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September 1:

Born:     Tommy Evans, The Drifters (1927)

             Conway Twitty (Harold Jenkins) (1933)

             George Maharis Astoria NY, actor (Buz-Route 66) (1938)

             Lily Tomlin Detroit, comedienne/actress (9 to 5, Laugh-in) (1939)

             Archie Bell (1944)

             Barry Gibb (1946)

Events:   Sonny and Cher premiere on CBS-TV with their variety show. (1971)

              Hal David, songwriting partner of Burt Bacharach, dies at 91 (2012)

September 2:

Born:     Jimmy Clanton, Baton Rogue, La, rock vocalist (Venus In Blue Jeans, Just a Dream) (1940)

             Joe Simon (1943)

Events:   Alabama Gov George C Wallace prevents integration of Tuskegee HS (1963)

             CBS & NBC expand network news from 15 to 30 minutes (1963)             

September 3:

Born:     Mort Walker, cartoonist (Beetle Bailey) (1923)

             Terry Wilson Calif, actor (Bill-Wagon Train) (1923)

             Mitzi Gaynor Chicago Ill, actress (South Pacific) (1931)

             Eileen Brennan LA Calif, actress (Laugh-In, Pvt Benjamin) (1935)

             Al Jardine, The Beach Boys (1942)

             George Biondo, Steppenwolf (1945)

Events:   "96 Tears" by ? & The Mysterians charts. (1966)

              Final episode of "What's My Line?," hosted by John Charles Daly (1967)

              Ho Chi Minh North Vietnamese president, dies (1969)

              John Lennon leaves the UK for NYC, never to return (1971)

              Frank Capra director (It's a Wonderful Life), dies at 94 (1991)

              Judy Carne (star of comedy show, Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In) dies at 76 (2015)

September 4:

Born:     Henry Ford II automaker (Ford) (1917)

             Paul Harvey, Tulsa Okla, news commentator (The Rest of the Story) (1918)

             Merald Knight, The Pips (1942)

Events:  Albert Schweitzer dies (1965)

             George Harrison releases "My Sweet Lord" single (1970)

             Walter Tetley voice (Sherman-Bullwinkle Show), dies at 60 (1975)

             George O'Brien actor, dies of a stroke at age 85 (1985)

             Dottie West country singer, dies at age 58 in a car crash (1991)

             Joan Rivers (comedian, writer, television producer) dies at 81 (2014)

             Bill Daily, actor, I Dream of Jeannie, Bob Newhart Show dies at 91 (2018) 

September 5:

Born:   Bob Newhart Oak Park Ill, comedian (Bob Newhart Show, Newhart) (1929) 

           Raquel Welch, actress, (1940)

           Al Stewart Glasgow Scotland, rocker (The Year of the Cat) (1945)

           Buddy Miles (1946)

           Freddie Mercury [Fredrick Bulsara], Queen, (1946)

Events:  Cassius Clay captures the olympic light heavyweight gold medal (1960)

             "Do Wah Diddy," Manfred Mann's first hit, charts. (1964)

             Joe South, singer/songwriter, dies at 72 (2012)

             Hugh O'Brien, actor, best known for TV Series, The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp dies at 91 (2016)

September 6:

Born:    Jo Anne Worley Lowell Indiana, comedienne (Laugh-in) (1937)

            Roger Waters, Pink Floyd (1947)

Events:  "Star Trek" premiers on NBC TV (1966)

             John & Yoko appear on Jerry Lewis Muscular Dystrophy Telethon (1972)

             Ernest Tubb singer (Grand Ole Opry), dies at 70 (1984)

             Johnny Desmond singer (Your Hit Parade), dies of cancer at 65 (1985)

             Martin Milner (star of Route 66 and Adam 12) dies at 83 (2015)

             Burt Reynolds, actor, dies at 82 (2018) 

September 7:

Born:   Peter Lawford London England, actor (Mrs Miniver, The Thin Man)  (1923)

           Buddy (Charles Hardin) Holly, singer (1936)

           Gloria Gaynor Newark NJ, disco singer (I Will Survive) (1949)

Events:  Pro Football Hall of Fame dedicated in Canton Ohio (1963)

             "Suzy Q," written by Dale Hawkins, charts for Creedence Clearwater Revival. (1968)

            Spring Byington actress (Lily Ruskin-December Bride), dies at 84 (1971)

September 8:

Born:    Peter Sellers England, actor (Inspector Closseau - Pink Panther) (1925)

            Patsy Cline (1932)

            Ron "Pigpen" McKernan, Grateful Dead (1945)

            Jose Feliciano, singer (1945)

Events:  Hurricane Betsy kills 75 in Louisiana & Florida (1965)

             "Star Trek" premiers on NBC-TV (1966)

             "That Girl" starring Marlo Thomas premiers on ABC-TV (1966)

             Bud Collyer TV emcee (Beat the Clock, To Tell the Truth), dies at 61 (1969)

             Cal Worthington, long-time car salesman  known for his wacky car dealership commercials, (Go See Cal Commercials) dies at 92 (2013)

September 9:


            Ronnie Dove, singer (One Kiss for Old Time's Sake) (1940)  

            Otis Redding, Georgia, rocker (Sitting on the Dock of the Bay) (1941)

             Luther Simmons, The Main Ingredient (1942)

             Inez Foxx Greensboro NC, rocker (Mockingbird) (1942)

             Doug Ingle, Iron Butterfly (1945)

             Billy Preston, singer/pianist (1946)

             Angela Cartwright England (Make Room for Daddy, Lost in Space) (1952)

Events:  Elvis Presley appears on national TV for 1st time (Ed Sullivan) (1956)

September 10:

Born:    Arnold Palmer golfer (PGA Golfer of the Year 1960, 1962) (1929) 

            Roger Maris Yankee, HR champ (61 in 1961, AL MVP 1960, 1961) (1934)

            Danny Hutton, Three Dog Night (1942)

            Judy Geeson Arundei Sussex England, actress (To Sir With Love) (1948)

             Barriemore Barlow, Jethro Tull (1949)

             Joe Perry, Aerosmith (1950)

Events:   "Gunsmoke" premiers on CBS TV (1955)

              20 black students entered public schools in Alabama (1963)

             "Last Train to Clarksville," The Monkees's first hit charts. (1966)

September 11:

Born:      Tom Landry, NFL player (NY Giants), coach (Dallas Cowboys) (1924)

Events:   Dick Tracy TV show sparks uproar concerning violence (1950)

              First Miss America TV broadcast (1954) 

              Nikita Khrushchev dies of a heart attack at 77 (1971)

              Lorne Greene actor (Bonanza), dies at 72 (1987)

              Attack on the U.S. by Muslim extremists at NY Trade Center and Pentagon (2001)

September 12:

Born:    Frank McGee, Monroe La, news anchor (NBC Evening News) (1921)

            George Jones, country singer (1931)

            Barry White Galveston Tx, singer/songwriter (1944)

Events:   The TV show "Bonanza" premiers on NBC (1959) 

              The Monkees' TV show premieres on NBC. It ran until 1968, then ran until 1972 on CBS and until 1973 on ABC. (1966)

              William Boyd cowboy (Hopalong Cassidy), dies at 77 (1972)

              Johnny Cash, singer, dies at 71. (2003)

              Bob Crewe, songwriter, record producer, singer (well known for writing 10 hit songs for the 4 seasons) dies at 83 (2014)

September 13:

Born:     Mel Torme, singer/songwriter (1925)

              Barbara Bain, actress (Cinnamon-Mission Impossible) (1931)

              David Clayton Thomas, Blood, Sweat and Tears (1941)

               Peter Cetera, singer (Chicago(1944)

Events:    FCC amendment on payola becomes law and changes record promotion tactics. (1960)

              "Car 54 Where are You?" premiers on TV (1961)

               "The Outer Limits" premiers (1963)

                Today Show's 1st totally color broadcast (1965)

September 14:

Born:        Hughes Rudd TV newscaster (CBS) (1921)

                Jon "Bowser" Bauman, Sha Na Na (1947)

Events:    TV Show "F-Troop" premiers (1965)

                "The Archie Show" featuring the cartoon characters, premieres on CBS-TV (1968)

September 15:

Born:        Lee Dorman, Iron Butterfly (1942)

Events:     "Bachelor Father" with John Forsythe premiers (1957)

                Hurricane Carla strikes Texas with winds of 175 mph (1961)

                4 children killed in bombing of a black Baptist church in Birmingham (1963)

                TV Show "Lost in Space" premiers (1965)

September 16:

Born:       B.B. King (1925)

               Jack Kelly Astoria Queens, actor (Bart-Maverick) (1927)

               Peter Falk, Ossining NY, actor (Colombo) (1927)

               Anne Francis, Ossining NY, actress (Honey West) (1932)

               Betty Kelly, Martha and The Vandellas (1944)

               Kenny Jones, The Who (1948)

Events:      "Shindig" premiers (1964)

                 Richard Nixon appears on "Laugh-in" (1968)

                 First TV series about mixed marriage-Bridgit Loves Bernie (1972)

                 Mary Travers, Peter, Paul and Mary, dies at age 72, (2009)

September 17:

Born:        Hank Williams (1923)

                John Ritter Burbank Calif, actor (Jack-3's Company) (1948) 

Events:     RCA demonstrates the first 33 1/3 LPs and players. CBS has to completely rework the process to make it functional. (1931)

                "The Fugitive" premiers on ABC TV (1963)

               "Bewitched" premiers on ABC TV (1964)

               Beatles are paid a then record, $150,000, for a concert (Kansas) (1964)

               "Mission Impossible" premieres on CBS-TV (1967)

                Richard Basehart actor, dies at 70 following several strokes (1984)

September 18:

Born:       Jimmie Rodgers Wash, country singer (Honeycomb) (1933)    

               Frankie Avalon, singer (1939)

Events:    Dag Hammarskjold UN Sect General, dies in an air crash over the Congo (1961)

               Jimi Hendrix dies from a drug overdose. (1970)

September 19:

Born:       Adam West, Walla Walla Wash, actor (Batman) (1928)

              Brook Benton, singer (1931)

               Brian Epstein (1934)

               Mick Massi, The Four Seasons (1935)

               Bill Medley, The Righteous Brothers (1940)

               Mama Cass Elliott (The Mamas & The Papas) (1943)

               Twiggy, model (1949)

Events:    Nikita Krushchev is denied access to Disneyland (1959)

               LSD is proclaimed the sacrament of Timothy Leary's religion. (1966)

               Red Foley country singer, dies at 58 (1968)

                Simon & Garfunkel reunite for a NYC Central Park concert (1981)

               Skeeter Davis, singer dies. (2004)

September 20:

Born:       Dr Joyce Brothers NYC, pop psychiatrist ($64,000 question winner) (1928)

               Sophia Loren, Rome, actress (1934)

Events:   Martin Luther King Jr stabbed in chest by a deranged black woman in NYC (1958)

               Roger Maris hits home run # 59 & barely misses # 60 in game 154 of the season. Yanks clinch pennant #26 (1961)

               James Meredith is blocked from entering Miss U as its first black (1962)

               Mickey Mantle hits final career homer # 536 (1968)

               Jim Croce dies in a plane crash. (1973)

              Glenn Strange actor (Sam the Bartender-Gunsmoke), dies at 74 (1973)

              George Harrison makes his first trip to India. (1966)

              Jim Morrison is found not guilty of lewd behavior. But he is found guilty of the indecent exposure charge; he appealed the decision. (1970)

              Polly Bergen, (actress, singer) dies at 84 (2014)

              Jack Larsen, producer, screenwriter, best known for his character of Jimmy Olsen in the TV series The Adventures of Superman dies at 87 (2015)

September 21:

Born:     Larry Hagman Fort Worth Tx, actor (I Dream of Jeannie, JR-Dallas) (1931) 

             Don Preston, Mothers of Invention (1932)

             Henry Gibson Germantown Pa, comedian (Nashville, Laugh-In's poet) (1935)

             Betty Wright (1953)

Events:    "Perry Mason" with Raymond Burr premiers on CBS-TV (1957)

               "All Along the Watchtower" by Jimi Hendrix charts. (1968)

               "Monday Night Football" on ABC premiers (Browns beat Jets 31-21) (1970)

              Jacqueline Susann author (Valley of the Dolls), dies at 53 of cancer (1974)

              Walter Brennan actor, (Grandpa Amos McCoy - The Real McCoys) dies at 80 (1974)

September 22:

Born:     George Chambers, Chambers Brothers (1931)

             David Cloverdale, Deep Purple (1949)

Events:  "Fiddler on the Roof" opens on Broadway, runs 3,242 performances (1964)

             "The Man from U.N.C.L.E." premiers on NBC-TV (1964)

              Only 413 show up at a Yankee Stadium game (1966)

              President Nixon requests 1,000 new FBI agents for college campuses (1970)

              Irving Berlin composer, (well known for writing White Christmas and many more) dies at 101 (1989)

              Eddie Fisher, singer, dies at age 82 (2010) 

              Yogi Berra, baseball player, manager, (an 18-time All-Star and 10-time World Series champion as a player, Berra had a career batting average of .285, while compiling 358 home runs and 1,430 runs batted in. He is one of only four players to win the American League Most Valuable Player Award three times) dies at 90          

September 23:

Born:     Mickey Rooney Brooklyn NY, actor ( Boys Town, Andy Hardy) (1920) 

            Ray Charles, singer, pianist (1930)

Events: ABC's 1st color TV series-The Jetsons debuts  (1962)

           The "Paul McCartney is dead" rumor begins with an article in Northern-Star, the newspaper of Illinois University. (1969)

            Jimmy Wakely, country western singer, dies of heart failure at 68 (1982)

September 24:

Born:    Jim McKay Phila Pa, sportscaster (ABC's Wide World of Sports) (1921)

            Jim Henson, Greenville Miss, muppeteer (Sesame Street, Muppet Show) (1932)

           Gerry Marsden, Gerry and the Pacemakers (1942)

           Linda Eastman McCartney (1942)

Events: First nuclear-powered aircraft carrier, launches (USS Enterprise) (1960)

            US Circuit Court of Appeals orders James Meredith admitted to U of Miss (1962)

          The Warren Commission announces that Lee Harvey Oswald "acted alone" in his alleged assassination of John F. Kennedy. (1964)

           "The Munsters" premiers on TV (1964)

            "60 Minutes" premiers on CBS (1968)

            Trial of "Chicago 8" (protesters at Democrat National Convention) begins  (1969)

           Neil Hamilton actor (Com Gordon-Batman), dies of asthma at 85 (1984)

           Theodore Geisel (Dr Seuss), dies at 87 (1991)

September 25:

Born:    Barbara Walters, Boston Mass, newscaster (Today, 20/20, ABC-TV) (1931)

Events:   A black church is destroyed by fire in Macon Georgia (1962)

             The Beatles animated TV show debuts on ABC. (1965)

              John Bonham, Led Zeppelin dies of alcohol overdose. (1980)

              Andy Williams,singer, dies at 84 (2012)

September 26:

Born:     Marty Robbins, singer (El Paso, A White Sport Coat) (1925)

             Julie London, Santa Rosa Calif, singer/actress (Nurse McCall-Emergency) (1926)

             Joe Bauer, The Youngbloods (Get Together) (1941)

Events:  Musical "West Side Story," opens on Broadway (1957)

             First of 4 TV debates Nixon & Kennedy took place (Chicago) (1960)

             Roger Maris hits HR #60 off Jack Fisher, tying Babe Ruth's record (1961)

             First to steal 100 bases in a season (Maury Wills goes on to 104) (1962)

            TV comedy series "The Beverly Hillbillies" premiers on CBS (1962)

            "You Really Got Me," The Kinks' first hit, charts. (1964)

             Hawaii Five-O debuts as an hourly program on CBS (1968)

            Beatles release "Abbey Road" album (1969)

            Gloria Stuart, actress (the older Rose in Titantic) dies at age 100 (2010)

September 27:

Born:    Kathleen Nolan, St Louis Mo, actress (Real McCoys) (1933) 

            Greg Morris, Cleveland Ohio, actor (Mission Impossible) (1934)

            Don Cornelius, TV show host (Soul Train) (1941)

            Randy Bachman, singer, rocker (The Guess Who and Bachman-Turner-Overdrive) (1943)

            Meat Loaf (Marvin Aday) (1947)


                George Blanda, (NFL player known as The Grand Old Man) dies at age 83 (2010)

              R.B. Greaves, singer, Take a Letter Maria, dies at 68 (2012)

              Hugh Hefner, an American magazine publisher, editor, businessman, and playboy . He was best known as the editor-in-chief and publisher of  Playboy  magazine, which he founded in 1953. dies at 91 (2017)

              Marty Balin, musician, co-founder of rock group, Jefferson Airplane, dies at 76 (2018)

September 28:

Born:     Ed Sullivan (1902)

             Ben E. King, singer, solo and with The Drifters (1938)

             Brigitte Bardot, Paris, France, sex kitten (And God Created Woman)  (1934)

             Nick St. Nicholas, Steppenwolf (1943)

             Helen Shapiro (1946)

Events:  Ted Williams hits his final homer #521 (1960)

             Harpo Marx comedian (Marx Bros), dies at age 75 (1964)

             Beatles' "Hey Jude," single goes #1 & stays #1 for 9 weeks (1968) [BECOMES THE BIGGEST HIT OF THE 60S DECADE]

             Miles Davis, jazz musician, dies at 65 from pneumonia (1991)

September 29:

Born:     Gene Autry (1907)

             Jerry Lee Lewis, singer (Great Balls of Fire, Breathless) (1935)

             Mike Pinera, Iron Butterfly (1948)

Events:   Milton Berle Show premiers (1953)

              Bob Dylan has his first recording session, playing guitar and mouth harp behind Carolyn Hester's first CBS record. Producer John Hammond later signs Dylan. (1961) 

             St. Louis Cardinals' Stan Musial's final game, gets his 3,630th hit (1963) 

              Rolling Stones' first tour (opening act for Bo Diddley & Everly Brothers) (1963)          

             The Rolling Stones start their first United Kingdom tour with The Everly Brothers. (1963)

             "Love American Style," premiers on ABC (1969)

             Henry Ford II dies in Detroit at age 70 (1987)

             Tony Curtis, (Some Like It Hot) actor, dies at age 85 (2010)

             Sylvia Robinson of Mickey and Sylvia, whose "Love Is Strange" remains popular today, but she later achieved solo success with "Pillow Talk"  dies at age 75 (2011)

September 30:

Born:    Angie Dickinson, actress, Kulm ND (1931)

            Johnny Mathis, singer (1935)

             Dewey Martin, Poco (1942)

             Frankie Lymon, singer (1942)

            Marilyn McCoo, Jersey City NJ, host/singer (Solid Gold, 5th Dimension) (1943)

            Sylvia Peterson, The Chiffons (1946

            Barry Williams Santa Monica Calif, actor (Greg-Brady Bunch) (1954)

Events: "The Flintstones" debuts on TV as the first cartoon series in prime time. (1960)

            On Howdy Doody's last show Clarabelle finally talks "Goodbye Kids" (1960)

             James Meredith registers for classes at University of Mississippi (1962)

             BBC starts their own popular music radio station (1967)

            First Boeing 747 rolls out (1968)

            Last Washington Senators home game, Yanks win career 5th forfeit Yanks trailing 4-2 in the 9th with 2 outs, fans rush the field resulting in the foreit (1971)

            Marv Tarplin,  the guitarist for The Miracles, and helped write some of their biggest hits, including "The Tracks of My Tears" and "Going to a Go-Go," as well as Marvin Gaye's "I'll Be Doggone" and "Ain't That Peculiar," as well as Smokey Robinson's solo classic "Cruisin'."  dies at age 70 (2011)

             Monty Hall, host of long running game show "Let's Make A Deal" dies at 96 (2017)




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