This Day in History: 2022-09-11

John Cougar (‘Mellencamp’ not yet added) has the #1 album on the Billboard 200.   With “Jack & Diane” and “Hurts So Good” the album has a nine-week run at the top.  1982
Peter Gabriel’s “Sledgehammer” wins big at the MTV Video Music Awards: Best Male Performance, Best Overall Performance in a Video, Best Concept Video and another half-dozen categories. Also, Aerosmith performs “Walk This Way” with Run DMC. 1987
“Brave And Crazy,” from Melissa Etheridge is released. The platinum album stays on the Billboard 200 for 58 weeks. 1989
Linkin Park’s debut album, “Hybrid Theory” is officially certified 12-times platinum by the RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America) for sales in excess of 12-million copies.  2020
One half of the Grateful Dead’s dual drummer lineup, Mickey Hart, enters the world. Hart joins the Dead in ’67. He and Bill Kreutzmann are known as “the rhythm devils.” 1943
Vocalist/guitarist Jack Ely, The Kingsmen (“Louie, Louie”), is born.  1943
Styx (and Damn Yankees) guitarist, Tommy Shaw, has a birthday. He hails from Montgomery, AL. 1953
Producer George Martin insists on having drummer Andy White sit in on The Beatles session in case new drummer Ringo Starr doesn’t work out. Martin has a point. Ringo lasts less than eight years. Of course, those were some eight years! 1962
“The Great White Wonder,” a collection of Bob Dylan songs, appears in L.A. record stores. It’s thought to be the first bootleg and reportedly sells over 350,000 copies. 1963
“Help!” is #1 on the U.S. album chart.  The soundtrack to The Beatles second film features the title track and “Ticket To Ride.”  1965
Nothing you can do that can’t be done. The Beatles’ single “All You Need Is Love” is a certified million seller. Also, the group starts filming “Magical Mystery Tour.” There are some great bits (like the “I Am The Walrus” performance) but it’s mostly a waste. 1967
Sly & The Family Stone have a rough time in London. Bass player Larry Graham is busted for drug possession so the BBC drops the group’s TV appearance. On top of that, their hotel cancels their reservation. 1968
David Bowie tapes a Bing Crosby Christmas TV special (aired in December). The two sing “Little Drummer Boy” (Crosby) and “Peace On Earth” (Bowie) simultaneously. Weird effect. 1977
Jonathan (Jon or Jonny) Buckland makes his debut. The Coldplay guitarist is born in London. The band’s vocalist, Chris Martin, once claimed, “There would be no Coldplay music without Jonny Buckland.” 1977
Soul Asylum’s “Runaway Train” gets as far as #4 on the pop chart. 1993
Blur’s fourth album, “The Great Escape,” with the track “Country House,” is out. The song is Blur’s first single to reach #1 on the UK Singles Chart. 1995
David Bowie is the first major recording artist to release a song (“Telling Lies”) exclusively on the Internet. 1996
On a day that lives in infamy, the terrorist attacks in N.Y.C, Washington D.C. and Pennsylvania, Slayer unfurls their eighth studio album “God Hates Us All.” 2001
PJ Harvey receives the Mercury Prize, awarded for the best album from the United Kingdom and Ireland. The honor comes on the same day terrorist attack the U.S. “Quite naturally I look back at that and only remember the events that were taking place across the world and to win the prize on that day – it didn’t have much importance in the grand scheme of things,” notes Harvey. 2001
Axl Rose is sued for $1.15 million by an art broker who alleges the Guns N’ Roses frontman reneged on a deal to purchase a painting of John Lennon by the late Andy Warhol. “It’s my opinion that Axl Rose is the victim of some fraud or misrepresentation here,” claims Rose’s attorney. 2006
Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder performs at the Toronto International Film Festival for the world premiere of the movie “Body Of War,” a documentary about an Iraq war veteran paralyzed by a bullet wound. Vedder composed two songs for the film saying he was motivated to contribute music partly by the deaths of nine fans during the band’s set at Denmark’s Roskilde Festival in ’00. 2007
The Beatles top Billboard’s Hot 100 All-Time Top Artists tally, compiled to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the magazine’s Hot 100 chart.  2008
A Hamburg square is dedicated recognizing The Beatles pre-fame time playing clubs in the city’s St. Pauli district. There are five statues: John Lennon, Paul McCartney and George Harrison plus then-bassist Stuart Sutcliffe and drummer Pete Best. Approximately half the construction cost was donated by the city with the remaining funds coming from sponsors and donors. 2008
The surviving members of Nirvana, Krist Novoselic and Dave Grohl, release a statement expressing their dismay over the use of Kurt Cobain’s image in Activision’s Guitar Hero video game. “It’s hard to watch an image of Kurt pantomiming other artists’ music alongside cartoon characters,” reads the statement. “We feel he deserves better.” 2009
“Freak Out! My Life with Frank Zappa,” written by former assistant Pauline Butcher, is published. Butcher spent five years as part of Zappa’s entourage (after meeting Zappa in ’67), “He did nothing but get up in the morning, compose all day at the piano and then go to bed,” notes Butcher. “Between times he was chain-smoking and drinking endless cups of coffee.” 2011
Blink-182 perform a surprise show at Brooklyn’s Music Hall of Williamsburg as a 9/11 tribute and to raise funds and awareness for two hospitals: New York’s William Randolph Hearst Burn Center and L.A.’s City of Hope. “It was important to Travis (Barker, the band’s drummer) to give to the burn center, based on everything he’d suffered from in the (’08) plane crash,” says Barker’s longtime publicist. 2013
Peter Gabriel (Genesis and solo) is the recipient of the Prog God Award. 2014
Leonard Haze, original drummer for Y&T, passes away at his home in Hayward, CA. He was 61 years old. Haze had been battling chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) for several years.  2016
Five Finger Death Punch and Breaking Benjamin, who toured together during the summer, donate a portion of their ticket sales to charity. Five Finger Death Punch give $95,000 to Concerns Of Police Survivors (C.O.P.S.) while Breaking Benjamin present $95,000 to Prevent Child Abuse America.  2018
Rush bassist/vocalist Geddy Lee is honored with a solo Lifetime Achievement Award at the Artists For Peace And Justice (APJ) gala in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Lee is being recognized for his “commitment to philanthropy.” 2021
Steve Perry, former Journey singer, submits a petition to cancel the trademark registrations filed by two of the band’s members – guitarist Neil Schon and keyboardist Jonathan Cain – claiming their attempt to register 20 Journey tracks through Freedom JN LLC for usage on marketing hats, T-shirts, athletic jackets and other paraphernalia, was not agreed to by Perry. He contends that the Schon/Cain filing violated an earlier agreement that requires consent of all partners in each instance. 2022