Saturday, August 29, 2015

This Date in Rock Music History: August 30

1959:  Carole King married songwriting partner Gerry Goffin.

1961:  The Paris Sisters released the single "I Love How You Love Me".
1962:  The Beatles played at the Cavern Club in Liverpool, England in the afternoon and then joined Gerry and the Pacemakers at the Riverpark Ballroom in Chester.

1965:  Bob Dylan released the acclaimed album Highway 61 Revisited on Columbia Records.
1965:  The Beatles performed at the Hollywood Bowl in Hollywood, California, their third appearance there, having played August 23, 1964 and the previous night, August 29, 1965. 

1968:  The Byrds released their album Sweetheart of the Rodeo on Columbia Records(Note:  some websites report that the album was released July 22.  Johnny Rogan, in his book 'The Byrds:  Timeless Flight Revisited:  The Sequel' , states that the album was released August 30.)
1969:  Chicago (then called Chicago Transit Authority), Canned Heat, Janis Joplin, and Sam & Dave played on the opening day of the three-day Texas International Pop Festival at the Dallas International Speedway in Lewisville, Texas.  Grand Funk Railroad and B.B. King played all three days of the Festival. 
1969:  A crowd of over 150,000 enjoyed the Isle of Wight Festival.  The Moody Blues, the Who, Bob Dylan, the Band, Joe Cocker, Richie Havens, the Nice, Blodwyn Pig, Aynsley Dunbar, Pretty Things and Gypsy were among the performers.
1969:  Zager & Evans reached #1 in the U.K. with "In The Year 2525".

                                                                 The Archies with the #1 bubblegum rock song of all-time...

1969:  The Rolling Stones enjoyed a second week at #1 with "Honky Tonk Women".  Johnny Cash was still at 2 with "A Boy Named Sue" while the Archies moved from 14-3 with "Sugar, Sugar".  Jackie DeShannon was up to #4 with "Put A Little Love In Your Heart".  The rest of an excellent Top 10:  Neil Diamond with "Sweet Caroline", the Youngbloods had song #6 with "Get Together", CCR remained at seven with "Green River", Zager & Evans' former #1 "In The Year 2525" was #8, Bob Dylan achieved his fourth Top 10 record "Lay Lady Lay" (It would be his last) and Tommy James and the Shondell's big hit "Crystal Blue Persuasion" was at #10.
1970:  The Rolling Stones began a European tour at the Baltiska Hallen in Malmรถ , Sweden.

1970:  Jimi Hendrix appeared on the final night at the Isle of Wight Pop Festival in England.  It was a star-studded finale that also featured the Moody Blues, Donovan, Jethro Tull, Joan Baez, Free, Leonard Cohen, Pentangle, and Kris Kristofferson (playing a second set at the Festival).  Richie Havens, the artist who opened Woodstock one year earlier, closed the Isle of Wight Festival.  Four-day attendance was estimated at between 600,000 and 700,000, and is cited as the largest crowd ever to attend a rock festival.

1972:  John Lennon and Yoko Ono performed in their "One To One" concert at Madison Square Garden in New York City.  Stevie Wonder, Roberta Flack and Sha Na Na joined them.  Lennon purchased $60,000 worth of tickets to the charity event to give to fund-raisers.
1973:  The Doors officially broke up.

1974:  The Eagles appeared at the Performing Arts Center in Saratoga Springs, New York.

1975:  Her father had 60 career hits, but on this date Natalie Cole debuted with her first--"This Will Be".
1975:  Rod Stewart earned his fifth #1 album in the U.K. with Atlantic Crossing.
1975:  Hamilton, Joe Frank & Reynolds registered a #1 hit on the Easy Listening chart with "Fallin' in Love".
1975:  John Denver moved from 49 to 20 with "I'm Sorry".

1975:  K.C. and the Sunshine Band reached #1 with their first release "Get Down Tonight".  Hamilton, Joe Frank & Reynolds fell dropped with "Fallin' In Love" while "Rhinestone Cowboy" by Glen Campbell was #3.  
1975:  Elton John's Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy, the first album to debut at #1, returned to that position after falling the week before.  
1980:  Cher made a surprise appearance with her band Black Rose at a concert in New York City's Central Park.

1980:  Christopher Cross rode the wind to #1 with "Sailing".  Diana Ross was up to #2 with "Upside Down" while the previous #1 from Olivia Newton-John--"Magic" was third.  

1981:  It was a great conclusion to the annual Reading Rock Festival in the U.K.--.38 Special, the Kinks, the Thompson Twins and Wishbone Ash performed.

1983:  Huey Lewis and the News released the single "Heart And Soul".

1984:  A London auction of Beatles memorabilia at Sotheby's netted over $271 thousand.

1986:  Another great song first hit #1 on this date--"Higher Love" from Steve Winwood.  

1988:  Brenda Lee sued MCA Records for $20 million in unpaid royalties.  It was becoming all too common, as artists discovered, often years later, that their record companies had not been honest with them in reporting record sales.  
1988:  Papa Dee Allen of War died at the age of 57 after suffering a massive heart attack on stage in Solano County, California.
1989:  Billy Joel fired his manager Frank Weber, who was his former brother-in-law also.  An audit revealed serious discrepancies in Weber's work concerning in particular his bookkeeping, and Joel sued him later that year for $90 million.  (Note:  some websites report this happened on August 27.  According to the book 'Billy Joel:  The Life and Times of an Angry Young Man' by Hank Bordowitz, Joel fired Weber on August 30.1991:  Jan Berry of Jan & Dean married Gertie Filip onstage during a concert at the Stardust Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nevada.
1992:  Nirvana headlined the final day of the annual Reading Rock Festival in Reading, England.
1993:  Billy Joel was the first musical guest on the premiere of The Late Show with David Letterman on CBS-TV.
1994:  Usher released his self-titled debut album on LaFace Records.
1995:  James Taylor and Carly Simon (who divorced in 1983) reunited for their first concert together in 16 years at the scenic Martha's Vineyard in Massachusetts.
1999:  R.E.M. was in concert at the Chastain Park Amphitheatre in Atlanta, Georgia.
1999:  The Red Hot Chili Peppers headlined the final day of the Reading Festival in Reading, England.

2003:  Michael Jackson was in concert at the Orpheum Theater in Los Angeles to celebrate his birthday, which was the day before.
2003:  Michael Stipe of R.E.M. joined Radiohead onstage to perform "Karma Police" at Thunderbird Stadium in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
2003:  Blu Cantrell and Sean Paul had the top U.K. song with "Breathe".

2007:  The Meat Loaf documentary In Search of Paradise premiered at the Montreal Film Festival in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

Born This Day:

1935:  Papa John Phillips was born in Paris Island, South Carolina; died of heart failure in Los Angeles on March 18, 2001.
1941:  John McNally, guitarist and a founding member of the Searchers, was born in Liverpool, Lancashire, England.
1944:  Charles Colbert of the American Breed ('Note:  several websites report that Charles was born in Chicago, Illinois.  According to the book 'Chicago Soul' by Robert Pruter, Colbert was born in Argo.)
1950:  Micky Moody, guitarist of Whitesnake, was born in Middlesbrough, Cleveland, England.  (Note:  some websites naively say Moody was born in Middlesbrough, North Yorkshire, England.  At the time of his birth in 1950, Middlesbrough was in the county of Cleveland.  In fact, Middlesbrough did not become a part of North Yorkshire until 1996, 46 years after he was born, and you will never find North Yorkshire listed as the county of Micky's birth on his official birth certificate.) 
1953:  Horace Panter, bassist of General Public, was born in Croydon, Surrey, England.
1954:  Ronald Beitle, drummer of Wild Cherry
1958:  Martin Jackson, drummer of Swing Out Sister, was born in Manchester, Lancashire, England. 
1963:  Paul Oakenfold was born in London.  (According to his agent, Global Talent Booking, Paul was born in Greenhithe, Kent, England.
1986:  George Ryan Ross III, lead guitarist for Panic!  at the Disco, was born in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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