Music History September 12


Neil Peart


1931 – George Jones, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 2013)
1944 – Barry White, American singer-songwriter (d. 2003)
1944 – Colin Young, Barbadian-English singer (The Foundations)
1946 – Tony Bellamy, Mexican-American singer-songwriter and guitarist (Redbone) (d. 2009)
1952 – Neil Peart, Canadian drummer, songwriter (Rush)
1956 – Barry Andrews, English singer and keyboard player (XTC, Shriekback, and The League of Gentlemen)
1956 – Brian Robertson, Scottish singer-songwriter and guitarist (Thin Lizzy, Motörhead, and Wild Horses)
1966 – Ben Folds, American singer-songwriter, guitarist (Ben Folds Five)
1968 – Larry LaLonde, American guitarist and songwriter (Primus, Possessed, and Blind Illusion)
1970 – Nathan Larson, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (Shudder To Think, Hot One, and A Camp)
1977 – Jeff Irwin, American singer-songwriter
1977 – James McCartney, English singer-songwriter
1980 – Gus G, Greek singer-songwriter and guitarist (Firewind, Dream Evil, and Mystic Prophecy)
1980 – Joe Loeffler, American singer-songwriter and bass player (Chevelle)


2000 – Stanley Turrentine, American saxophonist, and bandleader (b. 1934)
2003 – Johnny Cash, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and actor (The Tennessee Three and The Highwaymen) (b. 1932)
2004 – Kenny Buttrey, American drummer (Barefoot Jerry and Area Code 615) (b. 1945)


1964 – Brooklyn’s Fox Theatre hosts an all-star concert featuring The Supremes, Marvin Gaye, Dusty Springfield, The Temptations, The Miracles, The Ronettes, The Shangri-La’s, Little Anthony and the Imperials, and Millie Small.

1970 – At a gig in New Orleans, Pink Floyd are the victims of thieves who steal $40,000 worth of their equipment.

1970 – CBS debuts their new animated series about a female band, Josie and the Pussycats .

1970 – The Woody Guthrie Memorial Concert is held at the Hollywood Bowl, featuring Bob Dylan, Pete Seeger, Joan Baez, and Woody’s son Arlo Guthrie.

1986 – Public Image Ltd guitarist John McGeoch needed 40 stitches in his face after a two-litre wine bottle was thrown at the stage during a gig in Vienna.

1987 – Ritchie Valens’ music enjoys a revival when the soundtrack to his biopic, La Bamba , hits #1 (although it features his songs done in cover versions by Los Lobos).

1990 – Stevie Nicks and Christine McVie from Fleetwood Mac announced they were leaving the band at the end of their current tour. At the time, some believed that Nicks’ and McVie’s departures were hastened by bad blood in the wake of Fleetwood’s memoir, Fleetwood: My Life and Adventures in Fleetwood Mac which revealed some “sordid revelations” about life in Fleetwood Mac.

2000 – The family of Jimi Hendrix released 56 rare tracks in a 4-CD boxed set, “The Jimi Hendrix Experience.”

2002 – The house that Kurt Cobain (Nirvana) lived in as a child, from 11-15, was sold on eBay for $210,000. The house had been valued at $52,660 in 2000.

2003 – US singer songwriter Johnny Cash died of respiratory failure aged 71. One of the most influential musicians of the 20th century, known as “The Man in Black.” He traditionally started his concerts by saying, “Hello, I’m Johnny Cash.” Had the 1969 US No.2 & UK No.4 single ‘A Boy Named Sue,’ plus 11 other US Top 40 singles. Cash also had his own US TV show in late 60’s early 70’s.

2004 – American drummer and arranger Kenny Buttrey died in Nashville, Tennessee. He had worked with Neil Young, (‘Harvest,’ and ‘After the Gold Rush’), Bob Dylan (‘Blonde on Blonde,’ ‘Nashville Skyline’ & ‘John Wesley Harding’), and Bob Seger, Elvis Presley, Donovan, George Harrison, Joan Baez, Dan Fogelberg, Kris Kristofferson, Jimmy Buffett, Chuck Berry etc.


2007 – The surviving members of Led Zeppelin announced they would reform for a star-studded tribute concert in London. Robert Plant, Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones would play at a show to remember the late Atlantic Records founder Ahmet Ertegun. The place of Led Zeppelin drummer John Bonham, who died in 1980, would be taken by his son Jason. The one-off concert, the trio’s first performance for 19 years, would take place at the O2 arena in London on 26th November with tickets costing £125. All profits from the show would go towards scholarships in Ertegun’s name in UK, the USA and Turkey, the country of his birth.