1960: Elvis Presley began filming of the movie Flaming Star.
1962: Twelve-year-old Stevie Wonder released his first 45, "I Call It Pretty Music (But The Old People Call It The Blues)". Marvin Gaye was the drummer.
The death of a king, the Beatles were busy in the recording studio, Crosby, Stills & Nash performed with someone else for the first time and a car sponsored by 3 Doors Down--all that and much more in the news on This Date in Rock Music History...
1962: Ringo Starr officially took over as the new drummer of the Beatles, replacing Pete Best, who was fired. Although he had sat in for Best in the past in Liverpool, England and Hamburg, Germany, Starr made his first official appearance with the group August 18 in Port Sunlight, England. (Note: some websites say Best was fired August 14, but he was told of the decision on August 16, according to 'The Beatles Bible', 'Huffington Post' and the newspaper 'The Examiner'.)
1964: The Beatles performed at the Opera House in Blackpool, Lancashire, England. High Numbers opened for them. You say "Who"? You're right, High Numbers became the Who. The Kinks were also on the bill.
1966: The world was introduced to a new band as on this date, the Monkees released their first single "Last Train To Clarksville".
1966: During their last tour, the Beatles performed at John F. Kennedy Stadium in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
1968: The Beatles made 14 takes in recording "While My Guitar Gently Weeps" for their upcoming White Album. But guitarist George Harrison, the songwriter, wasn't happy with the result so the group would try again later.
1968: The Jackson 5 made their live debut opening for the Supremes at the Forum in Los Angeles.
1969: Joni Mitchell opened for Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young at the Auditorium Theatre in Chicago, Illinois. Crosby, Stills and Nash, which formed at a party at Joni's house the previous year, performed for the first time with Neil Young.
1969: Led Zeppelin and Joe Cocker were in concert at the Convention Hall in Asbury Park, New Jersey.
1969: Creedence Clearwater Revival, The Who, Jefferson Airplane, Santana, Sly & the Family Stone, Janis Joplin, Canned Heat, John Sebastian, Mountain, Country Joe McDonald, the Incredible String Band, the Keef Hartley Band and Quill performed at Woodstock in Bethel, New York.
1969: Three Dog Night's great song "Easy To Be Hard" rose from 77 to 40.
1969: Zager & Evans made it six fantastic weeks at #1 with "In the Year 2525". In nearly any other time in the Rock Era, "Crystal Blue Persuasion" wouldThave been #1 but not against this competition; Tommy James & the Shondells peaked at #2 and fell to 3 on this date. The Rolling Stones were ready for a charge up to the top with "Honky Tonk Women", while Neil Diamond enjoyed one of his biggest hits--"Sweet Caroline" at #4. The rest of the Top 10: "A Boy Named Sue" by Johnny Cash, "Put A Little Love In Your Heart" by Jackie DeShannon, Kenny Rogers & the First Edition said "Ruby, Don't Take Your Love To Town", Steve Wonder was still at 8 with "My Cherie Amour", Jr. Walker & the All Stars fell with "What Does It Take (To Win Your Love)" and Andy Kim finished the list with "Baby, I Love You".
1969: Blood, Sweat & Tears spent its seventh week at #1 on the Album chart.
1970: Yes, Mungo Jerry and Ginger Baker's Air Force performed at the final day of the Yorkshire Folk, Blues & Jazz Festival at Krumlin, Yorkshire, England.
1970: Elvis Presley collected his 16th #1 in the U.K. with "The Wonder Of You"; the Kinks had the #2 song with "Lola".
1974: The Ramones gave their first public performance at the CBGB in New York City.
1974: Chicago starred in the ABC-TV special Meanwhile Back at the Ranch. Anne Murray and Charlie Rich were guests.
1975: Peter Gabriel announced that he was splitting from Genesis to start a solo career.
1975: The Stylistics had the top U.K. song with "Can't Give You Anything (But My Love)".
1975: Make it two weeks for J-J-J "Jive Talkin'" by the Bee Gees. The Eagles had a great song at #2 with "One Of These Nights", Olivia Newton-John remained at 3 with "Please Mr. Please" and Elton John moved up with "Someone Saved My Life Tonight". Hamilton, Joe Frank & Reynolds moved from 15-5 with "Fallin' In Love" while "Rhinestone Cowboy" was up to 6 for Glen Campbell. The rest of the Top 10: "Why Can't We Be Friends" for War, "How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You)" by James Taylor, Melissa Manchester's "Midnight Blue" at 9 and Mike Post & "The Rockford Files" at 10.
"After the Thrill is Gone"...
1975: Amongst amazing competition, the Eagles spent their fifth straight week at #1 on the Album chart with One of These Nights.
1976: Gordon Lightfoot released this song on this date--"The Wreck Of The Edmund Fitzgerald".
1977: Elvis Presley died of coronary arrhythmia at the age of 42 in Memphis, Tennessee.
1979: The Who's movie Quadrophenia premiered at the Plaza Cinema in London. (Note: several websites report that the movie premiered on May 2 or November 2. According to the official website of the Who, as well as the book 'Roger Daltrey: The Biography' by Stafford Hildred and Tim Ewbank, 'Quadrophenia' premiered on August 16. It opened in theaters November 2.)
1980: Olivia Newton-John's "Magic" remained at #1 for a fifth week on the Adult Contemporary chart.
1980: Diana Ross conquered the AC chart again as "Upside Down" reached #1.
1986: Rick Allen, drummer of Def Leppard, played his first concert with the group since losing his left arm in a traffic accident at the Monsters of Rock Festival at Castle Donington, England.
1986: Sun Valley, Idaho's Peter Cetera stayed at #1 on the Adult Contemporary chart for the fifth week in a row with "Glory Of Love".
1994: Crosby, Stills and Nash released the album After the Storm.
1997: Over 30,000 fans came to Graceland in Memphis, Tennessee to pay respects to Elvis Presley on the 20th anniversary of his passing.
2000: INXS had to cancel their tour of New Zealand because of poor ticket sales. It was the first venture for the band since the death of lead singer Michael Hutchence.
2000: 'N Sync were given the keys to the city of Orlando, Florida.
2003: A car sponsored by 3 Doors Down made its debut at the Cabela 250 NASCAR Busch Series at Michigan International Speedway. The car finished 11th.
2003: Marc Anthony's wife, Dayanara Muniz, gave birth to son Ryan at North Shore University Hospital in Manhassat, New York.
2003: A new postage stamp of Henry Mancini by the United States Postal Service was unveiled before a large crowd at the Mancini Musicale at UCLA in Los Angeles.
1934: Kathy Lester ("Love Letters" from 1962) was born in Hope, Arkansas.
1942: Barbara George ("I Know (You Don't Love Me No More)") was born in New Orleans, Louisiana; died August 10, 2006 in Chauvin, Louisiana. (Note: one credible source states she was born in 1943, but we believe that to be a misprint, for every other reliable source reports she was born in 1942. Some websites say Barbara was born in Smithridge, Louisiana. 'Billboard' reports that George was born August 16, 1942 in New Orleans.)
1953: James "J.T." Taylor, vocalist of Kool & the Gang, was born in Laurens, South Carolina. (Note: several websites report Taylor was born in Morristown, New Jersey. Although there are no credible sources for either, our best research indicates he was born in Laurens.
1957: Tim Farriss of INXS was born in Perth, Western Australia.
1958: Madonna was born in Bay City, Michigan. (Note: some websites report that she was born in Rochester, Michigan. She was raised in an area now known as Rochester Hills, but she was born in Bay City, according to the book 'Madonna: An Intimate Biography' by J. Randy Taraborrelli.)