September 4th: On this Day In Music History
|1954, To coincide with the release of his second Sun single, 'Good Rockin' Tonight', Elvis Presley, along with Bill Black and Scotty Moore made their first appearance at The Grand Old Opry. The audience reaction was so poor, the Opry's manager, Jim Denny told Elvis that he should go back to driving a truck.|
|1959, Dick Clark's traveling show opened at the Michigan State Fair in the US. The line-up included Frankie Avalon, Annette Funicello, Duane Eddy, The Coasters, LaVern Baker and Jan and Dean.|
|1961, The Highwaymen started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Michael', also made No.1 in the UK. The group were made up of five university students.|
|1962, The Beatles' first formal recording session at EMI's Abbey Road studios took place. George Martin was unhappy with a previous session on June 6, so he called The Beatles back into the studio to try again. They recorded six songs, including 'Love Me Do' and 'Please Please Me.'|
|1965, The Beatles started a three week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Help', the title of their second film and the group's ninth US No.1. |
1965, The Who had their van stolen containing over £5000 worth of equipment outside the Battersea Dogs Home. The band were inside the home at the time buying a guard dog. The van was later recovered.
1968, The Bee Gees had their second UK No.1 single with 'I've Gotta Get A Message To You'.
1968, The Beatles recorded promotional videos for 'Hey Jude' and 'Revolution' at Twickenham Film Studios. The vocals are recorded live over the pre-recorded instrumental tracks to get round the current British Musicians Union ban on lip-sync performances. For 'Hey Jude', The Beatles were accompanied by a 36-piece orchestra and 300 fans and other assorted extras who join in singing the long refrain.
|1969, The film 'Easy Rider' starring Jack Nicholson Peter Fonda and Dennis Hopper opened at The Classic London.|
|1971, Taken from the album 'Ram', Paul and Linda McCartney went to No.1 on the US singles chart with the US only released 'Uncle Albert / Admiral Halsey'. McCartney's first US solo No.1.|
|1971, During a North American tour Led Zeppelin appeared at Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto, Canada.|
|1972, John Lennon and Yoko Ono appeared on Jerry Lewis' Muscular Dystrophy Telethon Show on US television.|
|1976, Fleetwood Mac went to No.1 on the US album chart with their self-titled album after being on the charts for over a year. The album went on to sell over 5 million copies in the US and was the first of three No.1 albums for the group.|
|1976, The Bee Gees went to No.1 on the US singles chart with 'You Should Be Dancing', the group's third US No.1, a No.5 hit n the UK.|
1976, The Sex Pistols made their television debut when they appeared on the Manchester based Granada TV program 'So It Goes'.