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September 25 – Temps Hit it Big

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September 25 – Temps Hit...

September 25, 1964 The Temptations begin recording "My Girl", which will go on to be their first US number one and the first of fifteen Top Ten hits.

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September 18 – Hayley has a hit

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September 18, 1961 15 year old English actress Hayley Mills sees her US debut recording "Let's Get Together" enter the Billboard charts, where it will reach #8. Concentrating mostly on her film career, she would have just one more hit next year when "Johnny Jingo" reached #21. She was 12 when she was discovered by J. Lee Thompson, who was initially looking for a boy to play the lead role in Tiger Bay, which co-starred her father, veteran British actor Sir John Mills. Bill Anderson, one of Walt Disney's producers, saw her performance and suggested that she be given the lead role in Pollyanna. The role of the orphaned "glad girl" who moves in with her aunt catapulted Mills to stardom in the United States and earned her a special Academy Award (the last person to receive the Juvenile Oscar). Because Mills was not able to be present to receive the trophy, Annette ...

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September 11 – The Jagger brothers

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1964 - September 11 A 16 year old lad won a Mick Jagger impersonation contest at The Town Hall, Greenwich, England. The winner turned out to be Mick's younger brother, Chris Jagger.    Chris Jagger (born 19 December 1947 in Dartford, Kent) is an English musician. He is the younger brother of Mick. After studying dramatic art, Jagger has worked in many fields, including theater, cinema, clothes design and decoration. In the 1970s, his project for recording an album with the Flying Burrito Brothers was aborted. In the 1980s, he contributed to two of The Rolling Stones' albums, Dirty Work (1986) and Steel Wheels (1989), while he also worked in France with Vanessa Paradis's producer, Franck Langolff. Jagger has also worked as a journalist (contributing articles for The Daily Telegraph, The Guardian, The Mail on Sunday, The Independent on Sunday and Rolling Stone), and wrote and presented for BBC Radio 2 a program about Alexis Korner, ...

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September 4 – Here Come The Beatles

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September 4 – Here Come...

SEPTEMBER 4, 1962 John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr begin recording together for the first time at EMI's St. John Studio. They laid down six songs including "Love Me Do" and "P.S. I Love You", which will ultimately become their first single. Producer George Martin had originally wanted to release the Mitch Murray composition, "How Do You Do It", but the band's lack of enthusiasm was clear in the recording and the song remained unreleased until it appeared on "Anthology 1" in 1995.

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August 21 – First mashup

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August 21 – First mashup

1956 - August 21 Comics Bill Buchanan and Dickie Goodman have the number three song in America with a novelty tune called "Flying Saucer". The premise of the record was two radio news reporters who ask questions which are then humorously answered with snippets from mid-'50s hits. Buchanan and Goodman were sued by 17 different record companies for copyright infringement, but all were dismissed by a ruling that said the parodies did not infringe on the sales of the original hits. The song is considered to be an early (perhaps the earliest) example of a mashup, featuring segments of popular songs intertwined with spoken "news" commentary to tell the story of a visit from a flying saucer. Bill Buchanan plays the radio announcer, stating that the spacemen are attacking Earth. Dickie Goodman plays reporter John Cameron-Cameron (a play on the broadcaster John Cameron Swayze). Goodman would re-visit this character in several other 'Flying ...

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August 14 – Misquoted Beatle

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1966 - August 14 London's Catholic Herald calls John Lennon's remark regarding The Beatles being more popular with teens than Jesus, "arrogant." However, the publication went on to say that "It's probably true." In March 1966, the London Evening Standard ran a weekly series of articles entitled "How Does a Beatle Live?" which featured John Lennon, Ringo Starr,George Harrison, and Paul McCartney respectively. The articles were completed by journalist Maureen Cleave, who knew the group well and had interviewed them regularly since the start of Beatlemania in the UK. Three years previously she had written they were "the darlings of Merseyside", and had accompanied them on the plane on the group's first US tour in February 1964. For her lifestyle series in March 1966, she chose to interview the group individually, rather than all together, as was the norm. Cleave interviewed Lennon on 4 March 1966. At his home, Kenwood, in Weybridge, she found a full-size crucifix, ...

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August 7 – Life’s a Beach Party

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August 7 – Life’s...

1963 - August 7 The film, Beach Party with Frankie Avalon and Annette Funicello, opens in American theatres. Music is provided by Dick Dale And The Del Tones. The first of the five official American-International "Beach Party" movies. Anthropology Professor Robert Orwell Sutwell and his secretary Marianne are studying the sex habits of teenagers. The surfing teens led by Frankie and Dee Dee don't have much sex but they sing, battle the motorcycle rats and mice led by Eric Von Zipper and dance to Dick Dale and the Del Tones.

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July 31 – You’ve Got A Friend

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1971 - July 31 James Taylor scored his only Billboard number one record with the Carole King written, "You've Got A Friend". The song would go on to win the 1971 Grammy Award for Best Pop Vocal Performance, Male. Joni Mitchell sang background harmonies with Taylor. Taylor made some minor lyric changes at the risk of upsetting Carole King. However, the truth was revealed, when Carole first heard James' version, while he was performing it live at the very same theater where he was introduced to the song 2 years earlier in 1969. The story goes that Taylor was scheduled to perform at the Troubadour Theater in Los Angeles, and while tuning up for his evening performance in the dressing room, he heard Carole King's lovely voice, and the beautiful piano music of this song gently wafting from the stage through the dressing room doors. When they met backstage, James told Carole that he ...

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July 24 – Like a Rolling Stone

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1964 - July 24 A riot broke out during a The Rolling Stones' gig at The Empress Ballroom in Blackpool, Lancashire. Keith Richards noticed a man with his hands on the stage exhorting the crowd to spit, and warned him, but the spitting continued. Richards is then reported to have stood on his hands and kicked him in the face, whereupon some of the 7000 fans in attendance started fighting, causing over 4,000 Pounds in damage. Blackpool City Council later voted to ban The Stones from playing in the city. 44 years later, the 2008 council voted to lift the ban, but a spokesman for the group said they had no plans to return. Keith Richards: Blackpool "We'd walk into some of those places (we were playing) and it was like they had the Battle of Crimea going on, people gasping, tits hanging out, chicks choking, nurses running round with ambulances. I know ...

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July 17 – Hardest working man in music

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July 17 – Hardest...

1965 - July 17 King Records releases "Papa's Got a Brand New Bag" by James Brown. It would go on to sell over 2 million copies and receive the Grammy Award for best R&B recording.

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