Music History September 6

Dolores O’Riordan


1925 – Jimmy Reed, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 1976)
1940 – Jackie Trent, English singer-songwriter
1942 – Dave Bargeron, American trombonist and tuba player (Blood, Sweat & Tears)
1943 – Roger Waters, English singer-songwriter, bass player (Pink Floyd)
1948 – Claydes Charles Smith, American guitarist (Kool & the Gang) (d. 2006)
1952 – Buddy Miller, American singer-songwriter
1954 – Patrick O’Hearn, American singer-songwriter, musician (Missing Persons)
1958 – Buster Bloodvessel, English singer-songwriter (Bad Manners)
1961 – Scott Travis, American drummer (Judas Priest, Racer X, The Scream, Fight)
1961 – Paul Waaktaar-Savoy, Norwegian singer-songwriter and guitarist (a-ha and Savoy)
1965 – Terry Bickers, English singer-songwriter and guitarist (The House of Love and Levitation)
1967 – William DuVall, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (Alice In Chains, Comes with the Fall, Madfly, Neon Christ, and No Walls)
1967 – Macy Gray, American singer-songwriter
1968 – Paddy Boom, Singaporean-American drummer and songwriter (Scissor Sisters)
1971 – Dolores O’Riordan, Irish singer-songwriter and guitarist (The Cranberries, D.A.R.K.)
1972 – Eugene Hütz, Ukrainian singer-songwriter, guitarist (Gogol Bordello)
1974 – Nina Persson, Swedish singer-songwriter (The Cardigans and A Camp)
1978 – Cisco Adler, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer (Whitestarr)
1978 – Tony Thaxton, American drummer (Motion City Soundtrack)


1984 – Ernest Tubb, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (b. 1914)
1985 – Johnny Desmond, American singer (b. 1919)
1990 – Tom Fogerty, rhythm guitarist in Creedence Clearwater Revival (b. 1941)
1994 – Nicky Hopkins, English pianist (The Jeff Beck Group, The Kinks, Jerry Garcia Band, Quicksilver Messenger Service, and Sweet Thursday, (b. 1944)
1994 – Max Kaminsky, American trumpet player and bandleader (b. 1908)
2001 – Carl Crack, German rapper and DJ (Atari Teenage Riot) (b. 1971)

Nina Persson


1955 – So many Elvis Presley fans crowd into the high school gym in Bono, AR, that the floor collapses under their weight. Fortunately, there are no injuries.

1957 – Utilizing the latest technology in plastics, Nestle releases the world’s first “flexi-disc” as a free giveaway with its latest candy bar.

1961- Bob Dylan makes his New York City stage debut, performing at the Gaslight Cafe in Greenwich Village.

1963 – Jerry Lee Lewis’ contract with Sun expires, and, with the label refusing to release his latest records due to ongoing scandals, Lewis decides to sign with the Smash label, eventually gaining a whole new career as a country artist.

1967 – Director D.A. Pennebaker’s epochal movie about Bob Dylan, Don’t Look Back, widely considered one of the greatest rockumentaries of all time, premieres in New York.

1968 – George Harrison’s friend Eric Clapton, also his neighbor in the UK county of Esher, gives George a lift to Abbey Road studios. Unhappy with the Beatles’ infighting and his own attempts at a guitar solo for his latest song, “While My Guitar Gently Weeps,” George asks that Eric come into the studio and lay down a track. Clapton at first refuses, correctly noting that “nobody (famous) ever plays on the Beatles records!” but George insists. The invitation has its intended effect: the band members are completely professional and Eric’s solo sounds great. But listening to the playback, the ex-Yardbird decides the result isn’t “Beatle-y enough,” so the solo is run through the Leslie rotating speaker of the Hammond B-3 organ cabinet, an effect the lads had been using at least as far back as “Tomorrow Never Knows.”

1969 – Declaring “I’m tired, man,” James Brown announces after tonight’s Memphis gig that his last live performance will be on July 4, 1970. Needless to say, he changes his mind.

1969 – David Bowie gets his first big break as his psychedelic single “Space Oddity” enters the UK charts.

1970 – Jimi Hendrix makes what is to be his last appearance on stage, performing at the Open Air Love and Peace Festival in Fehmarn, Germany. Just 12 days later, Jimi would die from complications of an overdose of sleeping pills.

1989 – The NFL’s Pittsburgh Steelers actually agree to practice somewhere besides their home, Three Rivers Stadium, after the Rolling Stones take it over in preparation for an upcoming concert.

1990 – Tom Fogerty guitarist with Creedence Clearwater Revival died aged 49, due to complications from AIDS acquired during a blood transfusion. During 1969 CCR scored three US Top Ten albums and four Top 5 singles. Released several solo albums.

1994, English keyboard player Nicky Hopkins died aged 50, in Nashville, Tennessee, of complications from intestinal surgery. Was a highly respected session musician, worked with The Rolling Stones, Jeff Beck, The Beatles, The Who, The Kinks, Small Faces, Led Zeppelin, John Lennon, George Harrison, and the Jerry Garcia Band. The Kinks song ‘Session Man’ from Face to Face is dedicated to (and features) Hopkins.

2010 – Jane’s Addiction announced that it had parted ways with bassist Duff McKagan. McKagan had only been working with the band for five months.