9/22/21 This Day In Rock History

For: Wednesday, September 22, 2021

On This Day:

In 1967 The Doors appeared on the Murray the K show in New York City, performing “People Are Strange” and “Light My Fire.”

In 1969 A new weekly TV show, “The Music Scene,” aired on ABC in the US for the first time. Stevie Wonder, Crosby Stills Nash & Young, Tom Jones, Cass Elliot, James Brown, Janis Joplin and Sly and the Family Stone were all booked to appear on the show.

The Band released their self-titled album, also known as The Brown Album. In 2009, the album was preserved into the National Recording Registry because the album was “culturally, historically, or aesthetically important, and reflects life in the United States.”

In 1972 David Bowie played his first U.S. concert, at Cleveland’s Music Hall.

In 1980 John Lennon ended his five-year hiatus and signed with Geffen Records.

In 1985 The inaugural Farm Aid benefit concert was held before a crowd of 80 thousand people at the Memorial Stadium in Illinois. Organized by Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp and Neil Young, the event had been spurred on by Bob Dylan’s comments at Live Aid earlier in that year that he hoped some of the money would help American farmers. The star studded line-up of country stars included: Alabama, Glen Campbell, Johnny Cash, John Denver, Bob Dylan, John Fogerty, Vince Gill, Merle Haggard, Kris Kristofferson, Roger Miller, Bonnie Raitt and Kenny Rogers.

In 1992 Def Leppard had to cancel two U.S. shows after their sound-equipment truck was found abandoned, after one of the bands driver’s had attempted to rob a store. The driver was later charged with possessing drugs and criminal damage.

In 1998 KISS’ album and music video for “Psycho Circus” was released.

In 2002 The September 11th fundraiser “America: A Tribute to Heroes” took the Emmy for Outstanding Variety, Music, or Comedy Special. The unprecedented telethon, which aired on all major networks as well as many cable stations simultaneously, featured performances from numerous artists, including Bruce Springsteen, U2, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, and Neil Young.

In 2003 The Darkness made their U.S. West Coast debut in front of a sold-out performance at the Roxy Theater in Los Angeles. Blink 182’s Travis Barker, Sugar Ray’s Mark McGrath, and Jack Osbourne were among the celebrities who attended.

In 2004 Singer-songwriter Yusuf Islam — also known as Cat Stevens — returned to Britain a day after being denied entry into the U.S. because his name was on a U.S. government terrorist watch list.

In 2005 Phil Spector filed a lawsuit against a former personal assistant who he claimed had taken several hundred-thousand-dollars from his different accounts. Spector would later win the case.

In 2007 Oasis guitarist Noel Gallagher and his partner Sara MacDonald celebrated the birth of their son, Donovan Rory MacDonald Gallagher.

In 2009 The “girl with kaleidoscope eyes” died. Lucy Vodden, the childhood friend of Julian Lennon’s who inspired The Beatles’ song “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds,” passed away after a battle with lupus. She was 46.

In 2010 Fox officially announced that Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler would be joining Jennifer Lopez as the two new judges on “American Idol,” taking the place of former judge Simon Cowell.

In 2011 Research conducted by car maker SEAT found that Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody” was the song most likely to be found on British iPods, with more than 40-percent of owners having the hit on their players. The Beatles had four songs in the list, a feat also matched by Coldplay. Other favorites included U2, The Killers and Rihanna.

In 2012 Prince made a surprise appearance during Mary J. Blige’s set at the iHeartRadio Music Festival in Las Vegas.

In 2013 Elton John and Carrie Underwood were among the performers at the Emmy Awards. Elton played a tribute to Liberace, while Underwood sang The Beatles’ “Yesterday” during a salute to TV milestones from 1963 and the launch of Beatlemania. Paul McCartney authorized her performance, writing a personal letter to her giving her permission to sing the classic song.

In 2015 A U.S. District Judge ruled that the original copyright to “Happy Birthday” was invalid and the song would now be entirely in the public domain.