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August 1st:
1960 . . Aretha Franklin made her first recordings for CBS Records, 'Right Now, Today I Sing the Blues, Love Is the Only Thing and Over the Rainbow' with John Hammond producing
1963 . . The first 'Beatles Monthly' was published. A magazine devoted to the group, it continued until 1969, at it's peak was selling 350,000 copies a month

1971 . . George Harrison & friends, concert for Bangladesh featuring , Eric Clapton, Ringo Starr, Billy Preston, Leon Russell, Bob Dylan and other greats was held at Madison Square Garden. N.Y.
1971 . . "The Sonny and Cher Comedy Hour" was debuted on CBS-TV.
1977 . . The book "Elvis: What Happened?" went on sale. The book was written by two of Elvis' ex-bodyguards.
1980 . . Def Leppard made their US live debut when they appeared at the New York City concert opening for AC/DC. It was also Def Leppard singer Joe Elliott's 21st birthday.
1987 . . Siobhan Fahey (Bananarama) and Dave Stewart (Eurythmics) were married.
1990 . . UB40 were deported from the Seychelles after police discovered marijuana in their hotel rooms.
1996 . . MTV launches another channel, M2.
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 Jennifer Lopez liked her dressing room to be all white, including carpets flowers and furniture. Shania Twain would travel with a sniffer dog in case of bombs. Cher would have high security rooms for her wigs, loads more.

August 2nd:
1962 . . Robert Zimmerman legally changed his name to Bob Dylan.
1963 . . Eric Clapton quits The Roosters to form Casey Jones and the Engineers.
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.
1973 . . John Phillips sues ABC records for £9 million on behalf of Mamas and the Papas, claiming label cheated group out of royalties
1977 . . Sex Pistol, Sid Vicious was fined £125 by a London court. Vicious had been found carrying a knife at the 100 Club Punk Festival last September.
1991 . . Rick James was arrested in Los Angeles, CA, and charged with the sex torture of a 24-year-old woman. James was released on $1 million bail.
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.
2001 . . New Orleans International Airport was re-named Louis Armstrong Airport in honour of the New Orleans born trumpet player, singer and bandleader.

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. The guitarist said he had been fond of the shop since a window display caught his eye when he was 16, and had become a regular shopper their.

August 3rd:
1963 . . Beatles make their 294th and last appearance at the Liverpool Cavern Club They have been playing there since 1961.
1969 . . Carl Wilson (Beach Boys) was indicted for failure to report for civilian duty in lieu of serving two years in the army.
1971 . . Paul McCartney announced the formation of his new group Wings with his wife Linda and ex Moody Blues member Denny Laine
1974 . . Jeff Baxter quit Steely Dan and joined the Doobie Brothers.
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.
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. A two day event with O.M.D. The Buzzcocks, The Fall, Wonder Stuff, The Soup Dragons, Happy Mondays, Electronic and The Railway Children.
1997 . . Diamond Rio hosted a 30th anniversary party at the Kennedy Space Center at the request of NASA.
1999 . . Patsy Cline received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
2007 . . Queen guitarist Brian May has handed in his astronomy PhD thesis called Radial Velocities in the Zodiacal Dust Cloud, to Imperial's head of astrophysics Professor Paul Nandra - 36 years after abandoning it to join the band. Brian has recently carried out observational work in Tenerife, where he had made his first astronomical observations for his thesis at the Observatorio del Teide in Tenerife back in 1971.

August 4th:
1958 . . Billboard magazine launches its "Hot 100" singles chart, with Ricky Nelson's "Poor Little Fool" as the No.1 record.
1966 . . A ban of the broadcast of any and all Beatles records on most U.S. radio stations went into effect. The ban was in response to John Lennon stating that the band was now more popular than Jesus Christ.
1967 . . A female Monkee's fan stowed away on the bands plane between shows in Minneapolis and St Louis. The girl's father threatened to bring charges for transporting a minor across state lines.
1975 . . Robert Plant and his wife Maureen are seriously injured in a car accident while vacationing on the Greek island of Rhodes. The immediate future of Led Zeppelin was cast into doubt, as Plant did not recover for quite some time.
1979 . . Tribute concert to Lowell George, featuring Jackson Browne, Linda Ronstadt and Bonnie Raitt, is held at Los Angeles Forum
1984 . . Phil Collins and Jill Tavelman were married.
1990 . . during a New Kids On The Block concert in Montreal. Canada, three armed robbers stole souvenir sales proceeds valued at $260.000
1990 . . Janet Jackson collapsed on stage during a show in St Louis, suffering from an inner ear infection
1998 . . MTV switched off its channel feed to 500,000 homes in Amsterdam after network provider A2000 demanded that MTV share its previously separate channel with two other operators and pay for distribution.
2001 . . The News Of The World reported that Mariah Carey had hired a private eye to spy on her ex husband, record boss Tommy Mottola. Investigator Jack Palladino told the paper that Mariah believed her ex husband was conducting a smear campaign against the singer.

August 5th:
1957 . . American Bandstand made its network debut on ABC-TV. The show was hosted by Dick Clark.
1972 . . Aerosmith signed to CBS Records for $125000 after record company boss Clive Davis saw them play at Max's Kansas City Club New York.
1975 . . Stevie Wonder re-signs to Motown for $13 million. The contract was the largest contract in the recording industry at the time. .
1975 . . Kim Fowley formed the first ever all female heavy rock band, The Runaways. Joan Jett was one of the members.
1979 . . Def Leppard signed to Phonogram records with an advance of £120,000 pounds ($180,000) giving them a 10% royalty on 100% of sales for the first two years.
1981 . . Olivia Newton-John received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
1992 . . Jeff Porcaro (Toto) died of cardiac arrest at age 38. He was spraying insecticide in his yard and developed an allergic reaction that triggered the heart attack.
1996 . . The UK TV music show 'Top Of The Pops' hit rock bottom with it's lowest audience ever only two and a half million viewers. In its heyday the show attracted 17 million.
1999 . . Music written by Johann Sebastian Bach was found in the Ukraine. 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.
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.

August 6th:
1964 . . Rod Stewart made his television debut on the British show "The Beat Room." as a member of The Hoochie Coochie Men.
1973 . . Stevie Wonder was seriously injured in a car accident. He permanently lost his sense of smell. He was in a coma for four days.
1982 . . US film premiere of 'The Wall' in New York. Written by Roger Waters. Waters initially considered himself for the title role, the film ultimately starred Bob Geldof, whose character Pink was loosely based on the biographies of both Waters and Pink Floyd vocalist and guitarist Syd Barrett.
1987 . . The Beastie Boys sued the city of Jacksonville, FL for including the phrase "mature audience" on their concert tickets and ads.
1988 . . 'Appetite For Destruction' Guns N' Roses debut album went to No.1 in the US, after spending 57 weeks on the chart and selling over 5 million copies.
1989 . . Adam Clayton of U2 was arrested in The Blue Light Inn car park in Dublin for marijuana possession and intent to supply the drug to another person. His conviction was waived in exchange for paying £25,000 to the Dublin Woman's Aid Centre.
1994 . . Manic Street Preachers guitarist Richey Edwards booked into a private clinic to be treated for nervous exhaustion.
1996 . . Vince Neil attempted to play a show at an Indiana club. The show, starting more than four hours late, ended after only three songs. Neil claimed that he wasn't feeling well, and that the audience of "rednecks" didn't appreciate his talent.
1998 . . The last new episode of Magic Johnson's talk show, "The Magic Hour," aired. The musical guests on the show were Boys II Men, Simply Red, Mary J. Blige and Hanson.
2001 . . Whitney Houston became one of the highest-paid musicians in the world after signing a new deal with Arista records, said to be worth more than $100m.
2010 . . Prince Albert II, the Principality of Monaco's Head of State, and his fiancée Charlene Wittstock, on a vacation tour of the United States, toured the late Elvis Presley's Graceland.

August 7th:
1963 . . The original beach movie
'Beach Party', staring Frankie Avalon and Annette Funicello - premieres in the US
1964 . . 'Time' magazine headline reads: 'Beatles Blow It'. Their review of a 'A Hard Days' Night' reads: 'Avoid film at all costs!'
1965 . . Mike Smith (Dave Clark Five) had two ribs broken when he was pulled off the stage by a fan in Chicago.
1970 . . A
tombstone was erected on the grave of "The Empress of the Blues," singer Betty Smith, paid for by Janis Joplin and Juanita Green. The grave had been left unmarked since September 1937,
1974 . . Peter Wolf (ex-J. Geils Band) marries Faye Dunaway
1976 . . UK music weekly Melody Maker gave The Sex Pistols their first front cover.
1979 . . Led Zeppelin played their last ever UK show when they appeared at Knebworth Park.
1991 . . Charges of assault and property damage are filed against Axl Rose (Guns 'N' Roses) in connection with a riot during a show in St. Louis, MO.
1995 . . LL Cool J and Simone Johnson were married.
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.
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.

August 8th:
1923 . . Benny Goodman, at the age of 14, took a job as a clarinet player on a Chicago-based excursion boat on Lake Michigan.
1958 . . Cliff Richard signs with Columbia Records/EMI in UK
1960 . . The English Decca label destroyed 25,000 copies of Ray Peterson's 'Tell Laura I Love Her' as "Too tasteless and vulgar for the English sensibilities"
1970 . . Janis Joplin bought a headstone for the grave of blues singer Bessie Smith at the Mont Lawn Cemetery, Philadelphia. Bessie was Janis's idol and main influence.
1975 . .
After, two years of surgeries Hank Williams, Jr. returned to his music. He fell 500 feet down a mountain in Montana.
1980 . . The Greater London Council banned The Plasmatics from blowing a car up on stage during their UK live debut at London's Hammersmith Odeon.
1983 . . Harold Melvin and members from The Bluenotes were arrested in Atlantic City on charges of cocaine possession.
1992 . .
James Hetfield of Metallica was injured by a stage explosion at a concert in Montreal, then a riot occurred when Axl Rose cut Guns 'N' Roses' set short because of a sore throat.
2000 . .
Oasis walked off stage for the second time in two weeks when drummer Alan White was hit by a rock at a concert in Portugal,
2002 . . The UK's biggest undertakers Co-Op funeral services reported that bereaved families preferred pop songs to hymns at funerals. Tops is 'Wind Beneath My Wings' by Bette Midler. Other songs included 'Angels' by Robbie Williams, 'My Heart Will Go On' by Celine Dion, and unusual choices including 'Another One Bites The Dust' by Queen and 'Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go' by Wham!

August 9th:
1932 . . Helen Morgan joined the Victor Young orchestra to record "Bill," from Broadway's "Showboat."
1958 . . 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 edition of 'Ready Steady Go! was shown on UK TV. Introduced by Keith Fordyce and 19 year old Cathy McGowan. The first show featured Billy Fury, Pat Boone, Jet Harris, The Searchers, and Brian Poole & The Tremeloes. The series ran for 175 episodes, finishing Dec 23rd 1966.
1964 . . Bob Dylan and Joan Baez performed on stage together for the first time, at Forest Hills, New York.
1968 . . The British rock band Cream, released a double album 'Wheels of Fire' in the UK. It reached No.3 in the UK and No.1 in the US (where it was released a month earlier), and became the world's first platinum-selling double album.
1969 . . Actress Sharon Tate and four others are victims of the tragic bizarre night of murder when Charles Manson and friends run amok.
1977 . . EMI Records sign Tom Robinson band, the label's first venture into New Wave since Sex Pistols
1978 . . Muddy Waters performed at a White House picnic for U.S. President Jimmy Carter.
1986 . .
Demanding more airtime for their favourite pop star, 250 Gary Numan fans picketed BBC Radio 1 in London.
1994 . . Noel Gallagher was hit in the face by a man who had jumped on the stage
during an Oasis gig at The Riverside in Newcastle upon Tyne. Noel refused to carry on appearing and a mob of 300 people attacked the bands bus as they were leaving.

August 10th:
1959 . . Tony Williams, David Lynch, Alex Hodge and Paul Robbi (male members of Platters) arrested in a Cincinnati hotel room and charged with aiding and abetting prostitution. In December all four, plus the four women involved, are acquitted but scandal almost ruins Platters' career.
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.
1964 . . Mick Jagger was fined £32 in Liverpool for driving without insurance and breaking the speed limit.
1972 . . Paul and Linda McCartney were arrested for drug possession after a concert in Gothenburg Sweden. Paul was fined $1,000 and Linda $200.
1975 . . "Manhattan Transfer," the summer variety show, premiered on CBS-TV.
1982 . . 1982 Southside Johny (Lyon) marries Jill Glassner in Astbury Park. Bruce Springsteen plays at reception
1985 . . Madonna's "Like A Virgin" became the first album by a female to be certified for 5 millions sales.
1985 . . Simon Le Bon from Duran Duran was air lifted to safety when his boat 'Drum' overturned while racing of the English coast.
1991 . . The 5th Dimension received a star on The Hollywood Walk Of Fame.
2010 . . Hip Hop artist Flavor Flav guest hosted the wrestling show WWE Raw

August 11th:
1962 . . Booker T. and the MG's instrumental song, "Green Onions," was released.
1963 . . The first annual Richmond Jazz and Blues Festival opens with Rolling Stones
1969 . . Diana Ross invited 350 guests to The Daisy Club in Beverly Hills to see the newest Motown act, The Jackson 5.
1972 . . Elvis and Pricilla Presley filed for divorce after 5 years of marriage.
1973 . . Bill Aucion offered to manager rock band KISS and promised them a record deal, after seeing them play at a New York hotel.
1979 . . Led Zeppelin play their last ever British concert at Knebworth in Hertfordshire. [Aug 11]
1985 . . Simon LeBon's (Duran Duran) boat capsized off the English coast during a race. The Royal Navy rescued him after he spent 40 minutes trapped in an underwater air pocket.
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.
1999 . . Kiss unveil their star on The Walk Of Fame
on Hollywood Boulevard. The band had released over 30 albums to date.
2000 . . Madonna gave birth to a baby boy Rocco Ritchie at The Cedars-Sinai Hospital Beverly Hills.

August 12th:
1877 . . Thomas Edison invented the phonograph and made the first sound recording.
1956 . . Jacques Braunstein promoted the first official jazz concert in Venezuela at Caracas National Theatre inviting the clarinetist and saxophonist John LaPorta to play.
1967 . . Fleetwood Mac made their stage debut in Great Britain at the Windsor Jazz & Blues Festival.
1968 . . Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, John Paul Jones and John Bonham played together for the first time when they rehearsed at a studio in Lisle Street in London's West End. The first song they played was a version of 'Train Kept A-Rollin.'
1977. . Guitarist Henri Padovani quit the group The Police after nine months, he was replaced by Andy Summers.
1986 . . Prince started a run of five nights at Wembley Arena, London, his first UK shows for five years.
1994 . .
A Canadian postage stamp with a portrait of French Canadian singer, Madame Bolduc / Mary Rose-Anna Travers, who, during the peak of her popularity in the 1930s, was known as the Queen of Canadian Folk was released in her honour
1994 . . "Woodstock '94" was held in Saugerties, New York. About 350,000 attended the show. The featured artists included Green Day, Nine Inch Nails, Aerosmith and the Red Hot Chili Peppers.
1998 . . Scott Weiland (Stone Temple Pilots) pled guilty to felony heroin possession and was sentenced to three months in a drug treatment facility.
2003 . . Lee Ryan from Blue was arrested whilst driving a Porsche around central London and was charged with drink driving. Ryan had spent the night knocking back drinks at Browns night-club in Covent Garden
2007 . . The Comedy Central roast of Flavor Flav aired on American TV. Guests appearing at the roast were Snoop Dogg, Brigitte Nielsen, Jimmy Kimmel, Carrot Top, Lisa Lampanelli, Ice-T, Jeff Ross, Katt Williams, Patton Oswalt, Greg Giraldo, and Sommore.

August 13th:
1938 . . Delta Blues musician, Robert Johnson played a show at a roadhouse outside Greenwood, MS, where Johnson was poisoned after drinking whiskey laced with strychnine. They say he recovered from the initial poisoning only to contract pneumonia, whatever, he died 3 days later on 16 August.
1952 . . Big Mama Thornton records original version of 'Hound Dog'
1956 . . Washington DJ Bob Rickman forms the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Elvis Presley, following national press criticism of the idol
1965 . . Lead singer, Mike Smith of the Dave Clark Five was pulled of stage by fans at a concert in Chicago breaking two ribs.
1971 . . John Lennon flew from Heathrow Airport to New York, he never set foot on British soil again.
1979 . . Bachman Turnover Overdrive disband
1980 . . Todd Rundgren's home in Woodstock, New York was invaded by four masked men. Rundgren, his girlfriend and three houseguests were bound and gagged while the masked men strip the house of valuables. It was reported that one of the intruders had been humming 'I Saw The Light'.
1999 . . Ex Guns N' Roses member Slash was arrested accused of assaulting his girlfriend at his Sunset Boulevard recording studio. He was released on bail.
2002 . . Adam Ant pleaded guilty to threatening drinkers at The Prince Of Wales Pub in London in January of this year. The former 80's star had returned to the bar with a starting pistol after being refused entry. He had also thrown a car alternator through the window of the pub.

August 14th:
1959 . . Bobby Darin signs a six-year film contract with Paramount, which is expected to earn him $1 million
1962 . . Unhappy with drummer Pete Best's role in The Beatles, Brian Epstein and the other three members decide to sack him, after he had been with the group for 2 and a 1/2 years. Best played his last gig the following night at The Cavern, Liverpool.
1967 . . All UK offshore pirate radio stations were closed down when the marine broadcasting act came into force, but Radio Caroline continued to broadcast until March '68.
1970 . . Stephen Stills was arrested on suspected drugs charges while staying at a San Diego Hotel after being found crawling along a corridor in an incoherent state. Still's was later freed on $2,500 bail.
1976 . . Funded by a loan
of £400 '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 Paul McCartney and Yoko Ono for the ATV music-publishing catalog. Jackson paid $47.5 million for the rights to more than 250 songs written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney.
1999 . . 765,000 tickets to a Backstreet Boys North American tour were sold in one day.
2001 . . The Red Hot Chili Peppers canceled a concert planned in Israel. The concert had been planned for August 28th, but was canceled due to security concerns.
2005 . . Babyshambles frontman, Pete Doherty, was forced to endure an all-body strip search at Gardermoen Airport in Norway after being held by customs officers for three hours while they ensured he was carrying no drugs.

August 15th:
1939 . . "The Wizard of Oz" premiered in Hollywood, CA. Judy Garland became famous for the movie's song "Somewhere Over the Rainbow."
1958 . . Buddy Holly and Maria Elena Santiago were married in a private ceremony at his parents home in Lubbock, TX.
1969 . . Woodstock Music and Arts Fayre begins on Max Yasgur's dairy farm near Bethel, New York. 450,000 attend
1979 . . The futuristic satire film 'Americathon' premiered in Los Angeles featuring Meat Loaf. The soundtrack included songs by The Beach Boys, Nick Lowe and Elvis Costello.
1991 . . Paul Simon played a free concert at New York's Central Park in front of an estimated 750,000 people.
1995 . . The 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 and was evacuated.
1996 . . A woman's shelter on Long Island, New York refused to accept money from a benefit concert featuring James Brown. Brown's wife had accused him of assaulting her in the past.
2000 . . David Bowie and his wife Iman celebrated the birth of their first child a baby girl named Alexandria Zahra Jones.
2009 . . Leslie West
married his fiancée Jenni Maurer on stage after Mountain's performance at the Woodstock 40th anniversary concert in Bethel, New York. Over 15,000 people were present and the couple walked through a bridge of guitars held by Levon Helm, Larry Taylor and Corky Laing among others.

August 16th:
1962 . . Little Stevie Wonder, released his first single, 'I Call It Pretty Music, (But The Old People Call It The Blues)', the single featured Marvin Gaye on drums.
1970 . . Christine McVie joins Fleetwood Mac
1974 . . The Ramones played their first concert at New York's CBGB.
1975 . . Peter Gabriel announces his departure from Genesis. Many predict demise of the group, not anticipating the emergence of Phil Collins as successful replacement singer
1976 . . Cliff Richard set out on a tour of Russia, starting with a night at the Hall Of The October Revolution in Leningrad.
1980 . . Cozy Powell leaves Rainbow, Bill Ward leaves Black Sabbath, Jah Wobble leaves Public Image Ltd, and Jools Holland leaves Squeeze

1986 . .
Rick Allen (Def Leppard) played his first concert with his band since losing his left arm in a car accident.

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. A poll found that almost a third of the fans were keeping an eye out for him in the crowd.
2005 . . "Tommy Lee Goes to College" debuted on NBC-TV. The classes were taken at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln.

August 17th:
1838 . . 138 singing teachers traveled to Boston, MA, to attend the first music convention.
1965 . . Byrds were forced to cancel a concert during their UK tour at The Guildhall, Portsmouth when only 250 of the 4,000 tickets had been sold.
1974 . . Patrick Moraz replaced Rick Wakeman in Yes.
1984 . . Motley Crue gave its performance debut at the Monsters of Rock festival at Castle Donington, England.
1995 . . Depeche Mode singer Dave Gahan was rushed to Cedars-Sinai Medical Centre after an apparent suicide attempt. Police had found him with a two-inch laceration on his wrist.

1995 . . Security guards carried Courtney Love offstage after she began fighting with Hole fans because they weren't cheering loud enough during the last night of the Lollapalooza tour in Mountain View, CA.
1998 . . Carlos Santana received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
2004 . . A report showed how touts were now using eBay to sell tickets for sold-out concerts. It showed tickets for Madonna's Wembley gig worth £150 were for sale at £350 and a pair of tickets to see The White Stripes worth £90 were currently on eBay for £130.

August 18th:
1962 . . Drummer Ringo Starr, made his debut with The Beatles at the horticultural society dance, Birkenhead
1969 . . Jimi Hendrix plays the unofficial last day of Woodstock.
1969 . . Mick Jagger is accidentally shot in his hand on the set of 'Ned Kelly'
1973 . . Gene Krupa played for the final time with the original Benny Goodman Quartet.
1976 . . 'Variety' reported that Marvin Gaye faced two consecutive five day prison terms in Los Angeles county jail for contempt of court after failing to pay alimony and child support
1977 . . The Police's power trio line-up of Copeland, Sting, and Summers performed for the first time at Rebecca's, a club in Birmingham, UK.
1979 . . Nick Lowe and Carlene Carter were married in Los Angeles, CA.
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.
1991 . . Billy Preston was arrested in Los Angeles, CA after a 16 year old boy reported being sexually attacked.
1992 . .
Kurt Cobain (Nirvana) and Courtney Love (Hole) became parents to daughter Frances Bean.
2005 . . Los Angeles city officials rejected an $18m (£9.9m) settlement bid made by the family of murdered rapper Notorious BIG. His family, who accused two ex-Los Angeles policemen of conspiracy in his 1997 killing, said the payment would stop them taking further legal action. The rapper's family tried to sue the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) for wrongful death earlier this year.

August 19th:
1918 . . Irving Berlin's musical "Yip Yip Yaphank" opened in New York City at the Century Theatre.
1955 . . New York radio station WINS announces that it will no longer play 'cover' records - this means originals of songs such as 'Ain't That A Shame' by Fats Domino rather than white copies by Pat Boone, etc.
1967 . . Radio station KNOW in Denver, US, bans all Beatles tracks because of drug references.
1973 . . Rita Coolidge and Kris Kristofferson were married.
1974 . . Prince Charles' favourite group of the 70's, The Three Degrees were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'When Will I See You Again.' The girl groups only UK No.1.
1980 . .
1,400 people riot in Toronto when Alice Cooper cancelled a show due to illness.
1983 . . UK pirate station Radio Caroline was re-launched from a new ship 'The Ross Revenge'.
2001 . . Former Metallica bassist Jason Newsted made his first live appearance with EchoBrain.
2005 . . A life-size bronze statue designed by Paul Daly of Phil Lynott was unveiled on Harry Street in Dublin. The ceremony was attended by his former Thin Lizzy band members Gary Moore, Brian Robertson and Scott Gorham.
2007 . . A concert in honor of Brad Delp named Come Together, took place at the Bank of America Pavilion in Boston. The concert included, in order of appearance, Ernie and the Automatics, Beatlejuice, Farrenheit, Extreme, Godsmack, RTZ, and finally the current version of Boston.

August 20th:
1960 . . Connie Francis begins working on the film "Where the Boys Are."
1967 . . The New York Times reported about a noise reduction system for album and tape recording developed by technicians R. and D.W. Dolby. Elektra Record's subsidiary, Checkmate Records became the first label to use the new Dolby process in its recordings.
1968 . . The University of Tennessee reported that a guinea pig subjected to days of rock music played at 120 decibels had suffered acute hearing damage.

1969 . . Frank Zappa disbanded the Mothers of Invention right after an eight-day tour in Canada. Zappa said that he was "tired of playing for people who clap for all the wrong reasons."
1973 . . The London Symphony Orchestra becomes the first British orchestra to take part in the Salzburg Festival.
1981 . . Bruce Springsteen begins a special series of concerts for Vietnam veterans at Los Angeles Arena
1990 . . Aerosmith appeared at the Marquee Club London, guitarist Jimmy Page joined the band on stage for a blues jam.
1996 . . Carlos Santana receives a star on Hollywood's Walk Of Fame.
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.'

August 21st:
1938 . . The classic song "Ain't Misbehavin'" was recorded by Fats Waller.
1967 . . Columbia Records re-sign Bob Dylan, despite opposition from MGM, for whom he appeared to have already signed. MGM never countersigned the contract and subsequently went out of business.
1971 . . Appearing at the Tregye Festival, Truro, Arthur Brown's Kingdom Come, Hawkwind, Duster Bennett, Brewers Droop, Indian Summer, Graphite and second from the bottom on the bill, were Queen.
1972 . . Jack Casady of Jefferson Airplane was arrested after a fight broke out on stage during a concert when the police had been called 'pigs'. Grace Slick was 'Maced' and another group member injured at the show in Akron.
1976 . . It was announced by RCA Victor records that the sales of Elvis Presley records passed the 400 million mark.
1979 . . Cliff Richard achieves his tenth UK No.1 and the first for over 11 years.
1981 . . The first Monsters of Rock Festival takes place at Donnington Castle
1992 . . Sting and Trudi Styler were married.
1994 . . John Denver was charged with drunken driving after crashing his Porsche into a tree.
1997 . . At a press conference in the San Francisco Hard Rock Cafe, Carlos Santana unveiled a limited-edition t-shirt bearing his artwork. He autographed 500 of the shirts for distribution to foreign and domestic markets.

August 22nd:
1906 . . The Victor Talking Machine Company of Camden, NJ, began to manufacture the Victrola. The hand-cranked unit, with horn cabinet, sold for $200.
1956 . . Elvis Presley began work on his first movie, "Love Me Tender." The film was originally entitled "The Reno Brothers."
1966 . . Jerry Lee Lewis was signed to play Iago in "Catch My Soul," a rock version of Shakespeare's "Othello."
1966 . . New York 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 who were staying in the city. Police talked the girls down.
1978 . . Sex Pistol Sid Vicious made his last live stage appearance when he appeared with Rat Scabies Glen Matlock and Nancy Spungen at London's Electric Ballroom. In the audience: Elvis Costello, Blondie, Joan Jett , The Slits and Captain Sensible.

1987 . . Dusty Springfield returns to UK chart at No. 10 with Pet Shop Boys and 'What Have I Done to Deserve This?'
1987 . . Bon Jovi headlined the Mosters of Rock festival at Castle Donington, England.
1997 . . Tim Weisberg sued former partner Dan Fogelberg for alleged breach of contract and fraud over the recording of "No Resemblance Whatsoever."
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.
2005 . . 50 Cent was suing a US car dealer for allegedly using his name in an advert without permission. Describing himself in the legal action as a "hugely successful artist known for his good looks, 'gangsta' image and hard knocks success story". He was seeking more than £1m (£555,150) from Gary Barbera Enterprises for a Dodge Magnum advert with the line "Just Like 50 Says" alongside a photo of him.
2014 . . Van Morrison's former high school Orangefield High School / Orangefield Boys' Secondary School closed its doors permanently. To mark the school's closure Morrison performed in the school assembly hall for three nights of concerts from 22–24 August.

August 23rd:
1947 . . Margaret Truman, U.S. President Truman's daughter, gave her first public performance as a singer. The event was at the Hollywood Bowl and had an audience of 15,000.
1962 . . John Lennon marries Cynthia Powell at Mount Pleasant Registry Office in Liverpool. Their marraige ended on November 8, 1968.
1965 . . 200 Rolling Stones fans have water hoses turned on them by security guards outside Manchester TV studios, after they broke down barriers while waiting for the band to arrive for a performance.
1968 . . Ringo Starr temporarily quit The Beatles.
1970 . . Lou Reed and the Velvet Underground performed together for the last time at the New York Club 'Max's Kansas City'.
1975 . . Peter Gabriel leaves progressive rock group Genesis.
1980 . . The Heatwave Festival, Toronto took place with Talking Heads, Elvis Costello, The B-52's, The Pretenders, Rockpile and The Rumour. Tickets $30, with only 50,000 people attending the festival lost over $1 million.
1993 . . Duran Duran get a star on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame
1995 . . 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.
2005 . . Les McKeown the lead singer of the Bay City Rollers appeared in court charged with drugs offences. He 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.

August 24th:
1956 . . 'Studio 51', London's first rock-and-roll club, opens. Rory Blackwell is the first to play
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.
1967 . . A 17-yearold Bruce Springsteen joined a group called Earth.
1967 . . Patti Harrison talks husband George into attending lecture by Mahareshi Mahesh Yogi at the London Hilton. Having sent a note requesting an audience, the Mahareshi invites them and the other Beatles and friends to University College, Bangor where he is holding a Spiritual Regeneration Course.
1977 . . Singer, songwriter Waylon Jennings was arrested and charged with possession of cocaine. Jennings had recently been named an honorary police chief.
1979 . . The Ramones' movie, Rock & Roll High School was released to theaters
1979 . . B.B. King celebrates his 30th anniversary in music with a gig at the Roxy Club in Los Angeles
1981 . . Mark Chapman is sentenced to twenty years in jail for the murder of John Lennon
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.
2005 . . Justin Timberlake accepted libel damages for a fabricated story that he had an affair behind girlfriend Cameron Diaz's back. A News of the World article in July 2004 alleged Mr Timberlake had sexual relations with model Lucy Clarkson. The singer's solicitor Simon Smith told London's High Court Ms Clarkson had admitted lying to the newspaper.

2007 . . The Maricopa County Sheriff’s office raids DMX’s Cave Creek home. They find 12 pitbulls in bad condition and three others already dead. They also discover a cache of weapons. DMX is not on the premises during the raid, and is not immediately charged with anything.

August 25th:
1962 . . 'The Loco-motion' went to No.1 on the US singles chart with The Carole King and Gerry Goffin song. It was offered to Dee Dee Sharp, who turned it down. The writers had their babysitter 'Little Eva' record it, who took it to No.1.
1967 . . Brian Wilson makes rare appearance on stage with Beach Boys in Hawaii
1970 . . Elton John plays his first-ever American show at the Troubador in Los Angeles
1970 . . Jimi Hendrix held a party to celebrate the official opening of his 'Electric Ladyland Studios' in New York.
1973 . . Allman Brother, Butch Trucks breaks his leg in an auto accident in Macon, Georgia, only yards from the spot where Duane Allman was killed two years earlier
1979 . . 25 years after his first UK No.1 single Cliff Richard had his 10th chart topper with 'We Don't Talk Anymore'.
1993 . . 22-year-old Philip Woldemariam was shot in Los Angeles and Snoop Doggy Dogg was charged with first-degree murder as an accomplice. Dogg's bodyguard, McKinley Lee, was charged with first-degree murder. Lee and Dogg said the shooting was in self-defense after Woldemariam pulled a gun.
1994 . . Robert Plant and Jimmy Page reunite in a London studio to record their MTV "Unplugged" show, which they call, "Unledded."
1997 . . A deranged man who had escaped from a mental institution near Helsinki Finland was arrested. The man had planned to set fire to the stage that Michael Jackson was performing from was arrested before he was able to light the gasoline he had put on the stage.
1999 . . Oasis bass player Paul McGuigan announced he had quit the band just a few days after guitarist Bonehead had left the band.

August 26th:
1963 . . Cilla Black made her first major concert appearance at The Odeon Cinema Southport on a bill with The Beatles.
1970 . . The legendary 1970 Isle of Wight Festival kicks off (26-30 August) at the East Afton Farm, I of W, England. Some 600,000 people attend the largest rock festival of all time. Artists included The Doors, The Who, Chicago, Richie Havens, John Sebastian, Joan Baez, Ten Years After, Emerson, Lake & Palmer, Jethro Tull and Jimi Hendrix topping the bill.
1970 . . Duane Allman started recording as a member of Eric Clapton's new band, Derek & the Dominoes.
1973 . . 10CC made their live debut at the Palace Lido Isle of Man at the start of an UK tour.
1980 . . Tom Peterson quit Cheap Trick due to the 'personal and musical differences'. He was replaced by Pete Comita. He returned to the group in 1988.
1983 . . The film "Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence," starring David Bowie, opened in the United States
1987 . . Sonny Bono announced that he was running for mayor of Palm Springs, CA. He won the election.
1997 . . Chad Smith of the Red Hot Chili Peppers was admitted to hospital after crashing on his motorbike while driving down Sunset Boulevard.
2003 . . Jimi Hendrix was voted as the greatest guitarist in rock history, in a list of guitar greats produced by Rolling Stone magazine. Eric Clapton, Jimmy Page, Keith Richards, Chuck Berry, Stevie Ray Vaughan & Ry Cooder all made it into the top 10.
2005 . . A post office near the Los Angeles studio where Ray Charles recorded much of his music has been renamed after the R&B legend. A federal bill was signed by US President George Bush to rename the post office.

August 27th:
1889 . . Charles G. Conn received a patent for the metal clarinet.
1931 . . Credited as one of the world's greatest yodelers, Harry Hopkinson aka Harry Torrani, billed as the "Yodeling Cowboy from Chesterfield",
recorded his first yodelling song for the Regal Zonophone label, "Honeymoon Yodel" coupled with "Happy and Free".
1964 . . The Honeycombs were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Have I The Right', the groups only UK No.1.
1965 . . The Beatles met Elvis Presley for the first and the only time. They went to his rented house in Bel Air California, where they played together into the early hours jamming along to records.
1983 . . Barry Manilow appeared at the British stately home, Blenheim Palace.
1990 . . Stevie Ray Vaughn and three members of Eric Clapton's band were killed in a helicopter crash in Wisconsin.
1992 . . John Lennon's handwritten lyrics to "A Day In The Life" sold for $87,000 at an auction.
1995 . . Neil Young headlined the Reading Festival with Pearl Jam as his backing band.
August 28th:
1961 . . Motown releases what would be its first No.1 hit, "Please Mr. Postman" by The Marvelettes.
1964 . . After playing a show at Forest Hills Tennis Stadium, New York The Beatles met with Bob Dylan for the first time. It was this day in The Delmorico Hotel in New York that Dylan introduced the fab four to marijuana.
1963 . . Peter, Paul & Mary performed "Blowin' In The Wind" before Civil Rights marchers who had gathered in Washington to hear Martin Luther King Jr. speak.
1972 . . David Bowie and the Spiders from Mars made their debut at Carnegie Hall in New York.
1984 . . The Jacksons' Victory Tour broke the record for concert ticket sales. The group surpassed the 1.1 million mark in only two months.
1985 . . INXS formed in Sydney in 1977 as Farriss Brothers, begin their first world tour, starting in Australia
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.
1998 . . Geri Halliwell announced that she was selling off her Spice Girls clothes in a charity auction. The PVC cat suit she used to wear was up for £5000 knee high boots for £1200 and the Union Jack dress she wore to the Brit Awards for £8000.
2005 . . Green Day cleaned up at this years MTV awards held in Miami winning seven awards including, Video of the Year for 'Boulevard of Broken Dreams' and the Viewer's Choice Award.
2009 . . After another fight with his brother Liam, Noel Gallagher leaves Oasis. Initial reports shortly afterwards suggested that Oasis had broken up, but Liam denied this. The remaining members of Oasis eventually decide to discontinue the band name and start recording under a new name, Beady Eye.
August 29th:
1958 . . George Harrison joins Paul McCartney and John Lennon in Quarrymen
1970 . . Led Zeppelin appeared at the Man-Pop Festival, Winnipeg, Manitoba in Canada.
1977 . . 3 people were arrested in Memphis after trying to steal Elvis' body. As a result his body was moved to Graceland.

1986 . . The former "American Bandstand" studio was placed on the National Register of Historic Places. The studio is in Philadelphia, PA.
1986 . . A mini dress worn by Kim Wilde was sold at Christie's rock memorabilia auction for £400.
1992 . . U2 became the second act ever (Billy Joel was the first) to play at The Yankee Stadium New York, during the sold out Zoo TV tour.
1990 . . Elton John checked into a rehab center in Chicago, IL, for bulimia, drinking and drugs.
1996 . . Isaac Hayes, who co-wrote the Stax classic "Soul Man," sent a protest letter to presidential candidate Bob Dole requesting Dole to stop using his song, which his supporters had changed to "I'm A Dole Man."
August 30th:
1969 . . Zager and Evans went to No.1 on the UK singles chart with "In The Year 2525", putting them on the UK 'one hit wonder' list.
1975 . . Paul Kossoff, guitarist with Free and Back Street Crawler, 'died ' for 35 minutes in hospital after being taken ill. (Paul did die the following year, on 19th March 1976, of heart failure after a history of drug abuse).
1980 . . Cher made an unannounced appearance as vocalist with Black Rose at a concert in New York's Central Park.
1984 . . British Rail name new Intercity train after TV show 'Top of the Pops'
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.
1991 . . Jan Berry of Jan & Dean, married Gertie Filip in Las Vegas, NV. The marriage took place onstage during a Jan & Dean performance.
1993 . . Billy Joel is the first musical guest on CBS-TV's "The Late Show with David Letterman."
1997 . . Members from The Wu-Tang Clan were arrested after the alleged assault on a record promotions manager after a show in Chicago.
2002 . . Bjork's west London flat was burglarized while she slept. Valuable recording equipment had been stolen.
August 31st:
1955 . . A London Judge fines Sidney Adams Turner £3 10s for 'creating an abominable noise'. Sidney threatened his neighbours shouting 'I will drive you mad'. He then played 'Shake, Rattle and Roll' by Bill Haley at full volume for two and a half hours.
1968 . . The first Isle Of Wight Festival. Headliners over the 2 days were The Move, The Pretty Things, The Crazy Wolrd Of Aurthur Brown, Orange Bicycle, Jefferson Airplane, Fairport Convention and Tyrannosaurus Rex. Tickets cost 25 shillings, ($3.00).
1969 . . Bob Dylan
backed by the Band, plays Isle of Wight Festival, earning £38,000 in cash for a one-hour set.
1971 . . A security guard was stabbed to death at a Who concert in Forest Hills, NY.
1974 . . Traffic made their last live performance at the annual UK Reading Festival.
1987 . . Michael Jackson's "Bad" video was televised for the first time on CBS-TV.
1988 . . Julianne Phillips filed for divorce from Bruce Springsteen. Same day Bob Seger and his wife Annette Sinclair filed for a divorce too.

1997 . . James Brown became the first U.S. artist to appear in Lebanon following the recent lift of the ban on U.S. travel to the country.
1998 . . Madonna filed suit against the YMCA to prevent it from building a high-rise residential tower near Lincoln Center in New York City, NY.
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.


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