This week in music, John Lennon announced his breakup from The Beatles, AC/DC released Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap, and autotune completely change the future of music. Here’s everything you need to know about what went down this week in music history.
1969 – September 20th, John Lennon announced to The Beatles he was leaving group
John had come to the decision a week earlier, but Alan Klein had convinced him to keep it quiet.
Lennon told the band the day they signed a contract with EMI to renegotiate their royalties.
According to Paul, John said, “‘I’m leaving the group!’ — We paled visibly and our jaws slackened a bit.”
According to Ringo, John said,”‘Well, that’s it, lads. Let’s end it.’ And we all said ‘yes’”
George was not present at the meeting, he was in Cheshire visiting his mother.
1976 – September 20th, AC/DC released their third studio album ‘Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap’.
The album has been certified 6x Platinum in the United States, selling over 6 million copies.
Dirty Deeds became the third highest sold album by AC/DC in the US after ‘Highway To Hell’ and ‘Back In Black’.
The term “Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap” is a homage to a cartoon Angus liked called, Beany and Cecil.
The scream at the end of the title track is spelled, “”Yaaaaaaaaaaarrrrrrrrrggghhhhhh!”
1977 – September 16th, Talking Heads released their debut album, Talking Heads: 77.
The single “Psycho Killer” reached number 92 on the Billboard Hot 100.
They wanted the album to “Convey a modern message about the importance of taking charge of your own life” while still being fun to listen to.
We recommend not googling “Psycho Killer Fun Facts”, make sure to put the word “album” in your search.
1983 – September 15th, Huey Lewis and the News released the album Sports.
The album catapulted the band to international fame.
It features the singles “I Want a New Drug,” “The Heart of Rock ‘n Roll” and “If This Is It.”
The cover art for the album features a photo of the band at the 2 AM Club, a bar located in Mill Valley, CA.
The band performed at the 2 AM Club during its early days.
1983 – September 17th, the TV show Star Search debuts on CBS.
Hosted by Ed McMahon, the TV talent competition introduces scores of future superstars.
It showcased artists like Justin Timberlake, Britney Spears, Alanis Morissette, and Jessica Simpson.
The show was also featured in an episode of Full House, in which Joey gives his comedy career one last shot.
1994 – September 20th, The Dave Matthews Band released ‘Under the Table and Dreaming’.
The album was dedicated to Matthews’ older sister Anne, who was murdered by her husband in ‘94.
It featured their first commercial hits ‘What Would You Say,’ ‘Satellite,’ and ‘Ants Marching.’
Live show stalwart ‘Granny’, and “Crash” tracks ‘Say Goodbye’ and ‘Let You Down’ were cut from the album.
By March 16, 2000, the album had sold six million copies, and was certified 6× platinum by the RIAA.
Yes, that is John Popper of Blues Traveler rocking the harmonica in ‘What Would You Say’.
1997 – September 19th, The pitch-correction software Auto-Tune hits the market.
Surprisingly, it was invented by Dr. Hildebrand, a research engineer employed in the oil industry.
The first song that hit the airwaves with Auto-Tune was Cher’s “Believe” single.
Since then, for better or worse, the recording industry has never been the same.
Now just about any popular track you listen to has been auto-tuned to some effect in the studio.