1955: It was official, because it was on The Ed Sullivan Show. Bill Haley & the Comets performed "Rock Around The Clock". When the song went to #1 on July 9, the Rock Era began.
1957: Buddy Holly and The Crickets begin their first major tour at the Howard Theater in Washington, D.C.
A key member joined Fleetwood Mac and the Box Tops released one of the greatest songs of the last 60 years--read about that and more on This Date in Rock Music History...
1963: The Beatles had the top U.K. album with Please Please Me. The Shadows' Greatest Hits package was #2, followed by Cliff Richards and Cliff's Hit Album, the Soundtrack to "West Side Story" was #4 with Elvis Presley's album It Happened at the World Fair #5.
1964: The Rolling Stones kicked off the National Jazz Festival on the Richmond Athletic Grounds in Richmond, Surrey, England.
1965: Gary Lewis & the Playboys were on top of the Easy Listening chart with "Save Your Heart For Me".
1965: Wilson Pickett's great song "In The Midnight Hour" was #1 on the R&B chart.
1965: Herman's Hermits reached #1 with "I'm Henry VIII, I Am", knocking off the Rolling Stones and "Satisfaction". Tom Jones remained at 3 with "What's New Pussycat?", Gary Lewis & the Playboys had "Save Your Heart For Me" and Sonny & Cher moved from 22 to 5 with "I Got You Babe".
1967: The Box Tops released their single "The Letter".
1967: Jackie Wilson released "(Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher And Higher".
1970: Chicago, Rod Stewart, Jethro Tull, Bob Seger, Ten Years After, Mountain, the James Gang, John Sebastian, Brownsville Station, the Flying Burrito Brothers, the Stooges with Iggy Pop and MC5 appeared at the three-day Goose Lake International Music Festival in Leoni, Michigan from August 7-9. Over 200,000 attended the Festival over the three days.
The Raiders with their biggest career hit...
1976: Elton John & Kiki Dee teamed up for the smash of the summer--"Don't Go Breaking My Heart" that reached #1. Gary Wright had to settle for #2 on "Love Is Alive" while newcomer Starbuck was next with "Moonlight Feels Right". Wings had #4 with "Let 'Em In", the Bee Gees jumped from 11 to 5 with "You Should Be Dancing" and the Beach Boys were at 6 with "Rock And Roll Music". The rest of the Top 10: "Got To Get You Into My Life" from the Beatles, the Manhattans fell hard with "Kiss And Say Goodbye", Lou Rawls entered the Top 10 with "You'll Never Find Another Love Like Mine" and the former #1 from Starland Vocal Band was at 10 with "Afternoon Delight".
1980: John Lennon and Yoko Ono began recording of the album Double Fantasy at The Hit Factory in New York City. (Note: Some websites say that John Lennon began recording what turned out to be his final studio album, 'Double Fantasy', on August 4, 1980. Other websites give various other dates as the beginning of the sessions. According to keyboardist George Small, in the book 'Starting Over: The Making of John Lennon and Yoko Ono's "Double Fantasy"' by Ken Sharp, rehearsals were held August 2, 4 and 5, but Lennon didn't begin recording until August 7.)
1982: Dexy's Midnight Runners found the top of the chart in the U.K. with "Come On Eileen".
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1991: In an effort to pay backtaxes, Willie Nelson sold his Colorado ranch for $803,000.
1995: LL Cool J married Simone Johnson.
2000: Jimi Hendrix's family won an international case to evict the owner of the Internet web site www.jimihendrix.com.
2001: Usher released the album 8701, named after the day it arrived in music stores.
2002: Noel Gallagher, Andy Bell and Jay Darlington of Oasis were injured when their taxi was involved in a crash in Indianapolis. They were taken to the hospital and treated for cuts and bruises.
2002: The city of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania saluted the group Yes with a day in their honor.
2003: The Osmonds received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
2005: James Blunt had the top U.K. song with "You're Beautiful".
2005: Mariah Carey owned the U.S. chart with "We Belong Together".
2007: Ronald Isley of the Isley Brothers began serving a three-year sentence in federal prison for income tax evasion.
2008: A jumpsuit owned by Elvis Presley sold for $300,000, the highest price that a piece of Elvis memorabilia had ever gone for. The white outfit with blue and gold peacock design was hand-embroidered on the front and back and along the pant legs.
Born This Day
1945: Kerry Chater, bassist of Gary Puckett & the Union Gap, was born in the beautiful city of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
1949: Carlo Novi, songwriter and tenor saxophonist of Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes, was born in Mexico City, Mexico.
1950: Rodney Crowell, singer, songwriter and guitarist, was born in Houston, Texas.
1964: Ian Dench, guitarist and main songwriter of EMF, was born in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, England.