SEP 12-18: Historic events this week from Cameron Crowe, Led Zeppelin, Huey Lewis, T. Rex, and Queen
SEPTEMBER 13, 2000: CAMERON CROWE’S 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: HUEY LEWIS AND THE NEWS’ 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 were 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.