Tuesday September 8th
1945 – Ron McKernan is born in San Bruno, Calif. Deadheads know him better as “Pigpen,” the keyboardist for the Grateful Dead.
1946 – Freddie Mercury of Queen is born in Zanzibar, Tanzania.
1972 – Howlin’ Wolf headlines at the Ann Arbor Jazz & Blues Festival in Michigan. Other performers include Muddy Waters and Dr. John.
1972 – Neil Young’s girlfriend Carrie Snodgrass gives birth to the singer’s son, Zeke, in San Francisco.
1974 – No. 1 Chart Toppers Pop Hit: “I Shot the Sheriff,” Eric Clapton.
1988 – Elton John clears out his closet, and ends up selling $6.2 million of costumes and concert props – including the enormous pair of boots he wore as the Pinball Wizard in Tommy – at a London auction.
2003 – A St. Paul, Minnesota jury deems Marilyn Manson not guilty of assault. He had been sued for damaged after rubbing his crotch against a security guard’s head during a 2000 concert.
2003 – Bruce Springsteen pays tribute to the late Warren Zevon at his Toronto show. The Boss plays Zevon’s “My Ride’s Here.”
2012 – Paul McCartney receives France’s highest public distinction on This Day in Rock Music History! Honored for his contributions in music from President Francois Hollande by making him an officer of the Legion of Honour at the presidential palace.