Music History September 13

Steve Kilbey


1893 – Larry Shields, American clarinet player (Original Dixieland Jazz Band) (d. 1953)
1908 – Chu Berry, American swing saxophonist (d. 1941)
1911 – Bill Monroe, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 1996)
1922 – Charles Brown, American blues singer and pianist (d. 1999)
1933 – Lewie Steinberg, American bass player (Booker T. & the M.G.’s)
1941 – David Clayton-Thomas, English-Canadian singer-songwriter and guitarist (Blood, Sweat & Tears)
1944 – Leslie Harvey, Scottish guitarist (Stone the Crows) (d. 1972)
1952 – Don Was, American bass player and producer (Was (Not Was))
1954 – Steve Kilbey, English-Australian singer-songwriter and bass player (The Church and Jack Frost)
1957 – Vinny Appice, American drummer (Black Sabbath, Dio, and Heaven & Hell)
1961 – Dave Mustaine, American singer-songwriter, guitarist (Metallica, Megadeth)
1965 – Zak Starkey, English drummer (The Icicle Works The Semantics, ASAP, The Lightning Seeds, and Ringo Starr & His All-Starr Band)
1967 – Tim “Ripper” Owens, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (Iced Earth, Judas Priest, Beyond Fear, and Charred Walls of the Damned)
1967 – Stephen Perkins, American drummer and songwriter (Jane’s Addiction, Porno for Pyros, The Panic Channel, and Methods of Mayhem)
1977 – Fiona Apple, American singer-songwriter, producer, and pianist
1979 – Geike Arnaert, Belgian singer (Hooverphonic)


2015 – Gary Richrath, American guitarist, songwriter, and producer (REO Speedwagon) (b. 1949)


1964 – During a UK tour two dozen rugby players were hired as “human crash barriers” at a Rolling Stones gig at the Liverpool Empire. The ‘human chain’ disappeared under a wave of 5,000 fans as the Stones took to the stage.

1965 – The Paul McCartney song “Yesterday” was released as a Beatles single in the US. McCartney’s vocal and acoustic guitar together with a string quartet essentially made for the first solo performance of the band. The final recording was so different from other works by The Beatles that the band members vetoed the release of the song as a single in the United Kingdom. (However, it was issued as a single there in 1976.)

1984 –  Kiss released their 12th studio album ‘Animalize.’ The album marked the only appearance by lead guitarist Mark St. John, who replaced Vinnie Vincent in April 1984. St. John would be replaced by Bruce Kulick, who played on two of the tracks on this album.

1986 – Berlin went to No.1 on the US singles chart with the Giorgio Moroder written and produced “Take My Breath Away.” On the B side, The Righteous Brothers “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin,” both songs were featured in the film “Top Gun.”

1991 – Geffen Records threw a party to launch Nirvana’s single ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’. The band ended up being thrown out of their own party after starting a food fight.

1991 – Alice Cooper sold his new album “Hey Stoopid” in New York’s Times Square for 99 cents.

2005 – The home where Jimi Hendrix grew up in Seattle was saved from demolition after a new location was agreed at the last minute. The James Marshall Hendrix Foundation and the City of Seattle agreed to renovate the building into a community centre opposite the cemetery where the guitarist was buried in 1970.

2015 – Gary Richrath, lead guitarist and songwriter for REO Speedwagon died at the age of 65. Richrath recorded 12 albums with the band before leaving in 1989 and released his own solo album in 1992.