September 19 Rock And Roll History
Get ready for a blast from the past with some rock and roll history!
On this day in 1969, Creedence Clearwater revival reached #1 on the U.K. charts with their single “Bad Moon Rising.” The single reached #2 in the U.S. However, another one of the band’s songs, “Green River,” reached #1 in the U.S. and stayed there for four weeks.
On September 19, 1979, The New York Post put the headline “The Beatles Are Back!” on the front page of the paper. According to the article, the group was going to be playing a benefit concert for Cambodian refugees. In response to this claim, Paul McCartney said, “If the Beatles ever did reform, we’d have to rehearse for six months.” Unsurprisingly, this reformation never took place.
The No Nukes concert was held at Madison Square Garden in New York City on this day in 1979. Among the performers were Stephen Stills, David Crosby, Jackson Browne, Bonnie Raitt, Poco, Tom Petty, Carly Simon, James Taylor and Bruce Springsteen.
In 1981, the Rolling Stones’ album “Tattoo You” was at the top of the Billboard album chart for nine weeks due to the success of their single, “Start Me Up.” This album mainly consisted of outtakes from prior recording sessions, some dating back a decade, and it was the last album of theirs to go all the way to #1 on the U.S. charts.
The Beatles' first recording contract, which was signed in 1961 by John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Pete Best, was auctioned off in New York and sold for $75,000 (the equivalent of £48,000) in 2015.