Keener Today – September 20

Arlo Guthrie

Today in 1967, Arlo Guthrie releases Alice’s Restaurant, his 18 minute recounting of adventures in Stockbridge Mass, where an arrest for littering, if the story is to be believed, ultimately disqualified him from the draft. The song became the basis for an Arthur Penn film of the same name, starring Arlo as himself.

Starting Sept. 25, people can request four free tests per household courtesy of the government. Officials say the tests are able to detect the latest variants and are intended to be used through the end of the year.

Hazel Park’s Mike Sterner writes, “ The entire NFC North division lost this week. The Detroit Lions will be fine.”

Americans’ views of the political system have reached new lows, according to a Pew survey that found near-record distrust of government and disgust with both parties. (Axios)

Goodbye free “Tweets. Elon Musk says X will charge users ‘a small monthly payment’ to use its service (Techcrunch)

Roger Whittaker, ‘The Last Farewell’ Singer, dies at 87. The singer died on Wednesday, Sept. 13, according to a statement on his website.

Check out Candlelight concerts from A-Z (Abba to Zimmer) at some of Detroit’s most magical venues. (Secret Detroit)

Variety Recorded-Music Revenue Grows Almost 10% But Vinyl Sales, Streaming Subscriptions Level Off.

Today in History:

1961 – African-American student James Meredith is refused enrolment to the segregated University of Mississippi

1964 – The Beatles close their 1st North American tour with a benefit concert titled “An Evening With The Beatles” at the Paramount Theatre in NY; the show was for the United Cerebral Palsy of NYC charity, Steve Lawrence and Eydie Gormé were also on the bill

1967 – Identical twins Matthew and Gunnar Nelson (of Nelson) are born to teen idol Ricky Nelson and actress Kristin Harmon in Santa Monica, California.

1969 – The cartoon group The Archies claim the top spot in America with “Sugar, Sugar,” which spends four weeks at #1.

1969 – Creedence Clearwater Revival started a three-week run at No.1 on the UK Singles chart with ‘Bad Moon Rising’.

1969 – John Lennon leaves The Beatles but agrees to not make an official announcement. The recording of “I Want You (She’s So Heavy)” marks the last time all four Beatles were together in the same studio.

1970 – A Miami judge finds Jim Morrison guilty of indecent exposure after The Doors singer dropped his pants onstage at a concert in March.

1971 – Peter Frampton leaves Humble Pie to begin a solo career.

1973 – Jim Croce is killed in a plane crash in Natchitoches, Louisiana, at age

1973 – Billie Jean King beats Bobby Riggs in battle-of-sexes tennis match

1975 – David Bowie scored his first No.1 single in North America by topping both the US and Canadian singles charts with ‘Fame’ on this day September 20 in music history.

1976 – Captain & Tennille’s regular-season ABC-TV show begins its six-month run.

1979 – Lee Iacocca is elected president of the Chrysler Corporation

1988 – Detroit first baseman Darrell Evans hits home run #18 in Tigers’ 4-3 loss to Cleveland Indians; Evans’ 400th MLB career HR

1994 – The Temptations receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

2004 – Billy Joel is awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6233 Hollywood Blvd.

Today’s Birthdays:

1911 – Frank De Vol, American composer (theme songs to My Three Sons, The Brady Bunch) and actor (Fernwood 2 Night – “Happy Kyne”), born in Moundsville, West Virginia (d. 1999)

1920 – Jay Ward, American cartoonist (Rocky & His Friends, Bullwinkle), born in Berkeley, California (d. 1984)

1934 – Sophia Loren, Italian actress (La Ciociara; Desire Under the Elms; Black Orchid), born in Rome, Italy