Archive for the ‘August’ Category

August 31

1957, Elvis Presley appeared at the Empire Stadium in Vancouver, Canada. This was only the third time ever Presley had performed outside of the U.S. and for Elvis it would be the last. 26,000 fans attended the show with tickets costing $1.50, $2.50 and $3.50.

1963, The girl trio Angels started a three week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘My Boyfriend’s Back’. The writers of the song Bob Feldman, Jerry Goldstein and Richard Gottehrer were a trio of Brooklyn songwriter/producers who went on to write the hits ‘Sorrow’ and had the 1965 US No.11 single as The Strangeloves with ‘I Want Candy’.

1963, The Ronettes first entered the US singles chart with ‘Be My Baby’ the girl group’s only top 10 hit. Lead singer, Veronica Bennett who became Ronnie Spector, took producer and ex-husband Phil Spector to court in the late 1990s for unpaid royalties.

1968, The Move, The Pretty Things, The Crazy World Of Aurthur Brown, Orange Bicycle, Jefferson Airplane, Fairport Convention and Tyrannosaurus Rex all appeared at the first Isle Of Wight Festival held over two days. Tickets, 25 shillings, ($3.00).

1968, Decca Records released what has been called The Rolling Stones most political song, ‘Street Fighting Man’, written after Mick Jagger attended a March 1968 anti-war rally at London’s US embassy, during which mounted police attempted to control a crowd of 25,000. The single was kept out of the US Top 40 (reaching No.48) because many radio stations refused to play it based on what were perceived as subversive lyrics.

1971, The Rolling Stones plus the father of Brian Jones filed a high court writ against ex managers Oldham and Easton. Claiming they made a secret deal with Decca Records in 1963 to deprive the group of royalties.

1974, Traffic made their last live performance at the annual UK Reading Festival. Other acts appearing included; Alex Harvey, 10cc, Focus, Steve Harley and Procol Harum. £5.50 for a weekend ticket.

1976, George Harrison was found guilty of ‘subconscious plagiarism’ of the Ronnie Mack song ‘He’s So Fine’ when writing ‘My Sweet Lord’. Earnings from the song were awarded to Mack’s estate; The Chiffons then recorded their own version of ‘My Sweet Lord’.

1984, ‘Purple Rain’ the movie-starring Prince opened at cinemas across the UK with special late night previews. The film grossed more than US $80 million at the box office and became a cult classic.

1985, ‘Brothers In Arms’ by Dire Straits started a nine-week run at No.1 on the US album charts. The album also topped the charts in 25 other countries and went on to sell over 20 million worldwide.

1985, UB40 with guest vocals from Chrissie Hynde had the UK No.1 single with their version of the Sonny Bono song ‘I Got You Babe’ a hit for Sonny & Cher in 1965.

1986, After living together for 10 years Bob Geldof married TV presenter Paula Yates in Las Vegas with Duran Duran singer Simon Le Bon as the best man. Yates died of a drug overdose on 17th September 2000.

1987, The largest pre-order of albums in the history of CBS Records occurred as 2.25 million copies of Michael Jackson’s ‘Bad’ album were shipped to record stores in the US. The LP followed the Jackson album, Thriller the biggest Jackson-seller of all time (over 35 million copies sold). ‘Bad’ went on to sell over 13 million copies.

1990, Jackson Browne, Bonnie Raitt and Stevie Wonder sang ‘Amazing Grace’ at a memorial service held for guitarist Stevie Ray Vaughan who had been killed in a helicopter crash 4 days earlier.

1991, Metallica started a four-week run at No.1 on the US album chart with, Metallica. The album featured ‘Enter Sandman’ ‘Sad But True’, ‘The Unforgiven’ and ‘Nothing Else Matters’ went on to sell over 10 million copies in the US alone.

1997, Oasis went to No.1 on the UK album chart with their third album ‘Be Here Now.’ The album had sold over a million copies on the first day of release. At that point, Oasis were at the height of their fame, and ‘Be Here Now’ became the United Kingdom’s fastest selling album to date.

2002, NASA announced that Lance Bass, singer with *NSYNC, was to become the first celebrity astronaut. His $23.8 million (£14 million), place on a Russian Soyuz module would make him the youngest person at 23 years of age to go into orbit. Bass ended up not taking part in the flight after failing to pay for his $20 million ticket on the craft.

2003, Elton John went to No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Are You Ready For Love.’ The song was recorded in 1977 and released in 1979, when it reached No.42. It was used by Sky TV for their Premiership football ads.

2004, Carl Wayne the singer with The Move died from cancer. They had the 1969 UK No.1 single ‘Blackberry Way.’ Wayne also worked with The Hollies.

2004, UK medical magazine Thorax issued a warning to music fans saying that listening to loud music in the car can give you a collapsed lung. One 19 year-old had been treated in Bristol after his left lung collapsed as his 1,000-watt bass box boomed out in his Fiat Panda.

2006, The Times ran a story on the demands of rock stars when on tour. Ozzy Osbourne insists on an eye, ear, nose and throat doctor at each venue. The Beach Boys require a licensed masseur, Meat Loaf a mask and one small tank of oxygen. David Bowie requests that the dressing room temperature is between 14c and 18c and Paul McCartney must have a large arrangement of white Casablanca lilies in his dressing room. Mick Jagger must have an onstage autocue with the lyrics to all the songs, it would also tell him the name of the city in which they were performing.

2007, Hilly Kristal, founder of the New York punk club CBGB died from complications arising from lung cancer at the age of 75. Kristal was credited with discovering Patti Smith and the Ramones and his club became a breeding ground for punk rock. The New York City venue, whose full title CBGB OMFUG stood for ‘country, bluegrass, blues and other music for uplifting gourmandisers’, was originally launched to showcase country music.

2014, Jimi Jamison, the lead singer for US rock band Survivor, who sang and co-wrote ‘I’m Always Here’ the theme tune for hit TV series Baywatch, died aged 63. The band are best known for their 1982 hit ‘The Eye of the Tiger’ which pre-dated Jamison joining the group.
August 31st: Born on this day

1939, Born on this day, Jerry Allison, drums, The Crickets, (1957 US No.1 single ‘That’ll Be The Day’, No.1 single ‘It Doesn’t Matter Anymore’ plus over 15 other UK top 40 singles).

1940, Born on this day, Wilton Felder, The Crusaders, (1979 UK No.5 & US No.36 single ‘Street Life’).

1944, Roger Dean, English artist. Designed album covers for Yes, Atomic Rooster, Uriah Heep, Gentle Giant, Greenslade, Steve Howe, Asia.

1945, Born on this day, Northern Irish singer, songwriter and musician Van Morrison, singer, songwriter, Them, (1965 UK No.2 single ‘Here Comes The Night’), solo, (1970 album ‘Moondance’, plus over 15 other UK Top 40 albums). He has received six Grammy Awards, the 1994 Brit Award for Outstanding Contribution to Music, and has been inducted into both the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Songwriters Hall of Fame.

1945, Born on this day, Bob Welch, American musician. A former member of Fleetwood Mac, Welch had a briefly successful solo career in the late 1970s. His singles included Hot Love, Cold World, Ebony Eyes, Precious Love, and his signature Sentimental Lady. Welch committed suicide in his Nashville home on 7th June 2012. He was found by his wife with a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the chest.

1948, Born on this day in 1948 was German guitarist Rudolf Schenker from Scorpions, who he formed in 1965 when he was 17 years old. Their 1990 power ballad Wind Of Change topped the European charts and was a No.4 hit in the US. The Scorpions hold the record for the best-selling single by a German artist and band.

1955, Born on this day, Anthony Thistlethwaite, The Waterboys, (1991 UK No.3 single ‘Whole Of The Moon’, first released in 1985).

1957, Born on this day, Gina Schock, drums, The Go-Go’s, (1982 US No.2 single, ‘We Got The Beat’, 1982 UK No.47 single ‘Our Lips Are Sealed’).

1957, Born on this day, Glenn Tilbrook, guitar, vocals, Squeeze, (1979 UK No.2 single ‘Up The Junction’). Now solo.

1959, Born on this day, Tony DeFranco, The DeFranco Family, (1973 US No.3 single ‘Heartbeat-It’s A Lovebeat’, biggest selling US single of 73. Based on The Osmonds, featured 10 year-old Tony DeFranco).

1967, Born on this day, Gerard Love, bass, Teenage Fanclub, (1992 UK No.31 single ‘What You Do To Me’).

1970, Born on this day, Debbie Gibson, US singer, (1988 US No.1 & UK No.9 single ‘Foolish Beat’).

1977, Born on this day, Craig Nicholls, singer, songwriter, guitarist, The Vines, (2002 UK No. 3 album ‘Highly Evolved’).

1977, Born on this day, Del Marquis, (Derek Gruen), guitar, Scissor Sisters, (2004 UK No.1 self-titled album, 2004 UK No. 12 single ‘Laura’).

August 30

1949, Hank Williams went into Herzog Studio in Cincinnati to record ‘I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry’. Williams wrote the song originally intending that the words be spoken, rather than sung. The song about loneliness was largely inspired by his troubled relationship with wife Audrey Sheppard.

1962, The Beatles played at The Cavern Club in Liverpool, at lunchtime and at the Riverpark Ballroom in Chester at night with Gerry & the Pacemakers.

1969, Two weeks after the Woodstock festival, the second Isle Of Wight festival took place. Over 150,000 turned up over the two days to see Bob Dylan, The Band, Blodwyn Pig, Blonde On Blonde, Bonzo Dog Dooh Dah Band, Edgar Broughton Band, Joe Cocker, Aynsley Dunbar, Family, Fat Mattress, Julie Felix, Free, Gypsy, Richie Havens, The Moody Blues, The Nice, Tom Paxton, Pentangle, The Pretty Things, Third Ear Band and The Who. Tickets 25 shillings, ($3.00). Celebrities who attended include Keith Richards, Charlie Watts, John & Yoko, George Harrison, Ringo Starr, Jane Fonder, Liz Taylor and Richard Burton.

1969, One Hit Wonders Zager and Evans started a three week run at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘In The Year 2525.’ The song which was written by Rick Evens in 1964, also spent six weeks at No.1 on the US chart.

1969, The three day Texas Pop Festival took place featuring Janis Joplin, Led Zeppelin, Sam & Dave, Santana, Johnny Winter, Grand Funk Railroad, Delaney & Bonnie, Nazz, Spirit, B.B. King, Canned Heat and Chicago. Over 120,000 fans attended the festival.

1972, John Lennon and Yoko Ono played Madison Square Gardens to raise money for the One to One charity. Stevie Wonder, Sha Na Na and Roberta Flack also appeared at the event. Lennon personally bought $60,000 worth of tickets which were given to volunteer fund-raisers. Several of the performances were later included on Lennon’s, Live in New York City album.

1975, KC and the Sunshine Band went to No.1 on the US singles chart with, ‘Get Down Tonight’, the group’s first of five No.1’s peaked at No.21 in the UK.

1975, Guitarist with Free and Back Street Crawler, Paul Kossoff ‘died’ for 35 minutes in hospital after being taken ill. (Kossoff died on 19th March 1976 of heart failure after a history of drug abuse).

1975, Rod Stewart had his fifth UK No.1 album when ‘Atlantic Crossing’ started a five-week run at the top of the charts. The title indicated Stewart’s new artistic direction, and on his departure to escape the 83 per cent top rate of income tax introduced by British Labour Prime Minister Harold Wilson for the jet-set lifestyle in Los Angeles.

1986, Steve Winwood went to No.1 on the US singles chart with, ‘Higher Love’, a No.13 hit in the UK.

1988, Bruce Springsteen’s wife Julianne filed for a divorce after newspapers published photos of Springsteen and backing singer Patti Scialfa together.

1989, Billy Joel fired his manager and former brother in law Frank Weber, after an audit revealed discrepancies. Joel took Weber to court and sued for $90 million.

1989, Izzy Stradlin from Guns N’ Roses was arrested for making a public disturbance on a US air flight. Stradlin had urinated on the floor, verbally abused a stewardess and smoked in the non-smoking section of the aircraft.

1992, Appering at this year’s Reading Festival, England, Suede, Ride, Pavement, Public Enemy, Manic Street Preachers (bassist Nicky Wire smashed his guitar in two and hurled it into the crowd, hitting a security guard who needed 16 stitches). This was one of the most famous in the festival’s history. Nirvana played what was to become their last UK concert, and one of their most famous. Kurt Cobain took to the stage in a wheelchair pushed by music journalist Everett True, parodying speculations about his mental health.

1994, Oasis performed a selection of new songs at London’s Virgin Mega store Marble Arch. Main man from The Lemonheads Evan Dando joined the band for a new song called ‘Whatever’.

1995, Sterling Morrison founder member of the Velvet Underground died of cancer at his home in New York City two days after his 53rd birthday. The guitarist left the group in August 1971 and re-joined in 1992 for a European tour. During the 80’s he became the Captain of a Houston tugboat.

1995, Carly Simon and James Taylor performed live together in front of 10,000 fans on Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts. It was the first time they appeared live on the same stage since 1979. The former couple played their own solo sets before combining their efforts in raising money for the local agricultural society.

1997, Members from The Wu-Tang Clan were arrested after the alleged assault on a record promotions manager after a show in Chicago.

2003, Stella McCartney married publisher Alasdhiar Willis on Scotland’s Isle Of Bute. Guest’s included Sir Paul McCartney, Madonna, Chrissie Hynde and Coldplay’s Chris Martin.

2004, Winners at the 2004 MTV Video Music awards included, Usher for Best Male Video for ‘Yeah’, Best Video went to Outkast for ‘Hay Ya’, Best Group Video No Doubt for ‘It’s My Life’ and Best Rock Video went to Jet for ‘Are You Gonna Be My Girl.’

2007, Rap star Lil Wayne was sued by a woman for $1m who claimed she was crushed at one of his concerts after a large amount of cash was thrown into the audience. Tyrique Layne, then 17, said she lost consciousness after being trampled by the crowd at a gig in Maryland in October 2006, and had suffered memory loss and severe headaches.

2011, Alleging that Elvis Presley “was unjustly exploited during his lifetime by his record company,” his estate announced a multimillion dollar lawsuit against Arista Music, formerly RCA Records, demanding proper payment over new media income such as ringtones, downloads and entertainment apps.

2012, Chris Lighty, who helped the careers of stars like 50 Cent and Mariah Carey, was found dead at his flat in New York from self-inflicted gunshot wounds. The 44-year-old had been going through a divorce and had been having financial and other personal problems.

2013, Cinema’s across the UK were handing out earplugs to parents taking their children to see One Direction’s new film. Accompanying chaperones could enjoy One Direction: This Is Us 3D without being worried by the high-levels of expected screaming and shouting in the auditoriums during the screenings. Humans are capable of screaming as loud as 120 decibels, which is the same as standing next to a running chainsaw.

2013, A 96-year-old who wrote a song for his late wife made the US iTunes top 10, alongside Katy Perry and Lady Gaga. Fred Stobaugh, whose wife Lorraine had died in April, had no previous musical experience and wrote the song on a whim for a competition. He submitted his handwritten lyrics by post and, although the contest was online-only, the organisers were so moved they put the words to music. ‘Oh Sweet Lorraine’ was No.7 seven on US iTunes and had seen over 1.9m YouTube views.

2013, A signed copy of John Lennon’s whimsical 1964 book ‘In His Own Write’ sold for more than $5,600 after a flurry of 47 bids on eBay. Filled with cheeky quips and kaleidoscopic imagery — the author note was titled ‘About the Awful’ — Lennon’s ‘In His Own Write’ featured short stories, poems and drawings.

2014, Kate Bush followed her stage comeback by becoming the first woman to have eight albums in the UK charts at the same time. Two of the singer’s albums were in the top 10, and eight overall in the top 40. It came after she returned for her first live concerts for 35 years. The only artists ahead of Bush are Elvis Presley, who had 12 entries in the top 40 after his death in 1977 and The Beatles who had 11 in 2009.
August 30th: Born on this day

1919, Born on this day Ellen Muriel Deason who became known as Kitty Wells. Her 1952 hit ‘It Wasn’t God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels’, made her the first female country singer to top the US country charts, and turned her into the first female country star.

1935, Born on this day, John Phillips, The Mamas and the Papas, (1966 US No.1 and UK No.3 single ‘Monday Monday’). Phillips died of heart failure aged 65 on 18th March 2001.

1939, Born on this day, John Peel, BBC radio DJ. journalist and TV presenter, born John Robert Parker Ravenscroft. He was the longest running BBC Radio 1 and the most influential British DJ ever. He was one of the first broadcasters to play psychedelic rock and progressive rock records on British radio, and is widely acknowledged for promoting artists working in various genres, including pop, reggae, indie rock, alternative rock, punk, hardcore punk, breakcore, grindcore, death metal, British hip hop, and dance music. Peel died in Cuzco, Peru of a heart attack on 25th October 2004 aged 65.

1941, Born on this day, John McNally, The Searchers, (1964 UK No.1 single ‘Needles And Pins’, 1964 US No.3 single ‘Love Potion Number Nine’).

1944, Born on this day, Charles Colbert, American Breed, (1967 US No.5 & UK No. 24 single ‘Bend Me Shape Me’).

1950, Born on this day, Micky Moody guitar, Juicy Lucy (1970 UK No.14 single ‘Who Do You Love’), Whitesnake, (1987 US No.1 & UK No.9 single ‘Here I Go Again’).

1951, Born on this day, Dana, (Rosemary Brown), 1970 Irish Eurovision Song Contest winner, UK No.1 single ‘All Kinds Of Everything’.

1952, Born on this day, Kenny Andrews, Darts (1978 UK No.2 single ‘Boy From New York City’).

1953, Born on this day, Horace Panter, also known as Sir Horace Gentleman, bassist for the British 2 Tone ska band The Specials.

1954, Born on this day, Ronald Beitle, drummer, Wild Cherry, (1976 US No.1 & UK No.7 single ‘Play That Funky Music’).

1958, Born on this day, Martin Jackson, drums, Magazine, (1978 UK No.41 single ‘Shot By Both Sides’), Swing Out Sister, (1986 UK No.4 single ‘Breakout’).

1961, Born on this day, Keith McKenzie, The Shamen, (1992 UK No.1 single ‘Ebeneezer Goode’).

1963, Born on this day, Paul Oakenfold, Producer, remixer, DJ. Toured with U2, remixed for Simply Red, M People, New Order, Stone Roses and U2.

1964, Born on this day, 1964, Robert Clivilles , producer and DJ with C&C Music Factory, (1991 UK No.4 single with ‘Things That Make You Go Hmmm…’ 1991 US No.1 single with ‘Gonna Make You Sweat’).

1966, Born on this day, Peter Cunnah, D:Ream, (1994 UK No.1 single ‘Things Can Only Get Better’).

1986, Born on this day, George Ryan Ross III, lead guitarist, singer, Panic! at the Disco. (2008 Australian No.1 and US & UK No.2 album ‘Pretty.Odd.).

August 29

The Quarry Men (John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ken Brown) performed at the Casbah Coffee Club, Hayman’s Green, West Derby, Liverpool. This is the opening night of a new teen club in a large Victorian house that is owned by Mrs. Mona Best and the first of seven straight Saturdays that The Quarry Men play here. The band shared one microphone connected to the house P.A.

1964, Roy Orbison’s ‘Oh, Pretty Woman’ was released in the US. It went on to reach No.1 four weeks later. The title was inspired by Orbison’s wife Claudette interrupting a conversation to announce she was going out; when Orbison asked if she was okay for cash, his co-writer Bill Dees interjected “A pretty woman never needs any money.”

1965, During a US tour The Beatles appeared at the Hollywood Bowl, Hollywood, California. Tickets cost $3.00. The Beatles at the Hollywood Bowl became a live album released in May 1977, compiled from two live performances at the Hollywood Bowl during August 1964 and August 1965.

1966, The Beatles played their last concert before a paying audience, at Candlestick Park in San Francisco, California to a sold-out crowd of 25,000. John and Paul, knowing what the fans do not (that this will be the last concert ever) bring cameras on stage and take pictures between songs. During this tour, The Beatles have not played a single song from their latest album, Revolver. They finished the show with a version of Little Richard’s ‘Long Tall Sally’.

1970, Edwin Starr started a three week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘War’, his only No.1a No.3 in the UK.

1976, Jimmy Reed died in San Francisco following an epileptic seizure just before his 51st birthday. Reed was a major influence on The Rolling Stones and Reed had the 1957 hit ‘Honest I Do’ in 1957 and ‘Baby What You Want Me To Do’ in 1960.

1976, The Clash Buzzcocks and the Sex Pistols all appeared at a showcase event at The Screen On The Green, Islington, London. Organised by Malcolm Maclaren, this was notable for many reasons including, it was only The Clash’s third gig and the first ever to be recorded, and is the earliest known (after the Manchester Free Trade Hall concert from April 1976) recorded performance and a rare recording of The Sex Pistols with Glen Matlock. The cinema is referenced throughout Adam and the Ants’ song ‘Fall in’ – released as the b side to “Ant Music” in 1980.

1977, Three people were arrested in Memphis after trying to steal Elvis’ body. As a result, his remains would be later moved to Graceland.

1981, Aneka was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Japanese Boy’, the Scottish folk singer Mary Sandeman’s only Top 40 hit sold over 5 million copies around the world.

1981, The two day Rock on the Tyne festival began in Gateshead, England, featuring Ian Dury, Elvis Costello, U2, Rory Gallagher, Doll By Doll, Wang Chung, Becket, Dr Feelgood, The Gingers Nutters (featuring Ginger Baker), Trimmer and Jenkins and Lindisfarne.

1984, U2 kicked off their Unforgettable Fire World Tour at Christchurch Town Hall in New Zealand, the first of 19 shows in Australia and New Zealand.

1987, Def Leppard scored their first UK No.1 album with Hysteria which also became No.1 on the US chart in July the following year after spending forty-nine weeks working its way to the top.

1987, Los Lobos started a three week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘La Bamba’, also a No.1 hit in the UK. Taken from the film about the life of Ritchie Valens.

1987, Rick Astley’s debut hit ‘Never Gonna Give You Up’, started a five-week run at No.1 on the UK singles chart. It became the biggest selling single of 1987 and the song won Best British Single at the 1988 Brit Awards.

1990, Elton John checked into a rehab center in Chicago to receive treatment for bulimia, alcoholism and drugs.

1991, At 7pm, DJ Kurt St. Thomas from radio station WFNX in Boston gave Nirvana’s album Nevermind its world premiere by playing the album from start to finish.

1992, U2 became only the second act ever (Billy Joel was the first) to play at The Yankee Stadium in New York City, during their sold out Zoo TV tour.

1994, Oasis released their debut album Definitely Maybe which went on to spend 177 weeks on the UK chart. It also became the fastest selling debut album of all time in the UK and the album went on to sell over eight million copies worldwide.

1996, Liam Gallagher was reunited with the rest of Oasis in Chicago after a week of speculation on their future of the group, after he had walked out on the band a few days earlier.

1999, Lou Bega went to No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Mambo No 5’, originally recorded and composed by Perez Prado in 1949.

2000, Slipknot caused chaos at this years Kerrang! Awards, after smashing glasses, setting fire to their table, throwing a monitor off the stage and destroying a microphone. The band picked up 3 awards including best single and best live act.

2003, Winners at this years MTV Video Music awards held in New York included, Missy Elliot, Video of the year for ‘Work It’, Viewers Choice award, ‘Lifestyles Of The Rich And Famous’ Good Charlotte, Rap Video went to 50 Cent for ‘In Da Club’, Pop Video, Justin Timberlake, ‘Cry Me A River.’ Madonna stunned a packed Radio City Hall audience by passionately kissing Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera during a racy version of ‘Like A Virgin.’

2005, 77-year-old Fats Domino was rescued from the flooding in New Orleans caused by Hurricane Katrina. He had earlier told his agent that he planned to remain in his home despite the order to evacuate.

2006, The Beatles’ ‘Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band’ was voted the best No.1 album of all time by the British public. The album released in 1967, topped the poll to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the UK album chart. The Beatles had a total of four albums in the top 10, with Revolver at six, Abbey Road at eight and The Beatles The White Album at 10.

2008, US rapper DMX pleaded guilty to trying to buy cocaine and cannabis in Miami. The 37-year-old singer, real name Earl Simmons, entered the plea in a Florida court and was sentenced to time served. Simmons was still in custody awaiting extradition to the state of Arizona on outstanding drug and animal cruelty charges.

2008, Organisers of a French music concert threatened legal action after Amy Winehouse pulled out of her performance. Winehouse failed to travel to the three-day Rock En Seine festival in Paris where the line-up included the Raconteurs, The Streets and Kate Nash. The 24-year-old singer was said to have been taken ill at her London home. Organisers said they were given just two hours notice that Winehouse, who was headlining the concert, would not be appearing.

2009, The Los Angeles coroner confirmed Michael Jackson’s death was homicide, primarily caused by the powerful anaesthetic Propofol. The singer suffered a cardiac arrest at his Los Angeles home in June, aged 50. The report said Propofol and the sedative Lorazepam were the “primary drugs responsible for Jackson’s death”, but four further drugs were also found.
August 29th: Born on this day

1924, Born on this day, Dinah Washington, US singer, (1959 US No.8 single ‘What A Diff’rence A Day Makes’, 1961 UK No.35 single ‘September In The Rain’). She died on 14th December 1963.

1943, Born on this day, Dick Halligan Keyboards, flute, vocals, Blood Sweat & Tears, (1969 US No.12 & UK No.35 single ‘You’ve Made Me So Very Happy’).

1945, Born on this day, Chris Copping, Procol Harum, 1967 UK No.1 & US No.5 single ‘A Whiter Shade Of Pale’, and scored the hits ‘Homburg’, ‘Conquistador’

1953, Born on this day, Rick Downey, Blue Oyster Cult, (1978 UK No.16 single ‘Don’t Fear The Reaper’).

1958, Born on this day, Elizabeth Fraser, vocals, Cocteau Twins, (1984 UK No.29 single ‘Pearly-Dewdrops’ Drops).

1958, Born on this day, Michael Jackson, singer, songwriter, The Jackson Five, The Jacksons, and solo. Jackson is recognized as the most successful entertainer of all time by Guinness World Records. The music videos for ‘Beat It’, ‘Billie Jean’, and Thriller are credited with breaking down racial barriers and transforming the medium into an art form and promotional tool. His 1982 album Thriller, is the best-selling album of all time. Jackson died on 25th June 2009 at the age of 50, after suffering heart failure at his home in Beverly Hills. Prior to his death, Jackson had been scheduled to perform 50 sold-out concerts to over one million people, at London’s O2 arena, from July 13, 2009 to March 6, 2010.

1959, Born on this day, Eddi Reader singer, songwriter, Fairground Attraction, (1988 UK No.1 single ‘Perfect’), solo (1994 UK No.33 single ‘Patience of Angels’).

1963, Born on this day, Jerry Fehily, Hothouse Flowers, (1988 UK No.11 single ‘Don’t Go’).

1967, Born on this day, Chris Gorman, drums, Belly, (1993 UK No.32 single ‘Feed The Tree’).

1971, Born on this day, Alex Griffin, Neds Atomic Dustbin, (1991 UK No.16 single ‘Happy’).

1975, Born on this day, Kyle Cook, guitarist, Matchbox 20, (1998 UK No.38 single ‘Push’, 2000 US No.1 single ‘Bent’).

1993, Born on this day, Liam Payne from English-Irish pop boy band One Direction who formed after finishing third in the seventh series of The X Factor in 2010. Scored the 2011 UK No.1 single ‘What Makes You Beautiful’ and the 2013 No.1 ‘One Way or Another (Teenage Kicks)’.

August 28

1961, Joe Dowell went to No.1 on the US singles chart with his version of ‘Wooden Heart’. The song is best known for its use in the 1960 Elvis Presley film G.I. Blues, which gave Elvis a No.1 hit in the United Kingdom.

1964, After playing a show at Forest Hills Tennis Stadium, New York, The Beatles met Bob Dylan for the first time at The Delmonico Hotel. Dylan and mutual journalist friend Al Aronowitz introduce the Fab Four to marijuana.

1965, The Beach Boys ‘California Girls’ was at No.3 on the US singles chart, the single peaked at No.26 in the UK. The music for the song came from Brian Wilson’s first LSD experience.

1965, The Rolling Stones announced that Allen Klein, who they had met three days earlier, would co-manage the group along with Andrew Long Oldham. At the same time, The Stones signed a five-year recording deal with Decca Records.

1965, Bob Dylan played the first night of a 40 date North American tour at Forest Hills Tennis Stadium in New York City. Dylan played the first set solo and was backed by a band consisting of Robbie Robertson, Levon Helm, Harvey Brooks and Al Kooper in the second set. This format, one acoustic and one electric set was kept through-out the tour.

1966, Nearing the end of their final tour of America, The Beatles performed one show at Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles, California, before a crowd of 45,000. The Beatles’ attempt to escape from the stadium in an armored truck is thwarted when the main gate was found to be locked, and The Beatles have to spend two hours in the back of the truck before they can leave the stadium.

1968, Simon and Garfunkel started a five-week run at No.1 on the UK album chart with ‘Bookends’. The duo’s fourth studio album featured ‘America’, ‘Mrs. Robinson’ and ‘A Hazy Shade of Winter’.

1968, The Beach Boys were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Do It Again’, the group’s second and final UK No.1.

1968, Working at Trident Studios, London, The Beatles started recording a new John Lennon song ‘Dear Prudence’. They built the song instrument by instrument, utilizing the 8-track equipment at Trident. John and George played guitars, while Paul played drums to compensate for Ringo Starr who had quit The Beatles on August 22.

1968, Tammy Wynette recorded ‘Stand By Your Man’ at Epic studios after an idea that came from producer, Billy Sherrill. Wynette and Sherril completed the song in 15 minutes. It proved to be the most successful record of Wynette’s career and is one of the most covered songs in the history of country music. The song has appeared in various films, including: Five Easy Pieces, The Blues Brothers, The Crying Game, Sleepless in Seattle, Four Weddings and a Funeral and GoldenEye.

1970, During a four-week engagement at The International Hotel in Las Vegas, a security guard at the hotel received a phone call in which he was told Elvis Presley would be shot during his last show. The person demanded $50,000 to reveal the name of the potential killer. Later that day a menu was found in Elvis’ mail at the hotel on which Elvis’ face was destroyed and a gun had been drawn pointing to his heart. The threats were taken very seriously. Elvis played his last show without any incident.

1972, Alice Cooper was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘School’s Out’. Cooper has said he was inspired to write the song when answering the question, “What’s the greatest three minutes of your life?”. Cooper said: “There’s two times during the year. One is Christmas morning, the next one is the last three minutes of the last day of school.”

1981, Producer Guy Stevens died at the age of 38 years old, having overdosed on prescription drugs he was taking to reduce his alcohol dependency. Worked with Mott The Hoople, Free and The Clash. He was the president of the Chuck Berry Appreciation Society and it was Stevens who brought Berry to the UK for his first tour. He gave Procol Harum and Mott the Hoople their distinctive names.

1984, The Jacksons’ Victory Tour broke the record for concert ticket sales after they surpassed the 1.1 million mark in two months.

1988, Kylie Minogue set a new UK record when her debut album ‘Kylie’ became the biggest selling album by a female artist in Britain with sales of almost two million.

1993, Billy Joel started a three-week run at No.1 on the US album chart with ‘River Of Dreams.’ Joel claimed most of the music came to him in his sleep, hence the title. The singers second wife, one time model Christie Brinkley, painted the album cover which was later voted worst album cover of the year.

1993, German-based multi-national dance act Culture Beat started a four-week run at No.1 in the UK singles chart with ‘Mr Vain’. It was the first UK No.1 single not to be available in a 7″ version.

1996, Issac Hayes, who co-wrote the Sam and Dave’s classic ‘Soul Man’, sent a protest letter to presidential candidate Bob Dole, requesting Dole to stop using his song, which supporters had changed to ‘I’m A Dole Man.’

1998, Geri Halliwell announced that she was selling off her Spice Girls clothes in a charity auction. The PVC cat suit she used to wear was up for £5000 knee high boots for £1200 and the Union Jack dress she wore to the Brit Awards for £8000.

2005, Rap mogul Marion “Suge” Knight was admitted to hospital after being shot in the leg at a party hosted by hip hop star Kanye West. The party was held at a club in Miami, Florida, to celebrate this year’s MTV Video Music Awards.

2005, Green Day cleaned up at this years MTV awards held in Miami winning seven awards including, Video of the Year for ‘Boulevard of Broken Dreams’ and the Viewer’s Choice Award. Best Male Video went to Kanye West for ‘Jesus Walks’, Best Choreography went to Gwen Stefani for ‘Hollaback Girl’ and Breakthrough Video went to Gorillaz for ‘Feel Good Inc.’ The awards went ahead despite concerns over Hurricane Katrina, which hit Florida last week, and after a shooting at a pre-awards party. Record boss Suge Knight was shot in the leg during at a party for Kanye West.

2005, Art Garfunkel was charged by police for possession after a marijuana cigarette was allegedly found in the ashtray of his car. Garfunkel had pleaded guilty the previous year to possession of marijuana in upstate New York.

2009, Noel Gallagher quit Oasis saying he could no longer work with his brother Liam. Noel, the group’s lead guitarist and chief songwriter, had recently been involved in a series of rows with Liam, and admitted he and his brother rarely spoke, did not travel together and only saw each other on stage. The guitarist said: “It’s with some sadness and great relief to tell you that I quit Oasis tonight. The band were due to play the Rock en Seine festival in Paris but cancelled at the last minute. When the support band said Oasis would not be performing, many fans thought it was a joke.

2012, Celebrity Net Worth named Ringo Starr as the world’s richest drummer, with an estimated fortune of $300 million. Phil Collins was ranked second with $250 million, former Nirvana drummer Dave Grohl was third with $225 million, The Eagles’ Don Henley came in forth with $200 million and Metallica’s Lars Ulrich was fifth with $175 million. Also making the top ten were U2’s Larry Mullen and The Rolling Stones’ Charlie Watts.
August 28th: Born on this day

1939, Born on this day, Clem Cattini, drums, The Tornadoes (1962 UK & US No.1 single ‘Telstar’). The first major hit from a UK act on the American chart. Cattini has featured on a record 44 different UK number one singles, from artists such as Tom Jones, T. Rex, The Seekers, Bay City Rollers, Rolf Harris and Hot Chocolate.

1942, Born on this day, Sterling Morrison, guitar, Velvet Underground, (1968 song ‘White Light White Heat’). Morrison died of cancer on 30th August 1995.

1943, Born on this day, Ann Lantree, The Honeycombs, (1964 UK No.1 single ‘Have I The Right’).

1943, Born on this day, David Soul, actor, singer (1977 UK & US No.1 single ‘Don’t Give Up On Us’).

1946, Born on this day, Ken Andrews, Middle Of The Road, (1971 UK No.1 single ‘Chirpy Chirpy Cheep Cheep’).

1948, Born on this day, Danny Seraphine, drums, Chicago, (1976 UK & US No.1 single ‘If You Leave Me Now’).

1949, Born on this day, Hugh Cornwell, guitar, vocals, The Stranglers, (1982 UK No.2 single ‘Golden Brown’, and over 20 other Top 40 hits). Solo.

1949, Born on this day, Martin Lamble drums, Fairport Convention, (1969 UK No.21 single ‘Si Tu Dois Partir’). Killed on 14th May 1969 when the bands van crashed on the way home from a gig in Birmingham, England.

1951, Born on this day, Wayne Osmond, Vocals, The Osmonds, (1971 US No.1 single ‘One Bad Apple’, 1971 US 1974 UK No.1 single ‘Love Me For A Reason’, plus 9 other US & UK Top 40 singles).

1961, Born on this day, Kim Appleby, singer, Mel and Kim, (1987 UK No.1 single ‘Respectable’).

1965, Born on this day, Shania Twain, Canadian singer, (Eilleen Regina Edwards). Her 1997 album ‘Come On Over’, became the best-selling album of all time by a female musician in any genre, and the best-selling country album of all time selling more than 40 million copies worldwide. Twain has won 5 Grammy Awards and 27 BMI Songwriter awards and is sometimes referred to as “The Queen of Country Pop”, she is one of the most commercially successful artists of all time, having sold over 80 million albums.

1969, Born on this day, Mary McCartney, a daughter to Paul and Linda McCartney Mary was named after Paul’s mother (who he mentioned in the song ‘Let It Be’).

1969, Born on this day, Jack Black, actor, comedian and musician. One half of the comedy/rock duo Tenacious D with Kyle Gass.

1974, Born on this day, Peter Turner, bass, Elbow, won the Mercury Music Prize for their 2008 album ‘The Seldom Seen Kid’.

1982, Born on this day, LeAnn Rimes, US singer, known for her rise to fame as an eight-year-old champion on the original Ed McMahon version of Star Search, followed by the release of the Bill Mack song ‘Blue’ when she was 13 to become the youngest country music star since Tanya Tucker in 1972. Scored the 1997 US No.3 & 1998 UK No.7 single, ‘How Do I Live’ which spent 30 weeks on the UK top 40 singles chart (the first record, to do so since ‘Relax’ by Frankie Goes To Hollywood).

1986, Born on this day, Florence Welch, singer, songwriter, Florence and the Machine, who scored the 2009 UK No.1 album ‘Lungs’. Also scored the 2012 UK No.1 single ‘Sweet Nothing’ with Calvin Harris.

August 27

1964, The Honeycombs were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Have I The Right’, the group’s only UK No.1.

1965, On the last day of a five-day break from their North American tour, The Beatles attended a recording session for The Byrds. Later that afternoon, The Beatles met Elvis Presley at his mansion in Beverly Hills. It was an awkward meeting, leaving The Beatles with the impression that Presley’s personality was decidedly “unmagnetic”. John Lennon remarked soon after, ‘Where’s Elvis’ It was like meeting Engelbert Humperdinck.’

1966, The Beach Boys ‘God Only Knows’ peaked at No.2 on the UK singles chart. The song broke new ground in many ways. It was one of the first commercial songs to use the word ‘God’ in its title and Brian Wilson used many unorthodox instruments, including the French horns that are heard in the song’s famous introduction.

1967, British music entrepreneur and the manager of The Beatles, Brian Epstein was found dead, locked in a bedroom at his London home. A coroner’s inquest concluded that Epstein died from an overdose of the sleeping pill Carbitrol. He also managed several other artists including Gerry & The Pacemakers, Billy J. Kramer and the Dakotas, Cilla Black and The Remo Four. The first contract between The Beatles and Epstein was auctioned in London in 2008, and was sold for £240,000.

1977, The Floaters were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Float On’. The only UK hit for the Soul/funk act from Detroit, making them One Hit Wonders.

1988, ‘Monkey’ gave George Michael his eighth US No.1 single of the 1980s, a record only beaten by Michael Jackson.

1990, Stevie Ray Vaughan was killed when the helicopter he was flying in, hit a man-made ski slope while trying to navigate through dense fog. Vaughan had played a show at Alpine Valley Music Theatre, East Troy, Wisconsin with Robert Cray & His Memphis Horns, and Eric Clapton. Vaughan was informed by a member of Clapton’s crew that three seats were open on a helicopter returning to Chicago with Clapton’s crew, it turned out there was only one seat left; Vaughan requested it from his brother, who obliged. Three members of Eric Clapton’s entourage were also killed.

1991, Pearl Jam released their debut album Ten. The group’s most commercially successful album, which has sold over 13 million copies, produced three hit singles: Alive, Even Flow, and Jeremy.

1992, John Lennon’s handwritten lyrics to The Beatles song ‘A Day In The Life’ from Sgt. Pepper sold in an auction at Sotheby’s London for $100,000 (£56,600). The lyrics were put up for sale again in March 2006 by Bonhams in New York. Sealed bids were opened on 7 March 2006 and offers started at about $2 million. The lyric sheet was auctioned again by Sotheby’s in June 2010 when it was purchased by an anonymous American buyer who paid $1,200,000 (£810,000).

1993, This years UK 3 day Reading Festival kicked off with headline acts New Order, The The, The Lemonheads, Rage Against The Machine, Dinosaur JR, plus on the Melody Maker stage, Blur, Radiohead, The Boo Radleys and Shampoo.

1994, Boyz II Men started a 14 week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘I’ll Make Love To You’, a No.5 hit in the UK. The record- breaking 14 week stay came to an end when they knocked themselves from the top with ‘On Bended Knee’.

1999, The Charlatans, Blur, Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Offspring, Catatonia, Reef, The Chemical Brothers, The Divine Comedy, Pavement, Silverchair, Jon Spencer Blues Explosion all appeared at The Carling Reading three day festival, England, tickets, £78.

2003, P Diddy was being sued for $5m (£3.20m) by a woman who claimed she was assaulted by a bouncer outside his New York restaurant. Stephanie Grieso, said she was arguing outside Justin’s in August 2002 when a bouncer grabbed her by the neck and pushed her down on the pavement, causing leg injuries.

2004, Winners at this years Kerrang! awards included The Darkness for best British band and best live band, best band on the planet award went to Metallica. Green Day were inducted into the Kerrang! Hall of Fame, Lostprophets won the best single for ‘Last Train Home’ and best album went to Muse for ‘Absolution’.

2004, Green Day, The Darkness, The White Stripes, Morrissey, The Libertines, Franz Ferdinand, The Hives, 50 Cent, (50 Cent was booed off stage after being greeted by a rain of bottles thrown at him and his G-Unit crew as they came onstage). The Streets, The Vines, Soulwax, Dogs Die In Hot Cars, The Offspring, Ash, Placebo and Lostprophets all appeared at this years UK Carling Weekend in Reading and Leeds, England.

2007, Kevin Federline’s lawyers asked Britney Spears to pay some of her former husband’s legal expenses in their divorce case. His legal team said Federline had “no net income” after various expenses, and that Ms Spears was “clearly the monied party” in the dispute. According to legal documents filed in Los Angeles, the pop star’s average monthly income was $737,868 (£365,966). The couple had married in October 2004 and filed for divorce in November 2006.

2013, Miley Cyrus’s risque performance at the MTV VMAs drew complaints from a parenting pressure group in the US. The Parents Television Council (PTC) issued a complaint against the channel over the 20-year-old’s routine, which saw her dance suggestively in a nude bikini with singer Robin Thicke. It argued the show should not have been rated as suitable for 14 year olds, adding: “Heads should roll at MTV.”

2013, Madonna was named the world’s top-earning celebrity over the past year. The 55-year-old made an estimated $125m (£80m) thanks to her MDNA tour, clothing and fragrance lines, according to Forbes. The magazine said it was the most money Madonna had made in a single year since it began tracking earnings in 1999.
August 27th: Born on this day

1937, Born on this day, Phil Shulman, Simon Dupree And The Big Sound, (1967 UK No.9 single ‘Kites’). Gentle Giant.

1942, Born on this day, Daryl Dragon, The Captain and Tennille, (1980 US No.1 & UK No.7 single ‘Do That To Me One More Time’).

1945, Born on this day, Malcolm Allured, Showaddywaddy, (1976 UK No.1 single ‘Under The Moon Of Love’, plus over 20 other UK Top 40 singles).

1947, Born on this day, percussionist David Leon ‘Billy’ Knight, (1973 US No.1 single ‘Midnight Train To Georgia’, 1975 UK No.4 single ‘The Way We Were’ plus 20 other UK Top 40 singles). Died on 6th December 2002.

1951, Born on this day, Kevin Kavanaugh, Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes, (1978 album ‘Hearts Of Stone’).

1953, Born on this day, Alex Lifeson, guitarist, Rush, (1980 UK No.13 single ‘Spirit Of Radio’ 1982 US No. 21 single ‘New World Man’). Lifeson was made an Officer of the Order of Canada on May 9, 1996. The trio was the first rock band to be so honored, as a group.

1956, Born on this day, Glen Matlock, bass, The Rich Kids, (1978 UK No.24 single ‘Rich Kids’), and early member of the Sex Pistols and the reformed Sex Pistols.

1970, Born on this day, Tony Kanal, bass, No Doubt, (1997 UK No.1 single ‘Don’t Speak’, 1997 No.1 US album ‘Tragic Kingdom’).

1977, Born on this day, Mase, US male rapper (Mason Betha), 1998 UK No. 2 single with Brandy, ‘Top Of The World’ also worked with Puff Daddy, Blackstreet, Notorious B.I.G.

1979, Born on this day, Sarah Neufeld, violinist, Arcade Fire, (2005 album ‘Funeral’).

1986, Born on this day, US R&B singer Mario, (born Mario Dewar Barrett), US R&B singer, (2004 US No.1 and 2005 UK No.2 single ‘Let Me Love You’).

August 26

1965, Sonny & Cher were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘I Got You Babe’, the duo’s only UK No.1. Sonny Bono was inspired to write the song to capitalize on the popularity of the term “babe,” as heard in Bob Dylan’s ‘It Ain’t Me Babe’.

1967, Small Faces, Move, The Gass, Tomorrow, Denny Laine, Jeff Beck, Eric Burdon and Marmalade all appeared on the first day of the 3-day non-stop happening ‘Festival of the Flower Children’ at Woburn Abbey, England. Plus DJ’s John Peel and Tommy Vance, day tickets cost £1.

1967, The Beatles held a press conference at University College in Bangor, North Wales with Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. The Beatles announced that they had become disciples of the guru and that they renounced the use of drugs. The four had become members of the Maharishi’s ‘Spiritual Regeneration Movement’, which obligated them to donate one week’s earnings each month to the organization.

1970, Joan Baez, Joni Mitchell, Jimi Hendrix, (his last ever UK appearance), Donovan, Jethro Tull, Miles Davis, Arrival, Cactus, Family, Taste, Mungo Jerry, ELP, The Doors, The Who, Spirit, The Moody Blues, Chicago, Procol Harum, Sly and the Family Stone and Free all appeared over three days at the third Isle Of Wight Festival. Weekend tickets, £3.

1973, 10cc made their live debut at the Palace Lido Isle of Man at the start of an UK tour. Comprising of Graham Gouldman, Eric Stewart, Kevin Godley and Lol Creme, who had written and recorded together for some three years before assuming the 10cc name.

1977, Uriah Heep, Thin Lizzy, The Sensational Alex Harvey Band, Eddie and the Hot Rods, Golden Earing, Aerosmith, Doobie Brothers, Hawkwind, Racing Cars, John Miles, Graham Parker, The Enid, No Dice and Frankie Miller’s Full House all appeared at the 17th three day Reading Festival, England. A three day ticket cost £7.95.

1978, Frankie Valli went to No.1 on the US singles chart with the Barry Gibb song ‘Grease’. It went on to sell over 2 million in the States (a No. 3 hit in the UK).

1981, Ottawa City Council named ‘Paul Anka Day’ to celebrate his 25th anniversary in show-business. The council also named a street in Ottawa ‘Paul Anka Drive’ in his honour. The Canadian singer songwriter had written over 900 songs including the classic ‘My Way’.

1987, Sonny Bono, who once said that he never voted until he was 53, announced that he was running for mayor of Palm Springs, California. He won the election in 1988 and went on to win a seat in Congress in 1996.

1993, A double sided acetate of The Beatles performing live at The Cavern Club in Liverpool sold for £16,500 at Christies, London, a world record price for a recording.

1994, Scottish singer Frankie Miller suffered a massive brain haemorrhage in New York, while writing material for a new band he and Joe Walsh from The Eagles had formed. Miller spent five months in a coma. He then entered rehabilitation, re-learning how to walk and talk.

1995, Blur scored their first UK No.1 single with ‘Country House’ and won a media battle with Oasis for the No.1 position. Both acts released their new singles on the same day, ‘Country House’ topped the chart, selling 270,000 copies, compared to 220,000 sold by ‘Roll with It’, seeing Oasis entering the chart at No.2.

1995, Seal went to No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Kiss From A Rose’, taken from the film ‘Batman Forever’ a No.4 hit in the UK.

1997, Chad Smith of the Red Hot Chili Peppers was admitted to hospital after crashing on his motorbike while driving down Sunset Boulevard.

2000, Douglas Allen Woody former bass player with The Allman Brothers Band was found dead in New York.

2003, Rolling Stone Magazine named Jimi Hendrix as the greatest guitarist in Rock history. Eric Clapton, Jimmy Page, Keith Richards, Chuck Berry Stevie Ray Vaughan and Ry Cooder also made the top 10 list.

2004, US Cinematographer David Myers died after suffering a stroke. He worked of various music films including Woodstock, Elvis On Tour, The Last Waltz, The Grateful Dead Movie, Mad Dogs & Englishmen and Cracked Actor: A Film About David Bowie.

2004, Singer Laura Branigan died of a brain aneurysm. She had had a 1982 US No.2 & UK No.6 single with ‘Gloria’ and a 1984 US No.4 & UK No.5 with ‘Self Control’. She had also played Janis Joplin in the US musical Love, Janis.

2005, A plaque was unveiled by fellow Quarrymen John Duff Lowe and Colin Hantonat at the site where the band which was to become The Beatles made their first recordings. John Lennon, Paul McCartney and George Harrison recorded a version of Buddy Holly’s ‘That’ll Be The Day’ and a Lennon-Harrison song, ‘In Spite Of All The Danger’ as The Quarrymen at the Percy Philips studio in Liverpool in 1958.

2005, A post office near the Los Angeles studio where Ray Charles recorded much of his music was renamed after the R&B legend. A federal bill was signed by US President George Bush to rename the post office. Charles, died in June 2004 at the age of 74, suffering from acute liver disease.

2005, Green Day were named best band on the planet at the 12th annual Kerrang! rock awards, they also won best live act. Welsh metal group Funeral For a Friend won best British band, while New Jersey’s My Chemical Romance picked up best album and best video. Iron Maiden were inducted into the Kerrang! Hall of Fame and Marilyn Manson took the Icon Award. Best single went to Foo Fighters’ ‘Best of You’ while Trivium were named best international newcomers. Nine Inch Nails frontman Trent Reznor was named classic songwriter while Killing Joke were given a lifetime achievement accolade.

2007, Police who raided the home of US rap star DMX, found 12 neglected pit bull terrier dogs and a number of guns. The bodies of three more dogs had been buried. No arrests were made and DMX told police he had not been at the property in Arizona for at least two months. The rapper who had launched his own range of dog clothing, including caps, scarves and raincoats for canines also featured on the cover of his latest album, Year of the Dog… Again, with a pit bull straining at the leash.

2007, After two years, The Rolling Stones played the final show on their A Bigger Bang World Tour at the O2 Arena in London, England. The longest and biggest tour of their career, it became the highest grossing in rock history ($560 million).

2014, Kate Bush made her stage comeback at London’s Hammersmith Apollo to an ecstatic response from fans at her first live concert for 35 years. Bush received a standing ovation as she closed the show with ‘Cloudbusting’, from her 1985 hit album The Hounds of Love. The 22 shows had completely sold out in less than fifteen minutes, after tickets were released in March of this year.
August 26th: Born on this day

1938, Born on this day was English drummer Jet Black (Brian John Duffy), one of the founding members of The Stranglers, and who is now one of the oldest working rock drummers. Before forming The Stranglers, Black was a successful businessman up until the mid-1970s, owning a fleet of ice cream vans.

1940, Born on this day, Nik Turner, Hawkwind, (1972 UK No.3 single ‘Silver Machine’).

1941, Born on this day, Chris Curtis, drums, The Searchers, (1964 UK No.1 single ‘Needles And Pins’1964 US No.3 single ‘Love Potion Number Nine’). Died on 28th Feb 2005 at the age of 63 after a long illness.

1948, Born on this day, Valerie Simpson, singer, Ashford and Simpson, (1985 UK No.3 single ‘Solid’).

1950, Born on this day, Bill and Dick Cowsill, The Cowsills, (1967 US No.2 single ‘The Rain The Park & Other Things’, 1969 US No.2 single the theme from ‘Hair’). TV’s Partridge Family was based on the family.

1952, Born on this day, Billy Rush, Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes, (1978 album ‘Hearts Of Stone’).

1954, Born on this day, Michael Chetwood, Keyboards, T’Pau, (1987 UK No.1 single ‘China In Your Hand’, 1987 US No.4 single ‘Heart And Soul’).

1954, Born on this day, Steve Wright, BBC radio DJ and TV presenter, (1982 UK No.40 single ‘I’m Alright’).

1957, Born on this day, John O’Neill, The Undertones (1980 UK No.9 single ‘My Perfect Cousin’).

1965, Born on this day, Annie Holland, Elastica, (1995 UK No.13 single ‘Waking Up’).

1966, Born on this day, Dan Vickrey, guitarist, Counting Crows (1994 UK No.28 single ‘Mr Jones’, 1996 US No.1 album ‘Recovering The Satellites’).

1966, Born on this day, Shirley Manson, vocals, Garbage, (1996 UK No. 4 single ‘Stupid Girl’).

1969, Born on this day, Adrian Young, drummer, No Doubt, (1997 UK No.1 single ‘Don’t Speak’, 1997 No.1 US album ‘Tragic Kingdom’).

1990, Born on this day, Lil’ Chris, English singer-songwriter and actor who came to prominence in 2006 after appearing on the Channel 4 series Rock School, which saw KISS vocalist and bassist Gene Simmons make a rock band at Lil’ Chris’ school. Lil’ Chris took his own life on 23rd March 2015 at his home in Lowestoft after a period of depression.

August 24

1959, In the US, a headline in Billboard magazine read, “Rock and Roll Ain’t Ready For The Ol’ Rockin’ Chair Yet.” The story stated that Rock ‘n’ Roll was losing popularity a year ago, but the record buyers now like Elvis Presley, Lloyd Price and Fats Domino along with newcomers, The Everly Brothers, The Drifters and Ricky Nelson.

1963, Stevie Wonder became the first artist ever to score a US No.1 album and single in the same week. Wonder was at No.1 on the album chart with ‘Little Stevie Wonder / The 12 Year Old Genius’ and had the No.1 single ‘Fingertips part 2’. This was also the first ever live recording to make No.1.

1966, The Doors started recording their first album at Sunset Sound Recording Studios, West Sunset Boulevard, Los Angeles, California.

1967, 17-year old singer and guitarist Bruce Springsteen joined a group called Earth.

1968, The Incredible String Band, Traffic, Bonzo Dog Band, Family, Fairport Convention, Blossom Toes, Pretty things, Deviants, Blonde On Blonde and Free all appeared over two nights at The Roundhouse in London.

1974, Paul Anka with Odia Coates started a three week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘(You’re Having My Baby’, Anka’s 24th US top 40 hit. It made No.6 in the UK.

1975, Queen started recording ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ at Rockfield studio’s in Monmouth, Wales, (the song was recorded over three weeks). Freddie Mercury had mentally prepared the song beforehand and directed the band throughout the sessions. May, Mercury, and Taylor sang their vocal parts continually for ten to twelve hours a day, resulting in 180 separate overdubs.

1977, Singer, songwriter Waylon Jennings was arrested and charged with possession of cocaine. Jennings had recently been named an honorary police chief.

1981, Mark Chapman was given a 20 year jail sentence for the murder of John Lennon. The 25 year old had shot Lennon five times at close range on December 8th, 1980 in front of The Dakota apartment building in New York City. Over the next few months, Chapman would claim many times to have been beaten by fellow inmates, some of whom allegedly tried to kill him.

1983, The fifth wife of Jerry Lee Lewis, Shawn Michelle Stevens was found dead at their Mississippi home of a methadone overdose. They had been married less than three months. Jerry Lee would marry again in 1984 to 22 year-old Kerrie McCarver, but divorce in 2004.

1985, Huey Lewis and the News started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘The Power Of Love’. As featured in the movie ‘Back To The Future’.

1989, The Who performed Tommy at the Universal Amphitheatre, Los Angeles with special guests Steve Winwood, Elton John, Phil Collins, Patti LaBelle and Billy Idol.

1990, Judas Priest successfully defended themselves against a lawsuit, after two fans attempted suicide while listening to the Stained Class album. Both fans eventually died, one immediately from a shotgun blast, and the other on a second attempt three years later by a methadone overdose. The prosecution claimed that there were subliminal messages in the group’s music that caused the two seventeen year olds to carry out the suicide pact in 1985.

1991, Lenny Kravitz was at No.2 in the US singles chart with ‘It Ain’t Over Till It’s Over’, held off the No.1 position by Bryan Adams ‘(Everything I Do), I Do It for You’.

1996, Oasis singer Liam Gallagher failed to turn up for the recording of the bands MTV unplugged session at London’s Royal Festival Hall in front of 400 fans. He later sat in the audience and watched the show with his brother Noel taking over on vocals.

1996, ‘Missing’ by UK duo Everything But The Girl broke the all-time US chart stay record previously held by The Four Seasons’ ‘December, 1963 (Oh What A Night)’, when it appeared on the Billboard chart for the 55th week.

1998, Producer Gene Page died after a long illness. Worked with Barbra Streisand, Barry White, The Righteous Brothers, Dobie Gray, Bob and Earl. Produced Whitney Houston’s ‘Greatest Love of All’ and Roberta Flack’s ‘Tonight I Celebrate My Love.’

2005, Justin Timberlake accepted libel damages for a fabricated story that he had an affair behind girlfriend Cameron Diaz’s back. A News of the World article in July 2004 alleged Mr Timberlake had sexual relations with model Lucy Clarkson. The singer’s solicitor Simon Smith told London’s High Court Ms Clarkson had admitted lying to the newspaper. Under the headline “Exclusive: Bad News for Cameron as model reveals lover’s secret fling”, Ms Clarkson went into detail about several dates they had before spending the night together in a hotel. Timberlake donated the “substantial” damages paid by the newspaper and Ms Clarkson to charity.

2009, The Los Angeles County Coroner ruled Michael Jackson’s death a homicide caused by a mix of drugs meant to treat insomnia. On February 8, 2010, Dr. Conrad Murray was charged with involuntary manslaughter by prosecutors in Los Angeles. Dr. Murray pleaded not guilty and was released after posting $75,000 bail, but would be found guilty in November, 2011 and was sentenced to four years in a Los Angeles County jail.

2010, George Michael pleaded guilty at Highbury Corner Magistrates’ Court in London to driving under the influence of drugs. The singer had been arrested in July when he was returning home from the London Gay Pride parade and crashed his car into the front of a Snappy Snaps store in Hampstead, North London.

2014, Death Row Records founder Marion ‘Suge’ Knight was injured in a shooting at a party that Chris Brown was hosting in Los Angeles. Another man and a woman, were also shot at the 1 Oak nightclub, West Hollywood. All three victims were treated at local hospitals.
August 24th: Born on this day

1905, Born on this day, Arthur ‘Big Boy’ Crudup blues artist. Wrote Elvis’ hit ‘That’s All Right (Mama).’ Died of a stroke on 28th March 1974 aged 69.

1938, Born on this day, David Frieberg, guitar, Jefferson Airplane, (1967 US No.18 single ‘White Rabbit’).

1941, Born on this day, Ernest Wright, Little Anthony and the Imperials, (1958 US No.4 single ‘Tears On My Pillow’), song gave Kylie Minogue a UK No.1 in 1990.

1943, Born on this day, John Cipollina, guitar, US acid rock band, Quicksilver Messenger Service, (1970 US album ‘Fresh Air’). He died on 29th May 1989.

1945, Born on this day, Ken Hensley, Uriah Heep, (1975 UK No.7 album ‘Return To Fantasy’).

1945, Born on this day, Molly Duncan, Average White Band, (1975 US No.1 & UK No.6 single ‘Pick Up The Pieces’).

1947, Born on this day, Jim Fox, drummer and organist of the James Gang. 1970 album ‘The James Gang Rides Again.’

1948, Born on this day, Jean-Michel Jarre, French instrumentalist, (1977 UK No.4 single ‘Oxygene part IV’).

1951, Born on this day, Michael Derosier, Heart, (1987 US No.1 & UK No.3 single ‘Alone’).

1955, Born on this day, Jeffrey Daniels, Shalamar, (1980 US No. 8 single ‘The Second Time Around’, 1982 UK No.5 single ‘A Night To Remember’).

1961, Born on this day, Colin Angus, The Shamen, (1992 UK No.1 single ‘Ebeneezer Goode’).

1961, Born on this day, Mark Bedford bass, Madness, (1982 UK No.1 single ‘House Of Fun & over 20 other UK Top 40 hits).

1963, Born on this day, John Bush, Anthrax, (1991 UK No.16 single ‘Got The Time’).

1968, Born on this day, Andreas Kisser, Sepultura, (1996 UK No.19 single ‘Roots Bloody Roots’).

August 23

1962, John Lennon married Cynthia Powell at Liverpool’s Mount Pleasant register office. He then played a gig that night with The Beatles at Liverpool’s Riverpark Ballroom.

1963, The Rolling Stones appeared on UK TV show Ready, Steady, Go! for the first time, performing their debut single ‘Come On.’ The group made a total of 20 appearances on the show between 1963 and 1966.

1965, Security guards at a Manchester TV studio hosed down 200 Rolling Stones fans after they broke down barriers while waiting for the band to arrive for a performance.

1966, The Beatles were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with the double a sided ‘Yellow Submarine – Eleanor Rigby’. The group’s eleventh No.1. Paul McCartney said he came up with the name Eleanor from actress Eleanor Bron, who had starred with The Beatles in the film Help!. Rigby came from the name of a store in Bristol, Rigby & Evens Ltd, Wine & Spirit Shippers.

1966, On their final tour of America, The Beatles performed at Shea Stadium in New York City, New York. Unlike the previous year’s performance, which had sold out, there were 11,000 empty seats in the 55,600 seat stadium. The Beatles earn more than the previous year, receiving $189,000 for their performance.

1967, Enjoying a wild birthday party Keith Moon drummer with The Who drove his Lincoln car into a Holiday Inn swimming pool. As the party had become out of control, the police were called to put an end to the festivities. Moon, ever keen to avoid the boys in blue snuck outside and got into a Lincoln Continental Limousine and attempted to make a getaway. Unfortunately, in his inebriated state he released the handbrake, and began rolling towards the pool. Moon simply sat back and waited, as the car crashed through the fence around the pool and into the water.

1967, Joni Mitchell played her first ever UK show when she opened for The Piccadilly Line at The Marquee Club in London.

1968, During a North American tour The Jimi Hendrix Experience appeared at Singer Bowl, Flushing Meadow Park, New York. Also on the bill was Soft Machine and Big Brother and the Holding Company.

1969, Johnny Cash started a four-week run at No.1 on the US album chart with ‘Johnny Cash At San Quentin’. The album was a recording of a live concert given to the inmates of San Quentin State Prison and was the follow-up to Cash’s previous live album, the critically acclaimed and commercially successful At Folsom Prison.

1969, The Rolling Stones started a four week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Honky Tonk Women’ the group’s fifth US No.1. The song written by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards was inspired by Brazilian gauchos at the ranch where Jagger and Richards were staying in Matao, Sao Paulo.

1969, Ibex, featuring vocalist Freddie Bulsara (later known as Freddie Mercury) played a gig at the Octagon Theatre, Bolton, Lancashire, UK.

1970, Lou Reed and the Velvet Underground performed together for the last time at the New York Club ‘Max’s Kansas City’. Reed worked as a typist for his father for the next two years, at $40 per week.

1971, Diana Ross was at No.1 on the UK singles chart ‘I’m Still Waiting’, the singers first solo UK No.1. The song which spent four weeks at the top of the charts was released after BBC Radio 1 DJ Tony Blackburn featured it heavily on his morning programme.

1975, Joy Division singer Ian Curtis married Deborah Woodruff, whom he met while still at school, when he was 19 and she was 18. They remained married until his death when he hanged himself in the kitchen of his house in Macclesfield, England at the age of 23.

1980, David Bowie was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Ashes To Ashes’ his second UK No.1. Taken from the Scary Monsters (and Super Creeps) album, the song continued the story of Major Tom from Bowie’s ‘Space Oddity’. The video for ‘Ashes to Ashes’ was one of the most iconic of the 1980s and costing £250,000, it was at the time the most expensive music video ever made.

1980, The Heatwave Festival in Toronto, Canada took place with Talking Heads, Elvis Costello, The B-52’s, The Pretenders, Rockpile and The Rumour. Tickets cost $30, with only 50,000 people attending the festival lost over $1 million.

1986, Jamaican singer Boris Gardiner started a three week run at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘I Want to Wake Up with You’.

1986, Sigue Sigue Sputnik came up with an idea to sell advertising space between the tracks on their forthcoming new album. It was a non-starter.

2003, Lee Ryan of boy band Blue was banned from driving for 18 months after admitting drink-driving. Ryan was also ordered to pay a £2250 fine at Tower Bridge magistrate’s court London.

2005, Les McKeown the lead singer of the Bay City Rollers appeared in court charged with drugs offences. McKeown, aged 49, was accused of conspiring with four other people, including the band’s drummer Pat McGlynn, to supply cocaine. He was arrested in Dalston, east London, in June as part of a major police operation.

2007, Comedy writer Buddy Sheffield, sued Disney alleging that he originally came up with the idea for Hannah Montana but was never compensated by Disney. In the lawsuit, Sheffield claimed that he pitched an idea for a TV series with the name of ‘Rock and Roland’ to Disney Channel in 2001 with the plot of a junior high student who lived a secret double life as a rock star.

2008, Madonna kicked off her 86-date Sticky & Sweet Tour at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff Wales. It became the highest grossing tour by a solo artist, breaking the previous record Madonna achieved with her 2006 Confessions Tour. Madonna’s first venture with Live Nation, was estimated to have grossed $280 million.

2013, A man found in the pool house at Jennifer Lopez’s mansion in the exclusive Hamptons area of New York was charged with stalking. According to police, the singer had a restraining order against John Dubis, who was a retired firefighter, was also charged with burglary, criminal contempt and possessing burglary tools.
August 23rd: Born on this day

1938, Born on this day, Mike Burt, Chas & Dave, (1982 UK No.2 single ‘Ain’t No Pleasing You’).

1942, Born on this day, Roger Greenaway, singer, songwriter, member of David & Jonathan and the Kestrels. Best known for his songwriting collaborations with Roger Cook: ‘My Baby Loves Lovin’, (White Plains); ‘Long Cool Woman in a Black Dress’, ‘Gasoline Alley Bred’, (The Hollies); ‘You’ve Got Your Troubles’, (The Fortunes); ‘Melting Pot, Good Morning Freedom’ (Blue Mink); and ‘Something’s Gotten Hold of My Heart’ (Gene Pitney).

1946, Born on this day, Keith Moon drums, The Who (1965 UK No.2 single ‘My Generation’ plus over 20 other Top 40 hits, 1967 US No.9 single ‘I Can See For Miles’ and rock opera albums ‘Tommy’ & ‘Quadrophenia’). Moon died on 7th September 1978.

1947, Born on this day, Linda Thompson, English folk rock singer in collaboration with her then husband and fellow British folk rock musician, guitarist Richard Thompson, and later as a solo artist.

1949, Born on this day, Rick Springfield, US singer, songwriter, (1981 US No.1 & UK No.43 single ‘Jessie’s Girl’).

1951, Born on this day, Jimi Jamison, Survivor, (1982 US & UK No.1 single ‘Eye Of The Tiger’) and as the voice and co-writer of the theme song for Baywatch. Jamison died at the age of 63 on August 31, 2014 in Memphis, Tennessee. from a heart attack.

1953, Born on this day, Bobby G, vocals, Bucks Fizz, (1981 UK No.1 single ‘Making Your Mind Up’, plus 12 other UK top 40 singles’).

1954, Born on this day, Mark Avsec, keyboardist, songwriter, Donnie Iris & the Cruisers, Wild Cherry, (1976 US No.1 & UK No.7 single ‘Play That Funky Music’).

1959, Born on this day, Edwyn Collins, singer, songwriter, producer, Orange Juice, (1983 UK No.8 single ‘Rip It Up’), solo, (1995 UK No.4 single ‘A Girl Like You’).

1961, Born on this day in Newark, New Jersey, was Dean DeLeo, guitarist with Stone Temple Pilots, Talk Show and Army of Anyone. His younger brother, bass guitarist Robert DeLeo, was also a member of the band.

1962, Born on this day, Shaun Ryder, vocals, Happy Mondays, (1990 UK No.5 single ‘Step On’), Black Grape, (1995 UK No.8 single ‘In The Name Of The Father’).

1967, Born on this day, Cedella Marley, Ziggy Marley & The Melody Makers, (1988 UK No.22 single ‘Tomorrow People’).

1974, Born on this day, Shifty Shellshock (real name Seth Brooks Binzer) front man of Crazy Town. 2001 US No.1 single ‘Butterfly’.

1978, Born on this day, Julian Casablancas, guitar, vocals, The Strokes, (2001 UK No. 14 single ‘Last Nite’ 2001 UK No.2 album ‘Is This It’).

1979, Born on this day, Richard Neville vocals, Five, (1998 UK No.2 single ‘Everybody Get Up’, 1999 UK No.1 single ‘Keep On Movin’).

1981, Born on this day, Natalie Horler, singer, Cascada, German dance group. 2007 hit ‘Everytime We Touch’ won them a World Music Award in 2007. 2009 UK No.1 single ‘Evacuate the Dancefloor’.

1986, Born on this day, SkyBluone (Skyler Austen Gordy), one half of LMFAO who had the 2011 world wide hits ‘Party Rock Anthem’ and ‘Sexy And I Know It’.

 

August 22

1956, Elvis Presley began working on his first movie, Love Me Tender. In the drama that was set during and just after the Civil War, Elvis played Clint Reno, the youngest of four brothers. The original title for the movie was The Reno Brothers, but was changed to take advantage of the ‘Love Me Tender’ song recorded for the film.

1962, The first TV appearance of The Beatles was recorded by Manchester based Granada TV, who filmed a lunchtime session at The Cavern Club in Liverpool, (the performance was shown on 17th October 1962).

1963, Billy J Kramer And The Dakotas were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Bad To Me.’ A song John Lennon wrote for them while on holiday in Spain with Brian Epstein. The track later became the first Lennon–McCartney composition to reach the US Top 40 for an artist other than The Beatles.

1964, The Supremes started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Where Did Our Love Go’ the girl group’s first No.1. Holland–Dozier–Holland had originally composed the song for The Marvelettes to record it who rejected the song, thinking it childish.

1965, The Beatles on tour in North America, performed two shows at Memorial Coliseum, Portland, Oregon. Between performances, The Beatles were visited in their dressing-room by Carl Wilson and Mike Love of The Beach Boys.

1966, New York City teenagers Carol Hopkins and Susan Richmond climbed out onto the ledge on the second floor of a city hotel and threatened to jump unless they could get to meet The Beatles. Police talked then down.

1967, The Jimi Hendrix Experience appeared on the UK BBC TV Simon Dee show. Kiki Dee and Cat Stevens were also guests on the show.

1968, Ringo Starr quit The Beatles during The White Album sessions when the constant bickering and tension became too much for him. The news of Ringo’s departure was kept secret, and he rejoined the sessions on September 3rd. After Ringo walked out, the remaining Beatles recorded ‘Back In the USSR’, with Paul on drums and John playing bass.

1969, The Beatles met at John Lennon’s Tittenhurst Park home in England for their final ever photo session. Three shots from this session (by Ethan Russell) formed the front and back covers of the Capitol compilation album Hey Jude. Yoko Ono and a pregnant Linda McCartney (she was to give birth to daughter Mary six days later) appeared in some photographs with The Beatles.

1970, Bread went to No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Make It With You’, the group’s only No.1 hit, which was a No.5 in the UK. Many artists have covered the song including: The Supremes, Aretha Franklin, Earth, Wind & Fire, Dusty Springfield, Andy Williams, and Marc Cohn.

1970, Creedence Clearwater Revival started a nine-week run at No.1 on the US album chart with their fifth studio album Cosmo’s Factory. The name of the album comes from the warehouse in Berkeley where the band rehearsed. Bandleader John Fogerty was so insistent on practicing (nearly every day) that drummer Doug “Cosmo” Clifford began referring to the place as “the factory”.

1978, Sex Pistol Sid Vicious made his last live stage appearance when he appeared with Rat Scabies from The Damned, former Sex Pistol Glen Matlock and Nancy Spungen at London’s Electric Ballroom. In the audience: Elvis Costello, Blondie, Joan Jett, The Slits and Captain Sensible.

1979, In Through the Out Door was released in the US, Led Zeppelin’s last album while all four members were alive. ‘Fool in the Rain’ was released as a single in the US. In Through The Out Door has now been certified 6 times Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) for US sales in excess of 6 million copies.

1987, Madonna went to No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Who’s That Girl’, her sixth US No.1 and also a No.1 in the UK. The track was from the soundtrack album of the motion picture of same name.

1992, Sting and Trudie Styler held their wedding reception, (the couple married on 20th August 1992), after The Troggs had played a set, all three members of The Police got on stage and played a couple of numbers.

1999, Former Spice Girl Geri Halliwell scored her first UK No.1 solo single with ‘Mi Chico Latino’ the second single from her debut solo album Schizophonic.

2003, Kjell Henning Bjoernestad a Norwegian Elvis Presley impersonator set a world record by singing the rock ‘n’ roll legend’s hits non-stop for over 26 hours. The previous record was set by British Elvis fan Gary Jay who sang for 25 hours 33 minutes and 30 seconds.

2004, Al Dvorin the announcer who popularised the phrase “Elvis has left the building” died in a car crash, on his way home from an Elvis Presley convention in California. Dvorin aged 81, was in a car driven by Elvis photographer Ed Bonja. Dvorin was never paid for recordings of his words, and was bitter towards the multimillion pound Elvis Presley Enterprises. In the early 1970s, Colonel Parker asked Dvorin to inform fans at a gig that Presley would not be appearing for an encore. He took the stage and announced: “Ladies and gentlemen, Elvis has left the building. Thank you and goodnight.”

2005, 50 Cent was suing a US car dealer for allegedly using his name in an advert without permission. Describing himself in the legal action as a “hugely successful” artist “known for his good looks, ‘gangsta’ image and hard knocks success story”. The rapper was seeking more than $1m (£555,150) from Gary Barbera Enterprises for a Dodge Magnum advert with the line “Just Like 50 Says” alongside a photo of him.

2007, Former Savage Garden singer Darren Hayes was arrested on suspicion of racially abusing a member of staff at a Thai restaurant in Soho, London. Hayes was released on bail pending further inquiries.

2009, Soul singer Johnny Carter, who was a member of doo-wop groups The Dells and The Flamingos, died aged 75. Carter who was famed for his falsetto vocals, was one of the few artists to be inducted into the US Rock and Roll Hall of Fame with two acts.

2011, Songwriter and producer Jerry Leiber died at his home in Los Angeles at the age of 78 from cardio-pulmonary failure. With Mike Stoller he wrote many hits including: ‘Hound Dog’, ‘Jailhouse Rock’, ‘King Creole’, ‘There Goes My Baby’, ‘Searchin’, ‘Yakety Yak’, ‘Stand By Me’, ‘Poison Ivy,’ and ‘Kansas City’.

2011, Nicholas Ashford, one half of Ashford and Simpson died of complications from throat cancer, in New York. With his wife Valerie Simpson they had the 1979 US No.36 single ‘Found A Cure’, and 1985 UK No. 3 single ‘Solid’. The pair wrote hits such as: ‘Ain’t No Mountain High Enough’, ‘You’re All I Need To Get By’, ‘Ain’t Nothing Like the Real Thing’, and ‘Reach Out and Touch (Somebody’s Hand)’.
August 22nd: Born on this day

1920, Born on this day, John Lee Hooker, Blues singer, guitarist, (1951 US million selling album ‘I’m In The Mood’, 1964 UK No.23 single ‘Dimples’, 1989 album ‘The Healer’). Hooker died on 21st June 2001.

1938, Born on this day, Dale Hawkins, rockabilly singer, guitarist, (1957 US No. 27 single ‘Susie Q’).

1939, Born on this day, Fred Milano, Dion and the Belmonts, (1961 US No.1 & UK No.11 single ‘Runaround Sue’).

1945, Born on this day, Ron Dante, singer, songwriter, The Archies, (1969 US & UK No.1 single ‘Sugar Sugar’) and The Cufflinks, (1969 UK No.4 single ‘Tracy’).

1946, Born on this day, Mutha Withem, Gary Puckett and the Union Gap, (1968 UK No.1 & UK No.2 single ‘Young Girl’).

1947, Born on this day, Donna Godchaux, Grateful Dead, (1970 UK No.69 and US No.127 album ‘Workingman’s Dead’).

1956, Born on this day, Chris Biondo, guitarist, producer with Eva Cassidy. (Only artist to score three posthumous UK No.1 albums, 2001 ‘Songbird’, 2002 ‘Imagine’, 2003 ‘American Tune’. 2001 UK No. 42 single ‘Over The Rainbow’).

1958, Born on this day, Ian Mitchell, Bay City Rollers, (1975 UK No.1 single ‘Bye Bye Baby’, plus 11 other UK top 20 singles’, 1976 US No.1 single, ‘Saturday Night’).

1958, Born on this day, Vernon Reid, Living Colour, (1991 UK No.12 single ‘Love Rears It’s Ugly Head’).

1961, Born on this day, Debbie Peterson, drums, The Bangles, (1986 UK No.2 single with Prince song, ‘Manic Monday’. 1986 US No.1 single ‘Walk Like An Egyptian’).

1961, Born on this day, Roland Orzabal, singer, songwriter, guitarist, Tears For Fears, (1985 US No.1 & UK No.2 single ‘Everybody Wants To Rule The World’, plus over 12 other UK top 40 singles).

1963, Born on this day, James Debarge, Debarge, (1985 UK No.4 single ‘Rhythm Of The Night’).

1963, Born on this day, Tori Amos, singer, songwriter, (1994 UK No.4 single ‘Cornflake Girl’, 1992 album ‘Little Earthquakes’).

1967, Born on this day, Layne Staley, Alice In Chains, (1993 UK No.19 single ‘Would’). Staley was found dead in his home on 19th April 2002.

1969, Born on this day, Steve Cradock, Guitars, Ocean Colour Scene, (1996 UK No.4 single ‘The Day We Caught The Train’, plus over 12 other Top 40 singles, 1997 UK No.1 album ‘Marchin’ Already’). Also a member of Paul Weller’s Band.

1972, Born on this day, Paul Doucette, Matchbox 20, (1998 UK No.38 single ‘Push’, 2000 US No.1 single ‘Bent’).

1973, Born on this day, Howie D, Backstreet Boys, (1997 US No.2 single ‘Quit playing Games With My Heart’, 1999 UK No.1 single ‘I Want It That Way’).

 

August 21

1961, Elvis Presley started a three-week run at No.1 on the US album chart with ‘Something For Everybody’ his sixth US No.1 album.

1961, Patsy Cline recorded the classic Willie Nelson song, ‘Crazy’. Cline was still on crutches after going through a car windshield in a head-on collision two months earlier and had difficulty reaching the high notes of the song at first due to her broken ribs. ‘Crazy’ spent 21 weeks on the chart and eventually became one of her signature tunes.

1965, The Rolling Stones started a three week run at No.1 on the US album chart with ‘Out Of Our Heads’ the group’s first US No.1 album.

1966, On their last ever US tour The Beatles performed in two cities due to a cancellation due to rain the previous day. First they performed at Crosley Field in Cincinnati, Ohio. Then they flew to St. Louis, Missouri, for a concert at Busch Stadium, where they performed under a tarpaulin due to heavy rain. It was this gig that convinced Paul McCartney that The Beatles should stop performing live.

1967, The Doors started recording their second album at Sunset Sound Studios, Hollywood, California.

1968, Tommy James and The Shondells returned to the UK No.1 position for the second time with the single ‘Mony Mony’. In a peculiar twist, in 1987 Billy Idol’s version of the song replaced another Tommy James hit at No.1 on the Billboard Hot 100 — ‘I Think We’re Alone Now’, covered by Tiffany.

1971, Arthur Brown’s Kingdom Come, Hawkwind, Duster Bennett, Brewers Droop, Indian Summer, Graphite, (and second from the bottom on the bill) Queen all appeared at the Tregye Festival Truro, Cornwall, England.

1972, Jack Casady of Jefferson Airplane was arrested after a fight broke out on stage during a concert when the police had been called ‘pigs’. Grace Slick was ‘Mace’ and another group member injured at the show in Akron.

1976, The Rolling Stones, 10CC, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Todd Rundgren’s Utopia and Hot Tuna all appeared at The Knebworth Festival, Hertfordshire, England, tickets £4.50.

1982, U2 singer Bono married Alison Stewart, his girlfriend from 1975 at All Saints Church, Raheny in Ireland. U2 bassist Adam Clayton acted as Bono’s best man.

1983, Ramones guitarist Johnny Ramone had a four-hour brain surgery operation, after being found unconscious in a New York Street where he had been involved in a fight.

1997, Former Stone Roses drummer Alan Wren was jailed for seven days after being rude to a top Manchester Magistrate. He was before the court due to having no car insurance and lost his temper after being quizzed about his earnings.

1997, Oasis’ third album ‘Be Here Now’, became one of the fastest selling albums ever, shifting over 350,000 units on the first day of release. The cover image for Be Here Now was shot at Stocks House in Hertfordshire, the former home of Victor Lownes, the head of the Playboy Clubs in the UK.

2000, Survivor filed a lawsuit against TVT Records after they released a soundtrack to the TV show ‘Survivor.’ Survivor guitarist Frankie Sullivan said, ‘It’s unfortunate that after 23 years of building, promoting, and protecting the name of our band, someone can suddenly come along and release a recording that uses our name and takes away everything we have worked for.’

2002, Atomic Kitten were facing legal action after sacking Andy McCluskey, the songwriter who wrote the bands first No.1 ‘Whole Again.’ The band were about to be dropped by Innocent records when they recorded the song that became a huge hit. The girls then wanted a bigger share of royalties, which McCluskey had turned down. Under the original deal each girl got 4p from the sale of one single.

2005, Robert Moog, inventor of the synthesiser died aged 71, four months after being diagnosed with brain cancer. Dr Moog built his first electronic instrument, a theremin – aged 14 and made the MiniMoog, “the first compact, easy-to-use synthesiser” in 1970. He won the Polar prize, Sweden’s “music Nobel prize”, in 2001. Wendy Carlos’ 1968 Grammy award-winning album, Switched-On Bach, brought Dr Moog to prominence.

2006, A man surfing the Internet in America foiled three men who broke into a Liverpool shop in Liverpool, England. The man who had logged onto a site streaming live footage of Mathew Street and a forthcoming Beatles festival saw the men smashing a window of a shop and climb inside. He phoned Merseyside police who arrested the men.

2008, Paedophile and ex-pop star Gary Glitter returned to Thailand after being refused entry to Hong Kong. Chinese authorities informed the UK Foreign Office they had barred Glitter from entry. He was earlier deported from Vietnam after spending almost three years in jail for sexually abusing two girls. He flew to Hong Kong from Bangkok after refusing to fly to the UK, and had made a plea for medical treatment after saying he was suffering a heart attack.

2008, Drummer Buddy Harman died of congestive heart failure, aged 79. Worked with Elvis Presley (‘Little Sister’), Patsy Cline (‘Crazy’), Roy Orbison (‘Pretty Woman’), Johnny Cash (‘Ring Of Fire’), Tammy Wynette (‘Stand By Your Man’). Harman was the first house drummer for The Grand Ole Opry and can be heard on over 18,000 recordings.
August 21st: Born on this day

1904, Born on this day, Count Basie, bandleader. Worked with Frank Sinatra as well as his own Count Basie band. He died on 26th April 1984.

1938, Born on this day, Kenny Rogers, singer-songwriter, record producer, actor, and entrepreneur. He has charted more than 120 hit singles across various music genres, topping the country and pop album charts for more than 200 individual weeks in the US alone. He was voted the “Favorite Singer of All-Time” in a 1986 joint poll by readers of both USA Today and People.

1941, Born on this day, Tom Costello, Santana, (1970 US No.4 single ‘Black Magic Woman’, 1977 UK No.11 single ‘She’s Not There’).

1944, Born on this day, Jackie DeShannon singer, (1969 US No.4 single ‘Put A Little Love In Your Heart’).

1947, Born on this day, Carl Giammarese, guitar, The Buckinghams, (1967 US No.1 single ‘Kind Of A Drag’).

1951, Born on this day, English bassist and singer Glenn Hughes, who was a member of Trapeze and who has also worked with Deep Purple, Black Sabbath, Gary Moore. He is also a member of Black Country Communion.

1952, Born on this day, Joe Strummer, singer, songwriter, guitarist, The Clash, (1979 UK No. 11 single ‘London Calling’, 1982 US No. 8 single ‘Rock The Casbah, 1991 UK No.1 single ‘Should I Stay Or Should I Go’, first released 1982 plus 15 other UK top 40 singles). Joe Strummer & The Mescaleros. He died on 22nd December 2002.

1954, Born on this day, Nick Kane, The Mavericks, (1998 UK No.4 single ‘Dance The Night Away’).

1954, Born on this day, Steve Smith, drums, Journey, (1982 US No.2 single ‘Open Arms’).

1957, Born on this day, Budgie, Siouxsie and the Banshees, (1983 UK No.3 single ‘Dear Prudence’, plus over 15 other UK top 40 singles). The Creatures, (1983 UK No.14 single ‘Right Now’).

1957, Born on this day, Kim Sledge, Sister Sledge, (1979 US No.2 single ‘We Are Family’, 1985 UK No.1 with ‘Frankie’).

1961, Born on this day, David Morales, US DJ, producer, (1998 UK No. 8 single with The Face ‘Needin’ U’).

1967, Born on this day, Serj Tankian, singer, System of a Down, (2005 US No.1 & UK No.2 album ‘Mezmerize’).

1968, Born on this day, Dina Carroll, singer, (1993 UK No.3 single ‘Don’t Be A Stranger’).

1971, Born on this day, Liam Howlett, Keyboards, Prodigy, (1996 UK No.1 single ‘Firestarter’, 1997 UK & US No.1 album ‘The Fat Of The Land’).

1979, Born on this day, Kelis Rogers, singer, (2000 UK No.4 single ‘Caught Out There’). Was once married to American rapper Nas.

1984, Born on this day, Melissa Schman, Dream, (2001 US No.3 & UK No.17 single ‘He Loves You Not’).

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