Carter Alan’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Diary: September 26 in Classic Rock History

On this day in 1987 the Grateful Dead had their biggest single success when “Touch of Grey” peaked at #9 on the U.S. sales chart. What was the band’s next highest-charting track?


ANSWER: “Truckin,” which reached #64 in 1970


What else happened on this day in rock n’ roll history? Here’s the Rock N’ Roll Diary for September 26, from the College of Classic Rock Knowledge – 100.7 WZLX!

  • 1969: The Beatles released their “Abbey Road” album in England. It was the last album recorded by the Beatles, but not the final one released.
  • 1974: John Lennon released his “Walls and Bridges” album, including the hits “Whatever Gets You Through the Night” and “#9 Dream”.
  • 1975: The film version of the Rocky Horror Picture Show was released.
  • 1987: The Grateful Dead’s “Touch of Grey” peaked at #9 on the US charts. It was their biggest chart hit!
  • 1988: Keith Richards of the Rolling Stones released “Talk is Cheap”. His first solo album.
  • 2003: It was a sad day in rock when Robert Palmer passed away from a heart attack.

Checking the WZLX ticket stash…

  • 1972: It was a great double bill at the Music Hall: Yes with opening act the Eagles.
  • 1978: Bob Weir’s band Kingfish played the Paradise.
  • 1980: Queen rocked the Boston Garden.
  • 1991 and 1993: The Grateful Dead also played the Garden.
  • 2006: WZLX celebrated its 21st birthday at the Tweeter Center with Aerosmith! Tom Hamilton, who had sat out the tour while undergoing treatment for throat cancer, joined his bandmates for a version of “Sweet Emotion” and a tremendous applause!
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