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CDJ Today: September 4 in Classic Rock

Classic rock band The Who in 1974
The Who in 1974

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.

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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) (d. 2019)

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Rock Remembrances

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.

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