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“I Shot The Sheriff” Goes Gold – September 19

Below are some major events that took place in the world of guitar on this day of September 19.

1958: Lita Ford is born in London. She joined the all-female rock group The Runaways as a teenager and had a hit with “Kiss Me Deadly” in 1988.

1973: Gram Parsons (rhythm guitarist/keyboardist for The Byrds) dies of an overdose of morphine and alcohol at age 26 while visiting Joshua Tree National Park in southeastern California.

1974: Eric Clapton receives a gold record for his cover of the Bob Marley-written song “I Shot The Sheriff.”

1981: Simon & Garfunkel reunite for a free concert in New York’s Central Park.

1985: Frank Zappa, John Denver and Dee Snider of Twisted Sister testify at a Senate hearing where the Parents Music Resource Center (PMRC) argue for a ratings system on music. The musicians explain that this is censorship, but the PMRC wins a victory and warning labels are ordered on albums containing explicit lyrics.

2003: A week after his death at the age of 71, country legend Johnny Cash is bestowed with artist, song and album of the year awards at the Americana Music Awards ceremony in Nashville. Cash wins Song of the Year for his cover of Nine Inch Nails’ “Hurt” and Album of the Year for American IV: The Man Comes Around, the fourth in a series produced by Rick Rubin.

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