Ain’t got time to take a fast train

Steve Kline Ages of Rock

September 23, 1967

box topsThe Box Tops begin four weeks atop the U.S. singles chart with The Letter, which will peak at #5 in the U.K. The record sells more than four million copies and receives two Grammy nominations. It is also a Top Ten hit for Joe Cocker in 1970.

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The brightest stars up in the skies

Steve Kline Ages of Rock

September 18, 1939

Frankie VenusFrancis Avallone is born in Philadelphia. He will grow up to become 1950s teen idol Frankie Avalon — singer and actor. He is an icon of the Beach Movie — frequently teaming with Annette Funicello, another teen superstar. He is performing and touring to this day.

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Every lassie digs a laddie

Steve Kline Ages of Rock

September 17, 1956

bill-haley-and-his-comets-rockin-through-the-rye-1956The BBC bans Rockin’ Through the Rye by Bill Haley and His Comets. The song goes against traditional British standards, the BBC says. The record, based on an 18th Century Scottish folk tune, is at #5 on U.K. charts at the time.

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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.

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Tell her everything is all right

Steve Kline Ages of Rock

September 15, 1962

sherryThe Four Seasons start a five week run at #1 on the U.S. singles chart with Sherry. It peaks at #8 in the U.K. It is followed by #1 hits Big Girls Don’t Cry and Walk Like a Man, making The Four Seasons the first American group to have three #1’s in succession.

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I’ll give you a man who wants to rule the world

Steve Kline Ages of Rock

September 14, 1984

David Bowie wins Video of the Year at the first MTV video awards for China Girl. The song is co-written by Iggy Pop and Bowie during their time in Berlin.

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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.

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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.

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