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This Day in Rock History: September 22nd

This Day in Rock History: September 22nd

Time to take a look back into this day in rock history: September 22

Murray the K’s WPIX-TV show features the Doors with ‘People Are Strange’ and ‘Light My Fire.’


A 45-minute weekly show?  

ABC-TV’s ‘The Music Scene’ airs for the first time. Mick Jagger and the Stones do promos for the program.  The Beatles, CSNY, and even Kate Smith appear on the show.


This was huge!  David Bowie’s first U.S. appearance debuting Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars at Cleveland Music Hall.  Just two months later he was back for two sold out shows at Public Auditorium.  Bowie always remembered his early support from Cleveland fans, the Plain Dealer’s Jane Scott and WMMS and would personally call the station with tour updates.

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Farm Aid number one plays to 80,000 people at the Memorial Stadium in Champaign, Illinois. Inspired by a comment from Bob Dylan, the event was organized by Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp and Neil Young..  Lots of big names on the bill including Alabama, Johnny Cash, Charlie Daniels Band, Bob Dylan, John Fogerty, and on and on.

‘A Tribute to Heroes’ aimed at raising money after the terrorist attacks on the Pentagon and New York’s World Trade Center was aired on several networks. Big line up including Bruce Springsteen, Neil Young and plenty more star power  On the phones taking pledges were including Jack Nicholson, Jim Carrey, Whoopi Goldberg, Goldie Hawn, Robin Williams, Meg Ryan, Cuba Gooding Jr., Kurt Russell, Adam Sandler and a whole lot more.

Enough already!
A US District Judge ruled that the original copyright to ‘Happy Birthday’ was invalid and the song would be in the public domain. The copyright was obtained by the Clayton F. Summy Co. from the song’s writers.  Sisters Mildred and Patty Hill wrote the song and sold it $15-million in 1988


Godfather or grandfather of the blues?  A legend either way, one of the most respected voices in modern music, John Mayall, brought his unique style to the Kent Stage on this date.

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Heavy harmonies marked the Firefall show on this date at the Kent Stage

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Mike Olszewski

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