This Week In Music History

John Lennon performing at the Rock & Roll Revival Show in Toronto in ’69.

September 12, 2003 – On this day in 2003, the “Man In Black”, Johnny Cash died at the age of 71, just four months after the death of his wife June. Although primarily a country musician, his cross-over into rockabilly and rock n’ roll led to his induction in both the Country Music Hall of Fame and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

At his last concert in 2003, before singing ‘Ring of Fire‘, Cash said of his wife:

“The spirit of June Carter overshadows me tonight with the love she had for me and the love I have for her. We connect somewhere between here and heaven. She came down for a short visit, I guess, from heaven to visit with me tonight to give me courage and inspiration like she always has.”

September 13, 1969 –  The Rock & Roll Revival Show was held in Toronto at the University of Toronto’s Varsity Stadium. The performers at the historic 12 hour music fest included John Lennon and Yoko Ono, as the Plastic Ono Band, Bo Diddley, Whiskey Howl, Chicago, Chuck Berry, Jerry Lee Lewid, Little Richard, The Doors, and more.

September 14, 1914 – The ‘Queen Mother of Nashville‘, Mae Boren Axton, was born in Texas. As well as contributing to the success of musicians like Mel Tillis and Willie Nelson, perhaps her biggest success was co-writing a little song called ‘Heartbreak Hotel‘:

September 15, 1990 – 16 years after its release, The Joker by the Steve Miller Band reached #1 on the UK Charts after being used in a Levi’s ad.

September 16, 2006 – Bob Dylan’s 32nd studio album Modern Times became his first #1 album since Desire in 1976. At the age of 65, he became the oldest living person to go to #1 on the Billboard charts.