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Today In Pop Music: September 16 – Three Music Icons Die On Same Day

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SEPTEMBER 16 BIRTHDAYS

1925 – B.B. King – still the best and still playin’ the blues at 88!

1941 – Joe Butler (Lovin’ Spoonful – drums – ‘Summer In The City’,’you Didn’t Have To Be So Nice’)

1942 – Bernie Calvert (The Hollies – bass – ‘Long Cool Woman’,’Bus Stop’, ‘He Ain’t heavy He’s My Brother’)

1944 – Betty Kelly (Martha and the Vandellas – ‘Dancing In The Street’,’Heat Wave’)

1948 – Kenny Jones (Small Faces/The Who – drums ‘Itchycoo Park’,’You Better You Bet’)

1950 – David Bellamy (Bellamy Brothers – ‘Let Your Love Flow’)

1952 – Ron Blair (Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers – bass)

1963 – Richard Marx (‘Right Here Waiting’)

ON THIS DAY

1963 – The Beatles ‘she Loves You’ was released on Swan Records here in the United States.  it was a #1 hit at the time in the UK, but wouldn’t top the American Billboard Hot 100 until March 21, 1964, when Beatlemania hit full force.

1967 – Jimi Hendrix debut alnum ‘are You Experienced’, debuted on the Billboard album chart.  It stayed on the chart for 106 weeks, 77 of which were in the top 40.

1970 – Jimi Hendrix made his last ever public appearance at Ronnie Scotts in London for an unannounced duet with Eric Burdon.

Today was a bad day for musicians:

1972 – Former lead singer for T.Rex, Mark Bolan, was killed instantly when the car driven by his girlfriend, Gloria Jones, veered off the road and smashed into a tree as the couple was making their way to his home after a night out.  Grace broke her jaw, and a local man who saw the incident as it happened told police ‘ When I arrived a girl was lying on the car and a man with long dark curly hair was stretched out in the road – there was a hell of a mess.’  Mark Bolan was 29, same age as Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, and Jim Morrison.

2008 – Motown producer and songwriter Norman Whitfield who collaborated on such hits as i’I Heard It Through the Grapevine’, ‘Ain’t Too Proud To Beg’, ‘(I Know) I’m Losing You’, ‘Cloud Nine’, ‘Papa Was A Rolling Stone’, and ‘Car Wash’, died from complications from diabbetes and other illnesses.  Norman Whitfield was 68.

2009 – One third of Peter Paul and Mary was silenced when husky voiced Mary Travers died after a lengthy battle with leukemia.  Mary’s voice was prominently displayed on the trio’s only #1 hit ‘Leaving On A Jet Plane’.  Mary Travers was 72.

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