Notable events in music history that have happened on September 6th from Clarksdale, Mississippi, the birthplace of the blues and rock n’ roll.
1877: Cornet player and early developer of New Orleans’ jazz and ragtime, Buddy Bolden (“Funky Butt”, Buddy Bolden’s Blues”, “Callin’ My Chillun’ Home”) born in New Orleans.
1925: Blues great Jimmy Reed (“Big Boss Man”, :Ain’t that Lovin’ You Baby”, “Bright Lights, Big City”) born in Dunlieth, Mississippi.
1939: Country musician David Allen Coe (“Mysterious Rhinestone Cowboy”) born in Akron, Ohio.
1943: Pink Floyd singer and bass player Roger Waters born in Cambridge, England.
1947: Singer songwriter Sylvester (“Do Ya Wanna Funk”) born in Los Angeles.
1948: Kool and the Gang guitarist Claydes Charles Smith (“Funky Good Stuff”) born in Jersey City.
1963: Jerry Lew Lewis quits Sun Records.
1968: Eric Clapton records guitar tracks for “While My Guitar Gently Weeps.”
1969: Singer and beauty queen CeCe Peniston born in Phoenix, and on same day R&B singer Macy Grey born in Canton, Ohio.
1970: Hip hop and experimental electronic musician DJ Spooky (“Galactic Funk”) born in Washington, D.C.
1972: Dreamgirls actress and singer Anika Noni Rose born in Bloomfield, CT.
1975: Rapper N.O.R.E. (“Superthug”, “Nothin'”) born in Queens, New York.
1979: Rapper Foxy Brown (“Hot Spot”, “Big Bad Mama”, “Oh Yeah”) born in New York.
1984: Country music great Ernest Tubb (“Waltz Across Texas”, “Walkin’ the Floor Over You”) passes on.
1986: 300 people pay $5,000 each to attend a Barbara Streisand benefit concert.
1989: Living Color wins at the 6th MTV Video Awards.
1990: Sinead O’Connor wins at the 7th MTV Video Awards., and on the same day Creedence Clearwater Revival’s Tom Fogerty passes away.
1994: British rock piano great Nicky Hopkins leaves us.
1997: Elton John sings new version of “Candle in the Wind” at Princess Diana’s funeral. It becomes the best-selling single of all time.
2001: Lady Marmelade, Eve, Gwen Stefani, Moby win at 18th MTV Video Awards.
2005: The Rolling Stones release “A Bigger Bang.”
2007: Opera great Luciano Pavarotti passes away.
2012: Rihanna, Nicki Minaj, Chris Brown win at 29th MTV Video Awards.