September 7th: The Biggest Music Headlines

Scroll down the page to see all the music headlines, stories and events for September 7 throughout music history

Led Zeppelin

Led Zeppelin Make Their Live Debut As The New Yardbirds

On September 7, 1968, Led Zeppelin’s Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, John Paul Jones, and John Bonham made their live debut at the Gladsaxe Teen Club, housed in a school gym outside of Copenhagen, Denmark. Approximately 1,200 kids from the school watched the band – who were billed as The New Yardbirds – play songs like “Dazed and Confused” and “Communication Breakdown.” Following the Scandinavian tour, the group spent nine days in the studio recording and mixing their first album, which was reportedly built from their live setlist. Not long after, the band changed their name to Led Zeppelin, after a member of The Yardbirds issued a cease and desist letter.

In 1978, Keith Moon, the high-spirited drummer for The Who, died at the age of 32. Joining the band in 1964 before they released their first single, Moon appeared on the band’s first eight albums – from their 1965 debut, My Generation to 1978’s Who Are You, which was released two weeks before his death. While Moon reportedly said he only enjoyed playing with The Who, he participated in the occasional outside project as well. In 1966, he worked with Yardbirds guitarist Jeff Beck, pianist Nicky Hopkins, and soon-to-be Led Zeppelin members Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones on the instrumental “Beck’s Bolero,” which was the b-side to “Hi Ho Silver Lining” and appeared on the album Truth.

In 2003,​​ singer, songwriter, and musician Warren Zevon lost his battle to cancer at the age of 56. Zevon began his career as a session musician, and eventually became the piano player and band leader for the Everly Brothers. By the late 70s, Zevon gained fame as a solo artist, scoring such hits as “Werewolves of London,” and eventually releasing 15 albums. He was also a sought-after songwriter, whose works were covered by a variety of artists, including Linda Ronstadt.

In 1968, The Doors began their first UK visit with a two-night engagement at The Roundhouse in London. Granada TV filmed the sold-out gigs (later broadcast as The Doors Are Open). The star-studded audience included members of The Rolling Stones and Traffic.

In 1997, Fleetwood Mac went to No.1 on the Billboard Hot 100 with their live album, The Dance, which found the group reuniting after a ten-year hiatus. The album went on to sell over six million copies worldwide, becoming the fifth best-selling album of all time in the US. It featured such hit singles as “Landslide,” “The Chain,” and “Silver Springs.”

In 2001, Michael Jackson reunited onstage at Madison Square Garden with the Jackson Five at his 30th Anniversary Celebration. The New York City show, which also featured guest appearances by Eminem, Whitney Houston, Gladys Knight, Britney Spears, and Destiny’s Child, also ended Jackson’s 11-year hiatus from performing in the US.

In 1985, David Bowie and Mick Jagger vaulted to No.1 on the UK singles chart with their duet version of the Martha Reeves and The Vandellas’ 1964 hit, “Dancing In The Street.”

Looking for more things that happened on this day in music?
Keep scrolling for all of the headlines for September 7.


1936: Joe Simon
1936: Buddy Holly
1947: Gloria Gaynor
1951: Chrissie Hynde (The Pretenders)
1956: Diane Warren (Songwriter)
1961: LeRoi Moore (Dave Matthews Band)
1964: Eazy-E (NWA)

Looking for more artists born on this day?
Keep scrolling for all of our September 7 birthdays.

What to find another day?

September 7th

On this day in music
7 Sep 2023
A Yamaha baby grand piano used by late Queen frontman Freddie Mercury to compose some of the group's most iconic hits sold at auction for £1.7m. Other items sold included a silver snake bangle worn in the Bohemian Rhapsody video which fetched £698,500. Handwritten lyrics for 'Somebody To Love' (£241,300), 'Killer Queen' (£279,400) and 'We Are the Champions' (£317,500). An onyx and diamond Cartier ring (£273,050), a gift from Sir Elton John (with funds going to the) Elton John Aids Foundation.
7 Sep 2016
The Chainsmokers featuring American singer Halsey were at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Closer'. The song stayed at the top spot for 12 consecutive weeks and topped the charts in more than ten countries. The song went on to become the first song to spend 26 weeks in the top five of the Billboard Hot 100 chart. It also became only the second song in the history of the Hot 100 chart to spend 32 weeks in the top ten of the chart.
7 Sep 2010
Queen’s 'Bohemian Rhapsody' was voted the greatest ‘lighter in the air song of all time’ by lighter company Zippo. Led Zeppelin’s 'Stairway To Heaven', was voted in at No. 2 and Meat Loaf's ‘I Would Do Anything For Love (But I Won’t Do That)’ was at No. 3 in the survey.
7 Sep 2007
A report showed that two-thirds of young people who regularly used MP3 players faced premature hearing damage. The Royal National Institute for Deaf People said its findings were alarming with research showing that 72 out of 110 MP3 users tested in the UK were listening to volumes above 85 decibels. Some MP3 players at full volume registered at 105 decibels, an aircraft taking off measured at 110 decibels.
7 Sep 2007
A new study revealed that rock stars were twice as likely to die early as the rest of us. Researchers said that the problem was so bad the industry should be labeled a 'high risk' profession.
7 Sep 2003
US singer, songwriter, Warren Zevon died. He had worked as a session musician, was the piano player and band leader for the Everly Brothers. His 1969 song 'She Quit Me' was included in the soundtrack for the film Midnight Cowboy. Jackson Browne, the Eagles and Linda Ronstadt all appeared on his albums. He recorded over 15 solo albums, had the 1978 US No.21 single 'Werewolves Of London'.
7 Sep 2003
Black Eyed Peas started a six-week run at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Where Is The Love.' The best selling single of 2003. (with an un-credited Justin Timberlake on the recording).
7 Sep 2002
The Frankie Miller tribute concert was held at Barrowlands in Glasgow, Scotland with all profits going to the Drake Music Project. The Sensational Alex Harvey Band, Nazareth, Gallagher & Lyle, Hamish Stuart, former Thin Lizzy, guitarist Brian Robertson, ex-Genesis singer Ray Wilson and Joe Walsh all appeared. Miller attended the show, but was still recovering from a 1994 brain hemorrhage, and so was unable to join in.
7 Sep 2001
Michael Jackson was reunited onstage with the Jackson Five at his 30th Anniversary Celebration in New York City's Madison Square Garden. It ended Jackson's 11-year hiatus from performing in the U.S. Jackson was joined by Eminem, Whitney Houston, Gladys Knight, Britney Spears and Destiny's Child to celebrate the 30th anniversary of his singing career.
7 Sep 1997
Fleetwood Mac went to No.1 on the US album chart with 'The Dance'. The album went on sell over 5 million copies in the US alone and spawned three singles in the USA: 'Landslide', 'The Chain' and 'Silver Springs', and earned the band three Grammy nominations in 1998.
7 Sep 1996
Michael Jackson played the first date on the HIStory World Tour, his third solo world concert tour, at Letna Park, Prague in the Czech Republic. The tour consisted of 82 concerts and was attended by approximately 4.5 million fans, beating his previous Bad Tour with 4.4 million and grossing a total of over $163.5 million.
7 Sep 1985
David Bowie and Mick Jagger were at No.1 on the UK singes chart with their version of the Martha Reeves and The Vandellas 1964 hit 'Dancing In The Street.' The song had been recorded as part of the Live Aid charity appeal. The original plan was to perform a track together live, with Bowie performing at Wembley Stadium and Jagger at the JFK Stadium, until it was realised that the satellite link-up would cause a half-second delay that would make this impossible.
7 Sep 1985
John Parr started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'St Elmo's Fire', taken from the film of the same name a No.6 hit in the UK.
7 Sep 1978
Keith Moon drummer with The Who, died of a overdose of heminevrin prescribed to combat alcoholism. A post-mortem confirmed there were 32 tablets in his system, 26 of which were undissolved. Moon had attended a party the night before organised by Paul McCartney for the launch of the The Buddy Holly Story movie. He played on all The Who albums from their debut, 1965's My Generation, to 1978's Who Are You, which was released two weeks before his death.
7 Sep 1976
ABBA were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Dancing Queen', the group's fourth UK No.1 single and their only US No.1 chart topper. The song was a No.1 hit in over a dozen countries and stayed at the top of the Swedish charts for 14 weeks.
7 Sep 1976
The first Buddy Holly week was held by UK fans in London, England.
7 Sep 1974
The 101ers made their performing debut at the Telegraph pub in Brixton. The pub rock band featured singer, guitarist Joe Strummer who would later join The Clash.
7 Sep 1968
Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, John Paul Jones and John Bonham made their live debut as Led Zeppelin but billed as The New Yardbirds at Teen Club in Gladsaxe (a suburb in the outskirts of Copenhagen, Denmark). Around 1,200 youngsters attended the show at Egegard School. Teen Club President Lars Abel introducing 'The New Yardbirds' on stage introduced Robert Plant as Robert Plat. A local review stated; 'Their performance and their music were absolutely flawless, and the music continued to ring nicely in the ears for some time after the curtains were drawn after their show. We can therefore conclude that the new Yardbirds are at least as good as the old ones were'.
7 Sep 1968
The Doors played the first of two nights at The Roundhouse, London, playing 2 shows a night on their first UK visit. Granada TV filmed the sold out gigs (later shown as "The Doors Are Open"), which were attended by members of The Rolling Stones and Traffic.
7 Sep 1963
The Beatles recorded an appearance on the BBC radio program ‘Saturday Club’, at the Playhouse Theatre in London. They performed ‘I Saw Her Standing There’, ‘Memphis’, ‘Happy Birthday Saturday Club’ (arrangement credited to John Lennon), ‘I'll Get You’, ‘She Loves You’, and ‘Lucille’.
7 Sep 1959
Craig Douglas was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with his version of the Sam Cooke hit 'Only Sixteen'. Born Terence Perkins, he was employed as a milkman before becoming a professional singer and was known as the 'Singing Milkman'.
Born on this day in music
7 Sep 1986
Spectacular Blue Smith, singer, entrepreneur, television personality, author, and philanthropist from American R&B/hip hop group Pretty Ricky who scored the 2007 US No.1 album Late Night Special. Smith is the creator of Grumpy Cat, a social media brand that went viral and is claimed to have made him a $100 million.
7 Sep 1977
Dutch house DJ and record producer Fedde Le Grand. In 2006 his single ‘Put Your Hands Up For Detroit’ reached number one in the United Kingdom.
7 Sep 1966
Chris Acland, drummer of the British alternative rock band Lush who had the 1996 UK No.21 single 'Single Girl'. Acland committed suicide by hanging himself on 7 September 1996.
7 Sep 1964
Eazy-E, rapper, NWA, (1990 UK No.26 single 'Express Yourself'). Died on 26th March 1995.
7 Sep 1961
LeRoi Moore, saxophonist and founding member of the Dave Matthews Band. He co-wrote many of the band's songs, notably 'Too Much' and 'Stay (Wasting Time)'. Moore was injured on June 30, 2008, in an accident on his farm outside Charlottesville, Virginia, he was re-hospitalised in mid-July for complications related to the accident and died on August 19, 2008.
7 Sep 1960
American bass guitar, baritone saxophone and bass clarinet player Brad Houser from Edie Brickell & the New Bohemians, who had the 1989 UK No.31 single 'What I Am', which was also a 1999 hit for Spice Girl Emma Bunton. Houser died from a stroke on 24 July 2023, at the age of 62.
7 Sep 1958
Hamilton Lee, from British new wave band Furniture, who had the 1986 UK No.21 single 'Brilliant Mind'.
7 Sep 1957
Margot Chapman, from American pop group Starland Vocal Band, who had the 1976 US No.1 & UK No.18 single 'Afternoon Delight' one of the biggest-selling singles of 1976.
7 Sep 1957
Jermaine Stewart, singer, Shalamar, (1986 UK No.2 single 'We Don't Have To...Take Our Clothes Off'). Also worked with Shalamar, The Temptations and Boy George. Stewart died of cancer on 17th March 1997.
7 Sep 1956
Diane Warren, US songwriter. Warren has written over 80 US Top 20 hits including; Aerosmith, 'I Don't Want To Miss A Thing', LeAnn Rimes, 'How Do I Live', Toni Braxton, 'Un- Break My Heart', plus hits for Cher, Celine Dion, Michael Bolton, Rod Stewart and Ace Of Base.
7 Sep 1954
Benmont Tench, keyboards, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, (1977 single 'American Girl', 1989 UK No.28 single 'I Won't Back Down', 1991 UK No.3 album 'Into The Great Wide Open'). Also worked with Bob Dylan, U2, Roy Orbison, Stevie Nicks.
7 Sep 1951
Chrissie Hynde, best known as a founding member of English-American rock band The Pretenders, who had the 1980 UK No.1 single with ‘Brass In Pocket’ and the solo 1985 UK No.1 single 'I Got You Babe' with UB40.
7 Sep 1948
Dennis Thompson, drummer from American rock band MC5 (Motor City 5) who formed in 1964. Best known for their energetic live performances, one of which was recorded as their 1969 debut album Kick Out the Jams. Thompson was given the nickname "Machine Gun" because of his "assault" style of fast, hard-hitting drumming.
7 Sep 1947
Gloria Gaynor, American singer best known for the Seventies disco era hits 'I Will Survive', 'Never Can Say Goodbye' and 'I Am What I Am'.
7 Sep 1946
Alfa Anderson from American group Chic, who had the 1978 US No.1 & UK No.7 single 'Le Freak'.
7 Sep 1940
Ronnie Dove, (1965 US No.14 single 'One Kiss For Old Times' Sake').
7 Sep 1936
American soul and R&B musician Joe Simon who had the 1975 US No.8 single 'Get Down, Get Down On The Floor'. Simon charted 51 US Pop and R&B chart hits between 1964 and 1981 and has had a number of his songs sampled by other artists, including OutKast, who sampled 'Before the Night is Over' in their hit 'So Fresh, So Clean' and Lil' Kim, who sampled Simon's 'It Be's That Way Sometimes' in 'Magic Stick'. Simon died on 13 December 2021.
7 Sep 1936
Buddy Holly singer, songwriter, The Crickets, (1957 US No.1 'That'll Be The Day', 1959 UK No.1 single 'It Doesn't Matter Anymore', plus over 15 other UK Top 40 singles). Influenced The Beatles and The Rolling Stones. Holly was killed in a plane crash on 3rd February 1959. The Big Bopper and Ritchie Valans were also killed in the crash.
7 Sep 1936
American soul and R&B musician Joe Simon. He charted 51 US Pop and R&B chart hits between 1964 and 1981. His biggest hits included three number one entries on the US Billboard R&B chart: ‘The Chokin' Kind’ (1969), ‘Power of Love’ (1972), and ‘Get Down, Get Down (Get on the Floor)’ (1975). He died on 13 December 2021 age 85.
7 Sep 1934
Little Milton, US blues singer guitarist, (1965 US No.25 single 'We're Gonna Make It'). Milton died on 4th August 2005.
uDiscover Music - Back To Top
uDiscover Music - Back To Top