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September 12, 1960 The Chiffons,
locked in a cover battle with The Shirelles, charted today with “Tonight’s The Night”. Though the New Jersey Shirelles out paced The Bronx, New York quartet (#39 to #76) the recording was memorable as The Chiffons first Hot 100 offing of a career 12 hits thru 1966.

1966 – The Monkees TV show debuted.

Top Single:
“Crying In The Chapel” The Orioles #1 R&B 1953 “House Of The Rising Sun” The Animals #1 1964

Birthday:
Warren Corbin (The Cleftones) 1938 Barry White (The Upfronts) 1944



September 13, 1969 The 4 Seasons
“And That Reminds Me” (#45) charted. Chuck Berry, Little Richard, Jerry Lee Lewis, Bo Diddley, Alice Cooper, Gene Vincent and The Doors appeared at the Toronto Rock & Roll Revival Concert.

Top Single:
“Oh What A Night” The Dells #11 1969 “Rhinestone Cowboy” Glen Campbell #1
1975

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September 14, 1968
The Beatles classic “Hey Jude” (#1 in the U.S., U.K., Germany, Holland, Japan, France & Israel) was inspired by The Drifters 1960 hit “Save The Last Dance For Me”.

Top Single: “My Boyfriends Back” The Angels #1 1963

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September 15, 1951 The Four Aces
first 45 “It’s No Sin” charted reaching #4. The group paid for their session with lead Al Alberts and his fiancés wedding money and $500 from two college students.

1956 – Paul Anka
recorded his first single “I Confess” at Modern Records in Los Angeles with vocal backing by the R&B group The Cadets.

Top Single:
“Sherry” The 4 Seasons #1 1962

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September 16, 1957
Norman Fox & The Rob Roys “Tell Me Why” and The Moonglows “The Beating Of My Heart” were released. 1964 – The “Shindig” TV show debuted on ABC-TV with the Righteous Brothers, The Everly Brothers and Sam Cook.

Top Single:
“Black & White” Three Dog Night #1 1972 “Boogie Oogie Oogie” A Taste Of Honey #1 1978

Birthday:
Betty Kelly (The Vandellas) 1944



September 17, 1956
“My Confession” was recorded by David Ford and The Ebbtides who were really The Hollywood Flames.

Top Single:
“Cherish” The Association #1 1966 Birthday: Lamont McLemore (The 5th Dimension) 1940

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September 18, 1954
The Diablos classic “The Wind” was released. 1987 – The Beatles, Bob Dylan and Brian Wilson were nominated to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.

Top Single:
“When We Get Married” The Dreamlovers #10 1961 “Take Good Care Of My Baby” Bobby Vee #1 1961

Birthday:
Ricky Bell (The New Edition) 1967

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September 19, 1955 The Drifters
recorded “Adorable” (#! R&B) and it’s flip “Steamboat” (#5 R&B) at Master Recorded in Los Angeles along with their hit “Ruby Baby” (#10 R&B).

1960 – Hank Ballard & The Midnighters
became the first Rock & Roll group with 3 hit singles when “Let’s Go, Let’s Go, Let’s Go” joined “Finger Poppin’ Time” and “The Twist” on the Top 100 at the same time.

Top Single:
“Good Lovin” The Clovers #3 R&B 1953 “The Twist” Chubby Checker #1 1960

Birthday: Billy Ward (The Dominoes) 1921 Brook Benton (Jerusalem Stars) 1931 Nick Massi (4 Seasons) Cass Elliot (The Mama’s & The Papa’s)



September 20, 1948 The Four Freshmen
made their performance debut at the 113 Club in Fort Wayne, Indiana 1970 – The Doors Jim Morrison was found guilty of indecent exposure and profanity emanating from a concert appearance in Florida.

Top Single:
“It Only Takes A Minute Girl” Tavares #1 R&B 1975 “Sugar, Sugar” The Archies #1 1969



September 21, 1961
Bob Dylan recorded his first album for Columbia.

Top Single:
“Sleep Walk” Santo & Johnny #1 1959



September 22, 1958 The Teddy Bears
(with Carol Connors on lead) had their first single released today. The song, “To Know Him Is To Love Him” written by group member Phil Spector went all the way to #1.

1962 – The Springfield’s
(featuring Dusty Springfield) became the first British vocal group to reach the U.S. top 20 when their single “Silver Threads & Golden Needles” reached #20.

Top Single:
“You Belong To Me” The Duprees #7 1962 “Don’t Be Cruel” Elvis Presley #1
1956




September 23, 1957
The Rays “Silhouettes” (#3 Pop and R&B) was released. 1978 – Foreigner’s “Double Vision” charted. It was their 4th of 9 Top 10 hits reaching #2.

Top Single:
“Never My Love” The Association #5 1967 “That’ll Be The Day” Buddy Holly #1 1957

Birthday: Ben E. King (The Drifters) 1938

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September 24, 1956
The 5 Satins, The Channels, The Clovers and The Valentines headlined Dr. Jive’s week-long engagement at The Apollo.

Top Single:
“Beauty Is Only Skin Deep” The Temptations #6 1966

Birthday:
Barbara Allbut (The Angels) 1940 Phyllis Allbut (The Angels) 1942 Rosa Lee Hawkins (The Dixie Cups) 1944 Cedric Dent (Take 6) 1962



September 25, 1954
Jubilee issued a special Four Tunes “Harmonizing Quartet” L.P. The album was marked with bass, tenor, alto and baritone so “would be vocalists could sing along to the albums collection of standards.”

1965 – The Lennon-McCartney
song, “Yesterday” had the original working title of “Scrambled Eggs”.

Top Single:
“You Were On My Mind” The We Five #5 1965 “Abracadabra” Steve Miller Band #1 1982

Birthday:
Joseph Russell (The Persuasions)
1939

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September 26, 1953
Seven of the R&B charts Top 10 positions were occupied by vocal groups including The Orioles, The Clovers, The Five Royales, The Royals, The Spaniels, The Dominoes and The Cornets.

1937 –
Blues great Bessie Smith died. She was known to have influenced many latter day stars including Janis Joplin.

Top Single:
“Remember” The Shangri-Las #5 1964 “Oh Pretty Woman” Roy Orbison #1 1964

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September 27, 1969
The Originals “Baby I’m For Real” (#14 Pop, #1 R&B) was released. Freddie Gorman of the quartet penned The Marvelettes hit “Please Mr. Postman”.

1975 –
Captain & Tennille’s 2nd hit, “The Way I want To Touch You” charted reaching #4. It had been previously released 3 times in 1974 on 3 different labels and bombed each time but being the follow up to their #1 1975 hit “Love Will Keep Us Together” gave it new attention.

Top Single:
“Sugar, Sugar” The Archies #1 1969



September 28, 1997
56 year old Bob Dylan, wearing a white cowboy hat gave new meaning to the phrase “an audience with The Pope” when he performed at a Bologna, Italy concert with a bored pontiff John Paul looking on. The Jewish legend sang “Knocking’ On Heaven’s Door”.

Top Single:
“Blue Velvet” Bobby Vinton #1 1963



September 29, 1959
Little Anthony & The Imperials recorded “Shimmy, Shimmy, Ko, Ko, Bop (#14 Pop, #24 R&B), a song that would become their last hit for five years and a record Anthony was quoted as saying was “stupid”!

1963 – The Rolling Stones
began their first British tour as the opening act for The Everly Brothers, Little Richard & Bo Diddley.

Top Single:
“My Prayer” The Platters #2 1956 “It’s All In The Game” Tommy Edwards #1 1958



September 30, 1957
The Val Chords “Candy Store Love” and The Sh Booms “I Don’t Want To Set The World On Fire” were released. The Sh Booms were actually The Chords of “Sh Boom” fame. 1957 – The legendary girl group The Chantels first single debuted on the charts reaching #71.

Top Single:
“Mr. Lee” The Bobbettes #1 R&B 1957 “Baby Don’t Get Hooked On Me” Mac Davis #1 1972

Birthday:
Frankie Lymon (The Teenagers) 1942 Marilyn McCoo (The 5th Dimension) 1943 Sylvia Peterson (The Chiffons) 1946



 


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