Music History September 17

hankwilliamsBORN ON SEPTEMBER 17

1923 – Hank Williams, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (Drifting Cowboys) (d. 1953)
1926 – Bill Black, American bass player (The Blue Moon Boys) (d. 1965)
1926 – Hovie Lister, American pianist (The Statesmen Quartet and Masters V) (d. 2001)
1926 – Jack McDuff, American singer and organist (d. 2001)
1929 – Sil Austin, American saxophonist (d. 2001)
1938 – Perry Robinson, American clarinet player
1939 – Shelby Flint, American singer-songwriter and voice actress
1944 – Les Emmerson, Canadian singer-songwriter and guitarist (Five Man Electrical Band)
1950 – Fee Waybill, American singer-songwriter and producer (The Tubes)
1953 – Steve Williams, Welsh drummer and songwriter (Budgie)
1961 – Ty Tabor, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (King’s X, Platypus, and The Jelly Jam)
1965 – Guy Picciotto, American singer-songwriter, guitarist (Rites of Spring, Fugazi, Happy Go Licky, and One Last Wish)
1968 – Jonn Penney, English singer (Ned’s Atomic Dustbin)
1969 – Adam Devlin, English guitarist and songwriter (The Bluetones)
1974 – Mirah, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (The Microphones)
1979 – Chuck Comeau, Canadian drummer (Simple Plan and Reset)

DIED ON SEPTEMBER 17

1991 – Rob Tyner, American musician (MC5) (b. 1944)
1999 – Frankie Vaughan, English singer (b. 1928)
2013 – Kristian Gidlund, Swedish drummer and journalist (Sugarplum Fairy) (b. 1983)
2013 – Larry Lake, American-Canadian trumpet player and composer (b. 1943)
2013 – Bernie McGann, Australian saxophonist and composer (b. 1937)
2013 – Marvin Rainwater, American singer-songwriter (b. 1925)
2014 – George Hamilton IV, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (b. 1937)

EVENTS ON SEPTEMBER 17

1955 – Capitol Records released “Magic Melody, Part Two”. The song consisted only of the last two notes of the musical phrase, “Shave and a haircut, two bits.” It was the shortest song to ever to be released.

1967 – The Doors appear on the “Ed Sullivan Show” and performed “Light My Fire” and “People Are Strange.”

1967 – The Who appeared on The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour. An incident occurred with flash explosions that damaged Pete Townshend’s ears.

1991 – “Use Your Illusion I” and “Use Your Illusion II” were released simultaneously by Guns N’ Roses.

2003 – David Lee Roth injured himself while doing a very fast, complicated 15th-century samurai move onstage. Roth needed 21 stitches when a staff he was using hit him in the face. A few days later the remainder of his tour was canceled.