2022-09-19

SEPTEMBER 19th
The self-titled “Bad Company” goes gold on its way to becoming a #1 album. 1974
Linda Ronstadt’s “Living In The USA” ships “double platinum” (two-million units). 1978
Hinder’s ballad “Lips Of An Angel” lands in the Top 10 on the Billboard chart. “Our label guy was like, ‘Nice song, it sounds like a B-side to me,” recalls singer Austin Winkler. “This is not a B-side.” 2006
From “Black Gives Way To Blue,” Alice In Chains’ “Check My Brain” begins an eight-week run at #1 on the Billboard Rock Songs Chart. 2009
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Lita Ford, guitarist for The Runaways before embarking on a solo career, has a birthday. 1958
Elvis Presley sets sail for Germany to begin his army tour of duty. 1958
Pulp founder and frontman Jarvis Branson Cocker has a birthday. 1963
The Lovin’ Spoonful get their first #1 single with “Summer In The City.” 1966
Heavy Metal Thunder. Steppenwolf’s “Born To Be Wild” sells over a million copies. 1968
Gram Parsons of the Byrds and the Flying Burritos Brothers passes away in his motel room in Joshua Tree, CA. First, it’s claimed he died of heart failure, then an accidental overdose of drugs and alcohol. His body is stolen and cremated in the desert. Just plain weird. He was twenty-six and extremely talented. 1973
Eric Clapton gets a gold record for his cover of Bob Marley’s “I Shot The Sheriff.” 1974
Concert promoter Sid Bernstein (he put on The Beatles Shea Stadium shows) takes out a full-page ad in the New York Times in hopes of luring The Beatles to reunite for a show. They don’t bite. 1976
The New York Post claims The Beatles are considering a performance for a charity event. Paul McCartney is quoted as saying the group would “have to rehearse for six months” before they could play live. This idea dies. 1979
The first “No Nukes” concert takes place. The official name is Musicians United For Safe Energy (MUSE). Bruce Springsteen and Jackson Browne head the show. The Madison Square Garden event is co-organized by Bonnie Raitt. 1979
“Peace Sells… But Who’s Buying?,” the second studio album by Megadeth, is released. Though recorded amidst internal strife, drummer Gar Samuelson and guitarist Chris Poland are soon fired, the album is often regarded as a Thrash Metal classic. 1986
Mississippi natives 3 Doors Down perform during halftime at the New York Giants-New Orleans Saints Monday Night Football game. The game, originally scheduled to be played in New Orleans, was moved to Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. in the wake of the Hurricane Katrina disaster that hit the Big Easy. 2005
Bob Seger’s “Face The Promise” album moves 150,000 copies in its first week to land at #4 on the Billboard 200. It’s the best debut of any Seger album. 2006
Hope Neil Young will remember. “Sweet Home Alabama,” is chosen as the official slogan of Alabama Bureau of Tourism and Travel. “The phrase is cheerful, happy and warm,” says Alabama Governor Bob Riley of the ’74 Lynyrd Skynyrd song. “It brings a smile to your face.” 2007
Blink 182 drummer Travis Barker is seriously injured when his plane crashes during take-off following a free concert in West Columbia, SC (University of South Carolina). A blown tire is the suspected cause. Two members of Barker’s personal staff, the pilot and co-pilot, die in the accident. Barker and another passenger (DJ AM) survive by sliding down the craft’s wing. 2008
It’s Frank Zappa day in Baltimore, the musician’s hometown. A stretch of road is re-named Frank Zappa Way and a Zappa statue is dedicated. The ceremony is part of a week-long celebration of Zappa’s life. 2010
“The Clowns 3D with Music by Slash,” a maze attraction debuts during Universal Studios Hollywood’s Halloween Horror Nights. “(I) was inspired to partner with Universal Studios Hollywood because they are the founders of creating extreme horror,” says Slash. 2014
Alice’s Attic and Thrift Store, owned by Alice Cooper, opens in Phoenix. Cooper, a self-confessed thrift store ‘shopaholic’ dedicates a portion of the proceeds to his Rock Teen Center. 2014
The 30th anniversary Farm Aid show has Imagine Dragons, John Mellencamp, Neil Young, Willie Nelson and Dave Matthews. Founded in ’85, this edition takes place at First Merit Bank Pavilion outside of Chicago. 2015
The Beatles first recording contract is sold at auction in New York for $75,000. It was signed in ’61 when the quartet served as Tony Sheridan’s backing band, The Beat Brothers, for the single “My Bonnie.” 2015