This Day in History: 2023-09-20

SEPTEMBER 20th

The Game” begins a five-week run at the top of the Billboard 200.  The Queen album contains “Another One Bites The Dust” and “Crazy Little Ting Called Love.”  1980

Ozzy Osbourne releases his debut solo album “Blizzard Of Ozz.”  1980

The set is known for “Crazy Train” and, because of the associated controversary, “Suicide Solution.” Randy Rhoads is on guitar.

Pearl Jam issue “Backspacer.” “(‘Backspacer’) feels good – really strong and uptempo, stuff we can sink our teeth into,” says vocalist Eddie Vedder. “It was all based on this brand-new idea to us of ‘let’s write the songs before we record them’.” 2009

The band’s ninth album tops the Billboard 200.

“Have A Nice Day” is the ninth studio effort by Bon Jovi. The album debuts at #1 in 15 countries but only makes it to #2 during its first week on the U.S. survey. 2005

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Buddy Holly releases “Peggy Sue.” It’s got the widely imitated hic-cup vocals. 1957

Extreme’s Nuno Bettencourt enters the world. 1966

Ben Shepherd (Hunter Benedict Shepherd) is born. He achieves fame and fortune (hopefully) as Soundgarden’s bassist. 1968

 Blind Faith’s eponymous debut album tops the Billboard Album Chart for two-weeks.  The “supergroup” consists of Eric Clapton (guitar), Steve Winwood (keyboards/guitar), Ginger Baker (drums) and Ric Grech (bass).  1969

The Doors Jim Morrison is found guilty of indecent exposure and profanity. The charges stemmed from a ’69 Miami concert at the Dinner Key Auditorium. The conviction is appealed but Morrison goes to the great beyond before there’s a re-trial. 1970

Peter Frampton quits Humble Pie for a mega, if short-lived, solo career. 1971

“Fame” is David Bowie’s first U.S. #1. Backing vocals were provided by John Lennon. That might have helped. 1975

The Who’s “Who Are You” gets the gold record certification. 1978

Lifehouse drummer Rick Woolstenhulme has a birthday. 1979

A benefit concert at London’s Royal Albert Hall raises money for Multiple Sclerosis research. The Faces bass player Ronnie Laine is an MS casualt. Eric Clapton, Jimmy Page and Steve Winwood perform. 1983

Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers’ “Southern Accents” album goes platinum. 1985

“Stuck With You” (Huey Lewis & The News) reaches #1 for a three week stay. 1986

Disturbed unleash their third studio album, “Ten Thousand Fists.” “It seems to fuse the brutality and darkness of “The Sickness” with the melodic nature and complexity of “Believe,” says vocalist David Draiman. 2005

Billy Joel gets a star on Hollywood`s Walk of Fame in front of the Pantages Theater on Hollywood Boulevard.  The musical “Movin’ Out,” based on Joel songs, is being performed at the theater. 2005

Jon Bon Jovi makes a special appearance on The Oprah Winfrey Show. The segment contains footage of Bon Jovi going to Houma, LA., to see firsthand how a $1 million donation he and his band contributed to Oprah’s Angel Network in ’05 was put to use to aid the Hurricane Katrina rebuilding efforts.  2006

Metallica has the #1 song on Billboard’s Hot Rock chart with “The Day That Never Comes.”  2008

The Rolling Stones play their first concert since the passing of drummer Charlie Watts the previous month at age 80. Mick Jagger pays tribute to Watts. The show is at a private party hosted by New England Patriots (NFL) owner Robert Kraft at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, MA.  2021

Billboard reports that the recently completed “Stadium Tour” headlined by Mötley Crüe and Def Leppard earned $173.5 million – on sales of 1.3 million tickets. The tour also featured support from Poison and Joan Jett & The Blackhearts.  2022

Ghost scores its first entry on the Billboard Hot 100 chart with “Mary On A Cross.”  The song debuts at #90 on the chart with 6-million U.S. streams and 1,000 downloads.  2022