BORN ON SEPTEMBER 8
1897 – Jimmie Rodgers, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 1933)
1932 – Patsy Cline, American singer-songwriter (d. 1963)
1939 – Guitar Shorty, American guitarist
1942 – Brian Cole, American bass player (The Association) (d. 1972)
1944 – Peter Bellamy, English singer-songwriter (The Young Tradition) (d. 1991)
1945 – Ron “Pigpen” McKernan, American singer-songwriter and keyboard player (Grateful Dead) (d. 1973)
1945 – Kelly Groucutt, English singer and bass player (Electric Light Orchestra) (d. 2009)
1946 – Ronnie Burns, Australian singer-songwriter and guitarist (Cotton Keays & Morris)
1947 – Benjamin Orr, American singer-songwriter and bass player (The Cars) (d. 2000)
1950 – Zachary Richard, American singer-songwriter and poet
1956 – Mick Brown, American drummer (Dokken, T & N)
1958 – Michael Lardie, American keyboard player, songwriter (Great White and Night Ranger)
1960 – Aimee Mann, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and actress (‘Til Tuesday, The Both)
1960 – David Steele, English bass player and songwriter (The Beat and Fine Young Cannibals)
1962 – Jay Ziskrout, American drummer (Bad Religion)
1968 – Ray Wilson, Scottish singer-songwriter and guitarist (Genesis and Stiltskin)
1970 – Neko Case, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (The New Pornographers, The Corn Sisters, and Maow)
1973 – Gabrial McNair, American saxophonist, keyboard player, and composer (Oslo)
1973 – Troy Sanders, American singer-songwriter and bass player (Mastodon and Killer Be Killed)
1975 – Richard Hughes, English drummer (Keane)
1976 – Brendan Kelly, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (The Lawrence Arms, The Broadways, and The Falcon)
1979 – Pink, American singer-songwriter
EVENTS ON SEPTEMBER 8
1952 – After Atlantic Records bought Ray Charles’ contract from Swingtime, Charles recorded his first session for Atlantic, cutting four songs. Over the next seven years, he will record such classics as ‘Mess Around,’ ‘I Got a Woman,’ ‘Hallelujah, I Love Her So’ and ‘What’d I Say.’
1956 – Eddie Cochran signed a one year contract with Liberty Records, Cochran went on to give Liberty three top 40 hits over the next several years including ‘Summertime Blues,’ ‘Twenty Flight Rock’ and “C’mon Everybody.”
1956 – Elvis Presley releases the singles “Blue Suede Shoes” b/w “Tutti Frutti,” “I Got A Woman” b/w “I’m Counting On You,” “I’ll Never Let You Go (Little Darlin’)” b/w “I’m Gonna Sit Right Down And Cry (Over You),” “Tryin’ To Get To You” b/w “I Love You Because,” “Blue Moon” b/w “Just Because,” “Money Honey” b/w “One Sided Love Affair,” “Lawdy Miss Clawdy” b/w “Shake Rattle And Roll”
1968 – Led Zeppelin appeared at Raventlow Parken, Nykobing, Falster, Denmark supported by The Beatnicks and The Ladybirds, (who were a all girl topless go-go dancing outfit). This was the group’s third ever live gig
1972 – In San Francisco, Neil Young is the proud parent of his first son, Zeke, by actress Carrie Snodgress. Zeke is born with cerebral palsy, which will lead Young to later found the Bridge School for children with disabilities.
1973 – The Allman Brothers started a five week run at No.1 on the US album chart with ‘Brothers And Sisters’, the group’s only US No.1.
1977 – Jimmy McCulloch, best known for playing lead guitar on Paul McCartney and Wings’ Venus and Mars and Wings at the Speed of Sound albums, leaves the group to join a relaunched Small Faces.
1979 – Led Zeppelin scored their eighth UK No.1 album when ‘In Through The Out Door’ went to the top of the charts for two weeks.
1997 – Having refused to release singles in their native UK during the band’s lifetime, Led Zeppelin finally release “Whole Lotta Love” as a single in order to promote their newly-remastered albums.
2003 – To celebrate the release of his latest album, ‘Reality,’ David Bowie performs the first interactive concert, broadcast to 21 theaters across the UK and allowing the singer to take requests through microphones connected to the internet.
2003 – At his concert in Toronto, Bruce Springsteen pays tribute to singer/songwriter Warren Zevon, who had succumbed to cancer the night before, by performing Warren’s song “My Ride’s Here.”
2004 – Led Zeppelin frontman Robert Plant was guest of honour at the unveiling of a statue of 15th century rebel leader Owain Glyndwr at Pennal church, near Machynlleth in Wales. Plant, who owns a farmhouse in the area had donated money towards a bronze sculpture of the Welsh prince.