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JD's Rock 'n' Roll Almanac

Rock 'n' Roll Almanac for Saturday, September 20, 2014

90 years ago (1924)Singer Gogi Grant, whose 1956 recording The Wayward Wind spent seven weeks at #1, is born in Philadelphia.
50 years ago (1964)The Beatles perform a charity show in Brooklyn, New York to finish their U.S. tour this day with a charity show. Later that night they appear on on the Ed Sullivan Show.
48 years ago (1966)The Beatles' George Harrison goes to India for his first visit with spiritual guru Maharishi Mahesh Yogi.
47 years ago (1967)Gunnar and Matthew Nelson are born
45 years ago (1969)Associated TV spends a million pounds to gain control of The Beatles' music publishing company, Northern Songs.
45 years ago (1969)Blind Faith's self-titled and only album hits #1 on both the U.S. and U.K. charts.
44 years ago (1970)In Miami, Jim Morrison of the Doors is acquitted on charges of “lewd and lascivious” behavior but is found guilty of indecent exposure and profanity.
43 years ago (1971)Peter Frampton quits Humble Pie to go solo.
42 years ago (1972)Police find cannabis growing on Paul and Linda McCartney's farm.
41 years ago (1973)Singer/songwriter Jim Croce is killed in a plane crash. He was on his way to a concert in Sherman, Texas when the twin-engine plane he was on hits a tree on takeoff from the Natchitoches, Louisiana airport. All are killed. Jim Croce was 30.
41 years ago (1973)Neil Young and Crazy Horse play the opening show at the Roxy L-A's newest rock & roll nightclub.
39 years ago (1975)The Bay City Rollers appear live on the premiere of the Howard Cosell's Saturday Night variety show on ABC. It's an obvious attempt to break the group in the manner Ed Sullivan did for Elvis Presley & The Beatles.
39 years ago (1975)David Bowie's Fame hits #1 on the singles chart while Bad Company's Feel Like Making Love peaks at #10 on the chart.
39 years ago (1975)Bruce Springsteen's Born To Run single is released.
36 years ago (1978)The Who's Who Are You LP goes gold.
34 years ago (1980)Billy Joel's Don't Ask Me Why peaks at #19 on the singles chart while Peter Gabriel's Games Without Frontiers peaks at #48, The Kinks' Lola re-enters the chart and peaks at #81; Bob Seger's You'll Accomp'ny Me peaks at #14 and Pete Townshend's Let My Love Open The Door peaks at #9.
32 years ago (1982)Joan Jett and the Blackhearts' I Love Rock and Roll is certified platinum. The hit is the title track from Jett's second album with the Blackhearts.
31 years ago (1983)The ARMS Benefit concert to raise money to pay for research to fight Multiple Sclerosis, from which former Faces bass player Ronnie Lane suffers, is held at the Royal Albert Hall in London. Among the performers are Eric Clapton, Jimmy Page and Steve Winwood.
29 years ago (1985)Tom Petty and the Heartbreaker's Southern Accents LP is certfied platinum.
7 years ago (2007)Richard “Richie Ramone” Reinhardt of The Ramones files a federal lawsuit against Wal*Mart, Apple, and RealNetworks, claiming he is owed almost $1 million in royalties in songs sold over the Internet.
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