This Day in Music History — August 24

1967 : Keith Moon, drummer for The Who, drives his Lincoln Continental (not a Rolls Royce, as is often thought), into the swimming pool at the Holiday Inn in Flint, MI to celebrate his 21st birthday, earning the entire band a lifetime ban from the chain

1977 : Country legend Waylon Jennings is arrested for cocaine possession in New York City by federal agents, an event which will inspire his song “Don’t You Think This Outlaw Bit’s Done Got out of Hand?” The charges are later dropped.

1981 : John Lennon’s killer is given a sentence of 20-years-to-life in prison, where he will be denied parole five times over the next 27 years.

1989 : The Who perform a special 20th anniversary charity concert of their rock opera Tommy at the Universal Amphitheater in Los Angeles, featuring guests Elton John (as the Pinball Wizard), Patti Labelle (as the Acid Queen), Steve Winwood (as the Hawker), Phil Collins (as Uncle Ernie), and Billy Idol (as Cousin Kevin).

1990 : Sinead O’Connor refuses to perform at a show in New Jersey if the U.S. National Anthem is played, claiming she’s protesting a wave of music censorship. It causes a major media stink, with some radio stations banning her music.

2007 : During a routine medical exam in Gainesville, FL, Bo Diddley complains of dizziness and nausea and is admitted to a local hospital, where he is diagnosed as having had a heart attack. The rock legend had suffered a stroke only a few months earlier.

2008 : Leona Lewis and Jimmy Page perform during the closing ceremony for the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games at the National Stadium (also know as the Bird’s Nest.) The duo performed the Led Zeppelin classic Whole Lotta Love.

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