~ 1974 – Joey Ramone became the lead vocalist for the Ramones.
~ 1975 – Steve Van Zandt (also known as Little Steven) performed for the first time in concert as a member of Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band.
~ 1973 – Jim Croce tops the charts with “Bad Bad Leroy Brown”. Released as part of his 1973 album Life and Times, the song was a Number One pop hit for him, spending two weeks at the top of the Billboard Hot 100 in July 1973. Billboard ranked it as the No. 2 song for 1973.
Croce was nominated for two 1973 Grammy awards in the Pop Male Vocalist and Record of the Year categories for “Bad, Bad Leroy Brown”. It was his last number-one single before his death on September 20.
Professional wrestlers Junkyard Dog and Bad Leroy Brown used ring names inspired by the song.
The song inspired Queen vocalist Freddie Mercury (who cited Croce as one of his artistic inspirations) to write the song “Bring Back That Leroy Brown” for the band’s third album, Sheer Heart Attack, released a year after Croce died.
~ 1948 – Cat Stevens was born
~ 1963 – The Beach Boys released the single “Surfer Girl.”
~ 1969 – Aretha Franklin was arrested for disorderly conduct after creating a disturbance in a Detroit parking lot.
~ 1977 – In Oakland, CA, Judas Priest opened for Led Zeppelin for the first time.
~ 1998 – It was announced that Iron Maiden would have to cancel the a month of its U.S. tour. The doctor of Blaze Bayley advised him to not sing for one month.
~ 1966 – The Monkees recorded their first single. The song was “The Last Train to Clarksville” and was later included on their self-titled debut album.
~ 1999 – Three-day Woodstock II shut down early by police
~ 1984 – Prince film Purple Rain premieres in Hollywood
~ 1943 – Mick Jaggar is born