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On this day in music history

On this day in music history … Sept. 29
By Bryne Gonzales
1907, Gene Autry was born. Autry was an American musician and actor. The Singing Cowboy is primarily known for his country hits like “Back in the Saddle Again” but also found success with Christmas tunes such as “Here Comes Santa Claus” – a song that Autry wrote.


1935, Jerry Lee Lewis was born. The singer, songwriter, and keyboardist is best known for his hit singles “Great Balls of Fire” and “Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On.” (While celebrating his birthday in 1976, Jerry Lee Lewis shot his bass player in the chest. The bassist survived and later sued Lewis.)


1979, The Police landed their first UK No. 1 with “Message in a Bottle.”

“Message in a Bottle” reached the top of the UK charts but only #74 on the U.S. charts.
1990, Nelson scored the top spot on the U.S. charts with their single “(Can’t Live Without Your) Love and Affection.”

Nelson’s album, After the Rain, produced two top 10 hits. Their video served as an ungraceful transition between the 80s and the 90s. Enjoy the hair.
2002, Kelly Clarkson hit the top of the charts with her song “A Moment Like This.” The song enjoyed a two week stay at No. 1.


2007, Kanye West defeated 50 Cent in a competition for the best-selling album. West’s Graduation sold 957,000 copies while 50 Cent’s Curtis only sold 691,000 copies. 50 Cent had previously claimed he would retire if he was beaten.