September 21, 1990 ~ Nomads Indians Saints from Indigo Girls turns 30. Some notables turned out to help on their 3rd album: Mary Chapin Carpenter, Benmont Tench, Peter Buck and Sara Lee.

Gram.

September 19, 1973 ~

Gram Parsons dies at 26 after taking a shot of liquid morphine in his room at Joshua Tree Inn. Parsons had been recovering from drug and alcohol addiction, but relapsed during his trip to Joshua Tree National Park. “He was clean and took a strong shot,” his friend Keith Richards says. “It’s the one mistake you don’t want to make.”

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Doonesbury called it.

“On September 14, 1987, Garry B Trudeau ran the first Doonesbury strip that mentioned Donald Trump, in which his characters marvel that New York’s “loudest and most visible asshole” had floated a political trial balloon, hinting that he would run for president; thus began 30 years of marveling at, mocking, and skewering Der Drumpf, so rattling the Short-Fingered Vulgarian that he felt the need to issue a series of wounded denunciations.“

Purple Rain

Let’s go crazy … Prince releases his sixth album on August 6, 1984. It’s the soundtrack to the movie of the same name and the first album to feature the billing of his band, The Revolution. 

It’s #76 on Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Albums of All Time and was added to the Library of Congress’ National Recording Registry list of sound recordings that “are culturally, historically, or aesthetically important.”

The spirit of Jimi Hendrix must surely smile down on Prince Rogers Nelson. Like Hendrix, Prince seems to have tapped into some extraterrestrial musical dimension where black and white styles are merely different aspects of the same funky thing. Prince’s rock & roll is as authentic and compelling as his soul and his extremism is endearing in a era of play-it-safe record production and formulaic hit mongering.”

Kurt Loder, writing for Rolling Stone

The guitar Dylan used to “go electric” at Newport Folk Festival 55 years ago made its way back there on this date in 2015. It was even rumored that festival organizers had asked someone to plug it in for the first time since 1965.  Rumors swirled as to who that might be.  Well, here you go. I can’t think of a better choice.