SEP 13-19: Historic events this week from Cameron Crowe, Huey Lewis, T. Rex, Queen and Neil Young
SEPTEMBER 13, 2000: ALMOST FAMOUS
Stillwater, the fictitious band in Almost Famous, is a composite of the many artists Cameron Crowe covered as a journalist for Rolling Stone magazine.
One of those bands, Led Zeppelin, loved an early cut of the movie so much, they gave Crowe permission to use five of their songs in the final cut of the film.
“The Rain Song”, “Bron-Yr-Aur”, “Tangerine”,”Misty Mountain Hop” and “That’s the Way”
“That’s the Way” would be included on the Grammy award winning soundtrack album.
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SEPTEMBER 15, 1983: SPORTS
Approaching 10 million records sold, Sports remains far and away, Huey Lewis and the News’ biggest album.
Sports, the band’s third album, was their first of two #1 albums, and contained the hits “Heart and Soul”, “I Want a New Drug”, “The Heart of Rock & Roll”, “If This Is It” and “Walking on a Thin Line”
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SEPTEMBER 16, 1977: MARC BOLAN of T. REX DIES
The glam rock pioneer was two weeks shy of his 30th birthday when he died.
Bolan and his girlfriend were headed home after a night on the town when their vehicle left the road and struck a fence post and a tree, killing Bolan instantly.
Marc Bolan & T. Rex will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in November 2020.
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SEPTEMBER 17, 1978: QUEEN’S “BICYCLE RACE” VIDEO SHOOT
The final video for Queen’s “Bicycle Race” was banned in some countries, and heavily edited in others.
Queen hired 65 nude, professional models to ride bicycles around the race track at Wimbeldon Stadium.
The video shoot also provided the images for promotional posters and the cover of the Bicycle Race / Fat Bottomed Girls single.
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SEPTEMBER 19, 1970: AFTER THE GOLD RUSH
Neil Young’s third solo album was inspired by a film script written by actor Dean Stockwell.
Having been suffering writer’s block, Young became inspired and envisioned his new songs fitting in well with the movie.
The film was never made, but it resulted in After the Gold Rush. Neil Young’s first masterpiece.