August-This day in Music
Music Stuff August 31st:
1956, The top 10 songs in the UK singles chart were all by American artists including Elvis Presley, The Platters,
Doris Day, Frankie Lymon and The Teenagers and Gogi Grant.
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.
1963, the girl trio Angels started a three week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘My Boyfriend’s Back’.
1963, The Ronettes first entered the US singles chart with ‘Be My Baby’ the girl group’s only top 10 hit.
1965, Sonny & Cher arrived in the UK for their first promotional visit.
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
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, Rolling Stone Keith Richards was quoted as saying; ‘I gave up drugs when the doctor told me I had six
months to live.’
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’.
1985, ‘Brothers In Arms’ by Dire Straits started a nine-week run at No.1 on the US album charts.
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.
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, Jason Donovan and the original London cast from the show, ‘Joseph And The Amazing Technicolour
Dreamcoat went to No.1 on the UK album chart.
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.
2003, Elton John  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.
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.

Birthday Boys and Girls August 31st
1939,  Jerry Allison, drums, The Crickets
1940, Wilton Felder, The Crusaders
1944, Roger Dean, English artist. Designed album covers for Yes, Atomic Rooster, Uriah Heep, Gentle Giant,
Greenslade, Steve Howe, Asia.
1945, Van Morrison, singer, songwriter, Them,
1955, Anthony Thistlethwaite, The Waterboys,

Music Stuff August 30th
1962, The Beatles played
at the Cavern Club, Liverpool, at lunchtime and at the Riverpark Ballroom in
Chester at night with Gerry & the Pacemakers.
1969, Elvis Presley had the No.1 album in the UK with ‘From Elvis in Memphis’
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. 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 No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘In The Year 2525.’
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.
1975, KC and the Sunshine Band  No.1 on the US singles chart with, ‘Get Down Tonight’- 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 – ‘Atlantic Crossing’
1986, Steve Winwood went to No.1 on the US singles chart with, ‘Higher Love’,  No.13 in the UK.
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.
1994, Oasis performed a selection of new songs at London’s Virgin Mega store Marble Arch.
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.
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.

Birthday Boys and Girls August 30th
1935,  John Phillips, The Mamas and the Papas.
1939, Born on this day, John Peel, BBC radio DJ and TV presenter, John Robert Parker Ravenscroft.
1941, John McNally, The Searchers

Music Stuff August 29th
1958, Alan Freed’s Big Beat Show opened at the Fox Theatre in Brooklyn.
1959, 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.
1966, The Beatles played their last concert before a paying audience, at Candlestick Park in San Francisco,
California to a sold-out crown 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 Richards
‘Long Tall Sally’.
1970, Edwin Starr  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.
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, Electric Light Orchestra scored their second UK No.1 album with ‘Time’.
1981, The two day Rock on the Tyne festival began in Gateshead, England
1984, U2 kicked off their Unforgettable Fire World Tour at Christchurch Town Hall in New Zealand
1986, A mini dress worn by Kim Wilde was sold at Christie’s rock memorabilia auction for £400.
1987, Lee Marvin, actor and singer died
1987, Los Lobos  No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘La Bamba’, also a No.1 hit in the UK.
1987, Rick Astley’s debut hit ‘Never Gonna Give You Up’,  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.
1994, Oasis released their debut album ‘Definitely Maybe’, it went on to spend 177 weeks on the UK chart.
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.

1998, Rockabilly pioneer Charlie Feathers died aged 66.

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.
2005, 77-year-old Fats Domino was rescued from the flooding in New Orleans caused by Hurricane Katrina.
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.

Birthday Boys and Girls August 29th: Born on this day
1924, Dinah Washington, US singer
1943, Dick Halligan Keyboards, flute, vocals, Blood Sweat & Tears,
1945,  Chris Copping, Procol Harum
1958,  Michael Jackson, singer, songwriter,
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Music Stuff  August 28th
1961, Joe Dowell US No.1 – ‘Wooden Heart’.
1961, Tamla Records released the Marvelettes first single, ‘Please Mr. Postman’.
1965, The Beach Boys ‘California Girls’  US No.3 -UK  No.26
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.
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.
1967, The Kinks, Dave, Dee, Beaky, Mick and Tich, The Crazy World Of Arthur Brown all appeared at the
Hastings Stadium Festival Of Music in Hastings, England. Tickets 10 shillings
1968, Simon and Garfunkel UK No.1 album with ‘Bookends’.
1968, The Beach Boys  UK No1 – ‘Do It Again’,
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 plays drums to compensate for Ringo, who had quit The Beatles on August
22.
1972, Alice Cooper was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘School’s Out’.
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.
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.
1993, German-based multi-national dance act Culture Beat  No.1 in the UK singles chart with ‘Mr Vain’.
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.’
1997, Gina G was taken ill during a flight from London to Glasgow when she suffered an allergic reaction to a flu
treatment and had to be rushed to hospital.
1998, Geri Halliwell announced that she was selling off her Spice Girls clothes in a charity auction.
2005, Art Garfunkel was charged by police for possession after a marijuana cigarette was allegedly found in the
ashtray of his car.
2005, Oasis went to No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘The Importance Of Being Idle’
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 front man 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.
Birthday Boys and Girls August 28th
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939,  Clem Cattini, drums, The Tornadoes
1943, Ann Lantree, The Honeycombs
1943, David Soul, actor, singer
1946, Ken Andrews, Middle Of The Road,
1949,  Hugh Cornwell, guitar, vocals, The Stranglers
1949, 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,  Wayne Osmond, Vocals, The Osmonds
1961, Kim Appleby, singer, Mel and Kim
1965, Shania Twain, Canadian singer, (Eilleen Regina Edwards)
1969,  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’)

Music Stuff August 26th
1963, Cilla Black made her first major concert appearance at The Odeon Cinema Southport on a bill with The
Beatles.

1965, Sonny & Cher  No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘I Got You Babe’.

1967, Mick Jagger and Marianne Faithfull joined up with The Beatles in Bangor North Wales to seek guidance
from Maharishi Mahesh Yogi.

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.

1970, Bob Dylan, 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.

1972, Looking Glass started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Brandy You’re A Fine Girl’, it
didn’t chart in the UK.

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’.

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 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. B

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.

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, Green Day were named best band on the planet at the 12th annual Kerrang! rock awards

2007, High School Musical 2 soundtrack album was at No.1 on the US chart.

Birthday Boys and Girls August 26th:

1940, Nik Turner, Hawkwind,

1941,  Chris Curtis, drums, The Searchers Died on 1st March 2005 at the age of 63 after a long illness.

1948,  Jet Black, (Brian Duffy), drums, The Stranglers,

1948,  Valerie Simpson, singer, Ashford and Simpson,
1954,  Steve Wright, BBC radio DJ and TV presenter, (1982 UK No.40 single ‘I’m Alright’).


Music Stuff August 25th
1957, Canadian singer, songwriter Paul Anka was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Diana’ (written about his
brother’s baby-sitter). Anka was the first teenage solo act to reach No.1.

1960, The Shadows were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Apache’. The first of five UK No.1′s for Cliff
Richard’s backing group.

1961, After playing a lunchtime gig at The Cavern Liverpool, The Beatles played aboard the Merseyside
riverboat M.V.Royal Iris’ supporting Acker Bilk and his Paramount Jazz Band. Tickets cost 8/6.
1962, Little Eva went to No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘The Loco-motion’. The Carole King and Gerry Goffin
song was offered to Dee Dee Sharp (Mashed Potatoes), who turned it down. The writers had their babysitter
record it who took it to No.1. 1

1967, Bobbie GentryNo.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Ode To Billy Joe’, a No.13 hit in the UK.

1970, Elton John made his US live debut when he kicked off a 17-date tour at the Troubadour in Los Angeles. In
the audience that night were Don Henley, Quincy Jones and Leon Russell.

1970, Emerson Lake and Palmer made their live debut at The Guildhall, Plymouth, England.

1973, Donny Osmond  No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Young Love’ his third and last No.1. Tab Hunter also
had a hit with the song in 1957.

1973, One hit wonders, Stories started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Brother Louie’. Hot
Chocolate who had a No.7 hit with the song in the UK wrote the song.

1973, Bobby Darin performed his final concert, at the Las Vegas Hilton. He died at the age of 37 on December
20th 1973 following open-heart surgery.

1979, 25 years after his first UK No.1 single Cliff Richard had his 10th chart topper with ‘We Don’t Talk Anymore’
his first No.1 for eleven years.

1979, The Knack t No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘My Sharona a No.6 hit in the UK.

1989, The Sugarcubes, New Order, The Pogues, The Mission, House Of Love, The Swans, Pop Will Eat Itself,
Green On Red, That Petrol Emotion, Billy Bragg and The Wonder Stuff all appeared at the three day Reading
Festival in England.

1990, ‘Itsy Bitsy Teeny Weeny Yellow Polka Dot Bikini’ by Bombalurina was the UK No.1 single. Bombalurina was
childrens TV presenter Timmy Mallett with a remake of Brian Hyland’s 1960 hit.

1994, Take That kicked off a 36 date sold out UK tour with 3 nights at the SEC Glasgow. During the tour the
group played 9 sold out nights at London’s Wembley Arena.

1995, Smashing Pumpkins, Bjork, Neil Young, Green Day, Hole, Paul Weller, Soundgarden, Beck, Foo Fighters,
Ash, Deus, Gene all appeared at this years UK Reading festival, a three day ticket cost £60.
1999, Oasis bass player Paul McGuigan announced he had quit the band just a few days after guitarist
Bonehead had left the band.

2000, Academy Award-winning film score composer and record producer Jack Nitzsche died of a heart attack.
Produced The Rolling Stones, Neil Young, Buffalo Springfield and The Walker Brothers.

2000, Oasis, Primal Scream, Foo Fighters, The Bluetones, Muse, Eminem, Beck, Stereophonics, Blink 182,
Slipknot, Placebo, Pulp, Eminem, Rage Against The Machine, Gomez, Limp Bizkit, Embrace and The Wannadies
all appeared at Carling Weekend Reading and Leeds festival in England.
2001, American singer, actress Aaliyah was killed in a plane crash in the Bahamas aged 22. The small Cessna
plane crashed a few minutes after take off killing everyone on board with exception to four passengers who were
pulled from the wreckage but later died.

2002, Eva Cassidy No.1 on the UK album chart with ‘Imagine’, the singers second UK No.1 album.
2005, Two former members of Guns N’ Roses were suing singer Axl Rose for allegedly naming himself sole
administrator of the US rock band’s copyrights. Slash and Duff – otherwise known as Saul Hudson and Michael
McKagan, accused Rose of “arrogance and ego”.

Birthday Boys and Girls August 25th

1918, Leonard Bernstein. Composed music for 1957 ‘West Side Story’, ‘On The Waterfront’, conducted the New
York Philharmonic aged 25.
1942, , Walter Williams, The O’Jays,
1950,  Willy DeVille, Mink DeVille,Aug 2009.

1951,  James Warren, The Korgis,


Music Stuff August 24th
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.
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 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 studios 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.
1980, Iron Maiden Whitesnake, Def Leppard, UFO, Gillan, Gillan, Pat Travers Band and Rory Gallagher all
appeared at the 20th National Rock Festival Reading Rock 80, England. Advance tickets £12.50.
1981, Mark Chapman was given a 20 year jail sentence for the murder of John Lennon.
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 No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘The Power Of Love’. As featured in the movie
‘Back To The Future’.
1987, Donny Osmond released his first single in 10 years ‘I’m In It For Love’, (Donny now shaves and has taken
to wearing black leather).
1989, The Who perform “Tommy” at the Universal Amphitheatre with special guests Steve Winwood, Elton John,
Phil Collins, Patti LaBelle and Billy Idol.
1990, This years three day UK Reading Festival kicked off, featuring, Faith No More, The Cramps, Inspiral
Carpets, Pixies, The Fall, Jesus Jones, Ride, Dinosaur Jnr, The Wedding Present, Billy Bragg and others, a
three day ticket £35.
1995, Pulp singer Jarvis Cocker presented this weeks UK TV Music show ‘Top Of The Pops’, guest’s included
Oasis, Blur, Bjork and The Charlatans.
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.
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.’
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 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.”

Birthday Boys and Girls August 24th
1944, Jim Capaldi, drummer, singer, songwriter, Traffic,
1945, Molly Duncan, Average White Band, (1975 US No.1 & UK No.6 single ‘Pick Up The Pieces’).
1948, Jean-Michel Jarre, French instrumentalist,
1955, Jeffrey Daniels, Shalamar, (1980 US No. 8 single ‘The Second Time Around’, 1982 UK No.5 single ‘A
Night To Remember’).
1956, Matt Aitken, part of the Stock, Aitken and Waterman production team, produced over 10 UK No.1 singles.



Music Stuff August 22nd
1956, Elvis Presley began working on his first movie, Love Me Tender. I
1962, The first TV appearance of The Beatles was recorded by Manchester based Granada TV, who filmed a
lunchtime session at The Cavern Club Liverpool, (it 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.
1964, The Supremes No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Where Did Our Love Go’ the girl group’s first No.1, No.3
in the UK.
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 BBC TV Simon Dee 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 3. After Ringo walked out, the remaining Beatles recorded ‘Back In the USSR’, with Paul on drums
and John playing bass.
1970, Bread No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Make It With You’, the group’s only No.1 hit, No.5 in the UK.
1970, Creedence Clearwater Revival started a nine-week run at No.1 on the US album chart with ‘Cosmo’s
Factory’.
1970, The Moody Blues No.1 on the UK album chart with ‘A Question Of Balance’.
1971, Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, and Peter, Paul & Mary all appeared at the Odeon Theatre, Edinburgh, Scotland.
1987, Madonna No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Who’s That Girl’, her sixth US No.1 – No.1 in the UK.
1990, Orchestra leader David Rose died aged 80. He had the 1962 US No.1 single ‘The Stripper’. He also wrote
music for the television series Little House on the Prairie and Bonanza.
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.
2002, Corrs drummer, Caroline Corr married long-time boyfriend Frank Woods in a candlelit church on Mallorca.
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.
2003, Blur, Beck, The White Stripes, Doves, The Streets, The Libertines, The Darkness, Junior Senior, The
Sleepy Jackson and The Thrills all appeared at this years UK Carling Reading weekend festival.
2004, Maroon 5 went to No.1 on the UK album chart with ‘Songs About Jane.’
2009, Sugarland went to No.1 on the US album chart with ‘Live on the Inside’, the American country music duo’s
first No.1.
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.

August 22nd: Born on this day
1920, John Lee Hooker, Blues singer, guitarist,
1938,Dale Hawkins, rockabilly singer, guitarist,
1939, Fred Milano, Dion and the Belmonts,
1945, Ron Dante, singer, songwriter, The Archies,
1946, Mutha Withem, Gary Puckett and the Union Gap,
956, 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, Ian Mitchell, Bay City Rollers,
1961, Debbie Peterson, drums, The Bangles
1961, Roland Orzabal, singer, songwriter, guitarist, Tears For Fearsgles).
1963, James Debarge, Debarge,
1963, , Tori Amos, singer, songwriter,


Music Stuff August 23rd

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.’  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

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

1969, The Rolling Stones started a four week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Honky Tonk Women’ No.
1 in the UK.

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.

1980, David Bowie was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Ashes To Ashes’ his second UK No.1. From the
Scary Monsters (and Super Creeps) album the song continued the story of Major Tom from Bowie’s ‘Space
Oddity’.

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’.

1991, the re-formed Dire Straits kicked off a two year 300 date world tour in Dublin, Ireland. 1

1991, Iggy Pop, Sonic Youth, Pop Will Eat Itself, Dinosaur Jr, Chapterhouse, Nirvana, Silverfish, Babes in
Toyland, James, The Fall, De La Soul, Blur, Teenage Fanclub, Flowered Up, The Fat Lady Sings, Kingmaker,
Mercury Rev, Sisters of Mercy and Neds Atomic Dustbin all appeared at this year’s three day Reading Festival
in England.

1996, the father of Noel and Liam form Oasis Tommy Gallagher was jailed for one month by a Manchester Court
for driving while disqualified.

1997, Texas went to No.1 on the UK album chart for the second time with ‘White On Blonde’.

2004, Queen, became the first UK rock band to receive official approval in Iran, where Western music was
strictly prohibited. Lead singer, Freddie Mercury, who died of AIDS in 1991, was of Iranian ancestry and
bootlegged albums had been available for years.

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.

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.

Birthday Boys and Girls August 23rd

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

1942,  Roger Greenaway, singer, songwriter, member of Blue Mink, (1970 UK No.3 single ‘Melting Pot’). With
Roger Cook he wrote hits for Andy Williams, Deep Purple, Cilla Black, The Fortunes, The Hollies and Gene
Pitney. The pair also co-wrote ‘I’d Like to Teach the World to Sing’ which was recorded as a Coca-Cola radio
commercial, with the lyric ‘I’d like to buy the world a Coke and keep it company.’

1947,  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’).

Music Stuff August 22nd
1956, Elvis Presley began working on his first movie, Love Me Tender. I
1962, The first TV appearance of The Beatles was recorded by Manchester based Granada TV, who filmed a
lunchtime session at The Cavern Club Liverpool, (it 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.
1964, The Supremes No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Where Did Our Love Go’ the girl group’s first No.1, No.3
in the UK.
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 BBC TV Simon Dee 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 3. After Ringo walked out, the remaining Beatles recorded ‘Back In the USSR’, with Paul on drums
and John playing bass.
1970, Bread No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Make It With You’, the group’s only No.1 hit, No.5 in the UK.
1970, Creedence Clearwater Revival started a nine-week run at No.1 on the US album chart with ‘Cosmo’s
Factory’.
1970, The Moody Blues No.1 on the UK album chart with ‘A Question Of Balance’.
1971, Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, and Peter, Paul & Mary all appeared at the Odeon Theatre, Edinburgh, Scotland.
1987, Madonna No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Who’s That Girl’, her sixth US No.1 – No.1 in the UK.
1990, Orchestra leader David Rose died aged 80. He had the 1962 US No.1 single ‘The Stripper’. He also wrote
music for the television series Little House on the Prairie and Bonanza.
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.
2002, Corrs drummer, Caroline Corr married long-time boyfriend Frank Woods in a candlelit church on Mallorca.
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.
2003, Blur, Beck, The White Stripes, Doves, The Streets, The Libertines, The Darkness, Junior Senior, The
Sleepy Jackson and The Thrills all appeared at this years UK Carling Reading weekend festival.
2004, Maroon 5 went to No.1 on the UK album chart with ‘Songs About Jane.’
2009, Sugarland went to No.1 on the US album chart with ‘Live on the Inside’, the American country music duo’s
first No.1.
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.

August 22nd: Born on this day
1920, John Lee Hooker, Blues singer, guitarist,
1938,Dale Hawkins, rockabilly singer, guitarist,
1939, Fred Milano, Dion and the Belmonts,
1945, Ron Dante, singer, songwriter, The Archies,
1946, Mutha Withem, Gary Puckett and the Union Gap,
956, Chris Biondo, guitarist, producer with Eva Cassidy. (Only artist to score three posthumous UK No.1 albums,
2001 ‘Songbird’, 2002 ‘Imagine’, 2


Music Stuff   August 21st
1961, Patsy Cline recorded the classic Willie Nelson song, ‘Crazy’. She was still on crutches after going through
a car windshield in a head-on collision two months earlier.
1965, during a 17 date UK tour The Who played at the Palais in Bournemouth.
1968, Tommy James and The Shondells returned to the UK No.1 position for the second time with the single
‘Mony Mony’.
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.
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.
1997, Oasis’ third album ‘Be Here Now’, became one of the fastest selling albums ever, shifting over a million
copies on the first day of release.
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.
2005, McFly were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘I’ll Be OK’, the group’s 4th No.1
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’). Was the first house drummer for The Grand Ole Opry. He can be heard on over 18,000
recordings.

Birthday Boys and Girls August 21st
1904, Count Basie, bandleader.
1938, Kenny Rogers, singer
1944,  Jackie DeShannon singer,
1952,  Joe Strummer, singer, songwriter, guitarist, The Clash,

Music Stuff August 20th
1965, The Rolling Stones’ manager Andrew Loog Oldham and his partner Tony Calder launched Immediate
records. Their first release was The McCoy’s ‘Hang On Sloopy’, Mick Jagger, Eric Clapton and Nico (later to join
Velvet Underground), all attended the launch party. The label became the home of The Small Faces, Nice,
Amen Corner and Chris Farlowe and a young producer – guitarist Jimmy Page. .
1969, after finishing ‘I Want You, (She’s So Heavy), The Beatles worked on the running order for the Abbey
Road album. A preliminary master tape was compiled, the medley was originally slated for side one of the album,
and the placement of ‘Octopus’s Garden’ and ‘Oh! Darling’ were reversed from the final version. The album was
to end with the slashed guitar chord that finishes ‘I Want You (She’s So Heavy)’. This was the last time all four
Beatles were together in Abbey Road studios.
1977, The Brotherhood Of Man No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Angelo
1977, The Emotions No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Best Of My Love’, No.4 in the UK.
1980, during a North American tour, Queen appeared at the Civic Centre, Hartford, Connecticut.
1983, The compilation album ’18 Greatest Hits’ by Michael Jackson and The Jackson Five started a three week
run at No.1 on the UK chart.
1983, Madness, Joan Jett, The Police and R.E.M. all appeared at JFK Stadium in Philadelphia.
1986, Rick Allen drummer with Def Leppard made his first live appearance with the band after losing an arm in a
car accident, when they appeared at the Monsters Of Rock Festival, Castle Donington, England.
1988, Steve Winwood went to No.1 on the US album chart with ‘Roll With It’.
1992, a US Doctor filed a $35m lawsuit against the Southwest Bell phone company. He alleged that his wife died
because he could not reach 911 due to all lines being jammed by demand of Garth Brooks concert tickets.
1997, BBC TV aired the documentary ‘Oasis; Right Here Right Now’, with the group talking about their
troublesome last year plus performances of three new songs from the Manchester band.
2000, Spiller went to No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Groovejet’. The Italian DJ and producer mixed the track
based on an old 1970′s hit ‘Love Is You’ by Carol Williams, with new vocals by Sophie Ellis-Bextor.
2003, Madame Tussauds in London opened an interactive Pop Idol display with a speaking waxwork of judge
Simon Cowell. The waxwork made comments such as: ‘That was extraordinary. Unfortunately extraordinarily
bad.’ ‘Do you really think that you could become a Pop Idol’ Well then you’re deaf.’ ‘Thank you. Goodbye and
That was the worst performance I’ve ever seen.’
2004, A man from Stoke-on-Trent, England, named Bryan Adams as the ‘other man’ in his divorce papers after
years spent trying to cope with his wife’s obsession with the singer. Rob Tinsley said he had to live with a 6ft cut-
out of Adams which stood at the foot of the bed and posters on the bedroom walls.
2007, the funeral of Manchester music mogul and broadcaster, Tony Wilson was held at St Mary’s Roman
Catholic Church in Manchester.
2008, The daughter of late country star Johnny Cash called the use of her father’s name to endorse a US
presidential candidate ‘appalling’. Country star John Rich implied Mr Cash would have backed Republican
hopeful John McCain while appearing at a rally in Florida, according to media reports.

Birthday Boys and Girls August 20th
1924, Jim Reeves, US country singer.
1931, Paul Robi, The Platters
1940, John Lantree, The Honeycombs
1941, Dave Brock, Hawkwind, (1972 UK No.3 single ‘Silver Machine’).
1946,  Ralf Hutter, Kraftwerk, (1982 UK No.1 single ‘Computer Love / The Model’).



Music Stuff August 19th
1964, The Rolling Stones played at the New Theatre Ballroom, Guernsey in the Channel Islands.
1964, The Beatles kicked off a North American tour at the Cow Palace in San Francisco, California, to a crowd of 17,130.
Supporting acts were The Righteous Brothers, The Bill Black Combo, The Exciters, and Jackie DeShannon.
1964, The High Numbers, (The Who) played at The Scene in Soho London, England.
1967, UK singer Adam Faith married dancer Jackie Irving.
1967, The Beatles scored their 14th US No.1 single with ‘All You Need Is Love’. Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Eric Clapton, Keith
Moon, Graham Nash, Marianne Faithfull and Walker Brother Gary Leeds all sang backing vocals on the track.
1971, Led Zeppelin kicked off a North American tour at the Pacific Coliseum in Vancouver, Canada. The band played to a sold out
crowd of over 17,000 fans, another 3,000 fans outside the venue who didn’t have tickets started a battle with local police.
1974, The Three Degrees No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘When Will I See You Again.’
1978, The Commodores No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Three Times A Lady’. Lionel Richie wrote the song about his love for
his wife, mother and grandmother hence ‘Once, Twice, Three Times a Lady.’
1979, American Rockabilly singer Dorsey Burnette died from a heart attack at his home in Canoga Park, California. He wrote ‘It’s
Late’, a hit for Shakin’ Stevens in 1983.
1983, UK pirate station Radio Caroline was re-launched from a new ship ‘The Ross Revenge’.
1988, ‘Crazy’ by Patsy Cline, and Elvis Presley’s, ‘Hound Dog’ were announced as the most played jukebox songs of the first
hundred years. The jukebox had been around since 1906, but earlier models had been first seen in 1889.
2000, Richard Ashcroft, Paul Weller, James, Toploader, Barenaked Ladies, Moby, Beth Orton, Joe Strummer, Feeder, Dandy
Warhols and Coldplay all appeared at this years V2000 festival in Staffordshire, England.
2001, American soul singer Betty Everett died aged 61.
2001, British boy band Five scored their final UK No.1 single with ‘Let’s Dance.’
2001, a man was arrested at the V2001 festival at Chelmsford, Essex, England after clambering onto a stage and running
towards Kylie Minogue, who was performing.
2003, A man from Nottinghamshire who sent threatening emails to S Club singer Tina Barrett was jailed for six months. 41 year-
old Steven Hindley, showered the singer with roses, chocolates and teddy-bears.
2005, a life-size bronze statue designed by Paul Daly of Phil Lynott was unveiled on Harry Street in Dublin.
2007, Elvis Presley No.1 on the UK album chart with ‘The King.’
2007, Kanye West No.1 on the UK singles chart ‘Stronger
2008, saxophonist LeRoi Moore, a founding member of the Dave Matthews Band, died aged 46.

Birthday Boys and Girls August 19th
1940, Ginger Baker, drummer, Cream,
1940, Johnny Nash, singer
1940, Roger Cook, songwriter, as a member of Blue Mink
1943, Billy J Kramer, singer
1945, Ian Gillan, vocals, Deep Purple,
1951, John Deacon, bass, Queen,

Music Stuff August 18th
1958, The Kalin Twins were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘When’.
1962, Ringo Starr made his debut with The Beatles at the horticultural society Dance, Birkenhead, England, having had a two-
hour rehearsal in preparation. This was the first appearance of The Beatles as the world would come to know them: John, Paul,
George, and Ringo.
1964, Over 9,000 frenzied fans met The Beatles as they arrived in San Francisco, to begin an American tour. The Beatles were
driven into a protective fence enclosure so that photographers could take pictures. As the 9,000 fans pressed against the fencing,
it gave way, with The Beatles managing to get out split-seconds before it came crashing down.
1966, Paul Jones left Manfred Mann just as ‘Pretty Flamingo’ was climbing the US charts. He was replaced by singer Mike D’Abo,
who would take over lead vocals on the bands next hit, ‘The Mighty Quinn,’ a song written by Bob Dylan.
1973, Diana Ross  US No.1 – ‘Touch Me In The Morning’.
1979, Chic US No1- ‘Good Times’, – No.5 hit in the UK.
1982, The City of Liverpool named four Streets after the fab four: John Lennon Drive, Paul McCartney Way, George Harrison Close
and Ringo Starr Drive.
1984, George Michael UK No1 ‘Careless Whisper.’ It made George the first person to reach No.1 as a solo artist and a member
of a band in the same year. It gave Epic records UK their first UK million seller and the song was No.1 in nearly 25 countries,
selling over six million copies worldwide.
1991, Sweet Jesus appeared at the Boardwalk, Manchester. Support act was The Rain (later to become Oasis), minus Noel
Gallagher who had yet to join his brothers band.
1999, Johnny Byrne guitarist with 60′s Liverpool band Rory Storm and the Hurricanes died aged 60.
2002, Sugababes UK No.1 single with ‘Round Round’.
2003, Tony Jackson bass player with The Searchers died of cirrhosis of the liver.
2006, US film-maker Adam Muskiewicz set up elviswanted.com as part of a documentary exploring the myth that the singer was
still alive and offered a $3m (£1.59m) reward for anybody who found Elvis Presley alive.
2008, Soul singer Pervis Jackson died of cancer. Was a member of The Spinners (Also known as The Motown Spinners and The
Detroit Spinners). Had the 1980 UK No.1 & US No.2 single ‘Working My Way Back To You’.

Birthday Boys and Girls August 18
1930, Johnny Preston, US singer, (1960 US & UK No.1 single ‘Running Bear’.
1942, Sarah Dash, Labelle, (1975 US No.1 & UK No.17, single ‘Lady Marmalade’).
1944,Carl Wayne, singer, The Move, (1969 UK No.1 single ‘Blackberry way’). Wayne died of cancer on 31st Aug 2004.
1945, Nona Hendryx, Labelle, (1975 US No.1 & UK No.17, single ‘Lady Marmalade’).
1945, Barbara Harris, singer, The Toys, 1965 US No. 2 & UK No.5 single ‘A Lover’s Concerto’).
1951, John Rees, Men At Work, (1983 UK & US No.1 single ‘Down Under’).
1952, Patrick Swayze, actor, singer,

Music Stuff August 17th
1955, Elvis Presley released his first number 1 hit, ‘I Forgot to Remember to Forget / Mystery Train’.
1960, The Beatles begin their first Hamburg engagement at the Indra Club, Grosse Freiheit, Hamburg, West Germany, playing the
first of 48 nights at the Club. The owner, Bruno Koschmider, asked The Beatles to “Mach Shau”, or really put on a show, which led
to the band screaming, shouting, and leaping about the stage and sometimes playing lying on the floor.
1963, Rory Storm And The Hurricanes, Gus Travis And The Raincoats and Johnny Sandon And The Remo 4 all appeared at the
Royal Lido, Prestatyn, Wales, in a Merseybeat package show. Tickets 5 shillings, ($0.70).
1964, Glasgow council in Scotland announced that all boys and men with Beatle styled haircuts would have to wear bathing caps
after a committee was told that hair from ‘Beatle-cuts’ was clogging the pools filters.
1969, the final day of the three day Woodstock festival took place at Max Yasgur’s farm in Bethel, New York. Acts who appeared
included Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young, The Who, Jimi Hendrix, Ten Years After, John Sebastian, Sha Na Na, Joe Cocker,
Country Joe and the Fish, The Band, Ten Years After, Johnny Winter and Paul Butterfield Blues Band. Over 186,000 tickets had
been sold but on the first day the flimsy fences and ticket barriers had come down. There were two deaths – a teenager was killed
by a tractor as he lay in his sleeping bag and another died from a drugs overdose.
1971, Johnny Cash played the first of 3 nights at The Kings Hall, Belle Vue, Manchester.
1971, during a UK tour Queen appeared at the City Hall in Truro, Cornwall.
1974, UK group Paper Lace scored their only US No.1 single with ‘The Night Chicago Died’, No.3 in the UK.
1988, Sweet announced they were reforming after a £1 and a half million offer from MCA Records.
1998, Carlos Santana received a star on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame.
1999, Led Zeppelin topped a chart of Britain’s most bootlegged musicians, compiled by the British Phonographic Industry (BPI)
2002, Darius was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Colourblind’.
2002, Travis, Alanis Morissette, Nickelback, Supergrass, Elvis Costello, The Bluetones, Mull Historical Society, Badly Drawn Boy
and The Chemical Brothers all appeared at the UK festival V2002 in Chelmsford, England.
2004, a report showed how touts were now using eBay to sell tickets for sold-out concerts.
2008, Jackson Browne was suing US Republican presidential candidate John McCain for using one of his songs without
permission.

Birthday Boys and Girls August 17th

1947, Gary Talley guitar, The Box Tops
1953, Kevin Rowland, singer, Dexy’s Midnight Runners
1958, Belinda Carlisle, singer, The Go-Go’s,
1962 Gilby Clarke, guitarist, spent 3 years as the rhythm guitarist of Guns N’ Roses, replacing Izzy Stradlin in November 1991.
1964, Maria Mckee, singer, Lone Justice


Music Stuff August 16th
1938, American blues musician Robert Johnson died .
1962, Little Stevie Wonder, (aged 12), released his first single, ‘I Call It Pretty Music, (But The Old People Call It The Blues)’, the
single featured Marvin Gaye on drums.
1962, Brian Epstein told Pete Best that the other Beatles wanted him out of the group, and that he was being replaced. Epstein
then asked Best to perform with The Beatles that night at the Riverpark Ballroom in Chester, Cheshire. Pete Best does not show
up, drummer Johnny Hutchinson of The Big Three filled in the temporary vacancy.
1965, David Jones’ official stage name became David Bowie.
1968, The Jackson Five made their formal debut with Diana Ross and The Supremes at the Great Western Forum, California.
1969, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young supported by Joni Mitchell appeared at the Auditorium Theater in Chicago, Illinois.
1969, during a North American tour Led Zeppelin appeared at the Convention Hall in Asbury Park with Joe Cocker as support.
Zeppelin had been asked to perform at Woodstock but due to this gig commitment were unable to attend.
1970, this week’s UK Top 5 singles: No.5, Free, ‘All Right Now’, No.4, Shirley Bassey, ‘Something’, No.3, Hotlegs, ‘Neanderthal
Man’, No.2, The Kinks, ‘Lola’ and No.1, Elvis Presley, ‘The Wonder Of You’, (his 16th UK No.1).
1970, The final day of the three day UK Yorkshire Folk, Blues & Jazz Festival at Krumlin, Yorkshire took place featuring The Kinks,
Mungo Jerry, Yes, Ginger Bakers Air Force and Edgar Winter. Weekend tickets, £3.
1975, Peter Gabriel announced he was leaving Genesis to go solo.
1975, The Stylistics were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Can’t Give You Anything (But My Love)’, the Philadelphian soul
group’s only UK No.1.
1977, Elvis Presley was found dead lying on the floor in his bathroom by his girlfriend Ginger Alden, he had been seated on the
toilet reading ‘The Scientific Search For Jesus’. He died of heart failure at the age of 42. His first record for RCA, ‘Heartbreak
Hotel’, was also his first US No.1. He starred in 31 films. Elvis holds the record for the most entries on the US Hot 100 chart with
154. Elvis became the first rock ‘n’ roll artist to be honoured by the US Postal Service with a stamp.
1977, Manchester punk band The Buzzcocks signed to EMI’s United Artists label.
1980, keyboard player Jools Holland left Squeeze, (he re-joined in 1985).
1986, Madonna started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Papa Don’t Preach.’
1988, Kiss played at the Marquee Club in London, England on their current 129-date Crazy Nights world tour.
1997, on the 20th anniversary of Elvis Presley’s death over 30,000 fans descended on Memphis Tennessee for a 10-minute
mourning circuit circling his grave.
1997, Will Smith started a four-week run at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Men In Black’ taken from the film of the same name.
1997, Blur, Prodigy, Beck, Kula Shaker, Dodgy, Foo Fighters, Placebo, James, Ash, Dodgy and Gene all appeared at the two day
V97 UK festival in Chelmsford and Leeds, weekend tickets, £50.
2000, Alan Caddy guitarist with The Tornadoes died. (1962 UK & US No.1 single ‘Telstar’. The first major hit from a UK act on the
American chart). Caddy also played on sessions and worked on arrangements for Spencer Davis Group, Kiki Dee, Pretty Things
and Dusty Springfield.
2005, Madonna suffered three cracked ribs, a broken collarbone and a broken hand in a horse-riding accident on her country
estate. The accident happened when she fell off a new horse in the grounds of her Ashcombe House on the border of Wiltshire
and Dorset on her 47th birthday.
2007, a fan of the 1980s pop band Wham! was silenced after becoming the first noise nuisance to be prosecuted by Newcastle
city council’s night watch team. Brian Turner had tormented neighbours by playing their hit song ‘Last Christmas’ all night at full
volume from 1am onwards. Magistrates fined Turner, of Sandyford, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, £200 and ordered him to pay £215
costs.

Birthday Boys and Girls August 16th
1915,  Al Hibbler, (1955 UK No.2 & US No.3 single ‘Unchained Melody’).
1946,  Gordon Fleet, The Easybeats,
1948, Barry Hay, Golden Earring,
1953,James Taylor, Kool & The Gang,
1957, Tim Farriss, guitar, INXS,
1958,  Madonna, (Madonna Louise Veronica Ciccone),



Music Stuff August 15th
1958, Buddy Holly married Maria Elena Santiago at his parents’ home.
1960, Elvis Presley No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘It’s Now Or Never’, also No.1 in the UK. The song which was based on the
Italian song, ‘O Sole Mio’, gave Presley his first post-army No.1.
1964, actor and singer Dean Martin No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Everybody Loves Somebody’, iNo.11 on the UK chart.
1965, The Beatles set a new world record for the largest attendance at a pop concert when they played in front of 55,600 fans at
Shea Stadium in New York City.
1969, the Woodstock Festival was held on Max Yasgur’s 600 acre farm in Bethel outside New York. Attended by over 400,000
people, the free event featured, Jimi Hendrix, Joe Cocker, Crosby Stills Nash & Young, Santana, The Who, Creedence Clearwater
Revival, Grateful Dead, Janis Joplin, The Band, Canned Heat, Joan Baez, Santana, Melanie, Ten Years After, Sly and the Family
Stone, Johnny Winter, Jefferson Airplane, Ravi Shanker, Country Joe and the Fish, Blood Sweat and Tears, Arlo Guthrie, and Joe
Cocker. During the three days there were three deaths, two births and four miscarriages. Joni Mitchell was booked to appear but
had to pull out due to being booked for a TV show, wrote the song ‘Woodstock.’
1981, Diana Ross and Lionel Richie US No.1 single with ‘Endless Love’, a No.7 in the UK.
1987, Michael Jackson UK No.1 with the single ‘ I Just Can’t Stop Loving You’, a duet with Siedah Garrett.
1992, Jamaican singer-song writer Jackie Edwards died. Edwards worked as a singer, songwriter for Island Records. He wrote
both ‘Keep On Running’ and ‘Somebody Help Me’
1993, U2 played Cardiff Arms National Park in Wales on their ‘Zooropa’ tour 93.
1995, the Dublin hotel owned by U2 ‘The Clarence’ was damaged by a fire which took over three hours to control. Also ‘The
Kitchen’ nightclub in the same building was affected by the fire and was evacuated.
1998, Boyzone scored their fourth UK No.1 single with ‘No Matter What’, making them the first Irish group to have four No.1
singles. Also Boyzone became the first act in history to reach the Top 5 with their first 12 single releases. The song came from the
Andrew Lloyd Webber musical ‘Whistle Down The Wind’.
1999, Westlife  No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘If I Let You Go’.
2002, a memorial to John Lennon was unveiled in the remote Scottish village of Durness where Lennon had spent his holidays
from age seven to fifteen. The lyrics from ‘In My Life’ had been inscribed on three stones.
2008, US record producer Jerry Wexler, who influenced the careers of singers including Aretha Franklin, Ray Charles and Bob
Dylan, died at his home in Sarasota, Florida aged 91. Wexler produced the Aretha Franklin hit Respect, the Wilson Pickett song, In
the Midnight Hour and helped Bob Dylan win his first Grammy award by producing the 1979 album, Slow Train Coming. He also
coined the term ‘rhythm and blues’ while writing for Billboard magazine in the late 1940s.
2009, U2′s first UK gig on their current tour broke the attendance record for a Wembley Stadium concert. Over 88,000 people
attended the show.

Birthday Boys and Girls August 15th

1896, Leon Theremin, Russian inventor. Most famous for his invention of the theremin, one of the first electronic musical
instruments.
1933, Bill Pinkney, The Drifters, (1960 US No.1 & UK No.2 single ‘Save The Last Dance For Me’).
1933, Floyd Ashman, The Tams,
1933, Bobby Helms, American country music singer best known for his 1957 hit, ‘Jingle Bell Rock’.
1938, Stix Nesbert Hooper, The Crusaders,
1942, Pete York, Spencer Davis Group
1950, Tommy Aldridge, drums, Whitesnake,


Music Stuff August 14th
1958, Elvis Presley’s mother Gladys died. At her funeral two days later Presley was so overcome with grief he was unable to
stand and had to be supported. Over 500 police were at the service to keep the gigantic crowd at bay.
1962, unhappy with drummer Pete Best’s role in The Beatles Brian Epstein and the other three members decide to sack him.
Best played his last gig the following night at The Cavern, Liverpool. Ringo Starr who was nearing the end of a three-month
engagement with Rory Storm & the Hurricanes at a Butlin’s holiday camp received a telephone call from John Lennon, asking him
to join The Beatles. Ringo gave Rory Storm three days notice and on August 18, appeared as a member of The Beatles for the
first time.
1965, Sonny & Cher No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘I Got You Babe’.
1967, All UK offshore pirate radio stations were closed down when the marine broadcasting act came into force. Radio Caroline
continued to broadcast until March 68.
1968, ‘Fire’ by The Crazy World of Arthur Brown No.1 on the UK singles chart.
1970, The first day of the three day UK Yorkshire Folk, Blues & Jazz Festival at Krumlin, Yorkshire took place featuring Atomic
Rooster, Pink Floyd, (who didn’t appear after being fog bound at Paris Airport), The Kinks, Elton John, Mungo Jerry, Yes, Alan
Price, Georgie Fame, Juicy Lucy, Pretty Things and The Groundhogs. Weekend tickets, £3.
1971, during a UK tour Queen played at the NCOs’ Mess at RAF Culdrose in Culdrose England.
1976, funded by a £400 loan ‘So It Goes’ by Nick Lowe became the first record released on Stiff Records. Lowe played all the
instruments the single cost £45 to record.
1985, Michael Jackson outbid Yoko Ono and Paul McCartney to secure the ATV Music Publishing catalogue. At $47.5m he gained
the rights to more than 250 songs written by Lennon and McCartney.
1988, lead singer, poet and frontman of Hawkwind Robert Calvert died of a heart attack.
1992, Tony Williams lead singer with The Platters died in his sleep of emphysema aged 64.
1993, Freddie Mercury had his first solo UK No.1 single with ‘Living On My Own’.
1999, Ronan Keating UK No.1 single with ‘When You Say Nothing At All’.
2005, James Blunt topped both the UK singles chart (with ‘You’re Beautiful’), and album charts (‘Back to Bedlam’), for a fifth week
in a row, a feat last achieved by Celine Dion.
2006, Boy George was seen sweeping streets in New York as part of a five-day community service sentence. The former Culture
Club frontman was moved into a fenced-off area after only 30 minutes after he was mobbed by the media.
2008, Lita Roza died in Liverpool, England. Had the 1953 No.1 hit with her version on the of Patti Page hit ‘How Much Is That
Doggie In The Window?’ Roza was the first British female singer to top the UK singles charts.
2009, George Michael was arrested and held on suspicion of driving under the influence of drink or drugs after his Land Rover
was in collision with a lorry on the A34 in Berkshire. The singer was later released without charge.

Birthday Boys and Girls August 14th
1941, David Crosby, The Byrds, Crosby Stills Nash & Young.
1942, Lionel Morton, The Four Pennies, (1964 UK No.1 single ‘Juliet’).
1946, Larry Graham, bass guitar, Sly and The Family Stone, (1971 US No.1 & 1972 UK No.15 single ‘Family Affair’). Formed
Graham Central Station.
1947, George Newsome, Climax Blues Band, (1976 UK No.10 and 1977 US No.3 single ‘Couldn’t Get It Right’).
1947, Maddy Prior, singer, Steeleye Span
1961, Sarah Brightman, singer, actress,

Music Stuff  August 13th
1964, Manfred Mann  No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Do Wah Diddy Diddy’
1965, Mike Smith, lead singer of The Dave Clark Five, suffered two broken ribs when he was pulled off the stage by fans.
1966, Lovin Spoonful  No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Summer In The City’, -No.8 in the UK.
1967, Fleetwood Mac made their live debut when they appeared at the National Jazz and Blues Festival in Windsor. Also on the
bill Jeff Beck, Cream, Small Faces, The Move, The Pink Floyd, Donovan and Chicken Shack.
1971, Saxophonist King Curtis Ousley was stabbed to death by a vagrant on the front steps of his New York home. Ousley had
worked with John Lennon and also played on The Coasters ‘Yakety Yak’.
1971, John Lennon flew from Heathrow Airport to New York, he never set foot on British soil again.
1971, Pink Floyd played their first ever-Australian date when they appeared at the Festival Hall in Melbourne.
1976, The Clash played a private gig for the press at Chalk Farm rehearsal studios, London.
1977, Bachman Turner Overdrive split up.
1980, four masked robbers broke in to Todd Rundgren’s New York house and proceeded to steal Hi-Fi equipment and paintings
after tying the musician up.
1982, American soul singer Joe Tex died at his home in Navasota, Texas
1983, KC and the Sunshine Band No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Give It Up’.
1992, Neil Diamond played the first of six sold-out nights at Madison Square Garden in New York. Diamond would bring in over
$40 million from touring this year, the second highest in the music industry.
2000, Melanie C went to No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘I Turn To You’.
2002, Adam Ant pleaded guilty to threatening drinkers at The Prince Of Wales Pub in London in January of this year.
2004, ‘Angels’ by Robbie Williams was voted the best single which should have been a number one but never was, in a poll for
music channel VH1.
2007, Amy Winehouse pulled out of two Rolling Stones gigs in Hamburg Germany citing exhaustion,

Birthday Boys and Girls August 13th
1940, John Stokes, The Bachelors
1951, Dan Fogelberg, US singer songwriter, (1979 album ‘Phoenix’).
1958, Feargal Sharkey, singer, The Undertones.
1959, Danny Bonaduce, The Partridge Family


Music Stuff August 12th
1960, Pete Best auditioned to become The Silver Beatles’ drummer and was asked to travel to Hamburg in Germany for the
bands next set of dates. Before leaving for Hamburg, The Silver Beatles changed their name to simply, “The Beatles”.
1971, John & Yoko donated £1,000 to the Clyde Shipbuilders Scottish Union fighting fund who were refusing to stop work at the
Glasgow site after being made redundant.
1971, during a UK tour Queen played at the Tregye Hotel in Truro, England.
1972, Alice Cooper  No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘School’s Out’.
1977, Henri Padovani guitarist with The Police quit the group after nine months leaving them a trio.
1978, The Commodores No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Three Times A Lady’, also No.1 in the UK and becoming Motown’s
biggest British selling single. Lionel Richie wrote the song about his love for his wife, mother and grandmother hence ‘Once,
Twice, Three Times a Lady.’
1984, as The Olympic Games came to a close, Lionel Richie performed, ‘All Night Long’ live from Los Angeles to an estimated
television audience of 2.6 billion people around the world.
1985, Kyu Sakamoto was killed in a plane crash.
1989, Richard Marx scored his third US No.1 single with ‘Right Here Waiting’.
1989, The two day Moscow Music Peace Festival was held at The Lenin Stadium in Moscow, Russia. Western Acts who appeared
included Motley Crue, Ozzy Osbourne, Bon Jovi, Skid Row and The Scorpions.
1991, Bryan Adams  No.1 on the UK single chart with ‘(Everything I Do), I Do It For You’.
1996, The Spice Girls were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Wannabe’
2000, Robbie Williams scored his third UK No.1 single with ‘Rock DJ’.
2001, Alicia Keys went to No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Fallin’.
2006, founding member of Destiny’s Child, LeToya was No.1 on the US album chart with her debut solo album ‘LeToya.’ It was
released six years after being dismissed from the group and staying away from the spotlight.
2007, Swedish singer Robyn with Kleerup went to No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘With Every Heartbeat’.
2009, Guitarist Les Paul died in hospital in White Plains, New York at the age of 94 suffering from severe pneumonia. Paul is
credited with developing one of the first solid-body electric guitars, which went on sale in 1952 and contributed to the birth of rock.
He also developed other influential recording innovations such as multi-track recording and overdubbing. In the early ’50s, Paul
and his wife Mary Ford had a string of hits including ‘Mockin’ Bird Hill,’ ‘How High the Moon,’ and ‘Vaya Con Dios.’

Birthday Boys and Girls August 12th
1929,  Buck Owens
1941, Craig Douglas
1949, Mark Knopfler
1950, Ronald David Mael, Sparks
1953, Jerry Speiser, Men At Work
1954, Pat Metheny, jazz rock guitarist, worked with David Bowie

Music Stuff August 11th
1962, Neil Sedaka No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Breaking Up Is Hard To Do’/ UK No.7
1964, The High Numbers, (later to become The Who), played at The Railway Hotel in Harrow, England. Just before the band were
due on stage, Roger Daltry’s father-in law came into the venue and dragged the singer outside and hit him. The band started their
set and Daltry appeared back on stage after the fight.
1966, At a press conference held at The Astor Towers Hotel in Chicago, John Lennon apologised for his remarks that The
Beatles were “more popular than Jesus”. Lennon told reporters “Look, I wasn’t saying The Beatles are better than God or Jesus, I
said ‘Beatles’ because it’s easy for me to talk about The Beatles. I could have said ‘TV’ or ‘Cinema’, ‘Motorcars’ or anything
popular and would have got away with it…”
1967, The Small Faces, The Move, Marmalade, Paul Jones, Pink Floyd, Amen Corner, Donovan, Zoot Money, Cream, Jeff Beck,
John Mayall, Peter Green’s Fleetwood Mac and The Crazy World Of Arthur Brown all appeared at this years UK Reading festival.
An advance 3 day ticket cost £2.
1969, 350 special guests were invited to see Motown Records new signings The Jackson Five play at The Daisy Club in Beverly
Hills.
1979, The Knack  No.1 on the US album chart with ‘Get The Knack’.
1979, Led Zeppelin played their last ever UK show when they appeared at Knebworth Park, England.
1980, Madness played the first of two nights at Nottingham’s Theatre Royal, supported by The Mo-Dettes.
1982, The Police appeared at the McGill Stadium, Montreal, Quebec, Canada on their Ghost In The Machine Tour.
1984, Ray Parker JR. No.1 on the US singles chart with the theme from the film ‘Ghostbusters’. Parker who had been a session
guitarist for Stevie Wonder and Marvin Gaye was accused of plagiarizing the melody from Huey Lewis and the News song ‘I Want
a New Drug’, resulting in Lewis suing Parker, the pair settled out of court in 1985.
1999, Kiss arrived on Hollywood Boulevard to unveil their star on The Walk Of Fame.
1999, Four music festivals took place in Cornwall, England for the full solar eclipse. James, The Levellers, Van Morrison, Kula
Shaker and the Happy Mondays were all appearing at various events.
2002, Nelly and Kelly Rowland started a seven week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Dilemma.’ Also a No.1 UK hit.
2008, Karl Wiosna from Graig, near Pontypridd in Wales had his stereo equipment and music collection destroyed after being
served with a noise abatement notice, which he later admitted breaching. Environmental health officers were alerted by
neighbours who complained about the unacceptable volume Wiosna was playing his Cher and U2 records. Two tape and record
decks, a radio and CDs were seized and destroyed by the council, he was also fined £265.

Birthday Boys and Girls August 11th
1942, Mike Hugg, drums, Manfred Mann
1943, Denis Payton, sax, Dave Clark Five,
1943, Jim Kale, Guess Who
1948, Bill Hurd, The Rubettes
1949, Eric Carmen, singer, The Young Rascals
1954, Bryan Bassett, guitar, vocals, Wild Cherry, (1976 US No.1 & UK No.7 single ‘Play That Funky Music’).
1955,Joe Jackson, UK singer, songwriter



Music Stuff August 10th
1959, Four members of The Platters were arrested after a gig in Cincinnati after being found with four 19 year old women, (3 of
them white), in various stages of undress. The scandal resulted in radio stations across the US removing Platters records from
their playlists.
1961, Helen Shapiro was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with You Don’t Know. Aged 14, Shapiro became the youngest act ever to
score a UK No.1.
1963, 13 year-old Little Stevie Wonder started a three week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Fingertips part II’, making
him the youngest singer to top the charts.
1963, on UK TV, the 100th edition of ‘Thank Your Lucky Stars’ with Cliff Richard, The Shadows, The Searchers, Brian Poole and
the Tremeloes, Billy J. Kramer and the Dakotas and Alma Cogan.
1963, Acker Bilk, Chris Barber, Ronnie Ross, Cyril Davies, Long John Baldry and The Rolling Stones all appeared at the third
Richmond Jazz Festival held over two days in Richmond, England. A weekend ticket cost 20 shillings.
1968, Deep Purple, Tyrannosaurus Rex, Ten Years After, The Nice, Ginger Baker and Arthur Brown all appeared at the National
Jazz & Blues Festival, Kempton Park Racecourse, Sunbury On Thames, England.
1968, Tom Jones went to No.1 on the UK album chart with ‘Delilah’.
1970, Simon and Garfunkels album ‘Bridge Over Troubled Water’ was at No.1 on the UK album chart, The Beatles were at No.2
with ‘Let It Be’ and Bob Dylan was at No.3 with ‘Self Portrait.’
1974, Roberta Flack No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Feel Like Makin’ Love’
1983, Kajagoogoo sacked their lead singer Limahl who took up a solo career.
1985, ‘Money for Nothing’ by Dire Straits peaked at No.4 on the UK singles chart.
1985, Simon Le Bon from Duran Duran was air lifted to safety when his boat ‘Drum’ overturned while racing off the English coast.
Le Bon was trapped under the hull with five other crew members for twenty minutes, until being rescued by the Royal Navy.
1991, Luciano Pavarotti scored his third UK No.1 album with ‘The Essential Pavarotti II’.
1991, The 5th Dimension received a star on The Hollywood Walk Of Fame.
1999, it was announced that Oasis rhythm guitarist Paul ‘Bonehead’ Arthur’s had quit the band after finishing his guitar parts on
the bands new album.
2002, Lisa Marie Presley married actor Nicolas Cage at a resort in Hawaii. The marriage was Presley’s third.
2005, James Blunt No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘You’re Beautiful’,
2007, Anthony Wilson the UK music mogul behind some of Manchester’s most successful bands died aged 57 after suffering
from kidney cancer.
2007, Spice Girl Emma Bunton gave birth to a baby boy called Beau at London’s private Portland Hospital.
2008, US singer-songwriter Isaac Hayes died at his home in Memphis, Tennessee, at the age of 65. Police were called to his
home after his wife found him unconscious.
2008, American singer-songwriter Katy Perry went to No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘I Kissed a Girl’.

Birthday Boys and Girls August 10th

1909, Leo Fender, inventor of The Telecaster and Stratocaster guitars.
1928, Jimmy Dean, singer, (1961 US No.1 & UK No.2 single ‘Big Bad John’. Went on to present a prime time variety show on US
TV.
1929, American singer and entertainer Eddie Fisher, singer, (1953 UK No.1 single ‘Outside Of Heaven’, 1955 US No.6 single
‘Heart’).
1940, Bobby Hatfield, singer, The Righteous Brothers,
1943, James Griffin, guitar, vocals, Bread,
1946, Mick Clarke, The Rubettes,
1947, Ian Anderson, flute, vocals, Jethro Tull,
1947, Ronnie Spector, singer, The Ronettes,
1948, Patti Austin, singer, (1983 US No.1 & UK No.11 single with James Ingram ‘Baby Come To Me’).
1949, , Andy Cresswell-Davis, The Korgis


Music Stuff August 9th
1953, Mantovani and his Orchestra were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Song From The Moulin Rouge’. The first ever
instrumental No.1 on the UK chart.
1958, Britain’s answer to Elvis, 17 year old Cliff Richard, signed a record deal with EMI records. Also on this day Cliff Richard
started a four-week residency at Butlins Holiday Camp in Clacton-On-Sea, Essex as Cliff Richard and the Drifters.
1963, the first ever edition of ‘Ready Steady Go! was shown on UK TV. Introduced by Keith Fordyce and 19 year-old Cathy
McGowan. The first show featured The Searchers, Jet Harris, Pat Boone, Billy Fury and Brian Poole and The Tremeloes. The final
show was in Dec 1966 after 175 episodes.
1964, The Rolling Stones appeared at the New Elizabeth Ballroom in Belle Vue, Manchester.
1967, Scott McKenzie was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘San Francisco (Be Sure To Wear Some Flowers In Your Hair).’
The singers only UK Top 40 hit was written by John Philips of Mamas & Papas.
1967, The Small Faces entered the singles chart with ‘Itchycoo Park’ got to No.3 in the UK chart.
1975, The Bee Gees started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Jive Talkin’, the group’s second US No.1 it
made No.5 in the UK.
1975, Typically Tropical were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Barbados’.
1980, Abba scored their eighth UK No.1 single with ‘The Winner Takes It All’. [more]
1986, 250 Gary Numan fans picketed BBC Radio 1 in London
1986, Queen gave what would be their last ever live performance when they appeared at Knebworth Park in England. The last two
songs the band played were ‘We Are The Champions’ and ‘God Save The Queen’.
1994, during an Oasis gig at The Riverside in Newcastle upon Tyne, England, guitarist Noel Gallagher was hit in the face by a
man who had jumped on the stage.
1999, Spice Girls manager Bob Herbert was killed in a car crash in Windsor, England. Herbert was behind the formation of The
Spice Girls and Five and had managed Bros during the 80′s.
2007, Amy Winehouse cancelled a series of European shows after being admitted to hospital suffering from “severe exhaustion”.
T
2007, Jennifer Lopez won £267,257 in a case against her first husband, who planned to publish a book claiming she had several
affairs.

Birthday Boys and Girls August 9th
1939, Billy Henderson singer, The Detroit Spinners,
1944, Vic Prince, drummer, Pretty Things
1946, John Parry, Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band,
1946, Marinus Gerritsen, Golden Earring,
1954, Bruce Thomas, bass, Elvis Costello and The Attractions,
1955, Benjamin Orr bass, vocals, The Cars,
1955, Charlie Morgan, English drummer and percussionist. Worked with the Tom Robinson Band, Kate Bush, Elton John,
Orleans, Paul McCartney and Tina Turner.
1963, Whitney Houston,


Music Stuff August 8th
1960, 16-year old Brian Hyland went to No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Itsy Bitsy Teeny Weeny Yellow Polka Dot Bikini’ it made
No.8 in the UK. Also a UK No.1 for Bombalurina featuring TV presenter Timmy Mallett in 1990.
1960, Decca Records scrapped 25,000 copies of Ray Peterson’s ‘Tell Laura I Lover Her’ because they felt the song, which
recounts the last thoughts of a teenager dying from a car accident, was “too tasteless and vulgar”. A cover version by Ricky
Valance, went to No.1 on the UK chart a month later.
1963, The Searchers  No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Sweets For My Sweet’
1964, The single by The Young World Singers called ‘Ringo For President’ was released in the US.
1966, in response to John Lennon’s remark about The Beatles being bigger than Jesus, The South African Broadcasting
Corporation banned all Beatles records.
1969, the photo session for the cover of The Beatles ‘Abbey Road’ album took place on the crossing outside Abbey Road studios.
Photographer Iain McMillan, balanced on a step-ladder in the middle of the road took six shots of John, Ringo, Paul, and George
walking across the zebra crossing while a policeman held up the traffic. The band then returned to the studio and recorded
overdubs on ‘The End’, ‘I Want You (She’s So Heavy)’ and ‘Oh! Darling’.
1970, Blood Sweat & Tears started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Blood Sweat & Tears 3′.
1970, Janis Joplin bought a headstone for the grave of her greatest influence Bessie Smith at the Mont Lawn Cemetery in
Philadelphia.
1981, MTV broadcast its first stereo concert with REO Speedwagon who performed in Denver, Colorado, having just released the
album Hi Infidelity and the hit singles, ‘Keep On Loving You,’ ‘Take It On the Run’ and ‘Don’t Let Him Go.’
1983, Harold Melvin and members from The Bluenotes were arrested in Atlantic City on charges of cocaine possession.
1986, David Crosby of Crosby, Stills and Nash was released from prison after serving three years for drug and weapons
possession. His conviction would be overturned by a Texas appeals court in November 1987.
1987, U2 scored their second US No.1 single from their ‘Joshua Tree’ album with ‘I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For’.
1992, Madonna US No.1 – ‘This Used To Be My Playground’.
1992, Snap! Started a six-week run at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Rhythm Is A Dancer’ the dance group’s second and last
No.1 .
1998, The Spice Girls had the UK No.1 single with ‘Viva Forever
2002, The UK’s biggest undertakers Co-Op funeral services reported that bereaved families preferred pop songs to hymns at
funerals. Top of the list was ‘Wind Beneath My Wings’ by Bette Midler. Other songs included ‘Angels’ by Robbie Williams and ‘My
Heart Will Go On’ by Celine Dion. They also reported some unusual choices including ‘Another One Bites The Dust’ by Queen
and ‘Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go’ by Wham!
2007, The US National Musical Publishers’ Association joined other businesses in seeking to sue YouTube claiming songwriters
were not being properly compensated when their music appeared on the site. The legal action had been combined with those of
several other companies, including Viacom and Nickelodeon, Paramount Pictures and Comedy Central.

Birthday Boys and Girls August 8th
1927, Andy Warhol, pop artist and producer, the founder of the Pop Art movement. Produced and managed The Velvet
Underground, designed the 1967 Velvet Underground and Nico, ‘peeled banana’ album cover and The Rolling Stones ‘Sticky
Fingers’ album cover.
1933,  Joe Tex, US soul singer
1942, John David, drums, Dr Hook
1949,  Airrion Love, singer, The Stylistics,
1958,  Christopher Foreman, guitar, Madness
1961,  The Edge (Dave Evans), guitar, U2


Music Stuff August 7th
1954, Elvis Presley appeared at the Eagles Nest in Memphis Tennessee
1957, The Quarry Men played at the Cavern Club in Liverpool, (without Paul McCartney who was away at Boy Scout summer
camp).
1963, this weeks UK Top 5 albums: No.5, Elvis Presley, ‘It Happened At The World Fair’, No.4, ‘West Side Story’, Soundtrack, No.
3, Cliff Richard, ‘Cliff’s Hit Album’, No.2, The Shadows, ‘Greatest Hits’, No.1, The Beatles, ‘Please Please Me.’
1964, The Rolling Stones, Ronnie Scott, Tuby Hayes, Manfred Mann, Yardbirds and Mose Allison all appeared at the fourth
Richmond Jazz Festival held over three days in Richmond, England.
1965, Herman’s Hermits US No.1 – ‘I’m Henry VIII I Am’.
1971, The Bee Gees US No.1 with ‘How Can You Mend A Broken Heart’.
1976, Elton John and Kiki Dee were at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Don’t Go Breaking My Heart’. It was written by Elton John
without Bernie Taupin under the pseudonym “Ann Orson” and “Carte Blanche.”
1982, Dexy’s Midnight Runners UK No.1 with ‘Come On Eileen’ . It was the Best-selling single of 1982 and the song won Best
British Single at the 1983 Brit Awards.
1982, ‘Kids From Fame’ by The Kids From Fame UK No.1 album.
1984, American soul singer Esther Phillips died from liver and kidney failure in Carson, California in 1984, at the age of 48. (1975
hit single ‘What A Difference A Day Makes’).
1997, Garth Brooks played to the largest crowd ever in New York’s Central Park. An estimated 1 million people attended the live
concert with an additional 14.6 million viewing live on HBO.
2001, Harmonica player Larry Adler died aged 87.
2002, three members of Oasis were injured when the taxi they were travelling in was involved in a crash during a US tour in
Indianapolis. Noel Gallagher, Andy Bell and Jay Darlington were all taken to hospital and treated for cuts and bruises.
2002, former Boyzone Keith Duffy made his acting debut in UK TV soap Coronation Street playing the role of Peter Barlow’s old
Navy mate Ciaran McCarthy.
2003, The Osmonds received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
2005, James Blunt was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘You’re Beautiful’
2007, Lily Allen had her US work visa cancelled after arriving at Los Angeles airport.
2007, Pete Doherty was warned by a judge that he could face jail or a community order over drugs offences.
2008, Elvis Presley’s peacock jumpsuit, was sold at auction for $300,000, making it the most expensive piece of Elvis
memorabilia ever sold at an auction. The white outfit with a plunging V-neck and high collar featured a blue-and-gold peacock
design, hand-embroidered on the front and back and along the pant legs.
2009, Willy DeVille died at the age of 58 following a battle with pancreatic cancer.

Birthday Boys and Girls August 7th
1925, Felice Bryant, songwriter with her husband Boudleaux.
1936, Charles Pope, The Tams
1945, Kerry Chater, Gary Puckett and the Union Gap
1952, Alexis Sayle, actor, comedian
1952, Andy Fraser, bass player with John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers. Joined Free when he was aged 16. (1970 UK No.2 & US No.4
single ‘All Right Now’).

Music Stuff  August 6th
1960, Chubby Checker appeared on US TV show American Bandstand and performed ‘The Twist.
1964, Rod Stewart made his TV debut on ‘The Beat Room’ as a member of The Hoochie Coochie Men.
1965, Decca records released The Small Faces debut single ‘Whatcha Gonna Do About It.’
1970, The 10th National Jazz, Blues and Pop four day Festival was held at Plumpton Racecourse in Sussex, England.
1973, Stevie Wonder was seriously injured when the car he was riding in crashed into a truck on I-85 near Winston-Salem, North
Carolina leaving him in a coma for four days. The accident also left him without any sense of smell.
1974, Abba scored their first US top 10 hit when ‘Waterloo’ went to No.6.
1977, This week’s UK Top 5 singles: No.5 ‘Fanfare For The Common Man’, ELP. No.4, ‘Pretty Vacant’, The Sex Pistols. No.3,
‘Angelo’ Brotherhood Of Man’. No.2, ‘Ma Baker’, Boney M and No.1, ‘I Feel Love’ Donna Summer.
1988, Yazz and the Plastic Population started a five week run at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘The Only Way Is Up’.
1990, Ace Of Base made the live debut when they played in Gothenburg, Sweden
2000, Former Boyzone member Ronan Keating  No.1 on the UK album chart with his debut release ‘Ronan’.
2000, Robbie Williams No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Rock DJ’.
2004, Rick James was found dead at his Los Angeles home. Known as ‘The King of Punk-Funk’
2006, ‘Hips Don’t Lie’ by Shakira featuring Wyclef Jean was at No.1 on the UK and Australian singles chart,

Birthday Boys and Girls August 6th
1929, Mike Elliot, The Foundations
1938,  Isaac Hayes, singer
1972,  Geri Halliwell, (Ginger Spice)

Music Stuff August 5th
1956, Doris Day No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Whatever Will Be Will Be’
1965, The Beatles No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Help!’
1966, The Beatles Revolver was released in the UK.
1967, Pink Floyd released their debut album The Piper At the Gates of Dawn
1972, Wizzard made their live debut at the ‘Rock ‘n’ Roll Festival, Wembley Stadium. Also on bill Chuck Berry, Bill Haley and Gary
Glitter.
1977, The Police, The Clash, The Damned, The Boys, The Rich Kids, Electric Kellar and Asphelt Jungle all appeared at the Mont
de Marsan Punk festival in France.
1978, Pete Meaden former manager and publicist for The Who committed suicide.
1983, Crosby Stills Nash & Young member David Crosby was sentenced to five years in jail in Texas for cocaine and firearms
offences.
1986, Culture Club keyboard player Michael Rudetsky is found dead at Boy George’s London home in Hampstead.
Mastermixers had their first of three UK No.1′s with ‘Swing The Mood’. Produced by the father and son DJ team of Andy and John
Pickles, Swing the Mood fused a number of early rock and roll records with liberal use of Glenn Miller’s ‘In The Mood.’
1993, Randy Hobbs, bass player with The McCoys, Edgar Winter Group and Motrose was found dead in his hotel room in Dayton
Ohio from a drug overdose aged 45.
1995, Take That played the first of ten sold out nights at The Nynex Arena, Manchester, (the shows were without Robbie Williams
who had quit the group on 17th July 1995).
1996, It was reported that UK TV music show ‘Top Of The Pops’ had hit rock bottom with it’s lowest audience ever – only two and
a half million viewers. In its heyday the show attracted over 17 million viewers each week.
2000, Police were called to Gary Glitter’s West London home after a crowd gathered outside and started to shout abuse.
2005, Bob Dylan’s song ‘Like a Rolling Stone’ topped a poll of rock and film stars to find the music, movies, TV shows and books
that changed the world.
2007, DNA testing on about a dozen people who claimed late soul star James Brown was their father revealed that at least two of
them were telling the truth.
2007, Beatles fans feared the misuse of the Fab Four’s music had hit rock bottom following the decision to license ‘All You Need
Is Love’ for use in a nappy advert.
2008, American singer, songwriter Robert Hazard died after surgery for pancreatic cancer. He wrote Cyndi Lauper’s, ’Girls Just
Wanna Have Fun’

August 5th: Born on this day

1942, Rick Huxley guitar, Dave Clark Five
1946, Jimmy Webb US singer, songwriter, Wrote the 1968 hit for Richard Harris ‘MacArthur Park’, plus ‘Galverston’, for Glen
Campbell, ‘Up Up and Away’, 5th Dimension.
1947,Gregory Leskiw, Guess Who
1957,Louis Walsh, Irish manager of Boyzone, Westlife Samantha Mumba and Girls Aloud.
1960, Calvin Hayes, Johnny Hates Jazz, (1987 UK No.5 single ‘Shattered Dreams’).
1960, Stuart Croxford, Kajagoogoo, (1983 UK No.1 single ‘Too Shy’).
1963 Mike Nocito, guitar, Johnny Hates Jazz, (1987 UK No.5 single ‘Shattered Dreams’).
Music Stuff August 4th
1958, Billboard introduced ‘The Hot 100 Singles Chart’, Ricky Nelson was at No.1 with ‘Poor Little Fool’.
1962, The Rolling Stones played the first of 22 weekly shows at Ealing Jazz Club in Ealing, London.
1963, The Beatles appeared at the Queen’s Theatre in Blackpool.
1966, The Troggs UK No.1 – ‘With A Girl Like You’, the group’s only UK No.1 single.
1967, a female Monkees fan stowed away on the bands plane between shows in Minneapolis and St Louis.
1975, Led Zeppelin singer Robert Plant and his wife were both badly injured when the hire car he was driving crashed on the
Greek island of Rhoads. A forthcoming North American tour had to be canceled.
1990, Mariah Carey’s US No.1 – ‘Vision Of Love’, her debut release. UK No.9
1996, Oasis played two sold out nights at Balloch Castle Country Park, Loch Lomand, Scotland to over 80,000 fans. Oasis roadie
James Hunter was crushed to death between a fork-lift truck and a lorry during the bands two days shows.
2000, Craig David scored his second UK No.1 single with ’7 Days’… became the youngest male artist to score two No.1s since
Donny Osmond in 1973.
2002, former Pop Idol contestant Darius UK No.1 – ‘Colourblind.’
2005, American blues singer and guitarist Little Milton died.
2007, US singer, songwriter Lee Hazlewood died of cancer. Hazlewood wrote and produced many of Nancy Sinatra’s most
famous hits, including These Boots Were Made For Walkin’, Jackson and Did You Ever? He also produced Duane Eddy and
Gram Parsons and Something Stupid – the duet Nancy recorded with her father Frank in 1967.

Birthday Boys and girls August 4th
1901, Louis Armstrong, singer, bandleader, trumpet.
1936, Elsberry Hobbs, The Drifters
1940, Frankie Ford,
1943, David Carr, keyboards, The Fortunes
1947, Paul Layton, The New Seekers

Music Stuff August 3rd
1961, Eden Kane was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with Well I Ask You.
1963, The Beatles played their last ever performance at the Cavern Club in Liverpool. The Beatles, whose fee for their first
performance at the Cavern had been £5, received a fee of £300 for this performance.
1964, a documentary ‘Follow The Beatles’ filmed while the group were making ‘A Hard Days Night’ was shown on BBC1 in the
UK.
1968, The Doors No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Hello I Love You’, -No.15 hit in the UK.
1971, Paul McCartney announced the formation of his new group Wings with his wife Linda and former Moody Blues guitarist and
singer Denny Laine.
1985, ‘Drive’ by The Cars was re-released following it’s dramatic use on TV during the Live Aid concert. All the royalties from the
record went to the Band Aid trust.
1985, Madonna scored her first UK No.1 single with ‘Into The Groove’.
1986, The News Of The World printed an exclusive interview with 16 year old model Mandy Smith, who revealed she has been
having an affair with Rolling Stone Bill Wyman for the past 2 and a half years
1991, Cities In The Park took place in Heaton Park Manchester, England. A two day event with O.M.D. The Buzzcocks, The Fall,
Wonder Stuff, The Soup Dragons, Happy Mondays, Electronic and The Railway Children.
1996, Los Del Rio No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Macarena’, a No.2 hit in the UK.
2000, Maurice Kinn died aged 76. The UK publisher launched The New Musical Express in 1953, which instigated the first charts
based on record sales (first published on 14 November 1952). and organised the annual NME poll-winners concerts between
1963 and 1966.
2001, Co-founder of US group 5th Dimension Ron Townson died of kidney failure aged 68. Had the 1969 US N.1 & UK No.11
single ‘Aquarius’.
2007, Queen guitarist Brian May handed in his astronomy PhD thesis – 36 years after abandoning it to join the band. May had
recently carried out observational work in Tenerife, where he studied the formation of “zodiacal dust clouds”.
2008, Kid Rock was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘All Summer Long’. The song is based on Warren Zevon’s ‘Werewolves
of London’ and Lynyrd Skynyrd’s ‘Sweet Home Alabama’.

Birthday Boys and Girls August 3rd
1926, Tony Bennett, American singer
1935, Gordon Stoker, The Jordanaires, Elvis Presley backing group.
1939, Jimmy Nicol, drummer, temporary member of The Beatles for nine Australian gigs in 1964, after Ringo Starr collapsed and
was hospitalised on 3 June 1964 with tonsillitis.
1941, Beverly Lee, The Shirelles
1946, John York, The Byrds
1949, B.B. Dickerson, War,
1951,John Graham, guitar, Earth Wind and Fire
1953, Ian Brainson, Pilot, (1975 UK No.1 single ‘January’).


Music Stuff August 2nd

1957, the official Elvis Presley Fan Club was launched in the UK.
1960, Johnny Kidd and The Pirates were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Shakin’ All Over’.
1962, Singer songwriter Robert Allen Zimmerman legally changed his name to Robert Dylan.
1964, The Beatles appeared at the Gaumont Cinema in Bournemouth. One of the supporting acts, billed as a ‘new and unknown
London group’, was The Kinks.
1969, ‘Wet Dream’, by Max Romeo entered the UK singles chart with a ban on the title by the BBC it made No.10 without any
airplay.
1970, Elvis Presley was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with his version of ‘The Wonder Of You’ his sixteenth No.1.
1975, The Eagles went to No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘One Of These Nights’
1976, Peter “Puddy” Watts, road manager with Pink Floyd died of a heroin overdose.
1977, Sex Pistol, Sid Vicious was fined £125 by a London court after he had been found carrying a knife at the 100 Club Punk
Festival last September.
1980, Deep Purple scored their third UK No.1 album with ‘Deepest Purple’.
1983, James Jamerson died of complications stemming from cirrhosis of the liver, heart failure and pneumonia in Los Angeles,
he was 47 years old. As one of The Funk Brothers he was the uncredited bassist on most of Motown Records’ hits in the 1960s
and early 1970s
1986, Peter Cetera No.1 on the US charts – ‘The Glory Of Love’, it made No. 3 in the UK.
1986, Chris de burgh was at No.1 in the UK with ‘The Lady In Red’
1987, David Martin, bass player with Sam The Sham & the Pharaohs died of a heart attack aged 50.
1998, Mojo Magazine published the results from a nation-wide survey asking ‘Who is your favourite recording artist of all time: 5th
place was Elton John 4th, Queen, 3rd, Frank Sinatra, 2nd, Elvis Presley and in 1st place, The Beatles.
2000, Jerome Smith from KC and the Sunshine Band died after being crushed by a bulldozer he was operating.
2000, Liverpool music store Rushworth and Dreaper closed down after 150 years of trading. The store had become famous after
supplying The Beatles and other Liverpool group’s with musical instruments.
2001, New Orleans International Airport was re-named Louis Armstrong Airport
2004, Eric Clapton bought a 50% share in Cordings to save the historic gentleman’s outfitters from closure. The store, based in
London since 1839 had run into financial difficulties.
2005, Status Quo filmed a cameo appearance in UK’s Coronation Street playing themselves.

Birthday Boys and Girls August 2nd
1937, Garth Hudson, Organ, The Band, (1969 US No.25 single ‘Up On Cripple Creek’, 1970 UK No.16 single ‘Rag Mama Rag’).
1941, Doris Coley, vocals, The Shirelles, (1961 US No.1 & UK No.4 single ‘Will You Love Me Tomorrow’). She died on 5th
February 2000.
1941, Andrew Malcolm, The Herd, (1968 UK No.5 single ‘I Don’t Want Our Loving To Die’).
1949, Fat Larry, singer, Fat Larry’s Band, (1982 UK No.2 single ‘Zoom’). He died on 5th February 2000.
1951, Andrew Gold, singer, songwriter, solo, (1977 US No.7 single ‘Lonely Boy’, 1978 UK No.5 single ‘Never Let Her Slip Away’),
Wax, (1987 UK No.12 single ‘Bridge To Your Heart’).
1953, Donnie Monro, Runrig, (1995 UK No.18 single ‘An Ubhal As Airde, The Highest Apple’).

Music Stuff August 1st
1960, Aretha Franklin made her first recordings for CBS Records.
1963, the first ‘Beatles Monthly’ was published-at its peak was selling over 350,000 copies a month.
1964, US singer Johnny Burnette was killed in a boating accident on Clear Lake California
1964, The Beatles fifth US No.1 – ‘A Hard Day’s Night’
1965, Marianne Faithfull collapsed during a concert in Morecambe England and was forced to cancel all forthcoming
engagements.
1965, during a UK tour, The Rolling Stones appeared at the London Palladium supported by The Walker Brothers, The Fourmost,
Steampacket featuring Rod Stewart and Sugar Pie Desanto with The Shevelles.
1971, the Concert For Bangla Desh, organised by George Harrison to aid victims of famine and war in Bangla Desh took place at
New York’s Madison Sq Garden. Featuring Bob Dylan, Ringo Starr, Billy Preston, Eric Clapton, Ravi Shankar and members from
Badfinger. Harrison had to shell out his own money to maintain the fund after legal problems froze all proceeds.
1971, keyboard player Rick Wakeman joined Yes as they started to record their Fragile album.
1980, Ultravox kicked off a 15 date UK tour at Cardiff’s Top Rank.
1981, Australian singer Rick Springfield US No1 – ‘Jessie’s Girl’, a No.43 hit in the UK.
1981, Welsh singer Shakin’ Stevens UK No.1 ‘Green Door’.
1987, Los Lobos were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with their version of the Ritchie Valens song ‘La Bamba’ also a No.1 hit in
the US.
1987, MTV Europe was launched, the first video played being ‘Money For Nothing’ by Dire Straits
1998, The Spice Girls UK No.1 -’Viva Forever’.
1999, Ronan Keating first UK No.1 solo single -’When You Say Nothing At All’.
2002, a new book ‘Show the Girl the Door’ written by a former tour manager disclosed some strange demands by female acts. It
revealed that Shania Twain would travel with a sniffer dog in case of bombs. Jennifer Lopez liked her dressing room to be all
white, including carpets flowers and furniture. Cher would have high security rooms for her wigs. Janet Jackson would have a full
medical team on standby including a doctor nurse and throat specialist and Britney Spears would demand her favourite Gummie
Bear soft sweets.
2004, Red Hot Chili Peppers UK No.1 album – ‘Live In Hyde Park’
2004, Busted UK No.1 single with ‘Thunderbirds / 3am.’
2007, Prince kicked off a series of 21 sold out UK shows at London’s O2 arena. Tickets for the events cost £31.21 – the same
figure used by the singer to name his album, website and perfume.
2007, John Lennon’s “granny” sunglasses were snapped up by a British collector at auction. The sunglasses, from one of the
last Beatles concerts, were expected to fetch around £1m, but auction bosses refused to say what the actual figure was.

Birthday Boys and Girls August 1st

1942, Jerry Garcia, guitar, vocals, The Grateful Dead
1951, Tommy Bolin, guitarist. Joined Deep Purple in 1975.
1953, Robert Cray, singer, Blues guitarist

Iris’s Challenge -Chris Andrews