This Day in Music History: September 20th

2010: Leonard Skinner, the gym teacher who inspired the name Lynyrd Skynyrd died of Alzheimer’s disease at a nursing home in Jacksonville, FL. He was 77 years old.

1980: Queen reached number one on the Billboard 200 Album Chart for the first and only time with The Game which spent five weeks on top of the chart and is tied with News of the World for being Queen’s biggest selling non-compilation album in the U.S.

1980: Ozzy Osbourne released his debut solo album Blizzard of Ozz the first of two studio albums that featured guitarist Randy Rhoads. The album wouldn’t be released in the U.S. until March of the following year.

1975: David Bowie reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart for the first time with “Fame” which John Lennon provided background vocals for & co-wrote. “Fame” spent two non-consecutive weeks on top of the chart.

1975: Bad Company peaked at number ten on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with “Feel Like Makin’ Love” which was their second and final top ten single in the U.S.

1972: Paul and Linda McCartney were arrested for growing a crop of marijuana at their farmhouse in Campbeltown, Scotland.

1971: Peter Frampton departed Humble Pie to start a successful solo career. His debut solo album Wind of Change was released the following year.

1970: The Doors’ singer Jim Morrison was found guilty in Miami of exposing himself onstage during a concert the previous year though he was acquitted on charges of lewd and lascivious behavior. 

1969: Credence Clearwater Revival reached the top of the U.K. Singles Chart for the first and only time with “Bad Moon Rising” which spent three weeks on top.

Birthdays:
Chuck Panozzo-bassist for Styx born in 1948
John Panozzo-drummer for Styx born in 1948
Nuno Bettencourt-guitarist for Extreme born in 1966
Ben Shepherd-bassist for Soundgarden born in 1968

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