Monday, August 23, 2010

This Date In Music History - August 23


Jim Sohns - Shadow Of Knight turns 64.

Roger Greenaway, singer, songwriter, member of Blue Mink (1942). 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.' First aired on American radio in 1970.

Rick Springfield (1949)

Jimi Jamison - Survivor (1951)

Bobby G - Bucks Fizz (1953)

Mark Avsec - Donnie Iris & the Cruisers, Wild Cherry (1954)

Dean DeLeo - Stone Temple Pilots (1961)

Shaun Ryder - Happy Mondays, Black Grape (1962)

Cedella Marley - Ziggy Marley & The Melody Makers (1967)

Shifty Shellshock (real name Seth Brooks Binzer) front man of Crazy Town (1974)

Julian Casablancas - The Strokes (1978)

They Are Missed:

Rudy Lewis of the Drifters was born in 1936. He was found dead in his bed on May 20, 1964; some accounts say the cause was a drug overdose, while others who knew him say that Lewis, who was a binge eater, choked to death in his sleep. The group's other lead singer, Johnny Moore, stepped into the breach that same morning on the scheduled session for "Under the Boardwalk", and was the Drifters' lead vocalist for the remainder of their tenure on Atlantic and beyond.

Born on this day in 1947, Keith Moon, drums, The Who, (1967 US #9 single "I Can See For Miles" and rock opera albums 'Tommy' & 'Quadrophenia'). Moon died on September 7, 1978.


In 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.

The Rolling Stones appeared on UK TV show Ready, Steady, Go! for the first time in 1963, performing their debut single "Come On." The group made a total of 20 appearances on the show between 1963 and 1966.

The Beatles performed at the Hollywood Bowl in 1964. Selections from this concert and the one a year later comprise "The Beatles At The Hollywood Bowl" album.

In 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.

In 1966, on their final tour of America, The Beatles performed at Shea Stadium in New York City, New York. Unlike the previous year's performance, which had sold out, there were 11,000 empty seats in the 55,600 seat stadium. The Beatles earned more than the previous year, receiving $189,000 for their performance.

Ringo Starr temporarily quit The Beatles in 1968. He returned a week later and finds his drum set strewn with flowers. They missed him after all.....

During a North American tour in 1968, The Jimi Hendrix Experience appeared at Singer Bowl, Flushing Meadow Park, New York. Also on the bill Soft Machine and Big Brother and the Holding Company.

Johnny Cash started a four-week run at #1 on the US album chart in 1969 with 'Johnny Cash At San Quentin.'

The Rolling Stones started a four week run at #1 on the US singles chart in 1969 with "Honky Tonk Women," the group's fifth US #1. Also #1 in the UK.

The self titled-debut, "Blind Faith," entered the U.S. album chart in 1969, eventually reaching #1.

Lou Reed and the Velvet Underground performed together for the last time at the New York Club 'Max's Kansas City' in 1970. Reed worked as a typist for his father for the next two years, at $40 per week.

Max Weinberg joined Bruce Springsteen`s E Street Band on drums in 1974.

Former Free guitarist Paul Kossoff`s heart stops beating for several minutes in 1975. Doctors revived him but Kossoff`s poor health claimed his life the following year.

Also in 1975, the first Fleetwood Mac album with Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks, 'Fleetwood Mac' was released. It is one of the all-time best sellers.

Hamilton Joe Franks And Reynolds went to #1 on the US singles chart in 1975 with, "Fallin' In Love."

In 1980, The Heatwave Festival in Toronto, Canada took place with Talking Heads, Elvis Costello, The B-52's, The Pretenders, Rockpile and The Rumour. Tickets cost $30, with only 50,000 people attending the festival lost over $1 million.

Also in 1980, US police killed an escaped drug addict who had shot one of their officers during a Grateful Dead concert.

In 1986, Sigue Sigue Sputnik came up with an idea to sell advertising space between the tracks on their forthcoming new album. It was a non-starter. Bad idea all the way around...

In 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.

Natalie Merchant, former lead singer for 10,000 Maniacs, became the first guest in a series of live chats on the Elektra Entertainment Group's World Wide Web site in 1995.

In 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.

Les McKeown, the lead singer of the Bay City Rollers, appeared in court charged with drugs offenses in 2005. McKeown, aged 49, was accused of conspiring with four other people, including the band's drummer Pat McGlynn, to supply cocaine. He was arrested in Dalston, east London, in June as part of a major police operation.

In 2007, comedy writer Buddy Sheffield, sued Disney alleging that he originally came up with the idea for Hannah Montana but was never compensated by Disney. In the lawsuit, Sheffield claimed that he pitched an idea for a TV series with the name of ‘Rock and Roland’ to Disney Channel in 2001 with the plot of a junior high student who lived a secret double life as a rock star.

Madonna kicked off her 86-date Sticky & Sweet Tour at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff Wales in 2008. It became the highest grossing tour by a solo artist, breaking the previous record Madonna achieved with her 2006 Confessions Tour. Madonna's first venture with Live Nation, was estimated to have grossed $280 million.

The Foo Fighters June ’08 concerts held at London's Wembley Stadium were released on DVD in the UK in 2008. The disc features 18 performances including the surprise guest appearances by Led Zeppelin's Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones (for renditions of Zeppelin's Rock & Roll" and "Ramble On").

Aerosmith’s "You Gotta Move," from ‘08's Honkin' On Bobo,” is the theme song for World Wrestling Entertainment's SummerSlam event at Staples Center in L.A. in 2009. What an honor....

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