Today In Pop Music: September 25 – Beatles Cartoons/Partridge Family Debut
SEPTEMBER 25 BIRTHDAYS
1933 – Ian Tyson (Ian and Sylvia – ‘four Strong Winds’)
1943 – Gary Alexander (The Association – ‘Cherish’,’ Along Comes Mary’,’ Windy’)
1943 – John Locke (Spirit – keyboards – ‘I Got A line On You’)
1945 – Onnie McIntyre (Average White Band – guitar – ‘Pick Up The Pieces)
1946 – Bryan MacLean (Love – guitar – ‘My Little Red Book’,’7 And 7 Is’)
1968- Will smith (‘Parents Just Don’t Understand’,'Men In Black’)
ON THIS DAY
1964 – The Temptations began recording ‘My Girl’.
1969 – John Lennon recorded ‘cold Turkey’ with a little help from his friends Eric Clapron, Ringo Starr, Klaus Voorman, and Yoko Ono. John then presented the song to Paul who rejected the idea it be released as the next Beatles single. So John took full songwriting credit and released it as his follow up to ‘Give Peace a Chance’ under the banner of the Plastic Ono Band.
1975 – Jackie Wilson had a heart attack while performing at the Latin Casino in New Jersey. Ironically, he was in the middle of singing ‘Lonely Teardrops’ and was two words into the line ‘….my heart is crying’ when he collapsed into a coma suffering severe brain damage when he struck his head on the stage floor. Jackie lingered on for another eight and a half years before he died on January 21, 1984.
1980 – Led Zepplin drummer John Bonham (‘Bonzo) died at the home of Jimmy Page after a night of excessive drinking. (40 shots of vodka in 4 hours)
1982 – Queen made a guest appearance on ‘Saturday Night Live’ peforming ‘Crazy Little thing Called Love’ and ‘Under Pressure’.
Two music related TV series made their debut on this date.
1965 – The Beatles cartoon series premiered on ABC TV. None of the Beatles real voices were used in the series which ran until May 9, 1969. MTV ran the series again in 1987, but Beatles fans are still waiting for its official release on home video.
1970 – The first episode of The Partridge Family ‘What? And Get Out Of Show Business’ aired featuring featuring Shirley Jones, David Cassidy, Susan Dey, Suzanne Crough, and Dave Madden. only Shirley Jones and David Cassidy sang on the group’s recordings.
Here’s that very first episode.