September 26 - Today in Music History
English singer and songwriter Bryan Ferry was born. He scored hit singles as a solo artist and with the group Roxy Music including “Slave To Love”, “Avalon”, “Love Is The Drug”.
Pink Floyd played their first ever live shows in the U.S. at the Fillmore in San Francisco.
The Beatles released “Abbey Road”. It was the final studio album for The Beatles. The image on the cover has become one of the most famous and imitated album covers. It also became part of the “Paul Is Dead” theory that was spreading across college campuses. Time included “Abbey Road” on their list of the All-Time 100 Albums. The readers of Rolling Stone named Abbey Road the greatest Beatles album. Rolling Stone also ranked it number 5 on its list of the “500 Greatest Albums of All Time”, the highest Beatles record on the list. “Abbey Road” is also included in the book “1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die”.
Iron Maiden hired Bruce Dickinson as their lead vocalist.
Motley Crue released “Shout At The Devil”. It was the band’s second studio album. The album’s title and original cover of just a pentagram caused quite a controversy for Motley Crue. The alternertavie album cover with the 4 square photo of the band is the one that is often remembered.
Robert Palmer died of a heart attack in Paris at the age of 54. He had solo hits with “Bad Case Of Loving You (Doctor, Doctor)”, “Addicted To Love”, “Simply Irresistible”, and “I Didn’t Mean To Turn You On”. He was also part of the supergroup The Power Station with members of Duran Duran and Chic. Scoring the hits “Some Like It Hot” and a remake of the T-Rex classic “Get It On (Bang A Gong)”.