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This Day in Rock History: September 15

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On this day in rock history, we lost Richard Wright of Pink Floyd. The keyboardist, who was a founding member of the band, died of cancer in 2008 at the age of 65.

In 1968, Jim Morrison passed out in Amsterdam after taking too many drugs while the opening act, the Jefferson Airplane, were on stage. The other three Doors played the gig, with Ray Manzarek taking over on vocals. Mark Knopfler announced the break-up of Dire Straits, although they would reform a few years later and release one more record, 1991’s On Every Street.

Something Else by the Kinks found Ray Davies deepening his obsession with English working-class life. David Crosby and Graham Nash left a couple of their Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young bandmates behind to release Wind on the Water. Foghat‘s Fool for the City contained their biggest hit, “Slow Ride.” Huey Lewis and the News put a radio-friendly sheen to bar-band rock and wound up selling seven million copies of Sports. Jubilation became the final album for the Band, with singer/bassist Rick Danko passing away a year later.

Watch an exciting recap of many of the day’s biggest rock anniversaries above, narrated by our radio host Zach Martin. And learn more about these important events by clicking the links below.

News Anniversaries:
Jim Morrison passes out before a Doors concert (1968)
Dire Straits break up (1988)
Richard Wright dies (2008)

Album Anniversaries:
The Kinks, Something Else (1967)
Crosby & Nash, Wind on the Water (1975)
Foghat, Fool for the City (1975)
Huey Lewis, Sports (1983)
The Band, Jubilation (1998)

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