Wednesday, August 11, 2010

This Date In Music History - August 11


Mike Hugg - Manfred Mann (1942)

Jim Kale - Guess Who (1943)

Eric Carmen - The Young Rascals,The Raspberries, solo (1949)

Bryan Bassett - Wild Cherry (1954)

Joe Jackson (1955)

Richard Reinhardt - Ramones (1957)

Alan Frew - Glass Tiger (1959)

Charlie Sexton - Austin guitarist, singer, and songwriter (1968)

Ben Gibbard - Death Cab for Cutie (1976)

Chris Kelly - Kriss Kross (1978)

Sandi Thom - Scottish singer /songwriter, 2006 UK and Australian #1 single "I Wish I Was a Punk Rocker (with Flowers in My Hair)" (1981)

They Are Missed:

Ventures drummer Mel Taylor died from lung cancer in 1996.

Born on this day in 1950, Erik Braunn - Iron Butterfly (1950). He died on 25th July 2003 (age 52).

Born on this day in 1943, Denis Payton, sax, Dave Clark Five, 1964 UK #1 single "Glad All Over," 1965 US #1 single "Over And Over," plus over 15 other UK top 40 singles). Payton died on December 17, 2006.


Hank Williams was fired from the Grand Ole Opry in 1952 and told not to return until he was sober.

Elvis Presley’s most successful song of the ‘50s, “Don’t Be Cruel,” was released in 1956.

Booker T. and the MG's classic instrumental song, "Green Onions," was released in 1962.

Neil Sedaka started a two week run at #1 on the US singles chart in 1962 with "Breaking Up Is Hard To Do," his first US #1 as an artist.

The Kingston Trio were the mystery guests on TV's "What's My Line" in 1963.

In 1964, the Beatles started recording their fourth album at EMI studios in London, England.

The High Numbers, (later to become The Who), played at The Railway Hotel in Harrow, England in 1964. 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.

The Beatles' "Help!" film opened in New York in 1965 (nearly two weeks after its London premiere).

At a press conference held at The Astor Towers Hotel in Chicago in 1966, John Lennon apologized 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…”

In 1966, the Beatles arrived at Chicago's O'Hare Airport to start their last tour of the US.

The first Beatles single on their own Apple Records was released in 1968. The single was "Hey Jude" b/w "Revolution."

In 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 $4. Arthur Brown's trademark flaming helmet burnt out of control and organiser Harold Pendleton's father-in-law had to douse the flames with a pint of beer.

Apple Records was formed in 1968.

In 1969, Diana Ross introduced the Jackson 5 to 350 special guests at a Beverly Hills party (even though it was Gladys Knight who discovered them).

Elvis Presley filed for divorce from Priscilla in 1972 (it became final14 months later).

Guitarist Henry McCullough and drummer Denny Seiwell both quit Wings in 1973.

The "American Graffiti" film opened in 1973.

After seeing KISS play at a New York hotel in 1973, producer Bill Aucion offered to become their manager and promised a record deal.

The Edgar Winter Group's "Free Ride" was released in 1973.

Keith Moon of the Who collapsed at a Miami hotel and was hospitalized in 1976.

In 1976, EMI Records signed a deal with a Soviet record label to release Wings’ “Band On The Run” in the Soviet Union.

The Knack started a five-week run at #1 on the US album chart in 1979 with "Get The Knack."

Led Zeppelin played their last ever UK show when they appeared at Knebworth Park, England in 1979. Also on the bill, The New Barbarians, Todd Rundgren, Southside Johnny and the Ashbury Dukes, Chas and Dave and Fairport Convention.

Sonny Bono appeared on ABC-TV's "Love Boat" in 1979 (this is the first and only time I will ever reference the "L Boat!).

Ray Parker JR. started a three week run at #1 on the US singles chart in 1984 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.

In 1989, three members of L.L. Cool J crew were arrested and charged with raping a 15 year-old girl. The incident took place after a concert when the girl had won a backstage pass on a radio contest.

Kiss arrived on Hollywood Boulevard to unveil their star on The Walk Of Fame in 1999. The band had released over 30 albums and sold over 80 million records world-wide.

Black Sabbath, Linkin Park, Slipknot and Marilyn Manson all appeareded at the Ozzfest at PNC Bank Arts Centre, New Jersey in 2001.

Nelly and Kelly Rowland started a seven week run at #1 on the US singles chart in 2002 with "Dilemma."

Bruce Springsteen started a two week run at #1 on the US album chart in 2002 with ‘The Rising,' the singer's fifth US #1 LP.

In 2005, a court ruling stated that anyone who purchased Evanescence's "Anywhere But Home" CD/DVD package at Wal-Mart stores in Maryland prior to the first of the year can get a refund because the disc did not carry a parental-advisory sticker warning of explicit lyrics. A Maryland couple sued Sony BMG Music Entertainment and its Wind-Up Records subsidiary over the absence of a sticker.

Kid Rock and a reunited Alice In Chains performed at the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally in Sturgis SD, in 2006.

In 2008, the four surviving founders of the Allman Brothers Band initiate a lawsuit against Universal Music Group (UMG) over alleged unpaid royalties from sales of CDs, digital downloads and ringtones. The suit claims the band hasn’t been paid the proper rate for sales of their music that originally appeared on the Capricorn label. The musicians are seeking more than $10 million in damages.

Also in 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 neighbors 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 more than $300.

Rolling Stones’ Ron Wood joined Pearl Jam onstage in London in 2009. "You're supposed to save the best for last, but we're not," singer Eddie Vedder tells the fan-club only audience as Wood comes onstage. The guitarist plays four songs with PJ including “All Along The Watchtower.”

John Fogerty's cover of the Everly Brothers' "When Will I Be Loved," the first single from his album "The Blue Ridge Rangers Rides Again" was available exclusively through iTunes in 2009. Fogerty (ex-Creedence Clearwater Revival frontman) and Bruce Springsteen duet on the track.

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