Saturday, September 24, 2022

Music History Today: September 25, 2022

September 25, 1980: John Bonham, the drummer for Led Zeppelin,  died of asphyxiation in his own vomit due to consumption of alcohol.

John Bonham drummer for  Led Zeppelin
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September 25, 1930: Shel Silverstein was born in Chicago, Illinois. 

Shel Silverstein was a "multi-threat" artist; composer, singer, cartoonist, illustrator, author. Johnny Cash recorded a version of Silverstein's "A Boy Named Sue. 

Shel Silverstein
Shel Silverstein

Dr. Hook covered his songs "Sylvia's Mother" and "The Cover of the Rolling Stone." Silverstein's most important album, however, and his most successful was Freakin' at the Freakers Ball. 
Read more: Allmusic

September 25, 1960: Sam Cooke's "Chain Gang" peaks at number two on the US R&B and Pop charts.

"Chain Gang" was Sam  Cooke’s second-biggest American hit. 

Sam Cooke
Sam Cooke

The song was inspired after a chance meeting with an actual chain-gang of prisoners on a highway. Cooke and his brother Charles felt sorry for the men and gave them several cartons of cigarettes. 
Read more: Wikipedia


September 25, 1965: The Dave Clark Five topped out at Number 4 on the US music chart with "Catch Us If You Can."

"Catch Us If You Can" from The Dave Clark Five was the title song for the film of the same name. Cash Box described it as a "rollicking, fast-moving rocker with a contagious, funky rhythmic undercurrent," saying it could be a "blockbuster." 
Read more: Wikipedia

September 25, 1971: "Peace Train" by Cat Stevens first entered Billboard's Hot 100 chart. 

Cat Stevens
Cat Stevens

On September 21, 2021, for the song's 50th anniversary, Playing For Change | Song Around The World uploaded a video of "Peace Train." Now Yusuf, Stevens performs with artists worldwide. The video has over 2.5 million views. 
See more: You Tube


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