It happened today...
Crossover jazz guitar virtuoso Eric Gale is born in Brooklyn, New York, USA. In a long, distinguished career, he will record over 500 albums as a sideman, backing Aretha Franklin, King Curtis, Diana Ross, Paul Simon, Quincy Jones, Roberta Flack, Gladys Knight And The Pips, Joe Cocker, Carly Simon, Van Morrison, Billy Joel and many others. (1938)
Sep 20 1950
Singing cowboy Tex Ritter records the Hank Williams' song Wearin' Out Your Walkin' Shoes for Capitol Records. (1950)
Sep 20 1952
Hank Williams, hoping to restore some credibility to his drink and drugs damaged career, begins the first of a weekly series of Saturday night tv appearances on the Louisiana Hayride, recorded at the Municipal Auditorium, Shreveport, Louisiana, USA, earning $250 a show. (1952)
Sep 20 1957
Songwriting and production duo Jerry Leiber And Mike Stoller sign an independent production/A + R deal with RCA Records, which includes provision for the pair to work with Elvis Presley.
Sep 20 1964
When The Beatles finish their US tour with a charity show, raising $75,000 for the United Cerebral Palsy Association, at the Paramount Theatre, New York City, Bob Dylan visits them backstage. (1964)
Sep 20 1965
The Silkie release a new single in the UK, You?ve Got To Hide Your Love Away, written and produced by John Lennon and Paul McCartney of The Beatles. (1965)
Sep 20 1971
US Congressman Birch Bayh begins a speech in Congress with the words. "Mr President, I desire to pay tribute to a family of five young black musicians and singers from Gary, Indiana ?." His speech goes on to praise the Jackson 5's contribution not only to music but to the status of black Americans generally, and ends with the words, "Indiana and the nation are proud of the Jackson Five."
Sep 20 1973
A coffin containing the body of country-rock star Gram Parsons is stolen from LAX Airport, Los Angeles, California, USA, by his road manager, Phil Kaufman, who drives it out to the Joshua Tree National Monument in the Navajo Desert and sets fire to the corpse.
Sep 20 1976
In the afternoon, The Sex Pistols sign a management contract with Glitterbest Ltd, owned by music biz entrepreneur Malcolm McLaren. That night, they earn ?438 for playing at the first of two days of the Punk Festival at The 100 Club, London, UK, along with The Clash, Siouxsie and the Banshees, and Subway Sect.
Sep 20 1980
Queen's latest album, The Game, peaks at No1 in the Billboard US albums chart for the first of five weeks.
Sep 20 1985
10,000 Maniacs release their second album, The Wishing Chair, on Elektra Records, in the USA.
Sep 20 1992
Pearl Jam play their long-awaited free gig, Drop In The Park, at Magnusson Park, Seattle, Washington, USA.
Sep 20 1996
311 play at the UNO Lakefront Arena, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA, supported by The Deftones.
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