September 4, 2000 – Greg Allman is arrested in back-to-back incidents in Florida. In the first incident, police clock Allman’s Trans Am at 85 mph in a 45-mph zone. He is given a ticket for speeding and one for his expired license. He is then arrested about 4 hours later when his car is seen weaving across the highway. Police say Allman failed a roadside sobriety test and book him into the Marion County Jail for a DUI. His blood-alcohol content was 0.27 percent, with 0.10 percent being the legal limit. Allman had just gotten his license back after a five-year suspension.
September 4, 1965 – Fearing their new amplifiers and equipment would be stolen, The Who shop for a guard dog. In an ironic twist, their van is stolen with all of their equipment while they are picking up the dog. But, the theft turns out to be a blessing in disguise for both The Who and the now-legendary amp brand Marshall, when Townshend and Entwistle decide to upgrade to the new 100 watt models.
Classic Rock Birthdays
September 4, 1956 – Blackie Lawless (born Steven Edward Duren), vocals, guitar (W.A.S.P.)
September 4, 1971 – Ty Longley, guitar (Great White) (d. 2003)
September 4, 1960 – Kim Thayil, guitar (Soundgarden)
September 4, 1951 – Martin Chambers, drums (Pretenders)
September 4, 1970 – Igor Cavalera, drums (Sepultura)
September 4, 1963 – Sami Yaffa (born Sami Lauri Takamäki), bass (Hanoi Rocks, New York Dolls)
September 4, 1944 – Gene Parsons, drums, banjo (The Byrds)
September 4, 1946 – Gary Duncan (born Gary Ray Grubb), guitar, (Quicksilver Messenger Service)
In a clip from The Byrds Under Review, Gene Parsons talks about the B-Bender (or “string bender”), which he invented with Clarence White:
September 4, 2000 – David Brown of Santana dies from liver and kidney failure. He was 50. Brown was Santana’s primary bassist from 1966 – 1971, and then again from 1973 – 1976. After Woodstock and Santana, Brown played on Boz Skaggs’ debut album Moments as well as their later releases Boz Scaggs & Band and My Time. In 1998, he was inducted into The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of Santana.