Today’s Question: 10 years ago today (September 15th, 2006), the documentary The U.S. Versus John Lennon opened in New York and L.A.
Among the important events chronicled in the movie is a concert Lennon played in Ann Arbor, Michigan called the John Sinclair Freedom Rally. Which Michigan-based band of the 1960s and ’70s is John Sinclair best known for managing?
a) The Stooges
b) The MC5
c) Grand Funk Railroad
d) Mitch Ryder and the Detroit Wheels
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2008-Keyboardist Rick Wright, one of the founding members of Pink Floyd, dies in England from cancer. He was 65.
2008-Paul McCartney is the “Most Successful Songwriter of All Time,” according to the 2009 edition of the Guinness Book of World Records. Macca has totaled 188 Top 40 hits — with 91 that made the Top 10 and 33 that reached number-one.
2004-Johnny Ramone, guitarist of the quintessential American punk band The Ramones, dies in his sleep at his Los Angeles home following a five-year battle with prostate cancer. He was 55.
2000-AC/DC are inducted into Hollywood’s Rockwalk.
1997-Producer George Martin organizes a concert at London’s Royal Albert Hall to benefit Montserrat, a Caribbean island devastated by volcanic eruptions. Participants include Paul McCartney, Eric Clapton, Sting, Elton John and Mark Knopfler.
1990-Bruce Hornsby begins filling in on keyboards for The Grateful Dead after the death of Brent Mydland.
1988-Mark Knopfler announces that Dire Straits has broken up. They’ll re-form three years later, then enter a long hiatus.
1979-In Through the Out Door becomes the sixth Led Zeppelin album to top the Billboard charts, starting a seven-week stay at number-one.
1976-Steely Dan‘s fifth album, The Royal Scam, is certified gold.
1969-Deep Purple, with new vocalist Ian Gillan and bassist Roger Glover, perform Concerto for Rock Band and Orchestra with the Royal Philharmonic at London’s Royal Albert Hall.
1966-At the Gaumont Cinema in Hanley, England, with Cream as their opening act, The Who begin their second U-K theater tour. All but three of the 14 scheduled dates wind up being canceled so the band can finish work on its second album.
Signe Anderson (Toly) – Died in 2016
The first singer in Jefferson Airplane, who left after one album and was replaced by Grace Slick, died on January 28th, 2016 — the same day as her onetime bandmate Paul Kantner. She was also 74. Born in 1941.
Lee Dorman – Died in 2012
The Iron Butterfly bassist and guitarist died of natural causes December 21st, 2012 at 70. Born in 1942.
b) The MC5