This Day in History: 2022-09-15

“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
Jefferson Airplane’s original vocalist, Signe Anderson, is born.  She was replaced by Grace Slick.  1941
The Rolling Stones are #1 in the U.K. with the single “(I Can`t Get No) Satisfaction.” 1965
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
Franz Ferdinand drummer, Paul Robert Nester Thomson, is born in Glasgow, Scotland. 1976
Steely Dan goes gold with “The Royal Scam” album. 1976
Led Zeppelin’s “In Through The Out Door” is #1 on the Billboard 200. The band’s eighth and final studio album has “All Of My Love” and “Fool In The Rain.”  1979
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 (John William Cummings) 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 “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
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
Maroon 5 unfurl their third studio album, the Robert “Mutt” Lange produced, “Hands All Over.” “He’s an amazing Rock producer and he pushed us – really kicked my ass,” says singer Adam Levine. 2010
Arctic Monkeys become the first indie-released act to earn five consecutive #1 albums on the U.K. album survey when “AM” debuts at the top of the charts. The set sells over 157,000 copies during its first week of release. 2013
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