Thursday, August 5, 2010

This Date In Music History - August 5


Rick Derringer ("Rock & Roll Hoochie Koo" and leader of the McCoys) is 63

Airto Moreira - Weather Report (1941)

Rick Huxley - Dave Clark Five (1942)

Jimmy Webb - Wrote the 1968 hit for Richard Harris "MacArthur Park," plus "Galverston," for Glen Campbell, "Up Up and Away," 5th Dimension (1946)

Gregory Leskiw - Guess Who (1947)

Samantha Sang (1953)

Eddie "Fingers" Ojeda - Twisted Sister (1955)

Pat Smear - Nirvana, (fourth member), Foo Fighters (1959)

Calvin Hayes - Johnny Hates Jazz (1960)

Mike Nocito - Johnny Hates Jazz (1963)

Adam Yauch - Beastie Boys (1964)

Jeff Coffin - Béla Fleck and the Flecktones and Dave Matthews Band (1965)

Jennifer Finch - L7 (1966)

They Are Missed:

The late Sammi Smith ("Help Me Make It Through The Night") was born in 1943.

The late Damita Jo (Dublanc-- sang the answer records "I'll Save The Last Dance For You" and "I'll Be There") was born in 1940.

Marilyn Monroe died of an overdose of sleeping pills in 1962.

Country guitarist Luther Perkins died in 1968 (age 40) as a result of severe burns and smoke inhalation. Perkins fell asleep at home in his den with a cigarette in his hand. He was dragged from the fire unconscious with severe second and third degree burns. Perkins never regained consciousness. He worked with Johnny Cash and The Carter Family and featured on the live album Johnny Cash at Folsom Prison.

Pete Meaden, former manager and publicist for The Who, committed suicide in 1978.

Culture Club keyboard player Michael Rudetsky was found dead at Boy George’s London home in 1986.

Jeff Porcaro drummer from Toto died in 1992 (age 38). His death has been the subject of controversy: some say the attack was caused by an allergic reaction to garden pesticide, while others say Porcaro's heart was weakened by smoking and cocaine use. Porcaro also worked with many other acts including Sonny and Cher, Roger Waters, Eric Clapton, Paul McCartney, Steely Dan, Paul Simon and Boz Scaggs.

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 in 1993 (age 45).

Singer-songwriter Robert Hazard died in 2008 after surgery for pancreatic cancer. He wrote Cyndi Lauper's, "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun," and fronted Robert Hazard and the Heroes in the 80’s.


American Bandstand first aired on US TV in 1957. Dick Clark had replaced Bob Horn the previous year when the show was still called Bandstand, Clark went on to host the show until 1989. First guest was Billy Williams and the Chordettes. Countless acts appeared on the show over the years, including Abba, The Doors, Talking Heads, Madonna, Otis Redding, R.E.M. and Pink Floyd.

Sonny Bono was hired by Specialty Records in 1957 as their Hollywood "artists & repertoire" man.

Frankie Avalon's "Just Ask Your Heart" was released in 1959 and it sold a reported 200,000 copies nationally (10,000 in Chicago alone).

The Isley Brothers recorded "Shout" in 1959.

The Beach Boys recorded "When I Grow Up To Be A Man" in 1964.

In 1965, Jan Berry of Jan and Dean was accidentally knocked off a camera car and broke his leg on the first day of filming a new film Easy Come, Easy Go. Several other people were also hurt, causing Paramount to cancel the movie entirely.

The Beatles Revolver was released in the UK in 1966. The bands seventh album featured: "Taxman," "Eleanor Rigby," "I'm Only Sleeping," "Here, There and Everywhere," "She Said She Said," "And Your Bird Can Sing" and "Tomorrow Never Knows." Often considered by many as their crowning achievement.

In 1967, Pink Floyd released their debut album The Piper At the Gates of Dawn on which most songs were penned by Syd Barrett.

In 1969, George Harrison had his new Moog synthesizer brought into the studio for The Beatles to use in finishing their forthcoming album ‘Abbey Road’. Moog overdubs were recorded onto ‘Because’.

Aerosmith signed to CBS Records in 1972 for $125,000 after record company boss Clive Davis saw them play at Max's Kansas City Club New York.

Stevie Wonder signed a $13 million deal with Motown Records in 1972, the richest ever at that time.

Kim Fowley formed the first ever all female heavy rock band, The Runaways in 1975. Joan Jett was one of the members.

"The Beach Boys: It's OK" TV special (with guests John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd) aired on NBC in 1976.

The Rolling Stones went to #1 on the US singles chart in 1978 with "Miss You," the group's eighth US #1 hit.

Def Leppard signed to Phonogram records in 1979 with an advance of $180,000 giving them a 10% royalty on 100% of sales for the first two years.

In 1983, Crosby Stills Nash & Young member David Crosby was sentenced to five years in jail in Texas for cocaine and firearms offences. Crosby had slept through most of his trial. (the conviction was overturned after he spends less than a year in prison). Lucky man.....

In 1984, Bruce Springsteen played the first of ten nights at the Meadowlands in New Jersey to mark the homecoming of the Born in the USA Tour.

Taken from the Batman movie, Prince was at #1 on the US singles chart in 1989 with "Batdance."

Music written by Johann Sebastian Bach was found in the Ukraine in 1999. The music was thought to have been destroyed over 50 years ago during World War II. The material was found in the musical estate of Carl Phillipp Emanuel Bach, who was on of J.S. Bach's children.

Police were called to Gary Glitter's West London home in 2000 after a crowd gathered outside and started to shout abuse. The former pop star was back in London to attend to business affairs before heading abroad again.

*NSYNC started a three-week run at #1 on the US album chart in 2001 with 'Celebrity.'

In 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. The 1965 single beat Elvis Presley's "Heartbreak Hotel" into second place in a survey for Uncut magazine. Sir Paul McCartney, Noel Gallagher, Robert Downey Jr, Rolling Stone Keith Richards and Lou Reed were among those who gave their opinions.

DNA testing in 2007 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. A former adviser for the singer, Buddy Dallas, said he could not confirm exact figures, as further test results were forthcoming. His will, which was being disputed in court, named six children.

Beatles fans feared the misuse of the Fab Four’s music had hit rock bottom in 2007 following the decision to license "All You Need Is Love" for use in a nappy advert. Procter & Gamble had purchased the rights to use the song from Sony/ATV Music Publishing, which now owned Northern Songs, the Beatles’ catalogue. The ad featured a baby jumping on a teddy bear in a disposable nappy which offered “ultimate leak protection.” Say it ain't so......

Hundreds of KISS fans, some in full face paint, protested outside the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland in 2006, demanding that the band be inducted. According to a Rock Hall rep, the half-hour demonstration was the first of its kind. KISS became eligible for inclusion in the Rock Hall 10 years earlier.

Pearl Jam headlined the closing night of Lollapalooza in Chicago in 2007. During the show, lyrics criticizing President Bush are censored from a live webcast by AT&T Inc. The lines are cut from a rendition of "Daughter" (with a part to the tune of Pink Floyd's "Another Brick In The Wall") include "George Bush, leave this world alone," the second time it was sung, and "George Bush find yourself another home." Days later AT&T says they made a mistake (no kidding). Following the incident Pearl Jam posts a notice. "This troubles us . . . as citizens concerned with the issue of censorship and the increasingly consolidated control of the media," writes the band. They also promise to “work harder to ensure live broadcasts or webcasts are ‘free from arbitrary edits’."

The "Songs For Tibet" compilation was released in 2008. Featuring Rush and Sting, the acoustic album sends "a musical message of support to Tibet and the Dalai Lama" to coincide with the Summer Olympics in Beijing. Proceeds go to Art of Peace Foundation and projects championed by the Dalai Lama.

Experience Hendrix, a DVD with footage from a pair of ’02 all-star Jimi Hendrix tribute concerts, was in stores in 2008. Filmed in San Diego and Seattle, the 17 song set includes performances by Kenny Wayne Shepherd & Double Trouble ("Voodoo Chile"), Pearl Jam's Mike McCready, Living Colour ("Crosstown Traffic") and former Hendrix bandmates Mitch Mitchell, Billy Cox and Buddy Miles.

Aerosmith's Steven Tyler suffered serious injuries when he falls off a catwalk during the band's concert at the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally in South Dakota in 2009. Tyler was airlifted to a hospital for treatment. He has a broken shoulder, gashes in his back and his head needs stitches. With Tyler on the mend, Aerosmith pulls the plug on the remaining dates. "Words can't express the sadness I feel for having to cancel this tour," says guitarist Joe Perry. "We hope we can get the Aerosmith machine up and running again as soon as possible."

In 2009, a 53-year-old who claimed he was secretly engaged to Miley Cyrus was charged with trying to stalk the US singer. Mark McLeod was arrested after trying to contact the Hannah Montana actress on a film set near Savannah, Georgia. McLeod claimed he had met Cyrus 18 months earlier and that she had accepted his marriage proposal. He told police that Cyrus' father, country singer Billy Ray Cyrus, approved of their relationship and that Cyrus had sent him "secret messages" through her TV show.

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