1956 Elvis surprises his mother with a pink Cadillac, even though she doesn’t drive. The car is on display at Graceland.
1965 The Rolling Stones fly to Los Angeles to record “Get Off My Cloud”. In a later interview, Keith Richards would say “I never dug it as a record. The chorus was a nice idea, but we rushed it as the follow-up” (to “Satisfaction”).
1966 After having his Beatle haircut chopped off and donning his once hated wire framed glasses, John Lennon started work on his role as Private Gripweed in the film How I Won The War. Shooting began on location in Hamburg, Germany before moving on to Almeria in southern Spain. John showed natural acting talent and many would later say that he could have easily taken up a successful movie career.
1976 Dean Martin surprises his former partner, Jerry Lewis, by walking on stage during Jerry’s Labor Day muscular dystrophy telethon, ending a 20-year separation.
1987 American Bandstand was officially cancelled after 30 years on ABC-TV.
2012 Joe South died at the age of 72. South wrote Deep Purple’s “Hush”, Lynn Anderson’s “Rose Garden” and Billy Joe Royal’s “Down In The Boondocks”, as well as his own hits “Games People Play” and “Walk A Mile In My Shoes”.
2015 Dennis Greene, an original member of Sha Na Na, passed away at the age of 66. Greene sang lead on “Tears On My Pillow” when the group appeared in the 1978 film Grease.