This Day in Music — August 16

1958 : Madonna Louise Ciccone is born in Bay City, Michigan. Shortening her name to a mononym, she will become the best-selling female singer of all time.

1962 : Pete Best is fired as drummer for The Beatles, replaced by Ringo Starr. The group’s manager Brian Epstein does the firing by calling Best into his record shop and giving him the bad news.

1977 : The King is dead. Elvis Presley dies at his home in Graceland as a result of an overdose from from prescription drugs.

1983 : Paul Simon marries Star Wars actress Carrie Fisher at his New York duplex. The couple would divorce just two years later.

2003 : The USPS unveils a new commemorative postage stamp of recently-deceased composer Henry Mancini, famous for the Pink Panther theme and several other film works.

This Day in Music History — August 15

1965 : The Beatles play Shea Stadium in New York – home of The Mets. It’s the first time a rock band headlines at a stadium, and is probably The Beatles most famous concert. With Beatlemania in full force, the screaming girls drowned out the band in a less-than-intimate, but very memorable performance.

1991 : Nirvana plays a concert at The Roxy Theater in Los Angeles, where they invite fans to attend the shoot for their first video, Smells Like Teen Spirit, which they are filming two days later. Response is overwhelming, and hundreds of fans have to be turned away.

1995 : Spanish Latin-pop duo Los del Rio release the single “Macarena” in the US. The song inspires a dance craze and huge cult following, staying at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for 14 weeks in 1996. The Bayside Boys remix of the single alone went 4x Platinum in the US. VH1 would later call it the “Greatest One-Hit Wonder of All Time” in 2002, although Los del Rio had more substantial success in Spain and internationally.

2000 : David Bowie and his wife, the supermodel Iman, become the proud parents to their first child, Alexandria Zahra Jones. “The couple are overjoyed,” said a spokesman for Bowie. “David assisted in the delivery and he cut the umbilical cord.”

2007 : The Osmonds reunite for the first time in over two decades to perform their 50th anniversary concert for PBS.

#TBT Number 1 Hits This Day — August 14

1951- Rosemary Clooney – Come On-a My House

1956- Elvis Presley – Don’t Be Cruel / Hound Dog

1967- Beatles – All You Need Is Love

1973- Diana Ross – Touch Me In The Morning

1981- Diana Ross and Lionel Richie – Endless Love

1984- Ray Parker Jr. – Ghostbusters

1986- Madonna – Papa Don’t Preach

1989- Richard Marx – Right Here Waiting

1990- Mariah Carey – Vision of Love

1998- Brandy and Monica – The Boy Is Mine

2003- Beyonce feat. Jay-Z – Crazy In Love

2006- Fergie – London Bridge

 

 

 

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.

 

This Day in Music History — August 13

1963 : The Four Seasons sue their struggling first label, Vee Jay, for non payment of royalties and move to Mercury/Philips Records. This would be the first of a long line of incidents that would doom the label.

1967 : A planned Joan Baez concert at Washington DC’s Constitution Hall is canceled after the Daughters of the American Revolution protest her recent anti-war remarks concerning Vietnam.

1975 : Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band play the first of five sold-out shows at The Bottom Line in New York City. The shows help establish Springsteen as a great live performer and draw national attention.

1993 : Steely Dan, who broke up in 1981, re-form and begin a US tour at The Palace in Auburn Hills, Michigan. Walter Becker explains: “We spent all the money from the last tour. We made $800 each and it’s all gone now.”

2011 : At the Indiana State Fair, music fans are assembling for a performance by country band Sugarland. Although police had issued a warning to the attendees that they may have to take cover due to severe weather, the concert is going on as planned. During a gust of high wind, the rigging from the top of the stage is blown off, causing the stage to collapse on the crowd, killing five attendees and injuring dozens more. A sixth person would die several days later from injuries. Janet Jackson and Lady Antebellum, both of whom were scheduled to perform, choose to cancel their appearances.

This Day in Music History — August 12

1958 : On “compassionate leave” from the Army, Elvis Presley travels to Memphis’ Baptist Memorial hospital to be by the side of his mother, Gladys, who is quickly deteriorating from acute hepatitis.

1966 : The Beatles begin the US leg of their last tour, playing a date at the International Amphitheater in Chicago, IL.

1967 : Fleetwood Mac make their stage debut at the National Jazz and Blues Festival in Windsor, England, alongside such acts as Donovan, Cream, The Small Faces, and Chicken Shack, featuring a young Christine Perfect (later known as Christine McVie).


1970
: At Harvard, Janis Joplin performs what would be her final concert, ending with a version of Gershwin’s Summertime.

1994 : Woodstock 2 – officially “Woodstock ’94,” begins in Saugerties, New York with Sheryl Crow, Todd Rundgren and The Violent Femmes performing. The festival is a success, drawing a crowd of about 350,000.

2008 : The man who shot and killed John Lennon, Mark David Chapman, is denied parole for the 5th time.

This Day in Music History — August 11

1966 : At a Beatles press conference in Chicago, they try to explain John Lennon’s remarks that they are “Bigger than Jesus,” which has caused a media uproar. Part of John’s explanation: “I was pointing out that fact in reference to England – that we meant more to kids than Jesus did, or religion, at that time. I wasn’t knocking it or putting it down, I was just saying it as a fact.”

1972 : The mayor of San Antonio, TX, declares today “Cheech and Chong Day” after the popular comedy duo, although neither was born anywhere near the city.

1976 : Keith Moon trashes a hotel room – no surprise there. But this time The Who drummer is hospitalized after beating up his room at the Fountainbleau Hotel in Miami.

2004 : Vanessa Williams and her basketball husband Rick Fox get divorced.

2011 : Go-Go’s receive the 2,444th star on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame. It is located where the legendary punk club, The Masque, used to stand. Go-Go’s frequently played this club during their early years.

This Day in Music History — August 10

1972 : Paul and Linda McCartney are arrested backstage in Gothenburg, Sweden, for possession of six ounces of marijuana, which was mailed to them by someone in McCartney’s office who thought they would like some weed on the road. The couple are released after paying a combined fine of $1,200.

1987 : A Chorus Line, the Broadway smash that had become the longest-running show on Broadway four years earlier, celebrates a historic 5,000th performance.

2012 : Insane Clown Posse takes exception to the FBI naming their fans, collectively known as ‘Juggalos,’ as a criminal gang in the FBI’s “2011 National Gang Threat Assessment Report.” At the annual Gathering of the Juggalos event in Illinois, they announce intentions to sue the FBI. Despite this, the FBI continues to list Juggalos as an organized gang in later years.

2012 : The bands Kiss and Motley Crue donate $100,000 together to the families of the victims of the Aurora, Colorado “Dark Knight” shooting. The massacre occurred Friday, July 20th, at a movie theater showing of The Dark Knight Rises when James Eagan Holmes burst into the theater with guns blazing, killing 12 and wounding 58. The story rocks the United States and the ensuing trial of shooter Holmes, who was inspired by the actions of ‘The Joker,’ a famed villain in the Batman franchise played by Heath Ledger, is to generate top headlines for many months yet.

#TBT Number on Songs on This Day

1955- Bill Haley and His Comets – Rock Around The Clock

1964- Beatles – A Hard Day’s Night

1975- Bee Gees – Jive Talkin’

1981- Rick Springfield – Jessie’s Girl

1983- Police – Every Breath You Take

1985- Tears for Fears – Shout

1987- U2 – I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For

1991- Bryan Adams – (Everything I Do) I Do It for You

1994- Lisa Loeb – Stay (I Missed You)

1995- TLC – Waterfalls

1999- Christina Aguilera – Genie In A Bottle

2001- Destiny’s Child – Bootylicious

2008- Katy Perry – I Kissed a Girl

2010- Eminem feat. Rihanna – Love the Way You Lie

This Day in Music History — July 29

1965 : The Beatles’ second movie, Help!, premieres in London at the Pavilion Theatre, with none other than the Queen attending. (Though reviews are mixed, the movie is a financial success.) Later, manager Brian Epstein and the group attend a post-premiere reception at the Dorchester Hotel.

1968 : Refusing to play in front of the country’s segregated audiences, Gram Parsons leaves The Byrds on the eve of a South African tour.

1987 : Ben and Jerry’s introduces a new flavor: Cherry Garcia, named after the Grateful Dead frontman Jerry Garcia.

1990 : Elton John checks into a hospital in Chicago, IL, for bulimia and substance abuse.

2011 : At a Dallas concert, Kings Of Leon frontman Caleb Followill leaves the stage after complaining about the heat. He never returns, and the band cancels the rest of their tour. The incident is officially blamed on “dehydration,” but Caleb’s brother (and bass player) Jared later Tweets: “There are problems in our band bigger than not drinking enough Gatorade.