Notable events in music history that have happened on September 4th from Clarksdale, Mississippi, the birthplace of the blues and rock n’ roll.
1781: Los Angeles is founded by 44 Spanish settlers.
1882: Thomas Edison starts the first commercial electric power plant in history.
1888: George Eastman gets his patent for a camera that uses roll film and his trademark for the name Kodak.
1905: Boogie woogie piano player and composer Meade ‘Lux’ Lewis (“Honky Tonk Train Blues”, “Yancey Special”) born in Chicago.
1942: Gladys Knight and the Pips’ singer Merald ‘Bubba’ Knight (“Midnight Train to Georgia”, “Funky Good Time”) born in Atlanta.
1944: The Byrds drummer, guitar player, songwriter Gene Parsons (“Wasn’t Born to Follow”, “Chustnut Mare”) born in Morongo Valley, California.
1945: Telecaster guitar master Danny Gatton (“Funky Mama”, ” Song of India”) born in Washington, D.C.
1949: A riot breaks out after a Paul Robeson concert in Peekskill, New York.
1951: The first transcontinental television broadcast.
1957: Ford Motor Company introduces the Edsel.
1958: The Temptations make their debut on American Bandstand.
1962: The Beatles record “How Do You Do It.”
1964: The Animals play for the first time in the U.S.
1965: While The Who shop for a guard dog, their van and $10K work of equipment is stolen.
1968: Chicago bans The Rolling Stones “Street Fighting Man” because officials think it will incite riots (the same year that Martin Luther King, Bobby Kennedy and Chicago police beat Vietnam, Civil Rights and Woman’s Rights protestors in Chicago’s Grant Park).
1970: The Rolling Stones release “Get Yer Ya-Ya’s Out.”
1976: “You Should be Dancing” hits No. 1 for The Bee Gees.
1981: Beyonce Knowles born in Houston.
1982: “Abracadabra” hits No. 1 for Steve Miller.
1986: Gregg Allman arrested for DUI in Florida. He serves part of his sentence by playing a drug and alcohol free graduation party, and later does his time of 5-days, a month before he releases his album “I’m No Angel.”
1991: Country singer Dottie West (“He Comes My Baby”) passes on.
1996: Alanis Morrisette and The Smashing Pumpkins win at the 13th MTV Video Awards.
1997: Jewel, Beck and Jamiroquai win at the 14th MTV Video Awards.
1994: Blues guitarist and harp player Louis Myers (“Bottom of the Harp”, “Take a Little Walk”) passes on.
1998: Google founded by Larry Page and Sergey Brin out of Stanford University.
2004: Rap singer Juvenile marries Shadonna Jones in Metairie, Louisiana.