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On this day in music Aug 16th
1958 – Elvis Presley After being drafted in the US Army, Elvis Presley was assigned to the 3rd Armored Division in Friedberg, West Germany
1962 – Stevie Wonder (aged 12), released his first single, ‘I Call It Pretty Music, (But The Old People Call It The Blues)’, the single featured Marvin Gaye on drums
1962 – The Beatle sBrian Epstein told Pete Best that the other Beatles wanted him out of the group, and that he was being replaced. Epstein then asked Best to perform with The Beatles that night at the Riverpark Ballroom in Chester, Cheshire. Pete Best does not show up, drummer Johnny Hutchinson of The Big Three filled in the temporary vacancy
1968 –Bruce Springsteen‘s 1 st band Earth made their live debut at the Off Broad Street Coffee House in Red Bank, New Jersey, admission was 75c
1968 – The Beatles Working at Abbey Road studios on George Harrison song ‘While My Guitar Gently Weeps’, taking the song from its early acoustic version into an electric version.
1968 -The Jackson Five made their formal debut with Diana Ross and The Supremes at the Great Western Forum, California.
1969- Woodstock was a music festival held August 15–18, 1969, which attracted an audience of more than 400,000. Billed as “an Aquarian Exposition: 3 Days of Peace & Music”, it was held at Max Yasgur’s 600-acre dairy farm in Bethel, New York, 43 miles southwest of Woodstock.
1969 – Hippie leader Abbie Hoffman was knocked offstage by Pete Townshend while attempting to make a political statement during The Who‘s set at Woodstock. Later, Townshend said he didn’t know it was Hoffman at the time
1969 = During a North American tour Led Zeppelin appeared at the Convention Hall in Asbury Park with Joe Cocker as support. Zeppelin had been asked to perform at Woodstock but due to this gig commitment were unable to attend
1969 -Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young supported by Joni Mitchell appeared at the Auditorium Theater in Chicago, Illinois.
1970 -This week’s UK Top 5 singles: No.5, Free, ‘All Right Now‘, No.4, Shirley Bassey, ‘Something’, No.3, Hotlegs, ‘Neanderthal Man’, No.2, The Kinks, ‘Lola’ and No.1, Elvis Presley, ‘The Wonder Of You’, (his 16th UK No.1).
1970 -The final day of the three day UK Yorkshire Folk, Blues & Jazz Festival at Krumlin, Yorkshire took place featuring The Kinks, Mungo Jerry, Yes, Ginger Bakers Air Force and Edgar Winter. Weekend tickets, £3
1975 – The Stylistics were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Can’t Give You Anything (But My Love
1975 -Peter Gabriel announced that he was leaving Genesis. The group auditioned more than 400 singers during the next 18 months before deciding that Phil Collins, who had been the drummer for Genesis since 1970, could front the band
1977 –Elvis Presley was found dead lying on the floor in his bathroom by his girlfriend Ginger Alden, he had been seated on the toilet reading ‘The Scientific Search For Jesus’. He died of heart failure at the age of 42
1979 – The Knack The biggest single of the summer in the US, The Knack’s ‘My Sharona’ was awarded a Gold record for selling one million copies
1983 – After dating for six years, Paul Simon married actress Carrie Fisher, who played Princess Leia in the first Star Wars trilogy. The marriage would last less than two years, but the two continued to date off and on after they split
1986 –Madonna started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Papa Don’t Preach
1997 -On the 20th anniversary of Elvis Presley death over 30,000 fans descended on Memphis Tennessee for a 10-minute mourning circuit circling his grave. A poll found that almost a third of the fans were keeping an eye out for him in the crowd.
1997 -Will Smith started a four-week run at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Men In Black’ taken from the film of the same name. The song won Smith a Grammy in 1997 for Best Rap Solo Performance
1997 – Beck Blur, Prodigy, Beck, Kula Shaker, Dodgy, Foo Fighters, Placebo, James, Ash, Dodgy and Gene all appeared at the two day V97 UK festival in Chelmsford and Leeds, weekend tickets, £50.
2000 -Alan Caddy guitarist with The Tornadoes died. He had the 1962 UK & US No.1 single ‘Telstar’ which became the first major hit from a UK act on the American chart. Caddy also played on sessions and worked on arrangements for Spencer Davis Group, Kiki Dee, Pretty Things and Dusty Springfield
2005 –Madonna suffered three cracked ribs, a broken collarbone and a broken hand in a horse-riding accident on her country estate
2005 – P Diddy appeared on the US TV Today Show and announced that he was altering his stage name again, dropping the “P.” and referring to himself simply as “Diddy to avoid a lawsuit
2015 -One Direction were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Drag Me Down’
2018 -American singer and songwriter Aretha Franklin died in Detroit at the age of 76. Known as ‘The Queen of Soul’ and one of the best-selling musical artists of all time, having sold more than 75 million records worldwide was diagnosed with cancer in 2010
Continuing with the last segment The Origins of Rock and Roll It’s the 2000 ‘s this week
Some claim Rock died in the 90’s I think it has just taken a different direction
Enough of the Bullshit Let’s Get This Party Started
Let’s kick it off with a few of my favorites