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1991 – Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit” is released as a single, forever changing the musical meaning of the word “Alternative.”

September 11

1982 John Mellencamp becomes the first male solo artist with a #1 album (American Fool) and two Top 10 singles, all at the same time (“Hurts So Good” at #8; “Jack & Diane” at #4).

September 12

1966 The Monkees TV show makes its debut, with four actors chosen to portray a pop band based on The Beatles. While The Monkees are a fictional band, they become very real and eventually play on their own recordings instead of studio musicians.

September 13

1969 At the Toronto Rock and Roll Revival festival, host Kim Fowley starts a rock tradition when he asks the crowd to hold up lighters for Eric Clapton and John Lennon.

September 14

1998 MTV debuts Total Request Live, a countdown of the Top 10 fan-requested music videos, hosted by Carson Daly. By the end of its 10-year run, the show is a cultural phenomenon.

September 15

1965 Ford offers factory-installed 8-track tape players in its Mustang, Thunderbird and Lincoln models. This marks the first time 8-track players are widely available, so you can only get the tapes in auto parts stores or Ford dealers. The players have a tendency to chew up the tapes, leading to 8-track roadkill as drivers throw the tangled tapes out their windows.

September 16

1970 After eight straight years, The Beatles are finally knocked from their perch as England’s top act in the Melody Maker fan poll… by Led Zeppelin.


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With an entrepreneurial career covering decades, Shay Drinkwalter has worked in media content creation, copywriting, and branding for over 40 years. Shay started at a local outlet now part of Metroland Media Group, covering regional sports, after a political correspondent at the local and national level. For a two-decade span, she was a stockbroker and then executive of a national securities firm, meanwhile providing content for periodicals, newsletters, national corporations, and not-for-profits. She is a founding member of the Canadian Freelance Guild/CWA, a former radio show host, and co-founder/editor of a local digital news platform. Shay is a publicist and curator for a UK indie platform. She covers artists of all genres, from around the globe. She provides popular music content for an NYC content firm. Additionally, she writes for music, literary, and foodie blogs. Shay’s blog, thebuzzr, promotes independent artists. Feedspot recognized the blog in its 2020 Top 20 Music Marketing blogs. When not writing, through The Buzz Roll Media™ she engages in publicity (PR), content creation, and creative media for indie artists, bands & venues. Another project, Buzzr Stagewear, creates stage wear for bands & artists. (a bit busy, yet loves it) For most of her story, she was a big city lady. In contrast, she now writes, podcasts & creates from her home studio situated in rural Ontario.