September 19 – Chubby, Zappa, Kravitz


Chubby Checker single The Twist tops the charts on Parkway Records, igniting a dance craze.

A minor hit for songwriter Hank Ballard & Midnighters in 1959, it’s one of the very few songs to top the charts twice (repeating on Jan. 13 1962).

In 2008 Billboard names it the top all-time hit, followed by Santana‘s 1999 Smooth.
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US Composer, musician Frank Zappa testifies before the US Senate.

He attacks the Parents Music Resource Center or PMRC (co-founded by Tipper Gore), for attempts to censor rock lyrics.

Zappa was well aware of the significance of this date:

The establishment of a rating system, voluntary or otherwise, opens the door to an endless parade of moral quality control programs based on things certain Christians do not like. What if the next bunch of Washington wives demands a large yellow ‘J’ on all material written or performed by Jews, in order to save helpless children from exposure to concealed Zionist doctrine?

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Lenny Kravitz‘ first studio album Let Love Rule is released.

Labels had regularly told Kravitz his music wasn’t ‘black enough’ or ‘white enough’ … same old song-and-dance … so he recorded it on his own. And proves for the hundredth time that record executives just don’t get it.

The album’s very big in Europe, selling 2 million copies. Beginnin with Are You Gonna Go My Way in 1993, Kravitz lands six albums in the US top-20. He’s had 5 platinum records, so far…

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