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September 18th 1939, Frankie Avalon was Born

On September 18th 1939, American actor, singer, playwright, and former teen idol Frankie Avalon was born. On his twenty-first birthday (1960), Frankie Avalon was given $600,000 (£330,000) that he earned as a minor from such hits as his 1959 US No.1 … read more

On September 16th, 1925, US Blues Guitarist B.B.King Was Born

On September 16th, 1925, American blues guitarist B.B. King was born! He turns 89 today and has no plans on slowing down, he is currently on tour across America. More info on his tour here: http://www.bbking.com/events/ Some of his most notable hits are, … read more

September 15th 1965, Ford Motors First to Put 8-Track Tape Player in Vehicles

On September 15th, 1965, The Ford Motor Company became the first automaker to offer an 8-track tape player as an option for their entire line of vehicles on sale in the US. Tapes were initially only available at auto parts … read more

September 12 1954, Frank Sinatra was at No.1 in UK with ‘Three Coins In The Fountain’

On September 12th 1954, The first ‘teen idol’, Frank Sinatra was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Three Coins In The Fountain,’ the singer’s first UK No.1. The song was The Academy Award winning Best Original Song of … read more

September 11 1956, London Teens Riot During a Showing of ‘Rock Around The Clock” Film

On September 11th, 1956, the police were called to break up a crowd of rowdy teenagers following the showing of the film Rock Around The Clock at the Trocadero Cinema in London, England. The following day, The Times printed a … read more

September 10 1962, BBC Bans the Song ‘Monster Mash’

On September 10th, 1962, The BBC banned Bobby ‘Boris’ Pickett and the Crypt Kickers single ‘Monster Mash’ saying it was offensive. The “Monster Mash” single was #1 on the Hot 100 chart on October 20-27 of that year, just before … read more

September 3rd 1966, Donovan is No.1 in US with ‘Sunshine Superman’

On September 3rd, 1966, Donovan went to No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Sunshine Superman’, a No.2 hit in the UK. The track featured then Yardbird and future Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page. The song was written for Donovan’s … read more

August 26th 1965, Sonny & Cher were at No.1 with ‘I Got You Babe’

On August 26th, 1965, Sonny & Cher were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘I Got You Babe’, the duo’s only UK No.1. Sonny Bono was inspired to write the song to capitalize on the popularity of the … read more

August 25th 1957, Paul Anka Hit No.1 in UK with ‘Diana’

On August 25th 1957, Canadian singer, songwriter Paul Anka was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Diana’ (written about his brother’s baby-sitter). His only UK No.1 as an artist, Anka was the first teenage solo act to reach … read more

August 22nd 1938, Rockabilly singer/guitarist Dale Hawkins was Born

On August 22nd, 1938, rockabilly singer/guitarist Dale Hawkins was born. Louisiana guitarist Dale Hawkins’ 1957 hit “Suzy Q,” was one of the most exciting early rockabilly singles. The song would only go on to reach No.27 on the US singles … read more