Rock 'n' Roll Almanac for Saturday, September 30, 2023

81 years ago (1942)Dewey Martin, drummer for Buffalo Springfield, is born.
75 years ago (1948)Mark Bolan, vocalist for T-Rex, is born. He died in 1977.
63 years ago (1960)Bill Rieflin of R.E.M. is born.
62 years ago (1961)Bob Dylan plays harmonica on three cuts recorded for his friend Caroline Hester's first Columbia album. The session is produced by John Hammond and he is so impressed that he promptly signs Dylan to a deal. Now that Dylan is a part of Columbia records, Hammond arranges for a solo recording session in October.
60 years ago (1963)New York promoter Sid Bernstein contacts Brian Epstein, manager of The Beatles, to bring the group to the U.S. Epstein is skeptical because the group didn't have a hit in the States yet.
59 years ago (1964)Robby Takac of the Goo Goo Dolls is born.
58 years ago (1965)Donovan makes his U.S. television debut, appearing on Shingdig! Also appearing on the show are The Hollies, The Turtles, and the Dave Clark Five.
56 years ago (1967)On TV's David Frost Show, John Lennon and Paul McCartney espouse the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi's doctrine of transcendental meditation.
56 years ago (1967)Van Morrison's Brown-Eyed Girl peaks at #10 on the singles chart.
54 years ago (1969)David Crosby's girlfriend Christine Gail Hinton is killed in a head-on auto accident north of San Francisco, the same day the Crosby, Stills & Nash album goes gold.
52 years ago (1971)Yes kicks off their first tour with new keyboardist Rick Wakeman in England.
51 years ago (1972)Columbia Records, which inked pricey contracts with several artists in 1972, announces it's closing down its four Hollywood studios. That's unemplyoment for 28 engineers and staff members.
49 years ago (1974)A clash occurs between Lynyrd Skynyrd roadies and a sound technician during a Skynyrd/Blue Oyster Cult concert at the Louisville Convention Center. The Skynyrd crew say Jay Sloatman of Tycobrahe Sound deliberately turned off the sound during the band's set and then attacked them when he was asked to leave. No arrests were made.
46 years ago (1977)Ringo Starr releases his Ringo The Fourth album.
46 years ago (1977)Foghat plays a benefit concert and New York City's Palladium to fund the purchase and preservation of rare blues records by the Rodgers and Hammerstein Archives of Recorded Sound of the New York Public Library at Lincoln Center.
45 years ago (1978)Aerosmith's cover of The Beatles' Come Together peaks at #23 on the chart.
36 years ago (1987)Roy Orbison records the A Black And White Night Live album at the Coconut Grove in Los Angeles with Bruce Springsteen, Bonnie Raitt, Tom Waits and Elvis Costello.
35 years ago (1988)John Lennon receives a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
34 years ago (1989)Neil Young performs Rockin' In The Free World on Saturday Night Live.
34 years ago (1989)Aerosmith's Pump LP enters the chart. The album contains the hits, Love In An Elevator, Janie's Got A Gun and What It Takes.
34 years ago (1989)The Rolling Stones shoot their Rock And A Hard Place video at the Foxboro-Sullivan Stadium outside of Boston.
30 years ago (1993)B-52's singer Kate Pierson is arrested while staging a sit-in in the New York offices of Vogue Magazine. She was protesting the magazine's use of animal fur clothing and ads that featured animal furs.
30 years ago (1993)George Harrison and David Crosby make guest appearances on The Simpsons.
29 years ago (1994)R.E.M. singer Michael Stipe signs a movie development deal with New Line Cinema.
26 years ago (1997)The Rolling Stones release their Bridges To Babylon LP.
19 years ago (2004)A travel agency sues Courtney Love, claiming she ordered nearly $50,000 in airline tickets but wouldn't pay. This same day, her trial on felony drug charges is postponed until November 3rd. Back in July of this same year, she was sentenced to 18 months in a drug rehabilitation program after pleading guilty to a misdemeanor charge of being under the influence of a controlled substance.

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