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11/13/76, Sir Roderick David Stewart a.k.a. Rod Stewart, “Tonight’s the night,” with some French luvin by his girlfriend Britt Ekland, hits #1 in America for the first of eight weeks. He is a British rock and pop singer, songwriter, and Grammy winner who has had 16 top ten singles in the US, with four reaching number one on the Billboard hot 100. Inducted into Rocks Hall of Fame class of 1994. TUNE IN HEAR.

11/12/66, The Monkees‘ self-titled debut album hits #1 in America and stays for 13 weeks. The four member group are an American rock and pop band originally active between 1966 and 1971. They have sold over 70 million records worldwide. Many times the Monkees contributed their own songwriting attempts on their LP’s and improved their musical skills. They grew into a self-directed group, playing their own instruments and writing songs. TUNE IN HEAR.

11/11/61, American singer, songwriter, musician and activist Joan Chandos Baez plays her first major headlining concert, opening at New York’s Town Hall in a sold-out, critically acclaimed show. Baez music is diverse in genres of folk rock, pop, country, and gospel. Amnesty International created the Joan Baez Award in 2011, given every year to an artists’ for works with human rights and inspirations in music, film, sculpture, paint or other mediums. Inducted into Rocks Hall of Fame in 2017. TUNE IN HEAR.

11/10/83, American singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist including washboard, Miranda Lambert is born in Longview, Texas.  Lambert won the ACM for Female Vocalist of the Year for 9 consecutive years, surpassing Reba McEntire as the most awarded in the category. She also became the first woman to have won the CMA Award for Album of the Year twice. Miranda has won two Grammys. TUNE IN HEAR.

11/9/58, American singer, musician and actor Elvis Presley, had a huge hit “Hound Dog” and with “Don’t Be Cruel” on the flip side – becoming only the third record in history to sell more than three million copies, following Bing Crosby’s “White Christmas and Gene Autry’s “Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer.” He is regarded as one of the greatest figures in music and pop culture icon of the 20th century and is also known as the”King of Rock and Roll”. Elvis has numerous awards and billboard chart appearances including best selling solo artist of all time. TUNE IN HEAR.

11/8/99, In memory of American jazz trumpet player, percussionist & composer Lester Bowie passed aged 58 from liver cancer. Inducted into the Down Beat Jazz Hall of Fame 2001. Bowie exemplifies jazz’s links to other forms of popular music. Bowie embraced techniques from the whole history of jazz trumpet, filling his music with humorous smears, blats, growls, and half-valve effects. TUNE IN HEAR

11/7/2001, Louisiana born singer-songwriter, actor, record producer, and 3 time Grammy winner Tim McGraw is named Entertainer of the Year at the Country Music Association Awards held at Nashville’s Grand Ole Opry House. Fans downloaded a version of his performance of the song “Things Change. The song was played frequently on radio, becoming the first country song to appear on the Billboard charts from a fully downloaded version. Tim has sold over 80 million records and has numerous awards including 14 ACM’s and 11 CMA’s. TUNE IN HEAR.

11/6/93 , Melissa Etheridge electrifies the crowd at Neil Young’s annual Bridge School benefit concert at Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, California, with a rendition of Janis Joplin’s “Piece of my heart.” Warren Zevon, Bonnie Raitt, Ann and Nancy Wilson (of Heart), Sammy Hagar, Eddie Van Halen, and Simon & Garfunkel also perform. Partial proceeds benefited the Bridge School, which assists children with severe physical impairments and complex communication needs. TUNE IN HEAR

11/5/88, American singer-songwriter and guitarist Edie Arlisa Brickell and folk rock group the New Bohemians are the musical guests on Saturday Night Live. Brickell meets Paul Simon on the broadcast, whom she marries in 1992. There most successful song “What I am“, reached the billboard top ten in 1988. She also had a role as a folk singer in the 1989 Hollywood film “Born on the 4th of July”. TUNE IN HEAR.

11/4/72, With reggae catching fire in America, “I Can See Clearly Now” by American singer-songwriter, actor, and composer Johnny Lester Nash hits #1 on the billboard Hot 100 for a 4 week run, also becoming the first reggae tune to top the chart. The song also topped the billboard adult contemporary chart. His music career includes a total of 17 albums. Nash recently passed away peacefully at his Houston home on 10/6/2020 from natural causes. TUNE IN HEAR.

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11/3/57, CBS-TV’s Ed Sullivan Show accidentally cuts off Sam Cooke mid-song when “You send me” isn’t given enough time at the end of show. Sullivan invites the singer back the next month to make up for it. Sam was an American singer, songwriter, entrepreneur, and soul pioneer. He was influential as a composer and producer, and is often referred to as the King of Soul due to his prominent voice and importance to popular music. TUNE IN HEAR.

11/2/1996, American singer, guitarist, and pianist Eva Cassidy gone too soon, losing her battle with cancer at age 33. Known for her performance influences of jazz, folk, and the blues. In the next few years, her music is discovered in the UK and aired on BBC radio. Her posthumously released recordings become a big success, appearing on top of the UK charts and soon become popular worldwide. Her Songbird album reached #1 in 2001. Her life story has been tailored into a musical and a Broadway bit for cancer benefit. TUNE IN HEAR.

11/1/94, Mariah Carey’s album Merry Christmas is released. By the end of the year, it sold over 3 million copies. Mariah is a singer-songwriter, actress, record producer, and five time grammy winner. She has sold over 200 million records worldwide making her one of the best selling artist of all time. Billboard named her the top female artist of all time in the USA. TUNE IN HEAR.

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10/31/62, Robert George Pickett was an American singer, songwriter, actor, and comedian known for co-writing and performing the 1962 hit song “Monster Mash”. He also hosted a weekly DJ show in Los Angeles circa 1962-63. The song was heard all over the airwaves, becoming the most popular Halloween song of all time. The record reached #1 on billboard for 2 weeks in ’62 and sold a million copies making it a gold status. TUNE IN HEAR.

10/30/2002, Jason Mizell aka Jam Master Jay of Run DMC, age 37, is shot and killed at a recording studio in the Jamaica neighborhood of Queens, New York. This was an unsolved murder until 2020, Ronald Washington and Karl Jordan Jr. were indicted for Mizell’s murder. Run DMC is credited with breaking hip hop into mainstream music. Inducted into Rock Hall of Fame 2009. TUNE IN HEAR.

10/29/98, Singer/guitarist Brian Setzer files suit against Ken Kinnally, a former member of Setzer’s pre-Stray Cats group the Bloodless Pharaohs. Setzer alleges that, without his knowledge or consent, Kinnally licensed 1978 studio tracks and 1979 live recordings to Collectibles Records, which issued an album titled Brian Setzer & the Bloodless Pharaohs. TUNE IN HEAR.

10/28/91, American jump blues singer Billy Wright passes away aged to 59. Born in Atlanta Georgia, an uncertainty as to what year he was born and no clarity to this day. His first record, “Blues for My Baby”, went to number 3 on the Billboard R&B chart in 1949. He had 3 more top ten records on the R&B chart. A flamboyant performer, known to many as the “Prince of the Blues” and important to Atlanta blues after World War II. Billy is also considered one of Little Richard’s greatest influences. TUNE IN HEAR.

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10/27/33, the birth of Grammy winner Floyd Cramer, who was a self taught pianist born in Shreveport, Louisiana and raised in Huttig, Arkansas. He is known for his ” slip note” style of piano play becoming one of the ” architects of the Nashville sound”. In 1955 he became the busiest recording studio session player in the country music industry. He played piano for many artists including Patsy Cline, Jim Reeves, the Browns, Eddy Arnold, Brenda Lee, Roy Orbison, Elvis, and others. Cramer had a successful solo career with 21 charted billboard singles in genres of pop, country, r&b, and adult contemporary. Inducted into Country Hall of Fame 2003 and Rock Hall of Fame 2004. He aged to 64 passed from lung cancer. TUNE IN HEAR.

10/26/66, English pop singer Alma Cogan dies of ovarian cancer at age 34. She was a traditional pop music voice and known for her Giggle. Alma was the highest paid British female entertainer of her era. Cogan was close to the Beatles especially John. It was Paul who first played the melody of “Yesterday” on her piano; he also played tambourine on her recording of “I Knew Right Away”. Cogan’s club dates were set-up and all was a go in early 1966, but after the 2nd performance, she collapsed on stage leading to hospital treatments. TUNE IN HEAR.

10/25/2002, Actor, singer, sports athlete, live stage performer, film director, Grammy winner, and Limerick, Ireland born Richard John Harris passes away from Hodgkin’s disease in London, England, at age 72. Richard is considered one of Ireland’s most beloved figures of all time. He had a number one singing hit in Australia and Canada with ” McArthur Park ” in 1968. The single also appeared in the top ten both in the UK and USA. Harris appeared in numerous films since 1959 and his last acting role portrayed Professor Albus Dumbledore in the first two Harry Potter movies. TUNE IN HEAR.

10/24/71, On what would have been Jiles Perry Richardson 41st birthday ( a.k.a. the big bopper ), folk singer-songwriter Don McLean‘s second album, American Pie, is released. The LP goes to #1 and sends him from folk obscurity to pop culture star. The title track is about the 1959 date when Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, J.P. Richardson and pilot all died in a plane crash. It is also the longest song to reach #1 on billboard a running time of 8:36. McLean was inducted into the songwriters Hall of Fame in 2004. TUNE IN HEAR.

10/23/2015, Following the release of her acclaimed Greatest Hits: Decade #1 album, season four American Idol winner Carrie Underwood, issues her fifth studio album, Storyteller. A chart-topping hit, it makes her the first artist in history to have six consecutive #1 albums on the Country chart. Underwood is the sixth highest-certified female artist, the second highest-certified country artist and the highest-certified female country artist of all time on the RIAA’s. TUNE IN HEAR.

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10/22/2012, Troyal Garth Brooks is inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame. This American singer, songwriter, and multi-award winning artist, has sold over 170 million records globally, placing Garth Brooks as one of the top selling artist of all time. Brooks is responsible for bringing the pop and rock elements into country music. Today he is the only music artist in history to achieve 9 diamond status albums. In addition, Garth holds the record for 22 CMA career wins. In 2020 he was awarded the Billboard Icon Award. TUNE IN HEAR.

10/21/95, Blind Melon lead singer, songwriter, and musician Richard Shannon Hoon dies of a drug overdose at age 28 in New Orleans. Hoon was born in 1967 Lafayette, Indiana and in 1985 at age 18, relocated to Los Angeles where he would meet musicians Brad Smith and Roger Stevens. By 1990, the band was formed and named after a Cheech and Chong character Blind Melon Chitlin. Hoon became friends with Axl Rose who invited him to Guns and Roses recording studio and sing backup vocals on a couple of tracks for “Use your illusion” album. TUNE IN HEAR.

10/20/77, American rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd members Ronnie Van Zant and Steve Gaines perrish in a plane crash near Gillsburg, Mississippi. Gaines’ sister, a backup singer with the group, is also killed along with two pilots and the band’s manager. Other members of the group are badly injured. Lynyrd Skynyrd disbanded after the tragedy, reuniting only on one occasion to perform an instrumental version of “Free Bird” at Charlie Daniels’ Volunteer Jam V in January 1979. Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2006. Known to have popularized southern rock genre. The group has sold over 28 million records to date in the states. Ranked in the top 100 for greatest artist of all time by Rolling Stone magazine. TUNE IN HEAR.

10/19/44, Reggae musician, record producer, promoter, and singer-songwriter Peter Tosh is born Winston Hubert McIntosh in Grange Hill, Jamaica. He was one of the members of the legendary Wailers group along with Bob Marley and Bunny Wailer. Peter had a successful solo career and won a Grammy for best reggae performance in 1987. His credits in instruments are guitar, keyboards, violin, drums, percussions and vocals. Gone too soon, Tosh was murdered at his home at the young age of 42. TUNE IN HEAR.

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10/18/84, Jazz bassist, violinist, multi-guitarist, singer, songwriter, composer, instructor, music professor, and 4 time Grammy winner Esperanza Spalding is born in Portland, Oregon. Her ability to sing in several languages broadens her reach to fans and literally speaks volumes. Esperanza wins the 2011 Grammy Award for Best New Artist, becoming the first Jazz artist to do so… beating out nominees Justin Bieber, Drake, and Mumford & sons in the process. Best Birthday wishes today! TUNE IN HEAR.

10/17/87,You Win Again” by the Bee Gees hits #1 in the UK, making them the first group with UK chart-toppers in three different decades (the ’60, ’70s and ’80s). The trio brother group were singers, songwriters, record producers, They have sold over 200 million records worldwide making them one of the best selling artists of all time. Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hame of Fame 1997 and noted as the 3rd most successful group behind the Beatles and Supremes. TUNE IN HEAR.

10/16/69, Leonard Chess, founder of Chess Records, dies from a heart attack at age 52. He was a Polish-born American record company executive and the co-founder of Chess Records. Leonard was influential in the development of electric blues, Chicago blues, and rock and roll. Leonard Chess was the key figure behind a label that, along with Atlantic and Sun, had come to exemplify the independent record business. …also setting new standards for the industry in artist development, deal making, networking, marketing and promotion. Chess was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987, posthumously, in the non-performer category. TUNE IN HEAR.

10/15/77, Singer, actress, author, and spokesperson Deborah Ann Boone‘s “You Light Up My Life” hits #1 on billboard for the first of 10 weeks, the longest consecutive chart run in the history of the Hot 100 at the time. This became the biggest song of 1977. The song is from a movie of the same name starring Didi Conn as an aspiring singer. Debby Boone is a 3 time Grammy winner including best new artist of ’77. TUNE IN HEAR.

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10/14/2006, Opening for Rascal Flatts at Madison Square Garden, Eric Church goes off-course playing a little “Crazy Train” and staying on stage past his allowed time. He is kicked off the tour and replaced by a talented newcomer named Taylor Swift. Eric is the contemporary country’s version of an outlaw, with as much interest in hard rock and southern rock as classic country mavericks. TUNE IN HEAR.

10/13/74, Renowned television host Ed Sullivan dies of esophageal cancer in New York City, at age 73. Sullivan was a broadcasting pioneer at many levels during television’s infancy. Before MTV, Sullivan presented rock acts. Before Bravo, he presented jazz and classical music and theater. Before the Comedy Channel, even before there was the Tonight Show, Sullivan discovered, anointed and popularized young comedians.  In 1996, Sullivan was ranked as one of the ” Greatest TV Stars of All Time”. TUNE IN HEAR.

10/12/1997, John Denver, an avid amateur pilot who loves flying experimental aircraft, dies at 53 when the plane he is flying crashes into the Pacific Ocean. John was an American singer-songwriter ( folk, country, pop, contemporary, soft rock) record producer, actor, activist, and humanitarian. By 1974, he was one of America’s best-selling performers, and described as “among the most beloved entertainers of his era”. Inducted into the 1996 songwriters Hall of Fame and 2 time Grammy winner. TUNE IN HEAR.

10/11/69, McKinley Morganfield, known professionally as Muddy Waters, is severely injured in a car crash just outside Chicago that leaves three other passengers dead. Waters will remain absent from music for about a year, and will rarely stand up on stage again. He was an American Blues singer-songwriter and musician who was an important figure in the post-war blues scene, and is often cited as the “Father of modern Chicago Blues”. His style of playing has been described as “Raining down Delta beatitude”. TUNE IN HEAR.

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10/10/63, Remembering singer-songwriter, actress, and Cabaret performer, Edith Piaf, who passed away from liver cancer. She was only 47. Her raw, passionate, and powerful voice never to be forgotten. Born Édith Giovanna Gassion, noted as France’s national Chanteuse and one of the country’s most widely known international stars. Her musical career are in the realms of Chanson, Torch songs, Cabaret, and Music Theatre. TUNE IN HEAR.

10/09/85, a section of New York City’s Central Park is christened “Strawberry Fields“, paying tribute to one of the greatest figures in popular music. John Lennon was a singer, songwriter, musician, activist, author, art drawer, actor, composer, record producer, experimentalist, and founding member of @thebeatles. Strawberry Fields is a 2-1/2 acre section on the West side of Central Park, beautifully built with many elm trees, shrubs, rocks, flowers, and in the center lies the “Imagine” mosaic. The mosaic symbolizes a vision and hope for a world without strife, war, and conflict. Additionally, there is a plaque that displays more than 120 countries responsible for maintaining the grounds keeping and kind donations for the area. Today is Lennon’s 80th birthday 10/09/1940, and since 1985, Strawberry Fields is known as a “Garden of Peace“. TUNE IN HEAR.

10/08/2011, Pianist Roger Williams dies of pancreatic cancer in Encino, California, at age 87. He was an American popular music pianist. Known as “one of the most popular instrumentalists of the mid-20th century”, and “the rare instrumental pop artist to strike a lasting commercial chord,” Williams had 22 hit singles like this 1955 chart-topping instrumental version of “Autumn Leaves“. He was a Navy boxing champion, played for nine U.S. Presidential administrations, and had a gold Steinway & Sons grand piano model named in his honor. TUNE IN HEAR.

10/07/95, Alanis Morissette‘s Jagged Little Pill reaches the top of the US albums chart in its 15th week, giving the Maverick label, founded by Madonna, its first #1. Morissette is the fourth female artist to have a debut album reach #1 in the 1990s, following Paula Abdul, Mariah Carey, and Toni Braxton. TUNE IN HEAR.

10/06/2020, Van Halen co-founder and leader Eddie Van Halen, widely hailed as one of the greatest guitarists who ever lived, dies of throat cancer at 65. He was well known for popularizing the tapping guitar solo technique, allowing rapid arpeggios to be played with two hands on the fretboard. Van Halen has sold over 80 million records world-wide, making the group one of the best selling acts of all time. TUNE IN HEAR.

10/05/2012, Pop, soul, R&B singer/songwriter, and musician Adele, posts her new theme to Skyfall, the 23rd film in the James Bond series. The award winning films song, written by Adele and her songwriting partner Paul Epworth, features a 77-piece backing orchestra. In an informal Billboard poll, 69% of responses vote it the best theme to a Bond film ever. Adele has sold over 120 million records worldwide making her one of the best selling artist of all time. TUNE IN HEAR

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10/04/70, #JanisJoplin is found dead at the Landmark Hotel in Hollywood after a heroin overdose. She was just 27. Joplin’s road manager, John Cooke, went looking for her when she didn’t turn up for a recording session. When there was no answer at her door, he got the key from the front desk and found Joplin dead. The singer had battled heroin addiction and seemed to have it beat, but while recording her Pearl album, she started taking it again in small doses to get her through the sessions. Around 11 p.m. on October 3, she and the band grabbed some food and a few drinks at Barney’s Beanery before arriving to the Landmark, where they were staying. TUNE IN HEAR.

10/03/67, Woodrow(Woody) Wilson Guthrie dies at age 55 after a long battle with Huntington’s disease. He was an American singer-songwriter and musician in the talents of guitar, mandolin, harmonica, and fiddle. Guthrie is considered one of the most significant figures in American Western folk music. Guthrie wrote hundreds of country, folk, and  childrens songs, along with ballads and improvised works. TUNE IN HEAR.

10/2/2017, American singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, record producer, and actor Tom Petty, dies at 66. Petty has sold more than 80 million records worldwide, making him one of the biggest selling music artists of all time. Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame class of 2002. Petty received the Billboard Century Award, the organization’s highest honor for creative achievement on December 6, 2005. TUNE IN HEAR.

10/01/47, Bing Crosby broadcasts the first ever pre-recorded radio show when he airs his Philco Radio Time show on the ABC network using a magnetophon, a German recording technology discovered and brought to America by US Army Corps. The magnetophon leads to the evolution of multi-track recording technology, which revolutionizes the music industry. Crosby becomes an investor in the technology, which he uses so he doesn’t have to always do his shows live. TUNE IN HEAR.

9/30/12, It was eight years ago today as singer, actress, record producer, mom, and 5 time Grammy winner #FaithHill becomes the first country artist to debut a song on Twitter, when she posts #AmericanHeart.
Some say it inspires and holds a special place that we all have in our hearts. The video was nominated for best female video of the year. Media source was quoted “Times are hard and people are struggling, but our spirit as Americans always seems to prevail.” CMA female vocalist of the year 2000. TUNE IN HEAR.

9/29/77, Star Wars Theme/Cantina Band by Meco is the number one song on the Billboard hot 100. The longplay tune consists of Star Wars music set to a disco beat. There’s even an R2-D2 bleeping solo. The film is an iconic culture sci-fi shift. A perfect flashback for those who remember going to a roller disco while listening to this song. Meco goes by the real name of Domenico Monardo, and he is both band leader and record producer. Along with this composition, he also released similar pieces based on Close Encounters of the Third KindThe Wizard of Oz, and other blockbuster films. TUNE IN HEAR.

9/28/91, Jazz legend Miles Davis dies of pneumonia, respiratory failure and stroke at age 65. He was an American jazz trumpeter, bandleader, and composer. He is among the most influential and acclaimed figures in the history of jazz and 20th-century music. Also considered one of the most innovative, influential, and respected figures in the history of music. Miles is an eight time Grammy winner. TUNE IN HEAR.

9/27/80, Kurtis Blow becomes the first rapper to perform on national television when he does “The Breaks” on Soul Train. Host Don Cornelius is confused. “It doesn’t make sense to old guys like me,” he tells Kurtis in the interview segment. Kurtis is the first rap artist with the first certified gold record. TUNE IN HEAR.

9/26/37, Bessie Smith dies of severe injuries she sustained in a late-night car accident near Clarksdale, Mississippi, at age 43. It was said she was refused admission to a whites-only hospital, resulting in her bleeding to death. In actuality, two ambulances were at the scene – one for the white hospital and one for the black hospital – and being in the Deep South during segregation, she was transported via black ambulance, where her arm was amputated before she died. Had she been taken to the white hospital, however, she would not have been treated. TUNE IN HEAR.

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9/25/80, Gone too soon music legend #JohnHenryBonham aged 32. He is regarded in many media polls as the greatest drummer of all time. His power, energy, groove, and showmanship, had left a severe impact on the music community, fans, and numerous drummers to this day.
John’s favorite entertainers growing up were Jazz musicians, in the likes of #MaxRoach#GeneKrupa#JoeMorello, and #BuddyRich.
John is best known as the drummer for English Rock band #LedZeppelin. Posthumously inducted into the #rockandroll Hall of Fame with Led Zep in 1995.
Outside of Zep throughout the 70’s, John would be invited to play on a track studio recorded single with other artists such as #PaulMcCartney & Wings, #HarryNilsson#MauriceGibb, and RoyWood shown here below from one of the greatest years of Music 1979. Keep your hands on the wheel and TUNE IN HEAR.

9/24/60, Hank Ballard and the Midnighters‘ “Let’s Go, Let’s Go, Let’s Go” enters the Billboard Hot 100, joining their songs “Finger Poppin’ Time” and “The Twist” (the original version) on the chart. This made history as the first time a musical group had three songs on the Billboard Hot 100 at the same time. TUNE IN HEAR.

9/23/52, Country Great and Hall of Famer Hank Williams made his last recording, “Your Cheatin’ Heart. The song was released in January 1953 after his death and became an instant hit, topping the Billboard Country & Western Chart for six weeks. The song is considered Hank Williams “signature song”. TUNE IN HEAR.

9/22/92, Vice President Dan Quayle says that Tupac Shakur 2Pacalypse Now album “has no place in our society” and calls on record stores to stop selling it. Quayle has beef with Tupac’s lyrics about “dropping a cop,” as heard in the track “Soulja’s Story.” Many of the rapper’s songs deal with police racism and brutality. TUNE IN HEAR.

9/21/78, Do you remember the 21st night of September? The first line of Earth, Wind & Fire’s song isn’t written for any particular reason – it just sounds good. This American band has spanned the musical genres of R&B, soul, funk, jazz, disco, pop, rock, dance, Latin, and Afro pop. The group has won 7 Grammy’s. TUNE IN HEAR.

9/20/73, American folk and rock singer-songwriter Jim Croce along with five others, were killed in a plane crash in Natchitoches, Louisiana, at age 30. An hour before the crash, Croce had completed a concert at Northwestern State University in Natchitoches; he was flying to Sherman, Texas, for a concert at Austin College. Gone too soon and just when his music career was beginning to gain a popular following. TUNE IN HEAR.

9/19/73, Gram Parsons of The Byrds dies at age 26 . Parsons had been recovering from drug and alcohol addiction, but relapsed during his trip to Joshua Tree National Park. He was an American singer, songwriter, guitarist and pianist. Parsons music described as influential for country and rock, blending the two genres to the point that they became indistinguishable from each other. The influence impacts of today are respectfully immeasurable. TUNE IN HEAR.

9/18/98, Award winning singer, songwriter, actress, and record producer Reba McEntire gets a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in front of the Johnny Grant Building at 7018 Hollywood Boulevard. She is star number 2,120. Her music career credits are 42 number one singles and 16 number one albums. Reba has sold over 75 million records and is often referred as the Queen of Country. TUNE IN HEAR.

9/17/83, Star Search debuts on CBS. Hosted by Ed McMahon, the TV talent competition introduces scores of future superstars, many from the music realm, including Justin TimberlakeBritney SpearsAlanis MorissetteJessica SimpsonChristina AguileraTiffanyLeAnn RimesUsherAaliyah, and Destiny’s Child. The tv series aired from 1983 to 2004 and will always be known as the worlds best talent finder program. TUNE IN HEAR.

9/16/77, Marc Bolan of T.Rex dies in a car accident in Barnes, London. He aged to 29. English singer, songwriter, musician, record producer, and poet. He was one of the pioneers’ of glam rock movement of the 70’s and to many is known to be the one who started the glam scenery. Bolan will be posthumously inducted into the class of 2020 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. TUNE IN HEAR.

9/15/73, Víctor Lidio Jara Martínez was a Chilean teacher, theater director, poet, singer-songwriter, musician, and communist political activist. The folk singer was murdered for his music. Victor was tortured and killed under orders by the country’s new dictator, Augusto Pinochet. The incident inspires Calexico’s 2008 track ” Victor Jara’s Hands”. TUNE IN HEAR.

9/14/68, The Archies Saturday morning cartoon TV show debuts. The Archies first appeared in a comic book, (April 1967). The fictional band was inspired by the success of the 1966 TV series The Monkees. Their most successful song, “Sugar, Sugar“, became one of the biggest hits of the bubblegum pop genre that flourished from 1968 to 1973. TUNE IN HEAR.

9/13/25, Remembering #jazz singer, musician, composer, songwriter, author, actor, and radio broadcaster #MelTorme on his birthday. Known to the music community and fans as ” The Velvet Fog”. In 1943, he made his film debut in Sinatra’s musical “Higher and Higher”. His 1947 film appearance made him a teen idol. He won 2 grammys and had 14 nominations. TUNE IN HEAR.

9/12/03, celebrating a songwriter, actor, singer, musician, not defined by a single genre. #johnnycash is remembered today and his diversity is shown in five major Hall of Fames. Cash is an 18 time Grammy winner, and is only the second artist to be inducted into both country and rock hall of fames, the other is Elvis. Having sold over 90 million records worldwide, Cash is one of the biggest selling artist of all time. Hear is a tune to start your new day! TUNE IN HEAR.

9/11/2001, In memory to all who passed away on this unforgettable day. We all live, love, laugh, dream, cry, and hope. Tomorrow is never promised…true statement indeed. Music helps the healing process, although we will always mourn loved ones, its the gift of music to help us all through troubled times. TUNE IN HEAR.

9/10/66, The Supremes championed a two week run at the top of billboard singles chart with ‘You Can’t Hurry Love’, this was the group’s sixth number 1 in the states since the world was introduced to the artists in 1959. The single also gave Phil Collins a UK number 1 in 1982. #TheSupremes are America’s most successful vocal group to this day with 12 number 1 singles on billboard’s hot 100. This group’s impact towards future mainstreams in R&B, soul, and pop cultures are beyond words. TUNE IN HEAR.

9/9/55, Allow me to take you back to the 50’s for a moment. Today on September the 9th, a pop culture iconic dual music system is introduced. It was the first to hold 100 singles and capable of playing same number of EPs. This self contained media moved an entire younger generation preferring the 45’s. Music technology sure has come along way in 65 years!  WITNESS IT HEAR.

9/8/47, Remembering Benjamin Orr on his birthday today. Gone too soon. Co-founder, lead vocals, bassist, and songwriter for #TheCars .Inducted into Rock Hall of Fame class of 2018 with The Cars. Awarded best new artist/group of 1978. The American group out of Boston, is known to be an important part of #newwave rock culture of the late 70’s and a bridge to the 80’s in appealing pop sound. The debut album had sold over 6 million copies and remained on the billboard 200 chart for 139 weeks! TUNE IN HEAR

9/7/75, Since the early sixties, #TheGuessWho perform their final concert in Montreal & officially disband weeks later. There would be future reunions and the group would be inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame in 1987. There are many older decades artists who deserve to be inducted into the Rock Hall of Fame in Cleveland, this is one of those bands and all Guess Who fans are saddened of the fact that this talented and well liked band have been denied entry. In honor of #BuddyHolly birthday today ( 9/7/1936 ), discover this early track radio media single debut from the group. TUNE IN HEAR.

9/6/90, Tom Fogerty dead at 48. His contributions as a guitarist & vocalist in genres of #bluesrock , #countryrock , & #swamprock not forgotten. In the 80’s, Fogerty underwent back surgery, and was given a blood transfusion which was not screened for HIV. This resulted in his contraction of the AIDS virus which eventually led to his passing. Inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame 1993 with #CCR . If you luv CCR, you may want to TUNE IN HEAR.

9/5/64, During the British Invasion #theAnimals hit #1 in U.S.A. with “The House Of The Rising Sun”, which broke the overall Beatle billboard domination streak as a chart topper. The traditional song became a popular African American #folksong and had been sung/covered by artists #Leadbelly ,#Guthrie , #NinaSimone .
No one can claim rights to the song, meaning it can be recorded and sold royalty-free. Many artists have covered the song after Eric Burdon and The Animals success. This song is very deep, haunting, and moving. The original Author of this traditional folk song is unknown to this day. TUNE IN HEAR

9/4/02, America votes the 20 year old waitress Kelly Clarkson as the first #Americanidol season winner. Her credits as a singer, songwriter, actress, author, tv personality, mom, 3 time Grammy winner, and currently holds the record with the most Grammy nominations (15) for best pop vocal album and pop solo performance.
Kelly is the first artist in history to top each of Billboards Pop, Adult Contemporary, Country, Adult Pop, and Dance charts. TUNE IN HEAR

9/3/70, Songwriter and musician frontman #Alanwilson found dead, aged 27. His contributions in lead vocals, guitar, & harmonica, not forgotten. Canned Heat group members and fellow musicians community knew him as the ‘Blind Owl’ and in his teen years, his musical interests in jazz, folk, and blues, should be well noted. His death was ruled as a drug overdose and it is not fully clear whether this was accidental or suicide. No note was found however, Alan had been battling severe depression for months prior to his death. TUNE IN HEAR.

9/2/95, The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame opens in Cleveland Ohio, with opening ceremony performances from numerous greats, legends, and pioneers. The Hall of Fame foundation was established in 1983, and the location was chosen in 1986, on the shore of Lake Erie. Other cities were considered including Philadelphia, Memphis, Detroit, Cincinnati, and NYC. TUNE IN HEAR.

9/1/2020, Hello September: The 1st day of September, I always think of Sara Vaughn and the title song. She is a legend in her own ryche, as an American jazz singer known as “The Divine One”, from the Music community and fans, 4 time Grammy winner, and pianist. The song was originally done in 1939 and has been covered by multiple artists including this one from Sara Vaughn TUNE IN HEAR

8/31/39, Frank Sinatra records “All Or Nothing At All,” his first recording and also one of his first popular songs heard all over radio. This singer, actor, and producer would sell over 150 million records globally. He is one of the most influential figures of the 20th century. Sinatra was the world’s first rockstar before the term ever came to existence. TUNE IN HEAR.

8/30/93, Billy Joel is the first musical guest on David Letterman first CBS show at the historical restored Ed Sullivan Theatre NYC. After hosting his own show on NBC for many years, Dave and NBC parted ways. Mr Letterman enjoyed great success on CBS network for many years until his retirement. Billy Joel fans TUNE IN HEAR.

8/29/70, It is day 4, Isle of Wight Festival provides many great performances including Miles Davis,The Doors,The Who, and Joni Mitchell’s set is interrupted by a hippie named Yogi Joe who has to be removed by security. It also features Emerson, Lake, and Palmer in only their second live performance, which is later released as the album Live at the Isle of Wight Festival 1970. It is said to be largest human gathering on the planet at the time. TUNE IN HEAR.

8/28/82, Country/Pop singer, actress, songwriter, and childrens book author Margaret LeAnn Rimes is born in Jackson, Ms. She appeared on the National Network show ” Star Search” impressing host Ed McMahon. Her first song hit occurred at age 13, making her the youngest Country artist since 1972 Tanya Tucker to chart. LeAnn has multiple awards including 2 grammys and billboard ranked her in the top 20 most successful artist from the 90’s decade. In 2009 she was given a high honor receiving the Humanitarian Award. TUNE IN HEAR.

8/27/90 , Remembering Stevie Ray Vaughan today. Following a concert at the Alpine Valley Music Theater where earlier in the evening he appeared with Robert Cray, Buddy Guy, Eric Clapton, and his older brother, Jimmie Vaughan, Stevie and 4 others perish in a helicopter crash near East Troy, Wisconsin. He was 35 years old and laid to rest in Dallas. In 1994 the city of Austin, built the Stevie Ray Vaughan Memorial on the hiking trail beside Lady Bird Lake. Inducted into Blues Hall of Fame 2000 & Rock Hall of Fame class of 2015 with band Double Trouble. TUNE IN HEAR.

8/26/60, Jazz saxophonist & music explorer Branford Marsalis, born in Breaux Bridge, La. One of the most honorable & respected instrumentalists, 3 time Grammy winner. Happy 60th Birthday! From 1992-95, he led the Tonight Show Band. Mr. Marsalis has been active since 1980. He has recorded with many greats of the industry including 1985 album ” The Dream of the Blue Turtles” with Sting. Branford also performed at the 1985 Live Aid event. TUNE IN HEAR.

8/25/01, Remembering Singing Artist and Actress Aaliyah. After shooting music video for “Rock The Boat” in The Bahamas, Aaliyah & 8 others die in a plane crash shortly after take-off. She is credited in helping to redefine contemporary R&B/Pop. She was only 22. To date, her albums have sold over 30 million worldwide copies. TUNE IN HEAR.

8/24/81, The Rolling Stones release Tattoo You. One of the songs is “Waiting on a friend”. In the video, Richards meets up with Jaggar & others, one of whom is the Late Great Reggae Musician Peter Tosh. The album peaked at #1 for several weeks on billboard. It was the first Grammy for the group in album package. TUNE IN HEAR.

8/23/80, The Heatwave Festival takes place in Mosport Park near Toronto. Artists include Elvis Costello, Teenage Head, The B-52s, The Pretenders, & Talking Heads. The festival was important because of the headliner bands and the evolution of new wave music timing. The crowd was estimated to almost 100,000. New Wave music peak years on Billboard 1980-83. TUNE IN HEAR.

8/22/1917, Known as The King of Boogie, Legendary Country Bluesman John Lee Hooker is born in Tutwiler, Mississippi. In memory of his severe impact to all music communities, am sharing one of my favorite tunes since grade school.
Blues Hall of Famer in 1980 & Inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame class of 1991, noted of his songs helped shape the birth of Rock & Roll. John won 5 Grammys including Lifetime Achievement Award in 2000 and 1990 collaboration with Bonnie Raitt. Homeschooled in all aspects of his life. TUNE IN HEAR.

8/21/88, Born Country/Pop Artist Kacey Lee Musgraves. Singer, songwriter, & talented musician in harmonica, mandolin, banjo, guitar, piano, and vocals. Hometown Golden Texas. She writes her first song, “Notice Me,” at age 8 for her elementary school graduation. 6 time Grammy Winner. When Kacey turned 18, she relocated to Austin where she would be discovered and signed to an Indie label. Kacey would collaborate with the Josh Abbott band in 2010, and her popularity grew greater in the following years to come. TUNE IN HERE.

8/20/48 We all remember some of our favorite concerts right? One of mine is 7th row floor at the Texas State fair concert pavilion seeing Joan Jett open up for Robert Plant…that was so awesome, oh those teenage years. Robert Plant Born in West Bromwich, West Midlands, England. Best known as Led Zeppelin’s front man, and a successful solo career, wins Album of the Year Grammy for Raising Sand, his 2007 collaboration with Alison Krauss. TUNE IN HEAR.

8/19/72, The Midnight Special debuts on NBC. Originally a one-off event encouraging the youth to vote in the up and coming election. The next year it is launched as a weekly show, with live stage performances. This was groundbreaking opening doors to late night TV during a time where all the networks signed off at 1am. TUNE IN HEAR.

8/18/69, Jimi Hendrix closes out Woodstock with an early morning performance of “Hey Joe.” The event headliner, he was supposed to play the previous night, but when it overlaps time, he ends up taking the stage Monday morning. His set includes a scorching rendition of “The Star Spangled Banner.” Talk about a sweet statement heard around the globe! TUNE IN HEAR.

8/17/11,”Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)” is placed on the Billboard Charts at #1 on the Hot 100, making Katy Perry only the second artist to have five number one singles from the same album. The only other artist with five number one singles on same album is Michael Jackson. This is a very interesting fact many are not aware. TUNE IN HEAR.

8/16/38, Blues legend Robert Johnson dies at age 27. Gone too soon he is the original 27 club member. Known to many as the greatest blues guitarist of all time. His life enshrined in mystery and sadness, did he sell his soul at the crossroads? Was he really poisoned to death? Robert’s music made a severe impact to sub-genres including the birth of Rock and Roll. TUNE IN HEAR

8/15/1971, Singer Thomas Wayne dies in a car accident in Memphis, Tennessee, at age 31. He is best remembered for the one hit wonder ” Tragedy “. Wayne, who was born Thomas Wayne Perkins, was the brother of Johnny Cash’s guitarist, Luther Perkins. TUNE IN HEAR.

8/14/2007 Luke Bryan releases his debut LP “I’ll Stay Me”. He will become one of the most well liked artist, winning CMA Entertainer of the year twice in 2014 and 2015. Luke has numerous awards and many chart topping tunes over the past decade. He continues to release music and touring. TUNE IN HEAR.

8/13/1966- The Lovin’ Spoonful‘s “Summer In The City” hits #1 Billboard for three weeks, becoming the first chart-topper with street sounds in the track mix. This folk root pop rock band was at its peak circa 1965 and 1966. Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Class of 2000. TUNE IN HEAR.

8/12/1970, At Harvard stadium Boston, Janis Joplin performs what will be her final concert before her passing, ending with a version of Gershwin’s “Summertime.” Janis aged to 27 years and her powerful voice and music will live on forever. TUNE IN HEAR.

8/11/1992, The Mall of America opens in Bloomington, Mn, with Ray Charles performing “America The Beautiful.” The new mall is one of the largest malls on our planet. Ray is one of the most talented and well known music artist on our planet. TUNE IN HEAR.

8/10/1976, Reginald Kenneth Dwight, also known as Sir Elton John, begins a record-breaking 10-night run of concerts at Madison Square Garden in New York City. Elon is an English singer, songwriter, pianist, and composer who became one of the biggest pop stars on the planet during the 1970’s. He has sold over 300 million records globally, making him one of the biggest selling artist of all time. TUNE IN HEAR.

8/9/1974– After flight leaving Texas, four members of the jazz-rock group Chase, including leader Bill Chase, are killed in a plane crash near Jackson, Mn. Gone too soon, there is great talent and magic in the music released for all to keep. TUNE IN HEAR

8/8/1980- The fantasy musical Xanadu is released in theatres to negative reviews, however, the soundtrack is well received and would top the American billboard chart plus the Top of the Pops in the UK. The movie becomes a cult classic to younger generations. The record features Australian singer Olivia Newton-John and British group Electric Light Orchestra (ELO). TUNE IN HEAR


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