Thursday, September 20, 2018


  • The late Gogi Grant (“The Wayward Wind”) is born in 1924
  • Jim Croce (“Bad, Bad Leroy Brown”) dies in an airplane crash near Natchitoches, Louisiana, 1973
  • Steve Goodman (wrote “The City Of New Orleans”) dies of leukemia in 1984
  • Nappy Brown (“Don’t Be Angry”) dies, 2008
  • Leonard Skinner, the Florida gym teacher who served as the inspiration for the band name Lynyrd Skynyrd, dies, 2010
  • Rick Nelson’s twin sons, Gunnar and Matthew are born, 1967
  • 77-pound Karen Carpenter is admitted to a New York hospital for intravenous feeding (she is hospitalized for six weeks before checking herself out), 1982
  • Tony Orlando loses the tip of a finger in an accident at his Branson, Missouri home, 2017
  • Jim Morrison is found guilty of indecent exposure onstage by a Miami judge (but posthumously pardoned for the crime forty years later), 1970
  • Paul McCartney is arrested for growing marijuana on his farm in Scotland, 1972
  • Peter Frampton leaves Humble Pie to begin a solo career, 1971
  • Fire destroys a lodge on Chuck Berry’s Wentzville, Missouri estate (arson is the cause, but no one is ever arrested for the crime), 2003
  • The Los Angeles Unified School District votes to name a school there after Carlos Santana, 2011
  • Billy Joel is awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, 2004
  • The Captain & Tennille’s regular-season ABC-TV show begins its six-month run in 1976
  • The Bay City Rollers appear on the debut of the ill-fated “Saturday Night Live With Howard Cosell” TV show on ABC (the show only runs for 18 episodes), 1975
  • The Animals record “It’s My Life”, 1965