Valley PTA.

ALSO ON THIS DAY: All I’ve ever learned from love is how to shoot at someone who outdrew ya



You can hang back or fight your best on the frontline

Steve Kline Ages of Rock

September 16, 2006

modern_times_CoverBob 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.

ALSO ON THIS DAY: Goin’ down to the boilin’ ground He doesn’t smoke the same cigarettes as me


I said something wrong

Steve Kline Ages of Rock

September 13, 1965

beatlesYesterday 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.

ALSO ON THIS DAY: Catch a painted pony | We’ll dance the night away


Kept some letters by his bed

Steve Kline Ages of Rock

September 12, 1931

George Jones 1Born 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.

ALSO ON THIS DAY: September when it comes | Lord knows I’ve paid some dues gettin through | People say we monkey around


A suitcase and a trunk

Steve Kline Ages of Rock

September 5, 1964

Rising_sun_animals_USThe 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.

ALSO ON THIS DAY: Gonna take on the world some day | You go strolling through the crowd like Peter Lorre | This train is bound for glory


Take the world in a love embrace

Steve Kline Ages of Rock

September 4, 1969

Easy RiderThe film Easy Rider starring Jack Nicholson, Peter Fonda and Dennis Hopper opens at The Classic in London, England. The movie’s soundtrack features The BandThe Jimi Hendrix Experience and Steppenwolf.

ALSO ON THIS DAY: Once upon a time you dressed so fine | I don’t hear your knock upon my door


A little old fashioned but that’s alright

Steve Kline Ages of Rock

September 2, 1972

Rod Stewart Never a DullRod Stewart is at #1 on the U.K. singles chart with You Wear It Well. It is his second U.K. #1 hit and is taken from his album Never a Dull Moment.

ALSO ON THIS DAY: Love was such an easy game to play | I seek to cure what’s deep inside