Steve Kline Ages of Rock
September 21, 1968
September 21, 1968
September 18, 1939
Francis 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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September 17, 1956
The 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.
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 15, 1962
The 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.
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 11, 1943
Born on this day in Portland, Oregon, American guitarist and singer Jack Ely, best known for singing the Kingsmen’s version of Louie Louie. For a while, the record is banned by a handful of U.S. radio stations because of its indecipherable lyrics, rumored to contain some naughty words. In truth, the lyrics are perfectly innocent. Even the FBI investigates the song, but finally concludes that there is nothing wrong. Ely dies on 27 April 2015.
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