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CDJ Today: September 30 in Classic Rock

Trey Anastasio of rock band Phish
Trey Anastasio of Phish. CC-BY-SA 2.0. Credit: Dan Shinneman.

September 30, 1988 – John Lennon is posthumously awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.  The star is located in front of Capitol Records, and his widow, Yoko Ono, attends the ceremony.  None of the other Beatles are present.

September 30, 1998 – On the Drew Carey Show, Drew and his gang decide to form a band that will play a gig at a local Ramada Inn.  They need a guitarist, so they proceed to “audition” guest stars Joey Ramone, Slash, Lisa Loeb, Jonny Lang, Matthew Sweet, Dave Mustaine, Dusty Hill (ZZ Top), Rick Nielsen (Cheap Trick), Roy Clark and Michael Stanley.  They end up hiring Joe Walsh.

Classic Rock Birthdays

September 30, 1947 – Marc Bolan (born Mark Feld), guitar, vocals (T. Rex) (d. 1977)
September 30, 1940 – Dewey Martin, drums (Buffalo Springfield) (d. 2009)
September 30, 1964 – Trey Anastasio (born Ernest Joseph Anastasio III), guitar, vocals (Phish)
September 30, 1964 – Robby Takac, bass, vocals (Goo Goo Dolls)

Rock Remembrances

September 30, 1977 – Mary Ford (born Iris Colleen Summers) dies from complications of diabetes after being in a coma for 8 weeks. With her husband, she was one-half of the musical team, Les Paul and Mary Ford. In 1951 alone they sold six million records and earned $500,000. At that time, they had recorded more top ten hits than Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra, and The Andrews Sisters combined. She and Paul divorced in 1964.

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