Tuesday, September 15, 2020

Music History Today: September 16, 2020

September 16, 1977: Marc Bolan of T. Rex dies in a car accident in Barnes, London at age 29.

Marc Bolan, best-known as the frizzy-haired leader of T. Rex, died September 16th in a car crash. 

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Police said Bolan, 29, was killed when a car driven by his girlfriend, singer Gloria Jones, struck a tree in southwest London. Jones was hospitalized for injuries.  
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September 16, 1959: Dick Clark's first "Caravan of Stars" tour opens in New York, featuring The Coasters, The Drifters, Lloyd Price, LaVern Baker, Paul Anka, Annette Funicello, and Duane Eddy. 

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September 16, 1970: England's Rock and Roll magazine, Melody Maker named Led Zeppelin as England's "Best Group," replacing The Beatles, who had held that honor for eight years. 

Led Zeppelin's 1970 United Kingdom Tour was a concert tour of the United Kingdom by the English rock band. The tour commenced on 7 January and concluded on 17 February 1970. This tour is arguably best known for the band's performance at the Royal Albert Hall on 9 January.  
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September 16, 1974: Bob Dylan began recording his album Blood on the Tracks. 

When Rolling Stone magazine’s editors made a list of the 500 Greatest Albums of all time in the early 2000s, Blood on the Tracks came in at a mere No. 16, trailing top 10 choices Blonde on Blonde and Highway 61 Revisited. But in a 2012 reader poll, fans voted for Blood as his finest work.  
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September 16, 1978: Boston's second album, Don't Look Back, hits #1 in America. Their self-titled debut sold over 17 million, but never hit the top spot.

One of the ‘70s’ most remarkable breakthrough success stories turned sour with the release of a second album that redefined the “sophomore slump” – and all because it was so late on arrival. 

Sure, over the past few decades, classic rock fans have grown increasingly accustomed to waiting four, five, even seven or eight years between the release of their aging heroes’ studio albums. But, back in the '70s, the meager two years separating Boston's landmark, record-breaking debut from its 1978 successor Don't Look Back felt more like 200 years to impatient Epic Records executives.  
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