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 Malmö , 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.

Calendar* Correction: U3 Ep 'U2-3'

One website claims the EP U2-3 by U2 was released September 22, but according to both the official website for U2 and the book Breaking Records:  100 Years of Hits by William Ruhlmann, the album was released September 1. 

Friday, August 28, 2015

This Date in Rock Music History: August 29

1958:  Alan Freed's  Big Beat Show 4th anniversary concert premiered at the Fox Theater in Brooklyn, New York after being turned down by the Paramount.  Frankie Avalon, Bill Haley & the Comets and Jimmy Clanton performed.
1959:  The Quarrymen got a break when the Les Stewart Quartet got into a clash amongst themselves and refused to play at the Casbah Coffee Club in Liverpool.  George Harrison, John Lennon and Paul McCartney played in their place and after the show, the group was hired by owner Mona Best to play regular Saturday night gigs.
1960:  "Kiddio" by Brook Benton, which would go on to become one of the biggest R&B hits of the 60's, took over at #1.

1960:  Elvis Presley switched directions musically but it didn't matter--his #1 song "It's Now Or Never" was #1 for a third week.  "Walk--Don't Run" from the Ventures was second followed by "The Twist" from Chubby Checker. 
1962:  The Elvis Presley movie Kid Galahad opened in theaters.
1964:  Dean Martin's hit "Everybody Loves Somebody" spent a fifth week at #1 on the Easy Listening chart.
1964:  The Supremes remained at #1 on the R&B chart with "Where Did Our Love Go".
1966:  The Youngbloods recorded one of The Most Important Songs of the Rock Era*--"Get Together".  It didn't fare well initially--it took over a year before the song was back and became a big hit.
1966:  Paul Anka hosted the final Hullabaloo show on NBC-TV with guests Peter & Gordon, Lesley Gore and the Cyrkle.

1966:  The Beatles closed their American tour at Candlestick Park in San Francisco California.  As events would unfold, it would be their last public concert.  The last song played by the Fab Four?  Little Richard's "Long Tall Sally".
1969:  Bob Seger filed for divorce from his wife of ten months.
1970:  The Isle of Wight Festival was breaking attendance records, even those set by the famous Woodstock Festival, and on day four, the Who, the Doors, Sly & the Family Stone, Joni Mitchell, Emerson, Lake & Palmer, Miles Davis, Melanie, John Sebastian, and Lighthouse (performing a second set at the Festival) thrilled the crowd.
1970:  Led Zeppelin, Iron Butterfly, Chilliwack, the Youngbloods and Ides of March performed at the Man-Pop Festival in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.
1970:  Anne Murray's first hit "Snowbird" took over at #1 on the Easy Listening chart.
1970:  Cosmo's Factory produced a #1 album for CCR. 

1970:  Probably no coincidence that "War" by Edwin Starr became a #1 song and soon after, American involvement in Vietnam ended.  That generation didn't just whine and complain, they made a stand and got things done.
1976:  Spirit played a reunion concert in Santa Monica, California.  Bassist Mark Andes invited Neil Young on stage for the encore, but a jealous Randy California objected and shoved Young when he hopped on stage.
1977:  Three people were arrested in Memphis, Tennessee for trying to steal the body of Elvis Presley.  As a result, the body was moved to Graceland Mansion in Meditation Garden.
1978:  The Eagles performed at the Miami Baseball Stadium in Miami, Florida.

1981:  Billy Squier closed the second night of the three-day Reading Rock Festival in Reading, England.
1981:  U2, Wang Chung (known then as Huang Chung), Ian Dury and the Blockheads, Elvis Costello and the Attractions, Doctor Feelgood and Lindisfarne performed at the two-day Rock on the Tyne Festival in Gateshead, England.
1981:  ELO posted their second #1 album in the U.K. with Time.

                                                 The great album Escape...

1981:  4 by Foreigner was #1 for the second straight week.  Bella Donna from Stevie Nicks took runner-up while Escape by Journey was #3.  Pat Benatar's Precious Time was #4, the Moody Blues stayed at #5 with Long Distance Voyager and Billy Squier was #6 with Don't Say No.

                                    One of rock's greatest classics entered the Top 10 on this date...

1981:  Diana Ross & Lionel Richie reached three weeks at #1 with "Endless Love".  They weren't close to done.  The Pointer Sisters edged up with "Slow Hand" while Joey Scarbury slipped down with the "Theme From 'Greatest American Hero' (Believe It Or Not)".  Stevie Nicks and Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers had #4--"Stop Draggin' My Heart Around".  The rest of the Top 10:  "Jessie's Girl" from Rick Springfield, newcomer Juice Newton was up with "Queen Of Hearts", Ronnie Milsap had a crossover with "(There's) No Gettin' Over Me", Foreigner's great "Urgent" moved from 15 to 8, the Commodores had song #9 with "Lady (You Bring Me Up)" and Journey entered the Top 10 with "Who's Crying Now".
1982:  Dave Edmunds, the Michael Schenker Group, Twisted Sister, Spider, Marillon, and Y&T closed out the three-day Reading Rock Festival in Reading, England.
1984:  U2 began the Unforgettable Fire World Tour at the Town Hall Auditorium in Christchurch, New Zealand.

1986:  The former studio of American Bandstand in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania at 4548 Market Street was placed on the National Register of Historic Places of the United States.
1987:  "Never Gonna' Give You Up" by Rick Astley reached #1 in the U.K.
1987:  Hysteria hit #1 in the U.K. for Def Leppard.

1987:  Los Lobos hit #1 with their remake of the Ritchie Valens' song "La Bamba".
1987:  Michael Jackson & Siedah Garrett had the top AC hit with "I Just Can't Stop Loving You".

                            The most successful album of their career...

1987:  Whitney by Whitney Houston had been the #1 album every week of its release, which now added up to 10.  Whitesnake's self-titled release was at 2 followed by Bigger and Deffer by L.L. Cool J.  La Bamba from Los Lobs was Fourth with Bad Animals by Heart taking the fifth position.  The rest of the Top 10:  In the Dark by Grateful Dead, U2 was at 7 with The Joshua Tree, Motley Crue's Girls, Girls, Girls was #8, Hysteria from Def Leppard jumped from 36 to 9 and the Soundtrack to "Beverly Hills Cop II" came in #10.
1988:  Michael Jackson was in concert at Roundhay Park in Leeds, England.
1990:  Elton John checked into a rehab center in Chicago Illinois to be treated for bulimia, drinking and drugs.  Good for him--most people don't have the wisdom and the fortitude to recognize when they need assistance.
1991:  Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers kicked off their national tour at Fiddlers Amphitheatre in Denver, Colorado.
1992:  The Smashing Pumpkins, Public Enemy, and the Manic Street Preachers performed on the second day of the Reading Rock Festival in Reading, England.
1992:  U2 became the second rock act to perform at Yankee Stadium (Billy Joel was the first), with two shows at the legendary baseball venue.
1992:  Elton John spent a sixth week at #1 on the Adult Contemporary chart with "The One", his 43rd hit on that chart.

1992:  Boyz II Men continued to have the top R&B song with "End Of The Road".
1994:  Oasis released their debut album Definitely Maybe.
1995:  The pilot of a helicopter and the cameramen shooting the Meat Loaf video "I'd Lie For You" were killed in the Sequoia National Forest about 150 miles north of Los Angeles.
1996:  Isaac Hayes, co-writer of the song "Soul Man", mailed a letter to presidential candidate Bob Dole requesting that he cease using his song, which supporters had changed to "I'm A Dole Man".  Don't these people realize that you have to have permission to use someone's song?
1999:  Cher was in concert at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada for a live HBO special.

1999:  Lou Bega topped the chart with "Mambo No. 5".
2000:  These aren't the kind of people you invite to your house for fancy dinners.  After winning Best Single and Best International Live Act at the Kerrang! Awards in London, the members of Slipknot attacked each other, smashed their glasses and set fire to the table.  It's called the regressing of mankind.

2003:  Metallica gave a show at the Bowery Ballroom in New York City for members of their fan club only.
2003:  Bobby Brown was released from the DeKalb County Jail after he served his seven days in jail for violating parole, but he would remain under house arrest for 60 days.
2003:  Thom Yorke of Radiohead joined R.E.M. onstage at Thunderbird Stadium in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada for the songs "E-Bow The Letter" and "It's The End of the World As We Know It".  How prophetic was R.E.M.?
2004:  OutKast captured MTV Video Music Awards for Video of the Year, Best Hip-Hop Video, Special Effects and Art Direction for their video "Hey Ya".
2004:  Green Day, 50 Cent, Placebo, and the Lostprophets performed on the final day of the Reading Festival in Leeds and Reading, England.
2004:  Natasha Bedingfield owned the top song in the U.K. with "These Words".
2005:  Josh Homme of Queens of the Stone Age collapsed from exhaustion during a concert in Hamburg, Germany.

2006:  Jumpin' Gene Simmons ("Haunted House") died in his hometown of Tupelo, Mississippi at the age of 73.  
2007:  The Police began their reunion tour at Globe Arena in Stockholm, Sweden.

Born This Day:
1924:  Dinah Washington ("Baby (You Got What It Takes)" with Brook Benton), was born in Tuscaloosa, Alabama; died of drugs December 14, 1963 in Detroit, Michigan.
1924:  Billy Myles ("The Joker" from 1957) was born in Manhattan, New York; died October 9, 2005 in Greenville, North Carolina at the age of 81.  (Note:  some websites say Myles was born in Harlem, New York.  Harlem is a neighborhood in Manhattan and will never be listed on an official birth certificate.)
1942:  Sterling Morrison, guitarist and one of the founding members of Velvet Underground, was born in East Meadow, New York; died August 30, 1995 of non-Hodgekin's lymphoma in Poughkeepsie, New York at the age of 53.  (Note:  some sources report Morrison's birthday as August 28, but official news reports, as well as the book  'The Velvet Underground Companion: Four Decades of Commentary', show his birth as August 29.)
1943:  Dick Halligan, trombonist and a founding member of Blood, Sweat & Tears, was born in Troy, New York.
1945:  Chris Copping, bass guitarist and organist of Procol Harum, was born in Southend-on-Sea, Essex, England.  (Note:  some websites report Chris was born in Middleton, Lancashire, England, but according to the official website for Procol Harum, Copping was born in Southend-on-Sea.)
1953:  Rick Downey, drummer of Blue Oyster Cult

1958:  Michael Jackson was born in Gary, Indiana; died June 25, 2009 in Los Angeles from homocide at the age of 53 after being administered the drugs propofol and lorazepam by his doctor.
1970:  Carl Martin of Shai
1975:  Kyle Cook, lead guitarist of Matchbox 20, was born in Frankfort, Indiana.
1980:  David Desrosiers, bassist of Simple Plan, was born in Sept-Îles, Quebec, Canada.

Calendar* Correction: Arrest of Izzy Stradlin of Guns N' Roses

Several websites, including those for some newspapers, incorrectly say Izzy Stradlin of Guns N' Roses was arrested at the airport in Phoenix, Arizona after creating a disturbance on an airline flight on August 30, 1989.   The correct date is August 27, according to the Associated Press and the book Watch You Bleed:  The Saga of Guns N' Roses by Stephen Davis)

Calendar* Correction: Release of Rolling Stones Album 'Tattoo You"

Various dates for the release date of the Rolling Stones album Tattoo You are scattered all over the Internet.  Some say the album was released August 24; others say it was released August 30.  According to the newspaper The New York Times, the album was released August 26.

(Note:  as part of our year-long research into the Calendar* on Inside The Rock Era, we have been pointing out errors in other websites, concerning wrong birthdates, city of birth, date of death, release dates, etc., or sometimes just bad information lurking out there.  When we complete our review next month, we will have pointed out all the bad information for a year, and corrected our own Calendar* as necessary.  After that time, when you want to find out what happened in music news, you will be on your own--enter other websites at your own risk!  We have found numerous errors on all the other comparable websites, including all of the "name" sites.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

This Date in Rock Music History: August 28

1961:  Elvis Presley moved from 61 to 26 on this date with "Little Sister".
1962:  Elvis Presley reported for pre-production work on the movie It Happened at the World's Fair in Culver City, California to record songs for the soundtrack album.  Presley would then travel to Seattle, Washington, site of the World's Fair, to film the movie on location.  (Note:  some websites report Elvis began filming the movie on August  27 or 28.  According to the book 'The Elvis Movies' by James L. Neibaur, filming began August 27.  But according to the official website for Graceland, Presley began work on the movie August 28.  Filming of the movie in Seattle did not begin until September 5 )
1963:  Peter, Paul & Mary performed "Blowin' In The Wind" and "If I Had A Hammer" for Civil Rights marchers gathered at the Washington Mall in Washington, D.C. to hear the Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. speak.  Bob Dylan and Joan Baez also performed.

1964:  The Beatles were on the cover of Life Magazine.
1965:  Bob Dylan played his electric material for an audience at the Forest Hills Tennis Stadium in Queens, New York and was booed roundly.  Afterwards, we have Dylan to thank for introducing the Beatles, who met him backstage, to marijuana.
1965:  The Rolling Stones signed a five-year contract with Decca Records and also announced that Allen Klein, whom the group met four days previously at the London Hilton Hotel, would co-manage the group along with Andrew Long Oldham.

1965:  "Eve Of Destruction" from Barry McGuire moved from 58 to 27 on this date.
1966:  The Beatles performed before 45,000 fans in Dodger Stadium on their final tour of the United States.  Bobby Hebb, the Cyrkle and the Ronettes opened.  A plan to escape the cheering crowds backfired when a gate was locked.  The Fab Four had to spend two hours in the back of an armored truck before they could leave.

  1967:  The Rascals released the single "How Can I Be Sure".

1967:  The Kinks and The Crazy World of Arthur Brown appeared at the Hastings Stadium Festival of Music in Hastings, England.
1968:  The Beatles began recording the track "Dear Prudence" at Trident Studios in London, one of three sessions devoted to the song.
1967:  The Jeff Beck Group headlined the list of performers on the final day of the Festival of the Flower Children at Woburn Abbey in England.  
1968:  The Beach Boys landed at #1 in the U.K. with "Do It Again".
1968:  Bookends by Simon & Garfunkel was the #1 album in the U.K.
1969:  Paul and Linda McCartney announced the birth of daughter Mary.
1970:  Derek and the Dominos began work on their only studio album Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs.
1970:  It was the second day of the famous Isle of Wight Festival, and Chicago, Procol Harum, Lighthouse, Tony Joe White, and Taste featuring Rory Gallagher performed.  The Festival drew an estimated crowd of 600,000 to 700,000 over four days. 

1971:  Elvis Presley was honored as the sixth honoree of the Bing Crosby Award, joining its namesake, Frank Sinatra, Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald and Irving Berlin.  The recipient is determined by vote of the National Board of Trustees of NARAS, the record academy.  The organization is best known for its Grammy Awards which are given annually for performing and technical achievements in current recordings. The description on the award is that it is given to recording artists who "during their lifetimes, have made creative contributions of outstanding artistic or scientific significance to the field of phonograph records."  (Note:  most sources incorrectly say that Elvis received the award on September 8, but he received the award in his dressing room at the International Hotel in Las Vegas between shows, according to the book 'Elvis Presley:  A Life In Music' by Ernst Jorgensen.)

1971:  "Beginnings" by Chicago was the top Easy Listening song.
1971:  Aretha Franklin's "Spanish Harlem" was the #1 R&B song.

                                                                  One of the classics....from Five Man Electrical Band...

1971:  The Bee Gees owned the top song for a fourth week with "How Can You Mend A Broken Heart".  John Denver moved up with "Take Me Home, Country Roads" while Canada's Five Man Electrical Band had a solid winner with "Signs".

                                                                            Rod Stewart's first big solo album...

1971:  Carole King from Stanley, Idaho made it 11 straight weeks at #1 withe the top album TapestryPaul & Linda McCartney combined but couldn't topple her with Ram.  James Taylor's Mud Slide Slim and the Blue Horizon remained at 3 while Rod Stewart was approaching that group with Every Picture Tells a Story.  The rest of the Top 10:  The Carpenters were at 5 with their self-titled album, Who's Next by the Who moved into the Top 10, Aqualung by Jethro Tull was #7, the Moody Blues rose from 30 to 8 in only their second week with Every Good Boy Deserves Favour, the Soundtrack to "Jesus Christ Superstar" was still at #9 after 41 weeks and B, S & T 4 from Blood, Sweat & Tears was the final entry.
1972:  Alice Cooper owned the #1 U.K. song with "School's Out".

1976:  "Shower The People" by James Taylor was the leading Easy Listening song.
1976:  K.C. and the Sunshine Band had the #1 R&B song with "(Shake Shake Shake) Shake Your Booty".

                                                Seals & Crofts with their great summer song...

1976:  Elton John & Kiki Dee had the #1 song for a fourth week with "Don't Go Breaking My Heart".  The Bee Gees were not giving up with "You Should Be Dancing".  Wings remained at 3 with "Let 'Em In", Lou Rawls had a solid #4 with "You'll Never Find Another Love Like Mine" and England Dan & John Ford Coley's first hit--"I'd Really Love to See You Tonight" was still at 5.  The rest of the Top 10:  "(Shake, Shake, Shake) Shake Your Booty" from K.C. and the Sunshine Band, Wild Cherry with their only hit "Play That Funky Music", Walter Murphy's instrumental "A Fifth of Beethoven" moved from 12-7, Seals & Crofts were still at #9 after 20 weeks of release with "Get Closer" and George Benson moved in with "This Masquerade". 

1976:  The album Frampton Comes Alive! was so good that it was now in its third run at #1 (five weeks total).  The self-titled Fleetwood Mac was moving back up after 57 weeks, Spitfire by Jefferson Starship was third while Neil Diamond held on to 4 with Beautiful Noise.  The rest of the Top 10:  George Benson's excellent Breezin' at #5, Wings at the Speed of Sound coming in at #6, Boz Scaggs and the smooth Silk Degrees entering the Top 10, 15 Big Ones from the Beach Boys, the Average White Band did some Soul Searching and Chicago X came in at #10.
1977:  The Doobie Brothers, Hawkwind and the Motors helped close out the three-day Reading Festival in Reading, England.
1978:  Devo released the album Are We Not Men? in the United States.

1978:  Donna Summer released her remake of "MacArthur Park".  (Note:  some websites naively say the song was released September 24.  "MacArthur Park" debuted on the 'Billboard' Singles chart on September 9, according to 'Billboard' magazine itself.  It is physically impossible for a song to be included on the Singles chart if it has not been released as a single.)

1978:  Gino Vannelli released the 45 "I Just Wanna' Stop".
1981:  Guy Stevens, who produced the Clash, Free and Mott the Hoople, died at the age of 38 in London from an overdose of prescription drugs.
1982:  Queen appeared at Kemper Arena in Kansas City, Missouri.  Billy Squier opened for the group.
1982:  Iron Maiden, Blackfoot, and Gary Moore performed on the second day at the annual Reading Rock Festival in Reading, England.

1982:  Chicago led the way on the AC chart with "Hard To Say I'm Sorry".
1984:  The Jacksons broke the existing record for concert ticket sales (1.1 million) in two months for their Victory Tour.  The tour would go on to gross $75 million with two million tickets sold.

1986:  Tina Turner earned a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
1988:  The Kylie Minogue album Kylie became the top-selling ever in the U.K. by a female artist with sales of nearly two million.
1993:  Blur, Radiohead, and Siouxie and the Banshees performed on the second day of the Reading Rock Festival in Reading, England.

1993:  Culture Beat had the top U.K. song with "Mr. Vain".
1993:  The new Billy Joel album River of Dreams debuted at #1.
1993:  SWV had a big R&B hit with the #1 "Right Here/"Human Nature".
1994:  The Red Hot Chili Peppers and Soundgarden helped close out the three-day Reading Festival in Reading, England.
1999:  Cheap Trick celebrated their 25th anniversary together with a concert at Davis Park in Rockford, Illinois.  Slash of Guns N' Roses joined them onstage.
2000: The Foo Fighters, Primal Scream, Oasis, Limp Bizkit, the Bluetones, and Muse performed on the final day of the Reading Festival in Reading, England.
2003:  Missy Elliott captured Video of the Year honors for "Work It" at the MTV Video Music Awards.  Justin Timberlake won Best Male Video for "Cry Me a River" while Coldplay won both Best Group Video and Breakthrough Video for "The Scientist".
2004:  Lou Rawls was given an honorary doctorate degree from Wilberforce University in Kettering, Ohio in recognition of his work on behalf of the United Negro College Fund.
2004:  The White Stripes, Franz Ferdinand, and Morrissey performed on the second day of the Carling Weekend  Reading Festival in Leeds and Reading, England.

2005:  Green Day had quite a comeback with "Boulevard Of Broken Dreams" as it won seven awards, including Video of the Year, at the MTV Video Music Awards.  Kanye West won Best Male Video for "Jesus Walks" while Kelly Clarkson took home Best Female Video for "Since U (sic) Been Gone".  What was ironic was that the channel quit showing music videos back when the suits took over from the DJ's. 
2005:  Oasis had the top U.K. song with "The Importance Of Being Idle", the group's eighth #1 song in their native country.

2005:  James Blunt led the way on the U.K. Album chart with Back to Bedlam.
2005:  Hillary Duff had the top album in the United States with Most Wanted.
2005:  Green Day won seven MTV Video Music Awards, including Video of the Year for "Boulevard of Broken Dreams".
2008:  Iron Maiden and Incubus headlined the final day of the Reading Festival in Reading and Leeds, England.
2008:  Gilbert Moorer, lead singer of the Esquires ("Get On Up" from 1967), died of throat cancer in Milwaukee, Wisconsin at the age of 67.
2009:  Noel Gallagher of Oasis quit the group, saying he could no longer work with brother Liam.
2009:  The Los Angeles coroner confirmed that Michael Jackson's death was a homicide, caused chiefly by the anesthetic Propofol.  The drug triggered a cardiac arrest to Jackson at his home in Los Angeles on June 25 at the age of 50.  Jackson's personal physician, Conrad Murray, was charged with and convicted of involuntary manslaughter and sentenced to four years in prison.  (Note:  some websites claim the coroner made his announcement on August 29.  The stories made the newspapers the morning of August 29, which, as most informed people know, means that the news happened the day before, August 28.)

2010:  A memorial for Dan Fogelberg was unveiled in Riverfront Park in his hometown of Peoria, Illinois.

Born This Day:
1904:  Ernie Fields, who hit #4 in 1959 with his remake of "In The Mood", was born in Nacogdoches, Texas; died May 11, 1997 in Tulsa, Oklahoma. (Note:  the notorious '' and other websites claim Fields was born on August 26, 1905.  Far from it--according to the books 'Blues:  A Regional Experience' by Bob L. Eagle and Eric S. LeBlanc and 'Handbook of Texas Music' by Laurie E. Jasinski and the Texas State Historical Association, Ernie was born August 28, 1904.)
1925:  Billy Grammer ("Gotta' Travel On" from 1958) was born in Benton, Illinois; died of natural causes August 10, 2011 in Benton after suffering a heart attack that March.
1931:  John Perkins of the Crewcuts was born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
1937:  Clem Cattini, drummer of the Tornados ("Telstar"), and prolific session musician featured on a record 44 #1 songs in the U.K., was born in Stoke Newington, London. 
1941:  Joseph Shabalala, founder of the group Ladysmith Black Mambazo, was born in Ladysmith, South Africa.
1942:  Sterling Morrison, guitarist of Velvet Underground, was born in East Meadow, New York; died from non-Hodgkin's lymphoma in Poughkeepsie, New York August 30, 1995.  (Note:  some websites report Morrison was born in Long Island, New York.  Long Island is not a city, and you will never see it on an official birth certificate.)

1943:  David Soul, actor and singer ("Don't Give Up On Us" from 1977) was born in Chicago, Illinois.
1943:  Honey Lantree, drummer of the Honeycombs ("Have I The Right"), was born in Hayes, Middlesex, England.  (Note:  some websites mistakenly say Lantree was born in London.  In 1943, when Honey was born, Hayes was located in the county of Middlesex--it wasn't until 1965 when Hayes became part of the London Borough of Hillingdon.)
1948:  Daniel Seraphine, drummer of Chicago, was born in Chicago, Illinois.
1949:  Martin Lamble, drummer of Fairport Convention, was born in St. John's Wood, London, England; died May 12, 1969 from a car crash on the M1 motorway.
1951:  Wayne Osmond of the Osmonds was born in Ogden, Utah.
1951:  Dave Hlubek, lead guitarist and a founding member of Molly Hatchet, was born in Jacksonville, Florida.
1961:  Kim Appleby of Mel and Tim ("Respectable" from 1987), was born in Stoke Newington, London.  (Note:  some websites claim Appleby was born in Stockton-On-Tees, Durham, England. London, and some say she was born in Stoke Newington, London,  England.  Although there are no credible sources for her birthplace, our best research indicates she was born in Stoke Newington.)

1965:  Shania Twain was born in Windsor, Ontario, Canada.
1982:  LeAnn Rimes was born in Jackson, Mississippi.