This Week in Music History: September 5th-6th

Elton JohnThe smell of fall is in the air, the kids are back at school, and it’s time for another look back at music history!

On September 5th, 1946 Farrokh Bulsara was born in what used to be Zanzibar. Who is Farrokh Bulsara, you ask? Most people know him as the man, myth, and legend Freddie Mercury. Mercury was the lead singer and songwriter for Queen until his death in 1991, brought on by AIDS. Mercury is ranked by Rolling Stone as the eighteenth greatest singer of all-time, and is also revered as an incredible performer. With Queen, Mercury wrote the songs “Bohemian Rhapsody,” “Killer Queen,” “Somebody to Love,” and “We Are the Champions.”

Another big birthday this week is the forty-second birthday for Dolores O’Riordan, lead singer of the Cranberries. The Irish band was formed in 1989 and was originally called The Cranberry Saw Us. One name change and twenty-four years later, The Cranberries have released 6 studio albums, the latest one being 2012’s Roses. The band’s first three albums have all gone multi-Platinum and produced the huge hits “Linger,” “Dreams,” and “Zombie.”

On September 6, 1997, Elton John performed the re-written song “Candle in the Wind 1997” in tribute to Diana, Princes of Whales during her funeral. This is the only time that John has ever performed the song live, though he occasionally performs the original version of the song. “Candle in the Wind 1997” was recoded with “the 5th Beatle” George Martin, and is the best-selling song of all time. It stayed at #1 on the Billboard Charts for 14 weeks, and is the only song in the U.S. to ever be certified Diamond.

By Anthony Cantone Heinze

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