BORN ON SEPTEMBER 5
1907 – Sunnyland Slim, American singer-songwriter and pianist (d. 1995)
1918 – Buddy Williams, Australian singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 1986)
1939 – John Stewart, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (The Kingston Trio) (d. 2008)
1945 – Al Stewart, Scottish singer-songwriter and guitarist
1946 – Freddie Mercury, Tanzanian-English singer-songwriter (Queen) (d. 1991)
1946 – Loudon Wainwright III, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and actor
1947 – Buddy Miles, American singer-songwriter and drummer (The Electric Flag and The California Raisins) (d. 2008)
1949 – Clem Clempson, English guitarist and songwriter (Humble Pie, Colosseum, and Bakerloo)
1956 – Roine Stolt, Swedish singer-songwriter, guitarist (The Flower Kings, Transatlantic, and The Tangent)
1963 – Juan Alderete, American bass player and songwriter (Racer X, The Mars Volta, The Scream, and Big Sir)
1968 – Brad Wilk, American singer-songwriter and drummer (Audioslave, Rage Against the Machine)
1969 – Dweezil Zappa, American singer, guitarist
1970 – Liam Lynch, American singer-songwriter, guitarist
1982 – Sondre Lerche, Norwegian singer-songwriter and guitarist
DIED ON SEPTEMBER 5
1978 – Joe Negroni (Frankie Lymon and the Teenagers)
2007 – Thomas Hansen, Norwegian singer-songwriter and guitarist (b. 1976)
2012 – Joe South, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (b. 1940)
EVENTS ON SEPTEMBER 5
1963 – The Rolling Stones kicked off their fourth UK tour at The Astoria London. A 32-date package tour with Mike Berry and the Innocents The Mojos and Simon Scott and the Leroy’s.
1964 – The Animals started a three week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘House Of The Rising Sun’. When first released the record company printed the time of the song on the record as three minutes feeling that the real time of four minutes was too long for radio airplay.
1965 – The Rolling Stones recorded their eighth single ‘Get Off Of My Cloud’ at RCA studios in Hollywood. The song peaked at No.1 in the US and the UK.
1970 – Janis Joplin started recording sessions recording a version of the Kris Kristofferson and Fred Foster song ‘Me and Bobby McGee’. Joplin, (who was a lover and a friend of Kristofferson’s from the beginning of her career to her death), topped the US singles chart with the song in 1971 after her death, making the song the second posthumous No.1 single in US chart history after ‘(Sittin’ On) The Dock of the Bay’ by Otis Redding.
1976 – Lynyrd Skynyrd guitarist Gary Rossington was seriously injured in a car crash in Florida.
1978 – Joe Negroni from Frankie Lymon and the Teenagers died of a brain haemorrhage. (1956 UK No.1 & US No.6 single ‘Why Do Fools Fall In Love’).
1981 – Soft Cell were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with their version of ‘Tainted Love.’ The song had been a hit for Gloria Jones in 1964. (Jones who became Marc Bolan’s girlfriend was the driver of the car, that crashed and killed Bolan on 16 September 1977. Jones nearly died in the accident).
1981 – Stevie Nicks went to No.1 on the US album with Bella Donna, featuring the tracks ‘Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around’ (the Tom Petty duet), ‘Leather and Lace’ (with Don Henley), ‘Edge of Seventeen’ and ‘After the Glitter Fades.’
1987 – Ian Astbury of The Cult was arrested after a show in Vancouver ended in a riot. Staff at the concert claimed they were assaulted by Astbury, who spent the night in the local police cells.
1990 – Ian Dury And The Blockheads drummer Charley Charles died of cancer. The band scored the 1978 UK No.1 single ‘Hit Me With Your Rhythm Stick’.
1993 – Dave Navarro, guitarist, joined the Red Hot Chili Peppers.