September – In Rock History
Number One Songs
1956 Don’t Be Cruel – Elvis Presley
1960 The Twist – Chubby Checker
1962 Sherry – The Four Seasons
1964 Where Did Our Love Go – The Supremes
1966 Sunshine Superman – Donovan
1970 Tears Of A Clown – Smokey Robinson & The Miracles
1973 Let’s Get It On – Marvin Gaye
1974 Kung Fu Fighting – Carl Douglas
1976 Play That Funky Music – Wild Cherry
1979 Cars – Gary Numan
1980 Start! – The Jam
1981Tainted Love – Softcell
1983 Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This) – Eurythmics
1984 I Just Called To Say I Love You – Stevie Wonder
1988 Sweet Child ‘O Mine – Guns ‘n’ Roses
1995 Gangsta’s Paradise – Coolio ft LV
1997 Mo Money Mo Problems – Notorious BIG ft Puff Daddy & Mase
2000 Music – Madonna
2005 Gold Digger – Kanye West ft Jamie Foxx
2006 Sexy Back – Justin Timberlake
The first 33 1/3 LP is released with a demonstration in the Savoy Hotel, New York.
Buddy Holly & The Crickets reach the top of the Singles chart for the only time with ‘That’ll Be The Day’.
A van belonging to the Who is stolen from outside Battersea Dogs Home when the band go inside to buy a guard dog. The van is eventually returned but the five thousand pounds worth of equipment inside is missing.
The new BBC national Pop station, Radio 1, goes live on air for the first time and begins broadcasting. The first record that plays is ‘Flowers In The Rain’ by The Move.
Pink Floyd release ‘Wish You Were Here’, the follow up album to ‘Dark Side Of The Moon’. The album only contains five tracks and one of them, ‘Have A Cigar’ is sung by Roy Harper because neither Roger Waters or Dave Gilmour can reach the high notes. It is extremely difficult for the band to get motivated in the studio. The overwhelming critical, commercial and financial success of ‘Dark Side’ has left the band physically and emotionally drained. They have sketches for three songs but spend most of the time in the studio going through the motions, with their minds and feelings elsewhere. Years later, they are quoted as saying:
“Wish You Were Here was a very good title for that album. I’ve often said what that album should have been called was Wish We Were Here because we weren’t really.”
– Roger Waters, 1989
“It was a very difficult period I have to say. All your childhood dreams had been sort of realized and we had the biggest selling records in the world and all the things you got into it for. The girls and the money and the fame and all that stuff it was all…everything had sort of come our way and you had to reassess what you were in it for and it was a confusing and sort of empty time for a while…”
– David Gilmour, 1992
‘Rapper’s Delight’ is released by the Sugar Hill Gang. It is the first rap song to appear in the charts, reaches Number 36 and sells over eight million copies. The band, comprised of Guy O’Brien (Master Gee), Michael Wright (Wonder Mic), Big Bank Hank and bassist Doug Wimbish is brought together by producer and label owner Sylvia Robinson in an effort to commercialise the underground Hip Hop block party scene.
John Bonham of Led Zeppelin dies in Jimmy Page’s house after a drinking binge. It is reported that the drummer choked on his own vomit while sleeping after drinking approximately forty shots of vodka. Despite preparing for a US tour, the band decide to call it quits following Bonham’s death.
‘Don’t Worry Be Happy’ by Bobby McFerrin becomes the first acappela song to reach the Number 1 spot in the US charts. It also claims Grammys for ‘Song of the Year’ and ‘Best Pop Vocal Performance’.
Bryan Adams’ song, ‘(Everything I Do) I Do It For You’ breaks a UK record by spending it’s twelfth week at Number 1 in the Singles chart. The songs sells over eight million copies during these three months.
Tupac Shakur and Marion ‘Suge’ Knight are shot in Las Vegas following a Mike Tyson fight. Tupac dies six days later of respiratory failure and cardiac arrest at the age of 25. At the time of his death he is the biggest selling rap artist with more than 75 million records sold worldwide.
The largest music bootleg bust in US history takes place. It is estimated that over 100 million dollars are lost in revenues. During the bust, more than 250,000 dollars of recording equipment, 100,000 CDs, 110,000 cassettes, 300,000 blank CDs and four million labels are confiscated.
In the wake of the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, a list of 150 songs that will be banned on US radio is generated. Songs included in the list are:
‘Bennie & The Jets’ – Elton John
‘Get Together’ – The Youngbloods
‘Wipeout’ – Surfaris
Every single song recorded by Rage Against The Machine