1976 : Keith Moon plays what is to be his final show with The Who, a concert at the Maple Leaf Gardens, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
1992 : Elvis’ first grandson, Benjamin Storm, is born to Lisa Marie Presley and Danny Keough.
1992 : Madonna’s book Sex is released. Everything about it is shocking: the $50 price, the Mylar wrapping, the metal covers, and especially the images inside. Steven Meisel’s photos show the singer naked in various erotic scenes, and a few celebrities show up as well, including Isabella Rossellini, Naomi Campbell and Vanilla Ice.
2003 : David Gest, recent ex-husband of Liza Minelli, sues the singer for $10 million, alleging physical and emotional cruelty.
1926 : The Radio Corporation of America, later known as RCA, launches its new radio network, the National Broadcasting Company (later known as NBC).
1956 : Elvis Presley makes the first of three contracted appearances on The Ed Sullivan Show. Sullivan had previously announced he would never have such an act on, but ratings prevailed and Sullivan offered Elvis a record $50,000 for the three shows. Charles Laughton hosts, filling in for an ailing Sullivan as Elvis performs “Don’t Be Cruel,” “Love Me Tender,” “Ready Teddy” and “Hound Dog” but is shot from the waist up only to avoid scandal. The show draws a staggering 54 million viewers.
1975 : Paul McCartney and Wings begin their historic 13-month world tour. US performances will be recorded as the double LP Wings Over America. The group plays to over two million fans total during the course of the tour.
1994 : Green Day play a free concert at the Hatch Shell in Boston. A few songs into their set, many in the crowd cross the line from moshing to rioting, and police order an end to the show. With their album Dookie climbing the charts, the band was playing to exuberant crowds, which caused problems when casual fans found themselves engulfed in mosh pits.
2003 : Simon & Garfunkel make it official, announcing plans to reunite and tour for the first time in 20 years. They get more per ticket than any other tour that year: $136.90. They donate $1 million to The Children’s Health Fund at the end.
1958 : Michael Jackson; Born Michael Joseph Jackson on Aug. 29, 1958 in Gary, Indiana.
1964 : In a clear case of rock and roll being saved by the British Invasion, Billboard magazine notes that guitar sales are the highest they’ve been since the advent of Elvis Presley.
1986 : The studio in Philadelphia where American Bandstand was shot is entered into the US National Register of Historic Places.
1990 : Elton John enters rehab in Chicago to combat his bulimia and his various drug and alcohol addictions.
1964 : Disney releases Mary Poppins, a Sherman Brothers musical featuring Julie Andrews and Dick Van Dyke.
1965 : Elvis Presley meets The Beatles for the first time when the Fab 4 are brought to The King’s Los Angeles mansion. They hang out, talk music and have a little jam session. John Lennon would later say, “if it hadn’t been for him, The Beatles would be nothing.”
1990 : Stevie Ray Vaughan dies in a helicopter crash near East Troy, Wisconsin following a concert at the Alpine Valley Music Theater where earlier in the evening he appeared with Robert Cray, Buddy Guy, Eric Clapton and his older brother Jimmie Vaughan.
2008 : Election ’08 fever begins as the Democratic National Convention hits Denver and brings Kanye West, Rage Against The Machine, John Legend and many more to town.
1969 : Crosby, Stills and Nash appear on the Dick Cavett Show, giving a first-hand account of the Woodstock festival. Joni Mitchell also appears and performs her song about the festival, conveniently called Woodstock
1973 : They aren’t quite the Sony and Cher power couple, but Kris Kristofferson and Rita Coolidge get married. They divorce in 1980.
1980 : A riot breaks out in Toronto when Alice Cooper cancels a concert due to illness.
1988 : Elvis Presley’s Hound Dog is named the most played song in the first hundred years of the jukebox’s existence.
1989 : Lou Reed breaks his ankle after a soundcheck in Cleveland, and is forced to cancel the remainder of his tour.
1955 : Pete Seeger testifies before the House Un-American Activities Committee, where he is asked if he has performed for communists. Seger replies: “I have sung for Americans of every political persuasion, and I am proud that I never refuse to sing to an audience, no matter what religion or color of their skin, or situation in life. I have sung in hobo jungles, and I have sung for the Rockefellers, and I am proud that I have never refused to sing for anybody.”
1969 : Jimi Hendrix closes out the Woodstock festival with “Hey Joe.” He was supposed to perform the previous night, but the festival ran long and he went on the morning after Woodstock was supposed to end.
1973 : Jazz drumming legend Gene Krupa plays what is to be his last live show, a gig with the Benny Goodman Quartet in New York City.
1977 : Elvis Presley’s funeral is held in at Graceland, where 150 guests are invited inside and about 75,000 fans pay their respects outside
2011 : During a severe storm, high wind and heavy rain cause a stage to collapse while Chicago band Smith Westerns are performing. Four are killed and over 70 injured. Organizers decide to cancelled the festival, where Eminem, Face to Face and Foo Fighters were scheduled to perform.
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.
1954– 19 year old Elvis Presley signed a recording contract with Sun Records. He also gave in his notice at his day job at The Crown Electric Company. Sam Phillips from Sun Records originally wanted to use the 19 year old to make demos of songs meant for other artists, but soon realized that here was the man who could bridge the gap between white and black performances.
1970– Janis Joplin performs her first live gig with her new backing group, Full Tilt Boogie Band.
1983– Born on this day in Mississippi, was Kimberly Perry, singer and guitarist for the country group The Band Perry, who won the CMA Song of the Year Award for “If I Die Young” in 2011.
1988– Michael Jackson arrived in the UK for his first ever-solo appearances. He performed a total of eight nights to 794,000 people.
1992 – Axl Rose (Guns N’ Roses) was arrested at New York’s JFK airport on a warrant from St. Louis, MO. Rose was wanted on charges stemming from a 1991 Guns N’ Roses concert.