This Week in Music History
September 7th, 1978 – Keith Moon, drummer with The Who, died of an overdose of Heminevrin which he was prescribed to combat alcoholism. A autopsy would confirm there were 32 tablets in his system. He had attended a party the night before organized by Paul McCartney for the launch of the ‘The Buddy Holly Story’ movie. The Who had just released their 1978 album ‘Who Are You’ two weeks prior to his death.
September 8th, 1990 – Jon Bon Jovi hits No.1 on the singles chart with ‘Blaze Of Glory’. The track appeared in the motion picture Young Guns II, for which it was originally recorded. Actor Emilio Estevez asked for Bon Jovi’s “Wanted Dead or Alive” as the theme song for the film, but Jon ended up composing an all new theme song for the film’s soundtrack instead.
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.
September 10th, 1966 - The Supremes start a two week run at the top of the singles chart with ‘You Can’t Hurry Love’, the group’s sixth No.1 in the US. Sixteen years later, it would again become a number-one hit when Phil Collins recorded his own version.
September 11th, 1967 – The Beatles start filming their ‘Magical Mystery Tour.’ With no real plan for where the bus was to go, or what the films goals were, the group set off for the west country in England. On their first night they were greeted by hundreds of screaming fans while checking into their hotel in Teignmouth, Devon.
September 12th, 1987 – Michael Jackson kicks of his ‘Bad’ world tour at the first of three sold out shows in Tokyo’s Korakuen Stadium. A Jumbo jet was used to carry 22 truckloads of stage equipment along with Jackson’s entourage of 132 people. As for Jackson’s pet chimpanzee, Bubbles, well he flew on a separate flight. However, he still received star treatment, being greeted by over 300 fans.
September 13th, 1963 – After a gig in Scotland, Graham Nash of The Hollies becomes a nominee for the Darwin Awards. He was checking to see if their van door was locked while it was traveling at 40 mph. The door was unlocked and Nash fell out, but suffered only minor injuries. Thirty-six years later to the date, he would break both his legs in a boating accident off the coast of Hawaii.