September 10 – Revolver, Patti Smith, Guns ‘n’ Roses, Cats


The BeatlesRevolver goes to US#1 for six weeks.

It had become a UK#1 on Aug. 13. Discarded ideas for the album title included ‘Four Sides of the Eternal Triangle’ and ‘Beatles on Safari’.

Many rock fans think it’s their best album; pop fans argue for previous album Rubber Soul. In 2003 Rolling Stone names Revolver #3 on its Top 500 albums (*) list; Rubber Soul is #5. Call it a draw.


American ‘Godmother of Punk’ vocalist Patti Smith announces her retirement from live performance.

She wants to spend more time with her husband, the MC5‘s Fred ‘Sonic’ Smith. She continues to record albums, and is inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2007.
▷’Even as a child, I felt like an alien’▹


US hard rock, metal band Guns ‘N Roses begins the end for glam rock bands; it has a US#1 hit with the song Sweet Child o’ Mine from its debut album Appetite for Destruction.


Andrew Lloyd Webber musical Cats closes on Broadway after 6,138 performances.

With its first show in 1982, it’s the longest-running musical in Broadway history before 2006. (It played 8949 times in London.)

A film version of a London performance appeared in 1998.