June 13, 2024

This Day in History: 2024-09-15


“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

Three Days Grace have the most #1 songs (14) in Billboard Mainstream Rock history when “Infra-Red” tops the chart.  2018

“Infra-Red” is the second single off the band’s sixth studio album “Outsider.”

Three Days Grace had their first #1 in ‘04 with “Just Like You” and were tied with Van Halen for the most songs to top the chart.


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

“The Party’s Over,” the debut EP from Prophets Of Rage, featuring members of Rage Against The Machine, Public Enemy’s Chuck D and Cypress Hill’s B-Real, arrives. It reaches #16 on the Billboard 200 on first week sales of 21,000 copies. 2016

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