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This Week In Music History Sept 22-28

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SEPT 22: Happy birthday to Joan Jett born today in 1958! She was guitarist for The Runaways before forming Joan Jett & the Blackhearts.
SEPT 23: Happy 70th bithday to Bruce Springsteen! In a career that has spanned five decades, Springsteen has become one of the most recognized rockers in the world. He has sold more than 135 million records worldwide! When he saw the Beatles perform on the Ed Sullivan Show in 1964, his world changed and he bought his first guitar. The future Boss would spend the 60s and early 70s playing with various bands until The E Street Band was formed in 1972. With the release of Born to Run in 1975, Bruce and the band would find success. During the 70s, 80s, and 90s Springsteen would continue to release hit after hit with the E Street Band, as well as a solo artist. Recently, he has seen his music as the basis of a Broadway show and a movie. 
SEPT 24: On this day in 1964, The Supremes made their first apperance on national television. They performed their hit "Where Did Our Love Go" on The Steve Allen Show. In 1970, Diana Ross would leave for a solo career. The Supremes would carry on with different lineups until officially disbanding in 1977.
SEPT 25: Today in 1980, John Bonham died from asphyxia after vomiting after a night of drinking. Led Zeppelin decided to disband out of respect. Bonham was ranked #1 in a Rolling Stone greatest drummer poll in 2016. He continues to be an influence on musicians, especially drummers, today. 
SEPT 26: Today in 2003, Robert Palmer passed away at age 54 due to a heart attack.😢 He had a successful solo career that began in the 1970s. Palmer took full advantage of MTV era with memorable videos for songs like "Addicted To Love" and "Simply Irrestible", which broadened his popularity. Also, during the 1980s he hooked up with John Taylor, Andy Taylor, and Tony Thompson to form the side project, The Power Station. He continued to perform and record up until his untimely passing. RIP 
SEPT 27: On this day in 1986, Metallica bassist Cliff Burton was killed in a bus crash in Sweden.😢 He joined Metallica in 1982 and played on their first three studio albums. At age 13, Burton learned to play the bass. Like most teens, he was interested in rock music and he cited Lemmy Kilmister, Geezer Butler, and Geddy Lee as a few of his influences. Metallica members recruited Burton after hearing him play with another band. In 2009, he was posthumously inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of Metallica. He was only 24 at the time of his passing. RIP. 
SEPT 28: Today in 1968, The Beatles were at #1 with “Hey, Jude”. It was their 16th U.S. #1 single. The song would stay up top for 9 weeks. In 1996, the song’s namesake, Julian Lennon, bought the recording notes at auction for £25,000!
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