September 20 Rock And Roll History
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On this day in 1969, John Lennon called a meeting in London with bandmates Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr to announce that he would be leaving the Beatles.
On this day in that same year Ron Dante, along with a group of studio musicians, brought the song "Sugar Sugar" to the top of the U.S. charts. They weren't given acknowledgement by the record label, though--credit was given to a fictional band called The Archies.
In 1973, Jim Croce was killed in a plane crash at the age of 30, after performing a concert at Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, Louisiana. Just after taking off, the small charter plane encountered bad weather and hit a tree. Both he and his lead guitarist, Maury Muehleisen, died in the crash, as well as some of the plane's crew members. This was only a week after Croce finished recording "I Got a Name," which was his third album.
On this day in 1975, David Bowie had the top tune on Billboard's singles chart with the song "Fame." Not only did Beatle John Lennon co-write the song, but he also recorded some vocals for it, which can be heard at the end of the song.
AC/DC released their third studio album "Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap" on this day in 1976. The album has sold at least 6 million copies in the United States, which means it has hit platinum six times. It is the third highest sold album of theirs in the U.S. after "Highway To Hell" and "Back In Black."
The Who's "Who Are You" LP went Gold on September 20, 1978. The single from this album was used as the theme song for the television show C.S.I.