Carter Alan’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Diary: September 9 in Classic Rock History

The Rolling Stones released “Beast of Burden” as a single on this day in 1978. It was a success, getting to #8, and was the middle single of three from the “Some Girls” album. What were the other two?


ANSWER: “Miss You,” which got to #1 and “Shattered, which climbed to #31.”


What else happened on this day in rock n’ roll history? Here’s the Rock N’ Roll Diary for September 9, from the College of Classic Rock Knowledge – 100.7 WZLX!

  • 1956: Elvis Presley made his debut appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show boosting the show’s ratings to an unheard of 82.6% of the total viewing audience. He was shown only from the waist up.
  • 1975: Welcome Back Kotter premiered on ABC. The theme song was written by John Sebastian formerly of the Lovin’ Spoonful.
  • 1979: Promoter Sid Bernstein took a full page ad in the New York Times and suggested a Beatles reunion to benefit the boat people. Bernstein asked for three concerts, one each in Cairo, Jerusalem, and New York. Bernstein never got a response from the Beatles.
  • 1981: Amnesty International’s Secret Policeman’s Other Ball took place featuring solo sets by Sting and Phil Collins.

Checking out the WZLX ticket stash…

  • 1970: Led Zeppelin played the Garden.
  • 1970: Fleetwood Mac was at the Boston Tea Party
  • 1980: It was Yes at the Garden.
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