2022-09-15

SEPTEMBER 15th
 
“Fool For The City,” Foghat’s fifth studio album, is released.  Containing the title track and “Slow Ride” it becomes the band’s first platinum album. 1975
 
Huey Lewis & The News release their third album, “Sports,” which sells over 7-million copies on the strength of four Top 10 hits – “I Want a New Drug,” “The Heart of Rock ‘n Roll,” “If This Is It,” and “Heart And Soul.”  1983
“Mechanical Animals” is released.  The platinum album debuts at #1 becoming Marilyn Manson’s first chart topper.  1998
 
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Jefferson Airplane’s original vocalist, Signe Anderson, is born.  She was replaced by Grace Slick.  1941
Vice-President Spiro Agnew claims America’s youth are being “brainwashed into the drug culture” by Rock music. However, Agnew doesn’t comment on the impact of corrupt politicians. A few years later he resigns as V.P. and just avoids serving serious jail time. 1970
One of Elton John’s all-time great songs “Saturday Night’s Alright For Fighting” fails to crack the Top 10, stalling at #12. 1973
Steely Dan goes gold with “The Royal Scam” album. 1976
Queen plays their last U.S. concert with singer extraordinaire Freddie Mercury. It’s at the Great Western Forum in Inglewood, CA. 1982
A ’57 audio tape of John Lennon performing with The Quarrymen is auctioned for over $100,000 at a Sotheby’s in London. 1994
The Ramones guitarist Johnny Ramone passes away at his Los Angeles home after a five-year bout with prostate cancer. Born John Cummings, the 55 year was surrounded by family and friends. 2004
The New York Times says U2’s Bono is “the most politically effective figure in the recent history of popular culture.”  2005
The U.S. vs. John Lennon opens in Los Angeles and New York. The flick deals with the U.S. government’s attempts in the ’70’s to deport Lennon (a British citizen) as an “undesirable.” Lennon’s drug bust in England and his anti-Vietnam War activities come into play. The national opening is two weeks later. 2006
Bob Dylan is accused of lifting passages from the work of a 19th-century U.S. poet named Henry Timrod and using them as lyrics for his “Modern Times” album. “No doubt about it, there has been some borrowing going on,” claims Walter Brian Cisco, a Timrod expert. 2006
Pink Floyd’s Richard Wright dies in his home of cancer at the age of 65. He formed Pink Floyd with Roger Waters and Nick Mason in ’65. ” “Rick was the sound that knitted it all together,” says Mason. 2008
Authored by Bad Religion’s Greg Graffin, “Population Wars,” a “paradigm-shifting book about why humans behave the way they do,” is available. 2015
Sammy Hagar publishes Are We Having Fun Any Yet?: The Cooking & Partying Handbook. 2015
The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) says KISS has earned more gold album record awards (30) than any American band in history. 2015
Andrew W.K., a well-known party animal, launches the Power of Partying speaking tour. Presented by his anti-political party, the Party Party, the first stop is Chicago.  2016
Ric Ocasek, the guitarist and leader of The Cars, is found dead in his Manhattan apartment at age 75.  The cause of death is listed as hypertensive and atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease, with pulmonary emphysema as a contributing factor.  The Cars had 13 Top 40 singles, including “Just What I Needed,” “Best Friend’s Girl” and “You Might Think.  2019