BORN ON SEPTEMBER 16
1921 – Jon Hendricks, American singer-songwriter
1925 – Charlie Byrd, American guitarist (d. 1999)
1925 – B.B. King, American singer-songwriter, guitarist (d. 2015)
1934 – Ronnie Drew, Irish singer-songwriter and guitarist (The Dubliners) (d. 2008)
1934 – Dick Heckstall-Smith, English saxophonist (Blues Incorporated, The Graham Bond Organisation, and Colosseum) (d. 2004)
1935 – Billy Boy Arnold, American singer-songwriter and guitarist
1941 – Joe Butler, American singer, autoharp player, and drummer (The Lovin’ Spoonful)
1942 – Bernie Calvert, English bass player and keyboard player (The Hollies)
1948 – Ron Blair, American bass player (Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers)
1948 – Kenney Jones, English drummer (The Small Faces, Faces, The Who, The Law, and The Jones Gang)
1950 – Loyd Grossman, American-English singer, guitarist
1951 – Vince Bell, American singer-songwriter and guitarist
1953 – Alan Barton, English singer and guitarist (Black Lace and Smokie) (d. 1995)
1954 – Earl Klugh, American guitarist and composer
1954 – Colin Newman, English singer-songwriter, guitarist (Wire, Githead, and Immersion)
1954 – Frank Reed, American singer-songwriter (The Chi-Lites) (d. 2014)
1956 – Dave Schulthise, American bass player (The Dead Milkmen) (d. 2004)
1959 – Victory Tischler-Blue, American bass player, director, and producer (The Runaways)
1960 – Ean Evans, American bass player (Lynyrd Skynyrd and Outlaws) (d. 2009)
1961 – Bilinda Butcher, English singer-songwriter and guitarist (My Bloody Valentine)
1963 – Richard Marx, American singer-songwriter and producer
1964 – Dave Sabo, American guitarist and songwriter (Skid Row)
DIED ON SEPTEMBER 16
1977 – Marc Bolan, English singer-songwriter and guitarist (T. Rex and John’s Children) (b. 1947)
2003 – Sheb Wooley, American singer-songwriter and actor (b. 1921)
2008 – Norman Whitfield, American songwriter and producer (b. 1940)
2009 – Mary Travers, American singer-songwriter (Peter, Paul, and Mary) (b. 1936)
2011 – Willie “Big Eyes” Smith, American singer-songwriter, harmonica player, and drummer (b. 1936)
2013 – Mac Curtis, American singer (b. 1939)
EVENTS ON SEPTEMBER 16
1963 – Currently the #1 song in England, the Beatles’ “She Loves You” is released by the tiny Swan label in America, but the stateside public has no idea who the group is, and the single fails to chart. Four months later, after “I Want To Hold Your Hand” and the attendant Beatlemania, a re-released “She Loves You” single will reach #1 in the US as well.
1966 – Pete Quaife, bassist for the Kinks, leaves the band after injuries from a recent car crash threaten his ability to play. He will eventually return and stay with the band through 1969.
1967 – Jimi Hendrix’s debut LP, ‘Are You Experienced?’ entered the Billboard Hot 200 album chart, where it stayed for 106 weeks, including 77 weeks in the Top 40. In 2003, Rolling Stone magazine ranked it No.15 on their 500 Greatest Albums of All Time and two years later it was selected for permanent preservation in the National Recording Registry at the Library of Congress in the United States.
1970 – Led Zeppelin won ‘best group’ in the Melody Maker readers Poll. This was the first time in eight years that The Beatles hadn’t won best group.
1970 – Jimi Hendrix joined Eric Burdon on stage at Ronnie Scotts in London for what would become the guitarist’s last ever public appearance.
1977- Former T Rex singer Marc Bolan (29-years-old) was killed instantly when the car driven by his girlfriend, Gloria Jones, left the road and hit a tree in Barnes, London. Miss Jones broke her jaw in the accident. The couple were on the way to Bolan’s home in Richmond after a night out at a Mayfair restaurant. A local man who witnessed the crash said, “When I arrived a girl was lying on the hood and a man with long dark curly hair was stretched out in the road – there was a hell of a mess.”
1985 – Kiss released the album ‘Asylum.’
1996 – Pearl Jam played the first night on their ‘No Code’ tour at the Key Arena in Seattle, Washington. Because of the band’s refusal to play in Ticketmaster’s venue areas, they were forced to use alternate ticketing companies for the shows which fans complained were to be out-of-the-way and hard to get to.
2006 – Bob Dylan’s new album ‘Modern Times’ goes to #1 in Billboard’s album chart, making the 65-year-old the oldest musician to ever hold that honor.
2009 – Mary Travers from Folk trio Peter, Paul And Mary, passed away after suffering from leukemia for several years. She was 72. Mary’s lead vocal can be heard on the group’s biggest hit, 1969’s ‘Leaving On A Jet Plane’.
2013 – A souvenir booklet from the 1967 Monterey Pop Festival signed by Jimi Hendrix fetched $6,500 on eBay. The artifact also included autographs from three members of the Mamas and Papas.