This Day in Music History — August 14

1985 : Three years after their duet The Girl Is Mine, Paul McCartney advises Michael Jackson to invest in publishing. Jackson makes a winning bid of $47.5 million for the rights to over 250 Lennon-McCartney Beatles songs owned by ATV publishing, which turns out to be a great investment, but kills their friendship.

1987 : Guns N’ Roses kick off their first North American tour at a show in Halifax. They’re the opening act for The Cult.

1995 : Grateful Dead meet and decide to break up after the recent tragedy of founder/leader Jerry Garcia’s death.

1999 : Former teen idol Leif Garrett pleads guilty to drug possession in Los Angeles and is ordered into rehab.

 

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