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On September 15th, in 1928 Jazz Saxophonist, composer, arranger, producer and band leader Cannonball Adderley (Julian Edwin Adderley) was born in The Sunshine State-Tampa, Florida: Adderley got his nickname Cannibal in High School because he had a large appetite. He’d later switch the name up to something more publicly palatable to call a Black Man, Cannonball. He got his start Playing with his little brother Nat (Trumpeter) for Ray Charles in the 40s.
Adderley’s parents were professors at the HBCU (Historically Black College University) Florida A & M University. He moved to NYC in 1955 and sat in one night with his Sax at a Jazz club. The rest is history…Adderley played with Davis from 58-60 on seminal LPs like Milestones and Kind of Blue. He went solo and did work with producer David Axelrod. He passed away in Gary, Indiana in 1975. He was 46 years-old.
On September 15th, in 1965, two significant things happened: one with a car company, and the other with soul singer extraordinaire Otis Redding. First, the Ford Motor Company became the first car manufacturer to assemble vehicles with 8-Track players in them. For those that don’t know what an 8-Track player is: it’s a music player with a mix between a cassette tape and VHS tape that can only play 8 songs off an album, even if it has more. However, the 8-Track wouldn’t become available for another year. The second thing that happened is Otis Redding released his third full length LP-Otis Blue (1965).
I had never heard this LP until I watched this series on Netflix about soldiers returning from the Vietnam war and becoming assassins for a private business owner. The guy who had the album was hellbent on finding it, asked his cheating wife where it had gone, how had she lost it…He found it, at the dude's house that she was sleeping with while he was on a second Tour. The homewrecker got the car jacked kicked out from under the car, and the soldier scooped his Otis Blue and stabbed out…I can't remember the name of the series but the guy who plays Marlo Stansfield is in it.
On September 15th, in 1975, the Prog Rock-Original Experimental and groundbreaking band from the 60s-Pink Floyd, released Wish You Were Here, their 9th full length LP. The release date applies only to the United Kingdom, the US would have to wait a little longer to get their fill of the group's newest collection of songs.
The LP's subject matter, lyrics and music was revolutionary in that they stood up against the industry and did a Punk-esque revolt by talking about real life issues: the absence and mental decline of former band member Syd Barrett (center), the ails and greed of the industry, etc. Members of the original band include: Syd Barrett, Richard Wright, Roger Waters, Nick Mason, and David Gilmour. Pink Floyd put a lot of music out during the 60s through the 80s. Great music, cop some.
On September 15th, in 1983, Dancehalls & Reggae Clubgoers lost one of their favorite Suns, Dee Jay Prince Far I was murdered by rudeboys at his home. As the story goes, Prince Far I was chilling at his residence, the robbers crashed in, similar to how they had done Peter Tosh, trying to extort money out of him and other property of value. Prince Far I had none to give, or none that he was willing to give up.
The rest is history. They shot him a few times and he died from the wounds. Prince Far I contributed Massively to the Jamaican Sound System Movement that Dee Jays were establishing on the quaint Island of Jamaica. Prince Far I was also a producer that put out his own artists, music and dub plates. He was 39 years young when he returned home to Jah.
On September 15th, in 1990, the UK was feeling the throwback vibe. The number one song on the UK chart was the Steve Miller’s Band song the Joker. The song had originally been released in 1974, 16 years prior. The US had the song chart the year it was released. The reason the song experienced the throwback aesthetic was due to the song being used in a Levi’s jeans commercial that was directed by Hugh Johnson.
The Steve Miller Band broke the record for the longest period of time a band had between charting in both the US and UK (16 years). Special shout out goes to Hugh Johnson and the Levi’s Jeans Company for making a classic a reissued-classic. This is just another example of how good music is not only universal, it’s also timeless!
On September 15th, in 2004, Guitarist for the Punk band the Ramones-Johnny Ramone (John Cummings) passed away in Los Angeles, California from prostate cancer. He was 55 years-old. Johnny was more than a guitarist, he also wrote songs, acted and sang. He’s an original member of the band (co-founder actually), and helped propel the Punk Rock Culture into an international movement.
The Pistols were holding it down across the pond and the Ramones and several others were holding it down Stateside (Minor Threat, Black Flag, Suicidal Tendencies, Bad Brains). The demeanor, style of dress and all of the members having the last name Ramone, defined the Punk Rock aesthetic. Johnny Ramone was a New York native and true to the NYC sound that his band honed at CBGBs during the late 70s and early 80s…Sheena is a Punk Rocker…
Honorable Mentions: On September 15th, in 1889-the Claredon Parrish, Jamaican born Harlem Renaissance writer and poet-Claude McKay was born. His family migrated to the states and Claude began to embark on an interest in writing. He attended Kansas State & Tuskeegee (HBCU) University and then returned to Harlem. After which, he began to express his experience as a Black Man living in America through his writings. He passed away in 1948, he was 58 years-old.
On September 15th, in 1962, formers running buddies with Joe Pesci-Frank Valli & the Four Seasons started their first day of what would become a 5 week number one US Chart run with the single ‘Sherry’. Make no mistake about the songs they made, the Four Seasons were no choir boys (see Jersey Boys the movie). Most of them were petty hustlers that had ties to the Jersey & New York crime families. The Fours seasons were the first American vocal group to have three number one singles back to back.
On September 15th, in 1963-an act of unforgivable domestic terrorism occurred at the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama. Members of the Klu Kulx Klan had bombed the church with 4 little girls inside: Addie Mae Collin, Denise McNair, Cynthia Wesley, and Carole Robertson. Many musicians, Civil Rights Activists, Actors and most importantly everyday moral people were outraged by this atrocity. John Coltrane’s Alabama is probably one of the most heartfelt songs that was created as a dedication to the 4 lives lost.
On September 15th, in 1979 The King of Pop had the Number One R&B single from his Off the Wall LP-Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough. Keep on, with the force don’t stop, don’t stop ‘til you get enough. Off The Wall is one of my top 5 LPs by Mike. It has a nice Quincy Jones Produced balance of danceable tracks with midtempo numbers. It’s a must have for admirers of Michael’s music.
…‘RELAX, don’t do it’…On September 15th, in 1984, Frankie Goes To Hollywood had the longest running single in the UK-Relax. It was number one for 43 weeks, which beat out the prior winner-Engelbert Humperdink and his song Release Me. His song had held the number one slot for 42 weeks. Frankie Goes To Hollywood was no one hit wonder, but Relax is definitely their staple cut, and something everyone should do...
On September 15th, in 2007 one of the Jazz drummers that recorded with Lady Day (Billie Holiday)-Gordon Specs Powell returned home, he was 85 years-old. He became one of the first Black drummers to work as a musician for a national network (CBS). Most of the beats you hear on radio and Television shows that aired on CBS during the late 40s are most likely from the sticks of Specs. He was a true game changer for Black musicians that wanted to get into the networks.
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