This Day in Music History — August 7

1963 : Beach Party, starring Frankie Avalon and Annette Funicello, opens in theaters. It’s the first of many movies with a beach theme, and it features music by the Surf-Rock pioneer Dick Dale. 24 years later, Frankie and Annette appear in Back To The Beach, where they are now parents of crazy teenagers.

2008 : The Police wrap up their reunion tour at New York’s Madison Square Garden. Their first tour since 1986, it lasts 151 shows and finishes as the third highest-grossing of all time.

2011 : Marshall Grant (upright bassist for the Tennessee Two, Johnny Cash’s backing band) dies of an aneurysm at age 83 in Jonesboro, Arkansas.

2012 : Grayson County, Texas police respond to a call and discover Country singer Randy Travis lying naked in the road and smelling of alcohol. Travis had crashed his vehicle into a construction zone just previously. In fact, there was an earlier call the same day from a convenience store owner, who said Travis had entered his store – still naked – and tried to buy cigarettes, but left when he realized he had no money. Travis is booked for DWI and resisting arrest, tying on another in a string of run-ins with the law.

2012 : Madonna plays a concert in Moscow during which she expresses support for the group Pussy Riot, who have been jailed for performing their song “Mother Of God, Putin’s Run” in a Moscow cathederal.

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