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September 1965 in Music History

Events in Music

  • Sep 3 Rolling Stone concert at the Adelphi Theater in Dublin, Ireland halts after 12 minutes due to riot
  • Sep 4 The Beatles' single "Help!" goes #1 & stays #1 for 3 weeks
  • Sep 4 Rock group The Who's van is vandalized with $10,000 in equipment stolen

Hey, Hey – We're The MonkeesHey, Hey – We're The Monkees

Sep 8 Small ads in Daily Variety and Hollywood Reporter attract 437 young men interested in forming the world’s first manufactured boy band, "The Monkees" - 3 are chosen with Davey Jones already having been cast

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The Monkees riding high in 1966
The Monkees riding high in 1966
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  • Sep 11 Beatles' "Help!," album goes #1 & stays #1 for 9 weeks
  • Sep 13 Beatles release single "Yesterday" - just Paul, with a strings arranged by George Martin
  • Sep 13 Beatles win 1st Grammy, for Best Group of 1964

Music releaseAlbum Release

Sep 15 Volt/Stax records releases Otis Redding's third studio album "Otis Blue - Otis Redding Sings Soul" in the US, Atlantic releases it in the UK; frequently ranked on top album lists

Singer-Songwriter and Producer Otis Redding
Singer-Songwriter and Producer
Otis Redding
  • Sep 16 British singer Davie Jones changes his stage name to "David Bowie" to avoid confusion with the Monkee of the same name
  • Sep 25 "Do I Hear a Waltz?" closes at 46th St Theater NYC after 220 performances
  • Sep 25 Beatle cartoon show begins in US
  • Sep 26 Queen Elizabeth decorates the Beatles with Order of the British Empire

Appears on tv showTV Show Appearance

Sep 30 Donovan's 1st US TV appearance (Shindig)


Birthdays in Music

  • Sep 3 Vaden Todd Lewis, American musician (Toadies), born in Fort Worth, Texas
  • Sep 4 Greg Fidelman, American guitarist, sound engineer (Rick Rubin productions), and record producer (Metallica)
  • Sep 7 Ron Blake, American jazz saxophonist, (SNL band; Christian McBride Big Band; Art Farmer), band leader, composer, and music educator (Juilliard), born in the Virgin Islands
  • Sep 11 Moby [Richard Hall], American musician (Play, 18), born in Harlem, New York
  • Sep 12 John Norwood Fisher, American ska-funk bassist (Fishbone), born in California
  • Sep 13 Zak Starkey, English rock drummer (Oasis; The Who), son of Beatle Ringo, born in London, England
  • Sep 17 Guy Picciotto, American punk rock singer, songwriter and guitarist (Rites of Spring; Fugazi), born in Washington, D.C.
  • Sep 19 Sabine Paturel, French singer (Les Bêtises) and actress, born in Toulon, France
  • Sep 22 Andy Cairns, Irish musician, born in Ballyclare, Northern Ireland
  • Sep 24 Sean McNabb, American bassist (Quiet Riot, Great White, Rough Cutt, House of Lords), born in South Bend, Indiana
  • Sep 28 Ginger Fish, American drummer (Marilyn Manson)
  • Sep 29 Iain Baker, English pop musician (Jesus Jones), born in Charshalton, England
  • Sep 29 Fora van Leijenhorst, Curacaos/Neth dancer (Josephine)

Deaths in Music

  • Sep 6 Konstantin G. Mostras, Russian composer, dies at 79
  • Sep 9 Julián Carillo, Mexiacn violinist, composer (D.W. Griffith's Intolerance), and music theorist (Sonido 13 / The Thirteenth Sound),dies at 90
  • Sep 15 Steve Brown, American jazz musician, dies at 75
  • Sep 16 Ahn Eak-tai, Korean cellist, composer (Aegukga - national anthem of South Korea), and conductor, dies at 58
  • Sep 25 Nikolai Sokoloff, Russian-American conductor (Seattle Symphony), dies at 79
  • Sep 27 Harry Reser, American banjo player and bandleader (Sammy Kaye Show), dies at 69