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Today In Pop Music: September 11 – David Bowie And Bing Crosby Make Music

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SEPTEMBER 11 BIRTHDAYS

Bernie Dwyer (Freddie and the Dreamers – drums – died 2002 – cancer)

1945 – Mickey Hart (The Grateful Dead – drums)

1946 – Dennis Tufano (The Buckinghams – vocals – ‘Kind Of A Drag’)

1958 – Tommy Shaw (Styx – guitar)

1967 – Harry Connick Jr.

ON THIS DAY

1952 – Atlantic Records founder Ahmet Ertegun began recording his new artist whose contract he had purchased from Swingtime Records for $2500.  The recording studio on West 56th Street in New York was the site for the session of 21 year old Ray Charles.

1962 – The Beatles third attempt to record ‘Love Me Do’ resulted in several takes with session drummer Andy White on the skins instead of Ringo.  This was at the insistence of producer George Martin, who has apologized to Ringo numerous times through the years.  The single version version released in England featured an earlier recorded version with Ringo on drums, while the ‘Please Please Me’ album contained the Andy White version.

1971 – The animated Jackson Five series premiered on ABC-TV.  The entire series was released on DVD and bly-ray earlier this year.

1982 – Chicago began a two week run atop the Billboard Hot 100 with the song ‘Hard To Say I’m Sorry’ which was featured in the Daryl Hannah film ‘Summer Lovers’.  The song was much more successful than the movie.

1977 – David Bowie made a guest appearance on Bing Crosby’s last Christmas television special ”A Merrie Olde Christmas’ which was taped in England for broadcast in the United States.  Through the years, the duet which seemed so out of place at the time has become an iconic classic.  Bing died on October 14, six weeks before the special aired on November 30.

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