Today in Music

September, 29

  • 1998 The family of Frank Sinatra files suit against Newark, Calif.-based discount clothing company Ross Stores Inc. for copyright infringement. The suit alleges that an album of 75 songs, “The Sinatra Collection,” which the chain sells at its 500 Ross Dress For Less stores nationwide, is unauthorized.
  • 1997 Blues Traveler bassist Bobby Sheehan is arrested for cocaine possession in Winnipeg. He is later released on $5,000 bond.
  • 1997 Epic’s Sons of the Desert are caught in a hotel fire during the group’s first trip to New York City. The group’s bassist Doug Virden sees smoke and flames and reports the blaze at the front desk.
  • 1996 Alanis Morissette finishes her first U.S. tour in Houston, Texas.
  • 1994 The Pointer Sisters receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. The star on Hollywood Boulevard was originally set to be unveiled in January, but an earthquake struck Los Angeles three days before the scheduled ceremony. The Pointers are the first African-American female music group to receive the honor.
  • 1987 No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: “Didn’t We Almost Have It All,” Whitney Houston.
  • 1977 No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: “Star Wars Theme/Cantina Band,” Meco. The 15-minute song is a disco version of several themes from the top movie of 1977.
  • 1963 The Rolling Stones open their first British tour supporting the Everly Brothers and Bo Diddley at the New Victoria Theatre in London.
  • 1963 Solo artist and singer/bassist for the groups Primus and Sausage, Les Claypool is born in Richmond, Calif.
  • 1942 Jean-Luc Ponty is born in Avranches, France.
  • 1935 Jerry Lee Lewis is born in Ferriday, La. His parents later mortgage their home to buy him his first piano.