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September 9th

1956 Elvis Presley makes his first appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show even though Sullivan had vowed never to allow Presley on the show.  He preformed three songs, ‘Don’t Be Cruel’, ‘Love Me Tender’, and ‘Ready Teddy’. Although, it’s believed that Sullivan censored Presley by allowing him only to be shot from the waist up, the truth is that his whole body was shot and aired.

1977David Bowie appeared on Marc, a British Television show hosted by Marc Bolan, lead singer of T. Rex. Bowie performed ‘Heroes’ as well as ‘Standing Next To You’, a duet with Bolan. However, the duet was abruptly ended when Bolan fell from the stage. This is all just one week before Bolan’s death in a fatal car accident.

1995 – Singer Chynna Phillips, the daughter of The Mamas and the Papas stars Michelle and John Phillips, marries actor William Baldwin.

2005 – Monmouth University hosts an international conference devoted to the life, work, and influence of Bruce Springsteen. The festivities included various live acts, plus keynote addresses by critics and music industry executives. The conference presented over 150 papers including Springsteen and American Folklore, Springsteen’s Musical Legacy, Springsteen and New Jersey, and The Boss and the Bible.

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