Rock 'n' Roll History for
August 2






1956 - ClassicBands.com

August 2
Look magazine reported that Elvis Presley records have grossed over $6 million and that the singer receives over 3,000 fan letters a week.

1957 - ClassicBands.com

August 2
The official Elvis Presley Fan Club was launched in the UK. The Club still exists today at www.ElvisPresleyFanClub.co.uk

1958 - ClassicBands.com

August 2
Johnny Cash left his first record label, Sun, to sign a major-label contract with Columbia, where he would remain for the next 26 years.

August 2
Buddy Holly's version of "Rave On" peaks at #5 on the UK chart. The record, which lasts only 1:47, is one of Holly's last hits during his lifetime.

1962 - ClassicBands.com

August 2
Aretha Franklin made her professional TV debut on American Bandstand.

1969 - ClassicBands.com

August 2
Bob Dylan attends his ten-year high school reunion in Hibbing, Minnesota, but leaves when a drunk tries to pick a fight with him.

1972 - ClassicBands.com

August 2
Brian Cole, an original member of The Association, died of a heroin overdose at the age of 28. He played bass on the hits "Windy", "Cherish" and "Never My Love".

1975 - ClassicBands.com

August 2
The Eagles enjoy the second of their five Billboard #1 hits with "One Of These Nights", as the album of the same name led the Hot 200 Albums chart. The single, which featured Don Felder's classic guitar solo, reached #23 in the UK.

1980 - ClassicBands.com

August 2
Although the movie Xanadu was a total flop, the soundtrack sold well and produced Olivia Newton-John's US number one hit "Magic".

August 2
Deep Purple scored their third UK #1 album with "Deepest Purple", a collection of their greatest hits up to that time.

1986 - ClassicBands.com

August 2
Chicago's former bassist Peter Cetera reached the top of the Billboard Pop chart with his first solo effort, "Glory Of Love". The song, featured in the film The Karate Kid II, went to #3 in the UK.

1987 - ClassicBands.com

August 2
David Martin, bass player with Sam The Sham and The Pharaohs, died of a heart attack at the age of 50. Martin was a founding member of the band and co-wrote their 1965, #2 hit "Wooly Bully". After leaving The Pharaohs in 1966 over management conflicts, he returned to Dallas and opened a television and video repair store.

1991 - ClassicBands.com

August 2
Singer Rick James, who scored a 1981 hit with "Super Freak", pleads innocent to charges he imprisoned, tortured and sexually assaulted his 21-year-old girlfriend, Tanya Hijazi in his California home. He would be arrested again in 1992 for similar charges and in 1994 was sentenced to five years and four months for cocaine use and assaulting two women. After serving two years, he was released from prison and continued his career.

2001 - ClassicBands.com

August 2
68-year-old Ron Townson of The 5th Dimension died of renal failure after a four-year battle with kidney disease. He had retired from the group in 1997 and was living in Las Vegas at the time of his death.

2007 - ClassicBands.com

August 2
Managers of Elvis Presley's famous home, Graceland, announced plans to overhaul its tourist complex with a new visitors center bigger than a football field, a convention hotel and high-tech museum displays.

August 2
Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards signed a deal reportedly worth more than $7 million to write his autobiography. The book, which traces his life from cherubic choirboy to Rock 'n' Roll survivor, hit stores in the Fall of 2010.

2013 - ClassicBands.com

August 2
Nielsen SoundScan reported that U.S. album sales totaled 4.68 million for the week ending July 28, the lowest weekly total since the tracking system was formed in May, 1991.






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