Music History September 15

Dr. Know of Bad Brains


1903 – Roy Acuff, American singer-songwriter and fiddler (d. 1992)
1908 – Kid Sheik, American trumpet player (Preservation Hall Jazz Band) (d. 1996)
1921 – Snooky Pryor, American harmonica player (d. 2006)
1928 – Cannonball Adderley, American saxophonist and bandleader (d. 1975)
1942 – Lee Dorman, American bass player (Iron Butterfly, Captain Beyond) (d. 2012)
1943 – Tommy Hall, American jug player (The 13th Floor Elevators)
1947 – Larry Sparks, American singer and guitarist
1952 – Kelly Keagy, American singer and drummer (Night Ranger)
1958 – Dr. Know, American guitarist (Bad Brains)
1964 – Doyle Wolfgang von Frankenstein, American guitarist and songwriter (The Misfits and Kryst the Conqueror)
1971 – Ben Wallers, English singer-songwriter and guitarist (Country Teasers)
1976 – Paul Thomson, Scottish drummer (Franz Ferdinand, Correcto, and The Yummy Fur)


1965 – Steve Brown, American bassist (New Orleans Rhythm Kings) (b. 1890)
1979 – Tommy Leonetti, American singer-songwriter and actor (b. 1929)
1985 – Cootie Williams, American trumpet player (b. 1910)
2004 – Johnny Ramone, American guitarist and songwriter (The Ramones) (b. 1948)
2008 – Richard Wright, English singer-songwriter and keyboard player (Pink Floyd) (b. 1943)
2012 – James “Sugar Boy” Crawford, American singer-songwriter and pianist (b. 1934)
2013 – Jackie Lomax, English singer-songwriter and guitarist (b. 1944)
2013 – Tomás Ó Canainn, Irish singer-songwriter and pipe player (b. 1930)
2014 – Jackie Cain, American singer (Jackie and Roy) (b. 1928)


1962 – The Beatles were called “a nothing group” after an interview with Peter Jones of the “London Daily Mirror.”

1970 – Spiro Agnew, Vice President of the US, claims that “The youth of America are being brainwashed into a drug culture of rock music, movies, books and tabloid newspapers.”

1978 – Bob Dylan kicked off his longest and most continuous US tour of his career in Augusta, Maine, playing the first of sixty-five gigs in sixty-two cities.

1979 – Led Zeppelin scored their sixth US No.1 album when ‘In Through The Out Door’ started a seven-week run at the top of the charts.

2003 – Johnny Cash is laid to rest in the family cemetery at Hendersonville, TN, next to the grave of his recently-deceased wife June Carter Cash. Emmylou Harris, Al Gore, and Sheryl Crow attend the private ceremony along with family members including daughter Rosanne Cash.

2004 – Ramones guitarist Johnny Ramone (John Cummings) died in Los Angeles after a five-year battle with prostate cancer. Founding member of The Ramones, major influence on many punk and 90’s bands. Scored the 1977 hit single ‘Sheena Is A Punk Rocker’.

2008 – Pink Floyd keyboard player and founder member Rick Wright died aged 65 from cancer. Wright appeared on the group’s first album, The Piper at the Gates of Dawn, in 1967 alongside Syd Barrett, Roger Waters and Nick Mason. David Gilmour who joined the band at the start of 1968 said: “He was such a lovely, gentle, genuine man and will be missed terribly by so many who loved him.” In 2005, the full band reunited – for the first time in 24 years – for the Live 8 concert in London’s Hyde Park. Wright had also contributed vocals and keyboards to Gilmour’s 2006 solo album On An Island.