Classic TV show takes off! -- This band's 10th studio album earned 'em a lawsuit! -- A drummer's drummer birthday...

The Monkees, Feb. 1967; L-R: Mike Nesmith, Micky Dolenz, Davy Jones, Peter Tork. (Keystone/Getty Images)

9/12/1966 (51 years ago today) - Did your set have rabbit ears?: NBC-TV premieres "The Monkees" at 7:30 pm, just before "I Dream Of Jeannie" on the network's Monday evening line-up ("The Roger Miller Show" ran at 8:30, followed by "The Road West" at 9:00, and the Ben Gazzara cult fave "Run For Your Life" at 10:00. Anybody remember these?) -- The debut show is titled "Royal Flush" in which the boys must save Princess Bettina, Duchess of Harmonica(!) from her evil Uncle, Archduke Otto. Hey, it's good enough to start what turns out to be a 58 episode run...

9/12/1989 (28 years ago today) - Wow, has it really been almost thirty years for this one?: Aerosmith release studio LP No. 10 and it becomes a mega-smash: "Pump" features some of the bands nastiest and strongest material to date -- "Monkey On My Back" and "Young Lust" absolutely kill, plus a more-than-solid batch of future rock radio staples "Love In An Elevator", "The Other Side", "Janie's Got A Gun" and "What It Takes". Fantastic, really! And, under the heading "Nice try, guys", a soon-to-be-never-heard-from-again rock band named Pump went ahead a sued Aerosmith and their management for "service mark infringement". Our boys won. Quite easily.

9/12/1952 - Happy Birthday to one of the truly all-time great drummers, Rush founding member and lyricist Neil Peart, 65 years old today, and unquestionably at {or very near} the top of the list of percussionists whose talent is best described as "beyond belief"!!! And as much as we admire Geddy and Alex on bass and guitar, when a Rush song comes on, you pretty much find yourself doing more air-drumming than anything else. At least we do...

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