Rock 'n' Roll History for
August 16






1957 - ClassicBands.com

August 16
Buddy Holly And The Crickets played the Apollo Theatre in Harlem and were booed by the mostly Black crowd who were expecting to see an R&B group that also used the name 'The Crickets'. By the end of the night however, the audience was cheering for the Lubbock, Texas band. Also on the bill that night were Roy Hamilton, Shep And The Limelites and Clarence "Frogman" Henry.

August 16
For his first effort at Imperial Records, Ricky Nelson records "Be Bop Baby", which already has 750,000 advance orders. The song will go on to sell over a million copies and reach #3 on the Billboard chart.

1962 - ClassicBands.com

August 16
Two years and four days after joining, Pete Best was fired from The Beatles by manager Brian Epstein, who was told by record producer George Martin that he wanted to use a more experienced session drummer on the band's recordings. John, Paul and George had long admired the work of Rory Storm And The Hurricanes' drummer Ringo Starr, who jumped at the chance to join them. After his dismissal, Pete Best would never have any further communication with his former mates. Although they did pass each other in a hallway when Pete's new band, Lee Curtis And The All Stars played The Tower in New Brighton the same night as The Beatles, neither one spoke or made eye contact.

August 16
The first single by Little Stevie Wonder, "I Call It Pretty Music" was released. Marvin Gaye played drums on the track that failed to gain much attention. Twelve year old Stevie would have his first hit a year later with "Fingertips Pt. 2".

August 16
Peter, Paul And Mary released their first US Top 10 hit, "If I Had a Hammer", a standard Folk song that had been around since 1949.

1968 - ClassicBands.com

August 16
A Blues / Rock trio called Earth debutes in a Red Bank, N.J. coffee house. The guitarist and singer was 18-year-old Bruce Springsteen.

1969 - ClassicBands.com

August 16
Hippie leader Abbie Hoffman is knocked offstage by Pete Townshend while attempting to make a political statement during the Who's set at Woodstock. Later, Townshend says he didn't know it was Hoffman at the time.

1975 - ClassicBands.com

August 16
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 - ClassicBands.com

August 16
42 year old Elvis Presley was found dead at his Graceland mansion. Presley's girlfriend, Ginger Alden, awoke in the afternoon and noticed that he was not in bed and found him lying on the floor of the bathroom. Efforts to resuscitate him were unsuccessful and at 3:30 p.m. he was pronounced dead. After an examination, it was revealed that Presley's body contained butabarbital, codeine, morphine, pentobarbital, Placidyl, Quaalude, Valium and Valmid. It had been five years since the King had a US Top Ten hit with the number 2 song, "Burning Love". His last US number 1 was 1969's "Suspicious Minds". He left an estate valued at 4.9 million dollars, which by 1993 had grown to over 50 million. In his last conversation with Ginger Alden, he told her "I'm going to the bathroom to read." When she cautioned him not to fall asleep in there, his final words were, "Okay, I'm won't."

1979 - ClassicBands.com

August 16
The biggest single of the summer, The Knack's "My Sharona" is awarded a Gold record for selling one million copies. The Knack's Doug Fieger wrote the song for his girlfriend, Sharona Alperin, whose picture appeared on the single's cover.

1983 - ClassicBands.com

August 16
After dating for six years, Paul Simon marries 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.

1985 - ClassicBands.com

August 16
Madonna married actor Sean Penn in Malibu. She would file for divorce the following year.

1995 - ClassicBands.com

August 16
The Beach Boys' Brian Wilson performs for the first time in concert with his daughters Carnie and Wendy, of Wilson - Phillips.

1997 - ClassicBands.com

August 16
On the 20th anniversary of Elvis Presley's death, over 30,000 fans descended on Memphis, Tennessee for a 10 minute mourning, circling his grave. A poll found that almost a third of the fans were keeping an eye out for him in the crowd.

2000 - ClassicBands.com

August 16
Alan Caddy, guitarist for The Tornados on their 1962 hit "Telstar", passed away at the age of 60.

2011 - ClassicBands.com

August 16
Thousands of silent mourners paid their respects to Elvis Presley at his gravesite at Graceland, on the 34th anniversary of his death. Flower arrangements and heart-shaped wreaths decorated the burial site as Presley's music played softly in the background.






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